Playing the calorie game

When I first lost weight in 2010 I didn’t use any type of calorie tracking tool. I simply ate a lot less and started running and walking a lot. Because I was single at the time, and 4 out of 7 nights a week I was all alone without my kids, it was easy to control my eating. I would have a coffee and danish for breakfast, hit a Chinese place for a small portion of rice and chicken for lunch, and then some yogurt and a grilled cheese or pasta salad for dinner. It’s a method that worked for me because I could simply stay in at night and go to bed early.

I managed to keep the weight off for almost 5 years, until this last winter when 10 pounds snuck up on me and refused to leave. I’m not 100% sure what happened, but I know that I can maintain a lower weight than what I’m at now. So it’s time to pull out the diet hammer once more.

Life has changed for me significantly over the past 5 years, and being married again with multiple kids living in my house full time now, makes it a challenge to try and make my old method of losing weight work. I’ve tried MyFitnessPal for calorie counting on and off in the past, and sometimes I stick with it, but a lot of times I just get frustrated. I decided to give it another go though, and for this past week it’s actually stuck. It’s helped that my wife and I have had a schedule this week that is conducive to less eating as well.

One of the cool things about calorie counting though is how you can link your fitness accounts with MyFitnessPal and earn more calories per day by doing more exercise. Even more than losing weight, it can be a real motivator to get out there and keep moving. Tonight my wife and I went for a trail run at a park, but the wood ticks were out, and we forgot spray, so we cut the run short. However, I knew I had a dinner engagement this evening, and I wanted to enjoy a beer when I got home. So I kissed my wife on her way out of the park and I did another 4.2 mile loop on some paved trails. I wanted to enjoy my dinner and beer and that fact alone pushed me into earning another 500-600 calorie deficit through exercise that I needed to do anyway.

I’m sitting at my desk enjoying a nice Surly Hell and happy that I made the choice to push myself to get in more fitness this afternoon. Hopefully, the scale tomorrow morning will be happy with me too.