Friday, June 19, 2009

New Leaf

It is a strange new world with CR recently.

I have been recording, thinking about food (I have even been enjoying my cookbooks again!), and loving the food prep!

Keeping track of numbers in my head over a long period of time has always been a problem for me; for example - I was a swimmer in high school and we would have to count laps during practice- my lane would never let me go first unless it was sets of 100's (4 laps) because I would never be able to keep track of anything higher than that.

Also, in my job before I started grad school, I had to count chromosomes (humans have 46) while looking through a microscope. I would select cells where I could divide the chromosomes up into 3 or 4 groups by eye so that I would not lose track of which ones I had already counted...

Learning disability? Maybe... needless to say I have found ways to get around it so that I can do what I need to do.

So how does this relate to CR? I have found a new way to count my calories in my head-- I am now thinking about my meals in blocks of 400 calories. Breakfast: 400, Lunch: 400, Dinner: 400, Snacks: 400. Easy! So much less thinking, especially if I can design meals to fit that structure.

Also this has made food recording in my PDA less stressful. I have not been recording the exact food that I am eating, as long as the calories are the same. When I eat a kashi meal, and it has 360 calories I find my listing for the Amy's burrito (300cal) and say 1.2 servings. Easy peasy! I may be adding in some "generic" 400 calorie recipes to make it even better :)

I think this new way of recording will help me get on my way to be more independent and free from my PDA when this is all over (I only have 7-8months left!!). The time has really flown by... so crazy.

New upcoming posts will include my 400 calorie meal ideas.

Also I will be telling you all about how my new exercise regimen affects my hunger (I am doing 2 sprint triathlons this summer- one with a fellow CALERIE participant!). So far, so good. :)


Anonymous said...

Hi, Liz--I'm very much enjoying reading your blog on your CRON experience! I am "cozying up" to CRON after being totally terrified by it a few years ago. I'm always looking for the "perfect" way to eat (I'm vegan, which suits me quite well, but, of course, there are a lot of vegan foods out there that are just trash, and I've eaten A LOT of them! The first time I encountered the CRON lifestyle, I didn't take the time to look into it at all, and all I saw was living a life of near-starvation, keeping track of every bowel movement, and--when you did get to eat--it would be like raw oatmeal and acorns or something. This time, I've done quite a bit of on-line research. I definitely see the value in choosing to live this way, and therefore, now I really must do it. Peter Voss's website has helped me tremendously, because of his easygoing attitude ("CRON should be FUN!"), and so has your blog. I just want to say thank you, and that I look forward to your future posts. Best of luck in the marathon--Cristy

Erica said...

Did this idea come from me??