Saturday, August 12, 2017
I am a young professional entering my third bout of successful weight loss, or continuing the first one, depending on how you count it. I started calorie counting in 2014 at 230 pounds because it looked like a fun data set to have, and about 27 pounds whooshed off in six months. I was still tracking regularly then, but it was apparently sufficiently inaccurate that I did not lose anything more for the rest of the year. Tracking became intermittent, and my weight was stable at 201-205 for two years.
In July 2016, I got permission to get an under desk pedal exerciser, and I am using it between two and four hours per day, depending on work related demands. With no dietary changes that I noticed with my intermittent calorie tracking, I dropped about ten pounds to the 192-196 range.
And now I am committing to calorie tracking again. I switched apps because I had some baggage from a weight loss tool that had been "failing" me for almost three years, and someone on a different weight loss forum mentioned that this app gives a calorie range instead of a goal, and has a better community. The food database is definitely inferior, but I never cared that much about accuracy in general. My goal is not weight loss, its being able to eat the best food and have the best life possible, and weight loss happens to be a side effect of that which is worth tracking.