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Day 37 - The Calorie Counter Obsession

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The one thing I sort of pride myself on is the ability to "guesstimate" the amount of calories in a single food item. I'm talking from a tablespoon of barbecue sauce to an entire plate of food. Well.. I think my gift is standing in my way.

I think it's one of the factors in my whole reluctance to push myself harder in the work-out arena. I am so obsessed with how many calories I intake compared to how many I burn, that once I figure I've burned enough calories while exercising.. I will stop even though I know I can go longer. My excuse.. you are in a deficit, so it's ok.

No ma'am. It is not okay.

So.. I've decided to take a break from the calorie counting for a minute. This does not mean I will indulge in any of my trigger foods or anything like that. I will spend more time making sure I'm fulfilled on the "movement" side of things.

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    Based on what you said about the estimates you make in your head, it would seem kind of hard to turn off the calorie-counting switch in your head. But, I certainly hope it helps your to push harder in your workouts!!

    1582 days ago
    1583 days ago
    Definitely push yourself. If you're not tired, remember next time to do it harder or faster. I try to make the best of the 30 minutes to an hour that I have so when it starts getting easy, I know that I have to ramp it up: Run on the treadmill faster, have a personal record running outside, lift heavier, advance my technique in step class. Whatever it takes.
    1586 days ago
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    1586 days ago
    That's what I would can a breakthough,

    1586 days ago
    I can sometimes get caught up in 'do 10' or do '3 sets of 8' or just run 5k, that I don't let myself go further if I could. I love to work out, and push myself, but I realize I might be holding myself back with this as well. It is great to push myself to do that many/much, but what if I could do more and I'm holding myself back?

    Keep up the hard work!
    1586 days ago
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