I Have A Confession To Make

I’ve spent waaay too much obsessive over counting calories and losing weight. I’m going on 5 years (off and on, but mostly on) of diligently tracking every single bite that went into my mouth.

I started using myfitnesspal back in 2012 as a way to help me lose weight. It worked really well for a while. I lost around 30 pounds, and in 2013 I was at my lowest weight in my adult life. It was a healthy weight too, I was at 143 pounds (at 5’7 that put me in the “normal” range on the BMI scale, if you put any stock into all that crap like I used to). I pretty much maintained that weight through out 2013 and most of 2014, but then I started to steadily gain weight back. Luckily I never made it back to my highest weight, and at the 158.5 pounds that I’m at now is still in the “normal” range on the BMI scale (again, if you actually put any stock into any of that. I don’t really anymore), so i’m not technically overweight, but I also think it would be good for me to get back down to 140 ish pounds. I definitely felt a lot better and much more confident at that weight.

The problem is, I’ve been trying to get back down to that weight by counting calories and that’s obviously not working anymore. I’ve been stuck around 160-158 pounds for quite some time now, and honestly, I’m just tired of keeping track of all this stuff. Like what’s the point really? Why does it matter how many calories I eat in a day or what the number on the scale is? In the grand scheme of things none of that really matters, so fuck it. This morning I deleted myfitnesspal from my phone and disconnected the account from Garmin Connect, and I didn’t track a single bite of food today. I am officially done with all of this counting and tracking stuff. I’m also done comparing myself now to who I was a few years ago. That’s not doing me any good anyway.

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Instead, I’m going to focus on eating super clean again. I’m going to focus on eating foods that are good for my body and every once in a while food that is good for my soul (so you know, treats πŸ™‚ ). And focus on being the healthiest and happiest I can be, instead of how much I’m eating or how much I weigh.

~Ashley

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12 thoughts on “I Have A Confession To Make

  1. TrekkieLianne

    Eating clean is one sure way to do it without having to count. I’m an obsessive counter (850 or more consecutive days on MyFitnessPal) but that’s because I’m still in sporadic weight loss mode. It’s taken me 5 years to lose 50 lbs and I have about 10 left to go. I’m not sure how I’ll do it when I finally get there but eating clean is probably the only option. I’ll be happy to see how it works for you because that will give me confidence to try it too.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      It seems like the last 10-15 is the hardest to lose. I’ve been doing some research, and I’ve found that sometimes UPPING you’re calorie intake (as long as it’s with clean foods) is the best method for losing those last few pounds. Especially if you’ve been trying to stay at a calorie deficit for a long period of time. Apparently being at a calorie deficit for too long can also cause issues with your metabolism. So I don’t know, all of that just kinda made me think maybe calorie counting isn’t the best way to go about losing weight and keeping it off. Haha at this point I’m just hoping to be able to do this and not gain any weight, but I guess we shall see. πŸ™‚

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  2. getwifed

    Good luck! Counting calories can be effective but I think it can also be tiering or worse lead to unhealthy eating habits and even disordered eating. 5 years is such a long time!

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