5 Fitness Apps to Try

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I can’t deny, I LOVE my iPhone. I don’t know how I lived without it. I use it to check my email and to listen to podcasts and make lists. Today I’m sharing a list of 5 apps that I find useful for my fitness goals.

  1. Calorie Counter – This connect to the About Calorie Count website. I find it to be incredibly helpful. With this app you can use your phone’s camera to scan bar codes and enter foods. How awesome is that? I record my food, exercise, and water logs. It’s free.
  2. Endomondo – This app utilizes the GPS feature on your phone and records the distance of your runs. It also syncs with a website. One amazing feature is the peptalks. Your friends can give you motivation while you are out running and you can hear it over your headphones while you’re on the go. That’s inspiring to me! It’s free.
  3. Jillian Michaels Slim Down – I like to check out this app for inspiration and quick tips. I always check it when I’m riding the train or waiting to meet a friend. It also connects to her podcasts which I like to listen to. It’s free.
  4. Nike + – This works in the same way as Endomondo. However, this one syncs with the DailyMile website. This app is $1.99.
  5. Notes / Reminders / Camera – An important part of staying healthy is eating healthy foods. I use these apps to make a list of the food I want to eat and prepare for the week when I got shopping. I also included camera to take a snapshot of a list or dry erase board. All of these apps should come standard so put them to good use! This is a little bonus for your budget too, if you head to the store with a list you will save money by not buying anything extra or wasting gas driving back to the store after you’ve forgotten something.

What are some of the apps that you use? Do you keep track of your fitness goals on your computer/phone/tablet?

 

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Visualize Your Goals

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The difference between a dream and a goal is an action plan. Making the dream a reality is much more accessible when you have a goal and plan.

If you’re looking to lose weight, save money, or learn a new skill you have to set a goal. It doesn’t have to be a hard deadline, your goal can and should be flexible. What’s important is that you have one, you identified it, and you’re working toward it.

Do this by sitting down and writing out what you’d like to accomplish. Instead of saying “I’d like to look good in my bathing suit” say “I’d like to lose 10 pounds and focus on toning my muscles”. Now you are able to figure out the calories needed to stay on track and focus on exercises that will tone muscles.

The mind is very powerful, if you visualize yourself on the beach because you’ve saved enough for your trip, you can do it! Apply this thinking to everything in life. Visualize yourself in a new job, hitting the game winning home run, designing your new home, whatever you dream you can do.

I hope you have a fantastic and ambitious weekend!

What are some of your goals?

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10 Things to Do in January

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It’s a new year and a new beginning! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. With the new beginning here are 10 things to do to start your year off right.

  1. Make Appointments – Call and scheduled appointments for the dentist, the doctor for an annual exam, or a car to be serviced. This is the time to make schedules and enter all appointments in your new 2012 calendar.
  2. Create a Budget – Make a savings plan and budget for the new year. Start fresh and know what you’re spending and calculate how to save money.
  3. Update Passwords – If you’ve been using the same password year in and year out it’s time to update your passwords. The beginning of the year is a great time to freshen things up. Choose a strong password which will protect your information and files.
  4. Change Batteries – If you haven’t already, change the batteries in your smoke detectors. It’s a simple task that may save your life. Also, make a note in your calendar to make the change again on June 1st.
  5. Write a 2012 Intentions List – At the beginning of every year I write my intentions in a list through the Stickies program. This includes how much money I want to save, fitness goals and expectations, books to read, and new things to try. The difference between a dream and a goal is an action plan. So get those action plans going!
  6. Create a Monthly Menu – If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight, then creating a monthly menu is a step in the right direction. Even if weight loss is not your goal, you will save money and time. You can read more about the process in my post here.
  7. Clear out the Closet – Don’t hang on to unwanted clothes, shoes, and items when someone else could use them and you could have more space. Donate your old clothes and furniture, you feel free of the past and create more space for clothes that fit and flatter you. Read more tips from Oprah here.
  8. Organize Recipes – If you have a pile of recipes pulled from magazines and printed from websites, find a large binder and a 3 hole punch. Organize your recipes by meals for easy access.
  9. Clean out the Fridge – This is my least favorite chore, but start the year off with a clean fridge. Wipe the insides clean of sticky drips and crumbs. Put short term foods (the ones that will spoil first) on the top shelf to remind you to use them. Figure out what you have left and integrate it into  your monthly menu.
  10. Plan Dates with Friends – If you feel that time flies by between visits with your friends, take the time to work it into your schedule. Being with friends makes you happy and happiness is always a resolution to keep!

