Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tracking the Ever-Elusive Balance Beast

As of today, I'm officially tracking again. Calorie-tracking. Sigh. I hate that. All I want is balance, but perhaps that's just not attainable for me right now? It's not that I ever eat unhealthfully. It's just that I binge like crazy. It seems right now in my life, I have two choices: track every single thing that goes into my mouth, or enjoy cycles of never ending binge. Obviously I have no choice. So, tracking, it is.

That said, if you want to join me or root me on over at SparkPeople, my name on there is jilimy. You can see what I'm eating, calorie by calorie, and my workout regimen on a daily basis. There are also some more before and after pics, if you're interested.

Or, you can just hang out here and see foodie pictures!!! Like this one:


Crap! This isn't actually what I had. I had a banana, not blackberries, but apparantly the picture ate itself. (It was pretty tasty, after all.)

My morning snack will be an Oikos Honey Greek Yogurt and fresh Rainier Cherries also known as "the best cherries on Earth." I will be doing a detailed review of the Oikos Greek Yogurts, so look for that, coming soon.


For lunch, I'm meeting with a photographer (work-related) and we're going to Urban Solace in North Park. It will be my first time, and I'm really looking forward to it. You may or may not get to see a picture of my lunch, considering I'm eating with a professional photographer. I'm not sure I have the guts to pull out my crappy little camera and take a supremely amateurish snapshot in front of him. He's cool, though. We shall see.

I'm feeling much better today, although I still didn't hit the gym this morning. Tomorrow, I will resume my morning gym routine. Today, I plan to go to school early and hit the track. I want to atleast run 2.25 miles. That's a 1/4 mile more than I ran last time. I'll probably walk some in addition. Two miles isn't really that many calories, after all. (Oh man, I'm already speaking calorie-speak.) This is for real a "do as I say, not as I do" thing, ladies and gentleman. Balance is vitally important, and I promise you I'm doing the best I can.

I hope your day is peachy. Talk to you after dinner (stay tuned for a possible Hubby in the Kitchen tonight).

-Mrs. Myers


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Caitlin (Healthy Tipping Point) has a really great blog today about Negativity and "Energy Vampires" regarding some fallout related to Operation Beautiful. Check it out and throw your support her way.


  1. I've also found that I cannot stay on track without counting calories. More than anything, it keeps me honest. When I stop tracking, I allow "slips", and my mind has no problem erasing them. But when I'm on top of my tracking, I don't slip as much because I don't want to have to write it down later!

  2. I also like her Operation Beautiful!

  3. I hope the tracking goes ok for you, sometimes thats what you need to realize what your body needs! (love the rainier cherries!!!)

  4. ha! that is funny, I actually wrote mine last night to, almost always mine are 1 day off. No internets at home =(

  5. Hey! In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to track calories to stay on track, eh? We'd be able to listen to our bodies and we'd know when to stop eating and we wouldn't overeat when stressed or depressed. But life is not a Disney movie and you and I both know that intuitive eating is something we have been so far removed from that getting there is going to take a loooooooooooong ass time. I just wanna say -- I get it, and I'm there with you. I know people will fight me on this, but i think if you calorie count while eating really healthy foods you are actually training yourself to eat intuitively. You start to learn how much food your body really needs and how your portion sizes really should be, etc.
    ok sorry for the rambling, but just wanted to say I FEEL YA!

  6. I remember when I was on weight watchers, it was all about tracking, and its really helpful. Otherwise, you lose sight.

    Just like keeping a bank book. If you don't then you don't know where you are, or what you spend.

    Thanks for coming by my place, you're welcome An-Nee-Time. :)

  7. hope tracking works out for you- it's really hard to find a balance that you are comfortable with...maybe right now it seems like tracking/binging are the only options but I have absolute faith that in the future, you'll find a more intuitive approach. Patience and practice :)

  8. you have to do what is best for YOU dear - if that is calorie track, then you do it. how did you like the honey Oikos? not my fave, but those cherries look poppin good :)

  9. I hope tracking works out for you - if you find it has worked, then that probably means it's the best method for you. Please share with us if you find yourself going batty and need support! But you probably won't!

  10. Hey there!

    I have been following the eat clean diet and she also recommends not counting calories, but it's so hard for me not to. Seems like my eating can get way out of hand if my mind isn't keeping track. I've still got a long long way to go.

    You are a beautiful inspiration!


  11. I think you just have to take things one step at a time and find what works for you personally. Nothing is ever one size fits all. If you do better when you count, then count away. Maybe someday you will not need to, but you just have to do whatever is best for you in the present. I did a lot more counting when I first began trying to eat better - now I don't really ever count at all. It didn't happen overnight - like all things it takes time. And it might not happen in the time you think it should. I think you should just have it as a goal - and when you're ready, it'll happen.

  12. Boy have I been in the same place. When I was losing weight last year at this time I had no problems until I stopped counting calories once I reached my healthy weight. Then the cycles of binging and restricting began, it was a nasty cycle.

    Intuitive Eating was book that pulled me from what felt like the brink of insanity. Once I learned to challenge the food police and honor my hunger, I was able to turn things around.

    I agree though, stick with calorie counting and journaling until you can get to the bottom of what's going on. I had to do a lot of the "inside work" before I was able to break out of the binging/restricting cycle.

  13. Can't wait for the Oikos review!!!

  14. You know what - be kind to yourself...Counting calories is not all bad- do what works for you and don't beat yourself up over it!

    And, running 2.25 miles is awesome! You are doing great!!

  15. I really liked Caitlin's post today too. I try to avoid those toxic people in my life.

    Sorry to hear that you need to count calories again. Hope you start feeling in a better place soon.

  16. I understand exactly how you feel. It can be frustrating sometimes...but you're doing the best you can. Just remember, it's a lifelong journey, not a rush to the finish line, so if today isn't perfect, there's always tomorrow (or your next meal...you don't have to wait until tomorrow)


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