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13 October 2004 @ 08:55 am
Tools for maintaining health  
So, for those not aware of it, I have started my big back piece. The tattoo that should keep me from wanting another tattoo for about two or three years (though we have ideas on how to seamlessly extend the tattoo without getting too weird)... or if I am lucky, five or six.

So, while I am not exercising as much as normal (anything that requires something like a sports bra - bad!!), I am still walking and trying to watch what I eat. Normally I use Food Watcher Plus, which is great. It has tons (and I mean tons) of food items, and most of the organization isn't too weird. Most... Eggplant is found under the eggs category, and I believe English muffins are under Pies and Pastries instead of under bread, but mostly useful. It also allows you to add things to your personal favorites, and to add new foods and organize those new foods as you see fit.

But there is one thing it doesn't have. Exercise. I have been looking for an alternative method of calculating my total caloric intake/burn. While it is nice to have the workout log that tells me that I am a slug, but not as much of one as I was a year ago (which isn't true, but I didn't have a log book then, so let's pretend), it would be nice to have something that says you ate 1852 calories or 300+ calories over your goal, but you burned 350 calories. That type of thing.

So, I am trying out "Personal Health and Diet Manager." It can sync with a handheld device, which will be a good thing if I can ever find my charger and get my handheld working again, allows entry with a good deal of flexibility, and allows you to create "favorite meals" on top of the favorite food list (such as I have coffee/bagel which is the coffee with milk and sugar and a bagel all in one click). It has exercise...

Now the exercise has a number of useful categories as does the other activities list, but it sort of feels like an afterthought. There does not appear to be a method for creating new exercises even if only by type. So, if I want to use an elliptical machine, I will most likely end up taking the total distance by the time and trying to figure out if I am doing something more like running a 12 minute mile or more like walking a mile in 15 minutes. Another step that I would have liked to avoid. But all in all, the program is cheap and it appears to be highly useful. Like all programs, it is only a guideline, but it does a needed job. (And I can put some of my favorite homemade meals in there.)

Now back to work... new attorney users data management filer kathunk!

And the icon was because sometimes you just feel like a flaming chocobo...
Feeling like: practicing at work
Listening to: Gilbert & Sullivan - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company - Overture
Jigglius Caesarjiggliusceasar on October 13th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
I figured out how to attach the DDR pad to the GameCube. Does that help?
greenlilygreenlily on October 13th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Links for these online management things? Sounds like something I could look at.
Qarylla Windragarqarylla on October 13th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Well, Personal Health and Diet Manager can be found here.

Food Watcher Plus is here.