As always it is a delight to see the numbers on the scale go down. It is even more delightful when it comes after two weeks in a row holding steady. I have gotten more into the habit of recording what I eat in my food diary on my My Fitness Pal Page. As you might recall my goal in July is to build that habit of recording food in the food diary.
For me that is one of the most helpful things I can do when I am trying to monitor my caloric intake and burn. It is a very simple concept (whether you use my fitness pal, another app, or a notebook and pen) writing down what you eat helps you keep track of what you eat. I know, not rocket science.
I personally like the app versions because when I use a pen and paper I tend to generalize which the computerized systems don’t seem to like. When I use a notebook I’ll right down ‘some grapes’ if I try that with any app it gets sassy with me.
App: ‘Oh some grapes, hmmm? I suppose then they count as some calories don’t they?’
Me: ‘Fine it was a cup, a cup, I even put them all in the measuring cup instead of a bowl just so I know, happy?”
App: Yes, thrilled, that’s 100 calories. As a reminder you are watching your sugar intake.”
And yes I do have these conversations with the app and yes I generally think that the app uses the same voice as Hedonismbot in Futurama in case you want to get a fully accurate picture of what goes on in my head.
But all that aside, I only missed one day of recording my meals so I feel pretty good about it. The habit of recording is slowly coming back to me. When I stop recording I start guessing about my calories, this looks like an ounce, a cup, a tablespoon, instead of weighing it out and then slowly my portion sizes increase without me really noticing. So for me it is an important tool.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 220.0 lbs
This week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs
Lost this week: 1.0 lbs
Lost thus far: 27.0 lbs
And so I am in a good place and moving forward. Not bad for a Friday morning.