So it’s the new year and as usual, most people are looking to get healthier. There are all sorts of technology-based items that can help you keep you on track!
There are lots of different food diaries, exercise diaries and the like. I’ve looked at several almost all of them offer some sort of premium service. So far the one food diary that I have liked the most is My Fitness Pal. It allows you to sync your Fitbit and TONS of other devices with it. Many of the other diaries only sync with certain devices, which I think is a downfall. If you pay for the premium you can customize your macro-nutrients so you can focus on certain nutrients more than others. Recently when I was stuck at a certain weight and couldn’t seem to get it to budge I figured out the cause thanks to a Facebook group I was in. The app will work with your activity tracker and add more calories to your daily allowance. So, I thought I was able to eat a little more (not going wildly overboard but still under my allotted “extra” calories, and that’s what was doing it! Turn that feature off if you get stuck at a certain weight!!!!! My weight finally budged after that!!!
Many of you have Apple iPhones, you probably are aware of their “Health” App. Well, it’s supposed to track your sleep, mindfulness, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. For a more detailed idea of what it can do, there is an awesome article from How to Geek here! It integrates best with, of course, the Apple watch. Unless you have a ton of money to blow on that along with the fact that the new iPhone that is coming out is supposed to be over $1,000!!!! I find it to be a giant waste of money!
The Apple Health App also integrates with My Fitness Pal for the nutrition portion of the app. It also works with some iHealth devices. They have a wireless blood pressure monitor that keeps track of your blood pressure so you can show your doctor. iHealth also sells a Smart Gluco Blood Monitoring System to test your blood sugar and you can sync it with your iPhone to keep track of that. They also sell scales.
Withings sells many devices that will sync with your phone, as we all Fitbit. Fitbit also sells scales. I have the Aria scale. It syncs with my phone and tells me my body fat percentage. Last time I got on it, my weight didn’t go down, but my body fat did. I have been working out more lately on a new regime so I can attribute my body fat going down. I don’t know how accurate the body fat calculator is on this scale, but in this case, it would seem to me that it’s working. Remember a pound is still a pound whether it’s fat or muscle, they weigh the same!!!!! Muscle just takes up less space!!!! As shown by this picture of some props that are in my office!
Now I have a Migraine app on my phone called Migraine Buddy, it’s a pretty slick program that helps you keep track of daily headaches, possible causes, what you did to or take that helped or didn’t help AND a sleep tracker. The sleep tracker is inaccurate. I was annoyed by it when I realized that it was getting it from my Apple Health App. My Fitbit sleep tracker is way more accurate. So, I thought why can’t my Fitbit tell Apple’s Health App Sleep Tracker the correct info. Well, apparently it’s not that simple! It doesn’t work yet, BUT there’s an app for that!!! It’s a $2.99 app called Sync Solver. It manually will allow you to sync all your Fitbit data to your Apple Health App. Now all of your info is in 1 App. Seems a bit ridiculous, but if you are like me someone who suffers from Migraines it’s good to have a record of all of this stuff to show my doctors because if feels like a never ending battle trying to prove to them that it isn’t JUST STRESS!
So, there are lots of new devices out there to help you keep track of your health, and help you to become a happier, healthier person.
Have you ever put a work receipt in a “safe place” and then forgot where that “safe place” was? Been there, done that! Microsoft OneNote allows you to keep track of your receipts. The best way to do this is within Office365 this way your phone syncs with your online OneNote!
I will be showing you how to do this with an iPhone today. It works even better with a Windows Phone, but it’s pretty spiffy on the iPhone as well!
The best place to start is OneNote in Office365 on your computer. You’ll need to create a new section in an existing notebook or create a new notebook and make sure it is syncing to your OneDrive. Open up OneNote on your computer it looks like this:
To create a new notebook you can find instructions here, which includes instructions on how to hook it up to your OneDrive.
To create a new tabbed section in an existing notebook, simply click on the + sign on one of the tabs. It will open a new tab and you will be able to name it. I named my Receipts.
So now you will want to make sure it syncs up with your OneNote on your OneDrive. This way you will be able to access it on your phone using your Office365 account. Go to the name of your notebook, and right click on it. These options will show up. Click on Sync This Notebook Now. If you are unsure if this is syncing to your OneDrive, select Notebook Sync Status.
When you open Notebook Sync Status, you have the option to Sync automatically whenever there are changes ( I recommend this one), or you can sync it manually.
If don’t see your notebook in here you can add it. Exit out of this screen and go back to the notebook. Right click on the notebook, and bring up the menu, and select properties which is highlighted in pink here.
When you open up the properties of the notebook this screen will pop up. Where it says Change Location, if it isn’t set up to your OneDrive, select Change Location and find your OneDrive on your system, and have it save there and then it will sync up for you. It will then be accessible by your phone.
It should then show up in your list of notebooks to sync and you should set it to automatically sync when there are changes.
After you have the receipts tab set up and your notebook syncing with your OneDrive you can now go to your phone. This works with iPhones, Windows and Android phones. I’ll be showing you on an iPhone. Open up OneNote on your phone. It will probably ask you to sign in. Make sure you sign in with the account that is syncing with your OneNote/OneDrive on your computer.
When you open up OneNote on your phone make sure you are in the Notebook you created the Receipts Tab. Click on the Receipts tab.
Click on the + button and it will give you options on what you can do, one option is to take a picture. Select the camera icon and take a picture of your receipt. Once you have a nice clean picture of your receipt, select the ellipse at the top right hand corner.
It will bring up some options. Select Sync Now.
Now open OneNote on your computer and make sure it is synced up. There should now be a receipt in your Receipts notebook!
One amusing question, do you see what the arrow is pointing at on the receipt? Why do I need a Bathroom Code??? Should I be afraid?
Do you need to turn this into Accounting? Easy Peasy! Click on the email this page icon.
This will bring up Outlook and you can email it to your Accounting Department! Now you have one place to keep all your receipts!
A new feature with iOS10 was the introductions of notification widgets on your lock screen. They look something like this.
Now some of these widgets can be helpful or they may annoy you completely! There are two ways going about getting rid of these! The first is to stop them all together!
First on your home screen go into Settings.
Then look for the Touch ID and Passcode options and select it.
That will bring up this screen, look for Today View and Notification View. If they are both green that means they are turned on. Press the button until they turn white and that shuts off all those widgets.
Now, perhaps you like some of those notifications there is a way to shut off some of them! Go to your home screen and lock your phone. Swipe to the right once and these widgets should show up.
Scroll down to the bottom of this screen and you will find an edit button at the bottom.
Once you hit the edit button this screen will appear.
If you notice the red circle with the line through it on the left, click on it. It will bring a slide screen from the right that says remove. Hit remove and poof it’s gone! Up Next will let you know what is next in your schedule on your calendar. The one I have selected is Calendar and that will remove any calendar widgets showing up on your home/locked screen.
This is also where you can add more widgets. I like APPY Geek because it alerts me to the latest tech news!