1 liter Water Bottle - 1 bottle = 4 cups = ½ daily intake of water. Can not get any easier to meet your daily intake of water. 2 bottles? SIMPLE!! I use the Sigg Aluminum bottle which keeps it cold and it looks cool.
Digital Food Scale - This makes figuring out my portions so easy because I don’t have to get out the measuring cups or count out the food pieces, I just put it on the scale and match the number on my scale to the serving size. This is also much more accurate because all foods aren’t the same size or weight and the nutritional difference can be huge. We learned this important piece of information from the Diabetes Coordinator when we were in training classes when my son was first diagnosed. HUGE DIFFERENCE!
Reading is Fundamental – We are all here at SparkPeople for a reason…to make a change and become healthier. Clearly, if we had all the right knowledge, we wouldn’t have come here to make a change. Take advantages of all of SparkPeople’s articles and resources. Make use of the My SparkDiet feature (on the Start page) to read articles and information that are geared towards you and where you are at. The more you read, the more you absorb and the easier this new lifestyle will be for you. Knowledge is power…the power to change your life!! Do it!
Heart Rate Monitor Watch - This is so important because this is the piece of equipment that will accurately tell you how many calories you’ve burned because it has your height, weight, age, and sex and it reads your body’s work through your heart rate. My Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor Watch has the OwnZone which helps determine an individual exercise zone; calorie counter and goal management and the OwnCal feature shows energy expenditure (kcalories) during one exercise session and accumulated expenditure. Zone Pointer displays your target heart rate zone and where your current heart rate is within that zone. With just a couple button touches, I can figure out my calories burned and the length of my workout. Easy, easy, easy.
SparkPeople Fitness Tracker – It is obvious why this is so important, this will help you keep on track with how many calories you are burning through your cardio and make sure you are doing your strength training. It also shows the goals you need to meet for fitness minutes and calories to be burned.
SparkPeople Food Tracker - I enter the foods I buy directly into SparkPeople’s Food Tracker and use the weight of the serving size (usually grams). I keep a notebook during the day, writing down the serving weight and the name of the food I ate. At the end of the day, I enter all my foods. If you are still working on figuring out exactly what is in what, use the tracker directly otherwise you may not keep within your calorie range. It is best to plan your meals out in advance so you know exactly what you can eat for a day but life isn’t always like that. Be careful when using the food information someone else has entered…it may not match the food you are eating, always check!!
SparkPeople – There are so many tools to mention and they all do so much good. Use everything they have to offer and you will find that they make it easier to be healthy.
For now, that's what I've come up with...but I'm sure that there are more things out there that have helped me. If I think of any more, I will come back and update this blog. I hope what I've used can help you out too. Good luck everyone!