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When I signed up with MFP, I entered my height and weight, my goal weight, and how many pounds I wanted to lose each week. This gave me a daily calorie goal that I would need to consume each day to reach my goal. They have a massive database of nutritional information. With my phone, I am able to scan a products UPC bar code and enter the calories into my daily diary.
Another thing that has helped me this time is that I also decided to take advantage of the community of users available at MyFitnessPal. I felt that having "friends" in the community would help keep me motivated and accountable. I also try to regularly go to the message boards and participate. It has helped a lot. It also helps that I have my wife and friends at work also utilizing the app.
When I started using MFP, in addition to setting an overall weight loss goal of 60 pounds, I decided to set some mini goals for myself. I figured that if I only set an overall loss of 60 pounds that I might feel like it was too daunting a task and lose motivation. By having multiple goals, I could stay motivated by having a more easily attainable goal in front of me.
I officially started my weight loss quest at 230 pounds. That gave me a BMI of 33 which was in the obese range. My first goal was to get out of the obese range and get my BMI under 30. I reached that goal exactly one month ago. I weighted 209 at the time.
The second goal was to get my weight under 200 pounds. It has been a long time since I have stepped on a scale and not see the weight start with a 2. To be honest, I am not sure how long it has been since I have been under 200 pounds, but know it has been several years, at least 10 years and maybe closer to 20. This morning, I stepped on the scale and it read 198.5 pounds.
Originally, I was going to have 180 pound as my next goal. Now I am thinking that I am going to break the mini goals into 10 pound increments and set 190 as my next target. My ultimate goal is to get down to 170 pounds which would put my BMI into the healthy range.
Having these mini goals has definitely helped me mentally. As time has gone on, my weight loss has started to slow a little bit. Knowing that the next goal isn't as far away as the ultimate goal helps keep me focused. I also have started to notice a very little bit of definition appearing in my stomach area. The possibility of actually having close to six pack abs as opposed to a keg is even more motivation.