Reformed calorie counters?
I'm hoping people who started out counting calories and then were able to step away from it can offer some insight.
Starting in April 2012, I lost 75 lbs over 10mos while religiously counting calories and getting on the scale every.single.morning. I found MDA looking for grain-free recipes and I'm >80% primal most of the time, with carbs in the 100-150g range. For the most part, I'm really relaxed about little bits of non-primal stuff though. My original goal weight was 130 lbs and I've been at 122 for about 4 mos now. For over a month, my weight was super stable between 121-123. I was averaging about 1800 calories/day, with a range of maybe 1600-2500. I thought it was time to try just eating. 90% of the time I don't mind calorie counting, but one of my original goals was to be able to eat like a thin person - and most of them never think about calories.
Three weeks ago I stopped counting. I felt like my portion sizes were unchanged. In 10 days I gained 4 lbs. I doubled down on my diet, eliminating all cheaty-type stuff, and over the next 4 days I gained another lb. I was freaked! I went back to counting and in 1 week I lost all 5 lbs.
I can think of 2 possibilities, 1) After 18 mos of religious calorie counting, I still have zero sense of how much I'm eating and I over ate to the tune of like 1000 cals/day (I don't like this option because it makes me feel like a moron) or 2) Being a little bit of a control freak, giving up my numbers shot my cortisol through the roof and it's all water and inflammation (I don't like this option because it's kind of woo-woo, also I didn't noticed feeling stressed by not counting).
Have any other obsessive counters found the transition really complicated?
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related