So I have talked about the Fitbit Flex and MyFitnessPal and how I use it to keep me on track for the hours I am not in the gym. Today I want to go ahead and open myself up for ridicule and mockery, but today I will be talking about how I use Pinterest to help me do right during my day.
Pinterest, even though it is thought by many to be a girly website is a VITAL part of my daily/weekly/monthly routine. There are days I can not get into the gym and I use a home workout that I can find on the site. When the routine of Chicken and veggies, or fish and asparagus gets old, I can go to Pinterest and search for healthy options to keep us from burning out on the basics. Some of the recipes that are labeled healthy on that site are FAR from healthy, so be aware of your ingredients and fats that are being used to cook with when you jump on a Pinterest recipe.
I also use Pinterest for basic motivation. There are links to some impressive transformation stories, quotes with cool pictures, and just overall motivating links about fitness, food, and faith.
Pros: Tons of Recipes, Motivational Articles/Quotes, Workouts for when you can’t get to the gym
Cons: “Girly Website”, Some recipes aren’t what they say they are, and after awhile you see the same things over and over again.
Here is a link to a recipe I found on there last week that was a perfect example of a recipe we needed at the right time, we were getting burnt out on our routine lunch and we worked this into the weekly prep list and BOOM. Loved it.
Last week I talked about the Fitbit Force and how it has opened my eyes to the laziness of the 23 hours of my average. I spend an hour a day 4 or 5 days a week at my Crossfit box working my tail off, but the other hours I was pretty stationary. The Fitbit has changed that.
One of the added benefits of the Fitbit is it’s ability to sync up with other apps and websites to help build some habits and change routines. Today I am talking about MyFitnessPal. I have never been one to count calories because it is a tedious, and frankly boring habit to get into. Nobody wants to finish off their favorite meal at a local restaurant only to pull out their phone and realize they ate more calories in the last 15 minutes than they were supposed to the whole day (Thanks a lot Buffalo Wild Wings). Anyways, I decided if I am going to chart my steps and be diligent about the work I am doing, I needed to investigate what was going in vs. what was coming out when it comes to calorie burn. A month with my Fitbit and MyFitnessPal and there are some major positives and a few negatives of the calorie tracking app.
Pros: Actively thinking “Should I eat this? Do I have enough room in my “budget”, Easy barcode tracking, automatically syncs both ways with Fitbit App and website, Easy to use, tons of foods on the database. Set reminders to log your meals
Cons: Still boring to track calories, water logging is weird, I log through FitBit, Creating new foods is annoying.
MyFitnessPal – I will continue to use it because it does force me to think about that late afternoon snack or whether or not the second beer is worth the count. I have had a few moments where I think “Oh I have burned 700 calories walking today, I can eat a _______ which isn’t on plan but it won’t put me over”, luckily 95% of the time my will power will carry me.