Jul 24

I Ate a Doughnut

Nearly every Sunday my wife and I work work with elementary age children at our church, and for our devotion to the children (failure to flee back to the company of groups of adults) we are rewarded (bribed) with doughnuts (heaven with a hole in the middle.)  I have an unnatural addiction to doughnuts and have been known to trample small children to get the only doughnut with sprinkles before any other fat guys can get to it.  (I love sprinkles more than just about anything in the world.)

For the past week or so I have been very careful about what I eat, and have been tracking my nutrition pretty closely. I’ve been watching my daily calorie and sodium intake, comparing my caloric intake with the calories expended during my workouts, and avoiding sugar in order to ensure that the calories that are entering my body are coming from sources that provide actual nutritional value to my diet.  But this was Sunday, and there was a doughnut…with sprinkles…pink and purple sprinkles…

Guess what.  I ate that pink and purple sprinkled doughnut, and despite the fact that a single white cake iced doughnut (or donut as MyFitnessPal prefers to spell it) contains 340 calories I absolutely loved it and in no way regret the decision.  This is the great benefit to tracking calories taken in and expended for a time that I have long overlooked.  Tracking calories doesn’t mean that I can’t eat the things that I like, it means that I know that I am alright to eat a doughnut.  I don’t have to regret sprinkles because I know that I am still well within my daily caloric intake and I can see that I have carefully avoided sugar this week and know that I can give myself a treat.  I also know by tracking my workouts exactly how long I will need to hit the gym to work off the treat.

I’m not an expert, but my experience has been that when I tell myself I can’t have the things I enjoy any more it makes me wonder if getting fit is worth the loss, and it wrecks my morale.  It seems logical to me that others would have the same problem, thinking that if they have to give up everything they love what is the point of living longer.  Now I am learning that I can “have my cake and eat it too” by tracking what I’m doing and ensuring that the axiom, “everything in moderation” is something that I continue to adhere to.