Saturday, May 26, 2012

I've Got An App For That!

My Fitness Pal App for Smartphones|Ipads|Kindle Fire

Did you know they had an app for that? Counting calories is going to be key in my weight loss goals. Even though I did a post "Stop Counting Calories Now", I like to do it to help me eat more. My Fitness Pal not only counts calories, but it's the easiest thing in the world to use. Guess what? You can even look back on it to help you in your journaling! You know? In case you forgot it at home, left it on the bus, burned it in the bathroom (I get disgusted sometimes too). 

The best part, first of all - IT'S FREE

Second, you can just type in what you ate and it gives you a list of foods, brand names and all, to add to your list of foods that you ate for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and even drinks. Heck, it even has Vanilla Iced Coffee with cream & sugar from Dunk'n Donuts! HA! 

It counts your calories and you can see when you reach your calorie count. My problem, I never reach it cause I have a bad habit of not eating enough. My calorie count is supposed to be 2400, but I dropped it to 2000 because I'm having a hard time meeting that goal. Something to work on, I know. 

Have you tried it, or are you going to? I'd love to hear your thoughts - comment me.

You can also join me on Facebook, I'd love to see you there.

Friday, May 25, 2012

First Things First! On the Road to Losing Weight

Weight Loss For Real

If you're serious about losing weight, and I mean really serious, then here are some great tips to get you started.

First Things First

The first step to weight loss is to journal. Go out and buy yourself a pretty little journal from Walmart or Barnes and Noble, make sure it's one that you just love. You want to enjoy how it looks so you're more comfortable writing in it.


Really it's just a pen. But again, make it one that you love. How does it write? Is it fat enough, skinny enough, does it feel great in your hand? Is the point tiny and thin, or thick and smooth? Personally, I love me a big fat pen that writes thick and smooth. Dark is always good for me too.

Food Journal

This is when the fun begins. If you truly want to lose weight, you want to figure out what your daily routine is first. We all go through a day and have no idea what we eat, when we eat, how we eat, or why we eat. Every time you put something in your mouth, whether it's food, a drink, candy, gum, or chewing tobacco - write it down. Don't just write down what you're eating though, write down the time of day, what you are feeling at the time you are eating, drinking or chewing, and be honest with your emotions. Carry your journal with you everywhere you go, you just never know when you will need it. Most importantly, don't forget to write it down each and every time.

Do this for an entire week, for a full 7 days. At the end of each day, go over it and see what happened throughout the day. At the end of the week, take a long hard look at what your habits are. Make a mental note of when you stress eat, binge eat, emotionally eat, and prepare yourself to watch for these triggers in the future.

By journaling, you will give yourself an idea of where your problematic areas are and what triggers cause you to eat most.  This will be perfect for future weight loss goals.

Buddy System

It's always better when you start a weight loss program to have a support system. Grab a friend and team up to lose the weight together. I want in. If you would like to start together, comment me and we can be buddy's. I'm getting married and want to fit into my dress and would love a partner!

Here's to a happier, thinner Us!