Aug 2014
Josie Bungert

Post grad with my parents: Calorie counting at home

Since January 1, 2013, I’ve been on a pretty consistent calorie counting diet. Though I have had struggles with it, when I was living on my own at college, it was much more manageable when I was buying my own groceries and cooking my own meals.

When I moved back home, my diet was manageable at first. My mom would take me with her to the grocery store, and I would get the same foods I would get at school. Day to day eating schedules wouldn’t get too messed up.

However, home also means: family events, celebrating birthdays, summer cookouts, etc. Things I wouldn’t normally celebrate nor have to eat at when I was at school. It seems as if every weekend we are going somewhere or doing something out of a normal eating routine for me. Though it’s nice, since I don’t have to cook for myself every night at home, and events allow my parents to not have to cook for me either sometimes, it’s been a real downer on my diet.

I’ve tried to go to these family events/summer cookouts and make the food work in my favor. But the reality is, health isn’t really on people’s mind when it’s beautiful weather and the grill is fired up. Cookouts don’t have options, and birthday parties have cake.

So, I’m not ashamed to admit I have put on some of the weight I lost since being home (and I’ve enjoyed every scoop of ice cream I’ve had). But now, with the busy summer schedule winding down, I am back in full diet mode.

For those of you who, even if you aren’t on a diet, have experienced the comfort food bloat since being back in your cozy home quarters, don’t worry. You can get back on track! I’ve simply had to start really reintegrating the methods that have guided me over the last year: log my calories, control what aspects of my meals that I can, and not eat every piece of dessert I see.

Here’s to baby steps in the right direction.