Mandy & Conner Volpe Got Healthy With MyFitnessPal

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Mandy & Conner Volpe Got Healthy With MyFitnessPal

Mandy and Conner Volpe not only created a healthier lifestyle for themselves, but have lost a combined 176 lbs. — which is more than either of them weighs now! In December 2014, Mandy and Conner celebrated one-and-a-half years of healthy living — something they started working on as a married couple because they wanted to create a healthier lifestyle for their marriage.

To help them live that healthier lifestyle, they both started using MyFitnessPal. Said Mandy: “MyFitnessPal changed the way we think about food and exercise. It’s become a way for us to track our food and fitness and to visually chart everything — we can actually look at how we’re eating and exercising and use it as a way to correct ourselves if need be. It lets me see how eating a certain way — say a cupcake — how that would affect my weight if I were to eat one on a daily basis.”

In addition to tracking food and exercise, Mandy and Conner love the variety of the MFP database, “It’s great because you can track your food whether you eat out, eat pre-packaged foods, or make foods from your own personal recipes,” said Mandy. “It’s so easy to integrate into daily life. It’s free so you don’t have to spend money to make it happen like you would for a gym membership or at-home equipment.”

Probably the greatest challenge for them has been shifting how they celebrate things. They now eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and half marathons. Though it’s been tough, they’re committed to this lifestyle. For them, it’s no diet or fad — and because of the work they’ve done, they’re healthy, have newfound athleticism and look at themselves in a new light.


  • Leelee

    I’m 13 and I think I should loose weight, any tips on how to do that?

    • Rincewind

      Download MyFitnessPal; put in a realistic amount of weight you want to lose each week (say, 0.5kg), and make sure you record everything you eat and don’t go over your daily calories. The rest will take care of itself.

    • Nick May

      I highly recomed you watch a documentary called Hungry for Change. That will teach you a little bit about what healthy food is. Then use the app and make sure you’re getting good cardio activity at least four times a week. I hope that helps. Good luck.

    • sherralyn

      You are beautiful and 13. Eat healthy good food. No fizzy drinks or chocolate in the week. Drink lots of water. On a Saturday or Friday treat yourself to one chocolate bar.
      But please don’t be silly with restricting food. You need it to focus on school work.
      Have porridge in the morning with almond milk and a banana. For lunch make wheat free pasta salad add green salad. Fruit but not too much. Yogurt with nuts afternoon.
      Dinner a healthy no processed meal fish or chicken salad or veg. Go easy on yourself please. You are 13. Exercise too really important even if it’s just walking x

    • Kat

      What an awesome age. So young, with your whole life ahead of you.
      If you are obese, start with eating a little less calories than what you burn each day, and you will lose weight. If u are not obese, do not diet because you run the risk of poor nutrition due to dieting. This can stunt your growth! And not just growth in your bones but your organs, like your brain, will also have trouble. Many teens are under pressure from this stupid entertainment industry the world follows. Don’t let yourself become a slave to it. Find a healthy weight and don’t overeat everyday and exercise, in a fun way, not excessively, and you will continue to grow in a good way. First is health and personality. Focus on those and they will take you A LOT farther in life than focusing on physical appearance. Be happy, do good, and enjoy your youth!

    • ashmarie529

      Hi Leelee, wanting to be healthy and develop good habits is a good thing, but wanting to be excessively thin is not, if you checked some BMI charts and yours comes up over weight, then you might want to limit your calorie intake. Becareful, as a growing woman, your body does need a certain amount of fat to develop and produce hormones, you do not want to mess up your body by trying being underweight, or over weight either. Losing weight is hard when you depend on other people for food. What they buy, you eat, right? Use measuring cups and spoons to measure the food they make if your mom is making pizza for dinner, ask her to pick you up some canned green beans (or whatever veggie you like) eat one slice and plenty of the veggie, to fill you up. If you have a smart phone, download a pedometer app and set new step goals each week. Try to think about it like this, you have $12.00 a day, for a 1200 calorie diet ( every person needs a certain amount of food to keep their body going, check your intake amount at the beginning of your weightloss and adjust it with each 5 lbs lost), each food you eat, put the cents in and subtract from the dollar amount, a 150 calorie candy would be $1.50, which would leave you with $10.50 for everything else you want to eat that day, candies are usually high calorie, so if I want one, I wait for the end of the day too see if I have enough food money left, if not, I might eat less than a serving, to meet my budget and my sweet tooth. Dont give up! Its tough, but sooner or later, it’ll be second nature ro you 🙂

