Counting Calories

Happy Monday Everyone!

Hard to believe that this will be my first full week of work in over 2 weeks.  Vacationing in Iowa gave me a two day work week two weeks ago and then Labor day gave us a 4 day work week last week.  Back to normalcy I guess, and hopefully weather wise too!  I’m not sure if I can take any more earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding.

Last night, after watching the Redskins beat the Giants, Neal and I made the most delicious hamburgers.  We began by sauteing onions, which Neal chopped with his new knife. We then cooked our beef burgers, from Whole Foods, on our stove top grill.  The burgers were so incredibly juicy and the onions were so sweet.  Once everything was cooked we assembled our burgers.  Bun, beef burger, slice of blue cheese (Trader Joes), onion, a little mustard, and a little BBQ sauce.  PERFECTION!

This week I really want to focus on my calories in and my calories out.  I have a hard time because I know I’m eating “good” food but my portion sizes are just too large.  It’s great that I’m eating healthy, but 2000 calories is 2000 calories, whether I’m eating whole wheat pasta or potato chips.

I also feel like I often “ruin” a day with a random binge.  Last week it was Chex’s new Muddy Buddy mix.  I polished off a bag with Neal when we were at the movies on Saturday.  Not my finest moment.  Portion control is my biggest struggle and I hope counting my calories this week will show me where my portions should be.

This week I am going to log my food intake into My Plate.  I just need to gain a better perspective on how many calories I’m consuming.

Do you journal your food intake online?  What website do you use?

Here is this week’s weekly plan:

Workout

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Plans

Monday

20 min. run (E) and weights at work

Bowl of cereal with blueberries

Ham sandwich with swiss cheese and garlic hummus, grapes

Mexican turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes

Cooking and graduate work

Tuesday

Off

Oatmeal with peanut butter

Leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Good bye party after work and graduate work

Wednesday

2 mile run (E) and weights at work

Bowl of cereal with blueberries

Leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Dinner with Liz

Crocheting class with Liz

Thursday

Spin

Oatmeal with peanut butter

Ham sandwich with swiss cheese and garlic hummus

Pasta with tuna and a side of asparagus

Graduate work

Friday

25 min. run (E) and weights at work

Oatmeal with peanut butter

Ham sandwich with swiss cheese and garlic hummus

I’m really looking forward to the crocheting class Liz and I are attending on Wednesday night.  I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet for some time, and I’m excited to have found a studio that offers classes.  I’m going to be crocheting blankets before you know it!  I haven’t confessed this yet, but I have a little bit of a knitting obsession.  I enjoy it for many reasons…

  • It’s a fun hobby
  • It’s good for stress management
  • You create beautiful gifts for loved ones
  • It keeps your hands busy (when traveling, watching tv, or when you’re looking to pass the time)

I also need to get a lot of graduate work done this week, so I’m hoping to get to bed at a reasonable time each night that way I have energy on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to crank out some graduate work after work.

I hope today goes well for you and that you have a fantastic week!

Comments

  1.  Laura says

    This is great. Yes I have practiced food plan and food journaling for about 3 years. It is a great sanity practice for me. When I have a realiatic plan of what I’m going to eat for the day it takes away the fear that Im not goi g to have enough food to eat that may lead to a binge,

    The other gift of journaling after I ate the food. I get a good idea of what I really ate and I can see what works and what doesn’t. Every so often I may track how I feel around the food. The other thing I may track is timing in between meals.

    Good Luck!

  2. says

    I use My Plate. I really like it, especially since it also gives you a breakdown of protein, fat, carbs, fiber, etc. Portion control is hard for me too – one trick I used is that when I cook at home, I try to estimate how many portions the dish makes before I start eating, and then I just limit myself to one. The rest go into Tupperware!

  3. says

    I use myfitnesspal.com and have found it to be SUPER user friendly,highly recommend. They totally overestimate the exercise calories, so ignore those.

    I just started logging in again after realizes that due to my increase in exercise I was netting about 800 calories a day.

    Well, duh, no wonder I kept crashing two hours after lifting or whatever.

    • says

      You know, that was the odd thing with MyPlate.com, I labeled myself as “sedentary” as I sit at a desk all day long even though I work out 5 times a week. Based on that they said I should consume 1190 calories a day to lose 2 pounds a week. That is incredibly low for me, so I had to adjust my calories around. I didn’t really trust their recommended calorie intake number.

  4. says

    MFP gives you crazy town stuff like 500 calories burned for mowing the lawn or 900 for 30 minutes on the elliptical. I bust my ASS for 550 at the gym and that’s with running and weights. it worries me that they are so off because people may blithely follow them and I’ve brought it up with the site people but..

    I also dislike the ads, but, it’s free, but it’s ad full of quick weight loss, but it’s free.

    Bottom line (ha) for me was that it’s super fast and intuitive, otherwise I’d rather go eat glass then spend all day entering stuff. It also has a recipe calculator thingy if I ever cook anything ever again.

    That is super low, they have mine at 15something and I’m 223. Thats for a one pound a week loss. I just try and stay between 1500 and 1800.

  5. says

    If I count my calories, I’ll use Sparkpeople but I’m a bigger fan of Weight Watchers. It’s much easier to count points+ as opposed to calories. I like to track everything because besides my binges, I have a tendency to eat too little so if I’m counting points I know that I’m eating enough!

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