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Fitbit and MyFitnessPal and Spark People

Sunday, November 04, 2012

So I am my own worse enemy in this battle to get healthy!

I have the tools to do it, and yet I don't! I'm lazy!

Back in the 1980's when I started gaining weight, the tools were not available. You had to join WW or other similar pricey programs, or buy a diet book and try to follow it. If you lived in a small town, the options for working out were very limited. Anyone remember buying the Jane Fonda album and trying to figure out the exercises from the pictures and what she said? I'm sure I did some of the exercises totally wrong! And no internet to go look them up and see the correct way to do them (thank you YouTube!! and Spark People!!).

So the tools are available and are free, although you can opt for paying for them to get extra options.

So what is the one free tool that FB, MFP, and SP have that I don't take advantage of? The food tracking!

I'm tracking everyday this week for a challenge I'm in, and I must say I'm kicking myself for not doing it earlier, although I tried a time or two.

MFP has a pretty easy food tracker. I love being able to scan bar codes into it. Saves a lot of time! And it syncs to Fitbit. Now Fitbit lets you set a goal, with four levels availables (lose 1/2 pound a week, 1 pound a week, 1 1/2 pound a week, or 2 pounds a week). I had mine set on the medium level: lose a pound a week. However, I've been so inactive the last couple of months, due to health issues, that I decided to change to the easy level today: losing 1/2 pounds a week.

Now FB sets my daily calorie range according to my goal and how much I've worked out in the past few days. So unlike SP, where you have to go in and reset your fitness goal to make it work with the nutrition tracker (or else the trackers fuss at you!). FB automatically adjusts the level. And if I work out during the day FB adjusts it according to your workout. So I started the day with a number of calories: say 1500, and after walking for 1.5 miles, FB added calories to my day. So instant reward!!
And FB syncs to SP, so I don't have to add these things into SP separately.

Oh...don't forget the Aria scale. It syncs to FB, which again syncs to SP.

So the moral of this story is: no excuses anymore! If I don't track my food, shame on me!! I'm only hurting myself. FB, MFP, and SP have made it easy for me to do this, so I need to stop being lazy.

I'm on day 2 of tracking. Let's see how my weight is on Saturday after tracking my food every day, and staying within my calorie range.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHRIS_77 2/1/2013 3:35AM

  I really like using MFP to track food. Per Fitbit's instructions, I'm using Fitbit to track weight/fat/measurements, and MFP to track food. MFP syncs to Fitbit and all is good.

I have synced my Fitbit account to Sparkpeople just a few minutes ago, and I do have food information on my Fitbit account (from MFP)... the question, then, becomes: "how do I link my MFP account with Sparkpeople such that my reporting on MFP shows up on Sparkpeople?"

You seem to have cracked this nut, but I don't know how. I'd appreciate knowing how you did this!

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MELBBART 11/7/2012 10:35PM

    Tracking is HUGE for me. I'd say 90% of any success I have is from tracking. I'm thrilled with this week's challenge too, it is keeping me motivated to stay in my calorie range and track everything, and it is already paying off. It seems like the whole team is doing great with it too, so I can't wait to see all of our results on Saturday!

I'm very interested in this Fitbit thing. I'm glad to hear that you like it. I'm contemplating adding it to my Christmas list. :)

Keep tracking! emoticon

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DOINITRIGHT2012 11/4/2012 7:23PM

    You are not lazy. Your priorities have been different, and now they are realigned for success. You can do this, I know you can! Find a way to make it work for you. You know how much you want to make your 5% goal, so go for it! I'll be right with you. emoticon

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MARCIAC10 11/4/2012 6:37PM

    I think the ease of scanning bar codes appeals to me, making it so easy to log food. Oatmeal for breakfast: scan the barcode. Adjust the serving size if necessary. So easy that I don't have an excuse not to log food!

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CHINAGAL 11/4/2012 6:36PM

    I'm trying to get back to tracking (day 2). When I don't do it I gain!

Keep up the good work!

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AMYROSEC 11/4/2012 6:11PM

    Tracking becomes 2nd nature after doing it for a while. emoticon

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KATYDID412 11/4/2012 4:49PM

    I'm working on being more honest in my tracking ... challenging.

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6BALLMAN 11/4/2012 4:01PM

    Tracking definitely makes a positive difference to me. USE IT!!!

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-AMANDA79- 11/4/2012 2:53PM

    I always lose when I track.

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