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Portion control, perfectionism, and pie

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yesterday was not my most successful diet day, but it was definitely a learning experience.

In the morning at work "breakfast" was a variety of cold cuts, cheeses, croissants, grapes, and two kinds of cake. I should have turned around and went back to my desk for oatmeal and a banana, but I didn't. So, I had a croissant with two slices of turkey and half a slice of cheese and a dozen grapes, and managed to keep it under 400 calories according to the nutrition tracker.

The rest of the day I stayed on track, and had planned my evening food carefully (ok, obsessively) to meet all the nutrition goals.

When I got home, however, what should be sitting on the kitchen table but a freshly baked lemon meringue pie!

Diet sabotage!!!!!!!!!!!

So I said the hell with it. I had my salad with toppings as planned, and a big 1/6 piece of pie.

If I had just stopped there, I would still have been within my calories, but not the rest of the trackers (protein, fiber etc.).

But no, having "blown it" already, at bedtime I indulged in a glass of port with two squares of dark chocolate and a handful of walnuts. I wasn't physically hungry; I think I was trying to comfort myself for my earlier lapse. It was not very effective in the comfort department, but it did get me thinking.

From day one I have tried to match ALL of the nutrition trackers every day - wth other goals on top of that like fruit/veggie servings, fiber and water. If I don't get everything within range I don't feel successful. Many days it's very hard to meet all of the goals and I have to eat extra foods in the evenings to make up any deficits, especially protein and fiber.

Perhaps this is a bit too ambitious for a beginner who is also a perfectionist... For the next week or two I'm going to try paying less attention to those other trackers and just worry about water and total calories. (I don't know if I can really ignore them, but I will try.)
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  • 1EMMA2011
    I'm a perfectionist too, it's hard sometimes... mostly i try to focus on persistence now... good for you for getting the right balance in your food to start - took me many many months! emoticon
    2041 days ago
    You only have to get all those nutrients over a week, or on most days, whatever. It's hard to give up being a perfectionist, but it leaves so little room for appreciation, improvement, or pride in oneself...You are doing great, just stay in your calorie range and hit most of your nutrients most of the time.
    2042 days ago
    Nice job staying under your calories even WITH the pie... don't sweat the wine, dark choc and walnuts. They all have nutritional benefits- in fact the nuts are nutrient packed- so your body probably needed those nutrients. I know what you mean about obsessing over getting it all right... my big thing is calories and protein... I can never seem to get enough protein w/o going over my calories. Good luck! emoticon
    2042 days ago
    Don't feel bad for going over your tracker. Since I started I have not been able to meet my calorie and fat intake. My plan requires 2700 calories and I am lucky to get 1800. I still can't get it in my mind the "healthy foods" to eat so I choose to swap it up with dark chocolate and yogurt and bananas. The important thing is that you realize you went over and want to correct it. Dieting has to 99.5% mental and 0.5% physical. Once we overcome the mental part then it goes to 99 5% physical and 0.5% mental. Stick with it, you are doing great. emoticon
    2042 days ago
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