Thursday, January 12, 2012

Calorie Counter

Two good nights of sleep in a row!  I think I am on my way to kickin’ this bronchitis right in the fanny!

Yesterday started at 4:15am.  I’m not sure what to do with myself that early since I’m not working out until this bronchitis is gone.  I know everyone feels differently about working out while your sick, but I feel like any energy I have should go towards healing. So, no workouts until this is gone.

I decided to check in with myself and count calories yesterday.  Justin was keeping track of everything he ate in regards to calories, protein, fat, and carbs, so I thought it would be a good idea if I did that as well.  I have definitely gotten off track with my eating and the scale (and my jeans) reflect that.

I didn’t worry about how much fat or protein or carbs, just calories.  I just wanted a broad overview of what I was eating in a day.


Meal #1: 515 Calories

  • Chobani Vanilla Yogurt – 1 cup – 170 calories
  • Udi’s Gluten Free Granola – 1/2 cup – 240 calories
  • Medium Banana – 105 calories

2012January 001

Meal #2: 335 Calories

  • Egg whites – 1 cup – 125 calories
  • Turkey sausage – 2 patties – 120 calories
  • Gluten Free toast – 1 slice – 90 calories

2012January 004

Meal #3: 360 Calories

  • Whole O’s Gluten Free Cereal – 2/3 cup – 110 calories
  • Panda Puffs Gluten Free Cereal – 3/4 cup – 130 calories
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Milk – 1 cup – 120 calories

2012January 006

Meal #4: 280 Calories

  • Gluten free pretzles – 1 serving (24) – 140 calories
  • Gluten free chicken noodle soup (Kettle Cuisine) – 140 calories

2012January 009

  • Coconut Bliss Bar – 170 calories

2011June 021

Meal #5: 600 Calories

  • Chicken breast – 110 calories
  • Southwest Salad – 1 bag – 490

2012January 011

Total for the day: 2,260 calories.

I would like to keep my calories between 1,500 and 1,800, so each meal needs to be between 300-360 calories.  I feel the best when I am in this range.

What I Learned:

  • Never eat a bag of Southwest Salad again! 
  • Cut my yogurt bowl serving in half.
  • Eat more veggies in meals 3,4, and 5.
  • Eat more protein in meals 3 and 4.

I don’t really like counting calories.  Usually I am mindful of how much protein, carbs and fat I am getting in each meal and the rest of the numbers fall into place.  I have definitely gotten more relaxed with this, though, and have started to lose track of what I am consuming.  I think it’s a good idea to check in once in a while and see where I stand.

Do you ever take a day to count calories?


  1. That's a really good tip! It is tedious to track what you eat (or maybe I'm just a bit lazy? lol)
    But you definitely have the right idea about keeping any eye on things. I wear sweats, yoga pants, & other comfy clothes 90% of the time, so it's easy to lose track of how real clothes are fitting!
    Glad you are starting to feel better!

  2. I have the same issue with rarely wearing "real" clothes! Jeans are such an eye opener! (especially fresh out of the dryer!)

  3. I've never taken a day to count calories....I should definitely try it and see where I stand....


  4. I actually love counting calories. I plan all my meals the night before and calculate them so I'm on-track. Sometimes I'll calculate Protein, Carbs, Fat, and Fibre, but these days as long as I'm getting a few servings of each, then I just count the calories. Now, whether or not I actually stick to my meal plan the following day is a different story..... lol