Online Helpers for Your Fitness/Weight Loss Journey

When I’m handing out credit in my own weight loss successes, I always include the power of the internet in the list of contributors. Having these “go-to” places to find answers (or questions) when I needed them, not to mention support and inspiration, was (IS) a huge factor in my progress. HUGE! 

With the coming of the new year, I’m suspecting we’ll have some new-to-the-community folks dropping by, and I thought now might be a good time to share some of my favorite resources. These first two resources are probably the “huge-est” contributors:

Sparkpeople  has been used by 6 million people in 150 countries. Personalized eating plans, calorie and exercise tracking, health and fitness information, recipes, exercise demonstrations and videos, interactive forums for virtually every interest group. You can do as much or as little of it as you want. No requirements, no pressure. Best of all, no $$$. It’s all free.

The Healthy You Challenge  gave me access to some of the most motivated and motivational health and fitness bloggers out there. Provided by the gracious Diana, a.k.a. ScaleJunkie, the HYC is an index of bloggers all pursuing the same goals–better health and fitness. As the commercial says, PRICELESS. I honestly can’t imagine where I’d be right now without this network.

A few other “go-to” sites for me:

Cooking (as viewed by the non-cook):
AllRecipes‘s Healthy Cooking section – lots of fresh ingredients and nutritionally rich recipes here.

Green Lite Bites – Healthy recipes and tips from Roni, of Roni’s Weigh . Her young son helps with many recipes, so be prepared for rampant use of sprinkles. :)

HungryGirl – You’ve probably seen the cookbooks at your bookstore. If you’re transitioning from a junkfood-filled existence to healthier eating, you might find some of these recipes useful. Long-term, they’re probably not the healthiest way to eat (lots of processed foods like Splenda), but face it: sometimes a girl/guy just wants something a little bit decadent.

Exercise:
Virtual Fitness Trainer – information and exercise instructions.

Oxygen Magazine‘s Training Tips – For me, it’s a little too much focus on how we should look rather than feel, but that’s probably just me being cranky. The exercises are generally good.

Others:
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin’s recounting of her path to happiness may help you find your own way. She’s just released a book of the same title, available from Amazon or other book retailers.

lifehacker – Thouands of tips for making life more manageable. 

zenhabits – Too commercial for me these days, but the archives are full of excellent articles on living a simpler life, many by guest bloggers from across the spectrum.

I didn’t include personal pages because I have (at last count) over 100 of those in my reader. If you’re new to the community, you can start with the HYC, as mentioned above, or check out my side bar for my (currently not updated) list of favorite bloggers, or click on the links of other folks responding to this post. When you find something you want to comment on, don’t be shy–jump right in! I haven’t met a blogger yet who didn’t welcome new commenters! (Heck, some of us stand up and do a cheer when someone new shows up! Or maybe that’s just me?)

Those are just a few of my “go to” online resources.  What are your favorites? Any tips for those who might be new to this fitness community of bloggers?



0 thoughts on “Online Helpers for Your Fitness/Weight Loss Journey

  1. great resources! good call, i bet you are right and lots of folks will be starting new plans to better health with the new year. thanks for your comment and sympathy, i am feeling more postive now and hope to spread the good, not the negative. but sometimes ya just gotta vent :)
    –liz at imsheddingthefatsuit

  2. You're right, my blogging really took off when I joined the Healthy You Challenge! It's priceless indeed.

  3. 100% agreement on the internet being such a huge aid during weight loss.

    Big ditto on the HYC. Diana is fabulous & posts some great stuff as well as running the weekly check in.
    I stumbled onto it right at the beginning of my blogging & it helped so much.
    Everyone there is terrific about greeting the newbies & we all try to visit & comment to as many HYCers as possible.

  4. Thanks for sharing! I will check all these healthy recipes. We only want healthy food now after gorging on all those sweet and fatty temptations during the holidays!

