My dear bf has just started to read Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight. It is no secret that at IM weigh-in I was the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life and have certainly not taken any off by months of sedentary life. Reading the book has sparked in him the desire for “us” to spend one week monitoring everything that we eat. He has done this before but I never have, ever (do I have to turn in my girl card for admitting that?). I have been logging my workouts on Training Peaks for a while and have always nerded out on the data. (Damn I miss my Garmin) It calculates pace and calories out for me, which is great. But I really am interested in the calories in part of the equation. So I played with the food tracker functions the other day and am totally amazed at what I can do with the logs. I have inputted every b/l/d/s for the last two days, which I can do easily from any computer and almost easily from my phone. On Monday, pondering a desire to have lunch at Cal Tort, I did some research before I went and had a mild heart attack at the sodium count of my fave burrito (1200…ew). Nonetheless, it was delicious and I imported the data into TP. Truly, by the end of the day the totals weren’t so bad. Of course, I could use less sugar, my addiction to coca-cola is just too hard to break, but I will give myself that one for now given everything else. It is really neat and informative to see the data in charts and graphs. (If only I had an easel…)
I am not a huge proponent of spending a lot of time contemplating my eating (hence my waist size and unfortunate appearance in the bod department) but, if seeing data like this can spark an interest in attentiveness, I’m all for it. This is just yet another reminder for me that I am truly a nerd and I embrace it wholeheartedly.