I am off from work today and could not be happier!! Mainly because the beginning of the weeks now have been crazy for me. October is a quick and fast and LOTS of going on for me month, and Monday and Tuesday at work this week, was a little hetic. Lots of paperwork, interviewing and I had a travel day that involved two stores. I want to be a DM someday and I know this would be my life, so I enjoy it, but when it isn't your normal, whew it knocks you out.
And today I have no big plans for the day, except to finish a book, get a run in and a nap. The simple things for sure.
But I wanted to pop in and tell you all how much I am Loving using My Fitness Pal to count my calories and how much I am enjoying counting my calories in general. I have been using the app and counting my calories for roughly a week now. It was not hard at all to start. Counting calories and Weight Watchers are VERY similar.
When I signed up for MFP, they asked your current weight, which for me is 169, your height, gender and activity level. I said slightly active because of work, I am moving and grooving on my feet for 8 hours a day. And then there is my exercise I do after. I figure the extra is just a bonus. They asked a range I wanted to lose, I said around 15 pounds would be awesome, I just want to be in the 160's by the new year is what I am aiming for.
Once that was done, they set me up with a calorie goal. Mind is 1490. Then I linked my FitBit to the app so it could track my steps and movement, rather than my phone, because especially at work, I don't carry my phone with me all the time. Then the fun began.
The MFP app is so easy to navigate and use. You can download the app, which I highly recommend and also go to the website. You type in what you are eating and then they give you a million results and you find the one that matches. The best part is you can also scan your food, just like Weight Watchers, BUT MFP actually has practically every single food! Where at WW, you would scan something and they did not have it in their database. Which was super annoying.
Then you log it. And I have vowed to LOG EVERY SINGLE THING. I mean I am logging spices I use on my food, well most, not hot sauce. And you would be surprised the calorie countent on items. Here is the deal before WW I never had a diet in place, I just took diet pills or just didn't care. Then I went to WW and learned soooooooo much. I learned how to read labels and how to actually understand a serving size and I learned how to cook and make great choices. NOW, I am using everything I learned from WW and applying it to calories.
I thought it was going to be super hard, but it has been quite easy. And on Saturday I ate out with James and went to a burger place, which had the burger already logged in their database. I over guessed on the sides and I am happy with that, because it is better to be over than under. Which I would do a whole lot with WW. I have used the MFP reciepe builder too, which is really awesome because I can just scan the ingridents and bam there it is. OR even cooler, you can search for the recpipe you and it imports it into the MFP for you!!!
So, I get 1490 a day and then I get "extra" for exercise, which I can eat also. I am trying not to eat all the exercise back because quite honest I don't need it, I am not hungry because I am actually eating what I am suppose to be eating. I really, truly believe I was eating under with WW and because I was so active it was not doing anything for me. And then I would eat my Activity Points back and then some and it was making me gain.
But with MFP this whole week, I have been under my calorie count with the activity and felt great. I have not felt hungry or miserable and I have still been eating the same way I did with Weight Watchers, BUT I am definitely making even better choices because I am truly tracking everything, even if I don't want too. Because I am done lying and hurting myself. I would get so ashamed when I would eat all my points and then some, that I would keep going and stop tracking.
I just wasn't motivated anymore and since MFP I have been motivated. I love tracking again, I love making choices and looking at my carbs and how much I am eating for the day and I love my progress. And I love seeing it is making a difference in how I view food again.
I am looking for nutritional information on the websites to places, even my favorite coffee. I am ordering smaller portions for less calories, but enjoying it and not just saying YOLO. For example on Saturday, we had a break in the weather and I really wanted to try the new Toasted Graham Latte for Starbucks. I looked up the calories and a tall with non fat milk was 190 calories, sure I wanted the Large and Yes on WW I would have gotten and not tracked it and would justify well it is my treat drink for the day because I am going to run later. BUT I order the tall and I was completely satisfied.
And enjoyed every last drop. I don't need the super huge size. I don't need the fancy drink and if I want it, I will just order the small to settle the craving. Also at dinner that night I ordered a sangria. I ordered only one and I was truly happy with that and stuck to water for the rest of the night.
Also my cravings have been down too. Which is a HUGE win because I had my TOM this week too, which made me super nervous, I would just go to town. I normally snack and pick my way through the kitchen, grabbing little handfuls of things. But I didn't at all. I had my sweet treat a night and I was happy and fine and I wasn't hungry.
I even weighed myself this morning and I am at 168.6. Heck that is a nice little loss, but I will weigh in officially tomorrow morning. I want to do Thursdays from now on. It works better. But if I don't want to weigh in one week, well then so be it.
I am really happy on this new journey for weight Loss and I believe it will get me over this plateau for sure. I am still undecided if I will continue to keep my WW. I have until next week to decide, but I am sure you can guess which route I am going to take.
Alright, so now that I have rambled on and on for the morning. Thanks for reading and even more Thanks for continuing to be apart of my Journey.
Here is a peek into what I ate for the week!