I read an inspiring blog today on SparkPeople titled, “Could Staying on Track be Addictive?”
SparkPeople is a great site that does what any other lifestyle change/weight loss website does and probably more – free! I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s one of those things that has given comparably to what it has taken. I’m not crystal clear on this, but I think they profit from advertising and publications (The Spark.)
I appreciate the practicality of the phone app especially, which allows us to real-time journal our food. We often can’t change our lifestyle if we don’t food-journal for at least a week or two to get an honest grip on things. This ties our journal immediately into our SparkPeople.com member site and all its other benefits. That is one reason that I like this food-journal phone app better than others. It has continuity.
How much do many of us spend on weight loss efforts? Let’s say we simply subscribe to a different on-line weight-loss program such as e-diets. This plan starts out at $17.96 for 1 month. The cost of a smart phone runs roughly around $100. The monthly cost for the internet access runs around $30/month more than a plan with just telephone service. It’s a fair bargain to get a smart phone with internet access just for the apps in my opinion. We get so much more quality of life from access to information. SparkPeople is just one of a huge number of potential options on our side. If affordable in our budgets, it is a friendly thing to have in hand.
Soon I’m going to write more about the idea referred to above, that staying on track can be addictive in a good way. I liked her blog. I like SparkPeople. Having a smart phone helps me be friendly with myself.
Self Care Tip #69 – Think about getting a smart phone. Be a friend to yourself.
Question: Has easier access to information helped you take care of yourself? How? If not, why? Please tell me your story.