how differently you feel about food now. 4 amazing things have happened to me since I've started couting.
1. I'm not binging anymore. Instead I feel in control because I have a set amount of food I can eat and being a "perfectionist" I refuse to go over, or if I do I'm going to track it and I won't allow myself more than 100 cals over. This is a very big deal for me because I'm an emotional eater, but since I've been counting that urge to just eat is pretty much gone (except of course during TOM!).
2. I can endulge in a trigger food, but "on plan". I no longer have to have 1/4 cup or more of peanut butter. I can have 2 Tbsps with an apple and be completely satisfied. I don't need an entire pint of ice cream, I can eat a skinny cow and enjoy every bite.
3. I'm amazed how much food 100-200 calories can be. When I'm just plain hungry cause I exercised a little extra or it's TOM or whatever I can add 100-200 cals to my day and not kill my whole week, but be completely satisfied and generally still lose weight.
4. With a little zig zagging I can program a "cheat" meal into my "diet" and still be "on plan". Before this used to kill me. I'm one of those who just needs a day off, pretty much every week. Otherwise I don't stick with it. But now it doesn't have to set me back and I don't have to feel guilty about it.
I'm just amazed with how different my relationship with food is. Although I already lost 80 lbs before starting calorie counting I still did not have a good idea of what eating healthy for life was all about. I'm excited that I have found something that I can truely do for life. I can't wait to get these last 40 lbs off!