Fitness Lately: A Mid-Goal Update on Calorie Counting

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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.

Oops.

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.

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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?

Other posts in this series, in descending order: MarchFebruaryDecemberSeptemberJuneAprilMarchJanuary, NovemberOctober, and February.

15 thoughts on “Fitness Lately: A Mid-Goal Update on Calorie Counting

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  3. I agree. I find the more I count what I am doing, the more I want to resist and eat that cake more than ever! Not to mention, calories are just a number, an estimate. I find it helps if you just eat what feels right, but you don’t have to eat the whole thing. Sometimes just a little taste goes a long way. However, everyone is different and that’s just what works for me. Some people work better if they go cold turkey and push themselves in head first.

    • I have been trying pretty hard to stay on track these days. However, I am going through a super hungry phase. I’m not letting it bend me out of shape as much as it used to, though. 💜

      • Good, keep on trucking!!! I’ll be rooting for you. If it help at all, I remember reading somewhere that hunger (when you are changing your diet) could be either related to a lack of a vitamins, not enough calories or your body adjusting to the new choices made. I’m not a professional, I’m just making a suggestion. Maybe go back to the drawing board and see if there are any adjustments that should be made.

  4. Oh I can relate, I have days where I eat super healty others where it seems I never saw food before. I hate having these ups and downs but since when I use “my fitness pal” app things are going a bit better…hopefully it’ll be a constant thing! 🙂

  5. Oh, my gosh! I can totally relate. I have a hard time counting calories if I’m trying to come at health from a place of love, not from a place of perfection. Having come from a background of analyzing every scrap that goes into my body and denying supper invitations because I knew I’d go over my allotted amount, I have a hard time with counting calories because I don’t want to go to that head space again. It sounds like you have a healthy outlook on it though and I admire you for it! Thank you for the “if it helps you, do it” note. I have been following so many people who have the intuitive eating thing down pat and can give themselves so much grace with that…I’m just not one of them. YET. 🙂

    • I wish I could ascend into intuitive eating. I’m just not there, yet. I have too many cakes to enjoy. Haha! I forgot to mention that I made a serious commitment to running again along with this, so it’s a combined effort.
      I was explaining to my boyfriend that I have/will always have food baggage. It’s just something that is SO HARD to come back from with any kind of past disordered eating.
      Thanks for your lovely comment. It’s so good to know you get it. 💜💜💜

      • I totally get it! I’ve been wanting to get back into exercise too. I know how I work though. I go from not caring at all about food and exercise to swinging to the exact opposite side of the spectrum with being obsessive about both. Intuitive eating just isn’t something I can do yet and I so want to stop feeling guilty about that. Eventually, I’ll get there! And so will you! <3<3<3

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