Microsoft Office – The Most Robust Get Fit Tool You Didn’t Know You Had

When it comes to Microsoft Office, I think it’s safe to say that we have been a bit wedding-centric in our chats, haven’t we? Time to turn it back to one of my greatest loves and passions – fitness!

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If there is one thing I have learned over the course of my fitness adventures, it is that training myself has been a process of trial and error. Now I know what you’re thinking – duh, Adina – you keep what works and toss what doesn’t, but there is a lot more to the process than that. There is no hiding the fact that to be a bodybuilder and dedicate yourself to the sport is to become a bit obsessive compulsive in your exploits. Prepping myself in the absence of a coach (cause you know, coaches are expensive and I’ve got a wedding to pay for), I have had to not only do copious amounts of research on all aspects of the sport, training, and nutrition, but also fine-tune my methods ad nauseum in order to learn what works and doesn’t work for my body.

So, where am I going with all of this, and what does it have to do with Microsoft Office? Why I thought you’d never ask! Since I had some Microsoft Office knowledge bombs dropped on me while attending the Champions Summit back in May, I have tinkered with and learned even more ways that Microsoft Office’s tools can help me assuage my obsessive compulsive side when it comes to progressing along my self-appointed fitness path. Seriously, there is something so satisfying about tracking projections, goals, and stats. Accessing them from anywhere gives me all kinds of thrills, too. Enough of my rambling, let’s get to it.

Progress Charts

Macro Mayhem and Excel Formulas

I’ve made mention of tracking my macros before, and how I log everything I eat throughout the course of the day. Taking things one step further, I’ve created a simple daily macro intake template to follow when tracking my food – one that automatically tells me what I have left without me having to run the numbers myself. Now that I am reverse dieting – a process in which I am slowly increasing my metabolic capacity while increasing my macro numbers and remaining the same weight – keeping track of my macros in a meticulous way is crucial to my success. With my handy template, I am able to take most of the guesswork out of the process. I can graph macros vs weight, and even show linear relationships between macros, weight, and even my strength numbers, which I track in a separate spreadsheet.

OneNote Logs

The OneNote Logs

With OneNote’s evolution, so too has my own training log evolved. With every workout, I make sure to log in OneNote my weight, the hours of sleep I got as shown by my Microsoft Band, and my personal bests of the day for all lifts completed. With Office Lens, I am able to input progress pictures as well, so that I have the full picture of what my training session really looked like, and what I can expect from future sessions. At the end of the month, I can graph my numbers to show progression, and even project where I may be a month, a year, or even ten years from now if I continue down the path I’m on. It’s pretty exciting stuff for the fitness nerd in me.

Sway, An Evolution Tracker

I’ve really become obsessed with Sway, ever since I learned just how much it can do. I’ve already shown you all my wedding and honeymoon vision board Sways, but now I’m thinking that Sway can be a totally acceptable platform for demonstrating just how much fitness has done for me. With words, pictures, and even video, I can show myself and the world just how far I have come in a very emotional and intrinsic way. My personal transformation Sway is a work in progress, just as I am. While that is coming along, it may never be finished, and I am perfectly okay with that.

These are just some of the ways I have been using Office’s tools to help me along on the path to my best body and level of fitness, yet. Did it give you any ideas? Share with me in the comments!

 

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