I may have mentioned once or eleventy times that I have a love-hate relationship with MFP (My Fitness Pal), in fact we've almost called it quits a few times. I can't remember when I first started using it, I think around the holidays (I know, great timing, right?), but I was in no way committed. In late January/early February MFP and I renewed our vows. So to speak.
But I still wasn't seeing results, other than the yo-yo kind of lose one pound gain three variety, which, you know, isn't frustrating at all.
This went on most of the spring. Even though I wasn't losing consistently I liked that MFP gave me boundaries and some accountability. I liked plugging in my food and I especially liked plugging in my exercise (which meant I could eat more and you know, not starve) (1200ish calories a day is for the birds). I like having the app (which is free, BTW) on my phone so I can easily record things when I'm out and about and check certain foods before deciding to indulge.
I was exercising almost every day, mainly my TurboFire DVDs, but still not losing weight (at least as far as the scale, my clothes were fitting better, so there's that).
I don't have any explanation for what followed but one day in late April early May I decided to recalculate my daily calories and weekly weight loss goals, switching from the ballpark of 1200ish calories and 2 lb. loss to the ballpark of 1450ish and a 1 lb. loss per week goal.
I finally started to lose weight.
Granted, it was slow, like .5 or .8 lbs. at a time, occasionally a whole pound at once, never anything drastic, but seeing the scale actually move backwards was so exciting. I have no idea what changed but here are a few things I did differently:
*I added strength training (ChaLEAN Extreme) to my TurboFire workouts.
*I actually ate more, but mostly protein, more veggies, less carbs.
*I switched my workouts up a bit and added cardio intervals (from ChaLEAN Extreme) and occasionally did workouts from Brazil Butt Lift (yeah, I know).
*I started running again (in June).
I was in no way super strict with myself, I still had treats and the occasional junk/fast food, but I tried not to go all crazy with that (it's a slippery slope people).
Since late April early May I have lost a total of 10.2 pounds.
I don't think it's super noticeable, I mean hardly anyone has commented on it, but I can tell. I feel better and my clothes fit better, though I'm not at the point of needing to shop for new sizes or anything yet. I'm trying not to get all frustrated with the slowness of all of this and be content during the process, the journey.
Some days are better than others.
Here's what today looks like so far:
Can't wait to add in my TurboFire workout later and see those calories go up, I like having a buffer but I try to to eat them all back.
I might switch things up a bit and lower my daily calories again to hopefully not plateau. We'll see how it goes over the next week or so.
Have you tried MFP? Any tips to share?