Friday, August 5, 2011
A Woman Can Change Her Mind, Can't She?
Remember how I said I would never count calories, again? Well, technically, I’m not, but I’m letting a computer program do it for me. The history of my anti-calorie-counting came from going on a very restrictive diet about 13 years ago. I had to have a certain number of servings of this and that and the other. I had my measuring cups, spoons, pencil, paper, charts, and calculator. I went crazy. And I began on a binge-and-purge path. No more calorie-counting for me. (Ironically, I wish I was at the weight I was when I started that stupid diet.)
Recently, I began a program about intuitive eating (Eating for Your Soul). I liked that the program was also anti-calorie-counting, saying restricting and counting calories could be disrespectful to the body, which is perfectly capable to teach you what to feed it. I need help, though, while learning to be taught (huh?). About two days ago, a thought floated through my mind as I was reading the EFYS workbook, “Gina, isn’t it possible that it’s disrespectful to your body right now to not count calories? Your body hurts and is having weight-related issues. You have a better understanding about being more respectful to yourself. Maybe watching calories can be blended with that knowledge.” EFYS is good for maintaining, but it isn’t a weight loss program.
I researched how many calories I needed to lose weight at a rate of 1.5 pounds per week with my current activity level, age, and weight. I also came across a site that helps you count the calories. I played around with it and am actually pleased with it. One of the things I like about it is the analysis feature letting me know what nutritional requirements I've met and what I am in need of. If you're interested, the site is http://caloriecount.about.com
I don’t know how long this will last. It's only been a couple of days. Maybe the novelty will wear off or I’ll start going crazy, again. Or, maybe none of those things will happen, and I may have begun something that will last. It’s worth the try.
There are differences this time compared to 13 years ago:
There is NO specified diet this time. The suggested calorie intake is a reference point. If I’m not hungry, I’m not going to force myself to eat. If I've met the calorie limit but feel very hungry, I’m going to eat.
I have an arsenal of vegetables. I’ve been learning new veggie recipes, and I actually like them. This makes eating more possible while still staying under the calorie reference point.
I've learned from Eating for Your Soul. There’s more to learn and practice, and I may adjust some of it for my life, but it is a valuable tool.
I have a computer. No more pencils, notebooks, thick calorie book, nor calculator. Yay, technology!
My fear is dealing with emotional eating. No perfect eating plan will keep me from destructive behavior. What I need is a perfect coping plan.