Use It & LoseIt . . .

Good morning! I am feeling a good sore today. Check out my past few work outs:

Sunday – 1.5 miles walking, plank, 42 squats
Monday – 20 minutes elliptical, 45 squats, Core & More class, plank
Tuesday – 20 minutes elliptical and still to be done: plank and 48 squats

Tomorrow will be arms in the morning and a spinning class in the afternoon. WOOHOO!!!

Almost every time I see or hear of someone who has lost a significant amount of weight AND maintained it, they usually mention one or more of the three items below as helping them stay successful.

1. Drinking lots of water
2. Walking (or some form of exercise they have fallen in love with)
3. Tracking/logging/journaling what they eat

I know how helpful logging your food can be, so I started using earlier this year. The purpose is to track every bite that goes into your mouth and all the exercise that you do. You can be surprised how quickly the calories you eat add up.

As you know from my 13 in 2013 post, I like to set goals. The Premium membership allows you to set more goals and so I have set a water goal, an exercise time goal, and a sleep goal.

If you have a smartphone, you can download the LoseIt app and continue to track as you go. And with an iPhone you can set up reminders. I have mine remind me after each meal to make sure I log in. This is something that is REALLY handy since I tend to forget to log my food.

Here’s where I logged my walk at Planet Fitness on Sunday:

loseit 1

I was able to log it right there in the gym before I got home and forgot. And you know how much I love technology and gadgets! If your food has a barcode (which we really shouldn’t be eating a lot of), there is a barcode scanner built-in that will scan the food and tell you how many calories, etc. Super easy.

One of my favorite things to do on LoseIt is earn badges:

loseit badges

I have earned 9 badges since joining on the 8th. Some of the badges are earned when you find friends on LoseIt (that way you can help encourage each other). There are exercise badges, consistency badges, etc.

If you are paying close attention to the carbs, proteins, and fats that you eat (or just like fancy charts), there is a report for that on the website:

lose it nutrients

My hope with logging my food and exercise is to lose weight, make better choices, and become healthier. In order to do this, I need to see clearly how much I have eaten and how much I have worked out.

What do you use to log your food/activity? How are your workouts coming?

Enjoy your day!


4 Responses to “Use It & LoseIt . . .”

  1. I hope you will have fun at a Spinning class! I am not as organized as you Glenneth. Otherwise I would be keeping a log of my workouts, but I really don’t ๐Ÿ™‚ What would be some of the benefits of keeping such a log? Hey, that could be a good topic for your next blog post?

  2. Wow you are organized! Great job on the workouts and great job tracking.