Calorie counting is something that I used to be very rigid about; I wouldn’t just ‘eye’ things. I would want to be as precise as possible and even count the gum calories I ate. But it was hard; it’s hard to live like that, because you feel crazy around food (of which you don’t know how to calculate the ‘exact’ calories.) That’s why this post is all about the simple, concrete steps I’m challenging myself to every day so that I won’t just stay in this rut.
When you calorie count it’s not an easy habit to just ditch; it’s a process; I’m learning that. Each day there are steps, there are weapons to take out and fight this battle.
I do eat until I’m not hungry anymore everyday. I don’t go to an ‘amount’ in my head and stop even if I’m hungry, but the thing that I want to overcome is this:
Letting Myself Go ‘OVER’ the Calorie Count and Not Even Thinking About the Count
So what’s the game plan to do that?
#1) Cut different pieces of goodies and never make the same size. Eat what I know will be satisfying to me, and don’t judge the amount. – I challenged myself to do that this week when I made some baked goodies like these pumpkin pie bars or these blondies from Kat.
#2 – Be excited about going out to eat or trying things at different restaurants instead of letting an ounce of fear creep into me. – This is something that I’m still working on; God has DEFINITELY helped me to overcome a huge amount of control freakishness over ‘when we go out to eat’ or where we go out to eat and instead just go with the flow. Yet I must stay that it is still difficult for me some days; but getting out of the routine is essential for destroying those irrational fears.
#3 – Pick up random foods when I’m hungry and thank the Lord for them and eat them. Then move on. – This is easier said than done, but it’s also so freeing. It’s freeing to:
Lick the bowl after you made cookies
Lick the spoon after you spooned peanut butter into your cookie dough
Eat a handful of crackers (without counting them)
Pick up a big cluster of grapes and PRAISE the Lord for each juicy bite
#4 – I love baked goods. I do; I’m probably the biggest fan of making and eating baked goods in my family, but I do find myself wanting to count the calories in them, so I will make sure that I’m not ‘eating too much.’ – But I am going to challenge myself to eat a baked good this week from our local bakery, because I love them, and I also won’t know at all what the calorie count is (BECAUSE they have no calorie counts on their menus.)
Last, but not least, this is it. This is freedom. I was just reading Exodus 34 today, and these verses made me think about how I want my life to be more dedicated every day to loving the One who first loved me.
‘But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 14For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:’ (Exodus 34:13-14)
I want to DESTROY these idols, this altar I spent so many years building; I want it to be destroyed completely. Right now, it seems like the altar to that idol of: body, food, exercise, control is almost completely destroyed, but every day, God is helping me destroy a little bit more and more.
Anybody else with me on this: if you have calorie counted, how did you stop completely?
What steps have you taken to overcome other parts of your past with disordered eating if you have had it?
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