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It’s been awhile

I have let my blogging slip, initially out of lack of anything to write about, then because I BECAME A GRANDMA! I’m here helping take care of the baby, and thought I’d catch up.

First- pressure works. Whether it is bloggers or the main stream media, talking about what is wrong with food and how to fix it causes even monolithic entities like Wal-Mart to change. Look what I found on my last visit.Healthy chicken bought at Wal-Mart Imagine, Wal-Mart selling something that wasn’t factory raised. Now, I’m no babe in the woods. I realize that anyone can slap anything they like on a label, it doesn’t make it so. But I figure with all the anti Wal-Mart sentiment out there that if it isn’t true, someone will find out pretty quick. I also realize that the word organic is missing.  I don’t know if I posted about this before, but my feelings about organic when it comes to animals are very mixed. I’ll post about that some other time. As good as this new development is, it’s still Wal-Mart.  I have to say that I shopped at a “Sentry” market here in Wisconsin, and it was so much like a Wegmans, I felt right at home. Both Wegmans and Sentry have a larger commitment to healthy eating. Sentry also has distance signs- if anything is from Wisconsin, they tell you how far it traveled to get there. Eating local is a very big trend here. I can’t say it is as much so in New York.

In other news, I’m trying out a new fitness app, FitnessFast. So far, it seems promising, although I haven’t totally gotten the hang of it. It allows you to select exercises, or add your own, and create your workouts. You can then log them as you perform them. I love it since I’m getting heartily sick of the paper and pen routine. I have a very hard time tracking my workouts,  with adding the bar weight (“Did I use the regular bar for that or the short one?””How much does my son-in-law’s bar weigh?) and remembering to do it promptly, and not mixing up exercises…(“now, what was the difference between the Romanian dead lift and regular?” “Is this the Bulgarian split squat or the rear foot elevated lunge?”) While this exercise  program can’t help too much with the exercises, they do have little animations of many of the exercises. If they ever get a huge data base of exercises, that’ll be great. It also has a space for notes, which I like, as I need to make notes for future revisions. It has a timer, which I’m not sure I like. It is good for making certain the rest periods are long enough, but do I care how long it takes me to bench press a set?

For someone like me, who loves tracking changes, this will become addictive, as you can chart your progression. That has been lacking from my programing right now. I don’t go back through my log and see what’s changed and improved. It also gives you your total volume, which makes it look so impressive. While this does look very promising right now, I do need to become more familiar with it and see what it can and can’t do, and if it truly does make my routine easier. I’ll give you an update.

Last, while I gave up on MyFitnessPal when I stopped playing with my weight, my daughter told me that several of her friends are now using it to lose weight. I may go back to it, after being sick for a month, I’ve put on a few pounds. It is another app I really recommend.

If you have a favorite fitness or nutrition app, please let me know. The only advertising apps get is word of mouth. I almost forgot to mention, I have an iPhone, so all apps I talk about are apple compatible, I don’t know if they are available for the Android.

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