Dear My Fitness Pal,
It has been two weeks since our relationship began. I am still not sure you are the sort of Pal I want.
I believe you are well intentioned, but you are making me crazy. When Karen Irving at After the Kids Leave told me about you, you sounded great.
I figured that even if I don’t lose weight, maybe you could help me improve my health. Not that my health is bad. It’s fine. Losing fifteen would be fantastic, though.
You seemed like you wanted to help. I don’t think you’re malicious, but….
I cannot do what you want me to do. It is not possible.
You tell me I need to eat more calories, but you don’t want me to eat more sugar or fat. I expected scoldings about my cookie and candy habit, so I gave them up. Now you are being ridiculous about this. I feel like you want to take all the pleasure out of eating.
I drew you this picture, so you can see how I feel:
You’re holding too much against me. Who knew that fruits and veggies were so sugarful? And milk? Plain Greek yogurt has as much sugar as protein.
I used to think everything delicious contains sugar or dairy. Now I realize that just means that everything delicious contains sugar.
I can’t give up every food I like to eat. I know sugar is bad, bad, bad, but it is so good, good, good. I’m not going to stop eating blackberries. I don’t care how often you highlight my sugar overages in red.
Should we break it off now, or should we give it more time? I want to think you’re on my side, even if we don’t see eye to eye on the fruit and veggies issue, but I’m not sure. I’m confused.
I spent the first week forcing myself to eat when I wasn’t hungry, and the second week feeling hungry all the time. I lost a couple pounds the first week, but as soon as I got my calories near your goal, I gained them back.
You’ve encouraged me to eat more protein. It was hard the first week, but it’s getting easier. I thank you for that, but I also wonder if the protein consumption is what is making me feel so much hungrier. Or am I hungrier because you make me spend so much time thinking about food?
I’m trying to be faithful, but Sugar has been my friend for so long. Choosing between the two of you is not easy. So far, I’ve chosen you over candy, but I need to see results to make our relationship worth sustaining.
I’ll let you know at the end of the month.
Your reluctant friend,
P.S. I’m visiting my mom next week, and that is usually one long junk food binge. If I give that up for you, I expect pounds dropped. If I don’t, please don’t hate me.