10 Pounds Lighter

| June 3, 2013 | 7 Comments

nutrition-label_lIn the last three months I have lost 10 pounds!  Pretty exciting stuff! Even more exciting when I tell you that I didn’t diet or do anything too hard or drastic.  I am not someone who believes in dieting at all or crazy food fads.  I didn’t even know I wanted to lose any weight, to be honest I wasn’t really aiming for that.  I just wanted to eat a little better and be more mindful about what I was putting into my body.

How did I do it?  A friend of mine was telling me about this new app she started using called My Fitness Pal.  The more she told me about it, the more my interest was piqued.  I downloaded the app, and it was super easy to figure out.  Essentially you set it up by putting in your weight and age and any goals you have and it calculates how many calories you can eat in a day.  Then you input anything you eat and it lets you know how you are doing regarding your daily maximums.  It gives you heck if you don’t eat enough, and it very politely lets you know when you have exceeded your daily maximum calories.  If you exercise at all you input that too and it calculates how many extra calories you get to eat.  It sounds like a lot of work but it is the easiest app to use!  I have been using it since March.  Some days I go over, some I go under, but most days I am pretty accurately eating what I should in a day.

The main purpose this app serves for me is getting me to think before I put anything in my mouth.  I was SHOCKED to learn that my favourite Starbucks cookie has 390 calories in it.  For real.  I could eat 3 pieces of chicken for the same amount!  Some other things that surprised me – 3 Twizzlers  have 120 calories – who ever just eats three Twizzlers?  A small movie popcorn has 480 calories while ½ a bag of Smart Pop has only 120.  Big difference!  Some really good things that I have been snacking on lately include oatmeal, greek yogurt and pita bites.  I also still regularly have ice cream, cupcakes and chocolate, but I make sure I have done some exercise first, and that I have saved enough calorie room in my day.  After using the app regularly for 3 months, I now have a pretty good idea of what I should be eating, and what I should avoid.  That for me has been the biggest win out of using this app.  I am able to make much smarter choices for me and my family, while still enjoying all the things that I love to eat.

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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat!

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  1. So this is easier than reading the calorific value off the packet yourself how, exactly? I mean, it couldn’t even get the crisps right despite the fact that the calories are right there in the picture. It will never be any good unless it can actually weigh the goods and it gives you the actual value not a vague range. If you eat the four items illustrated you are left to choose from between 865 and 1298 calories, a difference of 433 calories which is almost a Big Mac’s worth (McDonald’s claim a UK big mac is 490 calories) In fact, if I count the lower figures and skip the apple, I can add a big mac and still come in under the high end of the range. I’m actually reducing my calories by eating a big mac rather than an apple. Wow! This is a great app.

  2. Lola says:

    I love this app. As someone who never really had to ‘watch’ my weight until I hit a certain age and my body that I thought I knew so well started to ‘change its ways’ and I knew I wanted to make some lifestyle changes. I don’t believe in diets as they are short-lived as are the results (my opinion).
    I started running again and tried the app on a reco from a few friends and always the skeptic, I just wasn’t sure it would work for me or I would be able to figure it out.

    I find it super easy to use and while it’s not a bible and doesn’t profess to be, it certainly met my goals. Top thing I continue to get out of it -it has made me more mindful and accountable of what I put in my mouth, what I consider eating and what I buy at the store. It has me reading labels and trying to make the best decisions for me and my family.

    It’s an app that’s a tool that is helping me.
    LOVE it!

    Congrats on your weight goals!
    L

  3. Michael Wren says:

    This app is useful and pretty easy to use. I like it a lot even though I use it for lifting purposes instead of to lose weight, a friend recommended it to me and it’s free!

  4. Apps like this are empowering people worldwide. I often speak with business leaders about how easy to use apps like this provide the gentle reminders to people so that they can make meaningful change in their lives. The display in a Toyota Prius helps people manage their gasoline use, smart electricity meters help people use less power or even the SmartBP app helps people manage their blood pressure. I am excited about even more apps like this that have the power to change all aspects of our lives.

  5. JaDa says:

    My favourite app!

    Started using My Fitness Pal shortly after Christmas and love how it makes you aware of what you are eating and how much those calories can impact your day. Gone are the days of mindless eating; now it is healthier choices and accountability.

    It also encourages you to get off the couch and do a little exercise which is always a good thing 🙂

  6. GMac says:

    For years I have tried to drop a few pounds with limited success. I would jump on the treadmill and pound out 10K but I now know that I was sabotaging myself by then eating too much…thinking that I had earned it.

    Tracking my food intake and exercise allows me to better understand where I stand on a daily basis and has contributed to me breaking through my previous threshold and continuing on beyond it.

    Great App

  7. I tried My Fitness Pal this past week because of your post and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

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