I'm on my trip right now but here's something interesting (I hope):
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a calorie counter. With all the bad/crazy connotations that calorie counters are associated with, I'm proud to be one.
Why? Because counting calories saved my life.
Lets look back almost 4 years ago, to the beginning of my journey (don't worry, this will be a very brief history).
September 2008. This picture pissed me off so much, it started my journey:
So for me, calorie counting was my next try.
I found a site (My Food Diary) that offered a several-week trial offer so I signed up. I promised to give my full 100% effort to this site till the end of the year (3 months away) and then reevaluate if counting calories was my way of losing weight.
Long story short, I lost over 20 pounds in 3 months and the rest is history.
Today, I still like to keep my calories in a certain range (1300 - 1700), however the make-up of the calories I eat take precedent over how much I eat. 1700 calories of clean, whole foods will make a big difference in your body composition compared to the same amount of calories coming from processed food.
Do I plan on counting calories for the rest of my life? No. It's all about reevaluating where I am on this journey and finding something (new or old) that will work for me.