Friday, May 11, 2012

Weight Loss Recap: Week Three

Good morning!

You guys are seriously hilarious. I am loving all of your comments on yesterday's post. I wish I could answer all of your questions, but honestly I don’t really have any answers right now. For now all I can say is yes, it was a “date-date.”

Anyways…onto this week’s weight loss recap! I apologize for missing last week’s recap – it was a little crazy with graduation and all of the celebrating that accompanied it!

Before I get to this week’s weigh-in, I do want to point out that since I’m back at my parent’s house I’ll be using a different scale from here on out. Unfortunately, their scale has always estimated my weight at about two pounds heavier than the scale that I’ve been using downstate for the last few years (it’s actually Eric’s), which is super annoying. Anyways, here’s the weigh-in:

Last week Two weeks ago: 184.0
Today: 187.0
Total loss: –1.0 pounds

So, even though it looks like I’ve gained three pounds, I’ve really only gained one. Is it a big deal in the grand scheme of things? Of course not. Does it still irritate me today? Absolutely. Ah well, this isn’t a race and the goal has always been a slow and steady weight loss. I will get there!

Notes from the week:

  • It is incredibly difficult for me to even just maintain my weight when there is so much celebrating going on and so many temptations. These last couple weeks have been really tough!
  • After graduation weekend I was feeling pretty down about myself, thinking that I had completely overdone it like I usually do. However, looking back at it, while I definitely ate more than I should, it could have been much, much worse. For example, there were receptions after both mine and my sister’s graduations last weekend with tons and tons of desserts. I didn’t eat anything at mine and I only had two small treats at Courtney’s – I was quite proud of that!

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  • I also did my best to stick to some of the lower calorie drink options when I was out celebrating with friends. Instead of sugar-laden tequila sunrises and heavy beers, I was usually sipping on glasses of Captain Morgan and Diet Coke.

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  • My diet has been going very well this week. For the most part, I’ve stayed on track every day since Monday and that always makes me feel healthier.
  • Exercise has been hard to squeeze in on some days this week because I’ve been so busy, but I know that’s no excuse! This upcoming week I’ll be travelling a lot again, but I’m bringing my workout clothes so I’m hoping to squeeze in a good sweat sesh on most of the days. I think the fact that I don’t have a gym membership in Traverse City yet is really throwing me off on the exercise front. As soon as I get back I’ll be finding a gym for sure!

The goals this week are to get in as many workouts as I can while I’m on my little vacation and to do my best at least maintain my weight. I’ve lost weight on vacation before, so I know I can do it!

Favorite Calorie Counting Apps

I’ve gotten a few questions about what I use to track my calories, so this week I thought I’d do some reviews about the calorie tracking apps that I’ve used. I find it much easier to track calories electronically, rather than writing them all down. Not only is it less time consuming, but using a smart phone app allows you to have immediate access to tons of calorie information at all times and best of all, it does all of the math for you! It seems like every time I “restart” my weight loss, I end up using a different app to track calories. I think it’s because I like the change. Apparently a fresh start means a new app Winking smile.

Side note: I do not record exercise calories, so I will not be reviewing the exercise tracking component of any of the apps.

Lose It!

Lose It! is the app that I am currently using to track my calories.

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(All images taken from the Lose It! website)

I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers use this app and was looking for something different, which is why I decided to give it a try.

Pros:

  • No internet connection required
  • Has a “previous meals” option, which is convenient when you eat the same types of foods on a regular basis
  • Gives a nutrient breakdown with both a daily average and a weekly average of carbs, fat, and protein
  • Easy to add custom foods and recipes (automatically calculates calories of individual servings)
  • Free to install and available for iPhone and Android

Cons:

  • Food database is limited. There are numerous foods and restaurants that are not included, which means I have often have to Google the nutrition information or get it off of the label and add it in myself.
  • Does not let you record previous days’ weights. You can only record a weight for the current day. This is frustrating because sometimes I forget to record it and this app doesn’t allow me to back track.

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Overall, Lose It! is very user-friendly, easy to navigate and I’m pretty satisfied with it. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the food database – I wish it was larger!


My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal is the the app that I downloaded when I first got my smart phone (I have a Droid Incredible 2). Like Lose It!, it’s also very popular and I know that many of you utilize it to track your calories.

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(All images taken from the My Fitness Pal website)

Pros:

  • Huge food database, including general foods, brand foods, and restaurants – probably the largest that I have seen.
  • Includes a nutrient breakdown with a pie chart, which makes it easier to visualize
  • Weekly summaries of net calories and nutrient breakdowns
  • Incredibly detailed daily nutrient details
  • Free to install and available for iPod, Android, Blackberry, and Windows

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Cons:

  • Requires internet connection to access full food database
  • A little confusing to figure out how to add custom foods – you have to select the current meal and then go to my foods, but you can’t see the “create new food” option until you scroll to the bottom of the page. I would prefer that such an important feature not be so hidden.
  • You can only see recently added items for the current meal. For example, if I eat the same thing for lunch that I had for dinner the night before, it’s difficult to add it because it only shows up under previous meals for dinner.
  • There seems to be no order for the “frequently used” tab. Some of the foods that I used every day wouldn’t even be on the frequent page, while other foods that I only added once would be at the top of the page.

While I love the huge food database, the cons that I listed above were enough of an inconvenience to discourage me from using My Fitness Pal. I found myself constantly irritated about those things and eventually started looking for a different app.


Tap & Track

Tap & Track was the first calorie tracking app that I ever used and I loved it. I downloaded it onto my iPod Touch before I had a smart phone and I was really bummed when I found out that it was not available for Android.

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I loved how it displayed your fat and carbs right on the home page, as well as your current BMI and total weight loss. It was easy to use, has a huge food database, and can be totally customized to meet your own goals and nutrition requirements.

Pros:

  • No internet connection required
  • Large food database with most chain restaurants included
  • Includes daily nutrient breakdown with pie chart to help illustrate macronutrient ratios
  • Enables you to record weight for any date, including the past AND future (??) – haha
  • Easy to add custom foods and recipes

Cons:

  • No “multi-add” option. In other words, you have to add item individually every time you enter a meal. This can be a bit time consuming.
  • Costs $3.99 to download
  • Only available for iPhone/iTouch


Tap & Track is probably still my favorite calorie counting app and I wish it was available for Android. I’d download it in a heart beat! I highly recommend it if you have an iPhone or carry around an iTouch with you on a regular basis.


Do you use any of these apps to record calories? Which one do you like best? Any others that you’d recommend?


Previous Weight Loss Recaps:

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