I have always tried to eat healthy, but since I started being a regular exerciser last year and I'm not pregnant and starving 24/7, I figured I needed to reevaluate my diet. I was seeing some weight loss with my exercising, but in recent months I hit a plateau and figured it was probably cause I was eating too much. Bummer . . . Bummer . . . . Bummer . . . . . Bummer.
I've never really tried to calorie count, because well, it's a pain in the bum. So hubby, sent me a link last week to My Fitness Pal, which is a FREE online calorie counter. As far as calorie counting goes it's actually kind of fun. WAIT! Did I say, "fun." I don't know if it's really fun, but it is somewhat enjoyable because it's just so darn easy. Another nice thing about it, is that almost all of the foods I usually eat are already in the database, so I just enter how much I ate of it and TA DA, it totals everything all up. It also takes into account how much exercise you do. So if I run on my elliptical for 40 minutes, I can eat 444 more calories that day, and still loose weight. It gives you a daily calorie goal which it automatically adjusts depending on your personal weight loss goal, BMI, BMR, and daily exercise. I kind of like it. It will also track fiber, cholesterol, protein, sodium, etc. It's been educational. It's nice to know that I have been eating a well rounded diet, but I just rarely limited myself, hence my roundness.
My hardest times are when I am surrounded by an abundance of scrumptious food, but so far I've been able to stay on track. The first week was easier than the second week. I had a headache for two days and for some reason when I don't feel well my ingrained response says, "Why don't you have something to eat and see if that helps." I was feeling pretty tortured those days, and my mood was ahh . . . a bit grouchy. BUT success! I survived and some days are much better. I think my stomach is starting to get used to me eating less because sometimes I get full faster. I can still eat whatever I want, I just have to limit my portion size or balance it with exercise or lower calorie meals during the day. I understand why people hate calorie counting, but I'm hoping the results are worth it. If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth it, right? I still believe the hardest things to do in life are often the greatest. I think I might reward myself with some more incredible lemon cake very soon. :)
"It is not the man who has little, but the man who craves more who is poor."
I've always loved that quote. I used to apply it to debt, finances, and just to help me find contentment in my own place, but I have learned that it can also apply to food. Sometimes I can eat my lovely serving and I don't even feel deprived, until some craving kicks in or I'm feeling tired or sporting a headache or watching someone else eat mouthful after mouthful. I'm in this to WIN and my only competition is myself.