My Fitness Pal

In May 2005, I entered the world of digital scrapbooking and I will forever be changed.

Just a few months previous, I entered the weight-loss world. Vowing that I would not have any more children until I lost the weight from my first two, I joined Weight Watchers Online and got to work. For the first time in my life, I was careful about what I ate and I intentionally worked to get fit. I lifted weights. I ran. And I lost the weight. So proud of myself and what I had done, I created this layout.

Layout from early 2006

WW online was a great tool for me. I loved being able to keep track of what I ate and how much I exercised. Looking at my weight loss graph each week was the inspiration I needed to keep going.

And then I found myself, nine years and four kids later, needing to do it all again. While I had never let my weight get too out of control, I was far from a model of healthy. As I thought about what I wanted my life to be, both now and in the future, I knew that I needed to regain control of my health and well-being.

For a number of reasons, Weight Watchers wasn’t the right choice for me, but I still wanted a way to visually track my progress. And that’s where My Fitness Pal came in.

I don’t know how to use a lot of the features, but I love being able to track my health and fitness journey. I can enter in goals, weight and inches loss, food consumed, exercise, and more. Each day, I enter in my exercise time and any notes or thoughts for the day. I can view reports and see the falling graph. I can’t wait to reach my final goal (hoping to get there before my birthday in April!) And when I do, another layout is coming. I plan to use some of the graphs and logs to remember the journey.

There are some great tutorials out there for using My Fitness Pal and I am looking forward to learning how to more fully use it. This article is a great starting point and this one shares some specifics of tracking more detailed nutritional info. One feature that I am especially excited to use once we return to the States is the bar code scanner. On the MFP app you can scan bar codes of your favorite foods and it will give you all the nutritional info. So cool!