Since I began my journey to a healthier me back in October 2012, I’ve noticed a pattern. The harder I try to lose weight, the harder it is to lose.
There was the seven-month plateau last year. No matter what or how much I ate or exercised, nothing happened. When I stopped “trying”, I lost another 22 pounds.
Here I am again. I set a weight goal and have been working diligently toward it. Since Mother’s Day, I’ve gained five pounds. Yesterday, I started using myfitnesspal.com to track my calories and my exercise. I walked two miles, did 78 squats, 10 minutes of yoga and 10 minutes of upper body stretching. I stayed on my eating plan–whole grains, high protein and no alcohol. I ended the day -142 calories (was net 1,168 calories)…and woke up a pound heavier.
How does this happen?!
I don’t buy the “building muscle” argument. I may not know a whole lot about physiology, but I do know muscles don’t get bigger overnight.
Maybe my data is bad. I use Map My Run to track distance, pace and calories. Yesterday, I walked 2 miles in 32:56. Map My Run calculated that I burned 410 calories. Myfitnesspal says 112. I tend to believe Map My Run, because that tracks the actual route, including elevation change. But, maybe I’m wrong. Have you had any experience using these two apps? Please share below.
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Unknown
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