Sunday, March 28, 2010

Calorie counting fail. Or not?

You know how I mentioned that I'm trying to get into better shape because damn, carrying around an extra 20 is just not right. Right? In December I started going to a gym. And have gone faithfully (not counting when I got the cold from hell. I opted out while expelling that much phlegm) and feel really good. I was told that I needed to count calories too because "You just don't realize how much you're eating until you count them". I ball parked my calories in the past. Best estimate by doing that I averaged a bit under 2000 calories a day. People said, "No that can't be right or you'd be losing weight" (I'm not btw, still rock steady at 20lbs too much). Sure, ok, fine, I'll do the 'official' calorie counting. Downloaded the Lose it app. It was (is) an awesome app for such things. It told me how many calories to eat if I wanted to a)maintain my current weight or b) lose x amount of pounds in x amount of days. It has all these grocery store foods/brands preloaded into it along with many many restaurant foods. It told you how much you could eat and calculated (added more calories you could consume) depending on your exercise (also something it had pre-programmed in). It also had a place to put your weight in and you could share with your friends and keep track of each other. Nifty.

I did it for a few weeks. Had a friend who was doing it too. Turns out, yes, I was normally eating well under 2000 calories a day, just like I thought. People who can't ballpark their daily intake aren't paying attention. You don't need an app to tell you these things you just have to pay attention. People can't even pay attention when driving, I don't know why they'd pay attention with their eating habits. According to the app in order to maintain my current weight I couldn't consume more than 1800 calories a day. No problem, I don't eat more than that in a day. I'm just not that big peeps. If I ate more than that I'd explode. Or I'd be making Paula Dean meals all day every day. I grew up in So Cal, my diet just doesn't include that much pork fat, Crisco, or butter. According to the app if I wanted to lose 1 pound a week (a goal I found to be totally practical) I could only eat 1300 calories a day. OK. I figured that was challenging enough that I could use the app and count my calories. Does 1300 calories sound horrible and totally non-do-able? It's not. I found after 2 weeks that I thought entering things in the app was too tedious. I never ever went over, even on days I ate cake or a huge snack in the middle of the day. I only lasted like 2 weeks. After I got sick and was eating very little and exercising not at all I stopped bothering. If I never ever went over my allotted 1300 then why waste my time with the app?

My gym took away the scale they had there that I was using too. I believe that you should only use 1 scale to weigh yourself since they all read a bit different. Of course I don't have one at home though. So now I don't count calories and I don't weigh myself. I feel great, my body looks better, I don't fit into any of my clothes any better. By my best guess I am more tone but haven't lost any weight. Oh also, I don't really care as long as I feel good. That's the important part right? Eventually, if I keep at it, app or no app, I'll get my fat gone.


The Urban Cowboy said...

Are you still around?

MichelleSG said...

Yes. No, shit does maybe count? I don't blog as much because I can't do it from the iPhone and my laptop plug is still dead and yet to be replaced. Oh and the hubby downloaded amega virus on the desktop. Needless to say my Internet access has been hindered and limited to wee iPhone screen access. If you want to hear my blather the best way to do it is by Facebook or Twitter. I'm MichelleSG on both. Feel free to add me.

Stephanie said...

I'm trying the "don't ask, don't tell" diet. Yeah, if my pants are any indication, it's not working.

Come back soon.