Working from home brings with it both perks and pitfalls. Bloggers, online marketers, and freelancers can attest to that. I am a freelance writer, and have worked from home for a few years now…and, there is far more flexibility than there ever was when I worked at a traditional office.
I even worked 3 years in the Real Estate world and enjoyed what I thought was very flexible hours. But, it didn’t even come close in comparison to working from home as my own boss. For example, if I want to work at midnight to make up for going on my son’s field trip, I do not have to check with anyone to get approval. I just do it.
However, it also comes with a pitfall that can sneak up on you, risking your dream of independence and flexibility in a successful career. Not too many people want to admit that it can happen, or maybe that it already has…but, sitting all day at your job can add a few pounds. Especially when you are you are not even leaving the house to sit all day. If it’s enough pounds, it can slow you right down to a snail’s pace.
At least when you worked outside the home, you had a routine. However, working at home tends to break some of the rules, including having a routine. Without routine…one with waking to perhaps a walk and a healthy breakfast to get the day started right, we become creatures of bad habits…putting it off until, well…never.
Once you decide to get a grip on it, the 3 apps I am about to share can help you in losing weight, maintaining sanity, and gaining a higher quality of life.
1. Low Carb Diet Assistant
This app is a great one for anyone who follows a low carb diet, such as Atkins. Personally, I am most familiar with this plan over others, because I have had great success on it. It was as if I broke an addiction just by following an easy plan. I don’t go hungry, and I have more energy than ever.
However, I want to talk about apps, so if you want some great and free Atkins diet plan advice, go to their site, which is filled with tips and ideas.
Now, back to this app, which provides information on your daily nutritional intake, such as carbs, fats, sugars, proteins sodium, and even fiber. Basically, all the nutritional information you need for what you put into your body.
Here are a few more features:
- Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, requiring iOS 3.0 or later
- Ability to see daily water and weight tracking, as well as BMI
- More than 300,000 foods, 600 restaurants, and 1000 brands
Also, you don’t need to the Internet to use this app, so it can be used anywhere you go, all for $2.99.
2. Atkins Diet Recipes
If you are looking at following the Atkins plan, this app will help you out with a variety of recipes suitable for you. Staying on track will be easier with quick access to creative and tasty recipes that are designed for the Atkins plan, including all the phases.
Here are some features you might enjoy:
- Instructions and nutritional information are complete with each recipe
- Color photos with each recipe
- Customize recipes by adding ingredients, naming it, and adding a photo
The Atkins Diet Recipes app is compatible with your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 4.3 or later. At just $1.99, it’s one of the most affordable apps available.
Edibles is an option if you are looking for a good app for reliability in an insightful journal for calorie and nutrition tracking. From what I have read and seen, here are some of the best features:
- Tracks calories, as well as exercise easily by automatically making additions and deductions
- Automatically will calculate all dietary caloric needs for the day
- Keeps track of various weight stats, such as BMI, average loss, and more
Edibles is compatible for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5.0, or later. It’s priced higher than the other two above, but still reasonably priced at $4.99.
Do yourself a favor and take the necessary steps you need to be in the best physical and mental shape possible. This will give you the best tool in reaching your dreams of a successful and flexible career…you.
Kathy Barber, a freelance writer, enjoys writing on a variety of topics including online business, home brewing, and health. When she was looking through www.atkins-diet-advisor.com, she recalled the struggles she once faced and wanted to write a series of articles to help others with maintaining a balance in their life. Kathy and her husband are raising their son in Michigan, where she was raised. On her downtime she often entertains, cooks, and attends her son’s activities.