Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am

How many people like to go on a diet?

Ummmm...

I'm going to go with no one...no one likes to go on a diet.

Let's be clear. I'm not a dieter. I watch my diet, but I don't slash it six ways to Sunday to achieve some sort of disillusioned goal. Diets don't even work, do they? Aren't we supposed to just improve our diet habits, not go crazy cutting out staples?

All I've ever wanted was to be semi healthy and therefore feel pretty good about myself. I watch what I eat, but there are no official "rules". I simply avoid shoving a mega-ton of crap into my face on a daily basis. (Weekly, maybe, but not daily.) I like my sweets and I eat them, but I like my veggies and I eat those too. I'm okay with my choices. I usually only feel like a loser when I haven't counteracted the crap with veggies or some type of - uh, what's that stuff called? Oh yeah. Exercise.

None of this was a problem when I was a regular climbing gym-goer. I was a big time rock climber and I loved hiking too. I watched what I ate, but it all balanced out.

Until the whole "trying for baby JaAdam, failing miserably over and over again, losing a loved one, having surgery" thing.

When all of this first hit, I couldn't eat anything, and then I ate everything in sight, and now as much as I try to be active, motivating myself is problematic. I'll get there. I'm on the right track. But in the meantime, I still eat all the same crap and I've lost all mycounteractivity.

So I'm trying something new. I downloaded a calorie counting app for my beloved iPhone. Based on my weight and my beach vacation exercise goals, it sets a daily calorie limit. I track my food intake and energy exertion and then it shows how well I'm doing.

Or in my case, just how badly I'm doing...

Thanks to this jackwagon app, I get to see that even a glass of milk (which I always loved) is a "problem." Milk. Which is good for me. Healthy milk. Milk that prevents Osteoporosis. Milk that lovely Canadian cows make for me. Milk that provides a cute moustache. Milk, that I used to like, has become the enemy.

So I need your advice, pretty peoples.

Should I...

a) keep counting the calories for a few weeks to achieve my bathing suit health goals and to become more aware of what I'm eating (knowledge is power, and all that);

or...

b) stop adding apps to my beloved iPhone that essentially just make me ornery?

What are your thoughts on the matter?


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P.S.   Today is 6 DPO in my first TTC cycle after surgery. Can test the same day that I found out I was pregnant a year ago.  Scared.

Comments

  1. I lost 10lbs using myfitnesspal but got bored. I had another 10 to go to reach my goal. I felt like I was loosing it relatively healthily because it went off at about a pound a week. Cheese was the worst culprit. I might have another crack after Christmas. What I liked was that if I took the dog for an extra long walk I got to eat more in the evening.

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  2. I can't see anything wrong with implementing changes in your life to be healthier.

    Btw your little *ps message* needs to be bigger. I almost didn't see it! I am 4DPO :)

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  3. whoop whoop 6dpo!! & as for the "diet" (god I hate that word)I prefer the term "life style change" lol.. I would keep counting it never hurts to try! Funny side note* I decided 3 days ago I wanna lose 12 pound by Christmas...ya I know unrealistic but hey a girl can dream right?! my method is awful! but I am eating grilled chicken salads for lunch and steamed veggies for dinner and nothing but water until I either pass out or fit in my skinny black pants for Christmas day! :)

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  4. The same thing happened to me with losing all of my counter activity of climbing and mountain biking. I still had swimming and yoga, but it just didn't cut it. I don't know what the magic answer is... but I'm sure you'll find a balance.

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  5. You know, this is going to sound crazy, but I have always, always hated the idea of diets. Then I gained 30 lbs (blame it on grad school) and joined Weight Watchers Online with my husband. I lost all of the weight without looking at "good" foods as "bad." For example, you don't waste "points" on fruits and veggies. They're all "free." And you're required to have a certain amount of dairy and healthy oils per day, so it works around healthy eating. Just in moderation. I dunno, just my two cents. Come to think of it, I need to get back on WW after Christmas....

    p.s. Hi, btw, great blog! I just followed you. I'm 9DPO today :)

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