Found: Flipboard for iPad and iPhone

A little while back, Vicky was kind enough to pop over and talk about he new iPhone 4S release with a very witty round up. Since then, I’ve been wanting to share one of my top finds with you, for blog browsing, Flipboard. Apologies to the Android users as I don’t know if there’s an android version, but it’s available for iPhone as well as iPad. (all images taken from my iPad)

As you can imagine, I read a lot of blogs and until I found Flipboard, I really hadn’t found anything that was great for following them all. I absolutely detest Google Reader (sorry Google, please don’t unleash your mighty wrath!) – the never ending lists just depress me and I don’t think it’s a particularly visual interface.

Flipboard basically arranges all of your feeds into an easy to use and visually pleasing (I’m a sucker for pictures) magazine-like app. When you open it up it does a slideshow of images posted recently in your twitter contacts, (above) then you swipe the page to flip over and see your feeds. Obviously you can have pages and pages of them if you like!

I like it because I’m such a visual person. I don’t keep up with all the feeds all of the time, but it means either, if I’ve been on it recently I can identify the new ones easily, or once I’ve tapped into particular feed, I can flick through and find where I left off easily by recognising the post images.

Once you ‘tap’ into any particular feed the lay out changes again, to a kind of magazine format which you can just turn the pages of by ‘swiping’ across. It’s great for skimming and seeing if there’s anything you want to read. Once you tap through to the actual post you want to see more of, you can then choose to view it in the web format if you wnat to see the whole blog and comment, or email it, tweet it etc.

I’d love to know how you follow the blogs you love – they have a habit of getting out of hand don’t they? Because I found Flipboard, I’ve never delved into Bloglovin’ and I don’t particularly like the RSS feed in my MAC mail either.

How do you keep up with the latest blog posts?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Weigh In

Last week’s post about feeling comfortable in your own skin and the fact that I am definitely not happy in mine, rang true for quite a few of you. As promised, here’s the update. Each week that I update you I’ll be sharing a little tip or insight into things that work for me when it comes to shedding a few unwanted pounds and hopefully get you all sharing more tips and tricks.

So, I’m sitting here writing this and I am starving. That kind of hungry you get when you’re dieting because the outrageous gluttony of your ‘must-leave-behind eating habits’ has stretched your stomach beyond reasonable proportions and it’s begging for a massive bowl of mashed potato, or gnocci, or fresh bread. Sorry, you came here for help, not temptation so I’ll wind up the carb chat. (I should also point out that although that was evidence of a serious carb craving right there, I don’t routinuely ditch carbs as a diet trick, because although, sure, it makes you lose weight fast, as soon as you start eating white foods again, those pounds go right back on.) And that kind of feast or famine dieting is exactly how you ruin your metabolism. So don’t do it kids!

I got weighed this morning (cue party poppers) 2lbs off and I’m feeling pleased with myself.


Image Credit: Constant Motivation

So what have I been doing? Well, it’s mainly been about food and breaking my habits of a lifetime. I’m a big snacker and I also boredom eat. I graze the fridge as soon as I get through the front door each the evening and more often than not I put food in my mouth without thinking about it. So I’ve made a real effort to stop that. Did you know, by the way, that real change in behaviour takes 30 days, or so they say? After 30 days past habits can be erased and your new healthy change becomes your habit, making everything easier, so you’ve only got x more days to struggle through!

A lot of my personal sucess rate with dieting is down to planning. This week instead of leaving the shopping to Pete I made sure I had healthy lunches (Delias Root veg fat free soup) to take to work, fruit to snack on (pink lady apples and juicy seasonal clementines) and planned our evening dinners. Here’s an idea of what I ate:

  • Monday: Tom Yum Soup (look out for the recipe later this week)
  • Tuesday: Baked cod with a potato and celeriac rosti on swede and carot mash – using up the veg left from the soup
  • Wednesday: Gnocci with puttanesca sauce (both from Morrisons) and parmesan shavings. Although not a classical ‘diet dish’ it’s fine as long as you watch the portions.
  • Thursday: Salmon Steak with stirfried savoy cabbage (mounds of it) and leeks.
  • Friday: Treat night – Turkey breast fajhitas (Just an old el paso kit and I limited myself to 2, with loads of peppers and onions.)

I’ll admit, I didn’t really want to diet, but after a couple of days of trying to be good but with mountains of food around the house post-christmas, I was still grazing. My solution to that is to keep a food diary and so instead of returning to Weight Watchers, I decided to give My Fitness Pal (on my iPhone) a go. Lots of you have recommended it and I actually had downloaded it a while back on my phone but not had the motivation to really use it. It’s free which was perfect as my bone of contention with WW was that I really didn’t want to pay for something I knew how to do, I just needed to do it. That said, if you’ve never had to diet before and need pointers on where to start, WW can’t be faulted and I’d definitely recommend it.

So far, so good. Ive used the app most days. It lets you list all you’ve eaten, tells you how much you should eat to lose the weight you want and adds in health information too, like if you’re going too far and underweight. Nearly all foods are there with the calories and if you do any exercise you record that too and get to eat more. Bonus! There’s also a little progress graph and you can diet with friends. By the way, if you want to look me up it’s RebeccaFF 🙂

I’d love to hear how you have all been getting on this week. Have you been dieting or focusing on exercise, or have you tried My Fitness Pal? What is your secret to diet success?

Of course I’ve also been upping my game when it comes to exercise but I’ll save that for next week 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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