Gotta Love It.
I have been calorie counting fairly religiously for the past six weeks or so (I may or may not mess up on the occasional dinner out…). A lot of people hate calorie counting because it makes them obsess about numbers. Which is true. It’s easy to get very rigid and anal about staying “inside the line” when you are calorie counting, and that if you deviate, you have ruined all chance at losing wight ever. It’s a bit dramatic. But I consider calorie counting and my Daily Goal of calories as more like “guidelines than actual rules.”
But one thing I have learned through calorie counting is the importance of eating foods that I actually like. And I really mean it. Even though I’m okay with going over my calorie intake every once in awhile, calorie counting on a regular basis has really showed me how often I waste my calories on food that I don’t even like. To me, calories is essentially like money. I only have so much to spend in a day. Why would you spend your calories on something you don’t like it? It’s like buying shoes that are uncomfortable. Sure, the shoes might look good and they might be the shoes everyone else is wearing, but do they work for you? Nope! So why wear them? Likewise, why would I want to spend my calories on food that I’m not that into?
When I was flying down to North Carolina a couple weeks ago, I had time in the airport to grab breakfast. Now, I normally don’t eat at the airport, but because I was using public transportation to get there, I had to leave extra early and I just didn’t have time to eat. I found a “French bistro” (so they say…) in LaGuardia and sat down to peruse their menu. They had a lot of delicious sounding food, like french toast and waffles, but I decided to go for something that had a bit more protein, since I wasn’t sure when I would get lunch. I ordered their breakfast platter, which came with scrambled eggs, home fries, wheat toast and… bacon.
The diabetic’s kryptonite.
I tasted a little bit of everything at first to see what I liked, especially since some bacon (especially airport bacon) can actually be kind of gross.
But it wasn’t. It was delicious, amazing bacon. Thick slices, cooked to a crisp but not overdone. And so I ate them. I ate all three slices, because that’s what I loved on my plate. I did not, however, eat the home fries. I don’t really like home fries that much, and so I didn’t want to waste my calories on food I wasn’t crazy about. I also only had two out of the four slices of the bread. Was it bad? Nope. But it wasn’t as good as the bacon. The bacon was my priority and I enjoyed every bite of it.
Over the past six weeks, I regularly have to consider and reconsider what I’m going to eat. Do I really want to eat those fries? Do I really like them that much? Sometimes I do, and I eat the french fries with pleasure. And sometimes, you know, they’re just not worth it or I’m spending my calories just to spend them. When I go to Cosi, which is my Thursday ritual for lunch, I quit eating the chips that come with my meal. The chips are OK, but they aren’t that great. But they are 150 calories. Which could be better used toward something I want, like dark chocolate or a tall Mocha Coconut Frappuccino from Starbucks. I love Mocha Frappuccinos. I do not love Cosi’s kettle chips.
You can only spend money once, and technically you can only spend your calories once. You might not go into debt if you overeat on your calories, but you will face consequences. We’re always taught to prioritize our finances, and I think applying similar principles to food is important. I know the areas in my life that are financially important to me, like saving for our honeymoon or making sure that we have healthy food in the house. Likewise, there are types of food that more important to me, and that’s where I want my resources (my available calories) to go. It’s a slow process to get out of debt and lose weight, but it’s infinitely worth it!
My new food philosophy is: Gotta love it!
Last week: 196.2 lbs.
This week: 194.7 lbs.
Weight change: -1.5
Total weight loss: 7.3 lbs.