Music: Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”
Location: Ultimate Car Wash
I got up before 8 am this morning hoping to get a decent seat at Starbucks. When I pulled in, the parking lot was almost full, but I managed to get a space in the back by the drive-thru. Walked inside only to find every chair and bar stool occupied. I contemplated waiting for a few minutes, but a cursory glance confirmed what I already suspected, that everyone there was dug in for the long haul. Great.
Since my son had something at school, I swung back by the house after leaving Starbucks and volunteered to drop my son off so that my wife wouldn’t have to do it. I grabbed breakfast at Chick-fil-A after dropping him off and scribbled down my breakfast calories in my notebook. That’s when I got to thinking about my Excel tracker.
It’s a homemade thing I threw together to track my weigh-ins and my BMI changes. It’s got some handy features like being able to calculate my BMR, my TDEE and what I expect to weigh at certain date milestones based on the weigh-in data that I enter. Functionally, I found it to be pretty accurate in helping me lose weight the last time, but it does look a little rough around the edges.
My food tracking has been less fancy. Up to now, it’s been me scribbling down the food item, date, and the calories in a notebook. Most folks these days use an app for that but not me. While I do enjoy seeing reports around what I’m doing, I don’t trust most fitness apps or the data they use. I’ve seen them be wrong more times than I can count. But it’s got me thinking about maybe adding a tab to my existing spreadsheet so that I can track my food there and get the reporting that I want, like average water intake per day or average calories per meal. Overkill? Maybe.
If I did that, I’d have to improve my food calorie cheat sheet too. Maybe I could turn it into a food database as another tab in that same spreadsheet? It’s already two pages long, back and front, at the smallest font I can use. On my printed version that I take with me, there’s already tons more I need to add that I’ve handwritten in the margins.
That would be one complex Excel document, but hey, if it helps me be successful in my weight loss journey, it’ll be worth it. Well, time to cut this short. They finished washing my car, and now I need to go and pick up my son from school.