3 Fantasy Book Series Just Waiting to Be a Huge TV Hit

a_dance_with_dragons1. A Dance with Dragons A Song of Ice and Fire Book 5 By George R. R. Martin

This is the Fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, and everything in Westeros, Essos and beyond is coming to a head.. So far many Character have died, and it is looking like this series will be right up there with Macbeth for a death toll.

The situation at the Wall is dire. With Jon Snow’s sudden promotion, add Wildlings at the gates, White Walkers anywhere there is a corpse, the mysterious Red Lady to the mix, and you have a pot of Dragon’s Fire waiting to go off.

Arya is now blind and has new tasks set before her by the Kindly Man. Bran, Hodor, and the others join up with some new mysterious allies on their way to find the Three Eyes Crow. His Warg abilities become stronger as he get used to the idea of not having the use of his legs.

Personally if Tyrion dies I am done with the series till the next book comes out. He is the little bastard that you root for because he goes from the frying pan, into the fire, and then someone still tries to eat him. If you love tragedy and strong characters, keep reading this series.

Dragonfly-in-Amber2. Dragonfly in Amber By Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the best-selling novel Outlander. In this Exciting sequel, she brings us back to that exciting world, She also brings back two of that novel’s most liked characters Claire Randall, and Jamie Frasers. These characters enthralled readers of the first book with the love they shared, a love that spanned two hundred years.

In this sequel Claire has kept her secrets hidden for more than twenty years. Now, she and her adult daughter are returning to the mist-shrouded Scottish highlands. It is here that Claire plans to reveal to her the secret of an ancient circle of stones, and the truth about Jamie Fraser.

Readers of this novel are sure to be captivated by Claire’s journey, a journey that takes her from the French courts, to the Scottish highlands, where she faces the perils of war in a desperate attempt to save her daughter and the man she loves.

This is a well-spun tale that is sure to appeal to readers of fantasy and sci-fi, as well as readers of more traditional romance and adventure novels.

red-rising-pierce-brown-cover3. Red Rising By Pierce Brown

I don’t say this often but this book really has a vibe similar to The Giver and Divergent. It’s not just the futuristic or fantastic elements that make it seem that way. It’s honestly the type of book that ages very well. It’s the subtle themes coming to life.

In the world of Red Rising Mars has been colonized and the society has split up into color-coded castes. The Red caste is at the bottom and the Gold caste is at the top. The Reds toil away in mines trying to make the planet inhabitable for future generations. Or at least that’s the narrative being pushed to justify the status quo.

An ordinary Red by the name of Darrow finds out the planet has already been made inhabitable generations ago. The Golds simply refuse to let go of the power they have over Mars. Frustrated by this Darrow decides he’s going to infiltrate the Golds and obtain a position of power. With that power, he hopes that he will be able to get the revenge he wants so desparately even it means he has to be one his enemies.

This book is great for fans of fantasy classics. It’s full of twists and wonder on the same level as the Harry Potter series. Most sci-fi geeks will love Red Rising especially the later chapters. However, that shouldn’t stop everyone else from loving it either.

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Marijuana Cravings Go Up In Smoke

It’s a common misconception that once you stop smoking marijuana, you won’t suffer from cravings. Granted, not all people who indulge in weed will crave the drug after they quit, but there are some that do, and the cravings can be difficult to manage. However, there are a few tricks that can be applied to help ward off your body’s wants in favor of your body’s needs.

Prepare Yourself

If you’ve decided to quit smoking marijuana, a good first step is to discard all drug paraphernalia in your home, car, and office, if applicable. Having any of these items lying about may act as a reminder of the habit and could elicit unwanted cravings. The old adage, “out of sight, out of mind,” rings true in this instance.

Another preparation step that could prove helpful in the long run is rallying support from friends and family. Make your intentions known to those closest to you. They can provide support, advice, or a voice of reason when needed. This step can also weed out the people who are likely not going to be there for you or encourage you to give into your cravings.

Occupy Yourself

A tried and true method of occupying your mind while doing something good for you is exercise. Because exercise produces a natural “high”, a workout routine can help stave off cravings. In the same spirit, meditation can help you relax and focus your energy on mental acuity.

Keeping busy is often the best thing to do to get through cravings. Taking classes, spending time on hobbies, or with friends and family can lessen the urgency of a craving simply by that need not being as noticeable because you are doing other things. Developing a routine can also be beneficiary. Following a set schedule will make downtime less likely and keep boredom at bay, both of which can allow cravings to rear their ugly heads.

Always remind yourself about why you are quitting and mentally review your reasons to keep your reasoning in perspective. An outlet for your thoughts and feelings about quitting can also be a coping mechanism online support communities, drug support groups, journaling, and blogging are options that may work well.

