Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I've decided to get serious about health and fitness at last, and that's made me feel very good about life. However, I'm also feeling a little overwhelmed. I work on computers and online all day long, and I'm extremely comfortable with technology in general (I also do a lot of work on my smartphone and use technology to track much of my nutrition and fitness information). The reason for the overwhelmed-ness doesn't stem from technology itself, but from having too many options to help keep me on track. While that sounds silly, please let me explain:
- I use MyFitnessPal on my Android to track my food and activity. I tried using SparkPeople's app, but was woefully disappointed and immediately requested a refund of my $3.99 (MFP is free. Sorry SP).
- I find that I prefer SparkPeople's online tools to those on MFP. *None* of the tools I enjoy are available on the app, which is a major oversight in my opinion, but that means that I'll spend more time on the computer involving myself with those tools.
- I'm tracking my own 6-week challenge on NerdFitness.com, an awesome community site where you create your own real-world RPG to help "Level Up Your Life". However, there's no outside app that syncs with NF.com, so I just go back there to use the very active and very motivating forums.
- I use the Active.com C25K app along with Runtastic (which isn't working as well as I'd have liked, but does sync automatically with MFP to log activity).
- I have to manually enter all of my (already tracked elsewhere) food and fitness information to SP because the app, frankly, sucks - but I do this because I want to earn SparkPoints and participate in the Goal Tracking parts of this site, which I really appreciate. These are the aspects of SparkPeople that make me want to take all of the extra steps, but I have to say, it's time-consuming.
- I'm considering purchase of a FitBit, which would change a lot of what I'm already doing, but would not eliminate the need to continue to log on to each site.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I feel like I'm wasting time double-tracking, but feel like I don't have any real option if I want to take advantage of the tools available here on Spark.