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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Do you count calories?

Billy put on his apron last night and got to work in the kitchen because it is logical that he cook after studying and school for 15 hours that day because I was to busy laying in bed catching up on old episodes of The OC.  That is how to make a marriage work.

I did do my part to add some carbs to the meal (because it was obviously lacking them) and made the garlic toast in the back.

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Followed shortly by some Swedish Fish from my cutest friend Pam L:)  She is right...."Swedish Fish are made in Canada! Canadian Fish just don't have the same ring." They were great fuel for a late night yoga class with my cousin.

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Judging from the x-ray's we are on the road to recovery with the femur(s)........dare I tell you the truth? Yep, it is both of them....the right one is really minor but I have had an itching that it was also fractured since the beginning but it only hurt about 1/10 as bad as the left (I am the champion of denial and just thought I was imagining things).  On the VERY bright side, both of them are recovering quite nicely.

No one is allowed to say I am sorry or that it is sad because I knew deep down for the past month or so that both legs were injured and it isn't like it is going to take any longer to heal.  It's all good because they are both healing at the same rate and I am actually really happy because I am learning there is a lot more to me than just a runner.

Someone sent me this quote...I forgot who so please forgive me but I absolutely love it.....

"When we feel stuck...going nowhere....even starting to slip backward-we might actually be backing up to get a running start."

This whole injury thing is going to make me a SMARTER, stronger runner and who knows what what running start I am going to have.......I foresee big things up ahead:)

I was able to talk to the doctor for 90 minutes...yep, my doc rocks and actually spends time with his patients answering all of their questions plus I mean I am pretty funny so who wouldn't want to spend quality time with me.  We talked a whole lot about calories.  To get these bones whole FAST and to make sure I get a cycle that is natural and that it isn't just caused by birth control I gotta focus in on calories among the MANY other things I am doing to heal.  This will also help prevent future injuries from occurring.

Basically, we just want to make sure that I am getting more than enough (and from the right sources) calories to keep up with my physical activity and excessive energy.  It is just one more thing I can do to speed up recovery.  I have no idea where I am at with calories because I eat what I want and when I want it, he just wants me to keep track so that we can make sure it is the right amount because it takes a whole lot of ice cream cones to build bones again.

P.S. I promise we won't be talking about injuries forever, girly thingee's, or how I am 96% brain dead and before you know it I will be doing treadmill marathons again (okay, that is a lie....those are the sort of things that got me in trouble in the first place).

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I don't really have anything to say with this post and really just wanted feedback from all of my best friends and what you do......

Do you count calories?  Do you estimate?  Do you eat according to feel or 'suggested calories'?  In the past have you counted calories?  Do you like it/hate it?  Why?  Do you think it is helpful/hurtful for you?  Do you keep a log?

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113 Comments:

At May 11, 2011 at 6:56 AM , Blogger ImTheMarigold said...

I used to count calories but it got to be more harmful than hurtful. I have a general idea in my head most days but I don't try to think about it too much. I do keep a food log, but more to see if my bad running days might be caused by something I am or am not eating.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 6:56 AM , OpenID thevitaminbee said...

I used to count calories and I've always been a label reader so now I dont formally do it, I just keep a rough estimate in my head. I did count again when my legs were broken and then right after the marathon bc I was eating too much junk and I knew it and its a good way to keep yourself accountable.
I think it can be helpful and it definitely teaches you a lot about nutrition and what youre putting into your body.
Good luck with it, cant wait to hear about it.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Holly said...

I have been keeping a log since January. I find it helpful, except when I eat out on the weekend and I KNOW I went over. Then I just feel guilty even writing it down.

I gave a shoutout to you on my blog today!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger The Hungered One said...

I don't count calories. I know I eat a lot. I've been thinking about doing one day during heavy distance training where I count calories for a blog post just to amuse myself! lol

Two sides to the coin... it can be helpful or harmful, really. It depends on the kind of person you are, I think. You also have to remember you burn a lot of calories, you need a certain amount just to live with no activity, and so on...

Good luck :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Mamarunsbarefoot said...

No I don't count calories at all. I know I've been deficient before though by the way I feel. My femur fracture didn't even show up 12 weeks later! Rest up girly! I do believe we learn from all of this no matter how hard.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Lindsey@arunningtale said...

I estimate calories - I only started during marathon training to make sure I was consuming enough calories, since I was never a big eater (and didnt know how much my hunger would scream in training!). I don't intend on contnuing doing this after marathon training though.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:06 AM , OpenID girlevolving.com said...

I've used the daily plate to count calories in the past. I try to use it as information for myself, to help me be better informed about what I'm eating and portion sizes. If I feel like it's getting obsessive I tell my husband so he can help me stop for awhile. If I'm active and healthy and just getting information, it works really well. If I'm inactive and unhealthy, it becomes a control thing and isn't good for me at all.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:09 AM , OpenID stilettosarentforrunning said...

I try this every once in a while with an app on my phone. It is very eye opening. I try not to do it all of the time because I tend to lean towards disordered eating if I focus on it too much. It can be good every once in a while though to get you back on track. Good luck with your healing. I really enjoy reading!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Christina @ The Athletarian said...

