Monday, April 09, 2012
Hey, all! Hereís hoping everyone had a happy and healthy Easter Sunday & Passover! Wishing the best to you and yours! I know, I know, itís been a while but Iím finally ready to sit down and update this blog again. I should address something quickly first before I continue: If it looks like I havenít been keeping up with my Nutrition tracker here on SparkPeople, itís because youíre right, I have not. But not because Iíve been slacking or eating poorly. Itís actually because Iíve found a quick, more comprehensive and convenient tracking tool to use. About 2 months ago I finally upgraded to the wonderful world of smart phones, and thus the even more wonderful world of apps. Thereís an iPhone app my boyfriend turned me on to called ďMy Fitness Pal.Ē Basically, you enter in what you eat very much like you do on SparkPeople, and it tracks your nutritional info for the day. Then, when you complete your tracking at the end of each day, you can see a full summary of all your nutritional info (what goals youíve reached, went over, went under, etc.) as well as an estimated amount of weight lost at the end of 5 weeks based on your dieting habits. There are a few reasons as to why Iíve chosen to use this more so than Sparkpeople: 1.) Itís really convenient. Since I usually have my phone on my person at all times, I have the option of grabbing it to enter in what I ate right after eating (which is especially useful while dining out!) 2.) It has a really expansive list of foods to choose from, so I almost always get exactly what Iíve eaten and all the appropriate nutritional info. 3.) To make it even easier to enter in food, any pre-packaged food with a bar code can be scanned and it will automatically enter in all the correct info (only once have I ran into a food that didnít work, and it was because it was a specific food from a more local retailer, other than that Iíve had great success with it!) 4.) It also tracks exercise and water intake, and factors them into the daily goals. And 5.) Itís free! Quite possibly one of the best free apps Iíve come across to date. Definitely worth checking out!
Thatís not to say that Iím giving up on SparkPeopleómost definitely not! Itís just a lot easier for me to use the app for quick & easy tracking, which is very helpful with keeping me on target! I had been still tracking on here after tracking on the appóbut it becomes very complicated and time consuming. So, if I get a chance to, I may track on here again, but Iím using this mainly to track fitness & weight loss progress, blog, browse the message boards & seek (and give!) support whenever needed!
So, now that thatís out of the way, a brief update on my nutritional and fitness goals: Today is my last day of Week 2 of the SparkPeople 28-day Boot Camp challenge! Itís been great so faróthough will see how I feel about that when I approach Week 3 and the intensity really gets turned up a few notches! But I highly recommend picking up this DVDófor $7 you canít go wrong! Plus itís really easy to track your fitness since itís all available on SparkPeople. I really need to become more interactive on the Boot Camp message boards, though. In addition to that, I try to do about 15 minutes of yoga at least once a week (the very basics, but for a beginner itís something!) I got a great Groupon about a month ago for $19 for a full Danskin yoga setóthatís a mat, DVD, belt, strap, ball AND manual! Iím not too impressed by the DVD (the audio is not synced up very well, which makes it rather tricky to follow along) so instead I grab my iPhone, set the Pandora app to ďYoga RadioĒ and I follow along with the manual. Does the trick and is great for some ďmeĒ time! I try and hit the gym two times a week. What works best for me is about 20-30 mins on the treadmill with an increasing incline (usually around 7-12Ē), followed by two short stints on the elliptical and stationary bikes, and the machine for waist slimming. And on top of that, Wednesday nights I take a Zumba class. So Iím working out roughly around 5x a weekóa lot more than I originally set out to do and a heck of a lot more than I anticipated being able to! Keeping my body in motion and getting at least 10-20 minutes of cardio a day really makes me feel a lot better!
As for nutrition, I messed around with a lot of diets and testing different waters these past few weeks, but Iíve found a steady diet based on my own body that I can do and hopefully will shield the most results. Itís essentially a modified Atkins/2-Day diet. For two days a week I do low-carb (keeping it under 50 g) and the rest of the week I allow myself up to 100g of carbs (I allow myself to go over, too, so long as itís under 165g). I base my caloric intake on the amount My Fitness Pal has allotted me, being careful not to go over or be too far under. I gave up soda for Lent, and Iím planning on continuing that even now that Easter is over, sticking instead to seltzer water, fresh tea and Crystal Light lemonade.
And speaking of which, Iím currently trying my best to maintain my diet despite the holiday. Yesterday, Iíll admit, I enjoyed a nice hearty Easter breakfast and dinner with the family (and some delicious pastries for dessert!) I went over my caloric allowance, but not by too much. And Iím being carefully to indulge in/pick at the leftover Easter candy very sparingly, and only within my range. It was really the first time I allowed myself to splurge in the past two weeks, and I still did so carefully. Everything in moderationósomething Iím definitely working on for a lot of things in life.
As always, itís still a work in progress. But, Iím moving forward. And I have a lot of reasons for my forward motion, which I will get into in a later post (I know, I still have plenty of updates to shareóand I promise to get to them all!) But, for now, this has been my fitness and nutrition update. Talk to you all soon, and best of luck! Keep on sparkiní!