My Fitness Pal

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A long time ago in a far away galaxy I visited a dietician who helped me discover My Fitness Pal It’s a free tool that you can access online or from an app on your phone. You can search their database when adding food or you can even scan the barcode and most times it brings it up for you. I’ve always liked that!

When you first sign up you enter your current weight and your goal and it calculates how many calories you can eat each day to reach that goal. You can add how many ounces of water you drank and what exercises you did that day. It will calculate how many calories you burned doing it and add those calories back into your bank.

My dietician had me do this for a month as a discovery tool to see what I was putting into my mouth. Wow it was quite a shocker! I believe it was somewhere near 2,500 calories a day with no exercise.  When it was all said and done I was put on a 1500 calorie plan. I say plan because this isn’t a diet, this is a way of life from now on. That’s important to understand. I was super shocked to learn that liquor and wine has calories. WHAT??? It’s a drink for crying out loud! Drinks aren’t supposed to have calories!! But she made a place for it in my plan and I loved her for it.

I’m not sure if you can see the details of this picture but it gives you an idea of what a daily tally of the food you’ve eaten for the day looks like. I like how at the bottom you can see if you went over, or came in under the recommended amounts of things like fat and protein. Looks like I had too much fat and protein today. Eeeek!

After using the tool for years I’ve learned how many calories each food I typically eat each day and have a good idea what I can and can’t eat (I choose to ignore this knowledge sometimes) so I will enter my food in for about a week as a refresher and reminder to behave.

Check it out. It’s easy and even better it’s FREE!!!



Spinning Love

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People who love spinning are insane. I remember thinking that, watching from the safety of my elliptical, as my fellow gym members walked into the spinning room dry, and came out drenched, like they had gone to a swimming class instead. What was even stranger was they always had smiles on their faces. After taking a beating like that? What gives?

Of course I had to solve the mystery so I tried it out and fell into spinning love. I was training for the MS150 at the time and figured the extra training would help, and it really did. The trainer was so upbeat, had us cheering, laughing and sweating rivers. When it was over I felt like I had really accomplished something, and after a few classes, I was stronger. My butt wasn’t happy with me though. It’s true the seats are butt killers, but with some padded cycling shorts, some time out of the saddle during class, and experience it’s not so bad.

Recently I’ve decided to give home workouts a try. I haven’t been going to the gym, and it’s largely due to lack of time, but if I’m being honest with myself I just don’t like the atmosphere of public gyms. If I’m there with a trainer or a gym buddy it’s a little bit better, but I’m just not being consistent so I’m giving this a try.

With that little bee buried in my bonnet I decided to get myself an affordable spinning bike for home and follow some online classes. Years ago I had purchased one from amazon but it came with a warped flywheel. It came with a one year warranty so I called the support number and they said we could ship the bike back and get a replacement. Sounded nice at first, but when I realized I had to pay for shipping, and that price was almost as much as the bike cost me, I decided to stash it away in the house. I tried to use it, and you still can it’s just very loud and feels wobbly as you ride it, but it’s not going to work if I’m serious about this.

After some searching I found the Bladez Fitness Stratum GS II from Sears. After taxes it came out to a little bit over $300. It was important for me to get it locally so if it breaks I don’t have to ship it back. I wish I could give it a review but it’s still in the box. It arrived at my local sears and I picked it up, but then got really sick and have been sick with bronchitis for two weeks. I’m starting to feel a bit better so I hope to assemble it this weekend and give it a brief little spin. Once I do, I’ll be back with a review. I’m super excited about trying this baby out!