Resolution Apps

My husband is from Vermont.  With its Green Mountains (and corresponding coffee) and long stretches of dairy farms, it is beautiful.  Really beautiful.  But Vermont at Christmas time?  Well, it’s cold. And the drive is long.

So, I’ve had lots of time to consider some of my favorite adult apps of 2013.  These are not apps for the kiddos.  These are the two apps that helped me feel my best physically in 2013.  Parents, teachers, friends,  these apps are for you:
MyFitnessPal:  2013 ushered in another year of keeping my eating under control.  I have such a sweet tooth!  MyFitnessPal is an awesome, simple way to keep yourself accountable for your food intake.  Simple scan the barcode of your favorite foods, select the serving size, and voila!  Your calories and fat intake have been entered.  The database is filled with popular dishes from most chain restaurants too, so you can’t claim ignorance after scarfing down that Big Mac!  It will tally all of your meals, snacks, and even exercise daily.  Want to lose a pound each week?  MyFitnessPal will calculate a reasonable caloric goal for your gender, height, and age.  It is so, so, simple to use and stores favorite meals, so you don’t have to keep entering items individually if you are like me and eat the same thing for breakfast every day!  Best of all, it syncs to your computer and it is FREE.
5K Runner:  Those of you who have known me the longest know that I am really truly not a runner.  Sure, I’ve lead a somewhat active lifestyle, but running has always been an enemy activity.  Something in my mind would not let me give up on this roadblock.  I WANTED to be able to run.  So, I grabbed this app and headed to the trail.  The transition from walking to running is steady but slow.  I started with the free version but quickly upgraded to the full version ($2.99).  The best part?  You can play your own music!  So, I streamed two of my favorite “secret” Pandora stations that I discovered on Pinterest:  Pop Fitness Radio and Country Fitness Radio.  Running became much less painful, if not downright enjoyable!
May you find much success in 2014 – Happy New Year!