I went through a calorie-counting phase but it did more harm on my body than anything. I gave myself too many limitations and if I reached a certain calorie count I would stop even if I was still hungry. I only ate what I thought was enough and I was WAY off. If you do it correctly though and you're under the guidance of your doctor then I think it may beneft you. You look like you're doing ok though so I wouldn't worry! As long as you're not restricting yourself then you have nothing to worry about :) I totally admire the relationship you have with food!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Carina said...

I've never been a counter, but I feel like I usually have some idea in my head since I look at labels and generally keep track of what I'm eating. I worry sometimes about trying to make sure I get enough calories when I'm at peak marathon training weeks, but that's really only about 8 weeks out of the year. The rest of the year I'd rather maintain or lose a few pounds.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really proud of you for realizing this, and adnitting it. I truly believe that the more calories you get in, the faster you will be to recovery and running! And you will also be healthier overall!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:15 AM , Blogger Kara said...

I don't count at all, but I assume I get enough. If I don't eat enough, I wake up at 2am with a grumbly stomach, and no one wants that. I do run a fair amount, but as long as I feel good while running, I don't feel inspired to change my leftover pizza breakfasts. :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM , Anonymous Chad @ thebreakupnote said...

I counted calories to a T for a long time, until I got a general idea of how many calories were in things. I thing it's good to be aware of calories. At the same time, it's important not to obsess about it.

I count calories when cooking so I can be sure I'm making some 1000 calorie serving.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:17 AM , Anonymous Chad @ thebreakupnote said...

*not making (correction, sorry!)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Erin @ UntilYouTri said...

I've tried counting calories before, but I found it hurt more than helped, because the more I focused on it, the more I stressed and the more I wanted to eat, haha. I definitely don't count now; however, I will occasionally look up the stats for a new recipe that I think I will eat often if I really have NO idea how many calories are in it and want an estimation.

The one thing I have problems with is figuring out how much I SHOULD be eating. I know they have all those calculators out there, but I don't think they really work well for super active people. When I eat the amount they tell me I lose weight really fast, which sounds good but I think it's too fast and sends my body into "OMG you're starving us we must preserve fat!!" mode and I immediately go right back up to where I was before. It's frustrating! I keep saying I want to see a sports nutritionist but I feel like that would be expensive and I don't even know where to start with finding one...

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:21 AM , Anonymous Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet said...

I used to count calories obsessively, but that did not turn out well. Nowadays, the idea of counting calories is exhausting, and I can't imagine doing it again.

I love to eat when I'm hungry and not think about every single thing I'm putting in my mouth.

But I know lots of people who rely on calorie counting to stay healthy, so I definitely think it just depends on the individual.

With your doctor's recommendation, I think it'd be really helpful for you to count calories, at least to know where you are on the spectrum. I've wanted to do that a few times, but I get so fed up with tracking everything I'm eating and then measuring and looking it up!

Good luck, and Yay for RECOVERY!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Running Ricig said...

I don't count calories, but I kept a food journal for a little while so a nutritionist could tell me what I should and shouldn't be doing. I've been eating a lot better and whole foods since I talked to her. I definitely feel better!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:29 AM , Blogger Sara said...

There are a ton of apps for whatever kind of phone you have that can count calories. I do it and its helped me a ton to ensure I am eating enough, and enough of the right things (protein, carbs, etc) to ensure I stay healthy and have the energy to push through my running/work out schedule. Its made me much more aware of what I am putting in my body and it allows me to go back and see what works best for fuel and what doesn't.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:36 AM , Blogger MrsQ318 said...

I don't count calories because it has led to some very bad thinking in the past. I try to just watch what I eat, only get a serving size (or smaller) at a time, and to be mindful of how much I am getting from each food group, etc. etc.
But, if I am really craving something, I'll eat it. Because I know from way too much experience that if I deny myself, I'll just end up binging for a day or more. So, it's because to have that one candy bar or ice cream cone now, rather than a full day of junk later. :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM , OpenID drkgood said...

If you actually sit down and calculate how many calories you need to hold/gain weight at your high activity level, it is shocking. Getting all of those calories from healthy food is a chore. But you can do it.

I am, however, sitting here shaking my head and finger at you for injuring BOTH of your legs!! Bad Janae! Bad Janae!

At the same time, so proud that you have realized this is your wakeup call and are going to do things the RIGHT way now!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:45 AM , Anonymous Heather (runningwithsass) said...

I have tried in the past but it made me crazy and I would either forget or feel like I wasn't estimating servings correctly. Now I just try to really focus on only eating when I am truly hungry and not out of bordem

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM , Anonymous melissa said...

I do not count cal's but occasionally estimate and when i do that, I'm almost always at 2000 or over. I'm very active (but not as much as you! haha)and what helps me get cals in is eating a huge b fast to get me going (like 500-600 cals( everyday. I love my healthy fats (pb, avocado, etc.) and dessert every night! good luck girl!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Holly@www.runtoeatworktoshop.blogspot.com said...

Hey! Good news!!

I have tried to count calories before but I either get obsessive about it...try to restrict too much...or feel bad when I overeat...so I just don't. I do think it is a good idea to do it for a week just to get a baseline of what you are normally taking in. My personality is very extreme so if I start doing stuff like that I can slip into obsessive cal counting mode.
I really want to see a nutritionist.

Even though your injuries suck...it is a great opportunity to learn more about healthy eating/living. Awesome!
Looking fwd to more updates.

