On Weight. And Things.

So here's the deal:

I've been logging into My Fitness Pal for what I'm fairly certain is close to just this side of forever and have had no real results.

Which is not frustrating at all.


Let me be clear, I've lost a pound or two and gained three or four and stayed the same and gained a bit more and lost 1/2 a pound and gained five and lost one. Sometimes all within the course of two or three days.

Can you say yo-yo?

I like logging my daily food and daily(ish) exercise in MFP, really, I do. It gives me boundaries, which are always good--even if I break them from time to time (and have to face the consequences) and helps me be accountable for my choices.

And for the last two weeks my choices have been much better. Mostly.

Hey, when offered Taco Bell I said no.

That's progress, right?

I've been much more committed to almost daily exercise.

I feel better.


Some of my clothes are fitting better, and that feels good, but the scale is just all. over. the. place. So much so I find myself weighing myself probably too often, which can't be a good thing. I don't want to be obsessed with the scale, or give those numbers too much power, but it's sooooo hard.

Maybe I'm too impatient.
(True dat.)

It's just terribly frustrating to exercise and sweat, like a lot, and have to wash and fix my hair more, and not see at least a teensy tiny result on the scale (and not have it vanish the next day or even later that same day).

Do I have to give up coffee? Are my adrenals overly fatigued? Is my thyroid out of whack? (I had a saliva  hormone test and blood work last year and everything was within normal range, which kind of made me mad.) Do I have to go back to being a semi-vegetarian? Group and time my proteins and carbs, a la Suzanne Somers? (Both of which worked by the way, especially Suzanne's plan, but I just can't seem to jump back on the bandwagon). Why was I able to lose 20+ pounds (albeit slowly) through Weight Watchers in 2008 but can't see consistent results tracking my food and exercise on MFP?

I don't know.

Do I need to lower my calories? Should I not eat back the calories (at least some of them) I burn (earn) through daily exercise? Should I only weigh once a week?

I don't know.

But I'm going to stick it out.

It's better than the alternative.

I guess.


This week my goals are:

01.) exercise every day (TurboFire, ChaLean Extreme, running (gasp!) hybrid)
02.) continue logging with MFP
03.) not back over our scale with my car or throw it off the roof or toss it into the creek

I'll keep y'all posted.

How are your health or fitness goals going?
Any My Fitness Pal tips? I'm Marathonbirdtx by the way if y'all want to be buddies.


  1. I think I created an account on MFP but never used it. I have never tracked my food. Mainly because I'm immature and don't want to face the reality of what I'm eating. Since right now I'm lucky enough to maintain my weight with just exercise I can remain in the dark on the food. For now.

    I keep saying I'm going to up the workouts and do more at home if I can't get to the gym, but I'm not having much success there. In my mind I'm planning to do a half marathon in October, so it is time to get serious about training. We'll see what that means.

  2. Oh yeah, STOP WEIGHING YOURSELF SO MUCH! Sorry for yelling, but I feel passionately about that. You know you are doing good things for your body. Weight, in the end, is just a number. Keep doing all the good things and only step on that scale once a week or even less often. Really. Because you are doing awesome with the exercise and the food and that is what counts.

  3. all i can say is....yeah. I feel you.

    i love you. hang in there.

  4. I really like myfitnesspal and haven't really been using lately, but I lost 13lbs between February and March by just eating smaller portions, trying really hard not to eat when I wasn't hungry, and never letting myself get FULL. I was not working out and was surprised how easy it was. I do have some more to lose and need to do better again. I am putting a link to Erin Huggins' YouTube. She healed her body from being overweight and very unhealthy. I know there is truth to overexercising and how is actually harms the body. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa9X7Oqq8HE

  5. I know the feeling of working out all the time and not losing, and even gaining, weight. I know the more I exercise the hungrier I am and the more I eat so it doesn't really help me lose weight. I would like to see results though. I do think my pants are fitting better. but I have to log lots of miles in and eat lots less to see that so it is frustrating! my husband does say I overtrain. though he is one to talk!!

    I do try to remember things like what is stated above-that I am living a healthier lifestyle and doing good things so that is what is important. I try to look for areas of improvement-strength, better times, muscle tone, things like that. good luck!!

  6. Um.... are you shocked that I choose Suzanne Somers? I didn't think so. Oh - and also - short intense interval cardio 3-4x/week. The end.

  7. I just sent you a friend request on MFP. I'm with you in seeing the same darned 3-4 pounds come on and then off for several months now. Its irritating at best regardless of what I put in my mouth or how much I work out. But I keep plugging along.


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