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Monday, August 30, 2010

Losing It With My Phone

Those of you who've been around for a while are aware that I carry around a little extra poundage.  Ok, a lot of extra poundage!  You can imagine my excitement when I saw the headline that said, "Lose It With Your Phone!"  I'm not keeping up with all the technology out there--don't have, and probably never will have, a Kindle!--but a cell phone?  Hey, this Granny's all over that!   I have had a cell phone for probably 5 years now.  And it's going to be the key to my weight loss?  Shut up!  (Not quiet down, but "shut up" as in when Elaine gives Jerry a shove in the chest on Sienfeld!)



 I began to speculate how this would work.  Weight training with the cell phone?  Hey, I can bench press several of them, no problem! 

Maybe I'm supposed to make sure my meat and chocolate servings are no larger than my cell phone,  I can deal with that, too.  Or maybe the longer I talk on my cell, the more calories I burn.  Piece of cake!  (Whoops!  Probably a bad choice of words when we're talking about weight loss!)  Hubby says I must have been born with a phone attached to my ear.  I do LOVE to chat on the phone.  I call my sister two, three, sometimes four times a day;  and this is going to be a calorie burner?  Whoa!  I see a size 6 in my future!  (Maybe the combination of holding the phone and the jaw moving up and down during conversation increases your metabolism?  Oh, I feel the burn already, baby!


Then I read beyond the headline.   Bench pressing your cell phone does not appear to be what the author had in mind.   The message of the article is that there are applications you can get for your cell phone that will assist you.  For example, for 99 cents, you can download a Fast Food Calorie Counter that will help you make healthier choices at Mickey D's and other junk food joints.  (There are healthy choices at fast food places?)


For another 99 cents you can download Food Scanner.  This application tells you the nutritional content of foods when you scan the UPC barcode with your phone.  (I thought you could read that information right on the package, but what do I know?)


Weight Watchers has an application that will keep track of your daily food intake, tallying the "points" if you type in everything that enters your mouth in the course of the day.  (Sounds like a lot of work, to me.)  It is a free service, as long as you subscribe to Weight Watchers.


CookWell is available for $1.99 and helps you to cook healthy foods at home, since one of the keys to weight loss is to eat at restaurants less often.  I found this application to be totally inadequate, as it does no shopping or cooking; it only gives advice and suggestions.  You are expected to do the actual work!


There were more apps and ideas, but there was nothing there about bench pressing your  Blackberry  or converstional cardio on your Iphone!  That headline was one big, mis-leading tease, if you ask me!

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18 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Clearly this is false advertising. I would sue them. Think you could find an app for that?

Helene said...

I love your take on this...I was right there with you until I read that it's easy to lose weight through your cell phone with the use of apps. Entering everything that goes into my mouth on my cell phone is definitely too much work. Maybe if I didn't have to wipe poopy butts all day long then maybe I'd have time to eat?

Tam said...

Downright scam! Sorry it happened to you, and thanks for the heads up to the rest of us hopefuls...

woman:confused said...

bwahahaha!!
I was ALL FOR you benching your phone!

Brian Miller said...

who would of thought...an app for that...smiles. i lift my phone enough...err..

Gaston Studio said...

So you got sucked into the false(?) advertising, huh? These days, one must have a legal degree to interpret much of modern day life! BTW, this granny loves her Kindle and wouldn't do without it... ever!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I have a love/hate relationship with my phone, but we've been together so long, the break up would be tramatic!!
Happy Monday.
Mary

DJan said...

Those Sunday morning posts will become a whole lot less interesting if you actually do decide to "lose it." I've never found a shortcut to weight loss, and we all need to do it now and then, it seems. Or maybe most of us: I've got one friend who works to keep his weight UP. Wouldn't that be a fun problem to have, Eva?? :-)

Steven Anthony said...

they seem to have an app for just about everything now a days.

Steven Anthony
Man Dish~Metro Style
&
Life in the Fish Bowl

Jen said...

The saying is....anything that looks easy/cheap isn't.....can you imagine the cell phone sales!!!!!

natalee said...

LOL!!! Im up for a new phone this month and I have been trying to convince hubby i need an i phone.. i will now add weightloss onto the list/////LOL!!!!!!!!!

Tam said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new banner and slogan!!

Carrie said...

Hee, hee... maybe it could be like those old "weight loss" machines that "jiggle" your fat away. Just put it in vibrate mode! I love my iphone's weight loss apps, but yeah, I need to do all the work for them. :-(

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Eva Gallant said...

Tam: Glad you like it!

Jen: You are so right!

Steven: I haven't found one that cleans my house, yet, though.

Tam: A scam for sure!

injaynesworld said...

Texting burns calories, but you only lose weight in your thumbs. ;)

bettyl said...

Fun post, Eva, as always! And it helps you lighten up your wallet all at the same time. I like multi-tasking.

Pat said...

I'm just waiting for that magic pill so I can just wake up thin.

I guess I have a long wait.

While I'm waiting, can I have a donut?

Eva Gallant said...

Bettyl: Multi-tasking; hadn't thought of that! lol