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a calorie counter for moms

calorie counter for moms

I've come to terms with the fact that I lack the motivation and will power required to successfully diet.

However, as the numbers on my bathroom scale continue to edge upwards, to the point I've started getting them confused with the national debt of Bolivia,* I decided at the very least I would keep track of what I'm shoveling into my pie hole on a daily basis.
*Assuming Bolivia has a national debt - I don't know. I'm not interested in researching global economy unless I can work it into a boob joke.
My plan? To discover one highly-caloric item that I don't even really like, which I could cut from my grocery list and, as a result, effortlessly lose enough weight that people won't call the Humane Society when I try to wear a swimsuit this summer.

Of course it didn't work that way. The first day, I entered all the foods I ate into the app and it became clear there was NOTHING I could reasonably eliminate from my menu, despite the fact that I was approximately 8 skidillion calories over my allotted daily budget.

Eventually it got easier, and now I've dropped about five pounds! I don't feel or look any different though, so the logical assumption is that my will to live must've weighed five pounds, because it's the only thing I know I've lost for sure. That's just Science, people.

Yet I soldier on, because I love a challenge and also I miss pants with non-elastic waistbands. However, I've found that locating foods in the app's inventory and calculating the quantity is next to impossible - because no, I don't know how many teaspoons of sunflower seeds were on the salad I just ate. I wasn't counting them, you stupid phone, I was eating. Duh.

Anyway, these apps seem to be designed for people who know the difference between Asian pears and Bartlett pears, who plan meals in advance, using scales and calipers to measure their portions - and that just doesn't fit the busy lifestyle of a mom, nor the lazy lifestyle of this lazy mom. So I decided what I need, besides a Twinkie, is an updated list of foods, in more realistic quantities. Forget ounces and tablespoons and 500 different kinds of lettuce - here's what I want to be able to search for:

Goldfish cracker calories

peanut butter calories

vegetable calories

Oreos calories

cereal bar calories

sandwich calories

wine calories


I think that's a good start! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to update my calorie-counting app. You get credit for exercise, and I feel certain that typing this blog post burned off enough calories for me to inhale a few more Oreos.



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48 comments:

Allison @ Motherhood, WTF? said...

I'd download that app. Seems totally reasonable and accurate. Everyone knows that eating what's left on a plate (because being wasteful is bad) doesn't count!

Amanda said...

Came across this on Pinterest. Find it hilarious and accurate. Could include 2 spoonfuls of Mac and Cheese before realizing how gross it is and throwing whatever is left-over away. Thanks for making me laugh today.

Nicole Shaw said...

Perfect. How much for "apple---remains of happy meal, dipped in peanut butter---remains of 50 oz, previously unopened jar"?

fishducky said...

When dieting, portion control is important! Here is my system for determining the correct portion: 1 container (box, bag, jar, bottle, etc.) = 1 portion. You're welcome!!

Karen said...

And anything eaten or imbibed during any sort of "Happy Hour" is always half the calories, just plain automatically.

ilikebeerandbabies.com said...

love this.

Robyn Welling said...

Agreed - you should definitely get a break on calories for being Earth-friendly. Or any kind of friendly, really.

Robyn Welling said...

Love that you were here - thanks for stopping by! I totally agree with your addition, and on the subject of Mac & Cheese I'd add:

- 1 bite taken to show toddler that no, it is NOT too hot
- 1 bite taken of cold leftovers from fridge before suffering flashback to terrible eating habits in college

Robyn Welling said...

Ha! Of course on this app, all fruits are negative calories, and anything the fruit is dipped/coated/slathered in automatically gets counted as fruit, too.

Robyn Welling said...

Sooo much easier your way, fishducky!

Robyn Welling said...

Repeat after me: "If I don't remember eating it, I did not eat it." This is crucial Happy Hour info.

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks, ilbab! I wanted to be brave enough to send you a pic for Body By Baby, but for accuracy's sake I'll have to wait until you start a series called Body By Keebler.

Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point said...

I just wish I could find one of these apps that would say it's OK to eat my chocolate covered butter sticks. Damn you Apple.

BadParentingMoments said...

I think you're supposed to get fitness or health points or something from the Bloody Mary since it has tomato juice and sometimes, celery. You should actually reward yourself with an additional Bloody Mary for being so healthy. You are a tall, glass of water Robyn and don't get too thin or I'll have to smother you in your sleep with a bag of peanut butter M&Ms. Ok, a 1/2 bag. Don't judge me.

Anonymous said...

Phenomenal!

Amy FunnyIsFamily said...

Any food eaten standing up has zero calories. Especially Oreos with a Bloody Mary chaser.

Katrina said...

Oh, Lordy, I could not love this any harder! I've got coffee coming out of my nose and an undeniable urge to go sneak a few Oreos behind the pantry door!

Careen Deckard said...

