Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My First Week Counting Calories with MFP

Good Wednesday Morning Everyone!!!

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.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 
BreakfastCaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
South of the Border Hash Brown Bake, 1 serving(s)159230153441
International Delight - Pumpkin Pie Spice Gourmet Coffee Creamer, 2 Tbsp (15 mL)30600200
Dunkin' Donuts - Pumpkin Coffee K Cup, 8 oz200000
Splenda - Splenda Packet, 3 packet1230000
Yoplait 100 Calorie Greek - Caramel Apple, 5.3 oz cup10012012907
Add Food  303440274548
Lunch
Marketside - Spring Mix Organic, 2 cups (85g)9101220
Organic - Cherry Tomato, 4 tomatoes800000
Goya - Canned Chick Peas (Garbanzos), 0.06 cup13301450
Kraft Calorie Wise - Balasmic Vinagrette, 1 fluid ounce494403754
Peppers, sweet, red, raw, 1 tablespoon310000
Celery, raw, 1 tsp(s)000020
Sweet Peppers, 1 gms000000
Kaiser - Roll, 1 rolll16730363101
Homemade - Chicken Breast (Grilled), 3 oz1400327720
Aldi - Gucamole, 2 TBSP603511050
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese - Cheese, 0.25 cup831751350
beefsteak tomato - Tomato, 0.25 medium610051
Wickles - Pickles, 8 slices60160030014
Add Food  5985921411,37121
Dinner
Nature's Own - Honey Wheat Light Bread, 2 Slices8019151302
Fit & Active - Turkey Bacon, 3 slice750564050
Campbell's Healthy Request - Minestrone Soup (Condensed), 1 cup180381882010
fresh express grams - sweet & crunchy, 42.5 grams10101101
Kraft - Parmesan Reduced Fat, 2 tsp20211800
Kraft - Mayo/ Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp35230951
Walmart - Tomato, 0.25 tomato610021
Angie's Boom Chicka Pop - Boom Chicka Puff Sweet Barbeque, 14 grams70941801
Walden Farms Calorie Free - French Onion Dip, 1 tbsp.00001050
Sunset Farms - Mini Cuccumbers, 1 MINI CUCCUMBER1530102
Philadelphia Cream Cheese - Pumpkin Spice, 8 g20120251
Kameda Baked Frosted Rice Cakes - Rice Cakes, 1 package (12g)501021553
Add Food  5618617241,80722
Snacks
Special K Pastry Crisps - Cookies & Cream, 1 Crisps501011534
D'lites Emporium - Vanilla Ice Cream, 0.5 Cup50621353
Menchie's - Hot Fudge Topping - Sugar/fat Free, 2 tbsp9000000
Rainbow Sprinkles - Sprinkles, 2 tsp.4062004
Add Food  23022528811
  
Totals1,69221243933,71961
Your Daily Goal1,73221658872,30065
Remaining40415-6-1,4183
CaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
*You've earned 242 extra calories from exercise today
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 163.6 lbs in 5 weeks 

Your Food Diary For:

 
Friday, October 2, 2015 
BreakfastCaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
International Delight - Pumpkin Pie Spice Gourmet Coffee Creamer, 1 Tbsp (15 mL)15300100
South of the Border Hash Brown Bake, 1 serving(s)159230153441
Yoplait - Greek 100 Whips! Coconut Macaroon, 1 Container10015095012
Splenda - Splenda Packet, 4 packet1640000
Dunkin' Donuts - Pumpkin Coffee K Cup, 14 oz400000
Jordan's Skinny Syrups - Skinny Syrups-sugar-free Blueberry, 1 tablespoon000000
Add Food  2944502440413
Lunch
365 - Organic Red Seedless Grapes, 0.5 ounce930023
fresh express grams - sweet & crunchy, 0.5 ounce300030
Vegetable - Tomato, Whole Fresh, 0.5 raw840163
Fit & Active - Turkey Bacon, 3 slice750564050
Kraft - Mayo/ Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp35230951
Nature's Own - Honey Wheat Light Bread, 2 Slices8019151302
Kellogg's Special K - Sea Salt - Cracker Chips, 28 (chips)12021422201
Add Food  33050121486110
Dinner
Turkey Chili , 2 serving(s)6026315551,0329
Rice - White, medium-grain, cooked, 0.5 cup121270200
Breakstone's - Sour Cream, Fat Free, 32 g (2 tbsp)30501252
Add Food  7539515581,05711
Snacks
Water - Municipal, 16 cup (8 fl oz)0000760
Tootsie - Caramel Apple Pop, 1 lollipop6015101510
Trader Joe's - Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites, 1 piece (25g)901061557
Oreo Thins - Thins, 1 Cookies35520243
Add Food  185308117020
  
