Hi friends! I hope you’ve had a great weekend!
We spent some quality time with family and friends celebrating Penelope’s first birthday party which was a ton of fun!
Apparently this is a look I make when I’m having a blast. I never knew because my eyes close every time I scrunch up my nose to cackle.
I made the cakes myself so that I wouldn’t feel bad about throwing away the leftovers. I’ll spare you another sugar in the trash shot and entertain you with unadulterated cuteness instead…
When family comes to town we usually eat like crap so I’ve been trying my best not to over do it. During this time I’ve been having a little internal debate with myself.
The greatest debate I’ve been having recently is whether or not I should count calories. Kelly, my hottie body guru, has always told me not to and my husband concurs. I’ve been doing some research and talking with different people and I’m totally confused on the matter.
There is a new school of thought that claims that some people aren’t losing weight or reaching their fitness goals because they aren’t consuming enough calories… weird right?
I’m used to the older way of thinking that promotes calories in vs calories out. It’s such a simplistic way of thinking. It works because the number of the scale drops but if you don’t eat the right foods you will sacrifice hard-earned muscle which ultimately keeps your metabolism revved up. So in the long run you weigh less on the scale but along with some of the fat you lost you tend to lose muscle mass along with it and you’re still left with the fluff you were trying to get rid of in the first place.
This has happened to me in the past. I would look at super fit chicks and wonder why I couldn’t see my muscle definition like you could see their’s. Was I just doomed to be fluffy?
This has caused quite the dilemma in my head. I don’t want to be fluffy but I don’t want to waste time by not counting calories and not getting to where I want to go.
You would think that I would listen to Kelly because she’s super fit. At the same time it’s easy for someone who doesn’t need to lose weight to say that. They have nothing to lose if they stay the same way. I however, feel like it’s time wasted.
It doesn’t matter how many times I’m told to stop counting I can’t help myself. I feel blind without it.
I’ve been trying really hard to lose weight and it is slithering off so slowly. Now I’m wondering if it is time for me to take a leap of faith.
During Penelope’s birthday party I was feeling pretty good about myself. I had decided to just give this no counting calorie thing a shot. But then I caught some video of myself and you could see my overhanging belly in plain site. I thought I had it well covered. The first thought in my head when I saw that was, “Holy crap! I’m going to eat “x” many calories to try to get that overhanging piece of flesh to go away.”
Then after the party we were sitting at the dinner table with Brent’s parents. They have recently lost a significant amount of weight through counting calories and we had a little family debate on its effectiveness. Brent thinks it’s stupid and can lead to unhealthy habits, Brent’s parents have found that it works for them. I’m still mulling it over…
What is your stance?
In other news I ate out a lot during the weekend as predicted. I told you that I would share what I chose to eat while dining out so here it is.
Warning: I only took half of the photos because I got bored with taking pictures of my food.
(lunch) Hard Rock Cafe Denver- Smoked Chicken Chopped Salad
(dinner) Papa Murphy’s- Delite Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza
(dinner) Los Dos Potrillos- Steak Fajitas
(dinner) Asian Spice- We all shared orange chicken, shrimp lo mein, broccoli beef. I compensated the bad choices by eating small portions.
(breakfast) Toast- Veggie Benedict and hot green tea
(snack) Starbucks- tall non-fat caramel macchiato