Guest Post – Caring for Your Health the Modern Way: Best Apps for Tracking Your Health

Hey NeverEver’s!

Its Tuesday and that means Guest Post Day!!! Today I am having a return poster Virigina! Originally she created the Essential Crossfit Gear To Give, which is a great post for the Holidays ^_^.  We are extremely lucky as today is all about apps!

Yup those things that we love on our phone, and the best ones for a Healthy and Active Lifestyle!

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We’re living in a miracle age—technology drives much of what we do every day: from the digital alarm clock that wakes us so much more gently than the clanging silver bells or out-of-tune clock radios of our youth, to the electronic sonic toothbrush that scrubs our teeth to previously-unheard of levels of cleanliness. And if it’s true that all this technology has made some of us more sedentary (how many hours a day do we spend sitting in front of our computers?), it’s also true that more and more of us are actively pursuing new ways to get healthy.
                                                     Image Courtesy of ShutterStock
And, of course, for many of us these days, the most important tool in our wellness arsenal isn’t a treadmill or a food scale, but our cell phones. There are apps out there that do all sorts of awesome things: Track your daily steps, count your calories, record your goals, etc.
Below are 5 of our favorite (mostly) free apps for helping you get healthy and stay strong:
Map my Fitness helps you to plan and track your workouts, using just the GPS on your phone.  You can create your own fitness route or find an existing one, join a group of workout buddies or log your speed and calories burned.
This app also allows you to track your nutrition, calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and keep on top of fitness events in your neighborhood as well as around the country.
Price: FREE
Run Keeper is a fitness app that allows you to track your progress as you train at the gym or when you go out into the world to do your running or biking. It will tell you the length of your workout, compare progress with previous workouts and log your heart rate. And you can set it to let you know when you’ve reached specific goals.
Price: FREE
Weight Watchers Mobile provides many of the benefits of the Weight Watchers program, right there in your pocket. The Weight Watchers app allows you to count your calories, track your activity levels, look up recipes and read success stories from fellow health-enthusiasts.
Price: FREE
Everest is a fun app, because it allows you to track any goal you like. Planning to quit smoking? Always dreamed of conquering your debt? Dying to lose 15 pounds? Everest helps you set small, achievable goals, all designed to lead you straight to your own personal mountain-top.
Price: FREE
5. FIG
Fig is more focused on overall wellness and holistic practices. It allows you to establish your own wellness guide with topics ranging over various categories (Eat, Move, Refresh, Connect, Feel, Go Further). You can connect with other people and measure your progress or create action plans to help you reach specific goals .
Price: FREE
Zombies Run! 2 is almost more a game than a running app. As you run for your life on the treadmill or through your local park, you feel more like a kid playing a fantastic game, than an out-of-shape adult trying desperately to get in shape. The app provides dozens of storylines, and lets you choose your own musical accompaniment to add to the mood.
Price: $3.99 (yeah, we know. This one’s not free. But. . . ZOMBIES!!!!!)
Who needs a personal trainer! With just your Smartphone and a selection of really great apps, you can easily take control of your fitness routine. And maybe, just maybe, enjoy yourself while you’re at it.

Virginia Cunninghamis a freelance health writer and fitness enthusiast living in the Los Angeles area. While personal health and wellness is her speciality, her writing, in correlation with HostPapa, also covers the tech industry, including apps reviews, social media and web hosting. 

December…Really?!?!?

Hey NeverEver’s!

Wow its December. Its seriously December 1st! What happened? Where has this year gone? I am not sure and if it wasn’t for this blog I am pretty sure my internal calendar would be way worse then it is. 
Anyways, it is December and I am happy to say that most of my Christmas gifts have been gotten. Its now just the odds and ends that I still need to get. I won’t be getting a tree until next weekend but I can’t wait! And I just got some old Christmas favorites of mine…finally! 
Yes I got them on Groupon but it was such a great deal and I love these Christmas Classics. Now I just need to get the rest of them ^_~. Plus as today is officially December I get to watch one of these badboys! Not sure which one though, and since the Hubby is feeling sick I am thinking about letting him pick! 
How was your Thanksgiving? Mine went pretty darn good. All the cooking went well, I timed the Turkey being done w/ the family coming over perfectly. However, my dessert was a little to sour for me. Cranberries and I just don’t get along. 
I would like to mention that the coke you see is not mine…I am still 5 months clean, that is my Father in Laws. We can’t get him to stop -_-. 