PS. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog yesterday. Made my day :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM , Blogger Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I've only ever counted calories in order to exemplify to others how much I eat. I've never done it longer than two days at a time and only half a dozen times in the last 10 years. It was somewhere around 6500/day back in high school and it's always been between 3-5000/day since.

I eat very much according to feel. If I'm hungry, I eat. Simple as that. As much as modern sports are moving more and more towards heart rate monitors, stats, calculations, formulas, and such, I prefer the old method of training by feel. If you feel hungry, eat. If you feel like something sweet, have something sweet. Endorphins and other exercise-induced chemicals heighten your desire for healthier foods, so your diet will change naturally. If you feel like going out and running 20 miles, do it. Who cares if the schedule says only 5. Our bodies are designed to tell us what it needs. The biggest obstacle is getting to the point of understanding each hint and clue.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Anonymous Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries said...

I used to count calories down to every little detail. I got so sick of it after a while and realized I didn't really need to be counting them, plus I hate math :)

I'm glad I used to count calories because now I have an idea everyday about how many calories I'm getting without having to actually record it or obsessively track it.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Blogger agable said...

I do count calories. I am nursing, so I have to make sure I get enough calories to keep me going as well as to make food for my boy!
I'm glad you wrote about your cycle issues, I am in the same boat and nobody seems to talk about female issues. They baffle me!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Anonymous Amanda @ Running with Spoons said...

I counted calories for a long, long time, to the point where it kind of turned into an unhealthy obsession, and put me in a really bad place. I'm not completely free of calorie counting yet, but I'm definitely easing up and learning to listen to my body as opposed to my head.

Keep being your beautiful self, girlie. You rock :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:02 AM , OpenID nicolecooks said...

I'm trying to get rid of calorie-counting in my life, and honestly I feel liek for MOST people it can get kind of obsessive, but I think in your case at least a few days of calorie-counting could give you a ballpark estimate of where you're at, then you can determine how much extra you probably need to eat on top of that? And ways to add it, of course. Sometimes it can be a little less problematic if you find out kind of a number of servings of certain kinds of food but I think in GENERAL it's good to mostly eat what you want when youw ant it, so I'm actually kind of jealous of your ability to do that ;)

sending you healing vibes :)

<3
n

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

I do count calories. I do it daily, gets easy especially once you get going because you tend to eat similar stuff. I use My fitness pal on my iphone for keeping a running list. But you can also do it from the computer. myfitnesspal.com. It is great! anything not in there that you eat, you can add. It also keeps up a tally of your nutrients consummed and where that falls into what you require. Plus you enter all your states, your goals, exercise, etc...and I LOVE IT! I am full time, NP with a 4 year old and 45 minute commute one way...if I can keep up with it...anyone can! Keep me accountable

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Blogger PBandJ Runner said...

I don't count calories per meal, but if I am feeling sluggish or depleted, I will do a quick count to see how many I have had so far so I can make sure I get enough to fuel my swims, spins, and runs. I eat more according to feel than suggested calories, because when I was eating my "suggested amount" I always felt bloated and had stomach aches, so now I just go by how hungry I am. I used to count them all the time, every meal, which actually helped my math skills.. but that got tedious and excessive so now I just eat my tummy tells me to.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Shannon said...

I try to count calories, but still end up eating a lot more than I feel I should, especially since I want to lose weight... then I end up beating myself up over the high number of calories I ate. I used to be able to stop when I reached a certain calorie amount, but I don't know... I need more self-control I guess. If I hadn't I wouldn't have gained the weight back, right? Anyway, the thought of not keeping track at all scares me, though...

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM , OpenID inhaleexhalerepeat said...

I don't count calories but I do read nutrition labels and try to be aware of what I eat. I can't allow myself to worry about it because I overeat when I stress out so it has a reverse effect on me. I used to wish I had the willpower to restrict my calorie intake dramatically but now I'm just thankful I can find balance in my diet, even if I do go through phases where I slip up.

I'm so glad to hear you are recovering!! It's great that you are finding balance throughout this and I know you'll come back stronger than ever!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

LOVE the positive attitude, Janae!! Keep THAT up!!

I definitely don't count calories. I try to eat healthy and that's about it. Counting calories is a very bad thing for me so I stay away from it.

Got the Nike Free's last night and can't wait to try them out tonight!!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:17 AM , OpenID evamadera said...

I used to count calories religiously. It's what helped me shed 35 pounds (although t15 of those are back on). I got to a burn out point though where eating just wasn't any fun any more...so much of a burden so I stopped.
Some weight has come back on and I know some of that is because I didn't listen to my body and just ate.
Right now I'm participating in a challenge at my gym and to earn points (to potentially win free stuff) we track our food on livestrong. I'm really liking it and I have a much more reasonable goal this time around.
I'm not sure if I'm going to continue after the challenge or not but I will definitley keep up practicing Intuitive Eating.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM , OpenID runyogarepeat said...

Great news that you're recovering! I used to count calories, and it would just frustrate me everyday whenever I was over what I set as "my limit." Eventually, I got out of this negative mindset, but sometimes, I do find myself adding calories in my head. I do sometimes count calorie estimates on long run days to make sure I'm getting enough in.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM , Blogger kay.tee. said...

