Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I'm So Tired Of Counting Calories!


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I'm so tired of counting calories!  There... I said it.  You can't believe I said it, huh?  Yes, I am a weight loss blogger on a personal mission to lose weight, but I AM SOOOO TIRED OF COUNTING CALORIES!  Whew!  Now that I got that off my chest, let me explain.

Now, don't misunderstand me, counting calories has done me a world of good, like weight loss to the tune of 110 pounds good! Additionally, I have gained a better understanding about food and nutrition. What macronutrients are, how they work and how to utilize them within my calorie count and to maximum benefit. Ultimately counting calories has helped me to change my perspective about food and how to use it to fuel my body.  There is some very tangible value to be gained by counting calories.  Would I recommend it to anyone?  Yes, most definitely!  So what's the problem, you ask?

My problem is that, for me, it is just not sustainable.  I can't see nor want to spend the rest of my life counting calories.  Watching, so closely, the food I eat is time consuming and energy draining for me.  Not to mention all the diet rules.  Eat this, don't eat that.  Never eat after this time.  This no good for you last week now its ok this week.  Good grief! Enough already!  I just want to be free from it.  With this lifestyle change, I'm thinking, there must come a point where I develop the skills to trust myself, yes?  I'm just saying, there has got to be another way.  

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When I watch my toddler, sidekick Robin, she eats when she is hungry and stops when she is full. She is not working to clean her plate.  Sometimes I don't think she's eating enough, but her weight is steady.  When she's hungry she requests to eat.  She is in excellent health and has amazing muscle tone for a toddler.  When she wears racer back tops people marvel at her build.  She is strong and fit. Baby girl can squat, plank, push up and downward dog with the best of them.  You've seen her race recap post.  Girlfriend is getting it done.  She doesn't have all the information that I have yet she is fine.  There must be something instinctual about her eating. 

I've been tossing these thoughts around in my head for about a year now.  I know that I want to stop.  I know that I want to move on from being preoccupied with food.  The question is how?  How do I rediscover or learn the skills that I once knew instinctively?  In my search I've come across a few reading resources which I'm going to read. Prayerfully, these resources will be a step in the right direction and I can move on from here.  

What do you think?  Do you count calories?  Are you planning to do it for the rest of your life?

Weekly Workout Recap July 12 -18, 2015 & Half Mary Training Week 4

Sunday - Cross Train / Kettlebells and Swim

After last week's workouts, I decided to do something different for my cross training so I went to the pool.  I wasn't able to swim laps or anything truly athletic, but I was able to bounce up and down, run  and squat in the water with Robin on my back for two and half hours.  I think I did enough to meet my forty minute cross training requirement.  Plus my tired legs and back feel amazing after being in the pool.

I also started WO #3  of The Swing.  The time has increased to 20 minutes and we are now up to equal work for equal rest.  305 swings in 20 minutes is pretty amazing.

Monday - Long Run 5miles

My plan was to start a little early, then run with my running group, but Hubbs had to go into work. Run cancelled! - Trying to make my mantra work or me "Flexible In Life - Flexible Body"  I do not like to get off track. He promised to come straight home in the morning so I could get me run in before it got too hot. Nice Hubbs.

Tuesday - Rest Strength Training & Yoga

Rescheduled make up run  was meh... Hubbs said it was ok to walk and at least I covered the entire distance.


By the time I got home, I was stiff and in pain.  I was hoping that later in the day I would be able to do my swing wo and yoga.  No, ma'am!

Wednesday - Run

Sitting, getting up and laying flat are an issue.  I yield and give in.  NO running today. I need to rest and figure out what is going on here.

Thursday - Cross Train - Kettlebells & Yoga

Feeling a considerably better today, so did my final Swing workout for the week. I'm trying to isolate what is causing this extreme on set of pain so I'm not going to do the yoga. Maybe I'll test it out on the weekend.

Friday - Run

Today is good just a bit of tenderness in my back.  The agility in my back seems to be returning.  I'm taking today off again from the run.  

