Like I mentioned here, I’m not super jazzed with my numbers on the scale so I decided to count every single calorie I consumed yesterday to get a better idea of where I stand.
Blueberry Protein Shake: 213 Calories
Black coffee with a splash of almond milk:15 calories
Strawberry Salad (minus chicken): 110 calories (I made my own dressing but used a TJ version as a calorie estimate)
BBQ Pizza: 578 calories (side note – this is an estimate. We didn’t measure most of the pizza ingredients and I couldn’t find some of the ones we used from the site list but looking at this I’m thinking we need to eat less cheese.)
Popcorn: 140 calories
Daily Total: 1609 calories. Per Myfitnesspal my daily caloric total if I want to lose a few pounds should be 1200 calories. So if I ate like this without working out I’d be in trouble. However, yesterday at the gym I did an hour of pilates which is around 150 calories and 25 min on the treadmill (walk/run at an incline) for around 250 calories for a total of 400 calories exerted at the gym. If I did all my math correctly, I’m looking at a net of 1209 calories. Great, if I really did eat/exercise like this every day. But the weekends come along and things fall apart. Imagine a day like the one above plus 4 drinks? Those sneaky liquid calories. No wonder the scale was not my friend.
Thoughts on this? Do you guys track your calories? It took a lot of work to log everything and it wouldn’t be realistic to commit to doing this every day but it does serve as a good reminder that I want to have drinks then I need to balance out those calories with my daily eats and workouts which is so obvious but sometimes gets lost in the mix of fun social events.