I used to count calories, but then I realized for me that counting isn't healthy. Plus- I believe that not all calories are created equal and that it isn't always about calories in vs calories burned. Instead I cut out all processed food out of my diet and eat when I'm hungry. One big thing that I have learned is that when 75% of your diet comes from plants (veggies, a little fruit), you NEED high calorie high nutrient foods in between to supplement. I've incorporated healthy fats like nuts (but not peanuts because they are a legume and not even a nut! tricky..), coconut oil or grapeseed oil for cooking, olive oil for raw foods, eggs, even bacon!

You are incredible and it's nice to see an example of an athlete who cares more about being healthy than her jean size. Thanks for being such a rock star!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Christina said...

I don't normally count calories. I'm tracking this week to see where I'm at versus where I need to be in a month when I crank up the mileage. But, I do like to check the nutrition facts on things so I can make informed choices when eating. You know restaurants can be tricky sometimes. It doesn't stop me from eating what I want, but I'm informed on what I'm eating.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Anna Walker said...

I try to count calories! Just even to get a rough estimate!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:27 AM , OpenID melissadishes said...

I count WW points, have for over 4 years. I have to have structure

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Blogger ash said...

I used to count them compulsively, but now I focus more on eating healthy foods instead. I figure that I can pretty much eat as many fruits and veggies as I want and not have to worry.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM , Anonymous Britannie said...

I count calories but at the same time I don't. I try to get away from it but then I think back and count and it freaks me out. I don't like calorie counting but it is definitely good when you think you aren't getting enough/need to make sure your calories are coming from the right sources. You're SO gonna be the greatest runner ever when you heal, you've got the most positive outlook on the whole situation! :D

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Anonymous Dorry said...

I'm so glad you are healing AND that you have a doctor who lets you talk and ask questions - that's so important so you can really figure out the best ways to heal you body and keep those bones strong! I'm proud of you for having a positive outlook and focusing on other fitness activities. You are SO much more than just a runner...but I know it's your love, so getting back into running shape will happen soon enough. I don't count calories, but if I stop and think about my daily eats, I could probably come up with an estimate. I'd probably have to write it down because I eat throughout the day!

Thank you sweet friend for linking to my post! xoxo

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM , Blogger trisha*n said...

I used to count calories, but now I just estimate. And that is only sometimes. I need to be better about getting enough in me though on the long run days or big workout days. I have lots of food allergies, so sometimes it is hard to get enough in me. So calorie counting to make sure i have ENOUGH might be a good idea.

Glad to hear you are healing :) Keep it real, girl.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:57 AM , OpenID littlecollegevegan said...

I don't count calories, but I have a general idea at where I'm at. After years of torturing myself about everything thing, and having to know the calorie content of everything, I kinda memorized stuff.

If I do calorie counts though, it's unintentional and I try to stop myself. Mentally it just helps me more to not know. Plus, if everything I'm eating I know it nutritious to my body, then I don't think I should worry about how many calories there are.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:03 AM , Blogger l said...

I do not count calories, because like everyone else (pretty much) said, it can become an obsession. I estimate (very roughly) just so I know WHERE my calories came from, that way I know if I should add more healthy fats, carbs, veggies, etc.

You could seriously do a whole post about the negative side of counting calories (unless you're aiming to get more) just by gathering up all your comments. I think its so interesting how many women have done and then realized that it was harmful, then stopped. An inspiring thing!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Rachelle Wardle said...

I used to obsessively count calories (including sugar free gum, toothpaste, and breath mints). Not Pretty! For me counting calories leads to distructive behavior so I try to stay away from it and just eat by how I feel or what I crave. However since I have been training higher mileage I have been working hard to make sure I eat enough protein and carbs.

Love you Janae, best of luck and I am totally up for meeting you at yogurt land any day of the week to help you get those calories in!! :):)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Missy said...

I tried to count my calories once and realized that I wasn't even eating the normal daily amount lol But at the same time I wasn't starving or anything, I eat 3 meals and snacks in between...who knows! lol Good luck, I would love to see a breakdown of a daily calorie count, if you feel the need to post one!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Kiley said...

Wowza! Both legs. That sucks. I'm not going to say sorry - just gonna say that sucks. I don't count calories. The only times I have were in college when I had to for my nutrition classes (get a feel for what you would make clients do). Not my style. Good luck with that!

I have a giveaway right now - for a "cheering" sign...maybe whoever wins should make one for you - HEAL FAST JANAE!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Julia said...

I just needed to say that if I have to get up at 5am...at least I get to hang out with you :)

I am exhausted and SORE. haha. but it was so fun seeing you and catching up with you.

I am not so much a calorie counter. In the fall when I started working out to lose weight...I made a goal that each meal should be so many calories, etc. But I usually try to go with a range. I worry that if I stick with one number then I may get in trouble and start restricting even more. This has stuck around but since I am at a weight that I feel okay with and working out because I just love doing it...I do not necessarily feel like I have to eat the same amount every day. I splurge way toooo much lately...but its cool...its all worth it in the end :)

I hope you can get those bones strong. and I mean I can eat as much salad, breadsticks and fro-yo as it will take to help you out! LOVE YOU.

sad that I will not see you for a whole week :( but counting down the days till PUMP again!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi hungrygirl, I just discovered your blog and I am really enjoying it!

