Friday, February 15, 2008

going old-school: calorie counting

After listening to all those Jillian Michaels podcasts, I have been feeling antsy to change up my food and exercise routine. You can summarize what she says in the podcasts with the quote I loved so much from BlogHer: "Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bullshit."

I hadn't been doing too well with Weight Watchers these days anyway, so I decided to give calorie counting a try. I had used Fitday in the past but found it a little clunky. I would have loved to use Calorie King, because you can track on your mobile phone, but I found it tough to justify the monthly fee until I know for sure that I'll do it. For now, I'm trying the free journals at Calorie Count, which does offer mobile calorie checking, but not tracking right now. I'm hoping that they will add the tracking function soon.

I know that there isn't a lot of difference between counting points and counting calories, but changing things up has made me a little more conscious of what I'm eating, and seeing the nutrient balance (fat/carbs/protein, vitamins) gives me a little more insight on where my diet needs work. It's actually fun to enter activities and watch the "Burn Meter" go up. And it's not like I've forgotten what Weight Watchers has taught me about proper portion sizes. I still plan to go to my meeting tomorrow -- I have those prepaid coupons and I want to see how their scale compares to mine. As long as I have the prepaid coupons, I'll use them, and then I'll decide whether I want to keep paying or try to do it on my own.

I got to work from home today, so I took full advantage of not having to commute by going to the YMCA and getting a circuit-training session in. It was only half an hour of lifting plus warmup, cooldown, and some stretches, but it made me sweat and felt great. I figure I need to ease back into a training routine slowly. I have tried the Weekend Warrior routine enough to know it doesn't work for me. Once I get into the swing of things, I'll try to make them more Jillian-worthy.

1 comment:

  1. I agree 100 percent . . . count those calories, everything else really is just bullshit. I just keep a running total on a little piece of paper I can put in my pocket. It's easy, simple, and doesn't lie! At the end of the day I brush my teeth and throw the paper away. The next day, I get another little piece of paper and do it all over again.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07