Mighty Mommy Monday – App style

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! What are you doing tonight? We are headed to a party… first one in 5 years, so you know… big times for us. BUT, just because I’m going to be out and having a grand time, it doesn’t mean that my dietary plans are going to be derailed. I rejoined MyFitnessPal last week and have really been enjoying monitoring my food intake.

Enjoy? Yes, enjoy. If you have trouble with controlling your every bite or stressing out about your calories, this might not be the best app for you. I, however, like it because of how it breaks down your food into fats, proteins, carbs, etc. Since I’ve been ascribing to a diet that is more paleo in structure, I’m watching to make sure I am getting enough proteins and fats. According to this program, I can have almost 2100 calories a day, but at this point, I have yet to exceed 1460 calories. In the book Practical Paleo, they recommend women beginning their day with at least 20g of protein and personally, I’m still struggling to even meet 10g!

I’m a busy person, always buzzing around the house and working on some project or another, so for me, tracking my food intake is a great reminder to make the foods I ingest worthwhile. Prior to being gluten free, I didn’t realize how often I was guilty of mindless eating all the carbs. I didn’t realize how when I had a crummy day or was bored or lonely or frustrated, I pulled a box of crackers out of the cupboard or smeared cream cheese on a mini bagel. I didn’t consider that in a given day, I ate bread products at every meal, plus for a snack(s).

And besides all that, I just like to organize and make lists 🙂 Strategy for tonight’s party? I will eat before I go. I am bringing gluten-free Irish Soda Bread as our contribution to the food, but I cannot be sure of the ingredients in the other foods, so I’m going to protect against being anxious (party = waaaaayyyy too much social anxiety) and hungry and making crummy food choices. An apple and almond butter will be my pre-party food. I’m not a fan of beer, so I won’t be drinking my calories either.

So now it’s your turn. How you make wise food choices on party days? Do you keep track of your food intake, exercise routines, calories in general? What are your favorite fitness apps?

Oh!  And check out this fun and fast workout by Pumps and Iron today!

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