Happy Friday! Woo hoo!
I’m off meeting tons of fab bloggers, repping Clever Girls as half of the #CleverDuo and learning a bunch at Evo ’11. So the fun and lovely @NaynaDub from Mommy Is In Time Out offered to be my App Girl today for App Girl Friday. She’s got a great review of a superfun fitness app. I really need to get this one and if you want to shed a few pounds before BlogHer, you should read up! Thanks, NaynaDub!
As a mom who is constantly trying to lose weight, my favorite app right now is My Fitness Pal
However, you don’t have to be on a diet to use this app. It’s great just for simple maintenance for your healthy lifestyle.
The app is extremely easy to use. I wanted to tell you all my 5 favorite features.
1. The Ability to Share
You are able to sync this app with your Twitter and Facebook in order to share updates. Now, I don’t share every single thing that I do. I don’t think anyone wants to know the number of calories that I had for lunch or that I had raspberries for breakfast.
However, when I hit something monumental I do push it through because it’s fun to share with my friends the progress I’ve made.
2. The Date Night Overindulger
Counting calories is fairly easy at home when you’re making your own food. But, when you’re out and about, it’s a whole different story. My Fitness Pal allows you to look up menu options right at your table. While this can be a total buzzkill, it is nice to know that you’re not going to completely wreck all the hard work from that week with just one meal.
Note: Obviously this feature is typically for national chain restaurants not local independent restaurants.
3. The Friends
My Fitness Pal allows you to “friend” other people who are using this app. You are able to see their status. Maybe they have lost a few pounds or they had a good workout. You have the ability to motivate, encourage or even offer up your cat if they’d just share their weight loss secret with you.
4. The Tracking
My Fitness Pal allows you to track everything. You set up your overall goals and it will keep track of everything for you. Weight, exercise, food. It even remembers what you usually eat so you can select from a list of frequent items. I think at one point it was being very passive aggressive and trying to tell me I ate too much tuna fish. I’ll never really know.
5. The Reminders
Yes, if you ignore My Fitness Pal it will start to stalk you via email. You will wake up in a cold sweat one morning and see that you have a new email message. You’ll look down at your tummy and know who it’s probably from. You’ll stand up, get out of bed and do the walk of shame to the bathroom scale. All the while knowing the app will taunt you until you enter the new information.
However, I’ve never ever done this. I’ve just heard from other people. I always track everything and enter items each and every day.
It’s a great app and one I would highly suggest if you want to track weight loss and exercise. If you happen to start using it, look for NaynaDub.
Thanks for an awesome review today, App Girl Nayna! You can get My Fitness Pal for FREE at the App Store. They also make a version for Android and Windows Phone!