I've been tracking my calorie intake over the past few days and I've been amazed at how quickly the calories add up. I've been good at controlling what I'm eating at home ... but it's when I go out to social events that I have to really be careful. Even if I stick to healthy choices, it's not like I pull out my measuring cup at the restaurant and see whether I'm eating 1/4 cup of hummus or 1/3 ... it can get a bit frightening. It can also drive you to paranoia.
I've already been down the paranoid path. It's really unpleasant and it often leads to bad choices one way or another - eating too little out of fear or eating too much out of frustration.
This time around I'm just trying to be more sensible. Yesterday I knew that I was going to eat out at night. I knew there would be healthy options but I that doesn't mean that I'd succeed at portion control. The same thing goes for this evening -- so the best I could do is try to control what I ate during the day.
I wrote down everything I ate and estimated the calories using different online calorie counters to get an estimate -- not a pretty site in the end.
My eating plan is going to take quite a bit of fine-tuning. I've seen in the past that watching what I eat and taking the time to track my calories does pay off. I know I'm not alone in saying that tracking is a pain, but I'm also not alone in recognizing the huge advantages to putting in this effort.
I think I'm going to need to take a bit more care when eating out and approaching those un-caluclatable territories!