As I indicated in a status update awhile back, I've been cheating on SP and using MyFitnessPal for awhile now. The main reason is that my husband started using MFP after finding out that his cholesterol and blood pressure levels were on the high side for his age. Obviously, that wasn't great news, but he has totally turned his lifestyle around now! In the past 5 weeks, he's lost 10 lbs and more importantly, he's gone from sedentary to very active. He's been biking nearly 100 miles per week and tracking all of his calories. MFP has been really good for him, and I've been using it so we can see each others' trackers for accountability.
It's funny... Now that he's tracking food, he's suddenly much more aware of how much "bad stuff" was in what he wanted to eat all the time. All those times I got uneasy about making pizza or ordering Indian food or using fattier cuts of meat suddenly make sense to him. His daily meals now look a lot more like mine! (Except that he gets a lot more calories every day than I do... grumble grumble.)
As for me, I've been pretty busy working (singing), so the simplicity of MFP has been appealing. I have still been signing into SP almost every day to spin the wheel and read blogs. (I swear, even if I'm not commenting much, I am reading them!!)
Obviously, I haven't lost 10 lbs in 5 weeks, but I have lost about 5. I did really, really well all throughout September, but then going to Spain and NYC in early October was rough on me. I saw this photo from our Spain trip and freaked out a bit.
When I got to Atlanta 5 weeks ago, I was 142. That's the heaviest I've been since about 2 years ago, when I got back from my honeymoon. Not good. I felt terrible about myself and all of my clothes were tight.
Since then, I've really paid attention to what I'm eating and tracked my meals as honestly and thoroughly as possible. I think that has made a big difference. Denial is my #1 enemy. I've also been exercising a lot, though not an insane amount. Some running, some Zumba, some weights, some P90X, some Jillian Michaels DVDs, etc. Nothing crazy or unsustainable.
Now is the real test, though. I'm about to spend a week with my hubby and my parents for Thanksgiving, which means a lot of food will be around. My brother and I are running a Thanksgiving Day Road Race (4.76 miles), so that will offset some of the eating, but not all of it. I just have to stay mindful, I suppose.
I've been thinking a lot about "star quality" lately. It's something that has come up in my professional life as a singer, but it applies to my fitness life too. Am I content to be good at what I do, safe, and reliable? Or do I want to push myself a bit further, take some risks, and potentially be sensational? Well, I think I've been settling for safe and I need to push myself more!!
The New Year is still several weeks away, but I think my resolutions will have more to do with being faster, stronger, and having more endurance than with numbers on the scale.
Anyway, that's my totally scattered, random blog update. I just missed you all and wanted to stop by. I have a feeling that my hubby won't be tracking for much longer and that I'll get back to SP soon. In the mean time, I am rooting for every single one of you going into the holidays!!