    • mrad

      Please please remember. .to do some resistance training along with cardio as muscle burns more calories and also will give you an amazing physique. ..try doing p90 from Beachbody it’s great for beginners and you don’t have to buy equipment. .just the program..I do Body Beast. .

    • Chantal

      First and most important check with your doctor and decide what your ideal goal is and how many calories you should have daily. Because of your age you will need more calories than adults. Eat healthy stay active and have fun. Good luck

    • Bethany

      I used to be like this! Just don’t worry about it, people love you for who you are! If you feel you want to change just cut out fatty foods, sweets and fatty drinks.

    • DrSmartGuy

      No.1 thing, forget school. the most important thing is being skinny and getting the popular boys attention. It may help if you drop out of school for a few years. Replace all meals over 20 calories with dirt. Dirt is great for losing weight and a great source of fibre. If you need to get the attention of the cool boys more immediately, download snapchat. Don’t worry about the odd photo going astray. There is the possibly that it will come back to ruin you future social life, career and sense of self worth but by that time you will be far too skinny to have to deal with any of that raggermaroo. Super special sexy awesome cool guys will be willing to through money at you cause of your future hit bod – *side note* , this may be a literal accurance if you follow said advice.

    • April

      One day at a time start with journalling then change diet then add exersize baby steps make healthier life style changes

    • Nono

      Make a journal of what you regularly eat for a week. You have to be honest. I hated writing in a food journal, what a drag. But when I tried it out, I noticed that I did munch on not so healthy foods. Check out MFP, enter your age, weight and whatever it asks you to get the suggested caloric intake. When u start to enter the foods that u want to eat on MFP, makes u double think if the food is junky and takes away from ur daily caloric target. Give it a try and also exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be like gym working out. You can make it something fun, like playing basketball, tennis, soccer, walking your dog(if u have 1), as long as you are moving. Because u r only 13, I don’t think u should do weight lifting cause it messes with your growth. Stick with sports and exercises that uses ur own body weight(squats, push ups, sit ups, P90x).

  • me

    That’s amazing to see the change! People look so happy after getting to a healthier weight. It’s nice to see. I am on my way to completing my own success story. It’s all about health… nothing else matters.

    • mari

      I join in late july 2014 i was weighing 223 i have lost 37 pounds since… Change my way of eating, left all the bad habits, chips, soda, etc…Im very excited, I feel more energy& healthy.

      • walter

        Keep it up Mari! I started around that weight about 18 months ago. I have dropped about 60. You CAN do it!

  • 130

    What’s the best way to lose 20 pounds fast?

    • Bklove

      By logging in everyday into MFP and count your calories. Find a workout friend or mentor and start exercising. If you stand by these rules, you will lose and maintain 20 lbs much faster than losing weight from fasting 🙂

  • Bella

    Iam so exited to see that a lot people losing weight, I just started last week I won’t give up any advices, suggestions, comments???

