Friday, January 18, 2008

A Healthier Life

It's Random Friday! Where nothing I say is connected to anything else I say! Where the Adderall XR is ignored in favor of the raging ADD! Where ... hey! Something shiny!

Okay, before I get to the new thing we're trying, I have to post a haiku, in honor Wonderful World of Wieners and Hallie's contest. Don't anybody else enter! I want to win! I don't think posting a haiku on my blog will count as an entry, but here goes (oh, just so you know, I hate haikus, and I can't ever see the imagery in poetry, which is why I love limericks, but this is for a good cause, so hush! And this isn't a haiku about Hallie anyway):

Blogging is so droll
All the best people visit
Making the time fly

See what I mean? I can't understand poetry, much less write it.

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Where was I? Mmm ... sipping my morning coffee. Sending the last child off to school. Eating a Pop Tart. No! No Pop Tarts! Let me show you why. The Hunny joined a group at work recently - actually, he signed up for a contest - called the Biggest Loser. Yes, like the TV show. He's the only man in the group, making the whole contest quite unfair, if you ask me, since men just drop weight when they set their minds to it. But there's money involved, so unfair works for me.

Hunny came home after entering the contest to tell me that the Girls at work (I just love it when he talks about the Girls. He's worked in education forever and I don't get jealous. It reminds me of the movie Mr. Mom, and they're his little poker and beer group, complaining about the housework. The Girls.) had found this fantastic website which tracks everything you eat. It's called The Daily Plate, and when registering you tell it all kinds of crazy things, like your height and weight, your average activity every day, what you want to be when you grow up. More importantly, you tell it how much weight you want to lose every week and it tells you how many calories you can eat every day. Then it keeps track of them and tells you when you've gone over.

To help it determine your daily calorie intake, you click on My Plate (top right corner) and type what you ate into the Search box. For instance, I just typed in "coffee non-dairy creamer," and it came up with a big list. I clicked on the first one and it took me to a page that describes what I clicked. Yep, that's what I had, so I clicked "I ate this." Today. And for breakfast. No, no Pop Tart. It also has every brand and restaurant known to mankind. The Hunny was typing in his Panera chopices while he was eating them. How cool is that?!

What's also cool (I didn't get into this at first. I'm REALLY SLOW that way.) is the little pie chart on the right that indicates how much of your daily diet is carb, protein and fat. Ouch. And there's a water glass for your water intake. This is an extremely cool tool.

This first few days of playing the game (this is more like a game than anything right now), I plan to just eat like I usually do and see what my diet looks like. Yesterday I didn't do so hot with protein, which is no surprise. I'm a carb fanatic. Between Pop Tarts and Ramen, I have a lock on the carbs. But I don't seem to be getting enough calories. The Adderall XR has stolen my appetite, meaning I've lost about 25 pounds since last summer. But I NEED to start exercising and eating right.

The other really neat thing about this site is that there are groups. You can join a group or choose to remain private. No one but you will ever see your profile. OR (and here's the potential fun) you could join me! My husband has a fun group to belong to, and he's invited me in, but I feel rather out of place with all those career women. Anyone care to join me? Let's start our own group! Or just try it out for a day or two first. I'm not saying that any of you need to lose weight or anything ... actually, you could join just to maintain, see what your eating habits look like on a pie chart (admit it - you've always wanted to know).

So there's the "big thing" I was waiting till today to reveal. I hate diets and weight loss programs. This isn't either. I'm starting to get just a little bit excited about it. Go check it out! And if you join my group, you can see what I eat. I know, that's not an incentive. At least you don't have to WATCH me eat. But that's a subject for a heebie jeebie post.

Until I write again ...

Flea

16 comments:

Marguerite said...

That sounds so cool! Brandon and I have done a similar thing for tracking our spending and it works. Why not food? Hmmm... We'll have to check it out. We definitely need to eat better.

Flea said...

It's a lot of fun. We track a budget, but we're not very good at it. :(

Melissa said...

Hmm, I'm going to have to give this one a good looking at. Thanks for the link!!

Candace said...

I will join you :) I am on another site that is very similar... or atleast I have an account, I haven't been there since last May when my email loop ended their "contest". Anyway, I lost 20lbs doing it last year and I still have a few to go, so I will join you. Counting works for me because I can "see" it and understand it better than just eating better. I'm a math person after all :-D Which "group" are you? Also, I like that shiny new thing....

Flea said...

I've set up a group. Now you become a member, then I invite you to the group! I set it up by invitation only, but the group name is The Good Flea's Group. What fun! I'll need to know your member name to invite you.

Karen said...

My hubby's workplace did a Biggest Loser last year, and allowed me to join as well. You're right, men have an unfair advantage. He won hands-down. But because I live with him, he was my motivation. We ended up in 1st and 2nd place and more than got our money back. It was GREAT incentive!

I'd love to join your group, as some of my lost pounds found me. Count me in!

Flea said...

Sweet! Thanks for the encouragement! Sounds like you and your hunny rock. Just sign up at the daily plate and let me know! Cool!!!

harrybyte said...

This is the Hunny. (I don't know if I appreciate the refrence to Pooh Bear.) but I love the Flea.

http://thedailyplate.com This site is great.

If anyone knows of one for money I would love to know about it.

Flea said...

You mean a budget? Anyone?

Marguerite said...

We just set up our own Excel spreadsheet and shared it in Google docs to keep track of our money. I'll send you more info by email. :)

Ours works very similarly to this food website. Just input what we spent everyday and it totals how much we have left. No more surprises from the bank when something gets processed several days later.

I have signed up for the Daily Plate. Give me a few days to check it out and I might join your group too!

The Sports Mama said...

This could be fun!

It could also be potentially devastating to my already precariously fragile self-image... lol....

And of course, it would start telling me to cut back on the pasta....

Which would just annoy me....

Leading me to initiate a revolt against all things healthy...

Which would wind up causing me to eat MORE pasta....

So yeah.... if you give a mouse a cookie.... lol...

*but I'll still think about it!*

Maria said...

Another great idea from you. Thank you. I think I might just try it.

Jan Parrish said...

My plan is to actually weigh what my drivers license says I weigh. LOL. I'm down 8 lbs this month.

Jan Parrish said...

BTW, I love that picture. Totally cracks me up.

Flea said...

I want ot weigh about 60 pounds LESS than my DL says! Just got a new one last January with the move. :)

Maria, feel free to join us! The more there are, the more fun this is.

And the picture is my Little Guy doing one of his favorite tricks: he's far sighted, so his glasses are really magnifying lenses. When he pulls them away from his face, his eyes look HUGE.

Joanne said...

Flea, loved the post. Thanks for dropping by my place yesterday.

The girls at work are doing the 'Biggest Loser' together too. I think I may need to join up, have gained 5lbs in cookies,and See's candy from Christmas, arugh!!!

Hope you stop by again,

Warmly, Joanne