This time I'm talking about counting calories and how I do not do it.
In 2011 I did what a lot of other people do in January. I went on a diet and started counting calories. For several months I recorded every single thing I put into my mouth onto my online food journal on Sparkpeople.com. I lost about 10 pounds.
Christmas 2010, right before I started counting calories.
I was definitely obsessive about it. If I was trying out a new recipe, I would take the time to figure out the calories per serving. If I was going out to eat, I would spend forever looking at the menu and mentally counting the calories.
My first wedding anniversary in 2011. I was in the swing of counting calories and thought I looked so skinny here. I weighed around 200 pounds.
I was definitely eating healthier than I had in the past, but I was still eating a lot of junk food and sweets. Entering those items onto my food journal made me feel ashamed and bad about myself.
June 2011. I had quit calorie counting and was starting to gain weight back.
In 2012 I focused on eating clean. I tried to only eat fresh foods like fruits, veggies, chicken, and fish. I pretty much quit eating junk food and sweets. I did a lot more cooking at home, where I could see exactly what I was eating. I changed my attitude about what I was putting into my body. It finally occurred to me that if I gave my body good, clean food I wouldn't need to worry about calories.
My 2nd anniversary in 2012. I weighed 193 pounds
August 2012, about 178 pounds
Thanksgiving 2012, about 174 pounds
I was right. The weight came off easily. After over a year of clean eating I rarely crave junk or sweet food. Even when I am not working out consistently my weight only fluctuates between 1-2 pounds.