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I don't want to count calories anymore

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I want out! I simply can not do it any longer. I am compulsive by nature and this counting of calories is starting to become compulsive in a way that is making me anxious! I have gotten in the rhythm of knowing my body these last few weeks. I know when it needs food and I know the healthy options I can give it. Any binge type behavior has stemmed from not replenishing my body when it needed it. I started getting compulsive over my daily exercise challenge of jump rope, squats, and planks. I got rid of it and feel so much less pressured. I get my exercise in other ways and don't need to depend on these challenges. Though I must admit that I do miss jump roping and would love to incorporate it back a little more.

Despite giving up my daily exercise challenges, I have taken on a new challenge. I have been drinking a gallon of water every day. This is something I will stress about if I don't achieve. My fitness level is way too high not to be drinking this much and I owe it to my body!

I think my naturally obsessive behavior is what has hindered me in the long run of sustainable progress. I think by having less rules, I am going to ultimately achieve my goals.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AEGISHOT 4/21/2013 4:58PM

    Just do what works for you, do not force yourself into anything if not you will be bored and get tired of the streak before long.

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SKATER787 4/17/2013 9:06PM

    I think it's beautiful. If you're tired of doing calorie counting, then quit. Perfect! I've never seen slender people in other cultures counting calories.

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/17/2013 7:40PM

    you have probably been here long enough to know all the calorie contents of your normal everyday foods. If you stick with your healthy choices you should be fine on a day to day basis. This is why I use the really old WW method which is based on portion control. I've adapted it, I have more red meat than their rules allowed, I have the men's allowance (as 1500 calories is more realistic for long term loss) and don't have dairy but do have a supplement.
Rules are fine but we can be guided by them as we become experienced. You are having enough stress without giving yourself extra. Be free!

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NEENSTER1 4/17/2013 2:42PM

    I agree with all the coments thus far. emoticon

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AMBERNICHOLE3 4/17/2013 2:22PM

    I did WW a few years back and the whole counting calories/points becomes very tedious! Ugh I know exactly how you feel

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VERONICAVW_140 4/17/2013 1:48PM

    I am a very controlling person(when it comes to myself, not controlling others). I like to set perimeters, goals, limits, boundaries, etc. But in speaking with my counselor the other day I saw the negative side to all of that. I mean, I had thought about it before but he brought to light all of those things I was thinking. The more rules and regulations you give yourself the more opportunity you give yourself to fall short thus cause yourself stress and feelings of failure. By trying to "control" your calories you were giving yourself stress and anxiety. I've done it too. I count carbs and back in my bulimic years I used to be completely obessed with it. Now adays I keep a light running tab of them. If I happen to go over the intended amount, so what? I enjoy a snack here or there. I've seen soooo much change in my lifestyle and weightloss since letting lose of the controlling reins! It's been such a blessing. I feel like weightloss has come even easier now that I am not racking myself over the coals trying to keep to a certain amount of XYZ. I wish you much luck in finding a system that works for you that will allow you freedom and peace on your journey to better health!

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/17/2013 12:56PM

    I hear ya on the obsessive stuff. It leads to problems, like an all or nothing mentality, and some seriously negative thoughts if you can't keep it in line.

I think as long as you are maintaining an AWARENESS - how much exercise, not limiting yourself by what type, how much food in general & what kind, not to the specific number level but just knowing "Okay, I have my veggies, I worked out for two hours, I can splurge a bit for dinner" kind of approach.

My problem was that I THOUGHT I was aware - and now I'm going back to the numbers for a bit to keep myself honest. It is all about honesty to yourself in the end and doing what is best for you! Good luck!

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SKATER787 4/17/2013 10:28AM

    Dang, that's a lot of water. Even a camel only drinks what it needs. I'm not too crazy about these water goals that being pushed around here. My philosophy is to find something healthy that you can enjoy. Mine is iced cold green tea among other things. I filled half a beer mug with green tea. Freeze it. Then fill in with green tea, so there is no dilution of taste. This way I will naturally consume lots of liquid. But hey, if you enjoy a gallon of water, then have at it. I don't.

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