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should i be concerned about becoming obsessive
03-25-2014, 04:14 PM
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should i be concerned about becoming obsessive
i seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment with my thread posting lol.
Anyway, because i am so determind to get this right in regards to my calorie intake, and also because i want to get a good idea about how much my favourite foods weigh i am literally weighing everything that goes into my mouth. I was wondering if the eat more to weigh less veterans also are also so obsessive about their weighing, or if they are more able to do it from sight, or even if after a certain amount of time they even have to worry at all about how much they are eating.

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03-25-2014, 04:47 PM
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RE: should i be concerned about becoming obsessive
Great question!

Vets are usually much less obsessive, lol. We all understand what it's like to be a newbie, and wanting to nail down "exact" numbers though. But there's a point in your journey where you really just let go and start living. The numbers begin to annoy you tongue , you start not caring about getting everything "perfect" and yet, you still get results.

Basically, life is realllly good. wink

So that's ultimately what you're looking for. It may take a while, but the more you go through, the more you learn to trust the process, and listen to your body. You truly get past always looking for "doom" and causing self-sabotage (kinda comes naturally in the beginning - we look at EVERYTHING as a bad sign, lol). You begin to see that even bad days are a part of the process, and that things really do always work out for good.

Then you can relax a bit more, eat good food (in appropriate amounts, from habit), and workout...just because you love it and it's part of who you are. happy

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03-25-2014, 04:52 PM
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thank you for that - definately makes me much happier!!!! i really can't wait for that to happen

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03-25-2014, 07:59 PM
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RE: should i be concerned about becoming obsessive
I totally agree with Kiki!

When I first started, I obsessed over every calorie that passed my lips... For me, I think that comes from a long history VLCDing. I think when you are eating 1,000 calories a day, every single calorie really matters --- you have so few of them you really have to keep track of each and every one!

Once I got to the point where I was consistently eating at 2,100 to 2,200 calories, I just found that I didn't need to be quite as obsessive. You naturally have a lot more of a "cushion" or room for error. A little more "wiggle room". When I was eating 1,000 calories, by golly, if I was owed a Cheerio, I was gonna eat it! laughing

Now that I am on Maintenance, and have been counting calories for several years, I can pretty much add things up in my head as I go through the day. The one thing I am really careful about though, is my protein - I make sure I get about 150 grams a day, and plan each meal around a protein.

When I got far enough along in the process, I found that I could trust myself to no longer binge. I also knew I could trust myself to be consistent with my exercise, and I knew I would work hard at my strength training. Once I got to the point where I was not over-stressing my body with tons of cardio, built a little bit of muscle, and got my calorie intake up to a healthy level, the rest just seemed to fall into place.

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03-25-2014, 08:33 PM (This post was last modified: 03-25-2014 09:12 PM by jaeone.)
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RE: should i be concerned about becoming obsessive
What your feeling is normal! My mind took a while to comprehend, thinking EM2WL and losing fat, eat more lose fat don't go together not talking SO I thought! LOL, so I weighed everything, just to make sure i wasn't eat Too much more than my TDEE!
Now I can trust myself to make healthy choices of portions! You will too!

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03-25-2014, 08:43 PM
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Hey Gemmybean!!

The other ladies have already chimed in about how obsessive we all are in the beginning. I probably counted for a year after starting em2wl, but I eventually started to relax a bit after trusting that dipping over/under cals wouldn't bring the world to an end or ruin my progress. I got comfortable with scale fluctuations and was actually shockedthinking when it didn't move around.

Now, I eyeball everything and pay a bit more attention to hunger/fullness cues. If I feel like I'm going off track, it's pretty easy to dial things in by counting/weighing if needed.

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05-02-2015, 12:58 PM
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RE: should i be concerned about becoming obsessive
I too struggle with obsession. I actually had to back away from the counting for a while to give myself a mental break. I am really trying to focus on my internal cues regarding hunger and satiate; mindfulness while eating.
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