Friday, October 23, 2009
I baked some chocolate chip cookies last night. They are big and delicious, but I added up the calories just now and they have about 323 calories a piece. Oh my. I debated whether or not I wanted to add the calories - after all, I didn't want to ruin my delicious treat by seeing how many calories they have.
So after adding up the calories, I now am thinking to myself "is it really worth it to eat a cookie?" The answer would now be "no, probably not." Maybe 1/2 a cookie, but definitely not the whole thing. And although I am disappointed that I didn't add up the calories *before* I ate the cookie, I *am* glad that I decided to eventually figure it out. My project for the upcoming holiday season is to figure out the calories in all the foods I like to make/eat - sugar cookies, pecan pie, mashed potatoes, molasses cookies, etc. - and post the numbers somewhere so that I can make informed choices. I have to be in control of this food, not the other way around. So while my addition was two cookies too late, at least it wasn't ten cookies too late.
Here are the + and - of my day.
+ I dragged myself to the gym after my chiro appointment even though at the time I felt like going home and sitting on the couch. After seeing how many calories and how much fat is in those cookies, I am really glad I got there tonight.
+ Despite eating too many cookies, I entered them in my calorie count anyway. My calories were about 500 over my daily goal, but I thought it would be much worse. I imagined the old me eating cookies like this every day; a week of eating cookies like I did today is a pound gained. Very eye-opening, that Nutrition Tracker.
+ The doctor is happy with my knee's progress. I'm supposed to stay on the track and the treadmill for a while - off the grade of the road. He Graston-ed my knees and I am looking forward to even MORE healing this week.
+ I drank all my water today. Yay!
- I got really lazy and didn't pack a lunch. I was forced (well, not *forced*) to buy a lunch at the grocery store this morning. I got a Kashi frozen meal. It was alright, but I was a little bummed that i didn't pack my lunch. I am going to start getting more lettuce during the week so I can eat better food than frozen salt.
- The cookie incident(s). I *knew* it wasn't a good idea to reach for the 2nd cookie tonight, but I did it anyway. And now I feel horrible. My stomach is not happy and my brain is upset that I did it even though I know it wasn't going to help me reach my goal. Bleh. I'm going to have to get to the bottom of this cookie incident behavior so it doesn't happen again. I think now that I know exactly how many calories are in them, it will make me think twice about eating them. (Hence the title "knowledge is power.")
It's time for the couch and a glass of chardonnay. Tomorrow morning is a little swim and some upper body, and a wedding in the afternoon. Tomorrow is also a light day of eating.