  5. Hey Cammy! I love allrecipes.com, I'm also a big fan of you! and Mizfit! You've mentioned pretty much all the ones I know about! :)

  6. I too really like the online resources. I used FitDay in the past and found it was awesome. iVillage was another really helpful one for me. And of course all the bloggers!

    – Sagan

  7. Great stuff Cammy! Lots I had not heard of! Course, I like Oxygen cause of my love for weights! I love all the variations for my gym time in those pages! I can see how this is not for everyone though.

    PS; I see that the option for putting our name/URL is gone. My google name does not link to my site but just curious if you have noticed that or did it on purpose. I don't use any of the programs under OpenID.

  8. Those are great resources – My favorite of the ones you mentioned is Sparkpeople – not only for their tracking stuff, but it's really a great community. Kinda like facebook for weight loss!

  9. New reader here! I stumbled upon your blog and just wanted to say that I'm lovin it! You are a no nonsense kind of girl and I like it! Thank you so much for sharing these helpful links and I'm looking forward to following your blog!

    Tiff
    http://www.project365th.blogspot.com

  10. Those are all really great websites. It's important to have things not just about weight loss but about all aspects of life (zenhabits, happiness project). Good list Cammy!

  11. Thanks Cammy for posting these. I will check each and every one out today. I have just started on my plan "yet again" and I am hoping this time will be the last..hugs Khris

  12. Hi there!

    Your right I am a new reader :)

    I just wanted to post some interesting facts as I worked under some research psychologists for a good amount of time that were very focused upon pyshcial-psychological relationships.

    First online support groups are HUGE! Friends and family can be great support, or an obstacle if they think it's just another 'no-result' decision, you know? But online communities have nothing but support to offer and have a proven effect on weight loss continuity.

    Second, weight loss and physical activity, aside from the obvious physical benefits, also (it has been newly discovered) produce a chemical called brain derived neurotropic factor. When I was little, I was always told you have a set amount of brain cells, so don't do anything stupid to fry them! But that in fact is not the case, brain derived neurotropic factor actually recreates brain cells, so exercising also increases mental activity and can stem off things like short-term memory loss and all the diseases that come related to that.

    A final thing on a more personal note is the fact that the FDA recently released a statement saying that ALL Americans need to be on suppliments, because American food, even organics, do not have the 40-something nutrients that the body needs daily.

    What I have been finding, however, is that people on suppliments generally resort to a once-a-day multi-vitamin type of pill, which is actually the wrong way to go. It's the same basic principle that ideally one should eat six small meals per day rather than three large ones, if you take all your daily vitamin in one dose, your body cannot absorb all the nutrients before it gets digested, so it should be taken in several smaller doses throughout the day.

    I am a marathon runner and a very religious work-outer (I suppose that's a new verb :) ), and I've recently been trying out a new nutrient system based on cellular nutrition that was developed by a nobel prize loriet in nutrition and biochemistry that I have been having amazing results with. I am using their weight maintenance/weight gain plan to build more muscle mass, but I know a lot of people on their weight loss nutrition plan that have been having amazing results.

    Many have lost as much as 30 pounds in six weeks (which fits with the healthy 5 pounds a week theory), and go on to lose as much as 60-100 pounds and have kept it off for 9+ years. I guess the idea is that the cellular nutrition uses extra vitamins to literally feed the nutrients to the cells they need to be at to excelerate the metabolism and rebuild poluted cells.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there! Have you dealt much with cellular nutrition type of stuff rather than just standard vitamins?

    I'd love to hear your take on it! If you, or anyone for that matter, would like to speak more with me on this just email me at AlexiDouvas@gmail.com…but no creepers please! We all have to avoid the creepers :)

    Great work on this blog it is absolutely amazing!

    Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!

  13. A. Thank you! Some of these are new to me and I don't spend nearly enough time on the internet as it is 😉 But seriously, support is always welcome!

    B. Um that comment ahead of mine made me LOL.

    C. Your comments make my heart smile. I really appreciate you C!