I admit it with no hesitation. I have NEVER in my entire life been a calorie counter. Not even for a day. Last week I read several Mamavation posts that talked about calorie counting and took some time to confront myself about why I have never counted calories as part of a diet effort.
After much reflection here is what I came to: I don't know. Maybe I never really thought it was a relevant idea. Perhaps I've been too lazy with my eating. Maybe I just don't care. I cannot come up with a good reason that I have never paid any attention to calories.
I started this thinking last Monday. As I made lunch (a simple salad) on Monday, I looked at the calorie counts on my favorite toppings (Bac-o's, French Fried Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Blue Cheese Dressing). What an amazing salad with a frightening calorie count!
Also on Monday, my sister "invited" me to try out MyFitnessPal. I am still looking over the app, and working on forming my thoughts about calorie counting. I do think that it would be beneficial to at least try counting for a few weeks. Over the past week I have not been counting - but I have been noticing. I am starting to pay attention to what I am feeding myself so I can make better choices on my intake.
This week I will begin tracking what I eat on a "normal" day. Now, I am aware that any time you start to pay attention, you are likely to do a better job of control. I want to get an idea of what I am eating normally and begin a plan to reduce my calories and increase my activity.
Are you a calorie counter? How did you begin counting? Has it helped you in any way? What advice do you have for me as a beginner?