Sunday, August 28, 2011

Challenging Myself

Yesterday morning we wandered around Costco. I ate various samples and shared some pizza with my husband. 400 calories.

We took WiFi to my parent's house and swam around for a bit.

At dinner time I was starving. I turned my taco into a salad. I laid down a huge bed of salad mix then poured my favorite salsa all over the top. I added in cheese, carnitas, refried beans and pieces of a fried taco shell.

It was delicious! 450 calories.

I couldn't resist going back for another taco though. I filled it with my carefully weighed meat and a smidge of cheese. 175 calories.

I ate a sliced up dill pickle as a snack. 5 calories. Two small cheddar garlic biscuits as well. 190 calories.

And then the badness.

500 calories worth of vanilla ice cream and milk mixed together.

Ending my day at about 1700 calories.

I'm not opposed to spiking my calories once or twice a week. I think that randomly changing up how many calories you eat forces your body to keep guessing.

I do however think that I could have chosen a better, more nutritious, way to get those calories up. 200 calories worth of ice cream and 300 of fruit, dairy, veggies or protein would have been a better option.

Those biscuits were pretty empty nutritionally as well.

So I give yesterday a 6/10. Not because of my calorie count, but because I could have chosen more of the better quality foods and less of the treats. My balance was a little out of whack.

This week I'm going to challenge myself to do 3 things.

1) Follow the 80/20 rule. Eat 80% vegetables, protein, low-fat dairy, fruit and whole grains. 20% refined grains and sugary treats.

2) Burn 200 calories a day. This means I need to either walk/run 3 miles, do 30 day shred or swim laps around the pool for 30 minutes.

3) Investigate a strength training routine that I can do at home. Play around. Find something I like.

I'll let ya know how it goes!

1 comment:

  1. Uh, your taco salad looks good. Cheddar biscuits sound good. Hmmm, I think I should go have some lunch before cravings get out of control.

    I like the goals you set for this week. The 80/20 rule is the way to go. Hope you have a great week.