A few things I’m doing right now to lose weight and tighten up

In no particular order, I’ve incorporated these rules into my life recently and I’m progress in my weight loss and health goals.

I’ve lost three pounds in ten days (and I haven’t even been exercising, but that’s about to change).

half of a tomato slice face matched with half of a bicycle tire to create a circle

(photo compliments of SuperTracker.usda.gov)

1. Consume nothing but plain ol’ tap water after 8 o’clock. Breakfast is around 10 in the morning. If you’re only eating 10 hours a day, it’s easier to trim calories. Besides, I’m not hungry when I’m asleep.

2. Use USDA.gov’s SuperTracker to create goals and track my calorie intake. Reduce calorie intake to 1600 or fewer daily.

3. Drink 10-14 glasses of water daily. This helps me stay full, energized, and saves me from feeling hungry when I’m actually just thirsty. Also, I want my skin to glow and stay hydrated as I make these changes and lose weight, too. Chant with me: No more stretch-marks. No more stretch-marks. Twelve more

Workout Trainer by Skimble is a great (free) app for exercise and wellness

photograph of the iPhone with the Workout Trainer app open on its screen. a list of workouts is visible with tabs at the bottom for viewing programs, workouts, your personal profile and "more"

(photo compliments of Skimble.com)

Skimble‘s Workout Trainer app is a great guide for starting an exercise program.

  1. Customize your fitness goals, and it will recommend workout programs.
  2. Search for a workout using filters like minutes (10-60), target body areas, equipment available to you (none, home gym, full gym), and difficulty level, and you’ll get workouts to do on the spot or save for later (with reminder alerts).
  3. Create a profile and join a community of people seeking and offering motivation, health advice, eating tips and personal stories.
  4. Add your custom workouts, too.

It talks you through each workout with encouraging phrases you’d get from a live personal trainer. You can even play your own workout music while it gives instruction. Continue reading

Proposed AUG program practically holds your hand while you shop

(Image courtesy of AUG/Living Goods Program website)

The Augmented Living Goods Program could not make it easier to shop for local and responsible groceries unless they promised a personal expert shopper to every person that steps foot in a grocery store.

I’m not exaggerating. It’s the future, and it’s one of the most useful and beautiful ideas to come out of this age of excessive technologies.

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Yes, there’s an app for that: the GoodGuide Lifestyle Application for the iPod touch and the iPhone

My newest issue of Health magazine featured an article called “America’s Healthiest 100: presenting the people, products, and trends that make healthy living easier, faster and a whole lot more fun.”
The GoodGuide application is going to save me so much time making the right decision.
Number 20 is GoodGuide, a free application that “makes it easy to do the right thing. It helps build your shopping lists with goods rated for health, the environment, and social responsibility” (the description offered by Health magazine).

Amazing, right? I immediately reached into my purse, pulled out my iPod touch and downloaded this FREE application.

It’s user friendly and features “70,000 food, toys, personal care, & household products” (according to the welcome email I received after registering).

In addition, the application tells you what’s “Behind the Rating” by highlighting the product’s company’s general “good” or “bad” practices. Finally, this application gives a list of “Ingredients to Avoid in Category” so that you know what to look for on each product’s label.

I needed dishwasher detergent, so today I pulled up the GoodGuide application‘s list of the highest rated dishwasher products in seconds. And I recognize the brands. For example, Seventh Generation and Method are two brands in the top three rated and I can find them at Target.

It used to be hard to figure out which products to choose as a responsible consumer. Keeping up with every trend and new dangerous ingredient seemed impossible. But now there’s an app for that. Thank goodness!

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