Sooooo, I quit counting calories in February. It worked for a while and then life happened.
I started slipping back into old habits within about three weeks. My parents visited and we went out a lot. My period came and I ate through the pain/feelings. About a week ago, my regular warning light went off — the one that dings in my head when I catch myself mindlessly shoveling Nutella into my mouth — and I realized that I’d slipped back about 7 lbs in just under three months.
Needless to say that when I caught myself downing hazelnut-flavored chocolate with my stomach protruding into space while watching The Mindy Project, I started immediately on the “counting calories train” the next morning. That was almost two weeks ago, and I’ve already lost half of what I accidentally gained.
While it’s important not to focus in too hard on counting calories, if it helps you, do it. It helps remind me that I probably shouldn’t be eating 2500 calories a day if I’m just sitting in a chair for a whole work day. It helped me pick back up on my healthy habits in record time, too. I’m definitely not analyzing every scrap that goes into my body this time, and I’m not trying to starve myself of nutrients in order to allow myself three cookies.
In short? It’s a process, people.
Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?