Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
To do that, I've been using MyFitnessPal. It's a free online calorie counter that I can use on my Android phone. It syncs with my FitBit and adjusts how many calories I can take in that day using the data on how active I've been. MyFitnessPal lets you log everything you've eaten, track exercise,
My wife, Claire, uses LoseIt! and really likes it.
The most valuable thing counting calories brings to the table is the awareness of how many calories are in anything. Even on days I don't track, I still read labels. I understand that a cookie from Panera Bread is 450 calories (one quarter of my allotted daily intake) and a serving of carrots is 35 calories. When you realize how much your favorite foods are really costing you as far as your daily calories are concerned, it puts them in perspective.
I've been noticing lately that sweets tend to make me go off the rails. Sweets beget more sweets. It's a dangerous cycle, but that's the topic for another post.
So if you haven't yet, give apps like LoseIt! or MyFitnessPal a chance.
If you're ready to step into the future to lose weight, here is a large list of apps I use or know about to help me be fit. All of them are free for download, but some of them have paid versions. Audible is the only one that requires a subscription. Which apps do you use? Does anyone know of any really cool apps I didn't list?
MyFitnessPal - Calorie counter
LoseIt - Calorie counter
FatSecret Calorie Counter - Yup, another calorie counter
Endomondo - A great GPS-based exercise tracking app
Strava - A bicycle specific exercise app
Workout Trainer - Workouts led by expert trainers
Couch to 5k - If you're new to running, this website and app are for you. Over the course of 9 weeks they take you from not running at all to running a 5k.
Android iTunes (the iTunes app is different from the Android one, if you don't like it, there are a bunch of other Couch to 5k trainers in the app store).
Pandora - Personalized internet radio
Audible - For days I'd rather listen to an audiobook (the app is free but the service costs money)
Beyondpod - Great for listening to podcasts during a workout
Songza - Like Pandora, but lets you select songs based on your mood
Google Play Music - With this app, I have access to my entire music library
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I love going for runs in my new neighborhood. I'm less than a mile from the Mississippi and about two from St. Anthony Falls and the historic Stone Arch bridge in Minneapolis. For those of you not from the area, Minneapolis was founded because it was near Fort Snelling and St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi, which was used to power sawmills and flour mills. Names like Pillsbury, Gold Medal Flour, and General Mills all come from Minneapolis. The Stone Arch bridge is an old railroad bridge converted for pedestrian use and both sides of the river are filled with artifacts from the boom of the milling industry in the early 1900s.
Exploring my new neighborhood makes me excited to go running and seems to give me a little extra energy. Here are some pictures I've taken on runs. Forgive the lighting levels, I went out a little late.
And since we're living in the future, here are the details of my run.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By the end of the race I was a rainbow-colored hot mess. But I ran the whole thing without walking. I'd you have the opportunity to run one of these, take it. I has a blast. Also, it was, by far, the healthiest thing I've ever done at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I was feeling run down and fat last night so I got up and went for a run. I went four miles and got to explore a new part of Minneapolis. I am a little sore this morning, but I came up with a great goal. I'm going to run or walk 5k every day for a week. I'm also going to log my calories during that time. Let's see how it goes.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Alcohol is not good for diet or exercise. It's loaded with empty calories and dehydrates you like crazy.
It's not the hardest thing I've done to lose weight, but hopefully it will be effective.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Our neighbors had us over for their son's first birthday today. I had a cupcake. Our neighbors made them skinny (sans egg yolk) but I'm sure it was still in the ballpark of 200-300 calories. By no means a diet-breaker, but not exactly healthy. I still managed to successfully stay under my calories today.
Here's the deal: I would much rather not eat a cupcake than spend half an hour on a treadmill. Yes, every time I eat something sweet my brain's pleasure centers go bonkers. So much so that once I start eating anything with sugar in it, I have a hard time stopping. But it's not worth spending that long exercising making up for it.