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.
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.
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.