Monday, August 02, 2010
Thanks to MyrtleBeachWins, I have a new website to help out with those restaurant portions & nutritional information. Very useful!!
Check it out!!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I got this website from MyrtleBeachWin's blog:
Since I've had some of my SparkPeople "Friends" disappear when they canceled their SparkPeople, they and their helpful blogs went with it. So I am duplicating it here. Hopefully MyrtleBeachWin will be with us a long time. Can't hurt to have some duplication, because in the future, someone is likely to be searching for the same thing as I did, and then get either MyrtleBeachWin's page, like I did, or mine. Or someone else's page.
In any case, within this page are many other calculators and assessments. The links likely won't show up in here??
Body Composition & Target Weight
Kids Body Composition
Adult Body Composition I (Advanced Measurement)
Adult Body Composition II (General Measurement)
Blood Pressure Assessment
Blood Alcohol Estimator
BMI Calculator (Body Mass Index)
BMR Calculator (Basal Metabolic Rate)
Calories Burned Calculators
Calories burned through home activities
Calories burned through work activities
Calories burned while walking I (under 200 Pounds)
Calories burned while walking II (over 200 Pounds)
Calories burned while jogging
Calories burned with various sports
Calories burned with various activities
Calories burned at the gym
Calorie and Nutrient Calculator
Diet & Fitness Resource
Exercise Risk Assessment (ACSM)
Fat Intake Calculator
Fitness Calculators & Testing
Push Up Test
Sit Up Test
Sit & Reach Test
Stride Length Calculator (Female)
Stride Length Calculator (Male)
One Rep Max (1RM) Estimation
Rockport Walk Test
1.5 Mile Run (VO2 Max - Measures Athletic Fitness)
12 Minute Run (VO2 Max - Measures Athletic Fitness)
Target Heart Rate
YMCA Bench Press
Heart Rate Assessment
Heart Attack Risk Calculator
Heart Disease Risk Calculator
Heart Explorer (Flash-Interactive)
Ideal Body Weight & Mass Calculator
Nutrient Info Database
Radiation Dose Calculator
Real Age (Health Age) Calculator
Protein Intake Calculator
Strength Conditioning / Weight Training Chart
Stride Length Calculator (Female)
Stride Length Calculator (Male)
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Unit Conversion Calculator
I guess I would have to "add link" by each type of calculator listed above. Maybe a project for another day!
Oh...and while I'm on the topic - here's another web page, basic idea, but it is just a table of calories burned by activity, assuming a person at 135 pounds, 165 pounds, 195 pounds.
This is at
(hmmm looks fine here in edit mode but then when I look at it in blog mode after posting it, the blog page splits up the URL address I typed in. I guess the fact that I added it as a link below is interesting, but irrelevant - the word processor here will just split the URL up any old way it thinks.).
So would be a quick way to guess calories burned.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I'm SOOOO happy that we now have the fitness maps built in to Spark People! I was already using the Google map pedometer program on Google, but now it's all here and easy to use as well.
ess_maps_home.asp is where to go to actually look for routes in your hometown or to chart your own route and save it (anonymously or with your SP nickname).
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1888214 SparkGuy's blog announcement about the Fitness Map... Gonna save it here for all posterity, such as it is, since I know I'll forget where to find it later!!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.
Don't waste your energy on worrying
Too many of us worry about things that we cannot change. Although worrying gives you something to focus on, there are more productive ways to spend your time. Instead of worrying about the things you cannot control, remind yourself that worrying doesn't bring change. If it is a situation that you can control, then there is no reason to worry! Find a solution and spend your energy fulfilling it. If nothing else, just talk to someone about your concerns. Getting them out in the open tends to help put your mind at ease.
Friday, September 07, 2007
I took the diet personality thing and I was pretty well evenly divided up among the 4 types. There didn't seem to be a way to save my results so I decided to paste it all into my blog and snip out the stuff from the side frames... and add to it the info on the other types that are on subsequent pages. I tend to be one way at one phase of my life, then another way, etc and bounce around. And right now, I'm actually making some improvements, like on the "Portion Distortioner" - in learning to make smaller portion choices.
