OK, so I’ve finally decided to do something about my weight. After chatting in various places I’ve decided that I’m going to have to track my calories (at least initially, so I can find out how much I actually eat) and eat smaller portions.
2200 on regular days & 2900 on lifting/conditioning days. According to the calculations this is what I need to maintain my weight; however I think I’ve been eating way more than that, so if I eat fewer calories the excess weight should come off, right?
I won’t deny I hate this. It’s a mindfuck. Everywhere you look on powerlifting/weightlifting/Crossfit communities everyone is saying “Eat moar food! Eat all the food! Just eat the food! GAINZZZZZZZ!” Meanwhile I have to eat less. Well, fuck.
I find the idea of tracking calories to be quite, well, disordered. Someone on the Eating the Food group suggested I look at it as a way of making sure I eat enough, rather than a way of restricting. That would be great if I had any issues at all getting enough calories. I don’t. I could quite easily pour 3000kcals a day into my gullet, no problem. So this is about restricting, sadly. So much for Eating the Food being about the end of restricting! LE SIGH.
Happily, Matt is on board with it and has said he’ll make me more protein-y lunches (like pulled pork! and roast beef!) and fewer things with pasta, potatoes etc. Normally I’m the one who eats the larger portion out of the two of us. If he can’t manage the larger portion it’s going to mean more leftovers, which is something!
I’m struggling with how to track accurately when I eat out quite a lot. Apparently (according to ETF) trying to be accurate is better than guesstimating. But I am not going to be that person who walks into Beigel Bake and asks how many calories are in a salt beef beigel, for fuck’s sake. Seriously, people like that should probably be shot.
OK, maybe not shot, but put into Room 101 with the people who go to Burger Monday & take the bun off their burger.
I also don’t want to be the person who stays home measuring every bite, instead of going out and eating, you know?
Yesterday I tracked as accurately as I could (which was still pretty rough) to give myself an example. I ate:
- 2 Oatibix, semi-skimmed milk, honey & raisins
- A ham & cheese sandwich on seeded bread, with an apple
- Roughly 20 pecans (as snacks over the day)
- Flatiron steak, 5 new potatoes roasted in EVOO, wilted spinach
That came to 2200kcals, roughly, and I went to bed pretty hungry. That felt, to me, like a really light day, foodwise. Sticking to it regularly is going to be hard 😦
Oh well, nothing I can really do except give it a go, I suppose.
Do you track your food? Do you track accurately or roughly? Any wise words for me?