I have always counted calories. I can tell you how many calories are in any food you can think of (as long as i’ve heard of it). I’ve memorized the serving and portion sizes on every food label and am well aware of the calories in hundreds of dishes at hundreds of restaurants. I am familiar with every calorie counting site that’s out there and have compared food between all the sites. I never intended to memorize how many calories were in everything, but after obsessing over it for so long, it just happened. I became my own calorie directory.
Anytime I ate anything I would either write down exactly what I had eaten portion size and all or I’d leave a running total in my head, which would eventually get written down, I have notebook after note book tracking my daily intake. It wasn’t odd to find sticky notes around the house with random numbers that would eventually be added into the daily total. Every bite, every sip, every crunch…I counted. Oh the insanity. Oh the burden. Oh the responsiblity. It was a chore. I’ve counted calories for so long that I don’t know how to not count them.
Over the past 10 months I have tried to stop counting calories and measure or count every single thing I put in my mouth and I have gotten so much better. But still almost everyday I end up calculating calories. Sometimes its at the end of the day or sometimes its in the middle. I’ll leave a running total in my head or jot it on a piece of paper…its not that I’m trying to stay below a certain number of calories like I have done in the past. I think it has something to do with me worrying I might be eating too much or even too little, or maybe I just don’t remember how to eat without counting.
I’m not quite sure how to kick this habit, and I’d love any ideas, suggestions, or personal triumphs. I try to eat when my body is hungry and choose foods that are healthy and nutritious, but I’ve still not been able to let go of the counting completely. It is no longer an obsession but a small reminder or my past and something i’d like to eliminate completely. I know that many of you have been in similar situations and have found success, or maybe you have never even counted calories and are “normal” eater…either way I’d love some suggestions and a helping hand.
Here are a few questions:
Do you count calories?
(if yes, is it an obsession or is it helpful and positive)
(if no, have you ever in the past and was it a positive experience )
If you don’t count calories how do you keep track of what you eaten on a daily basis?
Have you or are you currently losing weight without counting calories?
What do you think about calorie counting?