Thursday, October 4, 2012

31 Days to A Better You - Day 4

When you gain a ton of weight, you tend to forget completely about all of the calories you're putting in your body. Before I started keeping track of what I was actually eating, my absolute favorite thing to drink was the iced mocha frappe from McDonald's. This time last year, I would average three of those each week. I was so addicted to them and couldn't just get a small sized one. No, it had to be a large with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. With just that one drink, I put 680 calories and 28 grams of fat into my body. Who I am kidding? Who goes to McDonald's and just gets that? Not this once chubby girl! I usually went for one of those crispy chicken club sandwiches with 620 calories and 29 grams of fat. Think I stopped there? Can't forget those french fries....Add on those at 550 calories and 25 grams of fat for a large order. 

For one meal last year, I could sit down and ingest 1850 calories and 82 grams of fat without blinking an eye.

No wonder I couldn't lose the weight. I literally had no idea what exactly I was putting into my body. I'm sorry, but I don't eat 1800 calories in a day anymore. The best tool to help me get a handle on my poor eating choices is the free My Fitness Pal app. I've got that on my iPhone and iPad, but you can also visit their website to log in. You can update your progress and food journal there and it is so simple to use. My favorite part is the graph that allows you to see your weight loss efforts. Great motivation!

The biggest way it has helped me with losing the weight is the food journal section. I can search for foods by restaurant and it pulls up popular menu options. I can quickly see how many calories are in a meal and make an informed decision on what I can eat without completely sinking my efforts. 

Comparing calories right on your phone is a great way to stay on track. Ryan and I will joke about how drastic our calorie intakes are. He normally selects a hamburger and fries which we've seen reach the 1100 calorie mark in one little meal while my choice sticks around the 500 calorie or less mark. This app lets me see how unhealthy one single meal can be. 

Before using My Fitness Pal, I guessed at how unhealthy some of the foods I was eating were but I was really off on my calculations. Never would I have guessed that one meal could be 1850 calories. But I continued to put that into my body meal after meal. Until I got a grasp on the real numbers, there was no way I would be successful. 

Download the app or log in online. Just enter some of your regular meals that you eat to see how bad things actually are. It's really a wake up call. When you can admit to yourself that your calorie intake has gotten out of control, then you can begin selecting better things to fuel your body. 

If you join, don't forget to add me as a friend! We can follow each other's successes and offer support when we need it. My user name is Mrsdelsignore and you can simply add me as a friend. 


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