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Don’t fall off of the Band Wagon!

Okay, so you’ve been a good little fitness monster. You’ve tried to be active, you’re eating healthy foods, and you haven’t over-indulged on chocolate since 2009. Good for you! Now get off of the computer and go for another lap, asshole.

The rest of us search for motivation. We procrastinate. We make bargains with ourselves. We write blog posts instead of hopping on the bike.

It’s really mind over matter – and there is a lot of matter, don’t get me wrong. But do not underestimate the power of the human mind. We went to the moon on less technology that is in your smartphone. We can create cures and perform surgeries. We can fly long distances in airplanes made of 875,000 lbs of metal and glass. All of these things are really amazing – and they all exist because someone thought them up.

So think yourself thin. Make up your mind to be fit. Don’t make excuses for yourself. Own up to your own shortcomings and strive to make them disappear.

Let’s go for a swim, shall we?

An App a Day Keeps the Fitness Monster Away!

Weight loss apps are a dime a dozen and 99¢ in the app store. Have a smart phone? Here are a couple of helpful apps to help you reach your goal.

Isn't he so cute?Weightbot is a helpful little fellow and has become my personal favorite weigh-in app. Just enter your weight daily and see your trends get plotted on a eye-pleasing graph. You can set weight gain/loss goals, check your BMI, watch your progress, and view interesting analytical data about your weight changes. The app is brilliantly brought to us by TapBots.

He’s just so cute with those blue eyes staring at you, staring deep into your soul, making you compelled to tell him the truth. He’s helpful too. Just a quick toggle on the scale and he records your weight. Rotate your phone and he presents you with all these pretty graphs:

Weightbot screenshots

The only thing it’s missing is a push-notification reminder, but that’s hardly a complaint. Weightbot is a must-have even with the price tag of $1.99. You download it in iTunes here.

Livestrong.com's My PlateLiveStrong.com’s My Plate app is the perfect calorie tracker.  It has an ever-expanding database of more than 1.3 million foods for nutritional information including fat, sugar, carbohydrates, cholesterol and more. It syncs with multiple devices and the livestrong.com website. Let me tell you, syncing with the livestrong.com website is awesome. It connects you to a community, presents awesome graphs of your data, and makes the tedious task of calorie counting like a game. You get achievements and everything.

My Plate's interface

It’s got a ticket price of $2.99 – but if you’ve got the three bucks to spare, it might make all the difference. You can download the full version here. Other calorie counting apps are not nearly as organized. There are some free ones out there though, so if the three bucks is breaking the bank, I would recommend the lite version of MyPlate – it’s ad supported and does not include synchronization between devices or with livestrong.com.

Have a suggestion for an app? Leave it below in comments, and we’ll check it out!

Biggest Loser Competition 2012

Hey gang! Time for the rules for our little competition. Don’t forget that win/lose the bet, we all win by becoming the best that we can be. This blog is to serve as motivation and communication. If you are interested in contributing, please let me know. Most of all I wish you good luck in your journey to becoming the best you. May the odds be ever in your favor!

1. Everyone that is competing needs to weigh in at the same place, on the same scale, at the same time. This keeps things consistent.

2. We are measuring the percent of body weight lost. The calculation is the take your actual weight (today) and subtract it form your initial weight. Then divide that number by your initial (starting) weight.

2. The first weigh in will be on June 19th at 6:00 pm

3. The final weigh in will be on October 19th at 6:00 pm

4. Weigh-in’s will occur weekly at 6:00 pm

5. There is a $20 registration fee which MUST be paid during your first weigh in.

6. You can join at any time during the first three weeks (but it will be harder to win)

7. The winner will be the person who loses the largest percentage of body weight. The grand prize is all the monies collected.