Cheers - I know what you mean. I don't calorie count as in count every single one and keep a diary, but I like to have an idea of what's going in so I can stay within the limits. I do eat well (ie healthy, no junk, cook everything from scratch, no jars, no salt, etc) so I shouldn't be too worried about the calories... just wasn't sure about that porridge! ;)
I once got sucked into the calorie counting bad a while back on a short lived heath stint, I was keeping a food diary online and all. At the time it seemed like a logical thing to do in order to meet my goals and make sure I didn't stray - it was bloody exhausting and eventually I burnt out and ditched the whole lot, exercise and all.
I guess I'm only even watching the calories because I'm needing a serious cut - I let myself get too out of shape and overweight and now I wanna do something about it (and need to as I'm getting married in December).
Once I'm down to my ideal weight I'll drop the calorie watching altogether and just maintain a steady rate of exercise with my normal diet - by then it will be second nature rather than a routine I feel I have to stick to.
Anyway thanks for the advice and encouragement. :)