This Woman Danced Off 17lbs. to Win Our FitStar Challenge!

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Way back in February we asked you to submit a photo of yourself doing your favorite workout. There were SO many great responses that it took a while to choose just one winner… But here she is:  Cassandra Pacura!

Cassandra sent in a snapshot from her favorite Zumba instructor’s “4th Anniversary Party for Zumba.” (She’s the one with the big smile, second from the left in the photo.) “I have such blast getting together with my friends and doing Zumba,” says Cassandra.

On top of having fun, she’s blasting off the pounds, too. “I’ve lost seventeen pounds so far, and I’m getting more confident doing all the moves,” she says.  With help from her instructor, Cassandra plans to keep dancing and lose even more. “My instructor Michelle has helped me so much on this journey,” says Cassandra. “If  it wasn’t for her and Zumba, I’d still be 217 pounds and hiding out in the back row.”

Cassandra is aiming to hit her goal weight by the end of this year by tracking her nutrition and fitness. “I love MyFitnessPal because it reminds me that we can never give up on ourselves,” she says. “We can do it!”

Congratulations, Cassandra! For sharing her story and photo, FitStar partnered with MyFitnessPal to give Cassandra an iPhone, an AirPlay to wirelessly streams content from her Apple devices to her television, and a free year of the FitStar personal training app, which automatically synchs to MyFitnessPal!

Are you a Zumba lover, too? What’s your favorite dance track? Let’s share in the comments below! 

The MyFitnessPal Trick that Helped This Woman Drop 42 lbs.—and Keep them Off!

myfitnesspal success story Jessica McDowellIn early 2013, Jessica McDowell, 27, a teacher and graduate student stepped on the scale and saw the number 299 blinking up at her. “My heart was heavy because I didn’t know how I had let this happen, or what I could do to fix it,” says Jessica. She resolved to lose the weight that had slowly appeared, and looked to a fad diet to do the trick. “But once I went back to my usual eating routine, what little weight I managed to lose on the restrictive plan quickly came back,” she says. “I was upset and frustrated, and I didn’t know what to do.”

Happily, a friend told Jessica about MyFitnessPal. “I started logging my meals and water intake, whether I was at work or on the go, and I kept up with other members,” she says. “MyFitnessPal has changed my life.” Since joining Jessica has lost 42 pounds—and has kept it off! “I’m more conscious of what, and how much, I eat now, and I’ve learned that I am not on this journey alone.”

Her life is still hectic, but Jessica is finding balance. “There are days when I get off work and have to drive over an hour to class,” she says. “I rely on logging to help me make healthier choices, and now I plan meals that I can make at home and bring with me to eat in the car.”

When MyFitnessPal caught up with Jessica in January of this year she was adding exercise into the mix. “I started using MyFitnessPal to log my workouts at home, the gym, and at my aerobics class,” she says. “Keeping track of my workouts and eating healthy is really helping me see how attainable my goal is—I’m getting closer every day!”

Still, slip-ups happen, and when they do, Jessica is ready with a MyFitnessPal trick: “Now that I’m logging my meals and keeping track of my calories, I can plan for splurges,” she says. “Before going to a restaurant, I can plan for the meal ahead and no longer worry about it diverting me away from my goal.”

“Having the nutritional content of foods in the palm of my hand when I go out to eat with friends and family is one of my greatest assets,” says Jessica. “MyFitness Pal is helping me reach my weight loss goal and I feel healthier than ever!”

Congratulations, Jessica! For sharing her story, Jawbone partnered with MyFitnessPal to give Jessica a Jawbone UP, a wearable wristband that captures data on how Jessica sleeps, moves, eats, and feels—and how each of those activities affects the others. Jawbone will upload all of her UP activity data—and the associated caloric burn—directly to Jessica’s MyFitnessPal account, for a complete view of her personal health.

 

We’re looking for group success stories to feature in May. Did you team up with a group of friends, family, or officemates to nail your health or weight loss goal? Click here and tell us about it!

 

February 2014 Member of the Month Contest

We heart the Olympics. Last month, we asked you about the healthy choices you’ve learned how to make, even though they can sometimes feel like an Olympic feat. Fortunately, all healthy choices don’t have to be difficult. This month we want to hear what your favorite fun workout is and how it keeps you charged up.

MyFitnessPal Member of the Month

To enter, please submit a photo of yourself doing your favorite workout with up to 100 words describing what it is, why it’s fun and how it keeps you motivated to stay in motion.

