Weekend Weigh-in











{01/21/2010}   Tick, tick, BOOM! Review of Weight Loss Tickers

Tickers are a great way to visualize weight loss. Even if I were to backtrack, this would motivate me because I could still see the net progress toward my goal. Here are a few options:


  • The Ticker Factory

    • PROS:
      • Provides options to track BMI and waist circumference in addition to weight.
      • Simple to update: Just click on it and enter your password.
      • Lots of graphics and backgrounds to choose from.
      • Provides code for using ticker on a dark or light background so that the text will be visible.
    • CONS:
      • Images are not categorized — you might go through 16 pages before finding the one you want.
      • Website feels dated; Ticker Factory has been around for years, and it doesn’t look like much has changed.
    • NOTE:
      • Not just for weight loss: Provides ticker options for other timelines such as pregnancy due dates, vacation countdowns and debt reduction progress.

Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Calorie Counter

  • MyFitnessPal

    • PROS:
      • You can upload your own picture for the background image.
    • CONS:
      • Only 8 premade (non-custom photo) options.
      • Site advertising (graphic and text) is much more overt on this ticker than on the other two examples.
      • You can enter your weight as a decimal (e.g. 172.2), but your weight loss will still show up as a whole number (1 pound instead of 1.4).
http://www.my-calorie-counter.com     The webs free Food Log
  • my-calorie-counter

    • PROS:
      • Easy to update the data for your code because no log-in is required. In fact, you don’t even have to revisit the website — you can edit the code using basic HTML.
      • Easy to change the look of your ticker because you create a new one every time you update your weight from the website.
      • Did you see my example? It’s a skunk on barbed wire. Hardcore!
    • CONS:
      • No record of your past numbers because you don’t log in.
      • Does not provide an option to choose lighter text for use on websites with dark backgrounds.
      • Choosing your starting, current and target weights from pull-down menus means that accuracy is rounded (e.g. I would have to choose 174 pounds as my starting weight rather than 173.6). You can type in a decimal weight if you edit the HTML, but unlike in Ticker Factory, the numbers may overlap if the weights are too close to each other on the ticker.
      • For having so few images, it’s strange that several make no sense at all. Realize how possible your goals are with a flying pig! Roll with the classic “Nice Shark” (not a dolphin)!
      • There is an apostrophe missing from the slogan above the ticker. Thats just sloppy. Also, you’re measuring with “pds.”
    • NOTE:
      • In my opinion, this seems to be a very stripped down rip-off of the classic Ticker Factory. Check out the similarities of visual design; they even both use green for the goal weight. What do you think?
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My vote is for the Ticker Factory! After seeing your ticker, I wanted to add one to my blog, as well… But I haven’t figured it out on my own or countless videos! Is there a tutorial on how to do this?
Keep up the good work girl!



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