My Fitness Pal

 

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been trying to keep track of how many calories I eat in a day. I know it sounds super weight conscious and diet-y, but really it’s given me an idea of how many calories are in my everyday food and how I can make better choices. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned already….an average women with a moderately active lifestyle should be eating around 2000 calories a day and should be keeping their fat intake to 44-78 g per day. If you don’t exercise at all, they suggest 1600 calories per day. What’s scary is that one meal alone at a restaurant can have up to 1200 calories or more (think any chain restaurant you’ve ever been to). Over the last six months, I’ve found myself snacking throughout the day more and picking up whatever snack was available instead of taking a few seconds to rethink a more healthy decision. Also, even though I was working-out, I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t losing any weight. I’ve come to realize, by writing down my calories and food choices that I eat TOO many calories just through snacking at my desk and during the evening while watching TV.

Initially, I was just writing down my calorie intake for each meal and totaling it up at the end of the day, but a friend of mine just told me about a free app called My Fitness Pal. It’s an app that you can load onto your phone or iPad and it looks up what you are eating, using a HUGE database, and gives you the number of calories, fat, carbs, etc.. You can enter each meal into the app and it will keep track of your daily calorie intake. You can also enter your own calories in if it doesn’t have the exact food you are eating in its database. The app also has a great fitness dairy where you can set goals for losing weight and for exercise.

I don’t want to track my calories forever, but it is a great way to learn about what you’re eating and how it can affect your weight, mood, hunger levels, and sugar intake. After only doing it for two weeks, I am already feel healthier and better equipped to pick healthier options. You definitely rethink your food options when you see that one ice cream bar at the store has 350 calories/17 g fat and another has 150 calories/9 g fat. When you are only supposed to eat 2000 calories a day, you start to think “do I want to waste that many calories on one ice cream bar?” Food for though.

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(Images via My Fitness Pal)

Bicycle Kitchen, Los Angeles

My friend told me about this place in Los Angeles called Bicycle Kitchen. It’s a non-profit bicycle repair educational organization, where you can go and get help fixing your bike. JB and I both need to fix a few parts on our bikes to make them functional and I’m thinking this is the place to do it. What a great idea!!

“We are a group of volunteers who run a space in Los Angeles filled with tools and stands for working on bicycles. Our hope is that you will come down and work on your bike! We will help you. We ask for a SUGGESTED DONATION of $7 per hour (no one is turned away for lack of funds). We have almost every tool you could need and every shift at least one of us will be able to answer whatever question you may have…(hopefully).

In Addition to tools we have tons of old donated bike parts and some semi-complete bikes, every now and then we get a fully operational bike.”

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(Images via Bicycle Kitchen)

Zen Habits: 9-5 Staying Active

There’s a great post on Zen Habits today about staying active during a 9-5 work schedule. I know that I’ve struggled with finding time to exercise and stay active during my work week…especially with a two-hour (one hour each way) commute. Lately, I’ve been walking at lunch. It has improved my energy level and attitude greatly and I’ve noticed my legs and mid-section getting firmer. BONUS!! This infographic says it all…kind of scary!

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(Image via Mashable)

 

World Record Dodgeball Game at the University of Alberta

Back on February 3rd, my alma mater, the University of Alberta, set the world record for the largest dodgeball game EVER played!! 5000 people participated…..my mom was one of them….how fun!!

“You can do a lot of things to Canada — you can mock their giant inflatable beavers, even take away the fighting in hockey. But do not mess with them in dodgeball. The University of Alberta again stands tall today, as it has reclaimed the Guinness World Record for most people participating in a game of dodgeball — 4,979.

It was a heady time for the University of Alberta in Feb. of 2010, when 1,745 students gathered to break the Guinness dodgeball record. Then, the Dodgeball Cold War struck, as first the Rochester Institute of Technology (2,136 people) and then UC Irvine (4,000) broke the record, both in 2011. But U of Alberta is now King of Dodgeball again. They do not receive the giant, gleaming Patches O’Houlihan Trophy for this, because there is no such thing. But there should be.

While this may be a novelty in the U.S., dodgeball is big in Canada — many schools include it as part of the recreation curriculum.”  – NBC Sports

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(Images via Flickr)

Food Test: Act of Willpower

Why is it that when you are watching your diet, things like pie and cake just magically show up in your life? Yesterday, a vendor at work brought apple pie and left it in the kitchen. Test 1 of the day: I passed with flying colors and ate a banana instead. STEP AWAY FROM THE PIE. Then we met our friends “A” and “K” for dinner and the manager asked if we could do him a favor and help him out by eating complementary cheese cake and apple pie. Test 2: FAIL!!! My willpower is only so strong.

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(Image via Pinterest)

P90X…I Think WE Can….

Last week, JB and I started the P90X Fitness Program. Our friend “D” offered to lend it to us, so we figured we would give it a chance. What’s nice is we can do it a home and and you don’t need a lot of equipment? I will warn you….IT’S REALLY HARD!! The first couple days, we couldn’t walk or laugh because we were so sore, but I’ve lost 4 pounds and JB has lost 6 pounds so far. Combined with a healthy diet, we’re going to be fitness models before you know it. Only 85 more days to go……I think we can?

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(Image via Jill McDonald)

Boxing Boot-Camp

My friend “D” invited me to a boxing boot-camp this morning and all I can say is….OUCH! My whole body hurts!! The workout was fantastic, but my arms and legs are quickly seizing up. Soon we’ll have arms of steel!!! Right now, I feel like the guy knocked out in the ring.

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(Image via Google UK)