The SparkPeople Diet Personality Profiler
Thank you for taking the SparkPeople Diet Personality Profiler! Your Diet Personality Type can help you make smart menu planning decisions and eating choices. Knowing more about your type can also help you avoid the diet pitfalls of the past. There are many people on our support message boards with similar types that may be able to help.
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Rank: Diet Personality Type: Your Score:
Portion Distortioner * * * * *
Emotional Eater * * * * *
Carb and Calorie Crazed * * * * *
Fast Fueler * * *
The Portion Distortioner Personality
This person is a lifetime member of the Clean Plate Club. In fact, you may often continue to eat beyond the point where you're not even hungry anymore. A study by the American Institute for Cancer Research found that 67% of Americans eat everything on their plates regardless of size. You tend to feel deprived when eating smaller portions and, ironically, you sometimes overeat on "healthy" foods.
There is also a good chance you tend to eat out pretty often, and have noticed how restaurants and fast food joints have been up-sizing and biggie sizing your servings. Yet, even though you know portions have grown, you feel like you haven't eaten unless you are stuffed to the gills. Many of this type also use food as their sole source of weekend entertainment. It's what we call "Eat-for-tainment." Eating with friends and having fun is great, but if you are using food much more than other forms of entertainment (i.e. events that involve not sitting) it is something to be concerned about.
What can you do?
The first thing to do is get a handle on what you put on your plate. There are many small changes you can make, smart strategies that will help you eat less, eat slower and eat on purpose. It can be as easy as using smaller plates and eating more slowly. Overall, you need to be vigilant about the portions you're faced with and be wary of the Eat-for-tainment traps. Stop cleaning your plate (this is not a proper sense of accomplishment) and look into doing something with your friends other than eating and watching.
How SparkPeople Can Help
You and your body need to re-learn what proper portion sizes are because your body is used to being fed too much. SparkPeople can help because each food in our 10,000-food database is labeled with a recommended serving size and our Nutrition Resource Center includes special sections devoted to portion control. The food tracking system also shows a clear view of how your portions are leveling off. You'll know right away if you are in portion distortion mode the first time you see 50% or more of your calories coming from one meal.
Good Tips for Portion Distortioners
* Eat slower! Most Portion Distortioners eat very quickly.
* Ask for a "to-go" box at the start of the meal and keep these single serving portions in mind:
o One pat of butter or margarine = a Scrabble tile
o Small potato or medium fruit = computer mouse
o 3 ounces of protein = cassette tape
The Emotional Eater Personality
The main problem you face is eating when you're not hungry or eating to satisfy something other than hunger. "Food for your mood" can cause your diet to vary a great deal. Too much of your eating is driven by boredom, stress, or dejection - you might even find yourself in the kitchen, open cookie bag in hand, and not know why. Mindless and emotional eating for you can be caused by any number of reasons. It is likely you have more weight to lose than most or have grappled with weight most of your life.
A tendency for this personality type is to yo-yo on dieting and swing through "all-or-nothing" extremes (e.g., I've blown it already this meal so why not have dessert?) A few spoonfuls turn into a snack turns into a binge…especially around the high stress holidays.
What can you do?
A diet alone is not the best option for the Emotional Eater. Emotional Eaters can become fixated on what's good and what's bad and grow obsessed about eating. The emotional eater needs to become more conscious of when and what they eat and surround themselves with the support they need to change. You will need to develop new skills for dealing with boredom, stress and/or sadness. You need a conscious connection to your hunger.
Confidence can be the missing ingredient and starting small is key. Consider starting a streak for a predetermined period (say two weeks) and focus on regularly reaching just one goal for that period. An example would be to drink 8 cups of water each day. This success will give you the new habits and confidence to try another goal. Emotional eaters do well with friends by their sides to help coach and maintain a degree of accountability.
How SparkPeople can help
For you, weight loss is more complicated than simply counting calories and it will take some investigation to get to the root of your eating habits. The SparkPeople support message boards and expert coaching will give you the strength and insight to overcome past problems. The circle of friends and the support group at SparkPeople will help you take the pounds off quickly - and keep them off! Our food tracker and reporting system of over 10,000 foods, when used with the online journal, can expose those mindless and emotional eating times and help you develop strategies for dealing with them.
Helpful hints for emotional eaters
* Surround yourself with positive re-enforcers, like pictures and goal reminders.
* Track your eating patterns, including when and why you pick up food.
