I posted a couple weeks ago about how I’ve stepped back a bit on weighing myself. I decided to weigh myself once a week on Fridays. Except last week I just didn’t feel like it, so I didn’t. This week, when I got on the scale I was amazed. Yet again, without constant daily vigilance, nothing catastrophic happened! Amazing! I’m really liking this new freedom from scale tyranny! I was even down a pound and a half this morning, which may have been attributable to…
I signed up to try an online food tracking web site. I’ve decided that doing reviews of the various sites might be a fun few articles for GYFT, since my editor there has been hinting lately that he’d like some more product reviews. So this week I’m trying out MyFitnessPal. So far I have some thoughts, which I’ll expand upon later, but what it boils down to is, when you’re used to writing down with pencil and paper what you’ve eaten it’s a bit of a hassle to have to search for it in their database, try to figure out what the right one is among the result set, then try to figure out what the portion you ate was when all they have are options like “100 grams.” WTF is that in the real world, please?? I imagine that will probably be the case with any food tracking site though. Welcome to the 21st Century!
Also the interface has a relentless focus on weight loss, which is a little off-puting to me. Not everybody who is tracking needs to lose weight. I’m just trying to maintain here, so daily summaries that tell me how if I ate like this every day, in 4 weeks I’d weigh (X which represents a several pound loss) are kind of annoying.
On the plus side, seeing my running total through the day and how much I have left at any point is nice and triggers a bit of a game instinct in me, causing me to try to stay under my target for the day. Never really get that with pen and paper tracking.
Have a great weekend everyone!