Sunday, January 27, 2013

Over the counter Survival Antibiotics Part 1

It is a little known fact that there are many drugs sold over the counter for pets that are the same medicines for humans. All of these drugs listed in this 2 part series are available in most pet stores, and online. This series is meant to educate, and help people prepare for the possibility of not having these types of medicines available. We do not recommend self diagnosing, and self treatment of medical issues. Having these medicines stockpiled in a SHTF (Stuff Hits the Fan) scenario could save your life and many others. They do label these items as not for human consumption,  but these are in fact the same medicines for humans, just packaged for pet use.

Fish Mox (Amoxicillin) For proper use please follow this link to the Mayo Clinic 


Chlamydia Infection (sexually transmitted)

Urinary Tract Infection (bladder/kidney infections)

Helicobacter pylori Infection (causes peptic ulcer)

Lyme Disease (transmitted by ticks)

Otitis Media (middle ear infection)

Pneumonia (lung infection)


Skin or Soft Tissue Infection (cellulitis, boils)

Actinomycosis (causes abscesses in humans and livestock)


Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis (Strep throat)

Fish Flox (Ciprofloxacin) For proper use please follow this link to the Mayo Clinic


Bladder or other urinary infections, especially in females

Prostate infections

Some types of lower respiratory infections, such as pneumonia

Acute sinusitis

Skin infections (such as cellulitis)

Bone and joint infections

Infectious diarrhea

Typhoid fever caused by Salmonella

Inhaled Anthrax

Bird Biotic (Doxycycline) For proper use please follow this link to the Mayo Clinic


E. Coli, Shigella and Enterobacter infections (some diarrheal disease)

Chlamydia (sexually transmitted disease)

Lyme disease

Rocky Mountain spotted fever



Plague (Yersinia)

Gum disease (severe gingivitis, periodontitis)

Folliculitis (boils)

Acne and other inflammatory skin diseases, such as hidradenitis (armpits and groins)

Some lower respiratory tract (pneumonia) and urinary tract infection

Upper respiratory infections caused by Strep

Methicillin-resistant Staph (MRSA) infections

Malaria (prevention)

Some parasitic worm infections (kills bacteria in their gut needed to survive)

The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week 3, Starting Week 4

Well I am 3 weeks into my journey of a new me. I have lost 

4.1 Lbs so far. 


Review of Week 2

I also started a new goal at the begging of Week 2

I started a steps goal of 8,000 Steps per Day

Friday January 18th, I made my most Steps in 1 Day!

And Climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Well at least in equivalence of flights of Stairs

And this is what Week 3 looked like

In short I feel like I have accomplished much on my 3 weeks of using my Fitbit and Lose It!. I have made many friends and pushed myself to take more steps. 


Thank you for all the support from my friends on Lose IT! and my husband.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Buying Bulk Part 1

Dan and I are Preppers. We prep because you can not rely on the Local, State or Federal Government to provide food, water any other necessary items in the case of  natural disasters or and other cataclysmic event. 

Last night we went grocery shopping at Price Chopper because they were having a their 

We spent $73.01 on Chicken, Pork Ribs and London Broil. 
14 Chicken Breast, 2 London Broil, 3 Racks of Ribs

Rack of Ribs

We first dissected the ribs. We got 6- 20oz packages of ribs and 56oz of pork pieces out of the 3 racks The 56oz of pork pieces we used to make pork stew, more on that in another post.

 We then vacuum sealed the bags of ribs in Kraft Honey BBQ sauce. We used almost 2 bottles of the BBQ sauce while vacuum packing the ribs into 2pc packages.

 London Broil

Package had 2pc this size
One of the pieces we used to make 10- 4oz steaks. Each of the packaged with 2 pieces of steak, and 2 of the packages are marinated in in Kraft Honey BBQ sauce.
 The other piece of London Broil Dan sliced into thin pieces  to dehydrate into beef jerky. The whole piece made 2 -17oz packages. More on the jerky making process in another post.


