Plate Me UP, Scotty
I have recently been tracking my food intake and exercise via a new app. I’m old enough that this whole app thing is a bit intimidating. But, how bad could I go wrong, right?
I checked out a few, settled on My Plate (Livestrong), went to the itunes store, and downloaded the thing, thinking I would need a 500 page User’s Manual to figure it out. Not so! It is quite straightforward and simple – even for me! And, it has a huge ‘library’ of foods with calories counted for me. It also has a huge library of exercise options. Further, you can customize the calories and exercises by inputting your own data which becomes part of the library.
So far, I have tracked all of my eating and exercising for about two weeks. It’s nice for me to have the visual right there in front of me when it’s 10:30 PM and I think I need a snack. Now, I don’t need one if I don’t have calories left to consume. ‘
This tracking thing keeps me mindful of what I eat. And, darn it if I don’t avoid eating at least one thing every day just cuz I don’t wanna log it in. Really. Really! This might be a minor miracle. Further, in this app, the exercise you log in is captured as calories so it effects your bottom calorie line. So, if I have consumed 980 calories (of 1200) before dinner, but I took a 30 minute brisk walk, I get 238 (walking) calories deducted from my calorie total so I get an adjusted calorie count to that point of only 742, leaving me 458 calories for dinner. If I actually lose a few pounds along the way, I will know it’s because of this app.
BTW, I am not a fan of those wrist trackers. Maybe you are. But everyone I know who wears them has issues. Some don’t count stairs. Some don’t count dance steps. The calorie counts are all over the place. All that just annoys me. I briefly wore a pedometer, but got rid of it when I routinely had racked up 6000 steps by 3 PM each day – with my main walk still ahead of me. I like the notion of tracking, but I do not want to be a slave to the thing on my wrist or hanging off the hem of my shirt. But, that’s just me……
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