I wish My Fitness Pal and Spark People could merge
Friday, March 16, 2018
I always liked the layout of Spark Pages, being able to see other people's journey in full color with photos & themes that tell more about who they are and the journey they're on. But I really don't like the spark people mobile app, so I've been using MFP. It isn't quite as flashy, and the community layout is not good at all. But, the logging is the most important at the moment, so I'm over there.
I like that I have a history here, through my blogs. I started Spark in 2008, and well, that was 10 years ago. I reached goal, I gained back too much, and here I am again. One thing that recently was brought to light on this journey is the effect PCOS has on weight loss. It suddenly makes sense now why I lost at such a sloooooow rate before, until I did drastic things like cutting out all carbs, dairy, sugar, alcohol. I couldn't ever sustain that though, so the weight just comes right back.
Now, I'm working on low carb/high fat. Keto, but not the super strict under 20g of carbs version. The first 5 weeks of this year, I was simply logging, keeping calories under 1350, added a day/week of running and yoga, and...the scale went UP. I was bloated. I was frustrated. Bit the bullet and took my carbs from 180g-200g daily to under 50g, and the scale is finally moving. Slowly, oh so slowly, but it's moving. I'm not craving any trigger foods. I feel OK. I've gone from 5 minutes of running before having to walk (the girl who ran a half marathon in 2012...oof) up to 27 minutes last week, and shooting for 30 this week. I'm not looking at this, this time around, as a quick way to drop the excess weight, but a way to actually LIVE that will put me in the best shape possible.