Don’t Give Into Temptation

A common pitfall is the reliance of another substance to sure cravings, but you should always avoid alcohol as a replacement for marijuana, or any other drug. This can lead to a new addiction and does not solve the old one.

Remember that sometimes the cravings may be difficult to deal with on your own and there is no shame if you decide to seek help at a rehabilitation facility or with a drug counselor.

5 Best Flat Iron Hair Straighteners for Your Healthy Hair

One of the most popular styling tools on the market is the flat iron hair straightener. They come in a wide variety of styles and features, from metal plates to thermal fusion, heat adjustment functions or automatic heat there are lots of things to consider when selecting the right flat iron for you. Though the task may be overwhelming and leave you tempted to simply grab the first one you see, this article will help you make a better informed decision by giving you reviews of the best flat iron straighteners on the market today, because choosing a flat iron can be a little like a good friendship;the best ones are worth waiting for and last a long time.

The first straightener up for review is the ISA Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener Victorya Tourmaline Ceramic. At $129.00 this tool is versatile in it’s ability to straighten, curl, or create waves in hair.It’s 100% solid ceramic plates provide even heat distribution to hair and emit negative ions that smooth hair while protecting it from damage and dryness. It uses an automatic temperature control system that adjusts itself to the texture of the hair, providing a uniform and polished look to the style even when different hair textures are present on the head.

The Professional Flat Iron by Jolie Amour, is a salon grade ceramic that retails at $129.00 and is able to straighten, curl, flip and wave hair, as well as prevent frizz, damage and dryness. It locks in moisture with ceramic plates and features adjustable temperature controls that range from 180 to 450F, making it ideal for use on all hair textures.

The Hair Art H3000 Tourmaline Ceramics is a more affordable option at $56.99. It is capable of straightening or creating curls through the use of 1 3/8 inch ceramic plates. With a swivel cord and 5 temperature settings that can go up to 410F in five seconds, this is a good option for anyone who values convenience and easy use.

The HSI Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron is a 1 inch solid ceramic plate tool that’s available for $41.94. It features a 360 degree swivel cord, infrared heat technology, and temperature controls that range from 250 to 410F. It’s plates give a shiny silky finish to even dull and frizzy hair, and it’s designed to create straight or curly styles.

The XTAVA Professional Flat Iron with Tourmaline Ceramic Plates is a travel friendly, safety oriented option available for $37.00. It uses infared heat technology to reach a maximum heat of 430F while sealing in moisture, preventung damage to hair follicles and protecting hair color. It is efficient with features like a 360 swivel cord that extends 9 feet and an easy to read LED temperature control display, is a great option for long lasting styles and ease of use.

These are some of the best flat iron straighteners on the market right now, all designed to meet the hair are needs of any customer interested in using them, and all great options capable of creating sleek and versatile styles for all.

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When Your Child Thinks Books Are Boring

Kids. Their energy is none short of admirable until it they run out of things to do with it! But it’s inevitable. After completing all of the homework and all of the chores, more often than not kids will still be teeming with energy. This article will help you turn this common issue into an everyday asset, and answer this burning question: what are some things kids can do when they get bored? Read on if you could use these tips.

1. Create something

While you may think that children like destroying things more than creating them, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether it is scrapbooking, a kite, or a simple drawing, creation is a great way to keep those busy little minds(and hands)occupied.

2. Take up a new instrument

If you can stomach the noise for a few hours, having a kid take up a new instrument could be a great way to ensure minimum boredom for the young person in your life. Learning how to play an instrument is fun, ever-changing, and provides youth with a challenge. It doesn’t hurt that involvement in music has been proven to contribute positively to a child’s cognitive development.

3. Explore Photography

Today almost everyone has a cell phone with a camera. So naturally, there is much more opportunity to cultivate photography skills. This is no different for kids! Find out the child’s favorite interests are and encourage him or her to start an Instagram or twitter account devoted to it. This way, the child will be encouraged to take more innovative pictures each and every day.

4. Meet the great outdoors

Fresh air, anyone? In our technology centered world, it can be very easy to lose sight of the beautiful environment awaiting right outside of the door. Encourage kids to go for walks or scavenger hunts outside when they run out of things to do.

5. Extra culinary activities

Kids absolutely love to eat; why not include them on the process? Invite a kid to come up with exciting snack ideas to eat on the weekend or after school, and compile a recipe book over time that you can always resort to when regular old means get dull. Encourage innovative snack names too like Saturday Sorbet!

6. Take a dance class

Movement makes the world go ’round, and dance classes make the heart sing with joy. If there is one thing we know for sure that kids like to do, it’s move. Encourage a kid to try out organized movement for a change.

