Happy Wednesday! Have you had your weigh-in this week? Remember, you can come back and add your results in the comments anytime between now and next Wednesday, whenever you have your official weigh-in.
I was very pleased with my results this week. I lost 1.8 pounds! That’s 5 pounds in the two weeks since I started using My Fitness Pal – that’s the most weight I’ve lost in consecutive weeks in a long, long time – and it puts me right on track to reach my goal by the end of the 12 weeks.
I know I keep saying this, but I think My Fitness Pal has been key. I had been using the food log feature on the bodybugg site, but I let my subscription expire…partly because I’d been so lackadaisical in logging my food anyway.
My Fitness Pal is much easier to use – for one thing, I can’t tell you how many of the recipes from Gina’s Skinny Taste I’ve found on there, meaning that I can just click on it and add it to my food diary, rather than having to type in the recipe, one ingredient at a time first.
Then, as I’ve said before, there is the fact that I have to earn my extra calories through exercise. That was true of the bodybugg, too, but the way it’s set up on MFP works, psychologically, for me. I have discovered that, if I don’t get at least 300 calories a day through exercise, I have to watch my calorie consumption much more than I like to. That’s good incentive to get up and workout!
Another positive effect that MFP has had on my eating habits is that it really forces me to think about my snacking at night. In a perfect world, I would always save the calories for that snack if I wanted it, but that doesn’t always happen, so I have to really consider if I am hungry and need a snack or if I’m just thinking of snacking out of habit.
Even healthy snacks can be unhealthy, mentally, when you’re just eating them out of habit or boredom.
I don’t like to go to bed hungry, but I’ve really started thinking about what time it is and what else I’m going to be doing before going to bed. If it’s within an hour of bedtime, I’ll usually just skip the snack, unless I’m really, truly very hungry. If it’s a couple of hours or so, I’ll have a snack if I’m either really hungry or going to be active in that couple of hours.
So far, I haven’t died before morning from skipping nighttime snacks. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.
How did you do on the scale this week? What’s really been working for you in your weight-loss efforts?
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