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From losing to living
July 3, 2012Posted by on
Even during my Biggest Loser Competition I never counted calories. I thought it would be interesting to finally find out how many calories I consume. So, my plan for the next month is to track my food using MyFitnessPal. It’s a pretty neat app for my Android phone and free. I like the fact I can scan a barcode and all of the info gets pre-loaded. I am lazy and that helps a ton. Another thing that helps is my wife is also starting to use it. Now when we eat dinner, I can copy all of her info. I would never take the time to measure out serving size but, she does (told you I am lazy). My breakfast and lunch are pretty easy because they are the same thing every day. My breakfast is oatmeal with banana crème protein powder and cinnamon. My lunch is always a spinach salad, with cottage cheese, tuna, hot sauce or hot peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette. Soon I will be adding my home grown tomatoes. For dessert it’s Greek yogurt. Three snacks in the day. I have fruit, a protein shake, and some almonds. That is my standard fare during work. Now the weekends may get a little complicated but, I will figure it out when that gets here.
Like I said, I never counted calories but I always read the label. Some of the serving sizes on the label are a bit misleading so when I scan something in myfitnesspal I have to check the serving size. For instance, my salad dressing is for 2 tablespoons and the bottle has 6 servings in it. This same bottle I have been using for 3 weeks. (3 X 5 = 15). I guess I don’t use 2 tablespoons but, I have plenty of dressing on each salad. I eat sunflower seeds on my way home from work. There is a science to putting a handful in the side of your mouth cracking open one at a time and filling up a solo cup with the soggy shell (at least it isn’t chewing tobacco). Anyway, the label on the bag says it has approximately 3 servings in it. I am into my 3rd week on the same bag. Then there are some food labels with serving sizes so small that would starve a mouse trying to feed off of it. I guess that is the main reason I never really counted calories.
The exercise part of myfitnesspal is decent if you are only trying to figure calories spent from a cardio activity. I didn’t read all of the directions so; some of this is my fault. In the initial set up myfitnesspal asked how long I exercise. This really means cardio exercise. I lift weights for an hour. I know I have to burn some calories doing that but myfitnesspal didn’t calculate a number for calories spent for that. That is no big deal. It was just something that I found. I guess entering it in just helps with the diary.
This morning I had a short run of 3.7 miles in 31 minutes. I wanted to give my legs a rest because I am going to try to run 10 to 15 miles tomorrow morning. I am undecided if I want to run straight out on a road for half then turn around for the second half. My only problem with that is what if I need a drink half-way thru. I didn’t really want to run in the same circles over and over again. Decisions, decisions!