I’m on a mission to get my sh!t back together, i.e. get back in shape, so I’ve been working through re-setting up my account on Exist.io, getting the various QS logging apps on my iPhone up to date, and last but not least, sorting out a food logging app.

Here’s a quick, opinionated, overview of 3 apps that I’ve tested in the last 24 hours. The way I’m judging them is by ease of food input, integration with Apple Health, integration with a couple of “smart” health devices that I already own.

Lose It

An on-boarding issue prevented me from being able to use it. Apparently I had setup an account with them before, and I can’t recall the password, but it doesn’t let me try to reset it, and there’s no way to bypass it during on-boarding process on my iPhone. The other thing that irks me is that the height and weight is in imperial during the on-boarding, and doesn’t ask me if it’s like to change it.

Lifesum

Simple on-boarding process, collects your age, height, and weight, allows changing units to metric, and asks you how much you want to lose/gain, before presenting you with some dieting options, some free, some paid. Basic logging is quick and easy, it also includes the macros, which is important if you’re following a particular diet. Disappointingly, you can’t import recipes from a URL or another app, which sucks, and you also can’t log your foods via your account on their website, which also sucks, and makes me not want to use it.

MyFitnessPal

On-boarding was simple, caveat – I’ve done it before. Metrics can be changed easily to kilograms and centimetres, it’s easy to choose between calories and kilojoules. My favourite feature is that you can easily import recipes from URLs, you can also log your foods via your account on their website, so you’re not stuck in a mobile-only place.

At this point, I’ll be sticking with MyFitnessPal due to the ease of entry mainly. It’s not the prettiest app, Lifesum wins that category, but functionality wise MFP has everything I want / need in it, now I just have to keep using it.

New piece of office wellness ‘tech’ that my lovely wife bought for me, the diffuser, not the Hulk 😁

I used to be such a crappy sleeper, always waking up in the middle of the night, never being able to get back to sleep, averaging between 5-6 hours a night, now look at me.

I basically avoid alcohol as much as possible, i.e. I don’t drink to relax after work any more (which sounds quite toxic to write), and when we’re away on holidays or at a social thing, I try to limit the amount I drink, along with not drinking after 4-5pm where possible.

Obviously, there are times when this is not possible and I end up having a couple of beers or wines, I just have to know that I will sleep like crap on these nights, and that’s OK.

First Impressions of the new OURA Ring

Oooh, new OURA ring just arrived, finally. I pre-ordered it back in December, quite surprised it took this long for it to arrive.

First impressions, packaging is very nicely done, quite “Apple” like, and 100% recyclable, bonus points for that. The new charger should be easier to use than the old one, plus it’s USB C, and last but not least, the new ring looks nicer than the last version with the big lump on it.

More thoughts after I charge it and wear it for a few days.