You think? LOL counting calories is an eye opener
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
April 20th is my one year bandiversary. I have come far, down 65.5 lbs. so far, but I have been coasting really for the past few months. Or is it more like 5 months? A month ago I started seeing a personal trainer, weight training/strength training -- and while I look slimmer in the mirror (FINALLY) the scale is really being uncooperative.
I began to face facts. I need to go back to entering in my food eaten EVERY meal. No more slacking or guestimating. I know I "believe" I am eating okay, but let's get real. Are chocolate chip cookies "ok?" are Pringles "ok?" Even in small amounts - something that other lap banders are well familiar with-- those are not the foods I should be eating "just because they go down easier".
So today I came back to Spark and began entering my food. Yikes! How quickly it is brought back to memory how fast even the tiniest bit of food adds up! For example, I usually add 2 Starbucks mini-pouches of walnuts to my oatmeal each morning. (Heart-healthy, antioxidents right?) Nope. It just adds lots of calories and very little protein. On the drive to the personal trainer this morning I drank a Muscle Milk. That's fine - for a meal - but not for a "snack". Even the lite version (which I use) adds 100 calories to my day. The only upside is it is high in protein. Imagine if I used the regular Muscle Milk variety? Yikes!
For lunch, I have been eating tomato basil soup and adding about a half cup of low fat shredded cheese (for good source of protein, I thought). Well when I put it all in the tracker this morning -- OMG -- I guess I won't be choosing that for lunch today after all! One serving of the soup is 110 calories -- and the container (a small one) holds 5 servings! That is 550 calories for a small container of soup alone not counting the cheese! So I compromised and chose a little differently but it is clear I have to change up my eating to incorporate way more protein at way less calories.
In retrospect, I should have gained weight these past few months, given what I was eating (but in small amounts).
Getting back into Spark and filling out that tracker is an eye opener. For sure.