My Mom & sisters and I are writing daily emails to each other to keep ourselves accountable on this fitness journey, and in one of them my mom & sister mentioned how handy it was to use the bar code scanner feature on the phone app. Um, are you kidding me? I consider myself a fairly tech savvy person, and I had no idea how amazing this thing was because I had never bothered utilizing it. I don’t eat everything packaged by any means, but think about it – even your egg carton has a bar code on it. You can scan SO MUCH of the stuff you eat. It makes calorie tracking a snap!
So that was my big revelation this past week. If you use MyFitnessPal for calorie tracking, utilize the bar code scanner feature on your phone’s app. It’s a snap!
Here’s a quick check in on my goals for the month:
- Complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred program. – I’m 6/7 on this, and on the 7th day we took a walk as a family, so I’m fine with that. I also have my step count up to an average of 6,000 steps a day (I was averaging between 3-5k), so I’m definitely moving my body more!
- Track calories in MFP & stay within my limit. – Doing well with this! I think one day I was over by 40 and every other day I was spot on or down by 100-200, so I’m fine with that. Like I said, it’s all about toning this month, not hard core weight loss.
- Drink more water – at least 100 oz per day. – Doing okay with this. I’m probably getting at least 64oz/day, but I’m focusing on drinking more, which is better than I was doing before!
A goal I’m adding in this week has to do with food. I am horrible about eating leftovers that are in the fridge – even if they’re high calorie junk that I don’t really want – simply because I’m cheap and don’t want food to go to waste. I’d hate to estimate how many thousands of extra calories I’ve eaten in my life simply because I didn’t want to waste food. NO MORE. I’m going to continue to try to cook smaller portions so we don’t have leftovers, but if we do have leftovers, Charlie can eat them (which he rarely does) or we can throw them out if it’s not in my food plan, and that’s okay.