When I first started trying to get healthy and lose weight, I joined MyFitnessPal in order to track calories. It was a recommendation from my doctor, in order to train myself to eat like a “regular “human again.
It was hard.
After all, I was used to annihilating whole Red Baron pizzas and pints of Ben & Jerry’s in one meal without discomfort.
That was 2013. And I’ve logged 815 days straight on this app to try to teach myself how to eat.
So, I decided to quit on Friday. Not only had it become a chore about a year or so ago, but I was actually using it to cheat myself. For instance, if I saw that I had 200 calories left in a given day, I would devote it to eating Nutella straight from the jar. That’s not the point of tracking calories.
I’ve found myself mentally counting calories in my head and feeling the urge to log in several times today. However, I think it will be very easy to transition to a normal, app-less life and still be able to maintain some common sense about eating.
I’m sure for most of you this seems pretty small in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a habit I’ve had for over two years and it helped me get healthy again. Since I am terrified of slipping back into pre-diabetic life, it was a big deal for me to let go of this crutch.
But someday, when the internet explodes and the world becomes a dystopian wasteland, I won’t be able to count my calories on an app (I’ll probably be trying to get as much food as possible to survive anyway). It’s best that I get used to that lifestyle now, instead of having to handle that transition along with having to fight radioactive future-spiders. That’s too much for anyone to endure.
Have you ever used calorie counting to get to a healthy weight? Do you think the whole thing is ridiculous? Let me know!