In high school I was consistently the same weight — a perfectly average teenager with overall good health. I was relatively active and poor eating habits had not caught up with me — yet. It was when I went to college, started internships, got married, and began my career that these habits became a lifestyle, and I quickly gained weight and lost self-confidence. I was tired and sluggish and the very idea of going to the gym was an absolute chore.
This past year after dealing with major medical issues unrelated to weight or diet, I decided I needed to make a change. With the use of the popular smartphone application “MyFitnessPal” I was able to set goals for myself and track calorie intake and activity throughout the day. The app is simply a tracker. It gives advice and analyzes what you’re eating and doing to give you feedback, but it is that feedback that helps you to make more conscious decisions about what you eat and how you spend your time throughout the day. These reminders help to motivate you to keep up the good work and the daily reminders of how much you could weigh in five weeks if you stick to your routine allow you to remember that progress is slow but you can achieve your goals.
I have personally lost 10 pounds in one month with the help of MyFitnessPal. I set a goal for myself to make better food choices, stock up on items that I enjoy eating but also have health benefits, and make an effort to be more active in my everyday life. I am not a gym rat. I try to get to the gym for a concrete workout about 4 days per week- some of those days are spent doing cardio-based machines and some are spent in group fitness classes- my favorite being Yoga, as it helps me relax and feel more in tune with my body. I also attend charity walks/runs with friends- the friends and the cause keep me motivated and the exercise is just a bonus.
I look forward to continuing on this path and seeing those 10 pounds lost become much, much more, in a way that I can maintain. This isn’t a fad diet — this is my life — and I want to make changes I can enjoy.