Every now and then I feel like I need to stop and take a break from constant food logging. Usually it’s for a short period – a week, maybe a few days – and then I get back on track, and I either maintain my weight or gain 1 or two pounds.
Unfortunately I recently took an extended break from food logging. My last full entry seems to be Friday February 9th – and even then, I’m not sure that it’s really complete. It looks like the 8th was really the last complete day. Since then I’ve maybe added one or two things, but for all intents & purposes, I’ve basically taken an entire month off. And now I’m here to tell you that there are consequences:
On February 8th I weighed 262.3 pounds; as I write this (Monday March 5) my weight is 269.4 pounds. An increase of 7.1 pounds. I may not have done any tracking, but I know that not doing so allowed me to be irresponsible with my eating. I worked from home a lot in that time period, and didn’t think twice about getting up and grabbing a snack. I almost sank back into this behaviour this morning, in fact; I was about to grab some chips and poured them into a bowl without measuring the portion size. I stopped and remembered that I should be logging everything and promptly measured out 50g.
What I realized in the process though is that when I’m not logging for an extended period of time, I’m a bit careless. I don’t think too much about what I’m eating. When I’m not logging for a day or two, I usually still measure things out and stick with proper portion sizes. When left unchecked, I get lazy.
This past weekend I picked up a Samsung Gear S3 (Frontier edition, if you were that curious). I already had the fitness aspects covered off with the FitBit Charge 2, but now I’ve added some productivity options as well. I think the fitness features are just as robust an option as FitBit’s, just “different”. Apparently connecting MyFitnessPal to my Gear S3 also gave me a year’s premium membership, for free. So, I’m using this as a kicking-off point to restart my fitness journey.
I reset my goals in MyFitnessPal, to show losing 1 pound per week to start. According to the new settings, I should lose 5 pounds by April 2nd. As I go through this process I’m going to take notes on how the premium version of MFP works too, and probably will review that. I have no idea if it’s something I need personally, but you never know.
Wish me luck!
Stealth update: Already down to 268.3. I’m always amazed how quickly I can bounce back when I get back to proper logging.