Creeping Calories, that is.
I don’t know why I decided to count calories in order to lose weight but it came to me and it was easy to do. Maybe it appealed to me because I like lists. I could make a list of the food I ate during the day and add up the calories. Easy!
The creeping calories are the calories that we DON’T count. I most definitely fall into this trap sometimes. There are sometimes days here and there where I get lazy with my calories. I use the My Fitness Pal app on my phone and log my calories.
Most of the time I do pretty well. But every once in awhile I get lazy. That’s what it is, pure and simple. Laziness. I walk by the Candy Room at work and grab a few mini Tootsie Rolls and eat those on my way to the printer and then “pretend” those calories don’t count.
Sometimes when I’m at home I’ll grab a snack…maybe some salty tortilla chips with sour cream. “Nah, these calories don’t count.” Tell me again why they don’t count? I really do need a reminder sometimes. I need a little fairy to sit on my shoulder with me and whisper the reminder.
I’m not talking about the “breaks” I take from counting my calories. Sometimes I take a day or two off. If I am starting to feel like I’m burned out mentally from working out or counting calories, I take a day or two off. That does NOT mean I go nuts and eat everything in sight. NO! I eat my normal way, I just don’t track. I think that’s the biggest trick I’ve learned to stay fresh and on track for so many years. Sometimes we all need a break.
No, I’m talking about being inaccurate in my counting. Sometimes it’s laziness. Sometimes I know I’m about to eat something so high in calories I just don’t want to deal with it. I choose denial. Perfect example:
I shudder to imagine how many calories I ate at the Texas State Fair. I don’t even want to know. I enjoyed my corndog, Catfish Taco and fried cookie dough and don’t want to know I ate 4,000 calories.
But at some point we have to be accountable to ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we’re accountable to other people, or Weight Watchers, or to my online calorie tracker. They don’t care. It doesn’t matter to them. What matters is SELF accountability. By lying to myself about the creeping calories I’m eating I’m only hurting myself.
Falling into the habit of ignoring calories, bites, nibbles and sneaked treats only harms myself. Period. My lies will show themselves on the scale.
QUESTION: Do you track the nibbles, bites and creeping calories? If not, how do you remind yourself to do so?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.