A week of tracking my diet and I'm feeling good. I made some decent decisions and remembered to write everything down that I ate. I can already see that the weekends are going to be the hardest. I have a difficult time pulling out my notebook and writing down what I'm eating around other people. And on the weekends I'm pretty much always around other people.
Last Thursday, I had a rough evening. I got through my PT session with no problems, but as I walked to the car I could tell something was wrong. I was shaky and skittish. I needed food. I determined that chocolate milk would do the trick and headed out in my car. I stopped at the first grocery store and there were no individual sized drinks. Not quite comfortable doing so, I packed myself back into my car and headed towards home.
Thankfully there was a 7-Eleven on the drive home. I went in and got some self-prescribed chocolate milk and downed it. I felt so much better. I picked up my girls and headed home for dinner. The cycle of shakiness continued through the evening. I'd get shaky, eat something and it would go away. I was feeling rough and not really sure why.
Prior to PT, I'd eaten 911 calories for the day. By the end of the day, I'd eaten 1391. I counted and then fell asleep for the night.
This week my goal is to start tracking calories. I joined SparkPeople again (dublythe) and determined my base calories. Each day I should be consuming 1520 - 1870 calories. I'm still going to keep my paper journal. I find the searching for things to enter when I already know the numbers to be tedious and a time waste. However, SparkPeople is good for helping me look up the value for things that I don't know. It also can offer me more insight into other nutritional information I'm not tracking by hand.
I'm glad to have a direction. Hopefully it is the right one. I'd certainly like to avoid any more days like Thursday. Of course, I am not looking forward to the day when all I really want in the world is a big unhealthy plate of nachos. Seeing those calories is a definite deterrent!