At the beginning of this little project, I downloaded the LoseIt app for my Ipod to help me track my calories consumed and burned. These first few days I haven't bothered to add up all my foods because I knew they were in excess of my budgeted 1627 calories a day(based on a plan to lose 2 pounds a week until I weigh 165lbs).
Tonight I was sacked out on the couch and decided to actually do it. It's a little tedious, especially for homemade recipes. But with the broad strokes it gives you a reasonably accurate idea of what your eating.
Two things happened today that affected my total. Each year around Valentines my mother-in-law takes us out to breakfast. Denny's, IHOP, whatever everybody agrees on. I didn't go nuts, but got a basic breakfast combo. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, hashbrowns. Shortly after that, my soon-to-be diet buddy Jeff called me for a ride. We decided we'd take the fixies out. For the uninitiated, a fixie is a singlespeed, fixed gear(no coasting) bike. Popular of late with the girl-jeans and horn-rimmed hipster crowd. Ours are pretty standard but they make you work a little harder uphill, not being able to grab a lower gear, and they turn fast downhills into a frightening ordeal to be endured rather than enjoyed. It was a beautiful day, and with no computer I have no idea as to how far or fast we went, but I got the heart rate up for about an hour and went around twenty miles. I considered this "vigorous" and entered it into the calculator as such. It spit out 1100 calories for this activity.
When I started punching totals in, I started with the exercise, which bumps up your allowance for food. 1627 became 2727. For a moment I thought I was going to end up with a credit or something.
Not the case. After IHOP, a few cookies, and some lovely homemade taquito's for dinner, my calorie intake was a shocking 3700 calories. I would like to point out that I didn't eat lunch. So I broke my budget by a cool thousand calories. This will be an interesting next few weeks.
- 198 lbs