Memoirs of a Fat Guy

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM filed under Diet & Nutrition postings
   Well, here's a milestone I wasn't looking forward to making. Yesterday was the first time since I started my diet that I went over my daily caloric target. Not by much, but that's no consolation at this point. The important thing is that THIS time, I was aware of it, and able to easily and quickly re-adjust myself back into range.
   That, I think, is the real power behind what I'm doing (counting calories), it just makes you so much more aware of everything you eat. There are no more "casual snacks", or "comfort foods", I think about every single thing that goes into my mouth.
   I've also increased the amount of water that I'm drinking by quite a lot. The only liquids I drink, in fact, are water and my morning coffee, which is decaf and has no calories, since I drink it black.
   I've been told by some in my family that it's great that I'm trying to lose weight, but that counting calories is something I won't be able to maintain for long. I guess that's a legitimate concern, since I've tried it before, and just got bored with it after awhile, and fell back into old habits.
   But I'm an organizer, and this time I've organized myself to the point where I'm not only tracking my progress here at FitClick, I've also started a "fat book". It's a daily planner I use to write down everything I eat, and it's caloric content, when I eat it (or soon after). Just doing that part of it has opened my eyes to a few things.
   For instance, I never realized how heavy my evening meals were until now. They're the bulk of my daily intake, and It's a good thing that I work the night shift, or my diet would have to change drastically. As it is, I work 5:30pm to 4am, so I really need the extra energy a decent meal provides, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to come home for dinner.
   It's also made snacking a skyline event, really makes you think before grabbing that cookie, or chocolate, or whatever.
   So yesterday was a learning experience. I snacked, and my diet was affected. Today, I'm back on track, and that's working for me. Don't get discouraged, just get back on the horse! More to come...

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