    • Meca

      Just stay dedicated. You will have some gritty times, but just continue with the end in mind. I preach this same sermon to myself. Lol

    • Delightfully Grimm

      Plan your meals in the beginning of the day so you have a rough idea of calorie expenditure. Also, when buying ingredients to make low calorie meals, try to plan meals that share common ingredients. Buying low calories and fresh and healthy can be expensive, but this way you get more use out of your dollar. Just remember, we are human. We may fall off the wagon a time or two, but you just pick your self up, dust yourself off, and get back in the game! As long as it doesn’t become habit forming, its okay to slip up now and then. One more thing before I go, take a piece of paper (or more depending on how many goals you have) and write out a bullet-ed list of your personal health goals, from most important to those that will take longer to accomplish. I’m not just talking about losing weight, that’s obvious, I’m taking deep down, inside, what is it that you want to change for the better, for your whole life? Write it down, then add things to it such as “be toned” or “sculpted” or “run a marathon”. Place it on the mirror where you do your morning routine and say it out loud, with conviction. Tell yourself, “I WILL accomplish “______”.” Believe in yourself. This shouldn’t just be some diet, this should be a conscious decision to change your very lifestyle. When you lose the weight, AWESOME!, but don’t go back to downing a bunch of pop and eating a whole pizza plus wings by yourself. Incorporate your new healthy eating with some of the junk and live happily. Good luck, I wish you happiness.

  • chinki

    I love it makes it alot easier to watch what I eat!

  • KJ

    I have lost 8 lbs in 3 weeks. Back into my pre marriage and kids jeans. I didn’t have a lot to lose but I’m where I want to be. I cut back on dairy and gluten/carbs. No junk food and of course this app. I work out 5 days a week to videos in my basement because my little kids keep me from hitting the gym. If my lazy butt can feel good in a bikini after 6 years, anyone can.

  • Lisa

    Hey all. Im 29. I got this app about 2 weeks ago and since I’ve got it, its been great! It keeps me on track and its great that it gives you reminders when you dont log in for a meal. Ive been eating way better and staying within the amount of calories I can have for the day.. Im starting to feel a change within myself, as in, not over eating ect… also from doin half hour walking morning and night… I dont feel so sluggish and tired… so big thumbs up to this app!

  • Denise

    I am so encouraged by these stories. I want to lose 70 lbs. But I probably need to lose 90 lbs. Seeing people lose 100 lbs makes me think I should just go for it.

    • Mike

      As the famous Nike said… Just do it!!
      Don’t think twice because u know it’s right…

    • Djacks

      I don’t know you but I’d be happy be your support on here.

  • Carissa

    I eat 1580 calories per day and exercise 4-5 times a week cardio and weight lifting. I feel like I have hit a plateau! The first 15 pounds were easy and now to loose more is so tough. I do hiit workouts and circuit training- what am I doing wrong? Anyone recommend anything? If I have extra calories and it’s passed dinner time, should I use them up or just stop eating at a certain time? I also follow my macros and I am just about reaching my percentages. I have only been doing this for about 15 days- still haven’t noticed any weightloss 🙁

    • KevinTimmons

      Eat more. Try to eat back at least half of your exercise calories and work your way up to eating at least your exercise calories. The first pounds are easier to lose, the second are not and often times body fat is being replaced with muscle. Pay attention to your physical look, know also that to get stronger your body will need more energy to build muscle. Fatigue if that’s what your experiencing or lack of gains can be attributed to nutrition. Your body simply needs more energy to push through those plateaus. And since your doing hitt workouts, your definitely going to need the extra nutrition.

    • Sarah

      If you have lost 15lb already (well done) but may be you need to decrease your calorie intake a little more. As you loose weight you burn less calories than when you weighed more…… However sometimes if you are not eating enough your body reduces it’s metabolic rate…so you plateau. And if you ate just a little more you lose weight agai

    • Farmer

      Make sure you increase your protein as well. You want to lose fat not muscle. Aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of body fat.

    • Talya Solomon

      Its great that you work out regularly and totaly normal for weaght loss to slow down as you get closer to your ideal weaght . I’d try varieng my calories day to day as opposed to just eating more . Look up calorie cycling . It is a meathod for preventing plateu’s . Its not proven but theres good anacdotal evidence and I’v had great results with it . As far as extra calories past dinner time why are you having extra calories period ? Give youreself a calorie budget for the day log it , and stick with it !

  • Anila

    Just installed this app earlier today & I’m now aware of my calorie intake. Though this app seems fairly easy to use, I’m not sure how to enter the amount of exercise I’ve done today. How exactly would I be able to do that?