Totals1,56222036972,49154
Your Daily Goal1,75021959882,30066
Remaining188023-9-19011
CaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
*You've earned 260 extra calories from exercise today



Your Food Diary For:

 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 160.1 lbs in 5 weeks 



Your Food Diary For:

 
Sunday, October 4, 2015 
BreakfastCaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
International Delight - Pumpkin Pie Spice Gourmet Coffee Creamer, 1 Tbsp (15 mL)15300100
Dunkin' Donuts - Pumpkin Coffee K Cup, 8 oz200000
thinkThin - Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal Farmer's Market Berry Crumble, 1 Bowl (50g)1903321014010
Starbucks - Grande Blonde Roast, Sugar Free Vanilla, Nonfat Milk, 16 oz2500203
Splenda - Splenda Packet, 6 packet2460000
Add Food  2564221215013
Lunch
Smart Balance - Smart Balance - Buttery Burst Spray, 10 sprays000000
Nature's Own - Honey Wheat Light Bread, 2 Slices8019151302
Vegetable - Tomato, Whole Fresh, 0.25 raw420132
Laughing Cow - Creamy Queso Fresco Chipotle, 21 g (1 wedge)351221901
Borden - Pepper Jack - Fat Free, 1 Slice (21g)303042701
Dole - Tomato Vegetable Soup, 1.5 cup120271260012
Pepperidge Farm - Goldfish .4 oz, 0.4 oz50721950
Add Food  319595141,28818
Dinner
Crockpot Ranch Chicken, 1 serving(s)23284308842
Spices, garlic powder, 1 tsp1020120
Spices, onion powder, 1 tsp820020
Priano-Aldi - Butternut Squash Risotto, 1/4 Container16033244003
Veggies - Zucchini, 2 Cup (Sliced)40804224
Tootsie - Caramel Apple Pop, 1 lollipop6015101510
Add Food  510687391,32419
Snacks
General Mills - Fiber One 90 Calorie Cinnamon Coffee Cake, 1 bar901830858
Yoplait Whips - Pumpkin Cheesecake , 1 Cup10015095012
Honey Cubbies - Honeycrisp Apples, 1 apple802200016
Krunchy Melts - Meringues, 8 pieces (22g)9022012022
Almond Breeze - Unsweetened Vanilla, 1 cup301311800
Yoohoo Singles - Chocolate Flavor Mix, 1 packet5100350
Add Food  3957961137058
  
Totals1,48024820763,132108
Your Daily Goal1,49018650752,30056
Remaining10-61300-832-51
CaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 163.9 lbs in 5 weeks 

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Your Food Diary For:

