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Do you spend calories like you spend money?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Some people are really good with budgeting and money. And some, not so good. Some people are really good with falling into their calorie range and goals for fat, protein and carbs where others are impulsive. What are you?
I am going with Amy next month to the tri. I thought about it and thought wouldn't it be fun to get a room for the weekend? She agreed. So I went to priceline.com. I have never used this site before. I already peeked at hotels around where the tri is, but I liked the one we were at the last time. It was nice. And, they give you a cookie when you check in. A warm cookie. Chocolate chip..... Ok, back to priceline. So you put in when, how long, and the area. Of course the amount of stars you want the hotel to be. I knew how many stars my cookie giving hotel was so i put that in and took a chance. lastly how much i wanted to pay for the room per night. I entered my credit card information and now I am going to press the button without knowing what i am getting for my money until after. eek. So, I took a blind risk as long of where I would be getting a room, but I knew I would not consent to paying more than my 75 dollars a night. to press the button without knowing what i am getting for my money until after. YES!!!!! I got a price I wanted to pay and got the hotel I was hoping for and saved 36 percent off the regular rate.16 percent more than the special they were giving with a AAA card. Phew. A risk indeed that turned out in my favor.
After this i started to think.... When I eat a food that I am not sure about. If I can not figure out in my head the caloric value, should I impulse eat? Sometimes you can not figure out calories and it is a gamble but i could end up eating way too many calories that way. hmm. I did that once at Unos by eating a salad and the garlic sticks they gave with it. I ended eating calories that I did not find worth it, 180 calories in that dang bread stick!.
So do you spend your calories like your money? Or are you better with your money? I am trying to be better with my money in this economy, so I am going to look at my nutrition in the same light. If I am eating something and it is not yummy or enjoyable, i can throw it away and save the calories. I can live within my means with occasional splurges.
As far as that cookie. I have already put it in my food log for Sept 9th and it is 314 calories of deliciousness. :) I will savor it and be happy to spend the calories on it. I do not mind treating myself. I think I will be thinking about this correlation for a while.

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  • JLITT62
    Interesting idea! Never thought about it that way. I definitely think you can treat yourself to a cookie before a tri . . . you could even treat yourself without the exercise - occasionally!
    3523 days ago
    Yay!!!! I love inspiring new ideas on how to think about our approach to eating healthy. I have not been good lately with $$ or calories. Time to tighten the belt - not let the belt get tight on me. Thanks for a fun swim and dinner Jeanne. Looking fwd to next month. Title 9, here WE come.
    3523 days ago

    There is nothing like a well thought out plan...I count my calories pretty meticulously...I am pretty thrifty with my money, tho on both counts, I will allow for a planned splurge on occasion!!

    That sounds awesome and I am happy for you to get that experience, and at the price you wanted, the hotel you wanted. and yes, even the cookie you wanted!!

    Have an AWESOME time!!

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    3523 days ago
    OMGosh!! I am in SHOCK bc literally just TODAY I thought of this!! I am SO not kidding!! I was thinking how it's like a bank account!! That is freaky weird and freaky cool, all at the same time!! All the best with your race and your goals!!
    3523 days ago
    I do try to be frugal with my calories as I know from experience they add up so dang fast!

    I track my food before I eat it, just like you tracked that cookie. I also keep a close eye on my carbs as I know I don't want to wait forever to lose this weight. I am by no means on a low carb plan but I try to stick under 150 because my blood sugar was a tad high at my last Doc appt. and I want to avoid diabetes in my future.

    Also like you said an occasional splurge is so worth it.

    I almost did a priceline hotel one time because I think it is a pretty good deal but our time share opened up so I booked it instead. Glad you got the room and price you wanted....woot!

    Your tri will be here in no time at all (I can tell your excited). :)
    3523 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2011 3:43:27 PM
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