And I'm not nervous, I'm confident that my YEARS of being a counter (since age 16 - so 10yrs) has laid enough foundation for me to naturally decipher between what's high and low. Plus, my knowledge of food has expanded (not necessarily how to cook it all - I'm still learning.). Adding in common sense and more concern over of 'what's in it' as opposed to 'how many calories are in it.' People often times chide the WW Points system, but I never really saw it as much different than counting calories, to be honest. Of course the scientific configurations were different - but as long as you stayed under your points or under your calories - you were good to go, no matter what you ate. Yet, as we've heard time and time again - all calories are NOT created equal!
So, no more frantic moments of holding food in my hand, while I scour calorie content on Livestrong or CalorieKing, before chewing.
And no more going to bed uneasy because I couldn't remember whether I ate that cup of grapes today, or if that was the day before. Look, a 60 calorie inaccuracy was a big freakin' deal!
This act is one of those things that I've always wanted to commit to. I've always wanted to rely on my body's signals to tell me when I'm hungry and what it needs. It's definitely going to be a process, but I'm ready to yield my dietary choices back over to my body and not a numeric line in the sand. Motivated even more, as my research is shining more light on the fallacies of the calories-in/calories-out concept. I'll elaborate in another post.
Oh, when I told my best friend and fellow journey(wo)man about my decision ... you would've thought I told her I was abandoning my finance career to join the UniverSoul circus. Actually, seeing how the markets are performing - that's not so far-fetched. "Why? So what are you going to do? How will this work? I don't understand!" While her shock and confusion were pretty comical, it hit me at that moment, how dependent I was on the calorie system. And for what?
I trust my body now. As my overeating/binging battle has been curbed/keys thrown in a river and taste preferences have shifted; excess sugar greatly reduced/darn near negligible, in addition to my clean vegan diet - calories have stopped being a burden to me. I think since I'm eating real food, I no longer see the grand significance of counting anymore. I've done it long enough. I've put in my time. I'm graduating. It's time to start listening to ... well, me. ;o)
Breakfast | Oatmeal w/ Almond Butter, Blueberries + 1/2 Banana
Snack | Kiwi
Lunch Pt. 1 | Mixed Greens w/ Straw + Blueberries (Dressed w/ Lemon Juice)
Lunch Pt. 2 | Stir fry Noodles w/ Veggies + Peppers (Sauteed in Olive/Sesame Oils)
Snack | Steamed Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Corn (Seasoned w/ Ground Pepper)
Semi-Snack | 1/2 of a Damn Vegan Graham Cracker w/ PB (Anybody ever buy something exclusively for them, but by the time you go to eat it - it's gone?! Aaaarrrgggh!)
Extra Grilled Pintos, Spinach, Yellow Squash (Seasoned w/Ground Pepper + Sea Salt)
Snack | Plum, Green Tea
Calories | C'mon son, lol.
Water | 93oz
Workout | AM: 2.5 Miles (Pace: 10:34:42) PM: 50-65lbs Leg Press (5 Sets/10 Reps), 25-45lbs Seated Row (5 Sets/ 10 Reps), 15-20lbs Barbell Weight Crunches (4 Sets/10 Reps), Chest Dips (3 Sets/10 Reps), 30 Mins Relaxed Swimming (Indoor/Laps not counted) <-would've stayed in longer, but it started thundering outside and they made us evacuate.
Last Song Playing on the MP3 | "Thinking About You" by Frank Ocean