We’ve made a bit of a dent in January already, and perhaps some of you have already given up on your resolutions. I know it often doesn’t take me long to realize that all that self-improvement I had envisioned was just way too much work. This year, though, we’re just getting started on improving our awesomeness. Now that the offspring has returned to her other home, our days of gluttony and free spending have finally come to an end. It’s time to get our act together.
After the cheeserific, dessert every day, cookies coming out your ears free for all of the holiday season, we always feel like we could do a little lightening around this time of year. We’re using My Fitness Pal to track our calories. This app allows you to keep track of what you eat, as well as the calories you burn by exercising. My favorite thing is that it has a feature that allows you to scan the barcodes on foods to find them in the database. So easy.
My husband uses Map My Run to track his running progress. I only run if I’m being chased by a bear, but I do sometimes use Charity Miles while walking. This app uses your GPS to track your run, walk, or bike ride and then donates money to the charity of your choice for every mile. Pretty sweet.
And of course, I have to have YouTube to help me stay in shape. I just recently discovered the feature that allows me to search for a video on my phone, then play it on my TV by sending it over wifi to the YouTube app on my PlayStation. It’s pretty nifty.
Another one of my goals for this year is to improve my blog, which means I need to keep myself extra organized. I mostly prefer good old paper for making to do lists, but I like using Evernote to keep some of my lists, including my grocery list, right on my phone so I’ll always have it. I haven’t even scratched the surface of what this app can do. It’s a great little tool.
And of course, after all that hard work and dieting, you’re probably going to need to unwind every once in a while. I use Happy Hour Pal to help me find drink and food specials at local bars and restaurants. It’s Aloha Friday, and you know that means it’s time for a little party. But since I’m striving to not break my $20 a day rule, I need to know where I can get a drink on the cheap.
People often bemoan the change our culture has undergone since the invention of mobile devices, and I can’t say I entirely disagree. On the other hand, they can be extremely useful tools to help us stay on track and make it through the day. I don’t know how I survived without my Android, even if it is second hand.
I’d love to hear about the cheap or free ways you’re getting your act together for 2014. Lord knows I need all the help I can get.