Carb & Calorie Crazed
The Carb Crazy Personality
This person has an unbalanced diet heavy on starches. You tend to eat a menu loaded with your favorites; this all too often means high fat, high carbs and high calories! Odds are also high that you're not getting the recommended amount of vegetables, fruit and fiber in your diet. In fact, less than 15% of Americans eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetable servings each day. This is more than just an unbalanced diet - it's unhealthy! When you're not carb loading or under the sweet spell of the three H's (i.e., Hostess, Hershey, and Haagen-Daz!), you probably have the salty C's crashing down on you (i.e., Chips, Cheetos, and Chex Mix). The trouble with your unbalanced diet is that your energy and blood sugar can be all over the place and induce cravings and crashes. It can make you moody, irritable and can cause some difficulty in concentration.
What can you do?
You have probably found that once you start on a path to better eating and good health it is easy to stick with. That is, until a special event - like a vacation or holiday - and its rich foods knock you off course. It's tough to get back on track, but you know you can because you have done it before. The key is making more consistent healthy choices and stop the yo-yo dieting. You need to know more about the choices you make and how to re-channel those cravings. By tracking what you eat, you can see patterns, plan ahead for danger zones, and start using some smart healthy substitutions.
How SparkPeople can help?
Eating well is about making good choices, adding some balance and taking control of what you eat. It is a simple equation: to lose weight, more calories in means more calories have to come out through activity and exercise. Our food tracker analyzes the distribution of your calories, so you get real-time feedback on how balanced or unbalanced your diet is. Too many calories from any major food source can throw up some flags and point you in the right direction for making simple changes.
Knowing is half the battle. Would you eat one less donut if you knew it meant an extra two miles on the running track to get rid of those 400 calories? SparkPeople has an extensive Nutrition Resource Center that educates you on good fitness and nutrition options and strategies. Plus you'll learn a lot with our food tracker, menu plans, and supportive online community.
Good Tips for the carb and calorie crazed
* Give your refrigerator and cupboard a complete makeover. Toss out the temptations!
* Take a list of food items heavy on proteins, fruits and vegetables to the grocery store.
* Replace fried snacks and chips with baked snacks like pretzels.
The Fast Fueler Personality
Convenience is everything - and it's a problem. You tend to be on the go a lot and have a no-nonsense but inconsistent approach to health and fitness. The rational side knows about good nutrition and how it helps you get more done. But eating right all the time is a real hassle, especially when you just want to know what tastes good! Moreover, you prefer to eat when hungry but your busy schedule makes it difficult. Relatively speaking, it is also likely you have less weight to lose compared to most.
Fast Fuelers as a general rule tend to get caught up in what they're doing and sometimes forget to eat. A skipped breakfast or lunch is a recipe for trouble, usually ending up in an evening or late night calorie load-up. Fast Fuelers do not necessarily eat a lot of fast food, but your hectic day can lead to unhealthy food because a trip home or the grocery store just isn't convenient.
What can you do?
Retake control of your diet with meal planning, convenience, and more consistency. Spacing out smaller, more frequent meals will keep your energy reserves stable and avoid the highs and lows of "grab and go" meals and late night snacking. You need to structure good nutrition into your day (like other appointments) to avoid the compromising situations that cause you to skip meals or hit the drive thru. You are likely an excellent do-it-yourselfer in other areas of your life. Plan and pack ahead. Use that advantage of discipline and determination to stick to a real plan!
How SparkPeople Can Help
SparkPeople's structured meal plans match your caloric needs and take the guesswork out of healthy food choices. Our searchable 10,000-food database makes it easy to plan ahead and keep track of calorie levels, overall nutrition and your weight loss progress. Choose from our plans or mix and match your own. Our food planning, tracking and calendar tools help you control your eating habits without using up a lot of valuable time or brainpower. They bring stability to your diet, using your rational side to plan ahead and stay consistent.
Good Tips for Fast Fuelers
* Pack your lunch or have someone pack for you so it's there when you need it.
* Have and use plenty of disposable resealable containers of different sizes.
* Batch-cook food on Sunday for the rest of the week
* Make a point to have more fresh fruit and vegetables within arm's reach.
* Try cutting the intake of coffee and soda in half or substituting with green tea.
Other Diet Personality Types
Carb and Calorie Crazed
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