This is AWESOME!!! I'm also on myfitnesspal and I have a very hard time sticking to it! Can we be friends? My name on their is careendeckard, not inventive at all, I know, but it gets the job done. :) I really love your blog!

Careen Deckard said...

I can't believe I actually used the wrong "there"! Please forgive me! I am a former teacher, so this is a humiliating fail for me! ;)

Courtney Greenstein said...

That is exactly what I do with Mac n' Cheese....and my kid's Mac n' Cheese is super crappy because I never add the butter because she is literally surviving off it...and it's my one attempt to make more "healthy".

Robyn Welling said...

I was positively appalled the first time I actually measured out the proper amount of butter called for in the directions - that's a lot of butter! And then I tasted it, prepared the right way. Damn, it was so much better. Yet I continue to deprive my kids in the hopes it counts as "healthy." :)

Robyn Welling said...

My app didn't realize chocolate-dipped butter was a thing, but now I'll take care of that egregious oversight immediately.

Robyn Welling said...

Do you know how hard it is to explain to an 11yo boy why you're laughing out loud about being smothered by half a bag of PB M&Ms? Next to impossible. The sheer effort drove me to refuel with another one of those healthy bloody marys.

Robyn Welling said...

You're too kind - thank you!

Robyn Welling said...

Standing up = exercise. Mixing drinks with multiple ingredients = exercise. That whole endeavor should be negative calories!

Robyn Welling said...

They taste better that way. ;)

Robyn Welling said...

I love you so hard for wanting to be fitness friends, and then twice over again for the "there" correction because it's SO something I would do. I use the Lose It app, but you're making me want to sign up for myfitnesspal just so we can be friends. YES, I am that creepy! :)

One Funny Motha said...

I think typing & thinking should burn a LOT more calories. If our phones are so smart, they should know what we ate. That's all i'm saying.

Carisa Miller said...

Calipers! I think you also get exercise points for going on a diaper bag food hunt and hiding to eat. You can almost reach peak heart rate just being poised to bolt in the event you get caught.

Robyn Welling said...

Good point - my phone thinks it can see the future and knows what I'm going to type, even changes my words when it thinks I've spelled something wrong, yet it can't see into the past to record what I ate? Something doesn't add up.

Robyn Welling said...

That's true, when you're snack diving in the diaper bag *on purpose* - but we both know those snacks are usually found accidentally, when you reach in for something else and smoosh your hand around a half-melted string cheese instead. ;)

Careen Deckard said...

Hey, I need all the friends and help I can get!!! Not creepy at all! :) In fact, I would feel like I was fitness friends with a celeb. ;)

Robyn Welling said...

Whoa, no wonder myfitnesspal works - I signed up, and with all the same height/weight info, it gave me 300 fewer daily calories in my budget than the LoseIt app! Now I'm too skeerd to use it!

PS "Celeb" - p'shaw! ;)

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms said...

This is perfect! So funny (and so dripping with tech skills). You worked the words Bolivia, global economy, and boob joke into a sentence. I think that counts as an honorary boob joke. For real.

Ellen

Robyn Welling said...

That's going on my résumé, then - at the top!

Susan Coates said...

Woman.

You are onto something here.

But I cannot help but notice that you missed the fact that calories consumed whilst hiding in the pantry are negative calories...like ingesting them in a black hole, if you will.

Robyn Welling said...

Yeah, like the ago-old question - if a calorie falls in the woods and no one's there to hear it, does it make a pound?

Gerard Welling said...

I'm sorry. I know it's 4 in the morning, but this made me laugh out loud several times. A lot of those descriptions are hyper-accurate, too.


Some highlights for me, out of many: Cereal Bar, "Red" Flavor: Partially eaten - child wanted a more red "Red" flavor.


The negative calories from some of the items.



But my favorite part may be the bit about the five pound will to live.

Gerard Welling said...

you'll be sending no one pics of your bod.


it's mine, and i'm not signing any releases.

Gerard Welling said...

I usually double the butter called for, to make it doubly delicious.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I'll bet that's true.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Aww, yay - making you laugh out loud is my favorite! Especially when it doesn't wake me up. ;)

Julia Hembree said...

Hahaha, yes!! Omg if you made this you'd be a millionaire. I have so much trouble with the calorie counter apps exactly because of this!!! Being a toddler mom is so unhealthy.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

No kidding! I mark it a success if I can even manage to remember to record what I eat, let alone stay under my calorie goal!

Kerri Ames said...

Ha! I love the bloody mary counter

Penny Roach said...

Now THAT is an app that makes total sense. Why ARE there so many different kinds of lettuce. I think just chewing it should burn enough calories that it doesn't count.



Penny at Mom Rants and Comfy Pants

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Mmm, bloody marys - for when you're thirsty AND hungry!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Every piece of lettuce eaten should be like a free ticket to eat something good. Like a bag of Skittles. Okay... half a bag.

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