Track Your Food in the MyFitnessPal App

A weight loss jurney can feel long and hard. But, there are ways to make it easier. MyFitnessPal (MFP) is one of the tools I use daily to help me stay on track with my health goals.  Most dieters know about MFP, but for those who aren’t familiar with it, you can create an online food diary to track your meals, snacks, workouts, and weight.  I really like it because I can update my daily weight and see the trend over a long period of time—it even gives you a cool line graph!  This can be the source of both joy and anguish.  =P

I’ve been using MFP since 2012, but I took a long hiatus from 2013-2016, before I started tracking my numbers consistently again.

Create More Accountability

This week, I partnered with another one of Lorie’s clients for added support and accountability.  I’m a firm believer in the group effort approach to weight loss because there’s strength in numbers.  Losing weight is obviously a very personal journey, and I know all about the desire to do it all on your own, but I think involving people like Lorie and your friends and family in your journey can relieve some of the barriers to losing weight.

Here’s how spreading the word about your health goals can help:

  • You won’t get weird looks when you order a salad over the burger and fries.
  • You might gain a gym buddy when your friends decide you’re onto something.
    Partners in crime help!
  • You’ll get gentle reminders from your support team that will help you get by a “weak” moment. My husband reminds me of my goals when he sees me diving into the deep end head first 😉

While there’s nothing wrong with going it alone, involving people in your journey will help you stick with the program because of the increased accountability

For years I kept quiet about dieting because I feared judgment, ridicule, and mostly public failure, but now I realize that the simple act of trying can be a source of inspiration.  Yes, there will be haters and jealous friends, but you’ll find most people will be supportive when you allow yourself to be open and honest about your health goals.

Don’t fear judgment or failure.  I know—easier said than done.  Keep in mind that as long as you keep working on improving your health, small failures are nothing to be ashamed of!   After all, we learn the most from our failures as we try to make changes.

My Progress

I’ve been tracking my meals for about 40 days now and have successfully lost 5 lbs.  I definitely worked HARD to lose those 5 lbs. I’ve been eating mostly healthy and exercising regularly, but I attribute a lot of my success to using MyFitnessPal and to my steps to create accountability with other people.  Tracking my meals and snacks and knowing that people are behind me helps keep me on track and stick to my calorie goal.

Be brave. Try the app and tell your friends that you’re working towards a healthier lifestyle. And remember, weight loss is 80% what you eat and only 20% exercise.

until next time <3

elaine

(This post was edited by staff.)