You can’t do the job without the right tools

As a dude I know that to successfully complete any improvement project I must have the right tools. My wife will attest that there are few jobs I have done around the house that didn’t involve at least one trip to the Home Depot (never Lowe’s because I am anti-48), to buy a tool that I just must have. Think of it as the male version of retail therapy if you will, but there is something very satisfying about adding to my tool chest to get the job done.

This “improvement” project is no different. To be successful I have to gather, and use the right tools. Without my trusty tools, I am doomed to failure. So, to start this Health Journey I have put together a modest tool chest.

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The first tool above is a Fitbit. I purchased mine about two years ago, and have used it sparingly in that time. If you aren’t familiar with this tool, it is basically a very high-tech pedometer. You can get more information on the full line of their products at The version I have will measure how many steps I take in a day, the number of miles traveled, and the amount of floors climbed on stairs. It can also measure the efficiency of my sleep, and an average calorie burn based on my activity level. When I get back near my computer, it automatically updates a dashboard to track my weekly activities.

As I begin the second week of my journey, I am going to set activity goals. This is a key next step for me, because becoming healthier is not only about eating less, it is about getting my body into better condition, one step at a time.

The second tool above is a notebook and pen. I am very old school on things, so actually pulling out a notebook to write down what I am eating and drinking is better for me than only using my smart phone. At first I went in search of a nice, hard covered, rubber-banded notebook to use. I have one that I keep in my camera bag for taking notes when I am out shooting. I couldn’t find what I wanted, but I spied this one, and shit it was 99 cents!

I keep the notebook with me whenever I am away from the house. Most of the shirts I wear to work have pockets, and it slips in discreetly, ready at a moment’s notice. On those occasions when I am more casual, it is in the pocket of my jeans.

To me this is an important tool to keep me accountable on my tracking. Not only is it handy, but it also serves as a reminder of what I am doing. If I only relied on my phone, or my memory, it would be easy to ignore or forget things.

The 3rd item above is my smart phone, running the Weight Watcher’s application. The newest version of the application is far more powerful than any I have seen in the past. With it I can quickly look up the point value of most of the things I am thinking of eating. It also has a feature to scan a bar code and report the point value for that product. While it doesn’t always find what I am looking for, it does so often enough to make it useful. My wife plans to use this feature on her phone when grocery shopping to get  better comparisons.

My tool chest is not nearly full, nor do I consider it complete for the job. But, I am well on my way, and have what I need to get a quality start.

It is Sunday morning, and time for me to set some goals for the week!

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