Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Fitness Pal

One of my goals this year is to lose 50 pounds.  Well, truth be told, I actually want to lose about 70. 

I have found this FREE website that allows me to log my food (calories), my exercises, and to keep track of how much water I'm drinking!  It has a large database of foods and exercises and you plug in your weight and it figures out the calories for you. 

You set your own "goals", how many calories you want to have per day, etc.  It even has a section for Recipes where you enter your recipe - all of the individual ingredients, and how many people the recipe serves, and then viola! - it will tell you how many calories, fat grams, sugar, protein, etc are in a serving of that recipe.  I LOVE IT!  and did I say that it's FREE? 

It also has blogs and message boards where you can go and read about other people that are having issues with the same things that you are.... and you will have your very own blog as well! 

I uploaded the myfitnesspal app (also FREE) to my droid phone and do most of my logging (calories and exercises) right from my phone.  You can link it to your facebook account and when you come in at the end of the day UNDER your calorie goal for the day - it automatically posts that great news to your facebook profile!  (Don't worry - if you went over your goal for the day - it doesn't call you out on facebook, it simply states that you completed your food diary for the day and leaves it at that!!) 

You may have seen the Weight Watchers commercials on tv of their version of this exact same thing - and even though they say that it's free (to sign up) - we all know that WW is NOT FREE! 

It's set up very similar to facebook in that you can make "friends" on the site and they will offer encouragement to you on your weight loss journey.  I think it's awesome that people I've never met - but all have the same goal as me (to lose weight) - come together and offer encouragement and advice. 

If you are trying to lose a few pounds (and aren't we all?) I hope that you'll check it out!  If you do, look me up and add me as a "friend".  I'm gracete on there.

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