Thursday, May 13, 2010

Counting Calories Day 1

I am sitting here enjoying my salad and I can't believe that I'm at my limit for what I can eat today already! How do people eat like this?!

First of all I estimated what my intake should be by using spark people. Here's what my ranges are:

Calories: 1200-1550
Carbohydrates: 163-236
Fat: 32-56
Protein: 60-127

I also used weight watchers parameters to make sure those calories are healthy ones:

6 cups of water per day
5 servings of fruits or vegetables
1 serving of milk (or other source of calcium and protein)
daily vitamins

So, with those daily parameters in mind, I attacked my meals today. This is what I had.

1 slice dave's killer bread with 2 Tbsp peanut butter
330 calories, 28 carbs, 19g fat, 9g protein

4oz. chicken, 1C brown rice, 1 1/2 C Asian veggie stir fry mix (from Trader Joe's)
1060 calories, 108 carbs, 29g fat, 41g protein

strawberry cake square, rainbow chip frosting
380 calories, 58 carbs, 8.5g fat, 1g protein

1/2 Avocado, chopped lettuce, tomato, yellow pepper, 1Tbsp olive oil, 10 croutons
300 calories, 20 carbs, 27g fat, 5g protein

My totals for the day:
1360 calories, 128 carbs, 56g fat, 46g protein

This feels like a tightrope walk! I figured my small square of cake wouldn't hurt me that bad, and honestly if I hadn't been keeping track I would have had at least 3 squares of cake today. I'm right in line for the calories and fat but I'm lacking protein and carbs. But if I ate something else right now to compensate, I'd probably go over my calories!

I think I understand better now why being a vegetarian wasn't working for me in spite of the improvement in my fruit and veggie intake. If I don't eat enough of all of the nutrients I need I imagine my body will still cling to what it can get to compensate. This isn't going to be easy.


  1. wow, that lunch was intense!

  2. haha you're right! I wrote down the wrong numbers for it. it was actually 680 calories, 78 carbs, 20.5g fat and 28g protien. woops!