I have been introduced to some pretty cool apps on my iPhone recently that have honestly been making my life easier. For those of you who are also new to the app scene, I decided to do a mini series of posts and let you know about a few of my favorites.
Today's featured app is for runners. I may or may not be slightly obsessed with tracking my workouts. I literally used to drive my car around to find a perfect route or to see how far I ran. So, discovering the lovely world of free running apps was a blessing to me.
The built-in GPS allows you to track your run (or walk if you prefer) no matter where you are. Whether it be on trails, neighborhood sidewalks, or dirt roads. Whether you want an actual Google Map of your route, a calendar showing off the days you worked out, or to share your workouts with your friends on social media - there's an app for that :)
The Nike+ GPS app was the first one I tried. It maps out your run using the built-in GPS. This means no matter where you go, it can keep track of your pace, distance, calories burned, and map out the route you have completed. I like that the display is easy to read — I can quickly glance down and know how many calories I've burned, or tap the screen to see a map of how far I've gone. There are three workout settings to choose from: Basic (run with no set time or distance), Time (run against the clock), or Distance (run a certain mileage). This app is also compatible with your iTunes library, so it is easy to choose a playlist before you begin your workout.
If you've used the MapMyRun website before, you'll be happy to know they have a free app for your phone. It can sync with your MapMyRun online account, so you can automatically upload your workout info. During your run, it records your time, speed, distance. If you use a compatible heart rate monitor, it can also keep track of your heart rate. If you tap "Map," you can actually watch yourself (a little blue dot) travel along the road map, so it's great if you're running in a new area.
This is the newest one I have been using and so far, I really like it (although I do like all 3). One of the best things about this app is that it has just about every feature out there. The main features include GPS tracking, Measurement of distance, time, speed, pace, calorie consumption, map view, social media sharing, and more. Another cool thing is that it supports a long list of activities, not just running!
There you have it, a few a my favorite apps for tracking running and other exercises. Do you have a favorite exercise tracking app? If so, I want to hear about it!
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
Sand and Stone
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE."
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?" The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it, so we can remember it."
dusana-attracthappiness.blogspot.com, Positive Fountain, May 2012
Continuing with the Let's Get Organized Series, here is post #3:
Step 3 - Cleaning:
Cleaning Supplies: Use a plastic caddy (instead of shelf space) to store cleaning supplies, and simply tote it from room to room as you clean. This also gives you more space and organization where you store the supplies - as opposed to having everything scattered on shelves in a closet or cabinet.
Cleaning Schedule: Following a schedule or a to-do list always make my days go a little bit smoother. The same goes for my cleaning schedule. I follow a daily cleaning schedule to keep on track. This works for me because I am not forced to dedicate an entire day to cleaning every week - I would dread that day for sure! With this plan, I am able to spend just a little bit of time each day cleaning.
Kudos to my Mom as she does this and as a kid I would always joke with her about having a specific day to clean each room. Now, I see why she does it this way, so much easier!
Below is an example of my daily cleaning lists:
This is a recipe I tried for the first time a few months ago, and they were so delicious that I have made these mini fruit pizzas a few times since. I came across this photo I took the first time I made them, and decided to share the recipe with you! Enjoy!
- 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury Ready To Bake refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups fresh blueberries, sliced strawberries and kiwi
- Powdered sugar, if desired
Instead of the kiwi, I chose to use raspberries. Also for a little something extra I sprinkled each cookie with toasted, slivered almonds.
- Bake cookies as directed on package. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese, limeade concentrate and powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
- Spread each cookie with 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture. Arrange sliced fruit on top of each cookie. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.
Serving Size: 1 Fruit Pizza Calories 140 ( Calories from Fat 70), % Daily Value Total Fat 7 g 7% (Saturated Fat 3 g,3% Trans Fat 0 g 0% ), Cholesterol 10 mg 10%;Sodium 80 mg 80%; Total Carbohydrate 18 g 18% (Dietary Fiber 0 g 0% Sugars 12 g 12%), Protein 1 g 1% ; % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 10%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0%;Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
To put it simply, I. Love. Avocado. Not only have I discovered a new menu item I find delicious, but it is healthy too!
An avocado contains about 10 grams of fiber and 18 essential amino acids. Although high in fat, avocados contain the good-for-you monounsaturated fats, which your body needs to fight off bad cholesterol levels and maintain the good ones.
To get the most nutritional value from avocados avoid ones that are over-ripe. Over-ripe avocados will have dents and feel too soft when you hold them. A ripe avocado shouldn't have any dents and will feel slightly soft when you squeeze it. You can buy unripe avocados, which feel very hard when squeezed, and then allow them to ripen at home. The part of the avocado closest to the skin is the most dense in nutrients, so be sure to scrape the skin clean with a spoon before discarding it!
Here are a few ways I enjoy eating my avocado...Try them out and let me know what you think!
- Fresh tomato, Weight Watchers string cheese, and avocado on Reduced Fat Triscuits - delicious snack or small lunch!
- Avocado on a slice of whole wheat toast with a drizzle of olive oil. (I often add fresh tomato and feta cheese too)
- Diced cucumbers, tomatoes, mozzarella, and avocado tossed with balsamic vinaigrette - makes a yummy salad.
I plan on experimenting with several avocado recipes in the next few weeks!
What are some of your favorite ways to prepare avocado?
“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.”