My Fitness Pal is a great site for people who want to log their food and exercise for whatever reasons, including weight loss and fitness goals. But for people who have major issues with food and body image, including a history of disordered eating, it can be a scary place that feeds into an addiction.
I had created several accounts over the years, including a couple that I had forgotten about. I have gone back to MFP time and time again, between bouts of binge eating and bouts of recovery (intuitive eating). I always went back. I will try really hard to not go back this time, because I feel that counting calories is not for me anymore.
I started with my oldest account, VeganGal84.
Then I moved on to other accounts I had made but hadn't used very much, including one that I made especially for this blog.
Next, I moved on to my most recently abandoned account, BuffyEat2Live.
Finally, I deleted my active account, after saying a final good bye to my friends. Earlier in the week, I had made sure to give my email address and social media information to them, so that we can stay in touch outside of MFP.
|my final "food journal" entry - beautifully blank|
I don't know if I can fully express how scary this step was for me. People who don't have ED histories may not understand why anyone would devote a blog post to deleting accounts from a calorie counting website. But I know that most of you guys will get it, because you know me pretty well by now.
|MFP's "are you sure???" warning message|
Anyway, that's all done. Now it's time for me to find a better balance in my eating WITHOUT the calorie counting. Because I have been overeating a lot lately. And I've also been eating nothing but junk food.
So for now, for health's sake, I am going to focus on adding healthy produce back into my diet. Fruit with breakfast, raw veggies with lunch, and cooked veggies with dinner. No "rules" about junk food, because I don't want diet mentality to sneak in; I just want to eat vegetables and fruits again.
What scary steps towards health and/or recovery have you taken?