Sunday, September 30, 2012

Things I Never Thought I'd Do: Part 2

Ok so I promised this post last week, but got sidetracked and so here it is.

Thing #2 that I thought I wouldn't do during this fitness journey is: count calories.

I've said in a few previous posts that I didn't want to count calories or points or carbs this time around. But, I am now.

For the past month I've been logging my calories almost every single day. And it hasn't been that bad!

I decided to do it for a few reasons.

One is because I was stuck at a plateau and knew I needed to start looking closer at what I was eating. I've lost 6 pounds since cutting back my calories!

The second reason is because of all the working out and training I've been doing. I realized I needed to start paying closer attention to my food as fuel.

I use the app MyFitnessPal (I'm jsmith626 if you're using that app too, we can be friends!). It's SO easy. I can enter recipes and my exercise too. Plus it uses the camera on my phone to scan barcodes when searching - so easy!

I was eating 1400 calories a day plus I would eat about 300-400 more seeping on what I burned working out. Last week I cut that number back to 1220 calories.

It's tough, but at the same time I am strangely enjoying the challenge of finding the most high quality foods to fit into my daily allotment.

Any other fun calorie and fitness apps you use?

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