There’s an App for That: Confession Time
Hey Mamas (and Papas),
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend, and I double hope you’re having a great Monday!
In the spirit of accountability, I have a confession to make. In “My Story” I shared my weight loss journey with you, and told you how I’ve gone up some and down some, but I didn’t tell you that I’m on the up side of my healthy weight right now.
The past 6 months I’ve been enjoying exercise regularly, which is amazing, and has kept me feeling energetic, but I’ve also enjoyed a little too much of the American conveniences (Starbucks, I’m talking to you). Being out of the country for 3.5 years made me think I should have a blank check to enjoy these treats again, but I took it a little too far. Couple that with having a toddler who hates it when I spend time in the kitchen cooking (even though she loves the things I cook) and not tracking my food on a regular basis, and I found some extra pounds that I’d lost.
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I love sharing, accountability, and apps. Once I realized a few weeks ago that I was traveling the wrong way on the scale, I knew it was time to truly heed my own advice and get back on the tracking wagon. I’ve don’e just that, and it’s already gotten me back on track.
Y’all. Seriously. It’s that simple.
I had a client this weekend say “why am I gaining weight?” She is exercising more, and “watching what she eats.” In surround sound (from my clients who already track regularly) she heard about how effective tracking has been for all of us, and how you really don’t know what you’re eating until you truly track it.
Another client said to me at our last training session, “You know how you wrote about eating 250 calories less and burning 250 calories more each day to lose a pound a week? It’s working!”
Let’s shout it from the rooftops, mamas. “Track what you eat!”
I’ve talked about MyFitnessPal before, and the importance of logging your food. MapMyFitness (which is the big sister of MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, and MapMyRide) is a great way to connect your eating with your exercising. It’s very user friendly, connects with everything (Nike+, Garmin, MyFitnessPal, etc.), and has some great calendar options as well. I like that it can sync my other trackers, and give me a “home base” for all my logging.
It’s ok if you don’t log everything every day. Just try to do more than your did yesterday. If you stop logging for a few days (or weeks, or months), just start again. The only time you fail is when you stop trying.
And, seriously, hold me accountable. I’m human. I mess up. I need you.