Why I won’t be talking about weight loss.

So I’ve made the decision to try and drop 5/6 kgs so I can compete in the U75kgs. However I am not going to write about my attempt at weight loss. I am going to tell you why I’m not going to write about it however.

Firstly, good God it’s BORING. I’ve been trying to track macros on myfitnesspal for 2 days now and I’m already OVER IT. How can people spend time WEIGHING their food? Or counting out sprouts? Surely this obsession with nutritional value is as bad as eating nothing but crisps?  Healthy food tastes nice but the focus seems to rob some of the joy from food. It’s like the calorie counts on all the food choices in a restaurant. Part of me understands why they are there but the other part of me just screams PLEASE WOULD YOU JUST LET ME ENJOY MY FOOD IN PEACE.

It’s weird, for years I thought I was the one with eating problems, I can quite easily eat a packet of biscuits or a whole tub of Hagen Daz (actually I seem to have lost that talent with age :( )  And then I see all these people tracking what they eat to the last spear of asparagus and I start to think well actually maybe eating 2 cream slices in one sitting isn’t any more bizarre than that. A friend on twitter said to me “IMHO it’s not disordered eating if you can eat a packet of biscuits & not care about it….”  and I think she has a point.  Yes I can eat a packet of biscuits in one sitting but I can also run 5K, eat a punnet of strawberries, pick up 100kg, skullcrusher my 3 year old and eat corn on the cob until they run out at Tesco. It’s all about context and how you feel about your body. (Again it’s still ok if you eat a packet of biscuits and don’t do any of those things, as long as YOU are happy with it and don’t make yourself feel shit because of it).

I know some people who blog about weight loss do it to provide motivation to themselves and other people, it’s obviously a subject they are passionate about and that’s great. Some people have the personality type where tracking their food is no biggie and that’s great. I’m talking about me and my blog here.

Basically I don’t want weight loss to be so important in my life that I blog about it.

Comments: 10

  1. WeightWars March 12, 2014 at 10:33 am Reply

    I can’t track my food, and I’m an active “weight loss blogger”. I find it the most tedious thing ever and thats just not how I cook, I’m too slapdash to weigh and measure constantly. I listen to my body. Stop when I’m full. Eat my definition of healthily. It can be done and not make you want to cave your skull in ;)

    • Helen March 12, 2014 at 11:24 am Reply

      I read your blog :) I think with this because I have a time-scale for when I need to be under 75kg I need to be more rigid rather than slapdash. I think the method you espouse for weight loss i.e listen to body, stop when full etc is the best method when you are thinking it being a forever change in lifestyle.

  2. Caitlin March 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Ugh, food tracking. The one time I did it, while trying to recomp my body, I quickly caught myself falling down a scary spiral of obsessive thinking I didn’t know I was capable of. I lasted about a week before I was like, fuck this shit, and I abandoned the whole thing.

    • Helen March 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply

      Yeah I have to be honest that’s a worry and another one of the reasons I’m not going to talk about it on the blog, I don’t want people to encourage me if that makes sense? I don’t want to start getting a sense of pride the scale is going down . It’s.Not.Important.Really. Luckily atm I am in a fairly secure place with regards to self image and so I think I might as well try. If it becomes a problem I will abandon it and resign myself to novice open competitions (and getting stronger slowly!).

      • Caitlin March 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm Reply

        It’s worth a try. You never know how you’ll respond to it. I will personally cop to being totally shocked by the way I responded to it, but I think others are able to do it with no issues at all.

        And yes, I understand what you mean about the approval that could result. It’s complicated as hell.

  3. mandy @ fatgirlgonehealthy March 13, 2014 at 12:30 am Reply

    I started out with calories counting when I first started down the healthy journey. It taught me a lot about food. I have a binge eating problem so I needed it to reign things in and learn what “normal” portions looked like. However, I had to cycle it. I would track for a few months then take a break then cycle back in. I almost always lost weight while tracking and maintained while not tracking. It is definitely tedious but over time it becomes automatic. When I wanted to bash my head it, that’s when I knew it was time to take a break. I haven’t tracked calories in over a year. I don’t want to do it anymore but that’s not to say it won’t happen again. As long as it’s in line with your goals and doesn’t become obsessive then go for it. Just my 2 cents

    • Helen March 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm Reply

      All 2 cents welcome :) I am actually trying not to count calories but do it by macros by them self if that makes sense? I do have a portion control problem, as in I have no idea what a portion is suppose to look like and I’m hoping this will help.

  4. Tara March 13, 2014 at 1:07 am Reply

    I have lost 3kg since being in Australia, without trying or counting macros or anything. Maybe I should cut to the 63kg division now ;) During the middle of last year, I briefly tried counting macros but it did my head in after about 2 days. I agree that it seems more unhealthy to obsess over that kind of thing than eat “junk” food.

    • Helen March 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Sweated it out at the beach? :)

  5. G March 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm Reply

    I have a hard time with tracking too. When I was lifting I ostensibly tracked macros but it’s really hard to track just protein, right, there’s always other calorie information in there and it all made me a little crazy. Now that I’ve gone back to mostly running for a time, I’ve stopped tracking and curiously the scale has crept down. It could be all the extra activity, or it could be all my upper body muscle going away :) I wish you good luck!

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