Traineo Vs Spark People – Two Free Fitness Tracking Sites

Today I talk about two free websites that I just got turned on to (wish I knew about these before I spent money on the other software titles).

Spark People Screen ShotThe first one is and this site lets you do EVERYTHING. Track your food, your workouts, calories, birthdays, shopping lists, and more. It also has recipes, motivation, and wellness areas. Again, it does just about everything. It's free. It does have advertising on the site, and if you do sign up for the emails, those have a fair amount of advertising in them as well (but you don't have to sign up for these). HEY IT'S FREE. You can see in the image to the left the advertising on top, and the square advertising on the right side. I can tolertate it (especially if you are on a budget).


Traineo Screen ShotThe second one is this is a much simpler system. It lets you "Guestimate" how many calories you consumed, and it allows you to track other items (measurements, sleep, etc). It is simpler (and thus takes less time to learn). It did have one feature that Spark People didn't have, and that was you could enter a mentor or partner and it would email them your progress on a weekly basis. What a great way to keep you accountable.



So the traineo site is easier to learn. This doesn't mean the Spark People Site is hard. In fact, the Spark People site has a decent amount of help and it doesn't take long to catch on. Unless you hate advertisements, the Spark People site is really powerful.

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Evaluating Fit Day Software

Fit Day Fitness Software

I'm using the Vidaone software, and I like it because I can exercise with a hear rate monitor, and when I'm done I download the exercise information into my software (and creates a graph of my hear rate during the exercise). I'm sure I could look at my heart rate monitor and it would tell me the calories (and in the end isn't that what I'm really interested in?). So I can see where people may go, “By the time you download, etc, wouldn't it be the same time as entering the workout and putting in the calories burned?” Hmm.. you might have a point. I'll let you know as I'm going to do both software for a bit so I can compare apples to apples.

As I mentioned in the blog, I have a Omron HBF-500 on the way (so that should be fun).

My problem today is I have been putting myself last, and staying up very late and working on projects. Then I don't get enough sleep and when that happens you lose the will to fight. The strength to make the right choices, and for me to exercise. However, I did re-measure myself and I've lost a few inches on my belly, my chest went up, and my arms and thighs went up (so I'm building muscle). This might explain while the weight is dripping off instead of falling off.

The key is to not give up. If I am building muscle that means burning fat will be even easier in the future if I just keep doing it. Am I sad that I'm not “on track” with my original goal? Sure. However, I'm still pointed in the right direction all I have to do is push.

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