Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Calorie Counting Day 7

Today marks 1 week! I feel good that I'm going strong. I've never been able to track my progress this successfully. It's good stuff.
Today I packed extra food in my lunch so that my lunch would be a bigger meal than my dinner. Strangely, I wasn't as hungry today and I ended up not eating the extra 200 calories I brought with me. It's amazing how much easier it is for me to tell if I'm actually hungry when I haven't really had any refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. For anyone who doesn't know, hfcs is a sweetener substitute often used in foods instead of sugar. The reason it sucks is that it doesn't satisfy our craving for sweetness naturally and you end up eating more than would normally satisfy you. Normally when you consume food, hormones release and tell your brain that your stomach is full (before you feel like you need a wheelbarrow to carry your stomach around in). Hfcs blocks this hormone so that you can't tell when you're full and your end up consuming more than you need.

The good news is that since I was able to gauge my hunger today I have enough calories left to have a scoop of light ice cream at Baskin Robbins! Woo! That's a good celebration item, especially because it's well within my calorie allotment for the day.

This makes my hero for the day the Premium Churned Light Aloha Brownie Ice Cream. Only 150 calories for a kid sized scoop! I can even have the cone for another 45 calories. Oh, and they use sugar instead of corn syrup. Booyah!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of another week. Hopefully it will be as easy as this week was. I'm still kind of bummed about the results. I measured myself today and my measurements are exactly the same. I think I may be down about 3 pounds, but it's really hard to gauge in this weather and with my scale. I think when I get my first paycheck I might go invest in a good scale that measures to the tenth of a pound. Then I'll have a better idea of whether or not my efforts are making a difference.

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