After about three years (I'm not exaggerating) of writing down what I eat, last week, I was sick of it and just stopped. It becomes an obsessive thing for me and I was tired of it. My leap of faith for the week was "I am going to eat whatever I want, not write it down, not add up calories, and see how it affects my mind, my mood, my training, and my weight."
Results: I ate mostly healthy stuff, with dessert every day (ha!), didn't obsess as much as normal, enjoyed the freedom of not writing stuff down, had some really good workouts and some really awful ones (in other words: a normal week), and my weight stayed the same. In other words, I guess I learned that I can "intuitively eat" (eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full, eat whatever you're craving - which might be a cookie or might be an apple) and my weight stays the same.
On Sunday I kind of freaked out, because writing down what I eat is in some way a safety blanket for me... it keeps me eating healthy stuff, it is a way to make sure I eat enough. I guess I am trying to decide if I want to keep writing stuff down, or break the habit/compulsion of it for good... and am curious what others do, and why.
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