I Stopped Counting Calories, Logging Food, & Planning Meals

I lost a couple inches, gained freedom, and here’s why I stopped …

Moving program to program isn’t for me. I enjoy creating my own routine {I did spend a good amount of time & money getting certified to do so 🙂 } Being in love with the process, not seeking a specific result is what started my journey years ago and is what works for me to stay committed.

By “program” I am referring to a comprehensive, outlined plan that lays out your workout schedule, meal plan, etc.

Do I disagree with following programs?? Not at all! They are a great course of action. Especially for those beginning their journey, looking to fine tune, wanting some direction. I do advise anyone to do research first. Who developed it? What are their credentials? (Note: if there is a specified meal plan, a nutritionist or dietitian should have been involved. Contrary to belief, even certified trainers cannot prescribe you a meal plan) What are the next steps after you complete the program? Is it something I can maintain long term?

For me the answer to the last question is NO. That is why I only do programs sporadically.

Expectation is the root of all heartache – William Shakespeare

People often start a program based off other people’s success.They see the best of the best success stories, and set certain expectations. “Jenny lost 20 pounds in 60 days. Sarah lost 15 inches. But I only lost 5 pounds.” I’ve known so many people who set expectations that aren’t met, they get discouraged and they quit.. Everyone’s journey will vary. Our background, our starting point, our genetic makeup is all unique. What works for some, does not work for others.

I’ve found staying passionate about fitness means doing it for health sake. My overall goal is pretty simple – Be committed and consistent! I’ll set performance goals from time to time (shorten my 5K time, run a mile under 7 minutes, hold a handstand, pull ups etc) then build a routine off what I’d like to accomplish. I go through different seasons and create a routine based on ME.

About workouts I like to incorporate

  • Steady state runs (9-10 min pace)
  • Speed work (1 min intervals, 1/4 mile repeats, tempo runs)
  • Strength circuit workouts (8-12 lb weights)
  • Metabolic / athletic conditioning (body weight, calisthenics, footwork)
  • Yoga (once a week to restore)

Kind of across the board. Outside, in the gym, at my house ♥

About my nutritional choices

  • Carbs: beans, sweet potatoes, oats, veggies
  • Protein: eggs, meats, seafood, greek yogurt
  • Fats: avocado, olive oil, nut butters, butter
  • Moderation: fruit, cheese, milk, pasta, bread, fried food, sugar

Not an all encompassing list, but you get the picture.

This is similar to my nutritional habits in 2014. Eating from a certain menu, staying away from others {6 days a week}. It is simpler for me to eat based off this selection than to count numbers. If you’ve followed my story you probably think I’m crazy for practicing these habits again.

The last couple years I’ve managed a lot anxiety. A resounding conclusion when I felt the greatest contentment was that year. Getting my nutrition in line to fuel my workouts just allowed things to flow, fall into place.

The consuming and disordered thoughts didn’t begin until the following year, 2015. I’ll be 100% honest. I had a doctor appointment. They weigh you, I hate it. But it is instinct to look. I hadn’t weighed myself in months. 134! Last time it was 128!! Not a significant difference, but I was stuck on that number. Immediately I began thinking I needed to change what I was doing. For the first time in over a year I felt dissatisfied. I couldn’t allow myself to just let it go. Weight can fluctuate many pounds just off hormones, etc. And that is when the spiral started {also my reminder why I do not weigh myself regularly}.

This March I decided to get back on track with my old routine. I gave up counting, tracking, planning, logging. It’s been amazing!! I learned from obstacles I experienced years ago, and have kept my intentions in check. One thing that had become a struggle and I stopped taking advantage of was cheat meals. Now, one cheat day a week 🙂 No guilt!

Counting calories, tracking macros, food logs, meticulously planning meals doesn’t work for ME.  It isn’t healthy for me mentally. It is not something I can fathom continuing for the rest of my life. Based off my experiences, my obsessive compulsive tendencies I had to stop the numbers games. It’s proven to help weight loss and maintenance, but for me becomes a mind game. It turns into wasted mental energy.

My habits could be viewed as a program. But it is adaptable, changeable. There is no failure. It becomes routine. Each month, each week may look different. No comparisons. Set your own goals. Eat real food. Be active. Get rest. And most of all love yourself!

Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods


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