 Next we packaged up the chicken. We got 14 -8oz packages out of the 2 packages. We marinated 2 packeges in each of the following sauces Hot Sauce, Balsamic dressing, Teriyaki, and Italian dressing.  The others we packaged as plain.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Support the 2nd Amendment, a email to our local reps

I just finished a email to all my local in State representatives after reading a news article about how the State of VT is trying to restrict gun at a State level.

"I am writing you all today as a resident of Addison County, and Bristol VT. I would like to urge all of you to not support any legislation that is unconstitutional, and unpatriotic. What I am talking about is the gun restrictions that are not only being made at a Federal but at the State level also.
What the 2nd amendment is in many peoples hearts is the only thing keeping us between a tyrannical Government from taking over and having total control.

"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason
There are a lot of miss conceptions on what the types of guns are going to be banned. The guns they are trying to ban are not Assault Weapons, they are far from it. Assault weapons as defined by the US military are Fully Automatic or Burst Fire. The weapons that are trying to be banned are far from assault weapons, they are in fact Semi Automatic sporting rifles.

Some people think that the guns look evil, so they must be bad. That a 30 round magazine, makes the gun a more efficient killer. That the cosmetics of a gun make it a Assault rifle. All of these are incorrect, its not the gun, its magazine size, or how it looks that makes it evil. In fact guns are not evil at all, even when there used to kill innocent people. The person using the weapon is evil, and that is a simple fact.
It is a proven fact that Countries, and Cities with the strictest gun laws have a sharp and steady increase in Violence. Case in point Australia banned guns, and saw a over a %49 increase in assault. While in the US every year we see a decrease in the overall violence according to the FBI.
Less than 4% of Murders are committed each year with rifles, and a very small fraction of that is with the types of rifles that are trying to be banned. More people each year are killed by hammers, than with rifles according to the FBI. More people, are killed with cars, baseball bats, and many other things than are killed with guns in general, especially Semi Automatic Sporting rifles.
I could go on and on about how unconstitutional, and how it makes no logical sense to ban these weapons. I am hoping that VT would fall in with Texas and Wyoming and introduce a law that would block any Federal Ban. I am going to leave you with a few inspirational quotes, by some very important people, by real Patriots.

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe."
- Noah Webster

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country."
- James Madison

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
- Samuel Adams

"If guns cause crime, all mine are defective." ~ Ted Nugent

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
- George Washington
Thank You"

It may not be perfect, with 100% proper grammar or even spelling but I think I get the point across. I hope that it really makes them think hard before acting on any legislation. Below I have linked to the article that I read.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Soup for the Soul

Chicken Rice Soup

We had left over rice sitting in the fridge from a previous dinner begging to be used. So I decided to make Chicken Rice Soup.

4 Stalks of Celery, Chopped
3 Carrot , Chopped
1 Medium Onion, Diced
1 Medium Apple, Diced
4 Potatoes, Chopped
2 cloves of Garlic, Minced
We prepped celery, carrots, onion, apple, garlic, and potatoes the night before and stored in the refrigerator.

The next morning we dumped all our prepped items in to our 6QT Slow Cooker, along with the following items:

32oz Lite Fat Free Chicken Stock
4 Cups of Water
1 TSP Italian Seasoning
1 TSP Basil
 1 TSP Thyme
1 1/2 TSP of Black Pepper
(Celery, Carrot, Apple, Onion,Garlic, Potato and  Seasonings)

We then added  2 9oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, that were browned in a frying pan with a little black pepper, powdered garlic and thyme. 

And let it simmer  to juicy goodness on low for twelve hours. 

 Was Delicious!

I analyzed the recipe to find out the nutritional information at . lets you enter your own recipe with the servings. It then gives you the pros and cons of your recipe along with the nutritional facts.

Join the National Rifle Association, I did.

