Why You Should Count Calories
By Meggan Larson
I am completely in love with my Fitbit. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever owned and has kept me motivated to get my steps in for the last month. 10,000 steps a day (give or take) for 4 straight weeks! I feel great, I continue to challenge myself to do more, and can even work with other friends who have one too. One of the features it has on it is the ability to track your calories. When I first saw that I just ignored it because of course we don’t count calories on THM. But then I got curious to see how many calories I was actually eating in a day so I tracked them for a day.
I was surprised by what I found…
I was well within the range of calories I am supposed to consume on a daily basis! The more I walk the more I can eat too which is a side motivation for me because I do really like to eat. But then came the time when I was tempted to go off plan. It was getting too close to supper time, I hadn’t planned my day very well, and my husband was making perogies for himself and offered to make a few more for me. I had about 500 calories left for the day and at first I thought “what the heck, I’m starving” but then I asked him to check how many calories there were in a serving. Over 300 calories for just 4 perogies!! So I could have 6 perogies and nothing else for the rest of the day? I don’t think so! I decided instead to see how many calories were in my favorite crossover which is 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread toasted with peanut butter and banana on it. Only 265 calories! That was way better and actually on plan.
Now I know we don’t count calories on THM because it can start to feel restrictive and THM is all about food freedom not food restrictions. But counting calories for those couple of days was really freeing to me! It showed me (more like reminded me) how much better on plan food is for my body and how it can have much fewer calories than say a chocolate bar. It also brought the reality of how many calories dairy can have which is something I’ve tended to overdo many times on THM because it’s an S and there’s no real limit on what we can have. While that may be true to an extent, calories still count and if I’m consuming 3000 calories a day because I’m eating way too many nuts or far too much dairy, then I am not going to get to my goal.
I don’t obsessively count calories but I do like to check in every few days and input an entire day just to help keep me on track. I don’t worry about going over my calories but the surprising thing is that I usually stay well within the healthy range and I also think twice about that extra portion because I’ll have to put it in and see how many calories I just consumed. It may not work for everyone but it’s been an added safety measure for me and in the heat of the moment when you’re so hungry you could eat a house, it’s helpful to have.
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Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!