This was my plate and my ONLY plate. Not sure if it was because I cooked all day and just wasn’t that hungry or if I actually learned about portion control. Anyways, I filled my plate w/ my Spinach and Apple Salad, Roasted California Golden Potatoes w/ Pepper and Garlic, Roasted Carrots and Walnuts and my Turkey w/ Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce. 
I did have some of the dessert that was brought by my cousin. She brought home made flan and plain cheesecake. I did have 1 slice of each and they were delicious!
I hope that your Thanksgiving was guilt free, drama free, wonderful time w/ your family and friends!
Did anyone go shopping on Black Friday? Usually for me I don’t go out, well not for a few years, but this year we just decided to go. But it wasn’t for a gift for anyone else…it was for ourselves! 
Yup Hubby and I got ourselves a new T.V. This thing is a beauty and it is a wonder that it took us so long to get one! Its a Samsung 55 in 3D. Wonderful…I can’t wait to watch the Christmas specials on this thing!!
So what are you plans this Holiday? The healthy plans that is. Mine is pretty simple with only 2 challenges that I am doing this month. (what thats small compared to last year!)
I found #Elf4Health last year and it was amazing! Lindsay and Ellie are doing it again and you can still join! Today’s challenge is to do 100 burpees (yay -_-) but I will get it done. 
I am also doing a BeachBody Challenge Group as well. I have decided to take the Brazil Butt Lift Master Series for 30 Day challenge. And I am planning on doing the workout in the mornings…since my work schedule has changed and I don’t have to be into work until 8am. So since I am used to waking up a little earlier then I need to for a 8am schedule I am going to be using that time to work out. 
Okay NeverEver’s its time for me to take care of my sick hubby and enjoy my lazy Sunday! I hope you all have a wonderful one and may your Monday be light! 

Thanksgiving Food Prep

Hey NeverEver’s!

We are officially 3 days away from Thanksgiving which I just can’t believe that means we are that close to Christmas. Well I can but I would prefer if we could go back a few months ago ^_~. Time seems to be flying by with no stop.

But anyways, since this is Sunday and I usually do my Food Prep or at least Food Planning for the following week I thought I would tell you all about my plans for Thanksgiving. Because to tell the truth Monday – Wednesday is going to be left overs. All my cooking skills are going to be stored up for Thanksgiving.

So here is my Game Plan!

TurkeyFig Glazed Roast Turkey (Food Network pg 155) I have never done a glazed Turkey, I have done a Herb Rubbed, Brine and Salted. But never glazed so I am really looking forward to this one.

Stuffing – I am doing SkinnyTastes Mushroom Quinoa Stuffing. I have gotten my family to like Quinoa and I wanted something different then a bread stuffing.

SauceCranberry Orange Sauce (Food Network pg 155).

Vegetable – Carrots with Walnuts (Food Network pg 176)

SaladSpinach Apple Salad (Food Network pg 176)

DessertCranberry Pear Crisp (Food Network pg 94)

I was able to find most of the recipes in the magazine online of their page so I have included the links!

What is the best thing about this upcoming Holiday? It isn’t the food that I m cooking, although I am looking forward to it. It is the

The run I am doing that morning!

Yesterday I picked up my race gear and I got all of this! Look a T-Shirt, Hat, and Time Card! Plus we all get a finisher medal!!!

Really looking forward to this run!

Oh and before I leave for the night, heading to the Laugh Factory tonight w/ the Hubby, I wanted to share with you all my latest NSV!

I got boots to fit over my calf! Now this is a BIG BIG deal for me. I have always wanted to wear knee boots and high calf boots but my legs were just to big to fit into them. Well I got it! I lost a nail (well the length of it) getting one of them on but it doesn’t matter. It went on!

Woot!!!

Okay NeverEver’s, I am ready to call it a night. So how are your Thanksgiving plans going? Are you ready? Have you started on your Christmas list yet? I have but then I am a Christmas Freak so thats ok ^_~

Motivational Thursday + Update on Squat Challenge

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Today was the first day that it felt like December. It was misting after raining all night. Which I missed as I had passed out by 9:30 my time, which is insanely early for me! I am going to put my early bed time on the fact that I woke up early on Wednesday and worked out in the morning. Just like I am putting my late raise today as to the fact that the bed was just more comfy then it has a right to be ^_^.

See why I wanted to stay in bed! This is why, it was sooo nice and toasty. But work called so I got out of bed and headed into work.

Anyways, it was time for work in which nothing happened because everyone is getting ready for vacation. Which has anyone gotten a turkey yet? Its on my list of things to do this Sunday is to get a Fresh Turkey!

However, I did look into my LIKE = 5 SQUAT Challenge. Here is the verdict!

Tonight when I get home from my 2 hour OT, I will be doing 120 squats. Now because there are so many I am not going weighted. But it will be done!

But I couldn’t forget about my Wall Sit Challenge that I am doing w/ Rhodes of Fitness from Facebook.

I did it during my break at work. 6 minutes and 10 seconds of fun. The first 3 minutes went by pretty fast since I was browsing FB. However, the 2nd 3 minutes…I felt every second. Still I never thought I could Wll Sit for so long when I first joined this challenge so that in itself is a victory!

Now its time for Motivational Thursday!

Ok NeverEver’s I will see you tonight for my Squat Challenge until then stay warm!! 

Sunday Food Prep

Hey NeverEver’s!