Today I simply had enough. I was watching lots of videos on, mostly news interviews.  I decided to actually support a well known group of people and that is the NRA. I highly suggest that if you enjoy the freedoms that the Second Amendment allows, that you join the NRA. The more people they have backing them, the more good they can do. In the future I may join other groups such as the National Association for Gun Rights, also Gun Owners of America.

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A Brief History of the NRA

Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.

After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA's first president.

An important facet of the NRA's creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.

Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA's matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey.

The NRA's interest in promoting the shooting sports among America's youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA's youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, U.S. Jaycees and others.

Due to the overwhelming growth of NRA's shooting programs, a new range was needed. Gen. Ammon B. Crichfield, adjutant general of Ohio, had begun construction of a new shooting facility on the shores of Lake Erie, 45 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. Camp Perry became the home of the annual National Matches, which have been the benchmark for excellence in marksmanship ever since. With nearly 6,000 people competing annually in pistol, smallbore and high-power events, the National Matches are one of the biggest sporting events held in the country today.

Through the association's magazine, The American Rifleman, members were kept abreast of new firearms bills, although the lag time in publishing often prevented the necessary information from going out quickly. In response to repeated attacks on the Second Amendment rights, NRA formed the Legislative Affairs Division in 1934. While NRA did not lobby directly at this time, it did mail out legislative facts and analyses to members, whereby they could take action on their own. In 1975, recognizing the critical need for political defense of the Second Amendment, NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action, or ILA.

Meanwhile, the NRA continued its commitment to training, education and marksmanship. During World War II, the association offered its ranges to the government, developed training materials, encouraged members to serve as plant and home guard members, and developed training materials for industrial security. NRA members even reloaded ammunition for those guarding war plants. Incidentally, the NRA's call to help arm Britain in 1940 resulted in the collection of more than 7,000 firearms for Britain's defense against potential invasion by Germany (Britain had virtually disarmed itself with a series of gun-control laws enacted between World War I and World War II).

After the war, the NRA concentrated its efforts on another much-needed arena for education and training: the hunting community. In 1949, the NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. Hunter Education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the country and Canada and have helped make hunting one of the safest sports in existence. Due to increasing interest in hunting, NRA launched a new magazine in 1973, The American Hunter, dedicated solely to hunting issues year-round. NRA continues its leadership role in hunting today with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a program that allows youngsters to build on the skills they learned in basic hunter education courses. YHECs are now held in 43 states and three Canadian provinces, involving an estimated 40,000 young hunters.

The American Hunter and The American Rifleman were the mainstays of NRA publications until the debut of The American Guardian in 1997. The Guardian was created to cater to a more mainstream audience, with less emphasis on the technicalities of firearms and a more general focus on self-defense and recreational use of firearms. The Guardian was renamed America's 1st Freedom in June of 2000.

Law enforcement training was next on the priority list for program development. Although a special police school had been reinstated at Camp Perry in 1956, NRA became the only national trainer of law enforcement officers with the introduction of its NRA Police Firearms Instructor certification program in 1960. Today, there are more than 10,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors. Additionally, top law enforcement shooters compete each year in eight different pistol and shotgun matches at the National Police Shooting Championships held in Jackson, Mississippi.

In civilian training, the NRA continues to be the leader in firearms education. Over 55,000 certified instructors now train about 750,000 gun owners a year. Courses are available in basic rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading firearms, personal protection, even ammunition reloading. Additionally, nearly 2,800 certified coaches are specially trained to work with young competitive shooters. Since the establishment of the lifesaving Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program in 1988, more than 21 million pre-kindergarten to sixth grade children have learned that if they see a firearm in an unsupervised situation, they should "STOP. DON'T TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AN ADULT." Over the past seven years, Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars have helped more than 15,000 men and women develop their own personal safety plan using common sense strategies.

In 1990, NRA made a dramatic move to ensure that the financial support for firearms-related activities would be available now and for future generations. Establishing the NRA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, provided a means to raise millions of dollars to fund gun safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and benefit a variety of American constituencies including youth, women, hunters, competitive shooters, gun collectors, law enforcement agents and persons with physical disabilities.

