Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Not counting calories.

So I went and saw a dietician a couple of weeks ago, to try and get some answers on how much I should really be eating with the activity I do. At the time obviously I was running, whereas now I am mainly swimming and cycling thanks to zee toe... She gave me a few pointers on some of the areas my nutrition was lacking (mainly calcium, need more vegetables at lunch, and cut down on my PB intake *gasp*) She also gave me a great plan to follow which should both help fuel my workouts / help recover as well as help me to lose some weight.

To be honest, I've been struggling to follow it! I follow it almost completely, except I have generally been eating one extra snack each day than she has put in the plan, and as a result my weight has been staying stable instead of me losing... which isn't too bad, I guess. I think also the reason I haven't lost anything is because I have been going out for dinner more often than usual, and indulging in a few of these:

Affogato - espresso shot poured over icecream. They are so freaking amazing. When I get obsessed with something food related, having it once does not cure the craving. I usually have to have it, like, once or twice a week probably five times before the craving goes! So I've been kinda going with it and indulging the craving. Just looking at that picture makes my mouth water...

One other thing which has been fantastic and the biggest relief ever, was following the dietician's plan means I am not counting calories. I feel so free! I have wanted to stop counting since forever, but having a plan in front of me means I feel like I finally have permission and can finally do it without feeling like I'm under or over-eating accidentally. It's so great!!!

On the workout front.... I am so bored of swimming. I guess it's because I don't know what to do. I kinda just jump in the pool and swim laps for 30 mins or an hour. Intervals doesn't make it more fun, and neither does changing style every 10 or so laps. I used to love swimming, but that was when I did it once a week. Doing it four times a week now, it's getting pretty old. I'm enjoying the weights I am doing though, and at least on the exercise bike I can pull out a magazine if it gets dull.

Oh well, one week of recovery down... five to seven to go??!


  1. i'm so glad you are feeling 'free' with your eating. sounds like this eating plan really works well for you!

  2. That dessert looks delicious! I cant help counting calories but thats great that you are free from it. Wishing you a speedy recovery! :)

  3. Can someone please explain to me why I have never heard of Affogato before?! Coffe + ice cream sound like heaven in a cup!

    I don't know if I'd trust anyone who told me not to eat PB. I don't think she knows what she's talking about. Just kidding! ;)

  4. Here's hoping the five weeks will fly by!

  5. This is so inspiring for me to read.. I really want to get away from counting calories! I cannot wait for that point
    The next few weeks will be tough, but I believe they will fly by!

  6. Oh wow that ice cream dessert looks fantastic- no wonder you can't stop having it ;)! Keep up the good work on the food front...not counting calories is so liberating!

  7. Oh affogatos, how I love you. I know what you mean about not being satisfied with having something once - if I'm obsessed with something, I'm eating it every day until I get sick of it :)

  8. Hang in there - I know it's hard but you'll get through!! I'm not a big fan of the pool either, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
    I'm going to see a dietician sometime soon. I've always wanted them to just give me a plan or something - I just think to much when it comes to food and if someone just told me what to do it would be a hell of a lot easier!

  9. I went to see the nutritionist at school a few times just to have her check in on my diet, and will probably go again this semester, and she always tells that I don't get enough carbs.