DAY#162 - Caloric accounting 101
I will be honest with you, I am not good a budgeting money. It is not my strong suit. I took an accounting class in college and after the first week I transferred to a different math course. The logic of accounting is too much for me. I consider myself a math genius and pulled a 790/800 in math on my sat back in the day but accounting argggh, ick, yuck, barf. However, in the past few weeks I am starting to get a new appreciation for accounting and budgeting as I count calories.
This past week I decided to eat a rib eye steak one day for lunch. I had bought a set of 3 bigs ones at Costco incase I needed a correction day on Phase 3 of my diet, but I never used them. So I decided it was time to have a nice juicy steak. Well, my steak weighed in at 23oz. and after trimming every piece of fat off of it I got it down to 19.5oz. Which when put into my calorie chart rang in at 1400+ calories, over 50% of my daily intake for the day. Ouch!
I eventually cut off 3.5oz for my youngest, Lois to eat. That took my calorie count down to 1157 calories. This caused a major balancing issue in my menu plan for the day. I had to cut back on my snacks, eliminate my second protein shake for the day, due to too much protein from the steak. Anyway to make a long story short, by the end of the day my major 'take away' from my experience was. A 16oz steak just isn't worth it.
The next time I consume steak it will be a serving about half the size and allow me another 500 calories to eat other food in my diet.
Budgeting my calories has been eye opening. I am glad I made a commitment to count calories daily for the next year. I am learning a lot about food and proper portions and what I can and can not eat. I am glad to be doing it. My hope is if i keep on doing it it will become second nature to me and I will be able to quickly estimate portions and sizes of food I can eat without thinking. I shalt be a food accountant extraordinaire. Just don't ever ask me to balance a check book.