While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly four million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. As former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos said, "Let me make one small vote for the NRA. They're good citizens. They call their congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time."

Friday, January 11, 2013

The original Assault Weapon

The Assault Rock

Ebay description:

This is your chance to own the most iconic piece of history tried and true of all assault weapons! This rock is millions of years old and may have been the caveman's AR15. This is not a modern AR15 or assault weapon, rather this is the caveman's AR15 (Assault Rock). Again this is a ROCK.

This item is intended purely for decoration and not intended to be used as a weapon. This is your chance to own a piece of history.

Bid with confidence with my 100% positive feedback thanks 

I for one think this is funny, obviously so dont a lot of other people. With everything that is going on and having our 2nd Amendment Rights possibly be limited or completely removed, its nice to see someone making light of the very tense part of US History.

The seller states that the "money will be going to firearms related clubs, charities ect just not decided yet so it will be used for good"

There are some rather hilarious and relevant questions the seller has been asked about the Assault Rock. 

Q:  Is it possible to get a pink one for my wife? Jan-11-13
A:  This is the only model being offered. Have you tried duracoat? Works wonders
Q:  Do you have any that are not so "scary looking?" I think if you had one that was not so "scary" it could circumvent the proposed assault weapons bans. Maybe if it was in a nice pastel color, or maybe some other mineral content it would not be so "assaultish" and I could use it more effectively. I guess cavemen were not so easily scared? Jan-11-13
A:  No what would they have to be afraid of with one of these
Q:  Do you know if I will need a conceal carry permit with this? It's in great condition by the way. Jan-11-13
A:  Rock Crawlers are exempt from CRP.
Q:  Does this also come with a "high capacity" bag that will hold 30 pebbles? Jan-11-13
A:  No just don't get caught with high capacity pockets
Q:  Does this item require a $200 tax stamp? I've never purchased an Assault Rock before and I'm not sure if is classified as a NFA/Class 3 registered weapon. Please advise. Jan-11-13
A:  I am not sure you would have to check with your state laws
Q:  If the FBI's crimes stats for 2011 state that there were 6,220 handgun homicides, with only 323 committed by rifles, however 496 by blunt objects such as this, while 728 were committed by hands/feet/fists, why would I not want a modern AR-15, as they are used in less crimes than this blunt object? Jan-11-13
A:  If the opposite of Pro is Con, is the opposite of Progress, Congress? The facts would support a fist/foot ban but instead the geniuses in DC are pushing for a rifle ban. I wouldn't put anything past them. Contact your state legislators to put a stop to this madness!
Q:  Please advise - Is this a true Assault Rock or when thrown does it only fly through the air and hit the head of the target just the once? If the latter I believe that calling it an assault rock may be misleading. Jan-11-13
A:  I am caveman. I speak small words.
Q:  Does this model come with a barrel shroud or any "shoulder thing that goes up"? Jan-11-13
A:  no it does not come with a barrel shroud, this is only offered in the base model as shown.
Q:  Does it come with a Rock Assault case? Jan-11-13
A:  no just as shown, they do make a rock club tho
Q:  I live in the nanniest of nanny states, NY so I must inquire if this rock holds more than 10 pebbles at a time? Also, does it have a gravel hider? Jan-11-13
A:  Sorry this is only being offered in the base model shown. Such scary features would make it non-compliant with certain state laws. I dont want to discriminate.
Q:  I'm really interested but I think its value will decline when our govt limits how many times you get to "throw It" Jan-11-13
A:  dear buddyebs, you will be fine just dont have any high capacity pockets. our canadian laws limit us to 5 pebbles