Stress fractures are the worst, and I'm so glad you've made the commitment to heal; it sounds like you're doing the right things.

Now about calorie counting. I am an avid and competitive runner as well, and I got into trouble with calorie counting about two years ago. It is a good way to lose weight, and let's just say I lost a bit too much and became slightly obsessive about counting them. As runners are already a little OCD/obsessive, I think it's an easy trap to fall into. I would avoid it like the plague and stick to eating what sounds good when it sounds good and stopping when you're satisfied.

Since your doctor recommended it, perhaps count them for one or two days and just east like you normally would-just to find out your general range. Then if it is "too low" you'll know to add a little. I doubt you need to cut back-from what I can tell you work out a ton even without running.

But seriously try to avoid it. I became a slave to calories and it was awful to try to get over. Yay for healthy running and eating! You can do it!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

I use livestrong to count calories - it also tracks sugar/protein/fat so you get feedback on how you are doing on those nutrients. That's actually what I focus on.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger One heart and mind said...

Never ever count calories. I don't want to know how much I've exceeded my limit. It's way better to be in denial. Glad things are healing up for you. I go to the dr. tomorrow so I know what you mean....It's an anxious situation.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Anonymous Shelby Fath said...

I usually always look at the calories content on packaged food and I like to look up nutrition fats for restaurants in advanced if they are available, but I don't log how many calories I eat in a journal or anything. I would really love to get tested to find out exactly how many calories my body burns at rest. Somedays I probably don't eat enough but I don't know how many calories I burn at rowing practice. My weight has stayed about the same so I assume I am eating enough.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Neon Blonde Runner said...

I am a GRAZER! I like to eat little meals throughout the day.

I try to keep a rough estimate of my calories to make sure I don't go WAY over, but I generally try to eat when I'm hungry.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger chuck said...

I count calories using sparkpeople.com, but livestrong is another great site! I had to go gluten-free when I was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago, and since I'm also a vegetarian, I felt off balance and icky for awhile--not enough protein, fat, and so on. Tracking helps me keep things in balance. And it's helped me figure out what foods help/hurt my workouts!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Back in the day I counted calories like a mad woman. Not so much anymore. I mean I always know where I'm at generally, but it's not an exact science anymore. Back in February I decided I wanted to lose a few pounds, so I started counting, measuring, and tracking everything with sparkpeople.com, but I got pissed after a few weeks because I wasn't losing anything, so I quit. lol These 5 lbs aren't going to kill me. (wanted to go from 130 to 125. Still very reasonable for my 5'3-1/2" frame)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Jan! (Bringin back the high school nickname.) I haven't been on the computer for a while but here is my number 801-319-8121. Call me, so University of Phoenix telemarketer calls aren't the only ones who call me. :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Christie said...

first of all, i was at yogurtland last night and it was hoppin so i full expected to see you there! but didn't, it's ok the reason i went is bc every time you post about it i crave it even more! ok, about counting calories. mypyramid.gov has an eating plan for your age/weight/height/activity level. it will tell you approximate calories you should eat and where those calories should come from (grains, fruit, vegetables, meat, etc). it's not super specific but it does give suggested serving sizes and things like that. another thing is the 'lose it' app from the app store. i have it on my iPod and it is an extremely convenient way to track calories. you can make a plan (it's intended for weight loss but i think they have an option for maintaining your weight) and it will give you a calorie budget for each day. you put in what you ate, how much of it, and it will record your calories AND your exercise. if you are looking for a way to log calories i would definitely recommend it. it has restaurant foods on there too so even eating out at most places won't prevent you from counting calories. i hope this helps and i wish you luck on a speedy recovery!! <3

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Blogger ms. caboo said...

I never have counted calories in my life! Probably why I have gained weight the last 10 years....that and peri-menopause. I always enjoy cheese and milk, so I have never been concerned with calcium. And I am blessed to have been pretty healthy so I have always been regular as far as girlie things are concerned. I say if you are trying to gain weight, don't count calories, just be aware of what you are eating. Pile on the cheese! and greek yogurt. It is delish. Cut down on the candy and add more peanut butter! And eat some meat. A lean sirloin on the grill is amazing.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iphone app My fitness pal is awesome! It even has Cafe Rio calorie info! You will love it!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Danielle@For the Love of Running (and peanut butter). said...

When I was overweight and trying to get my weight down I counted calories. I weaned myself off of that because I felt like I was starting to get crazy about it. Only recently I've started keeping track loosely to make sure that I'm getting enough to keep up with my training. I think it's good to keep track loosely to make sure you're filling your daily needs but I also think there's a thin line before it can get obsessive and unhealthy.

I use my fitness pal iphone app to keep track when I'm counting! It's a great resource.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM , OpenID fitchocoholic said...

I do count calories now, but just because I'm trying to gain weight. After that, I'll probably have estimates, but won't count everything that I eat.
Oh and I just want to say, I tried spinning for the first time today and LOVED it!!! :D

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Holly said...

I HATE counting calories!! I never eat enough when I do. I eat by feel and eat what and when I want. Fortunately we don't really keep junk in the house, except for candy that we had for Easter and that we got on clearance after. I am pretty good at self control and it just sits there most days. Good luck, we want you to be super healthy when you rock the world!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Michael Smith said...

