Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What price do you pay for a calorie?

Have you had one of those 100 calorie snack packs?  Who even thinks twice about 100 calorie packs?  100 calories sounds so small.  Those stupid packs are so small.  They almost don't seem worth spending 100 calories.  Yet at the same time, 100 calories doesn't sound like a lot, does it? 

What is the cost of eating 100 calories over your daily allotment every day though?  An extra 100 calorie pack doesn't really seem like a big deal.  But eating only 100 calories over your limit every day will lead to a 10 pound weight gain at the end of a year. 

And a calorie is a calorie when we're talking about going over.  Whether I've eaten a carrot, watermelon or candy, if I go over what I should be eating on a daily basis, I'm going to gain.  Don't get me wrong.  I have always been an "everything in moderation" girl and am now a recently reformed "bread is bad" girl.  But I don't know that it necessarily leads to weight gain.  Does a bread calorie really carry more weight than a veggie calorie?  I don't think so.  I just know that I FEEL better when I'm off the sugar and bread. 

I've been keeping a careful eye on my daily food intake and usually don't beat myself up if I go over by 100, 200 or even 300 calories.  Now I'm going to be a little more strict with myself.  There's no point of getting up every morning at the butt crack of dawn for the gym if I'm just going to eat like a little pig and ruin my hard work.  

How is everyone else doing?


  1. Still fat as ever. Love the cheese dammit! Not eating it with as much bread though.

  2. I like to say: I'm in shape! Round is a shape, right?!


    Or as Dane Cook described a creepy co-worker: He is....shapes.


    Rita, your pole work has been awesome. You are so far past me in what you can do. I'm proud of you. You're doing great!

  3. I take a supplement called Carb Blocker 2 if I know I'm going to be having a carb-laden meal. It blocks up to 500 calories of carbs per meal from being absorbed, so I don't really worry about it. But I also eat whole foods as much as possible, and when I can't/don't, I eat meal bars instead of hitting the fast food joints. My caloric intake is usually under the FDA guidelines for my body type. And I exercise at least 4 days a week, mostly running, but I'm about to start weight training on my off days.

  4. Lori,

    You are incredible, and I did not know about the pole dancing. When I get my weight down, sounds like it might be really fun and good exercise. And bread is not my friend either. I have Sandwich thins in the house, 100 calories. I don't cheat, but as you can tell from my talking the other night.. I am so ready for my journey to really begin. You are a total inspiration!!

    Kristen Hunter

  5. Kristen:

    Thank you so much. I am excited for your journey to begin too. Really, it already has! The entire process of being approved and waiting is all a frustrating part of the journey. But your date will come before you know it...and then the real fun begins!! I'm here if you need anything!