Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Doing what it takes

It is not news to me that keeping tempting, high-sugar, high-fat foods around the house is dangerous when I'm trying to lose weight. But one thing I've realized just recently is that there are some healthy trigger foods that I'm best to just steer clear of.

Food number one is TLC's. That stands for Tasty Little Crackers (it's a brand, not just my nickname for them). The stats are good for crackers. They're organic and healthy. But if I have an open box around, it's just too easy to eat crackers instead of an apple or some carrots or something else fresh and healthy. So now I keep potato chips around, or non-flavored tortilla chips, which for me are no temptation at all.

Food number two is Think Thin protein bars. Again, stats are good. But I eat them like ... well, like candy. So having one is good, but honestly, two is way better. And that's far too many calories devoted to a manufactured food. So I've given Tim a nice supply of bars, and they are hidden from me.

Yesterday and today I managed to change my macro ratios and get more fats. So without going into boring detail, yesterday I hit a good calorie deficit while eating 2000 calories with a 53/28/19 (C/P/F) ratio. Today's numbers are dependent on if I'm having some Fiber One and low-fat vanilla soymilk before bed. WithOUT the cereal, it's 1821 calories with 46/26/28. With cereal, it's 2021 calories and 51/24/25. Decisions, decisions...

My real marathon running friend Jenny asked if it makes me crazy having to think about food all the time. At first logging the food was tedious. And sometimes you just make educated guesses about your intake, unless you only want to eat manufactured foods from packages with labels. But with time I'm learning to really love the whole process. Maybe that's because I'm losing weight that's been so resistant to budging. (Ok, so maybe I was resistant to changing my diet, but still, resistance was there!) And let's face it, when you're feeling like everything fits with ease, that's a great feeling. I even tried on my WTF suit from 2 years ago. It's the tiniest most scandalous thing you've ever seen. And even without a tan, it fit. Bottom line: when you're getting the results you want, the process becomes your friend.

On a final note, I LOVE what I do! The process of getting to know the delightful women I train (and that one special little girl, who incidentally is doing great and getting stronger!) is ... I don't even have the words to express what a privilege it is to work with them. With the sincerest of hearts, I can say I feel like I'm doing what I was MADE to do, and I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to do it!

Still don't know about the cereal, though... :)


Colette said...

Eat the cereal!! I know you love it and if I know you, you have burned far more calories than that of a bowl of cereal ;)

Yes, YOU WERE MADE FOR TRAINING OTHERS! You are so great at that and I am so happy that you have found your passion.

Keeping a food journal is a great tool. I enjoy it at times, but seem to be eating the same things every day right now, that I stopped plugging in the numbers.

Hooray for you!! Fitting into that ity-bity suit must feel wonderful!! How exciting!

Have a wonderful rainy day, Leslie

Brit-Man said...

Have the Cereal.

The average caloric intake per day for Women is about 1,800-2,000, so given your activitiy levels, it might be more beneficial to eat the extra 200-300 calories.

Hope you're having a great day. Take care and best wishes.

:-) :-).


Pamela said...

Funny you agonising about a bowl of cereal...Me deciding to Log everything is not only interesting to watch others do but something I"m starting back to as of TODAY !
glad to hear the training is going well :)bewvu

KatieFeldmom said...

And even without a tan, it fit.
HUH????? The tan makes it fit better...maybe that's been my problem, I'm not tan. LOL!!!!!!!

So glad to hear that things are going well!!!!!