2017 has been a year where I’ve made a lot of changes to my health. I’ve lost 25 pounds overall and I have to admit that it’s been a whirlwind. As I’ve gone through the year, I’ve had some adjustments made to my weight loss plan and my goal to just be healthy. Given my love of technology, I think it’s no surprise that I use my phone to help me. Today I’ve got 5 apps I use to monitor my health and weight.
1. Fitbit & Activity
So this first one is actually two. I had a Fitbit for years and I absolutely loved it. I loved the app and I loved being able to do challenges with my friends and families. Then earlier this year my Fitbit died and I was so sad because I loved my Fitbit for almost four years. Later in the year, I got an Apple Watch, which comes with its own set of Activity monitoring sets.
With Activity, the idea is to close your three rings every day. I always close my red and blue rings, but I don’t always get the green one. Might need to have that be my New Years’ Goal – to close that one more often.
2. My Fitness Pal
A major part of losing weight is watching what I eat. I’m working with a dietician and I’m logging my food every day to make sure everything I eat is balanced. I have this little pie chart that I try to get just perfect and I try to make sure I eat things with protein every meal. I’m back up to 130 days of logging straight and now I don’t want to stop because I want to keep my streak.
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So Flo doesn’t have anything to do with weight, but our reproductive health is still important. I try to make sure I log my day in Flo every day for a variety of reasons, number one being that PMS is a bitch. Also, it’s better to have a heads up when Mother Nature is coming. So Flo allows me to stay ahead of the curve and not get caught by surprise.
With Fitbit, your Fitbit automatically tracked your sleep. Apple Watch does not. Which is why I love Pillow! You can use it with your Apple Watch or with just your iPhone, but I try to use it at least twice a week – during a “weekend” night and during a work night. I typically sleep in later on my weekend and stay up later. It’s good to see how that can affect my work week. Usually, by Tuesday mornings, I’m dying at work because I’m so exhausted. Pillow allows me to check if it’s just my thyroid or if I’m sleepy because I didn’t sleep well.
If you’re looking to get more water in during your day, Waterminder might be your best friend. Every hour you get a little notification on your phone (or Apple Watch) to drink some water. It definitely makes me drink more water, but I always forget to log it in the actual app. I know, I’m ashamed of myself for it, too.
Bonus App: iOS Health
If you have an iPhone, you’ve got this nifty little app called Health. It’s the White one with a pink heart. Most 3rd party apps you use can integrate into Health. In the Health app, you can set up a Medical ID, which allows you to add medical information about yourself – and with Emergency SOS, your phone could save your life. If you’ve never opened this app, open it and take the time to at least know what it does. The amout of information you can have in this app is pretty amazing.