On October 30, 2013, I finally said good-bye to my scale forever. It was scary and freeing all at the same time. I can honestly say I have not stepped on a scale since. That’s not to say I haven’t thought about it. There’s been a few times The Husband inquired about the scale’s whereabouts and I was tempted to dig it out of storage. But I refuse to do it. What can it possible tell me that will change what it is I do day in and day out?
Anyway, some of you may have been following my inconsistent food journal on MyFitnessPal. I love it there, I really do, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the numbers there mean nothing to me, too. Nothing. Actually, I think they are doing more harm than good.
News flash: I am no longer dieting.
I know it sounds silly for me to say that after maintaining for 8 years but there’s still a part of me that’s all about cutting calories. That is how I lost the weight after all.
I don’t think keeping an eye on calories is a bad thing (again, it’s basically how I lost 70 lbs) but, like the scale, I’m finding it just doesn’t serve me anymore.
I work out a LOT. I’m lifting heavy, running consistently and really enjoying training. I even have another competition in my sights!
I feel better than I have in years. Energetic. Strong. Fit.
Counting calories just seems counterproductive for me now. My focus is more on the quality of my food choices and the fact that I’m eating consciously.
That’s why I’m bringing back my old-school blog food journal. I like keeping one but I just don’t want to feel influenced by the numbers. Plus I’m more interested in the “What” and the “Why” than calories. They seem like just noise at this point.
I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy but I have to go with my gut on this.
In other news, the kids had ANOTHER snow day. I’m so over this winter, it’s not even funny.
I decided to make the best of it this afternoon and take the 8-year-old rock wall climbing. If you remember from last year, he’s a little scared of heights. But he was again, excited to go and this time I got to belay for him!
He did AMAZING!! Making it further up the wall than ever before.
He was proud and so was I. He went out of his comfort zone and faced some pretty big fears. He also kept talking about “next time,” which just made me so happy.
I’m so glad I took the belay course. I knew it helped him and I’m working on climbing more myself!
OK, I’ve gotta go. Here’s the old, err, new food journal. Hope you had a great day!
|Small bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats||Pre-workout/breakfast with kids before heading to the gym|
|Recovery Shake (almond milk, maple syrup, whey protein, cocoa powder)||Post-workout drink I bring to the gym with me|
|3 eggs with leftover Brussels sprouts and bacon bits||Breakfast|
|2% Greek Yogurt with frozen blueberries, cocoa nibs and maple syrup||Hungry – late morning snack|
|Mexican Gumbo @ Qdoba with brown rice, black beans, chicken, cheese, salsas||Lunch out with The Husband and 8-year-old since school was canceled|
|Clif Bar Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bar, Peanut Butter||Snack after taking the 8-year-old rock wall climbing|
|Sausage and peppers over brown rice with a side of broccoli||Dinner with the Family|
|Handful of pretzels||Because the kids were eating them|
|Wild Blueberry VitaTop and a chamomile tea||Nighttime snack to handle some tummy rumbles|
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