Calorie Counting Confessions

love2eatinpa, 05 February 2010, 24 comments
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Ok, so a lot of us admit to counting calories or points, right?

Here is a list of some of the things that I measure/weigh/count that I acknowledge to be pretty insane, but well, it’s what I do and I’m fessing up to them!

1. After I pop microwave popcorn, I see how many tablespoons of kernels are left over to figure out how many calories of popcorn I actually consumed.

2. I have been known to cook/eat the same meal that I make for my family, only to cook my stuff in separate pots/pans so I know exactly how many calories I’m having. This doesn’t happen all the time, only for certain dishes where I can’t weigh/measure a portion after it’s cooked.

3. If I’m making something like buttered noodles for my family (one of the few starches my kids will eat) I will measure out a portion of cooked pasta for myself and use some spritzes of spray butter on it, but will mix butter in the remaing pasta for the rest of my family.

4. When I go out to eat, I always have in my purse a small piece of paper w/the amount of calories I’ve so far that day written on it. Between courses or after my meal, I will pull out that paper, write down what I ate so I can tally up the calories to see how much dessert I can have. And if I happen to eat something I don’t know the calories of (despite that I am a walking calorie count book!) the first thing I do when I get home is jump on my laptop and/or pull out one of my calorie books to see how much is in the food.

And if all that wasn’t bad enough, I have written down all my monthly averages of calories for the past few years. I don’t look ever look at it, but it’s there.

What embarassing calorie counting things are you willing to fess up to?

On a different note… a shout out to melissa about national wear red day today! heart association

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  1. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    05 February 2010, 6:30 pm

    I used to weigh, measure and count before getting pregnant with my first child. Then one day I took a bite of something that just tasted fabulous, then another, and another, and another. I didn’t know how many calories I just consumed. I panicked. I went into the bathroom and made myself throw up. That scenario repeated itself several times until I found out I was pregnant. I think that baby saved me from going down that road of bulimia. The binges continued, though. So, here I am.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    wow, what a story, thanks for sharing that, gina. i have to admit, in the past, i tried to make myself throw up many times, but i was never able to. the baby did save you. what a gift in so many ways. you will beat the binging at some point too i’m sure. we are all here for you.

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  2. Michelle@Eatingjourney
    05 February 2010, 7:30 pm

    that’s a lot of time you’re spending counting calories. Have you ever done one meal per day where you don’t count?

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    well, i have a slew of different foods that i eat/make that i already know the calories of (yes, it’s written down so i can easily just refer to it), so it’s more just totalling them up for the day as opposed to figuring it out each meal (except for a meal out).

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  3. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    05 February 2010, 7:38 pm

    I keep a mental tally of my daily calories, even though I’m trying to practice intuitive eating these days. It especially helps if I’m planning a big dinner out and want to “splurge.”

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i think if/when i do give up the counting, that it will be really hard NOT to keep a mental tally. i mean, how can you not after writing it down for a lot of years, right? i think it’s one of those things you have to try to go totally cold turkey with. i’m sure i would do the same as you, erin.

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  4. Anonymous Fat Girl
    06 February 2010, 9:44 am

    You have some really great ideas listed. I particularly liked the popcorn one. I can’t tell you how many times my microwave only pops half of the kernels and I’ve often wondered how many calories I’ve ACTUALLY eaten. So how do you figure that based on the kernels left? Do you have a calculation you go by? 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s a crazy control thing, but i’m glad i’m not the only ‘inquiring mind’ that wants to know how much popcorn i’ve eaten. 🙂 here’s what i do – i check out the box the popcorn comes in and see how many calories are in an unpopped tablespoon. when i’m done eating, i see how many tbsps of kernels are left and then subtract that from the total of how many calories it would be if the entire package popped. make sense? thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Patsy
    06 February 2010, 10:20 am

    Ummm… I think I’m guilty of most of these as well, including googling the nutiritional content of over-the-counter cold remedies so they could be added to my daily total as and when I needed them!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    whew, good to know i’m not alone, patsy! and geez, i never thought of looking up the nutritional content of over the counter medications! you are even more thorough than i am! lol!

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  6. chrissie
    06 February 2010, 1:16 pm

    I overestimate calories. I count the whole lot of popcorn even if a bunch didn’t pop. I count my whole meal as it was plated, not as it was eaten because I’m trying to learn how to leave some food on my plate and be done. If I intend to eat a whole something I count every calorie for it, even if I only eat half.

    I’m not sure what good this does me, but there you have it.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i do try to overestimate too, but wow, you are good! that is what i’ve read about intuitive eating – learn to leave food on your plate, knowing that you can save it or eat it another time. sounds like you are doing great!

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  7. Lisa
    06 February 2010, 1:22 pm

    you know you are contributing to some more craziness here with this popcorn kernal counting thing, right?

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i was just fessing up to crazy stuff i do. i didn’t realize it would give people ideas. nonetheless, it is a true way of counting how much popcorn you’ve consumed. 🙂

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  8. Melissa
    06 February 2010, 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out 🙂 I’m a serial (and cereal) counter 🙂 If I don’t measure it, I know I’ll go overboard.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    your welcome! it was important and worthy of passing on.
    oh yes, cereal is an easy one to go overboard on. i could live on it! it feels good to know that there are so many of us in the counting club. 🙂

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  9. Jess
    07 February 2010, 1:35 pm

    After reading this, I think these are great tools to use to be able to consciously maintain abstinence. I weigh and measure and read nutrition labels on my food at home. When I’m out, I estimate portions as honestly as I can. If I am really not sure, I will eat a portion I can remember and return home and weigh or measure it. Mostly, I don’t kick myself about the niggling calories. I know some things are sauteed and I accept that and try to fold those calories in somewhere or simply don’t worry about them. I don’t put butter on my bread or toast any more, and I don’t eat the appetizer starch given at most restaurants. I don’t tend to eat dessert. The biggest thing I do, when going out, is choose not to eat anything I know I will feel anxious about later–and if it’s borderline, I will use the internet capability on my phone to find out the nutrition facts and decide from there. That way I can eat without regret.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for the support, jess. i agree that the counting helps me keep my abstinence as well. i guess the counting affects us all differently and it really comes down to it being a personal choice for all of us. for now, my choice is to continue counting.

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  10. Jill
    07 February 2010, 4:52 pm

    I tend to go REALLY overboard with cereal, I always eat it out of a huge bowl. :'(

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    in my past, i have been known to refill my bowl MANY times. they make it so darn good! 🙂 i justified it by saying it had nutritional value.

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  11. Jill
    08 February 2010, 9:08 am

    hehe good reasoning, I ate from a way smaller bowl today so that’s good (plus I felt bad because it was my nephews’ cereal) ah well, there was a whole other box of the same kind so that was my justification for having some. 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that’s excellent justification! 🙂

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  12. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    08 February 2010, 2:54 pm

    Confession: I bought my first food count book when I was 10 years old.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    wow, it’s amazing that you remember that. sounds like you are in the same camp as me, huh?

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