MyFitnessPal – Free Calorie Counter
So recently I have taken to using myfitnesspal to keep a check on how much i eat, drink and generally what my diet is like. I’m already eating healthy so it’s looking pretty good (except for today as it’s my cheat day) but I’m eating too few calories. I’m eating about 850 a day, and the recommended minimum is about 1200. I think I’m struggling to hit it because I work from home so don’t expend a lot of energy, and the food I eat just doesn’t contain very many calories. I eat a lot of protein, tuna and chicken mainly, which is great. But I do need to up the calories. I think my main meals are pretty well balanced. I have fruit for breakfast, usually a wholewheat sandwich or pitta bread with tuna/cheese or other healthy filling inside, with some salad. For dinner I eat 55g of carbs, some meat and vegetables, in varying formats. For example, I might have chilli with 55g rice or Pesto Chicken with Vegetables and 55g wholewheat pasta. My dinner averages on about 500 calories, which is about average.
I have decided that upping my calories is going to involve mostly snacking, so today I bought lots of fruit, low fat crackers, extra light laughing cow cheese, low fat chocolate mousse and some raisins. I’m going to aim for 3 snacks a day, so one between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner, and then a dessert.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with everyone what an amazing app it is and can be really eyeopening. You can use it as a loss weight tool, as it will tell you how many calories less you’ll need to consume to lose weight, and furthermore it breaks down into carbs/ protein etc so you will be able to tell if you are getting a balanced diet.
Also I forgot to weigh myself at the pharmacy today, but I think I will wait until day 10 of the shred (when I have completed level 1) to weigh myself and measure how many inches I have lost. That will be 1/3rd of the way through the programme, and then I can update every 10 days… and possibly do before and after photo’s… but we’ll see!
Hope you’re day is full of positivity!
So in my quest to be more toned and generally improve my fitness level, I have been doing the 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels.
I am currently 7 days through it. I took a rest day because my muscles were extremely sore on day 5 and 6 and I didn’t want to do any permanent damage. It was much easier today after my rest day and I powered through it pretty easily.
Any way, I just wanted to tell you a little bit about it. The 30 day shred is a circuit training system designed by Jillian Michaels, who is the fitness specialist on The Biggest Loser USA. The work out is about 25 minutes long with a short warm up and cool down. it consists of 3 levels, and it is recommended that you do each level for 10 days each. Personally I’m finding level 1 a little easy so I think I will start with level 1 tomorrow and do level 2 in the evening, just to see how I get on! You will need a yoga mat if you have hard flooring and weights (or food cans!).
I know… you’re dying to ask… Is it working?
In short yes. I haven’t weighed myself since starting so I’m not sure about the scales, plus I had a friend come to stay with me earlier in the week, so my diet went completely out the window! I’m weighing in tomorrow… and I’m not looking forward to it.
HOWEVER… I am definitely more toned, especially in my trouble spots of my love handles and lower abs area. I’m pretty lean everywhere else, and I do believe that my upper abs are starting to peek through, which is pretty remarkable after only 7 days. My clothes are fitting looser and my general mood and energy levels are up, so it’s definitely something I am going to keep up regardless of what the scales say tomorrow!
So this is my blog…
I bet you’re wondering what it’s going to be about, so I’m going to make it simple and use bullet points!
- Providing inspiration and motivation to be the happiest and healthiest that you can be
- Diet and Fitness
- Beauty and Cosmetics
- Fashion and Lifestyle
- Travel and Adventure
The main aim of this blog is to inspire every single woman to embrace life and take charge of their happiness.
I’m you’re average young lady from England. If you want to know more, you’ll read my posts… they will tell you more than enough about me!