Operation Skinny Jeans: I don't count

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I don't count

I have written a few times about what I am eating throughout this journey, and I like that because I can look back and see how far I have come. Probably the hardest thing about this whole process is figuring out how to fuel your body while still feeling satisfied. It is something I have, and STILL struggle with, as a binge eater. And since I get asked all the time what I eat, I figured I would throw out another update.


I don't count calories. I know my BMR is in the 1800 calorie range, but I couldn't tell you how many calories I eat a day because I don't count them. I am a manipulative person, and I can make ANYTHING fit in my calorie allotment. Same thing with WW. I would eat my 37 points of Girl Scout cookies then starve myself the rest of the day. Until night time where I would binge because fuck I was starving.

It wasn't good.

And lawd knows I suck at tracking! I even have an app and I can't bother myself to use it. I don't know why but it has never been my strong point. And instead of punishing myself because it's something I am "supposed" to do, I just stopped trying. And I figured out something that works for me.

I have a plan, loosely based off the P90X3 plan (but with less food because woah). And I follow this plan about 90% of the time. That is pretty good, if you have ever followed a diet or plan lol. I count easy things to count because I dont have to count higher than 4 :D

I count servings.

I have:

3 servings of Protein
2 servings of Fruit
2 servings of unrefined starches
4 servings of Vegetables
3 servings of HEALTHY fat
and 1 serving of dairy.

And I usually break it down this way.

Fruit, Veggie, Starch, Dairy, Protein and Fat.
(seems huge, but I have Shakeology (P, F, V) with Almond Milk (D) a piece of whole wheat toast (S) and some avocado on it (F). )

Snack: Fruit

Veggie, Protein, Fat, Starch (or I save it for dinner sometimes)
(Romaine Lettuce (V), Chicken Breast (P) Cesar Dressing (F) and a Pita (S)

Snack: Veggie (I like bell pepper sticks in the car on the way home, or during that 3pm slump)

Veggie, Protein, Fat and maybe a Starch.
(Asparagus (V), Pork Chop (P), Olive Oil (I cooked with it, F) and last night I had Sweet Potatoes (S), but I didn't have one at breakfast so I was good. :D )


I eat a lot. And all of it is healthy. I have no clue how many calories it is, but I don't actually care :D

Please note that I am not a registered Dietitian, or a nutritionist, or anything like that. I am just a girl who eats, and hates to count or write shit down. Try this if you are like me. Eat more if you need to. This is just what works for me. 

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  1. How do you like to cook your sweet potatoes?

    1. Every single way. Baked, microwaved on the go, cut up and roasted with some olive oil, salt and pepper. I wanna try making hashbrowns with them, I think that sounds good. Home fries are good. So yeah lol all the ways. :D

      PS you are a no reply comment-er ;) other wise I would have emailed you!

    2. I love sweet potato hash! I shred my sweet potato combine them with garlic onions and Bell peppers and saute them. Then top with an egg. Yum!

  2. I need to get here. I am still having a hard time of letting go of the calorie count and just simply listening to my body and eating things that are healthy for me!

  3. I have been recording my food, but not counting anything and it is working for me. :)

  4. I think you have a great strategy. I can't count calories because I become obsessed and it's also a huge PIA to count every little thing. I've been keeping a food journal though and that has been so helpful. It's important to be accountable, but I don't think calorie counting is necessarily the way to go for everyone.

  5. I'm the same exact way. If I start counting, I end up hurting myself. I become too obsessed with the number. "I still have 400 calories left for the day, I MUST EAT THEM ALL!" So why not have a couple candy bars? Ugh... no good. I'm much more successful throwing numbers out the window and just being mindful of what I'm fueling my body with.

    As the saying goes, "eat to live, not live to eat."

  6. Love it! Counting calories makes me crazy, and angry. I am not pleasant to be around, and when I don't see results I fly off the handle sooo much easier. I think you have a great strategy. I now just think of food as fuel, and make sure I am not eating foods that don't give me the proper fuel!

  7. Love your care, but don't care attitude. I am a food addict and I love all foods. I am always on a diet, so this plan seems exceedingly doable. Thanks for sharing. Found you via The Grits Blog. Now following via Bloglovin'
    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

  8. I say do what works for you! I am the opposite and find that I do better when I actually note what I've eaten and keep track of it all. We are all different so if not tracking and following your outline of what types of food to eat works for you then go for it!

  9. I have SERIOUSLY got to work on my eating. Seriously.

  10. That is actually very similar to Weight Watchers plan back in the early 90's which is how I lost weight before I had kids. It was an easy plan to follow without quite so much effort. I get so sick of the tediousness of counting every single calorie and it sort of freaks me out to think that I might be doing this for the rest of my life. Gahh, I hate having food issues. :/


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