Fat 2 Fit #145 – Running with Endomondo

Written on March 17, 2013 – 11:38 pm | by Helana Brigman

In today’s episode of Fat 2 Fit Radio, Russ and Helana check back in with listener Caren about her fitness and weight loss goals before listening to a voicemail from a caller in Kennedale, TX.  Helana reveals some good weight loss news, and Russ keeps things real with helpful advice for listeners James, Caren, and “Jolene.”

As a follow up to Episode 144, Helana gives a detailed Pro / Con list of the fitness App Endomondo and discusses this screenshot, noting that the app’s bells and whistles far surpass most fitness and exercise smartphone software—but—advertisements and “upgrades” may be a problem.

On the web report, Helana discusses a study performed by Meghan Lynch at the University of Toronto on the “Perceptions of Exercise and Food in a Community of Food Bloggers.”  How women “health and wellness” bloggers discuss food, exercise, and their own body weight issues offer an illuminating example of ongoing problems around weight loss and healthy eating in our country.  Fortunately, Lynch has some useful observations and both Russ and Helana offer some questions and advice.

Russ reviews several competing bills in New York and Mississippi that debate the availability of restaurants’ nutritional information to the public (see Calorie Count Laws for an idea of the debate).  Pointing out that Mississippi tops America’s list of most “obese” states, Russ introduces how Bloomberg’s bill to eliminate super-sized sugary drinks in certain venues has caused further debate on this topic.  How McDonald’s fits into this equation inevitably comes up.

See our links from the show notes below for articles and topics mentioned in the episode.  While you’re at it, try Helana’s super-easy Kale Chips recipe or signup for the Clearly Delicious weekly newsletter with healthful recipes right in your inbox.

Good People:

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Good Reads:

Good Eats

(Green Foods)

Motivational Quote of the Week:

“Your body doesn’t care if your mind isn’t motivated.  Results are the same with or without it.  Just show up.” – Anonymous

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  1. 9 Responses to “Fat 2 Fit #145 – Running with Endomondo”

  2. By Robert Wadhams on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    To the listener who called in on getting back on track.

    I have been in your shoes more than once and what Russ mentioned is 100% spot on. It has taken me almost 5 years to lose 116 pounds and along the way I have had weeks that were really bad and the dread of facing your fears on the scale are very real. The best way to beat it is to simply get on it and KNOW where you are at. You have to start somewhere.

    I do not want to restate what they already said but they are so right. Take it to heart.

    One thing to always keep in mind…. You are not losing 40 pounds, you are losing 1 pound 40 times. Just focus on a small goal of 1 pound, then move on to the next. If you look at the big number, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

    Stay with it, we are cheering for you.

  3. By Robert Wadhams on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Forgot to mention… The commentary on weight loss / food blogs is totally SPOT ON. Thank you for bringing this to light.


  4. By Irene on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    To the listener who called in, here is what works for me:
    1. Put your why somewhere you will see everyday.
    2. Take a picture of yourself in your underwear and post it in your room where you can look at it everyday. Plus, regularly taking pics and measuring is helpful in keeping you accountable.
    3. Track everything you put in your mouth. MyFitnessPal is great for that.
    4. Try working out at different times, like ar 5:30 am if you have to, and include your kids whenever possible.

    Keep going, even if you struggle. Everyone struggles!

  5. By Jen on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    Loved hearing Caren’s weigh-in and the voicemail and both of your responses to both. I really like the community aspect of F2F and would like it if the Web Report were shorter and snappier and you could include more listener comments and questions and product reviews. The food blog commentary was interesting, but I don’t think Helena should have outed the bloggers – the researcher purposely kept them anonymous and the point is, these attitudes are evertwhere.

    Thanks for the review of Endomondo — based on Helena’s experiences, I will avoid this app. I hate ads. I’d rather pay once for a really good app than be tricked and nickeled and dimed.

    Thanks for continuing to Crete a great show!

  6. By Jen on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    Create, not Crete. Grrrr autocorrect!

  7. By Ken W on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    The talk about getting on track has motivated me to track my food again. I think Russ made the comment about ignorance is bliss. When I don’t track my food I don’t think about what I’m eating,and I eat to much,and the wrong kind of food. Thanks.

  8. By Verlin on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hey guys!

    When’s the next show coming out?

  9. By Helana Brigman on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Hey @Verlin! We just finished recording (Tuesday night, 4/9/13). Russ & I ended up taking two weeks off (one for the book release / tour and one for spring break), but we’re back! Show should be up in a few days, and I’m writing the show notes now!

  10. By Terry D. on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Love your show. Russ and Helena, you are great, I do miss Jeff though.
    I have been using Endomondo Pro for about 2 months. Just wanted to let you know, there are no advertisements on the Pro version.

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