My calorie count was high on the majority of the days this week. After some consideration of the problem, daily lunches were responsible for the bulk of my problems:
*We had run out of the bread that usually makes my lunch sandwich. I checked the chest freezer and found some bread to use for my sandwiches. Turns out, that bread had twice the calories.
What did I learn? Make a run to the grocery store and purchase some low cal (whole grain, if possible?) bread to tide me over until we can get into the city to purchase the variety we like.
*Avoid packing anything in my lunch that has more than 100 calories per serving.
*Higher calories food items that I'm not willing to do without...pack a half serving (Cheerios in my trail mix, and bananas).
*If a student brings me a delicious birthday treat (bless their hearts
) pack it up for my son, put it in the staff workroom to share, or take just one bite (and savor it) and descreetly dispose of the remainder.
IF I decide to enjoy and entire treat, I need to accept the fact that I will be eating a large salad for supper.
Looking back on my deep thoughts, it is all common sense. Tracking calories and food items was a necessity. Before Sparkpeople, I'd do the tracking in a notebook using a calorie book or various calorie counting websites. SP food tracker is so much more convenient.
Here's how I did (or rather, didn't) following my 2,000 calorie/day limit:
Sat., May 12 – 2,500
Sun., May 13 – 2,579
Mon., May 14 – 1,877
Tues., May 15 – 2,105
Wed., May 16 – 2,603
Thurs., May 17 – 2,231
Fri., May 18 – 1,897
I'm excited. Next week will be 100% better! As long as I do not splurge during the birthday party tomorrow.....