Saturday - Complete Rest

NSV:  Well, one great NSV came out of this last week.  Honestly, I was in some serious pain for most of the week.  Enough to cause me to stop training and think about not doing the race.  Feeling very upset with all that was on my mind, I indulge in emotional eating.  It never even occurred to me.  The coolest part is I didn't even realize that I didn't use my old standby coping mechanism until I began writing this post.  Progress, Progress, Progress!!!

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45 comments :

  1. It sounds like counting calories has served you well but it's time for a change. Intuitive eating is a great book. Keep us updated and congrats on the amazing progress.

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    1. It really has Jill. I've just started to read Intuitive Eating. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. Congrats on your staying fit. I can't be that conscious with what I eat for the life of me. Good on you for deciding to stay healthy.

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  3. I have a hard time counting calories. I think that after doing it for so long and you have developed such a wonderful habit that I bet you will do great just eating what feels right!!

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  4. I'm not a calorie counter, but I sure do watch what I eat. Hopefully you will develop that skill after a while, and you won't have to focus on the numbers so much. You're doing great!

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  5. Counting calories really does help, but it can become tedious. I've found that after doing it for so long I know how many calories are in everything and I can relax on counting so strictly and just make good choices

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  6. I stopped counting calories years ago. I think you get to a point where you know approx how many calories are in the foods you regularly eat and you know how to eat an appropriate sized meal without counting them anymore. However, some people may need to keep doing it so you need to find what works best for you!

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  7. I have never been adept at counting calories. I prefer intuitive eating as well. Good luck with your training!

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  8. Norton's being evil this morning, saying there's a risk to my personal information visiting your site.

    I too stopped counting calories; I just got bored with it, tried to pick it up again, then stopped all together.

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  9. I tried to do the counting calories on my phone with an app and going in and putting meals got on my nerve so I gave up. I now try to focus on moving more calories are important but moving is too.

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  10. You've done an amazing job by counting calories. You've learned so much about your body, how to feed it, that maybe it's time to trust those "toddler" instincts again. I think the Intuitive Eating book will be helpful, but if you just try to eat like your daughter, you may come to love eating again for what it's meant to be, a delicious way to fuel our bodies, not a crutch when we're stressed or tired. Good luck.

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  11. oy vey is mir - I don't think that I have ever counted calories!

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  12. I don't count calories. I just try to make the majority of my meals to be veggies, fruits, and lean meats, with small amounts of high quality grains. I allow myself a treat every night and I try to make sure that that is under 200 calories. I've stayed within a 10 pound range for 9 years now doing that. (I'm at the top of that range right now due to too many splurges, but I know if I just am a bit more careful, I'll drop the weight.)

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  13. I hate counting calories! I like to live by the I can eat whatever the hell I want in moderation rule.

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  14. Counting calories are effective in weight loss. However, it can be very daunting. I are doing great. Don't give up....

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  15. I really really hope and pray you find your natural inner compass for sustainable healthy eating. I know, for me, I do pretty good most of the time but I do try to take one month out of the year to count calories, weigh portion sizes, and kind of recalibrate to make sure what I'm thinking is right is STILL within the correct zones. Maybe you can do something like that too? Slowly take time off from calorie counting, to practice intuitive eating, maybe just a few days at a time and see how it goes?

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  16. I go back and forth with calorie counting. I've found that I do OK with maintenance just being mindful, but for weight loss I really do better counting. I hate it too, lol.

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  17. Honey, you are just amazing. I can't imagine counting calories for that length of time...need to get with it though -- my sugar is out of control. Did you use an ap like My Fitness Pal?

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  18. I absolutely do not count calories. Love your journey. You are so determined.

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  19. Love your journey. I am and have been on that same journey all my life. It is so hard. But each of us have our own burdens to bear. Thanks for the encouragement. Praying for you.

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  20. I don't count calories - I eat what I eat and get active. Stay inspired you are doing great.

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  21. I am counting calories. I use "Fitness Pal". I am not fun of it but it is in your face truth. I am vegeterian and I wanted to see how much "protein" I was consuming and fat. My daughter and I just started back runnning. Your baby is so cute. Thank you, for sharing!