Welcome to Sunday. Is it just me or did this weekend fly by? I swear that it was just Friday yesterday and now its Sunday.

Has anyone started planning for Thanksgiving yet? In my family it is me who does the Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t mind its just a ton of planning for a family my size. I am thinking about doing a quinoa stuffing I saw on pinterest (if I can find it again). It seemed like a good alternative to bread. Also, I am going to try and make a pie (and to use Thanksgiving as a cheat day of course). But, since it will be my first pie ever made I am still considering it.

However, it is Sunday and that means Food Prep or at least for me getting my recipes ready so I know exactly what I am making on each day. Except for Tuesday as I am going to the dentist and will most likely be having left overs…or something.

So here is my week plan.

Monday – I am craving this one again – French Onion Soup

Tuesday – If I feel up to it w/ the dentist – Pasta and Broccoli

Wednesday – Grilled Steak Fajitas

Thursday – I have been wanting to try this – Oven Fried Chicken

Friday – Tuna Noodle Casserole

Sat and Sun I will be doing left overs. There should be more then enough for not only lunch but to survive until Sunday. If not I shall improvise ^_~.

Yup so this is my plan. Of course I will be loading up on veggies / fruit for snacks in between all of the dinners. I am really looking forward to this week and seeing what I can do for myself!

Okay NeverEver’s, it is time to enjoy…well almost enjoy, my Saints beat the 49er’s (please please please!). So I am leaving you all with my plans.

What is your Food Planning for this week?

Sugar Cleanse is Happening!

Hey NeverEver’s!

So I am crazy. Its the only way I can explain to you all my want to do a sugar cleanse in the middle of the Holiday Season. What has possessed me to do this? I am still not sure to tell the truth but I feel like I have to do this. My in-law family doesn’t do sweets and my parents are in a moving truck 300 days of the year so it isn’t like I actually have excuses as to my own sweet tooth. Especially since anything sweet that is brought into the house is by me.

Ya its ok I know I am insane but let me share it with all of you!

I am already doing my Shakeology every morning, which keeps me full for lunch time. I have dropped my soda habit (which wasn’t really a habit it was more ‘Ok I will drink it if its there’ type thing). Which if I am being honest be doesn’t feel like that much. Sometimes, I feel like ‘Ok so I don’t have soda anymore big woop’ or ‘ya I am eating breakfast but I don’t see any results’. And those are the moments when I have to remember that I didn’t build this body in 1 day. I have about 10 years of damage, neglect, and abuse to get through. Its not going to happen over night, in a week or even a month. So I should be happy with the steps, small and large, that I have been able to do.

However, I want to do more. So I am going on a sugar cleanse. Which started as a bet with the hubby…which most things do if I am gonna be honest with everything. He said that although I gave up soda that there was NO way I could control my sweet tooth. Now to be fair he would in most cases be right…but I wanna win this bet (with the side effect of actually controlling my sweet tooth) so I am going to win this thing!

Here are the rules.

1. I am allowed 1 spoon / packet of brown sugar or stevia for my coffee a day.
2. No processed foods or eating out at fast food joints for the rest of the month
3. No baked goodies…AT ALL
4. I am allowed 1 cheat item 1 time every week.

Now I know that the ‘white’ products are just as processed as anything else you can find…but I will tell you right now. I can deal w/ brown sugar, wheat flour, wheat bread but I will not switch my potatoes. I do not like sweet potatoes and will stick with my real deal.

Other then that I, after this weekend, will be really watching my intake. Of course I am not planning on having many holiday parties and I did include at least 1 ‘cheat’ item. So I do believe I am safe (so I say at the beginning ^_^).

Some of the things that I will be looking out for because while I am trying to take out as much processed things as I can…if I have to I will choose the lesser of 2 evils so to speak. So these words I will be scanning for.

Now what am I going to do about food? Well most of my plans are coming from SkinnyTaste for Gina’s soups and meals. All of her things have real ingredients and are perfect for people that are still figuring out the kitchen. But, since it is, supposedly (it was 85 last night!) colder this coming week…Soups here I come!

I will be doing my meal planning on Sunday so I will share with you all what my meal plan is looking like. All I do know is that I will be getting tons of veggies / fruit and meat. Which doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Okay NeverEver’s, enjoy your Friday! I am going to try to talk the Hubby into going to see Thor (I want my hottie!!!) and having dinner with me. I will see you all on Sunday!

Have you ever done a sugar cleanse? Still a soda addict or have you kicked it? Am I crazy (its okay to answer truthfully ^_~)?

Motivational Thursdays!

Hey NeverEver’s!

Work has been super busy today and I still need to make my Mo-vember treats for the bake sale tomorrow. So I am going to head straight into the Motivational Thursday and I will catch up with you all on Friday!

So before I go away and bake things I wanted to let you all know that I am going to be working out on Saturday with one of the Trainers from Biggest Loser Australia! 
So if your in the LA area come on over and work it out with the rest of us!!