Food Scale-y

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So I've been using that food scale that I got for my birthday, and there have been some really interesting results.

Cereal is spot on. A cup of Chex is 28g, just like the box says! 100 calories. Cool!

However, two eggs? Totally not 140 calories. Cooked and weighed this morning, my two eggs came out to 85 grams - 120 calories.

I'm excited to use it to weigh my chicken tonight. hahaha

Zumba was fun, and of course, every one I dragged along LOVED it. They're planning to make it a weekly event, and obviously I am, too. No Monday class next week because the instructor has a conflict, but every one is on board for Wednesday. My eating was totally in range, but not as planned.

C noticed that McDonald's has Hello Kitty toys right now, and one of the toys is Kitty dressed up in exercise gear. She even has a headband on! It is to die for adorable. (PS, yes I am 4.) So after Zumba, C went and got me a Happy Meal. (Again, I am 4.) Had a cheeseburger and their mini, 100-calorie fries with a chocolate milk. Perfect recovery carbs/protein ratio!

My numbers yesterday were:

1790 Calories

107g protein
217g carbs
48g fat

2219mg sodium
21g fibre

All in all, a pretty dang good day! I have been eating in the upper end of my range lately. I have been told many times that I might not be eating enough for my activity level, but I've never been brave enough to try it - too scared of gaining weight back, I guess. But I have been trying it, and intend to keep trying it for at least 30 days. We'll see how it goes.

I got dressed this morning, and my clothes are fitting better and better all the time! Which is weird, because last night I measured myself and I've actually gained inches... And weight, apparently. I am trying super hard not to be freaked out by this, and to keep truckin' with my good exercise levels and eating in range.

I'm definitely going to get a HRM when we have a little more money, though. I really have to wonder if Spark's calorie burn estimates are accurate. Maybe I'm burning WAY less and thus eating too much? Buh. As it is, I have my calorie intake based on a burn of 2500 calories... but when I put all my fitness in the tracker, it shows a burn of 2903 calories for this week on the fitness page... but 3215 on the Start Page...

That's counting:

Sunday - Stationary bike (586 calories, 45 mins)
Monday - Zumba (670 calories, 60 mins)
Tuesday - Rest (0 calories)
Wednesday - Zumba (670 calories, 60 mins)
Thursday - Core Toning ST (0 calories in the tracker, 30 mins)
Friday - Stationary Bike (586 calories, 45 mins)
Saturday - Pilates & Stationary Bike (391 calories, 60 mins)

I guess the other 300 some odd calories shown on the start page must be from the ST stuff, which isn't counted on the fitness page... SPARK, Y U NO CONSISTENT? ლ(ಠ益ಠ

Either way, my eating plan is based off a burn of 2500 calories per week. My BMR is "supposed to be" 1871 calories per day, and I have been eating right around that mark. Maybe I should be eating less, after all.


It's all very difficult to tell. I'll keep trying to eat in this upper range for a while, and I'll go ahead and keep exercising this way for a while. But like I said, a HRM is absolutely the next thing I'm buying myself.

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    I'm so glad you are finding little things with the scale - it's amazing when you start seeing where you get a little extra, where you have to cut some down.

    I had a emoticon slip out when you said your next order of business is the HRM - YAY!! Will change everything!

    Glad you have more Zumba buddies on board - strength in numbers!
    1937 days ago
    I feel like I ought to pay more attention to the calories in/calories out calculations, but I've only recently started trying to track intake with any consistency, and as for output? I have no idea what numbers to believe, whether the ones on the machine (elliptical or stationary bike) I'm using, or what spark people tells me I've burned for x number of minutes on that? Or, for playing pickleball, which spark does not recognize, do I just guess 1/3rd of tennis calories, since the court is 1/3rd the size of a tennis court? Heck if I know.

    I'm amused by the happy meal excursion, but not for the hello kitty part...well, maybe a little bit for hello kitty...but now I have to go look up how a happy meal compares to other options at mcd's. Mostly out of curiosity. Though i am amused at the idea of stepping up to some 16 year old kid, and ordering a happy meal. Would they be able to keep a straight face? Would I?
    1937 days ago
    I know that feels, bro!

    I'm seriously struggling with whether or now I should use my FitBit attached to SP. I'm eating a bit more, and I'm going to not weigh myself for a week and see how it goes. Some people say to eat more, some people say don't worry about it, so I'm going to just sit back from the scale for a bit and see how that goes. I haven't lost anything in 3 weeks, my weight just keeps fluctuating.

    Love the ლ(ಠ益ಠƯ
    4;) guy! So cute!

    I have an HRM but it only works accurately if I'm really sweaty. Boo.

    Maybe we're over-analyzing things? *shrug*
    1937 days ago
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