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Month: August 2013

Lifesaver Apps

Lifesaver Apps

We are living in a world that smart phones and technology are more than just a way to keep in touch with people we don’t see everyday. I, for one, was the person who got a smart phone only 2 years ago, thinking that I didn’t “need” one. It is funny how I don’t know how I would live without it now! HAHA! I am a HUGE fan of the iphone. I love the way it is set up, the way it works, looks, and EVERYTHING! I only have the iphone 4, so of course I am a little behind on the technology. I do, however, disagree with the prices of these phones! I don’t want to shell out $200 every two years just because they changed one or two things, I think I can manage and hold out a little longer!

 

Okay, time to get to the meat of his post!! I thought it would be nice to share some of the apps I use on a daily basis. I mostly use apps for my health and fitness journey.

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This is a photo of all the apps I use to edit and take my photos with! Some of these I use A LOT more than others. The Squaready app is GREAT for when you tape a picture you want to be a square to maybe post on instagram, or something of those sorts. It takes any picture you upload, and makes it fit into a square, obviously! hahah

I have two InstaWord apps, one is the free version, the other is a paid one, although it was only 99 cents, it is so worth paying for it!! This app lets you add specialize text, little stamp images and boarders. You can picks colors of everything , and different designs for frames. This is my go to app for text because it makes it easy to edit!

Diptic and PhotoFrame are both great for placing multiple pictures into one frame. There are some simple designs and then some crazy ones as well. I use these apps a lot for transformation pictures, before and afters, or just wanting to show steps or instructions.

Camera Timer is GREAT!! I love posting pictures of myself working out to keep myself accountable, as well as give a little insight to what these workouts look like that I am going on a daily basis. This is a camera timer. You can set it up to take one photo, or up to 30 photos I believe. You pick how long you want it to time for, a period between, and how many shots you would like it to take.

 

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Map my Run. This is AWESOME!! This is one of the first apps I ever downloaded, and still love it as much as I did day one. The best part is, it is FREE!! Of course there is a version you can pay for, but honestly I don’t know what else you would need that the free version doesn’t offer. This app is basically a GPS system. It keeps track of your time and distance. But, it does not stop there! It calculates your elevation, miles per minute, your pace, calories burned, and your splits. There is also a friends section that you can see what your friends on the app are up to as well. There are also other perks on this app that I haven’t used. The Nutrition section I have never used, so I am sorry, I can’t tell you too much about that. Other than it is an option on this app to use.

 

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My fitness pal is also a very useful app. The great thing about this app, is that is is also a website! So you don’t have to have a smart phone or ipod touch to be able to access this. All you have to do is type in the foods you are eating, pick the serving size, amount to ate, and BAM!!!! all the nutritional information you need. As you go on with your day, add the water you consume and then cardio or strength training you completed. Of course, it is not going to be spot on for you individually, but it gives you a good idea of how many calories you burned per activity. Then it calculates what you are and what you burned off for the day. You can look at an overall layout of the nutrition you had for the day, besides calories. I love this app and use it almost daily!!

I have to more apps to come later on!!

 

Getting Back on Track!!

Getting Back on Track!!

It has been FOREVERRRRRR since I have blogged!! I don’t know where the time has gone. In all seriousness, my summer has gone so fast I still think we are in the month of May sometimes 😡 I know we aren’t so Ill just move on from that!

This past summer I was honored to have an internship in a graphic design and marketing department. I LOVED it!! Which makes me so happy, because if you have read my post before about my schooling journey, you know that I have been through everything and back to find out what I really wanted to do!

At my “internship”, I put that in quotes because I am not really sure what to call it. I wasn’t getting school credits for it, but it was more than a summer job. Anyway, I met so many great people! i ate lunch everyday with three awesome women, they threw parties for ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!! I learned so many things from that guy that is their main graphic artist. It was really nice being able to be in an environment that was so positive all the time, a great work place, and just everything about it it, again was GREAT!!

One aspect of this summer that was NOT all that great was trying to find a routine. I always have an awesome, right on time routine for the school year. So I figured, summer should be SOOO easy! I will have the same hours everyday and all that jazz. Well, I was WRONG! But, the thing is, I just can’t put my finger on WHAT it was that threw me so off. The only thing I can think of is that it was really hand for me to find time to RUN! My work schedule was the same everyday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. I would eat lunch around noon, if I didn’t pack an afternoon snack I would be STARVING by the time I got home, so of course I had to eat something. That means that I would just try to eat dinner, but until I made dinner, ate, cleaned up, and digested, it was too dark to run outside, and I don’t own a treadmill. Then of course I thought, “Why not just get up and run before work!?” WRONG! I don’t have a problem getting up at 6:30 or even 6:00. 5:30 though, I just COULD NOT do it. My body must have a DO NOT DISTURB switch that can’t be touched until 6 am! I Tried once, and I made it to 9:30 am and I needed a nap! Usually if i get up early and run, it energizes me, but I guess there is a fine line for when that works, and when it doesn’t!

 

Okay, time to end my rant about that! i am finally moved back into my NEW place at school, and have been TOTALLY RELAXED all week! Yup, that is right, I have been basically a couch potato, almost. I have been working out, and attempting to eat pretty healthy. I will have a bunch of recipes to come within the next few days!!

Today, was my very lazy day. It was the only day I didn’t have a single thing planned to do. My day was open, I didn’t have to go anywhere, or see anyone. So naturally, I did a lot of sitting. i did make a healthy breakfast, I had oatmeal with agave nectar, and an apple. Then i made my way to my parents to pick up a few things, which was good to get me up and around. I made a few errands, but eventually found myself sitting in front of the tv again!! I figured out a way to fix this! I made a TV workout!!

Lazy Tv Workout

 

 

I did this workouts while watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians! It was great! Of course it isn’t something that is going to get your heart rate up there and you can sit at home everyday doing this while you watch tv from 9 am to 9 pm. It will, however, prevent you from feeling guilty after watching a few of your favorite shows, and just give you something to do besides just sitting there!!