I do count calories. I have a breakdown per meal that I aim for. Sometimes I even log what I eat to make sure I am staying on track and being honest with myself. I have the calorie issue the other way -> Way too many going in.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I roughly count calories in my head. I try and eat the most healthy things for me but sometimes I get swept away by the sugary goodness of candy & sweets. I used to log it, but I realized I wasn't eating as much when I saw the numbers on paper. Good luck with your calorie challenge :)
xoxo,
Bethany @ 101sprinkles.weebly.com

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM , OpenID simplynutritiousanddelicious said...

First, I wanna say that I love your blog! It inspires me to run! :) I don't really count calories, but I think I have an idea of how food works for me each day. Sometimes when I make a new meal, I'll calculate the calories just so i have a rough idea of how much I'm eating. In my opinion, calorie counting takes away the fun of eating! :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM , Blogger Chels said...

I don't really count calories all that much, I just eat 6 or 7 small meals a day. I can pretty much plan on lunch/dinner and breakfast being around 300-400 cals and the snacks in between around 200 cals. I can pretty much say I probably eat around 2000-2200 a day give or take

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:16 AM , Blogger jenny winstead said...

you should use myfitnesspal on the iphone/ipad! that is what i use, and you can have friends on there etc. of course, i use it to LOSE weight, but you can use it to maintain and to make sure you get enough cals. you type in your food and it has it listed. every food under the sun is in their program and it's free!!!! just register on their website! i've lost 9 lbs using it and LOVE LOVE the accountability! :)

janae, i'm so happy you are healing! it won't be long now sister!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Blogger ihatepickleslikewoah said...

I keep an idea of how many im eating but its def more hurtful to count each one. I always round up and if u hany sort of disordered background, it can get sick pretty quickly.

Just eat good whole foods and listen to your body. I can assure u my body NEEDED thise sour patch kids i just ate ;)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM , Blogger Natalie Cates said...

I do count my calories, and it definitely helps me. When I don't count my calories and eat "intuitively", I consume about 200-300 more calories than I should per day. Thankfully, I know enough about food that I can keep up with my calories in my head (like out at a restaurant or something). I use myfitnesspal (both online and the app), and it is awesome. You can choose what you want to see in the breakdown - protein, sugar, fiber, etc. Counting calories is definitely not for everyone, but if you want to have an idea of what you are truly putting into your body (fat, carbs, protein, etc), you need to keep up with it. Once you do that, you see where you can make positive changes.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Natalie Cates said...

Oh, I got my dad and brother using myfitnesspal, and they have lost a TON of weight just by keeping up with what they eat! My dad has lost 75 lbs and my brother has lost over 80!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Anonymous Michelle (The Runner's Plate) said...

I don't meticulously count calories, but I do keep a rough estimate in my head each day.

I also keep track of how many servings I've had from each of the food groups. I usually shoot for 6-7 servings of breads, 3-4 servings of veggies, 2-3 fruits, 3 dairy, and 2-3 lean meats/proteins.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I've counted calories in the past, but I suck at it. I just hate remembering to do it. So I stick with trying to eat good things, and stopping when I'm full.

It doesn't always work, as my pants have been telling me this last week. Meh.

I'm glad you're healing, and doing your body right!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Kristin Morris a.k.a K-Dub said...

My Garmin counts calories. Does that count? I don't personaly do it. Darn it, if I want to eat more calories than I should then I should be able to do it without a stupid journal telling me that I suck! I feel the same way about a scale. I used to have one but one day I got mad and threw it in the dumpster! It was liberating!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM , Blogger Heather P. said...

Great topic! I have counted calories waaay too closely when I was at my lowest (& unhealthiest) weight. I have a goal to NOT count at all and just eat by body cues but I'm not there yet. I estimate currently and still find it can get me nutso- I'll defer eating if the numbers are "high" in my head.

I want you doc! What a great MD to spend time with you really listening and getting your game plan and running start :) going great!!

Way to go Janae on the healing bones!!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM , Blogger [Red Sox] Wife said...

I am STARVING reading this post!!! nope I dont count calories (anymore). it just stressed me out :) and we are still planning on being in utah for the summer (but you will be gone!!) unless drew magically gets a fulltime job here, we will be gone come september :( so sad, I know thats why we need to get together as much as we can before then!!!!

PS I am still convincing the hubs to let me run vegas as my FIRST marathon (!!!) its looking good!!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM , OpenID hungry-dancer.com said...

Calorie counting is the death of me!!! I think it works when you first try to lose weight or use it for recovery because it helps you really understand what's going into your body. For me it was just too much, it made me think of food in the wrong way. That is just me though!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Lisa@The Daily RUNdown said...

I estimate calories. If I had to look back on my food intake for the day I could easily figure our how much I ate.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I count calories. I used to do it to lose weight but then I got really sick for months and now have a hard time maintaining my weight. So I'm actually counting to make sure I eat enough! When I'm really busy sometimes I'll realize I'm a few hundred short of my "maintenance" calorie amount, so I'll dip into the PB!!
:)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM , Blogger Margs @ Faster Bunny said...

Janae! Glad to hear you're healing well.

On the Swedish Fish - I had a really good friend from Sweden a while back and he told me that they have Swedish Fish in Sweden but they are called "Tungsten" (or the Swedish Translation of that). Isn't that crazy? =)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM , OpenID jillianleo said...

