Who knew that trying to be fit and healthy involved so much work? Research on what foods to eat and what not to eat, meal planning, counting calories, changing shopping habits, changing the way you eat, getting the proper shoes and clothes, magically creating an extra hour a day to work out (much less actually working out) and figuring out how to exercise without killing yourself (or the person next to you). I get exhausted just PLANNING on getting fit, without even having actually gotten off my butt yet!
In all my previous attempts to “eat healthier”, I never bothered with counting calories. I just didn’t have the time or desire to. But seeing as this is going to be a SERIOUS effort, I need to recognize that this is indeed an important part of my success. If you are joining me on the Frugal, Fit & Fabulous Challenge starting Jan 15th, then you can understand what I’m talking about! I’m sure we all have made this mistake at one time or another.
I’m so glad to have found CalorieStory, a food journal and calorie counter app built right into Facebook. It’s a really neat little app that allows you to input your max daily calorie intake and then keep track of the foods you eat throughout the day.
What I like best about it is that it’s really simple and easy to use right away and there isn’t a lengthy setup. The app already has a large database of common food items, including fast food, restaurants and frozen meals so all you do is type in a couple key words and a few suggestions will pop up with the calories already filled in for you!
You can enter your height, age and weight and the program will recommend a daily caloric intake and also project how much weight you can lose with that limit. You can adjust your limit according to the goals you want to accomplish. What’s kind of neat is that I set my goal to 1200/day. As you can see by my screenshot above, I overate by about 200 calories. It then automatically adjusted my projected /month weight loss from 5lb (at 1200 calories/day) to only 2lb, if I continued at this pace.
Even though I just started using it, I’ve found this to be a great little tool that not only helps me keep track of my goals easily, but is also a motivator because it shows me how overeating negatively affects what I’m trying to accomplish! Plus its super quick and I actually look forward to putting in my meals :)
If you want to join the CalorieStory New Year, New Me Challenge, you can take a simple pledge to make a couple healthy changes in your life and then share your goals and progress with your friends. Every pledge you or your friends make and even each time you log in to CalorieStory enters you into drawings for some great prizes throughout January too! The New Year, New Me Challenge runs from January 1 to February 5.
My 3 goals are:
- No more crack! (Coca-Cola is not allowed to touch my lips :( )
- Sweat my butt off! (5 days a week with either TurboFire, Bikram Yoga or Just Dance 2). Chasing Whistler around the house no longer counts.
- Mix in a salad, Fatty McButterPants! (Eat/cook healthier, drink my Shakeology and count my calories)
What will you pledge to do?
Disclaimer: I received product for review purposes while participating in CalorieStory. I was not required to write a positive review. My reviews are always 100% honest and 100% my own.