Losing weight with the help of the internet

I’ve been using myfitnesspal for probably a year now, I’m not sure.  Sometimes I can be good and actually log in every day but most of the time, I’m horrible at tracking my food and exercise.  I finally downloaded the app on my phone with thoughts that maybe I would get into the habit of logging in but nope, that didn’t help either.

I have a bunch of friends who are AWESOME at logging in every day.  The best part of tracking my progress online is definitely sharing my experiences with friends.  I think I’ve gotten to know some people a lot better because of the webpage and it’s been so wonderful to see how well they do!  Seeing them do great inspires me to do better yet I still find it so hard to get in the habit.  I can easily spend an hour on Facebook, but why is spending five minutes on myfitnesspal such a challenge?

Perhaps it’s because websites like myfitnesspal require me to be responsible for my actions.  If I’m honest and include everything I consume for the day, the shocking reality that I’ve processed 139 grams of sugar in a day screams out at me in bold red writing.  The line graph that shows steady progress being made only for it to plateau and eventually head north again doesn’t lie either.  There’s no running from my weight loss and health issues online if you’re being honest. Of course, I could weigh-in and avoid the shame, which I did all summer, but when I finally did sign in again, it made the process of dealing with the numbers and graphs even harder.

Myfitnesspal progress for the month of September... up and down...

Myfitnesspal progress for the month of September… up and down…

This week my weigh-in showed I lost .2 pounds.  Not much, well, from last week’s one pound gain, I guess I lost 1.2 pounds or so.  I did a TON of walking last week and played tennis twice!  I went up and down San Francisco hills and also spent a while wandering frantically around the San Jose State campus trying to find a meeting.  On each occurrence, as I would lift my baseball hat to cool off, I would brush aside the light layer of sweat that seemed to building and remind myself that all this was just a free work-out.

Next Monday will mark a full four weeks that I’ve been “back on the wagon” and I hope I’ll be able to make my progress line graph drop down a little bit more.

Do any of you track your weight loss or health progress online?  What are you experiences with it?

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4 thoughts on “Losing weight with the help of the internet

  1. I use Lose It! and also weigh in on my blog every Wednesday. A few times I have gotten mean or unhelpful comments on my weigh-ins, but most people seem to understand that ups and downs are normal.

  2. I love all the online tools. I started with MFP back in May, and it’s made a big difference. I’ve lost 20+, 10 more would move me into “normal” and then I’d like a little more to get to goal … but I’d just love to move out of the “overweight” category.

    I’ve been really good at counting calories … love the MFP website and app and how easy it is. Counting calories and eating healthy do NOT necessarily mean the same thing though, I still need to work on that.

    I also love all the blogs, Fitbit’s app and website, Daily Mile, Trendweight … so many online helps!

  3. I used to use my fitness pal religiously. I’ve noticed that since I’ve stopped using it I’ve started binging more. I know that I need to start tracking what I consume but I don’t want there to be a record of the unhealthy choices I make. That sounds so dumb now that I’m writing that, haha. I know if I start using it again that I’ll eat better. I just have a hard time being consistent with it.

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