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Friday, April 01, 2011

My experiment with not counting calories has been going okay. I didn't weigh in today because I drank wine last night and from experience weighing in the day after drinking I always end up being like a pound heavier. So I plan to weigh in Sunday. But psychologically and emotionally? Better. Definitely better. I am able to not have as much anxiety when it comes to food and things coming up. I have kind of let myself enjoy a little more this week, and I know it's going to take time to find the balance. Night time snacking is still a problem, and I know I need to up my calories in the afternoon and at dinner especially with carbohydrates because that's what I am CRAVING at night. It's why cereal is such a problem in the house. I had 3 cups of Special K last night AFTER dinner. But it's a work in progress.

I try not to plan as much other than like bringing lunch to work which even then if I am really out of ideas as to what to bring I let myself get lunch out. I still find myself making better choices anyway, I haven’t reverted which I was worried about. It’s more letting myself have the smaller things that I crave. I still get my skinny latte’s but I allow myself to get the little treats that are under 200 calories at Starbucks. At dunkin I continue to get my black iced coffee with one creamer keeping it at about 50 calories. Yesterday we went to Bobby’s Burger Palace and I got a turkey burger and it was SO good and I had no problem taking two big bites then taking the top bun off and ending up not even eating the bottom bun. So I find myself enjoying and finding little ways to help myself along the way. I tracked my calories at the end of yesterday because it was a very off day. We had that for lunch then ended up getting sushi for dinner so I wanted to just see where I was. I did okay, stayed under 2,000 calories and that’s my primary goal. I burn between 700-1000 calories every day so I figure I am golden under or even a tiny bit above 2,000. So psychologically it’s better. I just need to reorganize my meals and such to help with the night time snacking. I just can’t seem to fix it. It’s tough but I am trying to just listen to my body. When I feel hungry I try to have protein filled snacks. Not as much fruit, still eating at least 3 servings but I feel like the protein is more important. It keeps me fuller. And I have had a lot of fun making healthy meals and looking up new recipes and I keep them under 500 calories and as long as it’s there I am enjoying it.

Sorry I ramble. BASICALLY I am doing a lot better since I stopped counting. My anxiety is lower. I still worry in the back of my mind and then try to just go forward and make the best choice that is in front of me. I have come a long way, and will always care about my health and nutrition. I am right now deciding between trying kickboxing or investing in P90X. I love the idea of a shorter more intense strength training session. As long as I keep it fresh I know I will be okay. I love to exercise and I think that is what will get me through the decisions when it comes to food. Food isn’t my enemy I just need to find a good relationship with it.
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    I'm glad to hear you're doing well! I have never been able to maintain, I always seem to fall off the wagon and back into old habits so I really commend you for how well you're doing! It definitely sounds like you're still in control and are maintaining all your healthy habits but not obsessing about it! I'm hoping to be in your shoes one day! emoticon
    2944 days ago
    So glad to read that you've had a pretty good week! Taking care of you all around is so important! It's not just calories - its whole well being. It's about your life - not just now and it sounds like you are on your way with a very good plan and path.
    2944 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    I think your last sentence said it all, "Food isn’t my enemy I just need to find a good relationship with it". You are becoming very insightful.
    2944 days ago
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