(Title is to be sung to the tune of “Changes”)
Want to hear something not at all surprising?
I gained back all but 4 pounds of the weight I lost on Weight Watchers 2 years ago. Sidenote: gah! how has it been 2 years since I graduated college!?
I have developed a solid fitness routine these days but my clothes just keep getting tighter and tighter. It’s gross. I feel lumpy, frumpy, and not at all pleased with myself. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate my body. Yes, I feel uncomfortable but I am healthy and active so there is something to be said for that. But I find myself hiding in pictures, looking at my wardrobe and choosing the outfit that makes me look “the least fat,” and coming home after work and eating until I am physically uncomfortable. This is not a good place to be.
I don’t even think I eat all that bad. It’s the same schtick in a new year: I have a portion control problem. I am pretty sure this is and will always be my number one issue with food. I just can’t seem to have a normal relationship with it and stop when I am full.
It has become very clear in recent days that I need to reign it in. I momentarily thought about rejoining Weight Watchers but then let that thought pass as I remembered all the times I just wanted to eat…not count my points. I thought about re-instating my food journal, but I never held myself accountable for my potions so that is a moot point. Finally I settled on the handy-dandy iPhone app MyFitnessPal to track everything.
I just started today, so forgive me if I don’t have enough user knowledge to point out the problems but it seems so easy. So far every food item I have entered is searchable which makes tallying my calories, fat, protein, and carbs so simple. I’m sure there will come a day (i.e tomorrow) when I have a homemade recipe and don’t have an accurate calorie count for and will be annoyed. But that is okay. I will do my best to honestly estimate the nutrition info and move on. No obsessing.
Hopefully this will help get me back in a healthy mindset when it comes to portion control. If I can keep this up while maintaining my exercise routine 2013 may just be the year of a half-marathon PR. Dare I dream it?
Questions: Do you track your food? What app do you use, if any?