Today is Day 2 of tracking my food choices, calories, nutrition, and exercise on My Fitness Pal. I made some data entry errors yesterday, so while I thought I had ended the day 3 calories UNDER my goal of 1200, I had actually consumed 300 calories OVER my limit. Yeah. That's right. Apparently I entered several of my food selections onto different days by accident. I never claimed to be an expert at this.
Today I tried to do a better job. Although not quite perfect yet, I'm trying to come a little closer each day to recording exactly what I consume. Every morsel. What this meant was that after lunch, I was already over 900 calories for the day. And I still had dinner and a snack to add to the mix. At least I hoped I was getting a snack!
Then I added in my exercise for the day. It wasn't much, in terms of calories expended, but I did teach one class, which included about 30 minutes of Zumba-style dance aerobics. That was good for 249 calories. (There was no Pilates or yoga in the system, so I gave myself zero calories burned for those activities. Not sure if they aren't in there because they burn so few calories???) Plus I calculated in our two walks in the park with the dog, at a moderate pace of about 3 miles per hour. So I ended up with a total of 482 calories burned. My Fitness Pal, who was now beginning to seem more like a real friend, allowed me to EAT these extra calories I burned. YAY! Which meant that after my dinner, I still had 182 calories remaining for an evening snack. Thank God. Because I am quite addicted to my pistachios on the couch with my TV shows.
When all is said and done, the ugly truth seems to be that I need A LOT less calories than I'd like to believe. And if this little free app can convince me of this fact, then I think it might be possible for me to lose some weight. I'll keep you updated on my progress. Who knows? I might even get back on the scale...but only if I'm absolutely positive that the number I see will not devastate my fragile psyche. Don't hold your breath.