Friday, January 13, 2012
I started using the Nutrition Tracker today and learned a lot! I tried not to go too diet crazy today (even though I'm at the newbie stage where I want to) and tried to eat as much as I usually do. It was a lot harder to eat as much when I'm keeping track & seeing how fast it adds up. And it was interesting seeing how my servings compared to an actual serving of food. I'm really not too bad in that respect.
Unfortunately I think I'm going to have to give up my coffee habit. I love creamer with a little coffee in it. LOL Seriously! For the first time ever, I actually measured how much creamer I put into 1 cup of coffee. 7 tablespoons! That's embarassing! So then I calculated the calories
& the coffee went from 2 calories to almost 250! And some days I have 2 cups! I don't like the coffee without the creamer though so sadly I'm going to have to give up coffee unless my new creamer recipe really helps. Anyway, after I run out of the creamer I have now (I'm at least going to finish it), I'm going to try the new recipe & if that doesn't work, coffee & I are through.
I tried out two of my new "healthy" recipes. The pumpkin muffins were really a surprise with how good they tasted. But while they weren't fattening and such they didn't actually have much nutritional value either. But I think I'll keep them on hand to satisfy my need of cakey stuff.
The other recipe was Five Ingredient Soup. It had some good nutrition and tasted okay but it had a lot of sodium! I had well over half my daily allotment just eating that soup! I think the recipe is salvagable though. I think if I just buy lower sodium cans of vegetables than the recipes calls for it'll be ok.
Finally, I learned that I don't eat nearly enough protein & that carbs hide in sneaky places. I had no idea that oranges had so many carbs! I probably shouldn't have had 3 of them today.
To help with the protein I've decided to make some hard boiled eggs. I don't know why I don't have them more often as it is because I do like them.
On a completely different note... I thought about telling a few people about my starting Sparkpeople and seeing if they could offer me encouragement and support but I ended up talking myself out of it. I've asked for help from my family with things in the past & never received any support so I'm leery of trying again. I also feel selfish for even thinking of asking. And I'm afraid they'll laugh at me for even trying, maybe not outright but in their insides.
Speaking of being laughed at, that's also part of why I find exercising so difficult. I'm always afraid someone will see me exercising & laugh at me for even trying. I can't help but imagine them thinking, "Wow, that lard-butt needs to get out more." or "Why's that fatty even trying?" I guess it stems from me hearing others say similar things so often before I gained weight. I'd like to be able to say that those people are idiots & they don't matter but what my dad says matters a lot to me. And he hasn't hesitated to tell me how big my butt has gotten. I have to figure out a way to get over this!
So anyway that's where I'm at today!