So, this food journal thing that I’ve been using over at FitDay has been an interesting experiment. I’ve been keeping this since Monday of this week; I think other than three Altoids I popped the other night (10 whole calories), I’ve been pretty good about entering everything I’ve eaten this week into the journal. Some things were tough to estimate; Mel made some spaghetti sauce for dinner the other night that was delicious, but ultimately altogether evil, and I’m not entirely sure I got everything measured out right there – particularly for the two meals of that I ate as leftovers at lunch this week. But, I tried to estimate that stuff on the high side, so hopefully I got in the ballpark.
The damage so far – for the four full days I’ve measured, I’ve had two days of about 1,400 calories total intake and two days of about 2,200. The two 2,200 days were eating meals of spaghetti with Mel’s meat sauce for one meal and this Indian Butter Chicken recipe that Mel found on-line for the other. Note to self: one or the other.
Today after lunch, I’m in at 646 total.
I made lunch today and had fun looking at the labels of all the various ingredients and then coming up with a nutrition-information entry for “Andy’s Bean, Cheese and Onion Burrito.” Note to self – buy different tortillas and low-fat cheese, and consider using three tablespoons of taco sauce next time instead of four. OK, thanks.
According to the information I entered at the beginning of the process; I burn about 3,500 calories a day just being a big ol’ desk-sitting dude. That makes my calorie deficit somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,500 or so for this week; at 3,500 calories per pound, that supposedly puts me down a pound and three quarters or so from where I started. It makes me wish we had a scale so I could see if that were true.
The simple act of entering food into the journal has been helpful; I’ve conciously avoided eating seconds at dinner twice, when otherwise I would have without a moment’s hesitation, and I’ve successfully walked past a counter at work covered with cookies, bread and other treats no fewer than four times without eating anything. And I’ve been eating fruit like a beast this week.
As a bonus, even on my 1,400-calorie days, I haven’t found myself to be overly hungry. And if I have felt the need to eat something, I’ve tried to eat an apple and some yogurt or something along those lines instead of making delicious peanut butter and honey toast.
Things to work on: more protein; probably fewer carbs; get some vegetables into the mix; figure out a physical activity plan.
Those all seem like far more minor details than they did at this point a week ago.