Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Saying Hello, Again, To My Fitness Pal

In the never ending quest to BE BETTER, sometimes returning to the basics is a step in the right direction.  My Fitness Pal is that compass for me.

The My Fitness Pal app tracks everything you'll need to keep your body in prime condition:  calories, macronutrients, water consumption, weight, exercise and workouts.  If you're trying to lose or just maintain weight, it will help you set and keep track of a caloric goal.  I particularly love the bar code scanner for easy uploads when you are logging in your food.  For example, that sticker on an apple that you have to peel off before eating --- you know the one.  If you can point the scanner from your phone onto that apple,  your food recording is done! And amazingly, there is a bar code on almost every item you eat.

I also like using the computer to create a meal or a recipe that I eat regularly.  My "Almond Joy Smoothie" was a recipe I added into My Fitness Pal.  I created a name for it and stored it into my phone,  so now I can search and hit "add" so it is logged into the system, eliminating the time spent to record every ingredient every time.

And if logging your daily food intake seems daunting, consider the fact that thousands of restaurant meals and grocery items are already in their database.  So if you want that Chick-fil-a salad and are worried about adding every last ingredient into your account, don't fret!  That salad is already in their system and a simple search will provide all the info you need to log in that delicious dish!

I'm trying to stay dedicated to this app once again.  I believe it is a game changer.  It keeps you HONEST.  My daughter who had a baby last month is a dedicated user of this app, and she has inspired me to return to my roots of logging food.  It's the only way to be true to myself and BE BETTER.

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