I would consider myself a Type-A personality.
The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status conscious, can be sensitive, care for other people, are truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, proactive, and obsessed with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics” who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.
That’s a lot of words.
Let’s just say I’m obsessed with structure.
I like to plan my day in time increments. I like to organize things. I like to make lists. I like to count … anything (especially money).
So when I experimented with diets that involved counting my macronutrients (things like protein, carbs, fats, etc.), I instantly latched on to that sense of structure and …
became completely and utterly OBSESSED.
I’d like to go ahead and add in that, not only was I counting my macros, this diet also included a time structure for when I would eat. I won’t get into the details. That would probably bore you to death.
Regardless of the plan I was on, I find that counting your macros has a huge place in the health and fitness community. Everywhere I turn for information, I see the same things.
Count your calories
Pay attention to your macronutrient ratios
blah blah blah more counting
Frankly, all this counting made me absolutely obsessive over my diet. And don’t get me wrong. I love to obsess about things. I’m obsessed with flossing my teeth, for example (but that is probably a good thing). I am also obsessed with anything Justin Bieber comes out with. Also not harmful in any way. (HE’S OVER 18 NOW, OK?!)
But it was all I thought about during the day. I was so worried that my carb/protein/fat ratios were going to be skewed for some reason and I would dive head-first into a metabolic meltdown toward the muffin-top abyss. Every day was spent weighing and measuring my food followed by logging it into a program to determine my exact macronutrient counts. I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I don’t know how those health and fitness people live like that. It’s exhausting. No wonder people hate the idea of dieting or getting healthy. No one wants to look at their meal and feel anxious not knowing if it will blow their calorie count for the day. The entire situation made eating a stressful event and it wasn’t even worth it. The results I was getting were so slow and practically unnoticeable.
Anyways, I just wrote a ton of nonsense just to tell you that I am back to my paleo ways. I enjoy the intuitive eating style that I seem to fall into when I eat this way. I am able to be more productive during my day because I am not constantly thinking about the next meal. It just works for my lifestyle and my body and I seem to get great results from it. And anyways, I have plenty of other things in my life to obsess over. I don’t need to take the enjoyment out of my favorite pastimes – cooking and eating.
Sorry for the anticlimactic ending to this extremely late blog post. Just thought you should know what I’ve been up to.