    • simone

      You can add the cardiovasular or weight lifting excersize by opening your diary and selecting the plus sign in the upper right hand corner. Then scroll all the way down and select the excersize you did, and for how long.

    • Susie

      You hit the + or add to diary and then select cardiovascular. Then a list of exercises come up or you can search for your specific exercise type, select it and put how long you did it for and add it to diary.

  • Fernie

    Hello everyone, So I started using more MFP, meaning logging in my food and also been going to the dietitian. In my last visit they told me to eat less cause what the goal on MFP is too high. Last visit I have gained weight and suggested I do the weight loss surgery. I am opting out on that and want to lose weight naturally. So I have been watching what I eat and try to exercise at least 2 to 3 days a week. I also have health problems: Spinal Bifida and fracture knee. So the knee problem minimizes my activity. I do some exercises but sitting. Can anyone give more ideas of what else I can do? Thanks.

    • Sarah

      Something I considered was hypnosis for weight loss. They tell your brain you have had a gastric band fitted whilst under hypnosis….not a scalpel in sight!! It cost upwards of £300 at my local holistic centre…money I can’t currently spare. Good luck

  • Volcach

    I don’t know if this is the place to report stuff and ask questions, but I swim from 5:30 to 7 in the morning and then from 3-7 in the evening, with this information this app suggests a 5k calorie diet and wants me to get 220 grams of protein in a day…… That seems ridiculous….. Right?
    16 year old Competitive Male Swimmer

    • Susie

      I think that if you are swimming for 5.5hrs a day, you will need a lot of nutrient dense food to maintain your strength. On days that you aren’t training, you can eat less.

  • sherry

    I am 28 years old and 240 lbs. I want to get to 165 before I’m 30. Is that to far fetched. I just dont want to be 30 and a size 16.

    • Nono

      Give it a go. As you get older, it gets harder to lose weight. As soon as I passed 40 years, I found it difficult to lose weight, especially the belly area. The body changes as u get older. You are young, if u put your mind to lose the weight, u will. U have two years to do it. If you think about it, even if u only lose 5Lbs. Per month, that’s 120Lbs. in two years. WOW! I just amazed myself! I wish I thought of that before when it was easier. Try MFP and make sure to exercise. Good luck!

    • Amy H.

      I was 200 lbs and 32 years old at the beginning of 2014. I’m now 135. You can definitely do it! Change is possible. When I started my goal was to get to a size 12 (I was an 18). I’m now a size 4. Small, sustainable changes are the way to go. Be consistent, and use MFP to track EVERYTHING you eat. Try to do some kind of exercise every day. Invest in yourself. Good luck to you.

  • navneet

    Hii i am 24.i have recently joined this app .i came to know that i am already taking the calories i need but instead of this,30 min walk and 15 min aerobics my belly fat never reduces.somebody please suggest something for this

    • Talya Solomon

      How about including abdmonal excercises and calastenics ? Remember that a watched pot never boils . You got to be pationt and persist . You feel results first and see them later .

  • Dolly

    I was on citalopram a few months back i slowly came off it one of the side effect was weight gain roughly about 14 lbs and it’s been a nightmare to shift anyone got any tips or advice?

  • Melody

    Ok I don’t understand my body??? It has taken me almos 2 years to loose 84 lbs! In the past 4 months I haven’t lost anything! I know I have been through the holidays and I gained 10 lbs ! I have been hitting it hard with diet and exercise for the past 3 wks! Last week I lost 6 lbs and this week I have lost nothing ! Can’t you give me some tips? I have been trying so had to ge to my first big goal and I just can’t seem to get there! I wanted to lose 100lbs and it’s taken me almost 2 yrs and I’m still not there!