I used to count calories and keep a log, I eventually learned to just eat and know that I am around the average amount that I am shooting for. I know that I work out enough to compensate, so anymore I don't let calories control what I eat--I just focus on eating food that is nutritious and makes me feel good....plus a few sweets here and there...or once a day :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Muncher Cruncher said...

You know I'm a total calorie counter...unfortunately. I can't wait to talk to you about this. Are you teaching tonight? I hope so...I miss that fabulous face of yours. :) Love you babe xoxoxo

 
At May 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

you are so wise and so is your doctor! I don't count calories but when its a situation like this, sometimes I think its good to check every once in a while. just to make sure you ARE getting enough. Ya know? But you know you body, so its totally up to you!
Love you and ALL YOUR POSTS!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Caitlin said...

Back in my completely OCD days, I counted the calories of every little thing I put in my body. I was in the best shape of my life, but I was obsessed. I don't count calories anymore, but I want to get back in the habit--in a less obsessive way. I also want to start recording my workouts and runs. How are you counting calories? A phone app?

 
At May 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Aron said...

I typically will take a couple weeks during the start of marathon training and track my food... not necessarily just for the calories but for protein and all that too to make sure I am getting enough when I am running a ton. After I get a good feel of how much I am eating I just start listening to my body and just make sure to eat good foods.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM , Blogger Kat said...

I have counted calories in the past and it helped when I was trying to figure out portion size, but now I just kind of eat based on feeling. I tended to get obsessive when it came to counting calories, and it led to a horrible guilty feeling when I had to write down food. I think I should enjoy my food and not stress about it :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Blogger CaitlinR said...

I tried counting calories during cross-country season before and it made me nuts. Being a competitive person, it was interesting to see if I could stick to a stricter diet (i.e. Lean pocket and peas for lunch) and handle Eating less calories... Needless to say, it did not work!! I felt too lightheaded and week and that whole phase probably lasted three weeks. Now I just eat healthy foods, making sure I eat a morning and afternoon snack. I stop eating when I am full and always eat when I am hungry. I feel much better!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

I used to count calories when I had very disordered eating habits. The past few years I've gotten my eating under control and now instead of counting calories to make sure I am not eating "too much" I will randomly count to make sure I am eating enough. Marathon training really makes me make sure I am getting enough nutrients in my body!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM , Anonymous Alyssa @ Life of bLyss said...

I look at calories and try to maintain a "balance," but I in no way COUNT them or keep track of them. for me, it's too obsessive to count!

There can't possibly be anything smarter than intuitive eating. Our bodies are hard-wired to tell us what they need, so we should listen. :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM , Anonymous Elena @ Gaga For Grapefruit said...

okay, i cannot even believe this right now. second to friends, the OC is my FAVE SHOW IN THE WORLD! can we say twinsies?!?

 
At May 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM , OpenID antosdoeslife said...

Good outlook woman! :) You'll be back to running in no time!

I used to count calories but have stopped since recently. Now i kinda eat when I want and try to keep it healthy. So far it's been working and I haven't gained weight back.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Yes! Healing!! Your response to this injury(s)is inspiring and completey proactive. YOu have a WONDERFUL doc, seeking the counsel of a nutritionish and have the most supportive real and virtual network out there!

I JUST got an iphone and have an app I use to track cals and nutrients, but I'm not so good at it. I have however, been more obsessive of food during Taper Madness!!

Swedish Canadian Fish are delish...I don't discriminate!! ;)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM , Blogger SweetsQueen said...

You know, I just get in what I should as far as veggies and then I don't worry about it. I think life is too short for that.

That being said, sometimes I will track just to make sure I'm still doing okay with calories.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM , Blogger misszippy said...

I have never counted calories b/c it's just not my nature to be on top of everything like that. but I try to eat a really healthy, well-balanced diet and get all the recommended servings of nutrients in every day.

What hurts me? My stupid tendency to ignore what I know is too much mileage sometimes. Like now, when I have bilateral stress reactions in my feet. Yep, know how you feel!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances said...

Just wanted to say thanks for a refreshing perspective on your running injury. I do get tired of reading about bloggers who have running injuries go out and run, and then complain about their pain later -- I want to reach through my computer screen and shake them. It's so important to heal, and realize that not running is not the end of the world.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM , Blogger chacha said...

So, I did count calories for about 6 or 7 months last year - but I did because I was nearing the top end of the acceptable weight range (I was 122 lbs at 5'0" - a good 20 more than when I graduated college), even with running 20+ mpw.

I think since your goal is not to restrict, maybe just writing down what you eat, to get an idea of what food groups/nutrients are coming in. Because that is really the main issue, right? The types of foods and what vitamins, protein, fiber, etc, they contain.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Scallywag said...

Erm, I used to then I got majorrrrrrrrrrr weird about it and a couple of my friends got very worried about me. It was also at quite a stressful time but the few times I've tried to keep account of what I eat I can tell it mucks around with my thinking (studying Psych makes you painfully self aware!).

Now I just try be healthy! :) x

 
At May 11, 2011 at 5:34 PM , Blogger Elizabeth Cheek said...

Don't do it!!!! Seriously!!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

So. I am 99% sure I have a stress fracture right now, on my left tibia. I am attempting to ignore it and hope it goes away. In fact I ran this morning, and it's hurt all day, even at rest. So...should I be institutionalized?

