I used to be one of those work-out-two-hours-a-day-prozone-diet-nuts. Then I got married. Then I moved to Paris. I don't care what anyone says – they are both bad for diets! The pastry course at Le Cordon Bleu didn't help either. Nothing like sitting through a demo on croissants and then tasting them afterward. Then making a dozen croissants and eating half, then making cookies and eating half, then making cake and eating half. You get the point.
Needless to say I've put on ten pounds. I can tell you're rolling your eyes – ten pounds big deal, right? But if you think about it, ten pounds is one huge sack of potatoes and that's a lot of extra weight to be carrying around. Also, I taste things all day at work and eat the two daily staff meals which I've come to the conclusion are modeled after the Iowa Football team's meal plan (corn, meat, potatoes, corn, red meat potatoes, pasta).
I've decided that the pounds need to come off before my birthday which is the end of October. I know this is probably unrealistic because I go back to work on Friday and I'll be eating all day again (8:30AM – 11PM). Hopefully I'll still be working the meat station so at least I can taste succulent meats and jus instead of creams sauces and buttered vegetables. Doubly difficult because I only have a two hour break in the middle of the day to excersize – which is never on the top of my priorities after a morning of hell.
I found this website called calorie-count.com that allows you to log in your daily caloric intake as well as your activity for the day. You can set weight goals and calculate how many calories you should be eating per day. Can I tell you what a shock it was to see how many calories I actually eat in one day? Like gag me with a serving spoon!
The site provides you with the nutritional information for just about every food product which makes keeping track a snap. Aside from counting calories it also breaks down your calories into what percentage is fat, carbohydrate, and protein. I appreciate this because I like to run and it's important for me to eat 50%-25%-25% in carbs, protien, and fats.
One of my favorite parts is the activity log. It counts calories for taking a shower, putting on make-up, talking and eating, sitting in an office chair, walking to and from an outhouse (where did this one come from?), and sex. If you have energetic sex for one hour you're burning 80 calories. Hmmm, food for thought....
Not to be confused with caloriecounter.com