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One chocolate chip cookie per mile.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I know that many of you wear a fitbit or other devices for calculating calories burned. Thatís something I want to know too so I use the SP fitness tracker to get an estimate of how Iím doing. I understand that itís just an estimate.

The treadmill at the gym doesnít take pace or elevation into consideration. It records the same number of calories per mile whether Iím walking or running or whether the incline is 0 or Iím mimicking an attack on Mt Everest.

The default is for a 150 lb man and I never bother to enter my gender or weight. I just figure that my calories are somewhat less than what shows up on the summary display.

I prefer to synchronize my activity with food. So to me each mile is equivalent to one chocolate chip cookie (and not the BIG cookies either).

This works in reverse as well. When Iím tempted to grab a cookie (or two or more), I instinctively think Ė one, two (or five?) miles will get rid of this. Hmm, how much do I really want it? Sometimes, Iíll eat it (them) anyway, but at least Iím doing it with my eyes wide open.

Although it's only an estimate this helps me avoid the trap of "I can eat this since I worked out today"

Watermellen and I are on the same wavelength. I just read her blog entry
"How far would I have to walk to burn it off?"
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