Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review of the S Health Fitness App

I recently downloaded the S Health fitness app to my phone, and I have been experimenting with it for - well - about a month - so I wanted to review it.

Downloading the S Health App

The app is created by Samsung for Samsung phones, and I don't have a Samsung phone so I expected it to be glitchy, but it works great anyway - plus - it was free in the Google Play store,

The first few days, I just tracked how much water I drank and recorded what I ate normally - plus my steps, to get an idea of my starting point. 

I found out I wasn't drinking nearly enough water, my caloric intake was about right, but my lifestyle was very, very sedentary, with less than 2,000 steps per day. (But I'm a writer, and I knew my lifestyle was sedentary.)

So, the second week I decided to try harder - the first two days, I lost two ounces each day - then I got excited and decided it was working so I would try even harder - I regained the four lost ounces, and they brought a four pound friend along - so I got frustrated and gave up.

So, then again, the third week of having the app, I decided I hadn't given it a fair chance, and would try again, this time setting a goal of 10,000 steps per day - but that I would wait to try to change my eating habits, because I figured I would tackle one bad habit at a time.

Let me tell you, if you are used to taking under 2,000 steps per day, 10,000 steps are hard - really - really - hard. 

But, for seven days now, I have reached that goal, and gone over by a couple thousand each day, and my legs and feet have gone through soreness, and are starting to feel stronger with only an occasional achiness around 7,000 steps.

I'm also finding it easier to breathe while I'm walking, without slowing down to a snail's pace.

I'm amazed that walking like that made my muscles ache, and I'm also amazed at how quickly they responded and began getting stronger.

And, I'm also pleased to see the weight loss going in the right direction, lower. 

So anyway, back to my review of the S Health app...

The app  makes it easy to track how much you eat, and even features a large directory of fast food items, restaurant meals, and brand name foods, so you just have to tap the right item and make sure the quantity you ate is correct.

For each 8 ounce cup of water you drink, you just tap the plus sign under the cup of water image. 

The app automatically tracks steps but you can record other fitness activities, too - and helpful tips pop up unless you turn them off.

One thing I especially like is the celebratory tones that go off when you reach your daily goals (you get to set the goals, by the way) - so just as you're feeling a bit tired and thinking you can't do it, your phone jingles and celebrates your day's success.

So, while my experience with this  app hasn't been extended long enough to provide you with impressive weight loss numbers, I can tell you that once I committed to the goals I chose and gave the App a fair chance, I found it to be impressive, and it is proving to be a useful tool for impriving my fitness level.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Exercises to Ease Your Menopause Symptoms

If you're menopause symptoms are getting you down and you're looking for some relief, exercising can offer some comfort.

I just wanted to pop in and share this link to a video about Exercises to Ease Menopause Symptoms.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you'll enjoy the video.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Is there an art to writing seductive text messages?

I usually stay away from this kind of topic - but I think it's worth touching on because 'romance' can be such an important part of life - at any age - and I promise o keep it clean.

Seductive Text Messages

What do you think when you hear the term seductive text messages?

Are you one of the lucky ones who is already comfortable with the skill?

Have you tried and had a bad experience?

Does your mind go right to the raunchy and you get a knot in your stomach thinking you can't do "that" because you're a 'nice girl'?

Or, do you just dismiss the idea with a laugh?

Text Seduction Tips

If you think you might like to try this mild form of sexting - read on. If you're in a trusting relationship and think it might be fun or might spice things up a touch - consider these tips and see if you feel comfortable trying them. (I don't really recommend this if you're not in some sort of a relationship because it comes off as desperate and easy if you go for seduction before the relationship is "there.") It's not like you have to send naked pictures of yourself anyway - and you don't have to "talk genitalia" to do this. It's kind of like sexting for beginners.

Tip 1: Be true to yourself. Tat might sound overly simple, but if you try to force something raunchier than you are comfortable saying (or doing) - it's going to come out sounding fake. What's worse - you might end up kind of committed to doing something you don't really WANT to do.

Tip 2: Keep the suggestions veiled. For example, write something like, I can't wait to feel your skin against my lips. Or - I am longing to feel your strong arms around me as I taste the saltiness of your skin. Keeping your suggestions veiled tells your mate you are thinking of them, that you WANT them, and it lets THEIR imagination sizzle imagining the parts you didn't write.

Tip 3: Practice a little. Write the things you want to say, but don't send them. Hold onto them for a day or two. Read and re-read them while you assess your comfort level with what you have written and what you are suggesting.

Tip 4: Practice a LOT. The more you write these mildly erotic words, the easier it gets. Before you know it, you'll be comfortable writing wilder and wilder messages. If you really struggle with it, write an erotic fiction short story. Make a up a lead woman that you want to be, and let her say the things in your wildest imagination to HER mate. Put it in a password protected file if you worry about someone reading it, and have fun with it.

Tip 5: This one is the most important. Don't be so hard on yourself. Let yourself have some fun. It is both fun and VERY freeing emotionally to just let yourself play and have some fun with your luvver. If you're reading a blog about menopause - it's about time you cut loose and quit worrying what someone else thinks- and have some frickin' fun. (Sorry for the borderline swearing there.)