Enough is enough. If I was to perform at optimal levels in life, I knew I needed to be on point not only mentally but also physically. After many seasons of plateauing with fitness, I decided to dig deeper to reach new levels. During July, I realized that technology really started to have an influence on my success. Unfortunately, there is no app that can slap food out of your hand or force you to exercise. However, I used technology to my advantage and it helped me stay on track. Here are some of my apps below: Fooducate
My first biggest obstacle was deciding to embark on a lifestyle of healthy foods. Simple right? NOPE. Now, I am not saying I cut off all of my favorites foods (not going to happen lol), but I figured if I could eat healthy for 80-90% of my meals, I would be in good shape. My friend introduced me to this app called Fooducate. This app reminds me of myfitnesspal but without the exercise portion. When I grocery shop, I try to buy mostly fresh food, but I also buy packaged goods as well. All I do is scan the barcode of the bag/box, and it gives me a grade (A+ to F) and the rankings in nutritional content. It is very helpful when trying to determine if the food is really “low sodium” “light” or “fat free.”
Before I start, I will honestly say that I have cooked more this past year, than in the past 2-3 years. (apologies to all of my college roommates who I have cheated out of meals). Now, I cook probably twice a week so I can have healthy meals to sustain me. If I really wanted to be a consistent, I knew that I had to find healthier alternatives to my favorite foods. By using Pinterest, I can do that and more. I just find recipes to substitute healthy carbs and use fruit and natural sweeteners to satisfy my sweet tooth. Many of these recipes only use a few ingredients which cuts down on time.
Snapchat + Fitbit Charge HR
These two combined have assisted me in the major aspects of setting any goal: consistency & accountability. This might be surprising, but Snapchat played a big part last month in making sure I stayed on track with my workouts. Every morning I would post a photo to my story (snapchat: allthatiskim) either before or after my workout as if I was “checking in.” See after a while, my friends would start to expect a workout snap of me every morning to make sure I was staying on top of it, and if I missed a day then they would call me out on it. What also made me accountable is my precious fitbit, my own personal wearable trainer. I always want to walk/run more (at least 10K avg steps a day, yay!), take the stairs instead of the elevator, or even get more sleep to meet my goals. One of the features is an alarm that I definitely use to wake me up so I can get to the gym on time.
SN: Between June-July, the company I work for had a corporate wide fitness challenge, and I convinced two of my coworkers to get this device. Trust, it definitely keeps you in check if you use it to its full potential. I also like competing against my Fitbit friends so if you want a challenge…..add me! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Overall, I always like finding ways to make life simpler. The way I used these apps could be described as unconventional; however, it is helping me stay on track to accomplish my goal. At the end of the day every person is different. With anything you choose to accomplish, you must always figure out what is the best avenue for you. Do you have any fitness apps that you love and I might need to try? Let me know by commenting below!