IThanks for the welcome! And, as for me, I'm on plan and planning to stay that way! This is day two!
I like to eat at least 1 potato a day that I've nuked in the microwave to make 'chips'. No added oil or anything, just potato. Am I adding more calories to my daily intake by doing this? I like to track all my calories and I've been leaving the entry at a regular cooked potato but I'm curious if that is incorrect.
No, you're not *adding* calories. The idea that chips are "worse" than a whole potato is that, with the water dried out of them, you could easily *eat* a lot more of them. For example, If I were snacky-hungry and said, "I'll eat potatoes until I'm satisfied" I probably wouldn't eat more than one or two. But if I had McDougall-legal nuked potato-only chips available to me, I could probably eat 5-6 potato's worth of chips, because they're light and crunchy and snacky-good. You know? Because you don't have the *wateR* in them helping to fill you up ...
a pound of baked potatoes would be fewer potatoes than a pound of dried thin-sliced chips. So you'd get more *calories per pound*
That being said, if you say to yourself "My snack is one potato" you get the same calories either way, if you eat it baked or eat it sliced and dried into chips.
Does that make sense?
Your New Daily Exercise Plan: MWL Book Page 109
1. Get up half an hour earlier each day, or skip a TV program to do a specific exercise.
2. Make exercise a part of each day.
3. Choose an activity that you have always enjoyed and do it at least four times per week
One thing I've been doing is - rather than *skipping* at TV show or other activity to exercise, I *combine* them ... so when the family watches videos, I walk in place. Rather than giving up my knitting time, I work on knitting small, easy projects while I walk in place. Both watching videos and knitting are fun for me, but I don't feel like I have to choose between exercise and my favorite activities. Time is precious, so doing two things at once fits the bill for me, gives me time for both.
I also track my steps and enter little competitions at walkertracker.com which keeps me motivated to keep walking.
A lot of my walking isn't *high intensity* exercise, but I'm far more *active* than I used to be!