Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything.
Then I tracked everything. Ha!
Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark.
For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, and half a portabella mushroom. So I tracked the veggies and 2 TBSP of balsamic vinaigrette. Aeh, close enough for government work. Also I found a recipe for this vegan orzo, mushroom, broccoli casserole thing that is delicious. I had a big serving spoon full of that. I don't really know how many calories are in there, but I found an "orzo broccoli pilaf" in the food tracker that seemed reasonable so I added that in there.
In the end, the calorie count isn't perfect, but it's a decent approximation. About 1900 calories yesterday, which is a bit high given all I did was 30 minutes on the elliptical but today, when I tell Spark I've done an hour of boot camp and burned 600+ calories, my low-end calorie range is 1951.
I know I need to eat more than 1200 calories to keep my body ready for all this exercise, but that silly 1200 number I feel has been beaten into my brain and I feel guilty somehow for eating more than that. I'd like to keep my intake to maybe about 1800 calories on boot camp days and a little lower on, say, elliptical days.
That's what I'm starting with, anyway. Then I'll see how my body feels - if I have the energy I need for boot camp, if I'm ravenous at 3PM, if I get cranky or dizzy or dehydrated, etc - and then I can reassess the situation.
This is why I don't track calories. I get obsessed with the numbers.
Why did I have 1mg of cholesterol yesterday? ONE? Silly.