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Hive Mind, I need your help.

Recently I saw myself on film. I know the camera adds pounds. But not 60 or so. To that end, during one of the most stressful times of my life and the beginning of the holiday season I've decided to finally lose weight. I'm now keeping a food diary (which as a diabetic I really should have had one to begin with) to keep track of what I'm eating. I'm trying to walk during lunch and at night (the pouring rain isn't helping). While my cousin suggested CrossFit which seems awesome, yet intimidating it's WAY out of my price range at the moment. I also have sensory sues in large cavernous spaces like gyms (I can't really explain it). So while I'm starting small, I intend to finish this, well not finish it, continue it as a way of life. Food, exercise, taking care of myself.

Ok, here is where I need some expert advice. Does anyone have a rec' of an app or way of keeping track of the food diary and the exercise. I know there are a few new electronic things out there that can help. I am very much a visual learner and am interested in things that can help me track my progress. (other than my scale).

Any suggestions that you have that don't require a large amount of spending would be greatly appreciated.  I've been told about Myfitnesspal.com which does seem to have some great ways of tracking my food, I'm not sure about the exercise part and I'm unclear about their apps.

Date: 2014-10-23 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thrace-adams.livejournal.com
Lose It is a good app. I was using it for a while. It lets you track your food and your exercise, it's not perfect, but it's really good.

I wish you all the best and if you ever need a shoulder, a cheerleader, whatever, count me in *HUGS*

Date: 2014-10-24 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emyrldlady.livejournal.com
Thanks! I think I may be a little obsessed with myfitnesspal.com I keep plugging in my usual food and then get horrified when I see the calorie intake.

Date: 2014-10-23 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synnoveaevael.livejournal.com
i used MFP's app for awhile, and i liked it. if you have a smartphone, you can just scan the UPC codes of your shit into it and blammo it just adds it into your meal.

it was also easy to hunt down things to make your own "recipes". for example, i had a complete calorie count of my homemade chili and soup, because i could just look up the ingredients on there. there are so many things on there that it's really easy to track everything. i think you could benefit from that as a log.

Date: 2014-10-24 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emyrldlady.livejournal.com
Yeah I've been playing around with some of my usual food intake and realizing holy shit I don't eat well. But I'm also seeing what I can substitute.

Date: 2014-10-24 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synnoveaevael.livejournal.com
yeah, that's always a fun eye opener. heh.

Date: 2014-10-24 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedi-007.livejournal.com
Both My Fitness Pal and Loose it are good... I think Loose it tries harder to get you to pay for premium access.

If you want a fitness tracker, which I'd recommend... the most inexpensive one is either the new Misfit Flash ($50 at Best Buy) or the Fitbit Zip ($60). The other options are apps on your phone, which are probably a bit cheaper, but you have to remember to check them, and they may have a hit on battery life.

Date: 2014-10-24 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emyrldlady.livejournal.com
I may head to BB this weekend. It's hardly a task to get Jeff to go there and he's got tons of coupons, so who knows!

I may have to get a new phone soon anyway. My battery is seriously screwed up.

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