 
At May 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Wealth is Health said...

I used to count calories when I was trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained in college. Since then I usually eat what I like, which has recently gotten a little out of hand (I feel groggy and yucky) so I keep a log. I like this idea a lot because it makes me think about what I'm putting in my body more and if I really need it. There are still days when I gorge myself, but I've gotten a lot better.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM , Blogger RunningOnCoffee said...

I don't regularly count calories. I have used daily plate or the free "fat secret" blackberry app to tally what I'm eating periodically for a day or two at a time... I'm not so much concerned with the calories as I am the protein & fiber. I just make sure I have breakfast with some kind of fiber to keep me full, I pack my own lunch which I try to fill with as many fruits/veggies as I can + greek yogurt, and we make healthy dinners (protein + veg). When you fill up on produce, that doesn't leave a lot of room for less healthy stuff. When I eat out, I don't worry about it because I eat well the rest of the time.

So I'd say my main goals are: PRODUCE (Strive for 5, thanks Wegmans); some kind of dairy (calcium and protein!); I shoot for at least 60 oz of water a day.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM , Blogger Britt said...

Okay I had a stress fracture before, and it hurt more then I can put into words...I could barely walk. So my admiration for the strength that you have in your tiny little body to be running the way you were with not only 1 BUT 2 stress fractures is deeper then you will ever know. Wow is all I can say!

When you are whole again you are going to be a ROCKSTAR speedster! My goodness, you seriously are going to move mountains with those bones!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Sorry this is soooo long--I have been following your blog for a couple weeks and really enjoy it. I used to do weight watchers, but had an old book from my mother in law (love her.) I did awesome when I stuck to the points plan, but then I started going out more and trying to fit in "drinks" into my points and then it was discouraging trying to count points when you are out with friends for dinner/drinks. I have been running 3-5 mi 5-7 days a week. I want to lose 5 pounds and eat more protein, but wish you could give me one simple piece of advice--diet/exercise based

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Christianne said...

Being a girl who has had two minor eating disorders it is difficult for me to count calories because it stresses me out! But counting types of food is much easier for me! Like I eat carbs, protein, veggies, etc. if I haven't had a lot that day and that way I don't need to deal with exact numbers and don't risk getting obsessive about it :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Adrianna said...

when i first went on my weight loss journey, i kept a food journal and counted. then once i got the gist, i continued to count, just not journal. then i went on my exercise obsession and began slowly eliminating 'bad foods', and still kept basic tally.
now i eat much better, and try to make sure i get enough protein, veg, fruit, carbs, etc, but definitely allow myself crap every day, too. i still tend to estimate my calories, but not even close to the way i used to...and now its more to make sure i get enough on hard work-out days.
keep us updated! i love reading about it.

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:02 PM , Blogger athletic chick said...

Love all your posts! I have a question - you have talked about "fear foods" in other posts, which I think most of us women can relate to.... but it sounds like you've now got a great relationship with food. So I guess my question is, are you one of those blessed people who have a fast metabolism naturally? Or did you just eventually learn how to let go of controlling food?

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:29 PM , Blogger ashley said...

I never count calories, I do look at them when looking at the nutrients but I always forget the number and I usually never eat the whole thing anyway. I usually eat only when I'm hungry and I stop when I'm content (exception is when I'm watching tv and grazing on something and just forget).

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:42 PM , Anonymous Pam Landy said...

you know that swedish fish are just like celery....you burn calories eating them so they become negative calories...that's why they are a staple in my sugatarian lifestyle :)

PS. I can't believe my name made it in your post. I did a double take!!!!

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM , Anonymous Pam Landy said...

P.S.S. And then I might have told my sister..."Guess What! I made it on Hungry Runner Girl's blog...try and beat that!"
Her response, "no freaking way, I don't believe you"

I should have bet her for an endless supply of swedish fish :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Lizzi said...

Great news that everything's healing well! Very glad to hear it :) Did the doc give you a particular meal plan/nutrition advice? Do you have a specific number of calories you're MEANT to be eating?
(I'm very interested as I've been suffering from recurring stress fractures in my feet, so am dying to hear ANYTHING that might help!!)

 
At May 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Haley said...

Recovering from anorexia, I had to count calories to make sure I was getting enough. I'm a D1 XC and track runner, and apparently running 65 miles a week burns a BUTTLOAD of calories! I had to work really hard to gain the weight that I did. Usually eating 3000 cals a day.
Once again, Janae, it is so refreshing to see a woman who exercises just as much as me (maybe more or less sometimes) that doesn't see food as scary but as fuel! Yay for ice cream, ginormous salads, and pb from the jar!! You are beautiful, and I hope the cal counting works for you in a good way. Just try not to be too obsessed with it. That's how my eating disorder started in the first place.
I don't know you but I feel like I love you Janae! ha You are such a great role model for me.
<3

 
At May 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I go through phases with the calorie counting. If I'm dieting I always count calories. That being said I don't diet a lot.

 
At May 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Blogger Ashlee and Scott said...

I don't count calories. Except that one time we figured out I had eaten 3,200 in one day. It stresses me out and makes me feel guilty and fat. So...go Intuitive Eating. I've just started reading it and LOVE it already.

 

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