I'm starting to include calorie/fat/fiber/protein counts with the food because a) I need to do it for my nutrition class; and b) I am trying to lose a few pounds for my friend's wedding next month. I feel pretty comfortable with my eating habits to know how much I need to eat on a regular basis to maintain my weight. I naturally keep a rough estimate in my head due to years of calorie counting. I don't think I will ever be able to completely stop because I know the calorie content for everything! So even if I don't want to count, I automatically do it. But in order for me to lose weight, I have to make sure I create a calorie deficiency. Nothing too extreme, I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight, just 5 pounds or so.
I'm not going to let this become obsessive like in the past. I want to lose weight, but at the same time I am training for a half marathon so I need to make sure I am eating enough to keep my body fueled. I will probably keep my intake at around 1500 calories..but if I truly feel hungry, I will eat more. Also, I tend to round up because I would rather overestimate than underestimate. So bare with me.