This list will help get the year started! What are you doing to set up 2012 for success??

 

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Weight Loss New Years Resolution

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If you’re looking to get healthy in 2012, Kathy is sharing her ideas and tips for making a resolution and having it stick.

I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas.  Our family had and is still having a wonderful time.  Our daughters and their husbands/boyfriend are in town and we are enjoying time with them.

As the end of another year comes to a close, New Years resolutions start coming to mind.  You probably guessed it, the number one resolution is to lose weight.  As a person who has lost a lot of weight, I can tell you that I made that resolution more times than I care to count.   Losing weight is a great idea but since so many people break that resolution, I would say you may want to narrow it down.  One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to get healthier.  There are some great things that you can do to make yourself healthier and maintain that resolution all year long.

Make simple changes.  Small changes can lead to big results.  As I have mentioned in the past, eating more fruits and vegetables is such a great benefit to your overall health and diet.  Just swapping out vegetables instead of something like mashed potatoes in a meal can make a big difference.  I have found the more vegetables that I eat, the better my weight loss is.  You can make  vegetables taste great with different seasonings.  Try different things on them.  That is a change that I have made and continue to enjoy.  Spices and seasonings make some boring foods taste great.  Roasting cauliflower in the oven with seasonings such as Mrs. Dash, can be a great side dish or even an appetizer.  Putting asparagus on the George Forman grill for just a couple of minutes is good too.  Sprinkling a little parmesan cheese on it can add flavor without too much fat and calories.

Making the decision to move a little more is also a great benefit.  Small changes can make a difference here but I suggest taking at least 15-20 minutes a day to do some exercise where you get your heart rate up.  Brisk walking is excellent.  It helps with burning calories and strengthening your heart.  We can all use that!

Keep in mind that if you break that resolution early on, that is no reason to give up!  Like I said, I have made the resolution to lose weight so many years in a row.  In 2007, I made that one again.  I can tell you that I finally followed through with it beginning on August 13th!  Better late than never!  Even though I have lost the weight that I carried for a number of years, I still chose to work on new challenges and continue to become healthier.  Getting and staying in shape is a continuing process.

A new year is in front of us, leave the past behind and start for a new and healthier you.  Making a resolution to make you a priority this year.  Make small changes.  Just by cutting and/or burning 100 calories a day, you would lose 10 pounds in a year!  Imagine the possibilities if you exercise and burn 400-500  a day!

It is within each and every one of us to make changes.  We all can do it.  In 2007 I started my journey.  Make 2012 the year that you start yours!

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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How to Save Yourself Time Next Year | Holiday Cards

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Today I wanted to write a post to share a simple process that will save you time next year with your holiday cards.

  1. Create a spreadsheet with each of the following categories: Name, Children’s Names, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone
  2. Add the names of your card recipients in the spreadsheets, fill the spreadsheet out to your best ability.
  3. Save envelopes! As you receive your holiday cards, instead of recycling the envelopes, put them into a pile and when you have time insert the addresses into the spreadsheet.
  4. Make a note of family member’s names and put that into the list as well. This way you will be able to write a special note next year to everyone.
  5. Save your document and in the file name date it! For example: HolidayCardList-12-24-11.doc. As the year follows update your list with new addresses.

By setting up a spreadsheet today you will save yourself a lot of time and worry in 12 months! Some spreadsheet programs can print labels or print on the envelopes!

Do you have a system to sending out your holiday cards? I’d love to hear your ideas and tips.

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