I’ve not seen very much progress in the weight loss department over the last 90 days. My numbers have pretty much fluctuated up and down, meaning I’m more or less maintaining my weight rather than losing. That’s fine, it’s definitely better than gaining.
I know the reason for this too – I’ve not been properly tracking my calorie intake via MyFitnessPal. It’s been a combination of a number of things – either I skip days entirely, or I only enter a portion of my diary, or I don’t record “treats” – the bottom line is that I’m not keeping track of what I’m eating, so I’m not holding myself accountable to the weight loss.
In looking at my numbers, I think part of the reason for this is because I set my daily food goal too low. It looks like I based it on losing 2 pounds a week – which is pretty aggressive, but it meant that daily I was only allowed 1690 calories. That’s really low. I asked some questions yesterday about what I was doing, and the person responding felt my calorie deficit was really high. That’s when I looked at my numbers and agreed with them. Helps to get outside perspective every now and then. So I’ve done a reset, based my numbers on my TDEE – 500 per day (so the goal is: 1 lb per week).
We’ll see how this goes. I’ve also decided not to focus too much on the exercise front; I will be going to the gym, going for walks, playing some sports, etc. But I feel that I’m putting too much emphasis on getting my daily steps in and I’m not getting as much reading done as I’d like to.
Edit: My overall goal too is to help me feel more comfortable with the clothes I’ve bought. I liked them in the store, but when I go to put them on at home for work, I don’t like the way they look. So there’s a confidence thing going on too.
I’ve recently started using the Daylio app. I’m…not at all sure how they came up with that name, but it serves a specific purpose that I was looking for. Namely, to track how I’m feeling. Mostly I wanted to do this for days when I feel “down”, to try and figure out the reason behind feeling that way.
I wanted something simple, quick, and give me the option to look back on it later to track trends. I stumbled upon Daylio quite by accident, because I was originally thinking of tracking this kind of thing in my bullet journal. I saw someone recommend Daylio and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.
I stuck with the free version for a while, but they ended up having a 50% off sale – so I jumped on it and bought the paid version of the app. To be honest, I think most people will be fine with the free version – I probably would still be using it for free had there not been a flash sale.
But the app is pretty basic. You open it up, add an entry (which is done by clicking on an overall mood and associating with an activity), and that’s it. You can type notes if you want to, but it’s completely optional. The simplicity of the app is what makes it great. I believe the paid version opens it up to add more “moods”.
Overall it’s only something I recommend if you need a quick tracking app. It’s not an in-depth thing that has a lot of utility. I would say that if you need help with mental health in a serious capacity, this is not a solution.