I really dislike a lot of healthy-living blogs. I’m sorry – I said it. But it’s true. I am astounded by how obsessed some people are with food and exercise. It makes me sad and annoyed, all at the same time. They just aren’t balanced at all.
I try to represent a balance on my own blog. I place good mental health and good physical health on the same level. I don’t consider myself healthy if I am stressed or obsessed with something – with anything. That being said, it took a lot of strong will and dedication for me to lose weight and to become a (pseudo) runner, and it still takes will power to maintain my weight and my fitness level.
So sometimes I find it hard to portray both sides – the relaxed me, and the dedicated me. I don’t want to come across as crazy, but at the same time, I want to talk about my goals and commitments.
Here’s my confession:
I started counting calories this week. Yes, that’s the dreaded “C” word I’m speaking about. Even after stating last week that I’m a “points” girl (#weightwatchers4lyfe) and have never tracked calories.
At first I didn’t even consider blogging about it – lately I feel sort of “over” talking about the ins-and-outs of my lifestyle – but then I thought it might be useful to share my opinion. I know people do like to hear my experiences, but I still felt strange thinking about blogging about counting calories when I am already at a healthy weight.
I’ve read on some blogs that counting calories can seem like a controversial thing when you aren’t overweight. Even after using myfitnesspal.com for only a few days, I can see how it can get obsessive for some people. At first, it also seems time consuming.
Here’s the flip side: tracking works when it comes to weight loss, which is arguably a basic science (calories in, calories out). I think it’s silly to say you don’t want to lose weight (if you have to) just because you can’t be bothered to do some math. But I do understand that some people take it too far.
I started doing it because I stepped on the scale on Sunday and was two pounds above last week’s weight, and four pounds above what I was a month ago. It happens when I run a lot – I eat more and gain a little weight. No big. But I had already unsubscribed from Weight Watchers Online, so I decided to take the free road to try to make sure I didn’t gain any more.
It’s just important, as always, to find the balance, so I can enjoy my health while also enjoying my life.
I’m really not completely sure what I’m trying to say. I guess I just felt like rambling about an issue I’ve been thinking for a while – the balance between dedication and obsession.
Has anyone ever had similar feelings about the tools they use to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Have you found the healthy-living balance?