Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Fitness Pal


From being so sedentary the past month and a half, I've gained a few pounds. It falls somewhere between the seven to ten pound mark of pure lard. No big deal though, I found the coolest FREE app, MyFitnessPal, that counts my calories, even showing the breakdown of carbs, protein & fat, and calculates the calories that I burn. It even shows the breakdown of the vitamins and nutrients that I've eaten that day. I can check any deficiencies - it's so cool! The whole thing has turned into a game. I sound like an advertisement, but I promise you it's amazing! I use it on my phone and it's fun to add in any new food, or exercise. I thought it would be depressing, tracking every single piece of food that goes in my mouth, but instead it has been uplifting. If I eat a big meal and I feel fat, I can check my app and so far it has shown that I'm still within my range, or I realize that I need to get out for a quick walk or jog. Instead of figuring that I've already ruined my calorie count, and going for more food later, I realize that I am still in the game. I'm not sure if that makes sense, hopefully it does. I've already lost 5 lbs. I even ate homemade margarita pizza last night, and STILL lost weight.

If I keep up with my program (my goal is to lose 10 lbs), I should be at my goal weight 145 by Oct 1st. That's exciting!! At the rate I'm going, I only have 5 pounds more to go. I've always had a problem eating small amounts, especially when the food is delicious, but it was fun creating a healthy-ish meal like my homemade pizza, and still losing weight. I can literally track everything, and I know exactly how to be successful. The best part is that I can see when I've gone "negative" and I need to get out to burn some calories to stay on track. No more guessing. No more giving up. I'm probably annoyingly excited, but hey, weight is tricky and anything that helps keep me healthy is a good thing. Let me know if anyone decides to create a program - you can visit with your friends and share info. Some people like to do things on their own, but I'm more of a group kinda girl.

It feels so good to be successful. One of the worst feelings in the world is when you feel fat. It's demoralizing.

If you don't have an IPhone you can do this program on your computer at

On another note, I successfully lifted weights at the gym last night with Dan. It was the first time in two months - the first time since the attack. I am on a roll! :)


  1. Great work, Jess. Keep it up. Your friend, Jessica

  2. Oh yay. Exercising is the best way to feel happy, at least for me. I have that app on my windows phone, and thanks to this little nudge I am going to start using it tomorrow!


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