You're Not My Pal
|"Sure am glad I walked the stairs.|
Now I can enjoy a tablespoon of soy sauce."
Activity data may not be necessary to enjoy cycling, or skiing for that matter, but it is part of my routine. There is another piece of data gathering technology, however, that I have to say goodbye to, for my own sanity. MyFitnessPal is a great app that is used to track caloric intake. The database in terms of foods is extensive and that they have with a pretty robust feature set for a free version of the app, but I feel like the time has come to uninstall. When I discovered it a few years ago, it seemed like a great way for me to keep my calories inline. Then I discovered I could sync it with my Garmin Connect data and it was even better. Nothing looks as good as finishing a killer ride up Little and realizing you have like 4,000 calories you can blow on beer and chicken wings.
Alas, like all powerful tools of analysis, MyFitnessPal, for all its good, drained the pleasure from something I've loved ever since my mom first drenched broccoli in Velveeta-- eating. Instead of savoring my lunch while reading the latest issue of Backcountry Magazine, I logged my meal. And god help me if I went out to eat and couldn't find an accurate equivalent to my meal. What exactly should I enter for that Lonestar Taqueria fish burrito? At moments like that, I felt like not knowing the calories was probably better than knowing.