Calories Burned; Burns Supper
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I'm doing well with my nutrition and fitness goals. One thing I'm concerned about is how many calories my FitBit says I'm burning. I have my SparkPeople settings such that "calories burned" syncs directly to my SparkPeople fitness tracker from my FitBit app, and my nutrition tracker is communicating with my fitness tracker. So I have my settings set to "Sedentary," knowing that the "calories burned" will push to SparkPeople.
The problem with this is that my FitBit says I'm burning more calories than I think I really am, and it's strongly affecting how many calories SparkPeople is saying I can eat. Yesterday, I walked 13, 238 steps, and my FitBit said I burned 1,000 calories! So SparkPeople said I could eat a total of up to 2550 calories. Well that's just silly - I don't need that many calories, especially since I'm trying to lose a pound a week. I'm 5'7" and 148 pounds, for heaven's sake - I'm not a bodybuilder.
Other than that issue, everything is going great. I tried making a Scottish dish called clapshot last night because I've been invited to a semi-formal Burns Supper on Jan. 28. That's an annual Scottish tradition honoring Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. I was given a list of traditional dishes for the Burns Supper from which to choose, and I picked clapshot to bring because it's vegetarian and it looked easy. It was not difficult from a culinary standpoint, but it was time-consuming. I had to peel and cube several pounds of potatoes, turnips and carrots. Then I boiled them, mashed them, and served them hot with butter and heavy whipping cream drizzled on top. It tasted like mashed potatoes, but it looked prettier because of the color the carrots added.
So I'll make that again for the Burns Supper on the 28th. It's about 45 minutes from my house, though, so I'll need to make it, put it into a warm crock pot, wrap it up in a towel, and lug it to the supper. I suppose I'll need to make a sign for it - "Clapshot (potatoes, turnips, carrots) - vegetarian - put butter and heavy whipping cream on top" - but how will I transport and present the butter and heavy whipping cream? I guess I could transport them in Tupperware containers, then transfer the butter to a nice plate and the heavy whipping cream to a pretty bowl. I'll need a knife and a spoon. Also a serving spoon for the clapshot itself. Sheesh, this is only a side dish, and it requires so many little details! I don't know how some women cook a main dish and two sides every single night of the week.
Perhaps I should mix the butter and heavy whipping cream in with the clapshot. People do that when making mashed potatoes, don't they? I want the Burns Supper attendees to actually eat my clapshot, not skip it because they're already balancing their plate in one hand and don't want to have to add two additional ingredients. Also, since it's vegetarian, and people will be pretty focused on the haggis (which will be brought in to great fanfare and song!), they probably won't care much about my dish.
Oh shoot, I just looked at the list of dishes again, and someone else is making tatties (mashed potatoes)! Argh, I've picked the wrong dish. Darn it!
I'll have to calm down at yoga class tonight. Well, more like work out my frustration - it's a Moderate/Vigorous class. Sigh.