Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Magical Night!

My friend and I saw Magic Mike last night!  It was so fun!  We were giggling and covering our faces a lot!  I highly recommend this movie for a fun night out with girlfriends.

What does that have to do with weight loss?  Well, I didn't have any popcorn or snacks! 

I absolutely love going to the movies and having all kinds of treats with me.  From M&Ms and (diet) soda, to popcorn and Skittles.  YUM!  I have been in the habit over the past few months of visiting Walgreens for theater candy and then buying popcorn and Diet Coke at the concession.  Last night I ate a nice little salad for dinner and then besides my Diet Coke, I didn't get anything to eat at the movie!  I can't say I didn't miss it, but my friend had popcorn and it actually didn't smell that good so it made me feel better.  (Am I the only one that notices the smell of microwave and movie popcorn is kind of gross if you're not actually eating it?  That reminds me, I need to check out air poppers.)

This is not to say I will forgo the treats everytime, because I do love me some movie popcorn (sans butter flavoring), but for the time being, I think it's best to stick to my daily caloric goal and avoid it.

As for calorie counting with My Fitness Pal yesterday, all was well.  The only think I don't like about the database of items is that it is so extensive that every search brings up so many matches, it can be hard to choose the one to use.  Also, I've noticed the calorie counts are not always accurate for all items, especially with fruit and nuts.  So if you're thinking about using this program for tracking, just beware that not every entry is correct.  Once you sift through and choose the ones that work, they will be available as recently used items which makes it quite convenient.  Although, I haven't figured out how to get rid of the recently used incorrect items which I have accidentally chosen on occasion.

Anyway, that's the story for today.  Enjoy the 4th and see Magic Mike if you're looking for a good time!

What say you?
Do you love movie popcorn? Or can you easily avoid it?  Do you like the butter flavoring?

I used to love getting the buttery, greasy goodness on my popcorn, but I avoided eating it for many years when I was younger because I was either dieting, or too cheap to buy it when we went to the movies.  When I finally tried it again one day, it totally made my stomach hurt!  Nowadays I don't even want it.  Sometimes if I share popcorn with a friend and they want it, I'll compromise, but it always makes my stomach feel a little sick.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Week 1 TBL: Success!

I lost 3.2 lbs this week!  I consider that a success.  I didn't exercise, but I did eat very well and the scale shows it.  I think I would have been down more had I not had a little bit of an off day yesterday.  Nothing too terrible, just a couple (5!) too many granola bars.

Last week I didn't follow any particular plan, I didn't count Points or calories, and it worked for me.  BUT I don't think it will always work for me because I like having the definitive "on plan" day when it comes to losing weight, especially with this challenge at work.  I want to be able to look at the week and KNOW that I was on plan.  If you've read my blog these last couple of years (if so, thank you!) you know that I have gone back and forth about Weight Watchers and that I have never embraced their new plan (I guess it's not new anymore since it was introduced in November 2010).  I've also gone back and forth about whether I should do the online plan or go to meetings.  As I sit here today, I am still wondering what I should do.  Part of me wants to see it through with Weight Watchers, but part of me thinks just counting calories is the best right now.  Not to mention FREE.  I really like using My Fitness Pal online and on their iPhone app.  It makes logging calories super easy, especially when your food has a bar code.  While most of my food is not prepackaged, their database of items is very comprehensive.

I calculated a typical day on Weight Watchers for 29 Points and the same foods came out to 1,443 calories (my limit has been 1,500).  This calculation shows me that either option of Points or calories should get me to my goal if I stick to my daily allowance.  It's just a matter of choosing a plan now.  And can I let go of Weight Watchers completely?  You see, since January of 2010 I have been an active online, meetings, or etools subscriber.  Over the many years of trying to follow this plan, I have built up quite a database of favorite foods and recipes.  I'm not sure I want to let all that go, but I'm also kind of tired of paying for something too!  I think the time has come that either let it go, or go back to meetings.  Otherwise, it's not worth it to pay for something I can do online for free (track food).  I don't use the site for anything other than tracking so it's not as if I'd be losing all kinds of resources.

So typing all this out has brought me closer to thinking that counting calories is what I should do. So that's what I'll do today.  Tomorrow?  We'll see.

Does anyone use My Fitness Pal?  Do you love it?  Do you have any tips or tricks?  What other sites have you tried?

I have also used Livestrong and SparkPeople.  Both are great options, but the iPhone app for MFP is way better in my humble opinion.  One thing I'll point out is that I haven't used any of the applications for tracking exercise so I have no idea how it even works.