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Opinion on Firearm Bans

Burlington Free Press Photo

The Burlington Free Press interviewed, Ian Galbraith of Burlington, VT on his views of firearms. 
Burlington is trying to pass a ban on all semi-automatic weapons. You can read the story here: Burlington Free Press Story
I have known of Ian for awhile due to the fact that he is best friends with My Uncle and Grandfather, all are gun enthusiasts. Most of my immediate family and friends are all law abiding gun owners.
My feelings are that imposing a ban on semi-automatic weapons will not make us any safer, because criminals will not care what bans are in place. As a responsible gun owner, I believe that in the right hands, guns are not the problem. The problem is certain individuals that get their hands on them, be that the criminals or mentally unstable individuals. Its when firearms get into the hands of criminals or mentally unstable people, that they become a danger to society. Criminals will NEVER care about laws set in place by the Government. They will do what they want, hence the reason they are CRIMINALS.

Instead of taking away things from law abiding citizens that have done nothing wrong the Government; Local, State and Federal should concentrate on more options for mental health aide for those that need it and going after the criminals that are out there breaking laws. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmond Burke

Friday, January 4, 2013

First Week Working @ A New Me

In my first week at working on a new me:

I Climbed the equivalent of 13 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS!
(I climbed our stairs repeatedly)

Or the Cristo Redentor


 January 3rd (Not as good as the two previous days, but I'll take it):

I have been UNDER on my calorie intake EVERYDAY:

 And been OVER on My daily Calorie Expenditures: 

 I also joined a Challenge on Lose It!:
I am currently in 4th PLACE!


Due to Encouraging Comments:

Fitbit & Lose it! are AMAZING! 
They make me look at how much I am eating and walking. Both make me feel like like I have control of losing my weight and will be able to keep it OFF!


Gun Control Email from a Congressman and my personal thoughts

A while back I was urged to email our elected officials in the Federal Government my concerns about gun control, and this is what I got back.

"Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the horrific slaughter of twenty six people, including twenty children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  I appreciate hearing from you.
The unspeakable tragedy in Newtown was a transformational moment in the national conversation on gun violence. There should be no conflict between protecting innocent children from slaughter and preserving the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. It is time for America to reach a long overdue consensus on practical steps to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.  
Common sense gun legislation should be part of the solution.  I intend to work with the President and Congress to support legislation that would place restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition clips.  We must also find a better way to prevent mentally unstable individuals from obtaining a gun. We should ensure that federal agencies, as well as state and local law enforcement authorities, are sharing relevant information to improve the effectiveness of background checks. We should find ways to address the gruesome violence on display to our children every day through television, movies and video games. And we must, even in an era fiscal restraint, improve mental health services at the local level.  
In Vermont, we are fortunate not to have experienced gun violence on the scale of Newtown.  And we have a long tradition of responsible gun use. Parents teach their children proper use of firearms.  Families hunt together.  And children learn about wildlife and the environment as they walk in the woods appreciating the wonder of Vermont's natural terrain.  We can preserve this tradition while also taking meaningful steps to ensure that tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech and Columbine are not repeated. 
I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress considers this issue.

Member of Congress"

I am a very pro gun person, from a pro gun family. My family owns for the moment several weapons that will be banned and regulated if President Obama has his way.

There are some things that I can partially agree about that Congressman Welch emailed me, and I will quote them so this is easier to follow.

"There should be no conflict between protecting innocent children from slaughter and preserving the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens."  I couldn't agree more. Protect our children by keeping our rights intact as our founding fathers intended.

 "I intend to work with the President and Congress to support legislation that would place restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition clips." I don't think there should be any more restrictions on "assault weapons" than any other sporting rifle. The so called assault rifles standard magazine size is 30 rounds, depending on manufacturer of the firearm and states they are sold currently. 30 rounds is the standard magazine that came with the AR-15 that I currently own, and purchased in Vermont. Also the AR-15, AK47 and other similar rifles are not in fact assault rifles. Assault Rifles are defined by the US Military as having the ability to fire fully automatic or burst fire. The AR-15 is a semi automatic Sporting Rifle which requires a pull of the trigger for every bullet intended to be fired. See my post Gun Magazines are not Clips to see the error in what Congressman Welch wrote me.

