My husband and I started using the My Fitness Pal app to record our food intake on a daily basis. It’s a well-known fact that if you’re honest and document every single little morsel that goes into your mouth, it will prompt you to make better choices if your true goal is weight loss or to eat healthier. We are also “friends” on this app so that we can support each other in every success (or slip-up) that we may have in regards to diet and weight loss.
James wants to lose weight because he’s training for the Chicago Marathon that he’ll be running in October. The thinner he is, the better chance he has of getting his sub-zero race time for which he’s aiming (okay, perhaps not really sub-zero, but it may as well be in my mind, hehe). And I just plain want to lose weight, but of course losing weight will also help me with my goal to shave time off my race pace too, so it’s all win-win. James has been doing the My Fitness Pal thing for 2 months and has already achieved his perceived race-weight goal, for which he has now made his goal an additional 5 pounds less. I have been doing this for a month and a half and I’ve bottomed out at 8 pounds.
And they aren’t kidding when they say your metabolism changes after you hit 40. I run faster backwards than what my metabolism runs forward! As a matter of fact, I’m beginning to think my metabolism IS running backwards just to mess with me as it’s a constant uphill struggle! For the past 3 weeks, my weight has teetered between the same 2 to 3 pounds… down 2, up 1, down 0.5, up 2, and so on and so forth. You would think that a person in training who is dieting and eating healthy wouldn’t have such weight-loss problems, but oh, not so.
To keep my spirits up, I’ve decided to forgive my metabolism for running backwards for the time being. I now like to think of my silly little weight-loss plateau as a way for my body to re-baseline itself. My body apparently likes the weight its at for the moment for whatever reason and doesn’t want to lose any more. At least for the moment. But my will and patience is a lot stronger than that, and giving up is not an option. One day very soon, I know that the scale will start going down again… and I know that I will be celebrating my 10-pound weight-loss milestone… because I know this is actually one event that I will… without a doubt… win.