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.