Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

Natalie Goldberg (free-flowing writing)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Counting Calories

Below is my calorie count since Dec 31 2010:

                                               Calories      Fat      % over standards
                                                                             Cal          Fat

2010 Dec 31 F 2445.0 56.0   203.75%  186.67% Bad
2011 Jan 1 St 2945.0 147.5     245.42%  491.67% Bad


2 Su 3138.5 124.3     261.54%  414.33% Bad


3 M 2182.5 83.8     181.88%  279.17% Bad


4 T 1692.0 52.7     141.00%  175.67% Fair


5 W 2107.0 45.0   175.58%  150.00% Fair

This shows how I have been so unsuccessful in avoiding pre and post-New Year food binges.  Based on a 1500kcal/ day and 30g fat/day standard for weight loss, I've gone over the requirement from Dec 31 to Jan 2 by as much as 161% to as low as 104%.  More than double the requirement.  For the past 3 days, I've made making fair progress, the lowest at 41% more last Tuesday.  Today, I would have made it to less than that if not for eating a Japanese bento box equivalent to a whopping 650kcal!  Lest I appear obsessive by counting calories all the time, I'm just citing a point of 'killers' coming in little boxes. I should have opted for a Mcnuggets meal of only 150 cal per 300 pcs.  Now, that's caloric thinking for you. I'm not getting crazy, just mainly illustrating how good calorie counting is when deciding which food to eat, avoid *(Katsudon is 1000 calories!) or manage in terms of portions (1 tempura prawn = 60cal). 

Aunt Nina gave me this booklet way back in 2009 but ignored it.  It's Allan Borushek's Pocket Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter, which, being an Aussie publication lists a comprehensive list of food (milk, eggs, breads, rice, take-away, international foods, juices, fruit, veggies et al.) complete with brands (although only those found in Aus market shelves).  Doesn't take much of an effort to leaf through the pages and be informed of what we eat and drink. It's reader friendly with color coding for measurements like calories (blue) sodium (yellow), fat (red), carbohydrates (light brown) and protein (magenta); information not only about weight loss but also of diabetes, fat and blood cholesterol, sodium intake, and even osteoporosis.  funny cartoons and tips adorn the pages like one which reads, 2 exercise tips while eating: PUSHING THE TABLE AWAY and VIGOROUSLY SHAKING YOUR HEAD FROM SIDE TO SIDE when asked for a second helping. 

it doesn't hurt to try. and i don't want to try only when i'm already hurting.  so here i am. having black coffee after this.  it's only 5 kcal.

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