7. Write a poem and perform it

Kids love performing, but even more so if they know they have something awesome to share. Invite kids to create a unique poem about their day, an experience, or anything else of importance. The kicker is, you will then invite the kid to perform the poem in front of you or other family members.

Who’s bored now?

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Planning a Wedding

Many little girls grow up dreaming about their weddings. For them, every detail, down to the flowers, gown and destination, is important. Many women begin to think about making their dream weddings a reality after their boyfriends propose to them. The wedding planning process, however, can be stressful, even for brides working with their families, fiances and wedding planners. Avoiding common mistakes, made by younger and older brides alike, can help women to put together weddings that they, their bridesmaids, their families, their fiancees and their guests will be sure to enjoy.

Bride Happiness

Throughout the whole wedding planning process, it is important for brides to take what they want into consideration. While they want to please others, such as their bridesmaids, parents, siblings and grooms, the day is ultimately about them. They want to make sure that while they are making plans on venues, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen tuxes, the date of the wedding and the venue, the choices reflect their own individual style and the type of wedding they want.

To ensure her own happiness on her wedding day, a bride wants to make sure she chooses a dress that fits her personality and that she will be proud to remember when she looks back at photo albums. She should consider her mother’s and groom’s wishes, to some extent, but ultimately the decision should come down to what gown she loves. Without the right gown, her wedding day won’t be as special.

Groom Involvement

Sometimes grooms feel that weddings are brides’ territories, and they try to be very hands-off during the whole wedding planning process. Asking grooms to help with the color scheme, music selection, venue choice and other important choices can help take some of the weight off brides’ shoulders and make grooms feel more a part of the wedding early on. The groom may even have some good ideas for the ceremony or reception.

Wedding Party

Many brides and grooms make the mistake of quickly deciding on their wedding parties without taking family considerations, wedding size or all of their choices into consideration. Their parents may want them to include a sibling or cousin in the party, or an old friend might want to be part of the wedding party. Brides and grooms should take some time to think about who they want to stand up with them, weighing the pros and cons of different family members and friends.

Venue and Time

The wrong venue can spell disaster for a wedding. Having a party at an outdoor golf course in the middle of the summer or snowy outdoor setting during the winter may be part of a couple’s vision for a wedding, but guests’ comfort should be taken into consideration. Couples don’t want their guests boiling or freezing during their special day.

Brides and grooms also need to make sure to think about the schedule of the festivities, especially the time between the ceremony and reception. They risk having guests leave early if they don’t have their reception right after their ceremony. For guests traveling a few hours or more away, a time lag between a wedding ceremony and a reception can be highly inconvenient.

Guest Participation and Satisfaction

For a wedding to be truly successful, guests need to feel part of the festivities. Couples can ensure that their friends and families are having a good time by choosing certain music, activities and food that their guests will like. They should take people’s different preferences into account during their wedding planning. This can mean including vegetarian options on their menus and having the deejay or band play oldies music for elderly guests who want to slow dance.

Drink Trend: Round Ice Ball Maker for Fun and Creative Drinks

Round-Ice-BallWho doesn’t love snow balls? They’re fun, chilly, and satisfying. While you make not still be freezing snow balls in your fridge, you can bring all the fun of a snow ball fight into your day to day drinks with the Round Ice Ball Maker! This easy to use, easy to freeze kitchen device is sure to be a welcome addition to your kitchen!

Round ice is great for adult beverages. Make your at-home cocktails pop with mixologist style ice spheres–perfect for hard liquor. Serve your vodka, bourbon, or whiskey on the ball instead of on the rocks! The elegant curve of these ices keeps your drink cool in more ways than one. For non-alcoholic beverages, the patented spherical surface area– a whopping 2.5 inches in diameter– melts slowly, keeping juices, ice teas, waters and more cooler longer.

You can do more than just make fancy frozen water with your round ice molds, though–much more! Spice up your ice with chopped fruit bits to add flavor (and antioxidant function) to your water. No more messy lemon wedges or disintegrating cucumbers– with the round ice maker, your greens (or reds or purples…) stay inside the ice sphere, so you get the delicious flavor and health benefits–without the mess.

Want a low calorie, high impact snack or dessert alternative? Stick the combination of fruit of your choice in a blender or food processor to form a nectar or a pulp. Pour the fruit blend into the easy to use funnel of the ice mold (be sure not to overfill, though!) Freeze and open for a delicious, nutritious frozen treat that you can enjoy any time. Healthier than ice cream, and way more fun to eat, a frozen fresh fruit popsicle (or pop-circle) is a refreshing end to a hot day.

Turn parties from “mixed drink” to “cocktail” with artisanal ice spheres–just add garnish. Whether it’s a frozen wine ball or a minty spritzer-upper, there’s no end to what you can concoct with the round ice maker. Experiment for the best combination, or stick to an old favorite–frozen Shirley Temple, anyone?

