Saturday, August 14, 2010

Counting Calories

I'm not one to count calories (or even look at a scale, the only one I own is my Wii fit), I grew up being taught if those things don't really matter as much as eating healthy and living healthy (it is easy to get hung up on a number and that is what my Mom was trying to help us avoid). Living like that has been good for me, it has helped me feel good about myself regardless of what a scale says, and I enjoy eating but I am smart about it, without counting calories. My feelings on the matter haven't changed but with this week's Challenge to track what you eat for a week, I wanted to find a application (for my ipod touch) to keep track what I ate for me. I ended up finding an awesome one and I wanted to share, it is called My Fitness Pal and it has a ton of awesome features! Including the fact that it has a website, so you can use it even if you don't have an ipod, there is a huge database of different foods and exercise, making it easy and accurate to track everything you eat and do!

I was able to do both challenges, the food diary/calorie counter part of the challenge reiterated to me that all calories are not created equal! Shoot- If I could eat the way that I did last week and still be under my 'allotted' daily calories... somethings not quite right! I think I will stick to tying to eat healthy and not worry too much about calories! Though it was fun to see what everything had in it and I really noticed how eating out has a ton more calories!

(If I had a dog and was skinner this is what I would have looked like as I was walking this week! Except I probably wouldn't have worn heals... or had such large bangs...)

The physical part of the challenge was okay, I did it but it was mostly walking. I didn't have as much time this week to get outside, thats why my workout DVDs work so well for me, when I have a little time I just pop one in... Maybe I need to get a tv for outside :)


Annie on August 15, 2010 at 8:46 AM said...

Congrats! I'm glad you found a site you like!

Fox and Amy on August 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM said...

Good point about the calories! And exercising outside--hmmm--tricky, unless you have some jump ropes! You and Dave should try hiking to Stuart Falls. I think you would love it!

Helena on August 16, 2010 at 9:43 AM said...

Definitely get an outside tv. and bigger bangs.

I am really excited to try that website- thanks for telling me about it!

Unknown on August 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM said...

I think you need higher heels, too. But otherwise -I agree on the calorie thing -they are NOT all equal! WTG on the healthy part! :)

Chantel on August 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM said...

I'm going to look into that website. Thanks! Also, I thought that was a picture of you, it looks just like you.


Annie, age 29

About Annie

With everything I am responsible for at home, my ridiculous work schedule and my health problems, it makes it hard to keep working out on the front burner. But when I heard about this blog, I thought 'why not!'. I'm excited to get started and hopefully I won't die of exhaustion when this is all over!

Heléna, age 26

About Helena

I can't fit into my clothes! After getting married and being forced to eat my own cooking, I started gaining weight. The desk job didn't really help. I gained 30 lbs in the past year, and I can really feel it when I try to get dressed in the morning. I am really good at starting diet and exercise programs; but really bad at finishing them. And that's all about to change...

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