3 hours of shoveling snow and almost that long tracking what I ate

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ok, that's a little exaggerated, but it may have been over an hour. It took forever in part because I had to enter all the ingredients for recipes, then divide it into servings and enter the info per serving. I eat a lot of little things as snacks which took time as well. And the only thing I entered was macronutrients. The most difficult part about it is that I rarely use recipes and never measure anything so making meals took a lot longer than usual, too. It's not always easy to find the right food and sometimes when I found it there was no nutrition info with that entry. Tracking probably kept me from eating as much as I otherwise would have just because I did not want to enter even more stuff, LOL.
So, I think this was the last day in a while I'll be tracking food. Still, to get an idea of what my macronutrient levels are on a typical day it was useful.
I had three meals and two snacks. Total calories were 2660, definitely on the low side for me, carbs 232grams, fat 154 grams and protein 105 grams.
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    I found if I save what I enter then the next time I use it it is right there saving me time - but the initial entry can be a pain. I hear you about the snow - we get so much here as well and shoveling and snow blowing are my job - not fun but good exercise! take care of you
    3295 days ago
    It's a pain to enter your own recipes. Using the tracker is easier if you use their recipes or eat very plain food that easily broken down into trackable entries. Your activity levels are unbelievable and I respect you so much!
    3295 days ago
    The Recipe Calculator is very good on SparkRecipes, for all food you plan to make again. You just enter ingredients and number of servings, and you have it for yourself, or share it.
    Good luck to tracking experiment!
    3295 days ago
    Thanks for all the comments, I'm starting to get an idea where I want to go with all my food experiments. I will post about it more in the next couple of days. emoticon
    3295 days ago
    Sometimes it does feel like the tracker takes that long!
    3295 days ago
    Understood - the tracker isn't easy to start working with -especially when we're not exactly following the standard dietary choices. But if you save things to favorites that you eat often, it does get much better!
    3295 days ago
    Being a raw vegan and drinking green smoothies thank goodness I no longer need to go through that hellish process! I know that I am getting enough of what my body needs to heal and thrive and drop weight naturally.

    I feel for you hon, I really do!
    3295 days ago
    I have to laugh; maybe I should be glad I'm only tracking 1,300 - 1,500 calories a day! I'm also grateful that my snow shoveling days are gone. I decided that when I had to shovel the roof it was time to move! What to do with all that extra time?
    3295 days ago
    I know what you mean about time in tracking food. I spent hours posting my meals under groups on SP.
    Good for you taking the time to work on your nutrition and assess how it is going.
    I hear you about shoveling snow. We are in an ice storm and it took forever to scrape my car.
    Have a great day.
    3295 days ago
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