Fitness with Apps Part 1 – #gutbegone

That darned Facebook.

See, I got tagged in a picture. A picture of me and a friend on a couch during the Super Bowl. I looked big.

I have struggled with my weight my entire adult life.

My issues with food started in high school. I had a car and a job, and spent my paychecks on gas and fast food.

In college, I didn’t have access to a kitchen in my dorm room, and frozen fried chicken, rice, and pasta were cheap and easy to make.

After college, I discovered that cooking for one person throws off serving sizes (when I paid attention to them), and finishing a dish was easier than saving leftovers.

Needless to say, I got big.

I’m honestly not sure how big, because I eventually quit weighing myself.

A few years later, I lost 100 pounds on the Atkins Diet. I really liked Atkins. I was able to “get” the reasoning behind it, but I understand now that it isn’t maintainable longterm.

So for the past few years, I’ve yo-yoed back up. Hence, Super Bowl picture on the couch.

My wife, Jamy, has been losing weight for quite some time, and I have been so proud of her. Finally, I decided I had to do something about my weight too. Something real.

So when I need to get something done, it always helps if “there’s an app for that.”

A friend of ours recommended MyFitnessPal, an app for the iPhone. There are three main things about this app that I like…

  1. It’s free.
  2. It sets a daily calorie goal based on your weight loss goal.
  3. It keeps track of weight loss, water consumption, exercise, nutrient intake, and other metrics.

Perfect!

Then, the first time I tried it brought on the onslaught of the magnitude (no pun intended) of my situation.

I realized that I had NO IDEA how many calories are in the things I eat, not to mention how many calories I actually consume. Getting my intake took a lot of tweaking to my lifestyle. But the app made my new nutrition education like a game. A game that would reap definite benefits in the short and long run.

Next post: some convictions about the need for weight loss.

Who else in the #NoCamo community is on this journey? Any tips?

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