Bar-B-Q is my middle name. Have burger, will eat. If it’s got sauce on it, it’s edible. I never met a bag of cookies or chips that needed anyone else but me.
It’s precisely that attitude that has me more than a few pounds overweight. My lovely spouse did two things to help me on the road to better health. A large insurance policy. And a requirement to count calories.
I Hate Widgets
There’s something about being married to the same person for a generation (or, what seems like a generation or two). We know each other’s hot buttons. She knows I don’t like Dashboard Widgets on my Mac.
So, to help out with my calorie counting exercises, she bought me two Widgets that count.
Sigh. All I have to do is exercise appropriately (which is, of course, when she tells me to exercise), and count.
So far, I haven’t found a Widget that helps me file an official protest.
Counting Is Easy
There’s an old saying from my father, and probably his father, that stayed with me through the years. “Performance measured is performance improved.” Ain’t it the truth.
Calorie Counter – this Widget helps you track calories burned in various exercises. The detail is quite remarkable. It estimates calories burned based on time and intensity level, weight lifting reps, and distance.
Standard and metric are supported, as is a built-in Body Mass Index.
Calorie Tracker – As the name implies, the Tracker Widget tracks food information from a database. If you don’t know what you’re eating, then you don’t know whether it’s good for you. Or not.
Calorie Tracker lets you search for foods so you can figure out how close you get to that ever-svelt 2,000 calorie daily diet.
Simply enter the food into the search field, then select the portion nearest what’s on your plate or the menu.
It’s not as easy as it looks.
The same Mac developer has a few free Widgets (one for counting the US deficit, and another for counting the population), and another app called BeFit which looks like Calorie Tracker, but also makes food lists which you can save (not that I ever have a problem remembering what I like to eat).
Calorie Counter and Calorie Tracker are wholly recommended. By my wife. She says they work well for me. She says they’re easy to use. She says they’re worth the few bucks it costs to help me shed a few pounds.
OK, I’ll admit those were not her exact words. But you get the idea. Performance tracked is performance improved.