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  22. I feel the way you do about calorie counting. It drains me to the point I never stick with it for long. Intuitive eating is great for those it works for. I'm a trigger food type of person. There are foods for which I have no off switch. How about if you find a variety of meals you know work for you and just stick there for awhile?

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  23. Counting calories and macros has helped me tremendously in the past, but I agree with you 100% that it is not sustainable for the long term. It's annoying and it makes me obsess too much over the food I eat. I'm trying to learn to eat more intuitively and stick to unprocessed stuff as much as possible. I hope you find something that works for you!

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  24. Wow! You are amazing and it sounds like you're really onto something with your toddler. My problem has always been stopping when I'm full. Haha

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  25. Great job! I also HATE counting calories. So I stopped. I started taking pictures of my food and that helped me to visualize it better. Also, I eat slower and stop about half way through for a few minutes this allows my stomach to catch up with my brain. I have also learned that my eyes are often bigger than my stomach.

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  26. Emotional eating? Big ouchie! I go there a lot. I don't really watch calories. I look for things high in fiber and low in calories but I refuse to make myself a slave to that. I have learned over the years to eat smart and make healthier choices. Putting that into practiice is another story.

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  27. i've never been a calorie counter so i think it's amazing you did it for so long!

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  28. Swimming is a great and effective way of working out without putting too much stress on your muscles.

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  29. Congrats on your accomplishments! Staying fit is a great thing and takes work!

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  30. Counting calories is never fun. Sure it has it's place. I changed out my plates for small european plates, the dinner plate is about the size of a side dish plate in a typical set. I still get to "clean" my plate, but the calories are significantly less.

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  31. I hated counting calories. I eat mostly paleo now and don't have to count anymore which is awesome. You are doing an amazing job!

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  32. I have no patience for counting calories.Maybe I should since I'm new at this whole fitness thing. Something's got to give.

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  33. I so admire your determination and patience! I have zero of either lol

    Keep at it! I've never had the obedience and self-discipline to stick with an exercise regimen : (

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  34. I get tired of counting calories, but it works! I often forget to log my food, but over time you do get an idea of how things add up. Keep going, you're doing great!

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  35. Looking forward to following your transition from counting calories. I feel like I have been consumed with thoughts of my weights since middle school. And the more I have been consumed and tried different diets, meal plans, and styles of eating the more weight I've gained. I'd love to relearn how to eat like a toddler.

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  36. always a struggle. always. ugghhh.

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  37. I have gone back and forth with counting calories, macros, points, whatever. I think some times it serves a useful tool and helps me keep control of what I'm eating, especially if the scale is creeping upward. That being said I don't like tracking either! Most of the time I try to make healthy choices and treat occasionally and I maintain just fine in that state. Sometimes I'll go back and track for a day or two just to remind myself what xx calories looks like. Best of luck on finding what will work for YOU!

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  38. You sound like a calorie counting pro, I don't know how to count calories. Its way more than I realize and I'm just not cut out for it. You've come a long way, maybe change up your technique a little bit and see how things go.

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  39. I can't keep a food journal or cont calories... I became vegan and it works for me... Congrats on all your hard working paying off...

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  40. I don't count calories cause I agree that it can become stressful. I just try to eat things in moderation and I understand that there really is a such thing as too much of a good thing.

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  41. When I first started on my weight loss journey I counted every single calorie that went in my body. I think there was a time when there were more pictures of nutrition labels on my phone than pictures of my kids but I am at a point now where I know what to do and I think you are in the same place. I stopped counting calories about three months ago and have maintained my weight where I want it. I think you are good to go!!

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  42. I think counting calories is only good for the short term. Doing it forever is out of the question because it just becomes too stressful!

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  43. I've never liked counting calories. Every diet or plan that I've tried that required calorie counting was a failure. Your daughter has it right; eat when hungry and stop when full. She is tapped into an instinctual "diet" that works every time. We adults (unfortunately a growing number of kids too) eat when we want and what we want.

    But thanks to messengers like yourself, we can all start to be more aware and make better choices.

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  44. I agree. Sometimes, It gets very annoying to keep the track of every single calorie you are having throughout the day. That's why I am having, the HGH Energy supplements for Women which makes me energized throughout and lets me have a healthy body.

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