Spark reports, guilt food, and lessons learned
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I was looking over the reports that you can access from the reports page. I found one that I really like. The calorie differential over time. If you have it do a daily (the choices are daily, weekly average or monthly average), you get a very good picture of how you are doing with exercise and diet. I had 16 days in a row of some sort of exercise, then life happened. Now my green exercise bar looks like a mouth in need of some dental work. Oh, there are some teeth there, but the gaps are kinda wide. There are 6 days that I went above my BMR (your presumed basic metabolic rate).
One day really stood out. A huge spike. Was it the Mother's Day visit to Red Lobster? Was it the visit to the touristy restaurant "home of throwed rolls" where they bring around bowls of fried potatoes, fried okra, brown beans, and the cutest teenager "roll boy" chucks hot rolls across the dining room to land some where near your plate or outstretched hands? Was it the "I'm on the road all day" fast food feast?...NO... it was the oversized bagels that they had at work, with honey walnut cream cheese. Oh, guilt food you slay me! You know guilt food, the food that you feel so bad about eating that you have to have another to sooth your stressed feelings, and then another because you have blown it so why not.
Here is what I learned. One huge spike in my calorie intake, several small spikes in my calorie intake, and some days missed on exercise all are part of the changes I am making. None were disastrous to overall progress. I haven't been perfect in the first 50 or so years of my life, so why expect it now. In the 13 days since my bagel feast, I have lost 6-8 lbs, gained strength from my exercises, and endurance from the cardio. Will I try harder not to let the "guilts" get to me? Ya betcha. Will I think bagel spike and laugh at myself? Yes, I think I will.