Thursday, March 20, 2014

Before I talk about my favorite fitness app....Happy First Day of Spring! I don't know about you but I am looking forward to warmer weather!!! :) The snow has overstayed it's welcome here in the state of Indiana.
If you are starting your fitness journey, I highly suggest you stop what you are doing and download my favorite fitness app.
This app could be downloaded on any smartphone, iPad, or you can use it on your computer/laptop for FREE! When I began my fitness journey, a friend of mine told me to use this app to track calories going into my body as well as tracking my workouts. How can you lose weight if you don't know how much you are eating or how many calories you are burning. MyFitnessPal does everything.

  1. It will help you determine how many calories you should have for the day according to your goals. I am so impressed with how many foods are actually in the system like my favorite local restaurant, Cafe Patachou or my favorite multivitamin shake, Shakeology. 
  2. It has over 350 Exercises and/or you can enter your own calorie amounts from your heart rate monitor. I love my Polar FT4 heart rate monitor. 
  3. Together we are better! You can connect with friends and easily track and motivate each other.
  4. You can track your weight, measurements and view charts of your progress over time for motivation. I didn't realize I lost over 15lbs but went into the app and was like, HOLY COW BATMAN...I lost 20lbs. #InsertHappyDance
  5. My favorite feature of all...Barcode scanner-scan the barcode of a food and easily find its match in their database!! So basically, you have no excuse to find the foods you are eating. 
If this has helped you in anyway, I encourage you to share this post. I would love to hear your thoughts on MyFitnessPal. Add me as a friend..."racheltyson" so we can keep each other accountable. :) Cheers! Rachel

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So today...I had to share! I am testing out a new program called the "21 Day FIX." I am on my second round of 21 day fix. ! I am currently down 11.1 lbs and a few inches of fat. So excited to see my results at the end of the 21 days!

Most of you know I am also a Zumba/Turbo Kick Instructor and teach 7 classes a week....sometimes more if I have to sub a class. You would think, I would be "shredded" or at my goal body fat %. That is not the case! My issue...I LOVE Food! Like really love it! Chocolate, Fried Chicken, Waffles...all of it! I guess you would consider me the poster-child for "You Can't Out-Exercise A Bad-Diet" :)

So when this new program came out to teach me on portion- control!! I was ALL IN! Not to say I have been eating "super-clean these past few days....not perfect.....BUT I am learning so much about portion control...I mean you can have too much of a good thing too. Ever been to a restaurant and you order a grilled chicken salad? More than likely, that ONE salad was made for THREE people. Gasp!!! :(

Anyhoo...if you LOVE Food like I do, want to lose 10lbs or more, I have 5 spots opening for my next Test Group. Hurry though...I will be selecting my 5 people soon. :)

Cheers! Rachel