I use MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness to keep track of my eating and fitness.
I use Day One to monitor my mental health and goals1.
This all starts with making sure each app is on my home screen.
Let’s take a look at some UI elements of each.
iPhone version of MyFitnessPal
The iPhone version is more information dense and has more features. I use this almost exclusively unless I want to view progress2 as a pie chart.
iPhone version of MapMyFitness
There is no version of MapMyFitness on the iPad unfortunately but it makes sense; you’re using MapMyFitness usually as you’re working out. No one works out with their iPad3.
The design is gorgeous as well; MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness have come such a long way in their aesthetics since Under Armour bought them4.
Day One Daily Self template
I use Day One for a lot of things. And when MyFitnessPal had a post in their Fruits & Veggies plan about making a note of how you feel; are you bloated, did you get enough sleep, did you exercise, etc, I thought to use Day One for this.
If you do this consistently, you get to see a pattern of behavior that results from your level of fitness and how you’ve been eating, as shown in your MyFitnessPal food diary.
I also like using the Health app as an overall dashboard of not just my eating or workouts but, well, my overall health.
These apps are amazing
Not here to shill either. These apps are great, they are better at sifting through the bunk fitness advice now, and the apps’ UIs are aesthetically pleasing and modern. That said, the free tier is fine for some but if you want to get the most out of all of this, get the Premium version. Of both.
You get a month free trial of MyFitnessPal, and two weeks of MapMyFitness and I already paid for Day One.
I see this as an investment in my health and longevity, and the recipes I’ve tried so far are great.
Some stuff I like to eat
These aren’t recipes per se, but they were suggestions.
Random Green Smoothie
- 1 C spinach
- 1 C of Dole frozen Fruit & Veggies with spinach and kale
- 1 large banana
- 1/3 C of Strawberry nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 OJ
- Blend in Ninja5.
Mango-Mandarin Smoothie with Turmeric
- 1 medium mango, peeled, cubed and frozen (just pick up frozen mango cubes in your grocery store freezer)
- 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces/300 ml) 0% Greek yogurt (I subbed this out with whole milk vanilla Greek yogurt)
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh turmeric, chopped
- 1 cup (240 ml) mandarin sections, save 8 sections for garnish
You may not believe me, but this shit is delicious.
Ingredients are self-explanatory
I boil the eggs for 11-12 minutes from cold water to boiling to get that creamy yolk. I also use 15 grain whole wheat bread with almond butter, and a small Fuji apple.
It fills me up and tastes good.
This has been really good for me
All I can say is I enjoy everything about this.
I have always been athletic, fat or not. Played sports, was competitive af. So this stuff energizes me. I get life out of this. It soothes my soul to see former really obese people have their skin sagging and showing it; like, I fucking killed this mate. The community is supportive and you are benefiting from the competition and encouragement.
I was into all this before but it wasn’t healthy back then; all the bunk science and dangerous fitness posters. I was all in. I saw extremely large people lose a shit ton of weight to gain it all back. They hid that for years. I don’t want that.
If I gain weight I don’t want to feel ashamed about it. I just want to get back on the wagon. The culture around fitness can be toxic and I’m cutting all that toxicity out of my life while still enjoying the community.
- Not just fitness goals though. ↩
- Or macros. ↩
- Unless you’re my friend who brings his iPad Pro to the gym with us to watch Netflix while he uses the bike. Monster. ↩
- The downside is you are reminded to buy Under Armour gear and there are food product placements in certain blog posts. Not a deal breaker for me though. ↩
- Or another high powered blender. ↩