Adventures in Fitness

Last week I began using the My Fitness Pal app. To use the app you simply input your height, weight and what type of lifestyle you lead. Are you seated at a desk most of the day? Or does your job require some heavy lifting? One that is all done, you can begin.

You just put enter all of the food you eat during the day – broken down by meal, and all of the exercise you do each day. Yep, it is a lot like weight watchers. Except it doesn’t seem as restrictive. It does not really give you tips. It just alerts you to how many calories you have left and if you are like me, the first week will be an eye-opening experience.

The many calories in my orange juice? Shameful. The 360 calories in a bacon, egg, and cheese croissant? Even more shameful. However, I can honestly say I did not know just how loaded with sugar orange juice is or that the breakfast sandwich is killing my waistline. But now I do. And knowing is half the battle.

So why am I trying the app now? I used to work at a job where I walked around the city about 70% of the time. Ideal for someone who does not hit up the gym. But at my current job I’m sitting at a desk all day. I don’t even have to walk to get food if I don’t pack it because there is a cafeteria downstairs. When my jeans started feeling tight, I knew something had to be done.

Exercise wise, the gym is expensive so I’m trying to do an ultimate boot camp video I have three times a week. Just a bit of advice. When you have not done a workout in about a year, ease into it.

We shall see if I shed some inches. How accountable do you hold yourself for portions and calories?

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