This is one in a series of food photo diary posts in which I track my food in pictures. I’m also counting my calories. Read all about it in this post or click here to view a detailed breakdown of my calorie intake in a nifty spreadsheet.
I’ve been keeping track of my calories for a while now, but it doesn’t seem like the numbers quite correlate with my progress. Overall, the numbers tell me I’m burning more calories than I’m consuming, however I’m not losing weight (a good thing, because the whole point of this was to gain weight), but I can’t help but feeling like I’m missing something here. I’m certainly not going hungry. Take yesterday, for example. The diary shows me having consumed 1,234 calories. That’s absurd. So what am I missing?
These strange numeric anomolies add to my existing uncertainty about the purpose of calorie counting. A lot of this comes from consistency, something I struggle with, especially when it comes to eating out. Although I only eat out a couple times a week, when I do, these Calorie injections, riddled with beer and wine and usually delicious (and rich) food, rarely make it into the diary. (As the photo above demonstrates, I’m usually too busy enjoying my beer to think about my silly spreadsheet – no laptops at the pub!) Could it be that my regular calorie deficits are balanced by these once- or twice-weekly social outings?
I don’t know. So what’s the whole point of this if I’m not being consistent? I’m not sure. The number crunching is teaching me a few things about the foods I eat and how much protein I’m getting. I also like that I’m building up a collection of healthy, low-cal meals that other people might benefit from. But I wonder if I’m really getting out of it what I put in. Is this really the way to getting stronger, faster, smarter and fitter?
The answer: TBD.
Food and Exercise Log
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Calories In: 1,234
Calories Out: 1,900
Vegan Cornmeal Crepes with Fresh Fruit and Toasted Almonds
Two cornmeal crepes filled with orange marmalade, then topped with strawberries, bananas, blueberries and toasted almonds. Served with tea and soymilk.
3 Clissold Parks, about 4 miles
Calories burned: ~300
Avocado on Toast with Chickpeas and Salad
One slice of homemade french bread, 1/4 avocado, chickpea salad, leftover stir-fried mushrooms, and fresh leaves and veggies dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Soy Yogurt and Strawberries
50g of plain Sojade soy yogurt with two strawberries and a cup of rooibos tea with soy milk.
Falafel Wrap and Salad
Banana and Rooibos Tea with Soymilk