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So after writing such a riveting article on my new-found love for myfitnesspal.com, with the start of the new school year I decided to return to Weight Watchers. Why? Well there are several reasons but none of them have to do with myfitnesspal. I LOVE My Fitness Pal. It’s just I lack the discipline to commit to it at this time. Apparently the only way I can stay committed to tracking calories is if I know I’m paying good money to do so. So back to Weight Watchers I go. Yes, this is sad but it’s true. This time I’ve decided that to really make health and fitness a habit I will try the system for more than 3 months. I’ll probably try 6 months to a year…or longer. Although I was confident I had grasped all I needed to learn the first time around, apparently I hadn’t learned what to do when you hit a a snag or rather a gigantic boulder in the road and crash. So like my mom always says, “If you get lost, just start from the beginning.” That’s exactly what I’m doing. I mean I’ve done it before and I can do it again…Right?

Happy Health and Fitness,

G

Sidenote: Since rejoining Weigh Watchers I’ve lost a total of 17.4 in 6 weeks. (I know that’s a little bit fast but I’m happy to be making some progress.) :~) IT WORKS PEOPLE! It does!

Now, I’m not sure about you but I don’t live in the best neighborhood. I mean I wouldn’t say it’s bad or anything, but it’s pretty DARN bad. :~) So what’s a Fat girl to do if walking around her neighborhood isn’t conducive to her health? Hit the gym! “But wait, aren’t gyms kind of expensive?” Yes, you are correct Reader, but I have a new secret for you. Check out some of the local YMCAs.

That’s right. “I’m talking ’bout the Y-M-C-A. Help me sing it now, Y-M-C-A-A.” Now, I’m not saying that all Y’s are the same, or that they’re filled with half-naked men dressed in sexually ambiguous costumes. (Thank goodness…) I am saying that it’s a great way to support a wonderful organization and get F-I-T at the same time. Also keep in mind a lot of Y’s offer many amenities that more upscale fitness facilities would charge you an arm, a leg, and a toe for. For example: My local Y offers several Fitness classes such as Zumba, Kickboxing, Step and Spin Classes for no additional fee. They also have two swimming pools, a water slide, sauna, steam room and personal trainers. I’m not saying that all the amenities are free, (there is a fee for all aquatic, yoga, Pilates classes and personal training), but 9 times out of 10 what you want to do is free. Heck, if it’s not I doubt it will be incredibly expensive. Sometimes they offer fitness assessments, or a free orientation to the gym equipment when you sign-up for a membership. Also if you can’t afford a membership they offer scholarship based on your income. All you have to do is ask when you want to apply for a membership, some even have corporate discounts.

So in conclusion, instead of spending buckets of money at a gym or high-priced fitness facility try your local YMCA. Not only are they a great community organization, but for the cost of your membership they also offer lots of seminars and functions to educate you on health and wellness. Sometimes they have classes, or clubs focused on religion, reading, dancing, etc. Also, you would be funding an organization that provides a positive place for kids to go after school, as well as an organization that contributes globally to several relief efforts. So I say support your local YMCA today!

Check out the link to find your nearest Y.

http://www.ymca.net/

Now before you start to think I’m a quitter for canceling my Weight Watchers subscription today, let me just say that my nearly year long relationship with Weight Watchers was a successful one. Overall,  I lost 28.4 lbs! Yes, It was difficult, turbulent and full of weight loss, then more weight gain, then more weight loss, but I believe I’ve found a good balance now. I have learned to eat, NOT DIET! I have learned that you can have your cake and eat it too…just not everyday of the week. :~)

So why am I quitting? Well, I have found a new partner in this battle against bulge. They are a true pal. No, it’s not some crazy fad diet. No, I’m not shelling out lots money to chomp down on dietary cookies, or gluten free food. Do you want to know my new secret weapon in this battle against Bulge? It’s myfitnesspal.com! This website is the greatest discovery I’ve made in years! Why? It’s FREE! That’s right. F-R-E-E!

This is how it works.

You make an account for FREE! The site sets you up with a Food/Exercise Diary, Blog, and Message boards for support. For those who use Weight Watchers eTools this should sound familiar. You log your meals and activities through an extensive database of pre-logged foods and exercises. You can’t find what you’re looking for? Then simply create your own food. Do you want to know the caloric AND nutritional value of a recipe you’re making? All you do is create your recipe and the website automatically calculates that for you. The only difference I’ve found between the two eTools is that one uses ambiguous points and the other uses real live calories. Beyond that myfitnesspal.com has the ability to track and set daily goals for fat, sugar, carb, protein, vitamin a,b,c,d,f,x,y and z, or whatever else you see on the back of a nutrition label that you want to monitor. “But wait,” you say, “Weight Watchers is so convenient. I can track everywhere and anywhere I want through my free mobile/iPhone app.” Myfitnesspal.com has got you covered. They also have a FREE mobile/iPhone app. (I actually track more of my calories on the mobile app than the site.) The app is very easy to navigate. (I believe easier than the site, but that’s my personal opinion.)

Now, I am not a spokesperson for this site. To be honest, I heard about it in one of my fitness classes. I thought it could not replace Weight Watchers, which at the time I believed to be the greatest weight loss program on the market. Folks, I’m here to tell you that this site is “DY-NO-MITE!” Just try it out. It can’t hurt. It’s free! If you don’t like it  just delete your profile and never look back, but I seriously doubt you will.

Don’t get me wrong. I am happy I started this journey with WW. It was easy, helpful, inspiring, and fun! I learned a lot about fitness, and living healthily. You know, little nuggets of wisdom that have continued to stick with me. Things like: “Don’t beat yourself up if you have a cookie; they are delicious! Eat one, not 10.”  Or, “Working out can be even the smallest task. Housework counts! If you don’t feel like hitting the gym then mop the floor…” Ok so maybe that’s not exactly what they meant. But that’s what I got from it.*shrugs and smiles* I’m seeing results… Nevertheless, it’s time for me to transition to another means of getting F-I-T aka Fine in Time. So myfitnesspal.com will be my new ally.

Wish me luck!

PS. This is my new mini-goal. (Another little tip I picked up from Weight Watchers…)

Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Weight Loss Tools

 

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