The winner will receive an iPhone, an AirPlay device that allows you to wirelessly stream content from your Apple devices to your TV, and a free year of the FitStar personal training app – which sync automatically to MyFitnessPal!

Don’t miss out. Submit your entry here. We look forward to reading them!

- The MyFitnessPal Team

December 2013 Member of the Month Winner: Jayne O!

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In December we asked you to show and tell us how you’d use MyFitnessPal to stay focused on keeping active while you were enjoying the holiday spirit. 

Let’s give it up for this month’s winner, Jayne O! Jayne used MyFitnessPal to stay fit and healthy, and scored herself a Lumo Back Posture Sensor. This cool wearable tech tracks activity and posture, gives users a gentle vibration if they’re slouching. Best of all, Lumo Back syncs to MyFitnessPal.

Here’s a shot of Jayne in action:

Jayne says:

“MFP has helped me more than any other diet or exercise plan I have ever tried! I’ve lost 40 pounds and kept it off because MFP makes it so easy to keep myself accountable and keep track of what I’m eating.

I’ve been dieting on and off for nearly my entire life. Once I got to college, I pretty much gave up. I gained about 40 pounds, stopped being active, and ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. I was eating fast food 2-3 times a day, I was sluggish, and I felt awful. Since joining MFP nearly 2 years ago, I’ve managed to lose all the weight I gained in college, and now I’m on track to lose even more and get myself to a healthy weight.

With the food tracker, I found out exactly how many calories I was eating every day (some days were nearly 3,000!!), and that was the wakeup call I needed to start making meaningful changes. I have learned with MFP that there is no quick and easy way to lose weight. It’s hard work, and requires a lot of little changes over time that add up to something huge. My friends and family constantly tell me not only how great I look, but that I’m much more confident, open, and enthusiastic than I was before.

MFP’s website and app make logging food and exercise so easy. I can scan a barcode or look a food item up in seconds- there’s no guesswork involved, and I know the information is accurate. My food diary makes it easy to plan my day’s meals, and the database makes going to restaurants a much less stressful experience. I feel in control of what’s going into my body- no surprise 700 calorie desserts anymore!

But the best part about MFP is that it fits so easily into my life. Logging on is part of my daily routine, and if I don’t log my food I feel like something’s missing. And I don’t  feel like I’m on a diet; this is just my life now, and it’s full of choices. I don’t feel like I’m in a short-term program, or that I constantly have to deprive myself. I’m learning to balance everything- a treat here, an extra workout there. I don’t ever feel like I have to have a “cheat” day. Instead I just have a day where I don’t think about calorie counts, and those days fit into my life just as well as days when I have a killer workout. I am so grateful to MFP for providing a tool that’s easy to use, that’s not overwhelming, and that helps me transition into a better, healthier life.

I don’t know where I’d be today without it.”

So keep up the great work – we love hearing and seeing your inspiring stories. Tell us more over on Facebook.

Healthfully,

The MyFitnessPal Team

January 2014 Member of the Month Contest

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Welcome to the first Member of the Month contest of 2014! We loved hearing about all of your successes in 2013 and are excited to keep it going in the new year.

Last month we asked you to share a photo along with a story of yourself staying focused on fitness while you enjoyed the holiday season. This time, we want to know how you are using tracking and insights to aid in your healthy 2014.

The winner will receive a Jawbone UP wireless health band, which will help you keep track of your exercise and get fitness insights in real-time. Even better, it automatically syncs to MyFitnessPal!

Keeping connected and in tune with your body is one important part of staying healthy, and even celebs and other ‘beautiful people’ are surprised by how many calories sneak into their diets.

In 2013, MyFitnessPal fan Kate Hudson told Shape Magazine, “I remember a few years ago I needed to lose some weight but just couldn’t drop these 15 pounds. My diet was a lot of raw foods and I thought, ‘Why am I so bloated?’ Turns out I was eating about 3,500 calories a day because I was constantly snacking on cashews! I don’t care how many people say it’s ‘good fat,’ that really got me.”

To enter, submit a photo of yourself making a healthy food or fitness choice, along with up to 500 words about how you’ll use MyFitnessPal to stay connected to your body and mindful of your nutrition. Deadline is 1/31 at midnight. US entrants only.

Submit your entry here and let’s kick off the year in style!

Healthfully,

The MyFitnessPal Team