Sunday, July 25, 2010

Calorie Counting Day 3 & 4

So far so good. The last two days have been a bit of a challenge, but nothing that I couldn't handle with some determination. I actually have managed to work pizza, onion rings, and beer into my meals! The trick is portion control and anticipation. I knew that we'd be eating out last night so I ate basically just vegetables until then and looked up what I could eat ahead of time so that I wasn't going too far overboard.

Today I paddled and I figured that with a two hour practice (that I felt by the end!) I needed some serious recovery food so I allowed myself to eat eggs and potatoes with a piece of toast afterwards. I talked to my coach about possibly doing some one-on-one paddling so I can get better with the technique and feel more confident on the water. He had corrected me on something today that I didn't even realize what he meant for a good amount of time and I would rather fix those kinds of things without slowing the whole boat down while he explains it to me. I've been really uninterested in going to practice this last week and I think I need another boost to motivate me. It was a bit of a blow when I didn't get to paddle in half of the heats at the last race in spite of the fact that I had been pushing so hard to improve. It felt like I got no reward for my work, and it's hard to stay focused when that happens.

I was able to work some pizza into my diet for dinner. The challenge was not eating more than two slices. Pizza I think is the hardest thing for me because I never feel like I've eaten that much and I end up eating half a pie before I've realized how many calories I've consumed. But I did good and didn't overdo it.

So far the scale hasn't proven anything. I haven't lost any weight at all actually. But it's been so hot the last few days that I'm sure some of it is water weight and I've been drinking water like crazy so I'll just blame that to make myself feel better.

Tomorrow I start a new job and I already know what I'm going to eat. I think this is one of the keys to success. Having food around that you know is okay to eat is immensely helpful even if it's somewhat boring. The other good thing is the excel spreadsheet I've been using to track on. It's actually pretty easy to enter stuff in and to see what I have left for the day with the format I set up. I'm happy to share if anyone wants to see it. If you want me to send you the file let me know! I'm happy to share. So far this is the only thing I've used to track that I'm actually consistent about.

Google Doc of Excel Calorie Counter


  1. Bethany, you've inspired me to go on a 30 day challenge. I am counting calories (not obsessively, just generally) and walking for an hour a night with the dog! I mapped my route, and went almost 3 miles in an hour with a 400 foot incline! (I was SWEATING, but it felt great!) are you over on

  2. That's awesome! I am on the daily mile. I haven't used it in awhile because I haven't been running/walking all that much lately. I can start if you want someone to walk with you.

  3. I'd like that! (for some reason I'm not getting response comments in my inbox, so sorry it took me a while!)