No horn shall be toot
The steep learning curve of an official launch downgraded to a soft launch
Well, well. A mature yet young-acting lady is learning greatly in the past 48 hours. I have a newfound respect for those who can use sophisticated nutritional tools. I was very confident from my past use of food tracking devices that I had my tracking under control but it seems I have entered the big kid’s playground.
I’m adoring the speed that my brain has to catch up to but it humbles the launch of my project. My blog is having a slower birth than anticipated. Once more, I’m committed to the journey, not the results. Success is made of persistence and consistency! My dad reminded me today on my usual birthday phone call about “the law of the tiny steps”. Great achievements are made of small continuous actions and when the road is blocked, stop, step aside for a bit, and get back on course when the obstacle has been dealt with. There’s no need to step back or walk away, taking the time to reflect on the best solution is equally important than moving forward. It was the perfect conversation to have because my evening blogging plans are being sidetracked.
Food data tracking aside, I’m damn satisfied with my day and how my fourth decade of existence started. I earned revenues that cover 70% of my monthly costs delivering impeccable work, I walked for 2 hours as my warm-up exercise and my birthday meal was EPIC!!! Okay, there might be echoes of a tooting horn here. Though I did indulge in culinary creativity, one of my favourite hobbies, and did let loose with a no-followed-recipe-imagined-from-scratch menu.
Let me tease your mental palate a little:
- Maki pizza roll
Smoked prosciutto, crispy parmesan crumble, sun dried tomatoes, 7 grain filling and spices, that’s the kind of classics with a twist I enjoy creating.
- Smoked Sockeye salmon and bosc pear ceviche
With just the right balance of cilantro and lime, simple decadence.
- Spinach and feta squares
A classic I like to use as a filling element since I don’t eat bread. It’s delicious, moderate in calories and loaded with micronutrients.
- Fig cheesecake mousse
That’s my most eco-responsible success of this menu with organic Californian figs, creamy goat cheese, goat yogurt and stevia. You would be surprised at the barely noticeable goat after taste. An easy blender dessert that scores every time!
- Faux caramel apple icing on sweet potato cupcake
That was the black beast that took 3 attempts to finally turn out that delayed my scheduling but the effort made it all the more worth it. I learned a very valuable lesson of innovative baking that I hope will lead to the success of my ultimate goal for this recipe; grain-free, nut-free and egg-free fluffy dough. For this time, I had to resort to a gluten-free baking mix but soon, very soon, I may have the answers and will share them promptly.
I ended consuming 1977 calories, which is close enough to my daily 2000 calories target and I had a little more carbs and fat than what I desire to consume. I did consume grains which I usually don’t eat and ended using a cold cut that was not my ideal eco-responsible but that was fitting my budget. For a birthday celebration, I’m happy — having not indulged in excesses!
I was aiming for very precise food measurements, though as mentioned yesterday, I had to make time allocation decisions and opted to focus on earning revenues and enjoying my birthday while reasonably estimating amounts for my food diary. I try my best to be thorough at weighing and measuring volume for each meal, it’s important that I collect the most accurate dietary estimates as I can. We cannot predict if a fruit has more or less sugar depending on the way it was grown and harvested, though we can give ourselves a reliable estimate to lay a guideline for our day. Nutrient tracking is about direction, not perfection. It gives me the peace of mind I need to make sure I’m well-fed while being conscientious of potential excess. It cuts the self-guilting-tripping crap my perfectionist nature likes to naggingly whisper in the dark corners of my mind. With good tracking, I can go to bed and rest easy, without concern for my fundamental well-being.