 
Monday, October 5, 2015 
BreakfastCaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
Splenda - Splenda Packet, 2 packet820000
International Delight - Pumpkin Pie Spice Gourmet Coffee Creamer, 1 Tbsp (15 mL)15300100
Dunkin' Donuts - Pumpkin Coffee K Cup, 8 oz200000
Thomas Light - English Muffin, 1 muffin10026151601
Peter Pan - Reduced Fat - Creamy, 1 Tbsp100774752
Fit & Active - Apricot Preserves, 1 Tbsp1050000
Banana - Bananas, 100 g892001112
Add Food  3246381024615
Lunch
Laughing Cow - Creamy Queso Fresco Chipotle, 21 g (1 wedge)351221901
Organic - Cherry Tomato, 4 tomatoes800000
Marketside - Spring Mix Organic, 0.25 cups (85g)100030
Flatout - Flatbread Light Originial, 1 flatbrad9014292500
Starkist - Tuna Creations-Lemon Pepper, 1 pouch8011183400
Campbell's - Vegetable Beef Soup on the Go, 1 Container508129403
Add Food  264245311,7234
Dinner
Quest Nutrition - Peanut Butter Whey Protein Powder, 30 grams11021231901
Silk - Chocolate Cashew Milk, 1 cup90182120016
Pam - Certified Organic Olive Oil Cooking Spray, 1/5 Second spray000000
Fresh Finds - No Salt Seasoning, 1/4 tsp510000
Grimmway Farms - Baby Carrots, Cut and Peeled, 3 oz. (85 g)35801655
Idahoan - Buttery Homestyle Mashed Potatoes, 1/4 cup mix.1/2 cup prepared11020324502
Fit & Active Aldi Brand - Rotisserie Flavor Turkey Breast Tenderloin...amm, 5.5 oz.17965296601
Peppers, sweet, red, raw, 15 g(s)510011
Peppers, sweet, yellow, raw, 23 g(s)610000
Trader Joe's - Crumbled Goat Cheese, 1 oz. (28g)801531051
Crouton - Crouton, 2 tbsp30510650
Hormel - Real Crumbled Bacon Bits, 1 tbls250231900
Fit and Active - Fat Free Zesty Italian Dressing, 2 Tbsp (30mL)153003602
Trader Joes - Organic Sriracha and Garlic Bbq Sauce, 1 Tbsp25600956
Kroger - Fat Free Cool Whip, 2 tbsp.20400102
Add Food  7357618622,39137
Snacks
Quaker Oats - Chewy Caramel Apple, 1 Bar901821808
Yoplait Whips - Pumpkin Cheesecake , 1 Cup10015095012
Doritos - Spicy Nacho, 0.25 oz (28.3 g)35421480
Stauffers - Bite Size Shortbread Cookies, 1 bag601121504
Add Food  2854861222824
  
Totals1,608211371154,58780
Your Daily Goal1,91523964962,30072
Remaining3072726-18-2,287-7
CaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
*You've earned 425 extra calories from exercise today
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 160.9 lbs in 5 weeks 

Your Food Diary For:

 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 
BreakfastCaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
Thomas Light - English Muffin, 1 muffin10026151601
Philadelphia - Fat Free Cream Cheese, 0.5 oz (33g)152021001
Trader Joe's - Pumpkin Butter, 1 tbsp (18g)40100009
Dannon Light and Fit - 80 Calorie Greek Yogurt Boston Cream Pie, 150 g809012457
Coffeemate Original (Powder) - Coffee Creamer, 2 tsp2021000
Dunkin' Donuts - Pumpkin Coffee K Cup, 8 oz200000
Add Food  2574921930518
Lunch
Mangos, raw, 0.5 cup pieces501201111
Strawberries, raw, 0.5 cup, halves2460114
Banana - Bananas, 50 g45100116
Acai - Acai Juice, 6 fluid ounce10521214918
Nature's Path - Hemp Granola, 0.25 cup871232153
Westsoy - Soymilk, 0.5 cup45325151
Add Food  35664998143
Dinner
Trader Joe's - Chicken Egg Rolls, 1 egg roll14020384502
Trader Joes - Bbq Chicken Teriyaki, 1 cup (170g)1501141857011
Trader Joe's - Frozen Organic Jasmine Rice, 1 cup180401300
Broccoli, raw, 1 cup chopped31603302
Trader Joes - Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce, 1 Tbsp (15mL)152004601
Generic - Duck Sauce Packet, 1 packet2221002
Quick Add, 1 serving(s)9000000
Add Food  628819321,51017
Snacks
Quaker Oats - Chewy Caramel Apple, 1 Bar901821808
Dunkin Donuts - Large Coffee With Skim Milk and 3 Splenda, 20 fl oz45803453
emerald - walnuts and almonds 100 calorie pack NET CARBS, 1 pack10019300
Jack Links Premium Cuts - Cholula Hot Sauce Beef Jerky, 1 oz7031106802
Weight Watchers - Light String Mozzarella Cheese, 1 stick501361500
Add Food  35531152395513
  
Totals1,59622434832,85191
Your Daily Goal1,72321558872,30065
Remaining127-9244-550-26
CaloriesCarbsFatProteinSodiumSugar
*You've earned 233 extra calories from exercise today
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 162.7 lbs in 5 weeks 
Here is a peek into what I ate for the week!