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My Fitness Pal: An App to Track your Diet

We’ve been living on the road in our RV for over 11 years now. I know the reality of this lifestyle now. One big misconception that I had was that life on the road would be an active life. We would be hiking, biking and kayaking everywhere we went. We would also be eating all sorts of fresh foods from farmers markets. We were leaving our friends and weekly parties behind. We would be fit and healthy as a natural byproduct of our RVing lifestyle.

NOT!

If anything, life on the road can be even more sedentary and unhealthy than life in a stick and brick home. We’re still working so we sit at our computers a lot. When we’re moving it’s in a vehicle sitting in comfy seats. At least in a stationary house, you can find a preferred walking route and do it every day. On the road, you never know exactly where you are or what is around. Yes, there are ways to find out with Maps and other online resources, but you need to do that every time you move. And, don’t think that you’ll be without your friends and won’t do any partying! We meet more friends on the road than we ever had staying put, and the basic unit of camaraderie is Happy Hour!

You have to make a conscious effort to eat right and stay fit while living in an RV just like living in a house. We find that an app called MyFitnessPal can help. Fill in a few goals – like number of calories per day, and amount of weight to lose over time, and MyFitnessPal will help you stay on track. You do need to make the effort to write down what you eat, but MyFitnessPal makes it relatively easy. You can search for a food in its database. It even has things like Publix Cobb Salad, or TGIFridays Baby Back Ribs in the database. And, as you enter your normal foods, it’s really easy to select them from your “My Frequent Foods” list. You can also create “Recipes” so the next time you have your famous Chicken Cacciatore, you don’t have to figure out the calories. Very easy to add foods and track your daily calorie intake, including scanning barcodes for packaged foods. On my Android phone, I put a widget for MyFitnessPal right on my opening screen. It’s in my face with information on how many calories I’ve consumed so far, and a single tap to bring up the barcode scanner to add something new.

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MyFitnessPal is an App on your smartphone or tablet. It works on Apple, Android, and Windows devices as well as being a website you can access from your computer. Regardless of what device you’re using, once you’re logged in, all your information is there. Add a friend to your information and set it to share your food diary so this friend can help you stay on track. We also just got the Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale w/ SmarTrack App. With this scale, whenever we weigh ourselves, that results is sent to the phone and recorded in MyFitnessPal. Now, if we gain or lose, we can look at the food log and see exactly what works … or doesn’t. Now, what’s our excuse?

It also can connect to other apps like Runkeeper or your Fitbit, and it will subtract calories used for exercise from the calorie intake of food.

We demonstrated MyFitnessPal in the App of the Week segment of What Does This Button Do? Episode 38. The whole show is about 40 minutes, but the segment on MyFitnessPal is only a few minutes and it starts at 32minutes and 30 seconds on the timeline. Check it out.

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Gabbing with the Geeks: from Florida Caverns State Park

The Geeks are ON TOUR.  We start our summer from Florida and we’re headed to Colorado Springs for the RVSEF Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference

This stop is a beautiful Florida State park.  We talk about how we planned the stop using Streets and Trips with the free POI Megafile.  You can read more about that with this article “Streets and Trips POI Megafile”  If you’re a member, you can learn how to use Streets and Trips with the tutorial videos

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Link to Audio File: Gabbing with the Geeks: Florida Caverns, Streets and Trips, Runkeeper

Florida Caverns State Park