Friday, January 13, 2012

Lose It!

Okay y'all, so I don't usually do posts that focus on things like weight loss and such, but I just HAD to share with you something that I'm totally LOVING right now! I may behind the times here, so forgive me if you already know about this, but it's a new thing for me. 
Background info:
I am not a big dieter per se, but one of my New Year's resolutions was to be more conscious about exactly WHAT I eat during the day!
  Confession: I am a total mind-less eater; 
Meaning---I eat a little bit of this and a little bit of that while I'm fixing meals for my family, but when it comes time to sit and eat the actual meal, I'm no longer hungry. I couldn't tell ya what I just ate, I just know that I'm not hungry anymore. I think it's because of the busy phase of life I am in, but mealtime for me is such a hectic time.  I usually manage to eat a healthy breakfast, but during lunch and dinner time, I'm so busy feeding kids, that I don't have time (or take the time) to sit down and eat the meal too. 
What ends up happening is...I graze. 
I can literally graze all day long! 
Okay, so what's this post really all about? 
Well, it's about a FREE app for the iPhone that I've found called Lose It! 
How it works: you enter your current weight,  goal weight, and how much you would ultimately like to lose each week. It then calculates how many calories you should be eating in a given day. 
Then, through out the day, you enter what you are eating and it subtracts that amount from your total calories allowed for the day. 
(When grazing, I had NO concept of how many calories I was actually taking in!)
Oh, and if you exercise, you can enter that in too and it recalculates your calories for the day;)
You can also plug in the ingredients for a recipe and it will calculate the nutrients and such for you too. 
The BEST feature though is the bar code scanner. You can literally scan the item you're eating into your iPhone and it automatically enters that item into your daily log!!
Another confession:
I have a few stubborn "winter" pounds that I would really like to lose before summer this year.
This app has not only helped me stay on track, but also become more aware (and accountable) about what I put in my mouth.
Just thought I would pass this little bit of info along:)
Happy Friday Y'all!


Rachel said...

I loooove using LoseIt! That's the app that I used when I lost almost 80 lbs. It's such a great help...I'm also trying to get rid of about 10 pounds that are being stubborn, so I'm using MyFitnessPal app now. You should look into it--such great accountability because you can add friends on there that you know. It's really helped me get new ideas on recipes to try and foods to eat just by looking at their "diaries" throughout the day!

Melanie said...

How very cool! I am going to check that out! You, however, look fantastic & don't look like you need to shed a single pound!!

Julie said...

THANKS!! I am going to get this app asap!! I can't wait to share with others!

sweet southern drawl said...

How did I miss this link?!?! I am downloading it noooooow. Thanks! xoxo

Katie said...

I love how technology has let me keep track of EVERYTHING I eat... I use Down 10 pounds so far! :) Love reading your are such an inspiration to me!

Jessica Washburn said...

That sounds awesome, I will have to check it out. Thanks Jenny!