Now that I am challenged to keep track of my calories, I decided to follow Patrick's lead (blog: Responsibility 199) and take a look at this week's daily nutrient composition.
What I discovered, to my surprise, is that I am doing GREAT on the low fat part of my diet, but I'm taking in too many carbs (not greatly, but enough to need correcting), and am shorting myself on protein. THAT is not good. I need to beef up my protein intake.
I'm still not the biggest fan of recording everything I eat. I'm only doing so because of the DDDY Challenge. However, I can definitely see now the benefits of doing so. While (post-challenges) I probably won't record everything, realistically, I will be sure to make the effort to do so every now and again, just to spot-check myself, and to make corrections as necessary.
Recording food intake information is like periodically taking a compass reading. You can point the ship in the direction you want to go, but you have to make periodic corrections to stay on-coarse. I can see, in the future, I need to take a compass reading, if I want to safely get to my destination.
In anticipation of the November 8th SDDDY Challenge (Son of Double Dog Dare You), and the volume of fliud that must be consumed, I rummaged around the recesses of a seldom-used kitchen cabinet and found the 2.2L (64 oz) refillable water jug today. Wow, it was bigger than I remembered it to be. The SDDDY Challenge won't be easy, but it will get me through Thanksgiving, and I can do this!
Calories today: 1,458
Water today: 8
Day 107 ... getting my bearings