Writing it all down

by Alison on May 4, 2010

Lately I have been thinking about moving away from counting points and calories and trying to eat more intuitively.  These thoughts usually bring me back to the success that I have had counting points (calories would work too but would take more work at the moment as I know my points).  There are a lot of reasons that not counting points would be great.  I could be less worried about one day and think about a whole week, but how would I know how I’m doing for the week if I’m not counting?  I could enjoy treats more guilt free.  Nope, already have that covered I use my weekly points to treat myself.  I could feel freer, less restricted.  Wait, that’s what got me into this in the first place. I could still journal without calculating points, right? That is probably the most likely for me at some point.  Ultimately I love organisation, yes, my favourite stores are office supply stores.  I thrive on alphabetising my books by subject and author, my CDs, DVDs, etc.  I love making lists, I love crossing things off of lists.  I love going back to look at lists to see trends.  There is a reason I went into Stage Management, I thrive on organising people, things and events.  Without organisation I wander I am not sure what to do.  Even unemployed I plan my days. I put everything in a calendar or things get missed.  Bill payment days are in the calendar, syncing my bodybugg, menu planning, laundry, all of my workouts, grocery shopping etc, it’s all there.  I plan everything I keep track of everything, why wouldn’t I keep track of my calories?  I know some people find journaling a burden but for me it is freedom, I can enjoy things I just have to account for it (did I mention I also love numbers, I used to do algebra problems for fun…)

Huevos Rancheros with Grapefruit

Ultimately I firmly belief that success during weight loss comes from counting, be it points, calories, fat, exchanges or whatever.  When I hit maintenance I might look at just writing it down without counting it but for now I’ll stick with tracking everything that goes in my mouth.  I like checking off the little boxes for water, fruits and vegetables, dairy, healthy oils, whole grains, protein.  So maybe I can stick with that and the pictures of what I eat, if I follow principles of healthy diet and track those I should end up doing okay, I think.  What about you? Do you track? If so what do you track?  If you don’t, did you ever?

I went for a short 2 mile run around the neighbourhood this morning, in theory it’s a rest day but I haven’t taken 2 days off in a week in a long time so I’m reclaiming it as a whatever I’m in the mood for day…

For Breakfast I made huevos rancheros, finishing off the last of the corn tortillas, refried beans and salsa as well as the end of a jalapeño I used in last night’s dinner.  I made it with eggwhites so it was pretty low calorie.  For lunch I finished off the eggwhite quiche from the weekend, hmmm noticing a trend now, not intentional at the time 😛  With the quiche I sautéed up some spinach to get in my healthy oil and because I have been doing alot of salads lately and it’s fun to shake things up.  For dinner we had Chicken Divan over egg noodles with a side of peas.  Ben said he loved having peas with casserole type dishes because it reminds him of tuna noodle casserole, guess I’ll be making tuna noodle casserole next week…  Then we did it we went out for ice cream, I had craved it all day, the craving didn’t go away so I decided to indulge it, but we did share it 😛  Time to watch Biggest Loser, get rid of Sunshine PLEASE!

May 4th

Ate 22 of 24 points. Earned 4 activity points.

  • Breakfast (5) –heuvos rancheros made with eggwhites (4), grapefruit (1)
  • Lunch (7)–Quiche, spinach sautéed with olive oil
  • Dinner (10)–Chicken Divan (7), Whole Wheat Egg Noodles (3)
  • Snack (8)–1/2 of a love it cheese cake ice cream with strawberries and graham cracker crust

Running Weekly totals used 26.5 of 35 weekly points, earned 16 activity points.

Weekly Mileage Count 7.5

Chicken Divan and Peas

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MizFit May 5, 2010 at 1:39 AM

I joke to people that intuitive eating for me was a 30 year process (Im 41) but it almost was.
and was so so so very lifechanginglyworthit!

.-= MizFit´s last blog ..Blog Botox… =-.

Mary (A Merry Life) May 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

You are a planner to the core – the exact opposite of me. Haha.

I’m big on the intuitive eating. It’s the only way that I’ve managed to eat healthier and keep my sanity. I’m a horrible tracker. So it works. 😉
.-= Mary (A Merry Life)´s last blog ..Road Trip Food (Suggestions, Please?) =-.

Alison May 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I think the planner to the core is why I’m afraid to leave it 😛

Sarah May 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

How are we related?!

Alison May 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Lindsay and I got Dad’s organised genes and you and Katherine got Mom’s not so organised ones… well at least you did… 😛

beej May 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM

(Ugh, I hate Captcha–second time comment)

I am so with you on this! I really want to stop counting calories, but it’s just been so useful, I don’t think I can. I knwo that counting points certainly has worked with you!

But I’ve got to say, this whole intuition thing is interesting. I may have to do that when I get to my maintenance phase.
.-= beej´s last blog ..Namaste my a$$ =-.

Alison May 5, 2010 at 9:09 PM

That’s my gut too BJ is to do it at maintenance. I suppose a month long experiment wouldn’t hurt at some point too.

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