Once again I must praise fitday.com. I'm so excited so many of you are using it also because it totally rocks. I've never had so much control over what I've eaten as I do with this program. Not only do I know how many calories I take in each day, but I also know if I am meeting nutritional requirements and if I indeed burn what I eat.
As you may already know, my requirement for fat each day is 30% of the total daily intake. That's what the American Heart Association has said is ideal. (they go on to say that only 10% of that should be saturated, which is also my goal). Anyway there have been days when I have started the day off with a fattening food (can you say Krispy Kreme? I knew that you could), and my stats read 45% fat. EEEK.
But as the day wore on and I made better nutritional choices, that ratio began to level out, and I managed to get it down to where it was supposed to be. I kid you not, one day I had to stop eating because I was too full. I was one bowl of Malt-o-Meal away from a 30% fat total, but I just couldn't do it. So I settled to 33% instead.
Information truly is key. By keeping my eye on the sodium, the fat and the calories, I can eat when I want to eat as long as I make educated choices about what to eat. Imagine how psyched I was when I found a new restaurant (Fazoli's) where I could get food that wouldn't totally sabotage my numbers. And it's good food! I got a Baked Chicken Parmesan even though it was 20g of fat, just because it looked so good. That day I came in within all my daily goals. It was a hallelujah day.
The exercise is gonna have to wait one more day, but tomorrow I'm doing it come hell or high water. I'm going to do a vapo-steam here shortly to get the gunk moving more than it's done already today. And I'm going to try the hot lemon water journey2sarah suggested on the entry below. My main goal in life is to be able to breathe with my mouth closed. Keep your fingers crossed!
Calories: 1861 / 16% fat (woo woo!)
Exercise: coughing up a lung