"We should find ways to address the gruesome violence on display to our children every day through television, movies and video games." I think this has everything to do with parents not restricting what children see, and do. I can admit it I was allowed to play violent video games as a child. Everything from Resident Evil on the PlayStation, to Medal of Honor. I still play these types of games as a adult and find them enjoyable, and I like to think that I have sound judgement when it comes to what is right and what is wrong. I will also admit that on occasion I have let my own Nephew play very violent games with me, and I have to do better to restrict that when he is around.

" And we must, even in an era fiscal restraint, improve mental health services at the local level." I see nothing wrong with that, there are a lot of people out there that need these services to function in society.

These are my personal thoughts on the shootings that happen. I think some people are good, some people are bad. No matter what good people do, if there is no one to stop them then they will do bad things...seems basic to me. Stopping good people from being able to protect them selves with firearms will allow bad people to have a free for all and do what they wish. All we see in the media is the bad things that happen the murders, car crashes, and bombings. We rarely get to see the bad things that were prevented by good people. Luckily the people over at Guns and Ammo have put together a list of some of the tragedies that were prevented by good people in there article 10 Best Personal Defense Headlines of 2012

I am also providing some videos to watch that very clearly spell out the second amendment and what i means. Also one that explains what a actual assault rifle is.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Gun Magazines are not Clips

This fact has always bugged me when people refer to Magazines as Clips, when they are in fact 2 completely different thingsThis is just a short and simple post, no large rant about it.

Definition: Mag-a-zine

A compartment in some types of firearms, often a small detachable box, in which cartridges are held to be fed into the firing chamber.

Definition: Stripper Clip (Clip)

A clip is a device that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine or cylinder of a firearm.


New Year = New Me?

I think we all here this every year from someone, my new years resolution is to lose weight.....

Well as cliche as this may sound my Goal is to lose 72 LBS by June!  I am going to do this by using a great website called Lose It! and my new Fitbit One! I chose the Fitbit One after looking into the two different options that Fitbit offers, the Fitbit Zip $59.95, and Fitbit One $99.95. I first saw Fitbit at our RadioShack Convention 2 Years Ago and finally decided I would get one.
The Zip (5 Different Colors)
Calories Burned
The ONE (Black or Burgundy)
Floors Climbed 
Calories Burned
Sleep Activity

Both Lose It! and  Fitbit have Dashboards where you can see your progress and record your daily food intake for free.

I chose to upgrade my Lose It! account to Premium to be able to attach my Fitbit and Android phone to my account (on a free account you can only connect one device, i.e phone or Fitbit). The upgrade was only $39.99 a year! (Or 3.33 a month, a lot cheaper than some weightloss programs) I'm finding  Lose It! makes my life a lot more simple,  with its handy dandy bar code scanner on the phone app to find calories for foods.

And now that my Lose It! and Fitbit accounts are connected they share information with each other, i.e any of  my food and exercise I have entered onto one or the other.

After only using both Lose It! and my Fitbit One for two days I feel extremely motivated to keep up my new a healthier lifestyle. I walked 8,193 Steps or 3.47 Miles, Climed 7 Floors (Or the worlds tallest Dinosaur! A little fact from Fitbit), and Burned 2,880 Calories yesterday! Fitbit gives you goals like 10,000 steps per day, I have not yet done that but I am eager to try.

 Here are a couple of screen shots of the Fitbit and Lose It! Dashboards:
Lose It! Report Screen

Fitbit Time Active Report
Fitbit Sleep Report

I have not covered all of Fitbits or Lose It!'s cool amazing features, so I hope you take a look at their websites too learn more! and

I have a great and supportive husband and my new friends on the Lose It Community are wonderfully supportive because they are going through the same thing! I will keep you updated on these to products and how they work for me. I wish Everyone A Healthy and Happy New Year!