Thursday, June 25, 2009

Eat 'n' Tweet Challenge

I have really fallen in love with Twitter. I don't really *understand* Twitter, and I probably don't use it for its intended purpose, but then again it is such a great, multipurpose application that this might be just another good use for it. I started using Twitter as a way to update my blog (over on the left side there, you can see what I've been eating and doing each day) without writing a whole blog post. The sidebar updates automatically, so anyone who is interested can see my menus every day and know if I am falling off the wagon, in real time. But you can also follow people on Twitter and read what *they* have to say. Or, even if *no one* follows you or reads your "Tweets," it's a great way to keep track of information. Just post something to Twitter and it is right there on your Twitter home page for you to read later!

I have really enjoyed the accountability of Tweeting *all* of my food intake as well as my exercise. Some folks like to read my menus for healthy meal and snack ideas. And for me, I can just go to the home page and see at a glance everything I have eaten over the last couple of days. It's not as time consuming as calorie counting, but it makes me more aware of what I am putting in my mouth.

So, how about you? Have you Tweeted yet? Twitter is free and easy to use, and has been so helpful to me that I want to throw out this informal challenge. Tweet *everything* you eat for a day. Or a week, if you're more ambitious. Take a good hard look at what you're putting in your mouth. Sometimes, just knowing you'd be posting that you ate 3 candy bars is enough to make you NOT eat them! And sitting down to Tweet after each meal and snack makes you pause and think about what you actually ate. You might notice that you need more veggies, or that you didn't have quite enough protein that day. You can keep track of meal trends and triggers. It's a really great thing!

To join the challenge, go to Twitter.com, sign up, and start Tweeting! Every time you eat something, just type it in and hit send. If you have a blog, you can add your Tweets to your blog page to show up on your blog if you want. This gives even more accountability, because you *know* what you are eating is public! If you don't have a blog, you can just go to the Twitter home page to keep an eye on your eating. And if you post your Twitter username in the comments on this post, I will go and look at what you are eating myself! And maybe other readers will too!

So get on there and tell us what you eat for a day... or a week... or maybe, if you love it as much as I do, you'll make it a habit! And Tweet your exercise, too. Then everyone can see how much hard work you're putting into being fit.

I never thought I'd use or LIKE Twitter. I am not a technology geek. But for this? Oh yeah. Love it.

You can also follow me on Twitter if you like. My username is Lyn2007.

Check it out! Have fun and be accountable, to yourself and others.
**p.s. To add your Tweets to your blog, facebook, or myspace page, go here.

12 comments:

Megan said...

Lyn, cool! I love seeing what you (and other people) eat. Gives me great ideas to keep it fresh, actually had a kashi waffle with almond butter just this morning. A great idea that I had gotten from you and now really enjoy!

Amy said...

What a great challenge. I've been trying really hard to be honest with myself about what is actually going into my mouth throughout the day. Now I can be accountable to whoever wants to read my tweets.
You can count me in. :)
twitter name: scrapsofme

Tate Family said...

First time commenter here ;) Love your blog! I use Twitter almost exclusively just for the purpose of keeping me accountable with my food and exercise. (I follow you, too!) You are welcome to follow me - http://twitter.com/emilytate512

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

I already tweet what I eat and when I exercise, unless I forget which I occasionally do when life happens. Its a great tool, even if you aren't using it the way others think it should be used.

Swansong said...

Love it! I knew it was possible but didn't know how! I am so excited for your PS telling how. LOL

Friend4life0

moonduster said...

You and I already follow each other on Twitter. :)

I don't post everything I am esating, but I do post my weekly gains or losses and new blog posts when I get them up (from all of my blogs) and whatever thought pops into my head at the time. :)

Miz said...

it is funny huh?
one of the FEWFEW things with which we can be smitten and yet, for me as well, not even get at all.

Diane, fit to the finish said...

I've got an account, but never could figure out what to say. Maybe I'll try updating my blog with food ideas as well as weight loss ideas!? One day I even googled, "What do you say on Twitter?" I guess I'm just not there yet!

Rachel said...

I think I have too many obsessive tendencies for Twitter...it becomes slightly consuming for me so I stay away. For awhile I was using twitpics to post pics of my meals but felt like it was taking too much attention. I liked seeing a record of my food though! You're totally right - sometimes the journaling process itself is motivation not to eat it.

Gazza said...

Great Blog! First ever comment. I've been using my blog for the same sort of accountability. I make sure i take a photo of everything I eat & update it every night. I think using the internet for this has really helped. I've only been doing this for 3 weeks - and I've lost 5.4kgs (about 11 pounds, if my maths is right).
Anyway... Twitter - Great Idea!!

Tami said...

I had a Twitter account for a couple months and could never figure out what the purpose of it was. So I finally gave up, said it's not for me then closed my account.

After reading your post, which is pure genius in my opinion, I have opened another Twitter account.

I haven't been losing weight like I should be even though I keep a log of my foods online. But maybe I'm forgetting to add some items to my food log because it takes so long to get it all in there.
I'm hoping by quickly tweeting my foods, I'll see where my errors are and maybe get some input from others.
Thanks for the great idea.

I'm Tami528 if you want to follow a newbie.

Justin and Ashley Reeves said...

Can I post a link to your blog on mine? adailydoseofdieting.blogspot.com
I think your blog is inspirational and I am making a list of others personal dieting blogs... let me know
adailydoseofdieting.blogspot.com