Over the past few days I have become aware of some really significant things because I have been extremely mindful with my eating. I realized that I am easily going over my "extra" or "empty" calories each day--even when I'm "being good". (This is the e/c line on my tracker.) I am supposed to keep it under 195 calories. I think I have been coming close to that every morning with just the creamer I put in my coffee!!! Not to mention stuff like ketchup, barbecue sauce, ice cream bars, etc. I added this line to the tracker in big bold print right at the top of each meal so that I will be aware of all the extra calories I am taking in. They add up!
The other thing I have become aware of, yet again, is the lack of water I am drinking. Yes, yes, yes. We all know how important water is...so why is it so difficult to get in? For one thing, it makes you need to hang out in bathroom for most of the day. But I need those extra squats, so no excuses ;-) I buy bottled water so I pull out 4 of them (80 oz. total) in the morning and make sure they are all gone by the time I go to sleep. It's working out well.
Some additional info I picked up from the http://www.mypyramid.gov/ (I swear they aren't paying me or forcing me to mention it!) regarding vegetables:
Dark Green Vegetables = 3 cups weekly
Orange Vegetables = 2 cups weekly
Dry Beans & Peas = 3 cups weekly
Starchy Vegetables = 3 cups weekly
Other Vegetables = 6 1/2 cups weekly
Keep in mind this is tailored to my specific food plan, but the breakdown really helps with making the best, varied choices for veggies. Variety is so important!
Have a happy hump day tomorrow! Are you on track...or bouncing back? Those are the only two options we have.