Happy Diabetes Awareness Month! I hope you enjoyed--and made the most of-- World Diabetes Day! Speaking of November 14, as you probably recall, we were supposed to officially launch our new website on November 14. Anyone who has gone through a website overhaul will tell you that website overhauls usually do not stick to the scheduled timeline. Technology has a mind of its own that doesn’t always align with our minds- if you know what I mean! So I want to provide an update on the website first. On November 14th, an email went out to a select number of DS volunteers and members asking them to preview and critique the new website. As soon as their critique is in on Friday at 5pm, the web team will review the comments and make appropriate changes to the website. The next step (and most tedious task) is to finish migrating all content from the old website over to the new website. While I hope that the new website will launch next week, I have learned not to make any promises about specific launch dates for websites. So…..stay tuned and keep checking back in. Trust me…the website will completely different and I know you are going to like the “magazine” feel.
Secondly, I’d like to provide a tip for healthy eating and weight loss. If you’re like me and always running around, it’s hard to also ensure that the food you are putting into your body is providing the nutrients it should be. At a recent PODS Meetup, I asked a member how she had lost so much weight. She talked about her exercise regimen and her use of an app called My Fitness Pal. So, two weeks ago, I downloaded the app. Last week, I got started with it and I am now in love with it! Granted, you have to take the time to register everything you eat, but the output you get is pretty incredible. If you want to lose weight, you tell it your goal and the time frame, and it calculates how many calories you should eat each day to reach that goal. When you eat or exercise (and put it in the program) it shows you how many calories you have consumed and how many you have left to consume. Sometimes, knowing that going running is going to allow me to eat that dessert I want when I am running out of calories for the day, will spur me to go for a run! The charts are pretty thorough, showing how much of every vitamin and mineral you have consumed vs. how many you should consume and how much you have left to consume for that day. There are also graphs that show what percentage of fats, carbs, and protein you are eating each day and week. If you haven’t checked it out before, I encourage you to do so. It is pretty eye-opening to see how useless some of the foods you consume really are! I know it is available for iphones. It may also be available for droids, not sure. The name again is My Fitness Pal.