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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything.

Then I tracked everything. Ha!

Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark.

For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, and half a portabella mushroom. So I tracked the veggies and 2 TBSP of balsamic vinaigrette. Aeh, close enough for government work. Also I found a recipe for this vegan orzo, mushroom, broccoli casserole thing that is delicious. I had a big serving spoon full of that. I don't really know how many calories are in there, but I found an "orzo broccoli pilaf" in the food tracker that seemed reasonable so I added that in there.

In the end, the calorie count isn't perfect, but it's a decent approximation. About 1900 calories yesterday, which is a bit high given all I did was 30 minutes on the elliptical but today, when I tell Spark I've done an hour of boot camp and burned 600+ calories, my low-end calorie range is 1951.

I know I need to eat more than 1200 calories to keep my body ready for all this exercise, but that silly 1200 number I feel has been beaten into my brain and I feel guilty somehow for eating more than that. I'd like to keep my intake to maybe about 1800 calories on boot camp days and a little lower on, say, elliptical days.

That's what I'm starting with, anyway. Then I'll see how my body feels - if I have the energy I need for boot camp, if I'm ravenous at 3PM, if I get cranky or dizzy or dehydrated, etc - and then I can reassess the situation.

This is why I don't track calories. I get obsessed with the numbers.

Why did I have 1mg of cholesterol yesterday? ONE? Silly.
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    You sound like me. Throw it in the dish and mix

    1919 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2014 1:31:10 PM
    You hit on exactly my problem with tracking: when I cook, it's a little of this and a little of that. I cannot imagine taking the time to weigh/measure every ingredient THEN type it all in. I've also noticed that when I do take that time, Spark does some weird stuff. For example, if I put a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet to sautee something, Spark counts that as an ingredient and says that I've consumed the entire spoonful...It's an inexact science, is what I'm trying to say!

    A couple of weeks ago, I read a really interesting article about the number 1200...I've been searching for it to share the link, but I can't find it. If I do, I'll come back and add it. Basically, it said that there's no real rhyme or reason behind it, and that it's nuts how that number has been programed into the minds of so many women.
    1921 days ago
    I'm playing back and forth about tracking. Mainly because I have a good sense of what I'm doing after years of doing this.

    To each their own and even if people track it truly is not hard science.
    1922 days ago
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