My Fitness Pal

Let’s do some re-cap!

I started using a new program on my phone.  I am sure many of you have heard of it .  It is called MyFitnessPal.  It is an app that allows me to keep a digital food and exercise journal. Exciting right?  I downloaded it by request of a friend suggesting to use it with her as a way to keep each other motivated.  We can spy on each others deliciously bad decisions and offer positive comments on exercise logged. It takes stalking to a whole new level!

I will admit that I could use some motivation, dedication, inspiration.  Pick any of one of those words, they all apply.  Since moving to New Mexico last September I have fallen off my workout routine and food management.  It all started with moving, packing, road trips, living in a hotel, a short stay in a month long rental while searching for a new house and unpacking.  All these things made it easier to hit the fast food window on a daily basis.

I unpacked my size 2’s quickly putting them in the bottom of the drawer.  I knew that wasn’t going to happen after my 2 month binge of poor food choices and countless hours in the car searching for a home. Next came out my 4’s.  They buttoned.  A little snug but it happened. Even though they buttoned I had decided on purchasing the next size up in at least a couple styles to allow me to feel comfortable and confident in my pants.  Ahhh, new shorts.Jean Pocket

Then came October with the fractured ankle limiting activity for 6 months.  Six months of another excuse to use to keep me from getting back into a routine.  Do you know that it is amazingly easy to stay off the exercise wagon as the gap widens since the last workout?  It is.  Finally I was green lit to start intense work outs!  I talked more than I preformed and I would hear myself whisper, “We will get started tomorrow.”  Two months of procrastination followed by the mysterious knee sprain.   I am on eight weeks of light duty exercising using a brace with an ice regiment to follow.

I am not allowing this to stop me.  My 6’s are snug and I dream of my 4’s and 2’s.  I am 5’8” so being in a  6 to 8 is not a huge disaster, but I came too far after having all those kids to allow myself to not be healthy and happy with my body.  I want to keep the tone from dissipating and the mommie tummy in check.  I had twins, and another.  I have wear from babies, but I also have never said, “Whelp.  I can use this as an excuse to be fatter!”  The only thing I allow to blame on pregnancy are the couple small tiger stripes I have leftover.  That can not be changed!

I am over come with hunger.  These past three days at a 1200 calorie diet and light workout routine have left me starving. My water intake has increased already from its 8 to 10 glasses to 12 to 14 to drown the hunger.  MyFitnessPal is silently judging my decisions as I enter them while verbally encouraging my progress each time. Wish me luck!

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One thought on “My Fitness Pal

  1. I believe My Fitness Pal defaults at 1200 calories for everyone if they want to lose 2 pounds a week. However, at 5’8, that sounds low for you and you might literally be starving yourself. You should calculate your BMR and TDEE ( “how to” is provided in the link and a calculator to help). BMR is how many calories your body spends just to keep your body functioning (i.e. breathing, digestion, etc). That # is basically the # of calories you would spend if you laid in bed all day and did nothing. Now assuming you’re moving around all day (and exercising, like you mentioned), you’re going to use even more calories and create too wide of a deficit if you are only eating 1200 calories and your body might develop significant problems.
    I just went through all of this myself and am pretty active throughout the day… I started getting dizzy and not feeling well. So I looked this all up an realized I’m not eating enough (my BMR 1333). Good luck on your weight loss journey! It sucks a lot of the time, but the results are awesome and worth it!
    Here is the site:
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/680246/tdee-bmr-what-they-are-and-what-to-do-with-them

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