Happy Birthday, Dad!

Yesterday, April 13, was my Dad’s birthday so it seems like a good time to recognize the fact that not only mother’s dish out advice. In my case, my Dad’s advice doesn’t come so much through his words as his actions. Here’s some of the things I’ve learned from my Dad:

Even though his wallet or cell phone contains pictures of fish instead of his wife, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren; his family is number one. He’s there to celebrate good times or protect in hard times, just don’t expect to get your picture in one of his books if you don’t catch a fish.

Caught 4/11/13.  11lbs. 8 oz.
Caught 4/11/13.
11lbs. 8 oz.

Make time for fun. Hard work is only worthwhile if there’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Go on vacations. Visit theme parks. Play games…all kinds of games. Go fishing. Tell jokes. Laugh.

Invest in a good grill and make sure you learn how to use it (or marry someone who can). Food from the grill is an essential ingredient in family fun.

Happy Birthday, Dad and thanks for the lessons on family, fun, food, and fish.


Lose It! – A Great Weight Loss App

LoseItlogoMy goal of recording daily food intake has become a lot easier with an app I’ve added to my phone. Lose It allows users to set goals for weight loss, track food intake, and calories burned exercising. I used this with some success a couple of years ago, but at that time I recorded data on the iPad – not a bad plan, but not always convenient.
Now Lose It is on my phone so after each meal it’s easy to add foods eaten as well as daily exercise. After I recorded my goal for weight loss, the program determined my daily caloric budget so I can achieve my goal. At the end of each day I can see if I’ve met the daily goal.
The tool is easy to use for tracking what I eat since foods can be searched by restaurant, supermarket brand, general categories, or even by scanning the barcode on food packages. Personal recipes can be entered so accurate calorie information can be obtained from favorite home cooked meals. It’s just as easy to add exercise. Select from a menu of exercises and the amount of time spent on the exercise. Lose It determines the number of calories used. What a great feeling to enter exercise and see the number of calories available for the day increase!
Weight is recorded and graphed and users earn badges for their achievements. I’ve been able to connect with family members accounts so we can encourage one another and share recipes.
Lose It is available on Android, iOS, Nook, Kindle, and the web so it’s easy to access, but for me, the phone is really the way to go. I’m looking forward to making Lose It a part of my daily routine.