Monday, April 18, 2011

Top of the Muffin, to ya! Week 14

Let's talk about myfitnesspal.com.

It's free!

For the past 7 days, I've been tracking everything I eat. I get that this is an old concept, but MFP allows me to track exercise (I defy you to do an exercise or eat a food that isn't in their database) and it incorporates the calories burned into my daily calorie allotment.

My daily calorie goal is based on how much weight I want to lose and how quickly I want to lose it. Genius.

My very favorite part is when, at the end of the day and I'm done entering all of my food and exercise, I click a big green "Complete This Entry" bar.

This, my friends, is when MFP lowers the boom. It calculates that, based on what I ate & if I ate that way every single day, how much I'll weigh in 5 weeks. It's either an almost tangible motivator or a huge kick in the pants.

Especially when I've been too lenient with myself. . . "Oh self, going over your daily calorie goal by 200 calories isn't THAT bad. You exercised and the things you ate were very healthy!"

Well, it is THAT bad. Because even though I got my burn on and didn't eat doughnuts, in 5 weeks, I will be exactly the same weight. Hello, hamster on a wheel.

Also, a muffin top is not required for entry.

Even if you don't want to lose weight, you can enter fitness goals and track your food to ensure your diet is balanced with the proper percentages of carbs, protein, fat and calories. Who doesn't need balance?

Go forth and track!

*Obviously I received no compensation for this endorsement as I'm a terrible marketer of myself and choose to endorse products that are, in fact, free.

5 comments:

  1. Good luck with tracking! It has always worked for me... when I am not too lazy to actually do it!

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  2. That's my problem - just the discipline. I hope it sticks this time!

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  3. I love how you follow up your Cupcake of the Week post with your weight loss post. Kinda hard to get motivated to loose weight when you're posting these insane pictures of oozing chocolate cupcakes. :)

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  4. lol. I know. Sucky planning. However, I will say that the cupcake on Sunday keeps me motivated to do well the rest of the week!

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  5. I'm trying the tracking, too! We'll see how it goes!
    --Ashley

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