Part of my weight loss action plan was to keep a food diary for a week to see what I eat and where my calories are coming from. I started entering the info on my phone the day after I wrote the post. Check out my findings below:
1700 calories from three servings of pasta. I need to watch how much of that stuff I eat. We had salad in the house, so I should've probably eaten more of that to fill up.
2400 calories from drinking and eating at the same time. I ate a very large serving of Rallys frozen french fries, which are a weakness, and some cream puffs that were left over from my anniversary party. I can normally avoid eating too much of those types of items, but when I have too much to drink I don't pay nearly enough attention to what goes in my belly.
1400 calories from sushi and eating seafood. I ate a ton, but it wasn't the type of food that was bad for me, so I felt full and kept it reasonable.
1920 calories from eating lots of chips and dip and then a giant half pound hamburger. I was at a friend's house, and my hamburger didn't seem that large until the husband told me it was the huge one he had made earlier. I didn't feel sickly full, but evidentally I ate far too much.
1890 calories from a frozen pizza at lunch. I knew I should've just eaten half, but I really wanted to eat the whole thing. I burned my mouth so that plus the calories were punishment for days.
1000 calories from having a salad for lunch and a moderate dinner. I honestly think that was just not enough to keep me going, and I felt it on Wednesday, especially when my lunch got delayed by two hours.
1820 calories from some Chili Cheese fritos and dark chocolate for dessert. Before that little 250 calorie snack I was doing fine at about 1570 calories but I was hungry or bored after dinner so I snacked. I need to nip that in the bud.
Takeaway (Not the Food in Boxes Kind)
- Seafood is relatively low in calories, and one of my favorite things to eat anyway. I'd like to bring more of it into my diet especially when I'm eating out.
- Making pasta at home is a bad idea because I try to eat all of it in one sitting if the husband isn't around. Even if the husband is around, I probably eat too much.
- Chips and dip are really hard to keep track of. I think if I really wanted to have some chips, I might need to portion them out of the bag and then put the bag away to keep the calories in the reasonable range.
- Alcohol is surprisingly low in calories. Who knew that a gin martini didn't have much to add to your waistline. That said, drinking a lot of alcohol makes me feel hungry and lose some control over what I eat. I just don't pay enough attention because I am having so much fun.
- Salad is a good way for me to fill up and eat less heavy calorie items. There's a great salad bar at work and two or three different salads I like at the Mediterranean place. I feel like I need to make sure it's in the house and in packed lunches (when I remember to bring them).
- Fruit is super low in calories, and one of my favorite things to snack on. I used to think I had started gaining weight because I ate so many fruits and vegetables (because of their sugar), but now I realize it was probably because I just ate too much everything. Reasonable amounts of fruit, like 2 or 3 pieces a day aren't bad for me, so I should include them in my diet. They are also great alternatives to ice cream and other sweets.
- I eat far too much on Mondays, but my breakfast isn't that bad considering I use it as a splurge at around 440 calories. I just need to be careful that I eat something simple and light for lunch and then a reasonable dinner. I could go back to eating just scrambled eggs but bacon and potatoes with that make
my 4:30am wakeup call much less painful. You gotta have something to look forward to, right?
- Snacking because I am bored is bad, but I am not sure what the alternative is. I think for right now, I will just try to pay more attention and stop the bad habits before I take a big bite.
- I should be eating between 1200 and 1500 calories on most days. I am sure that I will splurge some days but that range seems like a healthy goal for me now. I can reevaluate when I reach my goal weight and if I feel overly tired at the end of the day. I also plan on doing another food diary in a month to see how well I am enacting changes.