Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lose it! Progress

After two weeks using the Lose it! Iphone application, I’ve grown accustomed to it and worked out the kinks.

Unfortunately, last Friday through Sunday I didn’t keep good track. I was in an “I don’t care; I’m eating!” kind of mood, which could have been brought on by a party Friday (hard to track calories) and the fact that I hadn’t planned meals last week, so weekend meals were haphazard (also hard to track calories).

Overall I was much more on track, only 250 calories over my weekly budget (compared to 731 the week before). I tried to keep my calorie intake to my budget of 1383, then subtracted my exercise calories-burned at the end of the day. That really helped me stay closer to, or under, budget.

I started tracking my macro-nutrients on Lose It!: fats, carbs & protein. I recently went to a workshop on nutrition, which said our diets need to include 20-30% fat, 50-60% carbs and 20-30% protein. My average the week before I started paying attention to that was 34% fat (too high), 50% carbs (good) and 16% protein (low). After paying attention for a week, it was 40% fat (too high), 42% carbs (low), and 18% protein (low, but improved). I made myself a list of ways to get more protein. I gotta pay more attention to the amount of fat I eat. Good-bye, peanuts, peanut butter, and avocados! They are sources of fat, even though they are healthy, unsaturated fats.

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