    • Talya Solomon

      Sounds like its a lot easier for you to gain than lose . Wellcome to the club . First thing I’d suggest for you is to develope stratagies during hollidays , parties and family get togethers to greatly minnimise weaght gain . Ten pounds is a lot to gain during the holidays . Know that drinks have calories as well as food and hollidays are often fluid terms which includes many parties and gatherings befor the main event , leftovers brunches etc . No one needs help gaining weight during the winter as is so you really have to be on your guard .

  • Amy H

    My husband and I have a very similar story. We started in February 2014, coming up on our one year anniversary of losing weight. Together we’ve lost 165 in one year! We’ve been completely healthy about it too. We took up running, using the Couch to 5K program, which starts VERY slow! While it was very difficult to run for even 30 seconds in the beginning, we are now both running 10Ks (about an hour of running). The My Fitness Pal has helped tremendously with the eating part of losing weight. My advice: Be honest, be consistent, and don’t get discouraged by the numbers, because you know that this is something you are doing that is better, even if you don’t lose the pounds every week, eventually it will come off!

  • Adeo

    I am mom, 40 years old, 5’8, 184lbs. I want to lose about 15-20lbs until April 26 because I am trini g for 1/2 Ironman and I am training for it. I am using MFP since January, seriouly, weighening every single day and I can see good results but I think I am eating not enough calories 1,470. I burn about 600 cals per day and I dont use them. Also, I am sugar free, I only fruits, since January first. I put on my file as sedentary lifestyle becuase I don’t do heavy stuff during my day but I really do good amount of workouts. Shall I increase my cals? I am getting worried that my body will be on syarvation mode and start getting from my muscles! Please help me!!

  • Angel Hartford Blackburn

    Fitness pal works my weight lost was done in 6months this app is the best. I FEEL GREAT alot of hardwork dedication but it paid off

  • Cassie Ross

    I’m very happy to say 4 weeks ago I started tracking my eating and very happy to say I have lost 16.6 pounds I love tracking my food it’s helped so much I will check in again next week stay in control with the food tracker

  • I have used MyFitness Pal for two years and it keeps getting better. Last year, I both a FitBit and the marriage of the two has been incredible

  • Delightfully Grimm

    Its definitely best not to eat your calories back. Remember, if you burn more than you eat then you lose weight. Otherwise all that exercise you did meant nothing, since you won’t lose a pound. I know, I’m trying to lose weight too (about 55-60lbs) and sometimes after a particularly hard work out I’ve worked up an appetite. And it sucks that I can’t “chow down” as it were. But stick to it! We can do it! 😀

  • Gloria

    I don’t believe the person in the pictures for Connor Volpe are the same person. They have different eyebrows and different noses. The female seems to be the same person. If they were an actual couple, the best picture would have been them together before, and after. So now I’m suspicious of this company.

  • Greg Dahlen

    for a while now I’ve been pushing the masai diet. The Masai are a people in Kenya who are famous for living only on products from the cow: milk; beef; and blood that they extract from their cows without killing them. The Masai also follow an important rule: “If a man eats meat and drinks milk on the same day, he is a glutton.” Therefore every day, I, who follow the diet, have to choose whether it will be a milk day or a meat day (so far I haven’t found a source for blood.) While I like meat, I prefer milk, so basically I’ve been living on fluid milk products for the last six years. Most days I drink perhaps a gallon (3.5 liters) of some kind of milk, usually skim, and that’s all I eat or drink. Sometimes I have some cream, or half and half, or some other kind of milk: 1%, 2%, or whole. I have done very well on this diet, I am six feet, one inch and this morning weighed 151 pounds. On my last physical, my PCP told me I am in the top 3% of people my age healthwise, which I attribute to the diet (my PCP is very aware of my diet.) I believe this diet would be excellent for everyone, and am particularly interested to see if it might help people with various diseases, including biggies like cancer and AIDS, and have been pushing the medical establishment to test it.

  • shelley

    whats the easiest way to start should I go thro my food and enter a lot of things in my phone or enter as I go . Suggestions?

  • Ann Peck Abdelzaher

    My husband and I have been using myfitnesspal for a year I am down 70lbs, still have 30 to go and my husband lost 30.