Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Diet Diary

It's that time of year again. When the trainers come out in the hope of achieving your perfect summer bikini body... sound familiar?! I'm pretty sure the large majority of girls feel that pressure to get into shape for their summer holidays and I'm certainly amongst them. Only I never keep it up. I always give up after two weeks (maximum!)

This year I decided to take it to the next level, and to ensure I don't lose momentum, I've gone and gotten myself a personal trainer (anyone who knows me in 'real' life will be laughing out loud right about now) A vision of me in the gym is pure comedy to most of my friends, but I am hopeful that this is to be a thing of the past. I'm in my fourth week of fitness now and I'm actually starting to enjoy it! Now, that's an emotion I never thought I'd feel about fitness!

Anyway, without (too much) further rambling, it's going really well. I'm going to be vlogging every day in June over on my Vlog Channel and I'll be doing more general fitness updates on there BUT I thought I'd let you all know about an amazing app I found last week in the mean time, as I'm too excited about it to hold it in any longer!

It's called MyDietDiary and essentially it's a calorie counting app. Now this put me off at first because I've never been a great believer in calorie counting. I think you're far better off concentrating on what you're eating and where it's come from rather than the calorie content (as there can be a big difference between being slim vs. being healthy!)

That being said, I'm totally addicted to this app. It allows you to track your daily food intake, and balance it against the exercise you do throughout the day. It can be used as a tool for weight loss, but it's also great if you just want to maintain your weight, or even gain weight.

The app gives you a calorie allowance based on your goals and personal details including sex, height, weight and level of activity. It also allows to you track your exercise routine, calorie intake, and weight change on graphs as well as keeping track of how much water you are drinking. Your calorie allowance is adjusted when you exercise, which I find to be a great motivator for getting to off my butt and into the gym (more exercise = more food allowance... yes please!)
It's definitely not for everyone. If you lack patience then you might find it to fiddly, but as an avid list-maker myself, I love how organised this app is and I've found it really helps to keep me on track both in terms of my fitness routine set out by my personal trainer, and as a deterrent from eating unhealthily.

All in all I think this is a great tool for helping to keep you motivated. It's a free app, there are no annoying adds and you don't have to make an account to use it. If you're in the same boat as me and trying to trim down and tone up for summer in a healthy way, then I'd thoroughly recommend this app! (And no, this post isn't sponsored... I'm really just that excited about discovering this app!)

On a different note, and another topic I NEVER thought I'd care enough to comment on...
I'm absolutely loving this water. It's Isklar's Sparkling mineral water. I love drinking sparkling water as an alternative to sugary drinks, but this is definitely my favourite - It's not overly fizzy, just ever so slightly sparkling. The bottle is cool too. OK that's enough about water for today, I'll be back to my usual beauty banter tomorrow, I promise!

Is anyone else on a summer fitness kick? I'd love to hear about any hints and tips you have for keeping motivated!

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