So I've gotten really into the whole dieting/fitness thing, and now in addition to Runkeeper I have the Livestrong Calorie Tracker, and OMG. I may have to leave Hotter for the Livestrong Calorie Tracker (but only if it will let me keep Runkeeper as my dirty little bitch on the side). It has EVERYTHING. For instance: I use one half of a cup of Chobani Black Cherry yogurt in my smoothie, along with a bunch of other ingredients? No problem! I can pull that up BY BRAND and indicate that I had a half a serving, plus a cup and a half of raw spinach, two tbsp. of Bob's Red Mill flaxseed meal, and half a cup of frozen mixed berries with eight ounces of water kefir (yes, it has water kefir! Only the kind made with coconut water, but I figure the calories are comparable). BOOM.
At this point I should probably point out that I am not being compensated by the Livestrong folks and this is not an official review; I paid the $2.99 like everybody else and my desire to hump their product is spontaneous and genuine.
Aaaaanyway, I put my height, weight, and age into the app, tell it what my weight goal is (to lose 2 lbs. per week, which is the max the program allows you to choose), and specify my job activity level (sedentary), and it tells me how many calories I get over the course of a day if I want to meet that goal. BUT! I can then engage in various activities (also very, very specific, like it has different "walk" options for "walking with a dog," "walking with a leaf blower," etc.) and it takes the calories burned off my calories consumed for a "net calorie" count. So in theory if I was totally dying for a cheeseburger and fries I could run a 10k or something and then have them without endangering my goal or starving for the rest of the day. And in practice, I can have my oatmeal and grapefruit in the morning for breakfast, my salad and water kefir for lunch, take a forty-minute walk on my lunchbreak after I eat my salad (using Runkeeper to track my distance covered), come home, eat a TON of homemade turkey noodle soup along with a glass of Blueberry Pomegranate juice for dinner, futz around on the innernets and helping kids with homework, then make a spinach smoothie and go for a thirty-minute jog (again with the Runkeeper), and finish the day not hungry in the least but with 164 calories "left over" even AFTER randomly squirting a tablespoon or so of whipped cream into my mouth (the effing can ATTACKED ME and I seriously think it may have...okay, broken is a strong word but I do honestly believe it CHIPPED...my shinbone as I was virtuously rooting out the Cranberry Pomegranate juice bottle in order to accurately enter its' information into Livestrong).
That's pretty badass.
And yeah, I'm still pretty wretchedly depressed, although as you may have noticed, I've embraced the philosophy of "if eating, sleeping, and exercise are GOOD for one's mood then I'll just do MORE of ALL THREE" and I think it is helping. At the very least it's filling my non-work time up in ways that are productive or at least not HARMFUL and distracting me, what with the gadgets to log everything. There WAS some good job news recently on not one but TWO fronts: at PseudoCorp the Big Boss's assistant let me know that if I continue to perform as well as I have been I can plan on staying on indefinitely as a temp (while not the holy grail of BENEFITS this is still excellent news) and Weekend Warrior Job unexpectedly has work for me this coming weekend. So that's good.
How are all of YOU?
P.S. Thanks for the comments on my last post, by the way. I think Hotter is overruled and I'll be checking in grumpy or not. If he doesn't like the grumpy on the blog* then he has the same option to click the little x in the upper right corner as everyone else does.
* As for the grumpy in person, well, he's the fool who married me. Don't feel too sorry for him. I give excellent head.