As you may have read on Thursday of last week, I posted new set of goals for myself that included counting calories for the next seven days. It has not been easy, but I have been keeping a running tally of all foods eaten this week and the calorie counts associated with them.
Not easy, because I hate counting calories!!!
My favorite foods this week: Baked Oatmeal with walnuts, Yum! Star Bucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte. Small, please. Getting the latte was a treat for me and for hubs, who had not tried SPMLs before. We were Christmas shopping and in need of something yummy to tide us over ’til dinner time, when we stopped for our drinks. The lattes were delish, and the best news was that they were FREE! Yep you heard me right, the computer at the SBs where we visited crashed after placing our order and the staff said it would take more than 15 minutes for it to reboot, so we were not charged for our drinks.
I’m gonna get real brave here and count down for you what I have eaten this week, for those who care about this teeny, tiny goal of mine (posted on Monday afternoon for Tuesday publication, hence the lack of dinner count on Monday):
Friday, Dec 4: 1,978 calories eaten
Saturday, Dec 5: 1,556 calories eaten
Sunday, Dec 6: 1,224 calories eaten (popcorn for supper)
Monday, Dec 7: 593, so far (breakfast and lunch).
See how those daily numbers went lower with each passing day. What I’m realizing as a result of counting calories this week is that you eat a whole lot more when you don’t make yourself write it down.
No surprise, right?
I’m also recognizing that I need to drink a lot more water than I am.
The Encouraging News: I have not felt ravenously hungry since setting these goals.
The Discouraging News: I have not lost any weight while doing this. In fact, I have seen an increase, albeit tiny, in my weight. I think that last fact is the reason why I can’t stick with counting calories for very long. The instant gratification from the act is lacking with calorie counting, at least for me. I have to find a way to reward myself that is not food related, if I have any hope of sticking to this plan. I won’t abandon counting for this week, though, because by now I know…
Actions speak louder than words!!!
I will keep on doing what I’m doing and see what results it brings. That’s what setting goals is all about–being true to me, and trusting the outcome to God.
Besides, achieving this goal of counting calories is more important to me than losing weight. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to drop a pound or two this week because of my efforts, but more important to me is finding some grit and determination within, demonstrated by being able to “stick with the program” all week long.
Three more days of counting calories to go, and then I may do an experiment in portion control. We’ll see.
How are your efforts to be accountable working out for you these days? Do you count calories?