The round ice maker is easy to use, easy to clean, and one hundred percent reliable. All you need is a funnel and an imagination to create crafty, cleansing treats and add-ons. There’s no telling what you’ll come up with. The round ice maker is an easy to use addition to any kitchen, so don’t delay! You’ll love getting a round

Make Your Workout the Best You’ve Ever Had!

If you want to make the most out of your workout time, then the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench is exactly what you’ve been looking for. This bench is so versatile that it not only allows you to do more than 30 various exercises, but it also assists in correcting posture and helps you build the muscle that you desire when using free weights in a safe way that helps your workout boost your bodybuilding in the comfort of your own home or workout space.

So just what is it that makes the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench stand out from the rest? Let’s take a quick look at some of the outstanding features you’ll find when you have it set up in your own home fitness area.

Space Saving

The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench makes it possible to create your own personal free weight workout area in the space you have in your home or personal workout space.

Adjustable

With four different positions that you can adjust to you’ll be able to comfortably do more than 30 different exercises.

Removable Leg Hold Down Brace

With the removable leg hold down brace you’ll find more support when doing declining exercises than you will find with most other benches.

The Best for Posture

The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench assists with correcting posture so you’re able to benefit the most from your workout and really build the muscles you want when working with free weights.

The Warranty is Exceptional

With a 15 year warranty on the frame and a full one year warranty on the upholstery, you’ll feel confident in knowing your bench is protected.
The Pros of the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench

  • 1. Easily transforms from decline, incline and flat positions.
  • 2. The upholstery is easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • 3. Very easy assembly with detailed instructions.
  • 4. The bench is very sturdy and allows for performing over 30 different exercises with the same productivity you would find in the gym.
  • 5. The bench is very easy to adjust for different workouts.
The Cons of the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench

1. The leg restraint can get in the way occasionally but that is easily fixed by simply removing the leg brace completely. It’s easily removed when not needed for the workout.

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The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench is top of the line when it comes to the home gym or fitness center. This bench helps you utilize more than 30 various exercises easily and efficiently to improve your home workout and maximize the results when working on getting in shape and building the muscle from the comfort of your own personal gym. The bench scores a 9 out of 10 only because of the leg brace but keep in mind that the brace is easily removed when not in use.

Why You Should Purchase the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench

Who doesn’t enjoy being able to get the outstanding results that you would expect from a large gym yet with the comfort and privacy of your own home? The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weight Bench gives you the best workout possible and is one of the most durable benches you’ll find on the market today. Assembly is quick and easy with easy to follow instructions. It comes with rollers to make moving from one area to another a breeze and it weighs less than 65 pounds when fully assembled which makes it light to move with or without assistance. You definitely want to add this to your home gym and workout space to be able to maximize your workout and create the body you’ve always wanted.

How to Choose the Perfect Led Headlamp

If you are setting up your camp after dusk, going on a night hunting trip, then a headlamp is a great convenience allowing you to see what is going on around you while leaving your hands free for other uses. Most headlamps rely on long-lasting, powerful LED lights to do their job. Manufacturers present many different options, so it is vital to understand the differences.

Beams

Headlights offer three different types of beams measured in the meters that they can shine usable light. Manufacturers define this as the light given off by a full moon on a dark night.

Wide-Angle Beams

Wide-angle beams cast their light across a large area allowing the user to see things nearby. For example, they make great lamps when field dressing animals.

Narrow Beam

Narrow beams cast their light across a very specific area making them perfect for seeing a path at night.

Lumens

The more lumens a headlamp offers, the brighter the light will be, but it is important to remember that if the beam goes in many directions, it may not be the most usable headlamp. Batteries die faster in headlamps with more lumens.

Brightness

In addition to the lumens, consider the brightness level of the headlamp. Most offer high and low options.

Flash

Some headlamps offer a flash or strobe option that works like the emergency blinkers on your automobile.

Low

One of the most common features on a headlamp is a low setting that allows users to hike along an easy path at night or allows users to complete chores around the campsite.

Max

Some manufacturers call the max option, the high option. Regardless, this option allows wearers to shine more light on the area.

Zoom

Some manufacturers call the zoom option, the boost option. Headlamps equipped with this option allow users to shine intense light on an area for approximately 15 seconds. Most users will not want to use this option repeatedly because it drains batteries quickly.

Red Light Mode

Headlamps with red light modes do not cause a person’s pupils to shrink making it much easier to see at night.

Run Time

Run time is the length of time that the headlamp operates without replacing the batteries or charging the headlamp. The lamp is considered still running if it gives off light equivalent to the full moon at two meters.

Weight

Most headlamps weigh less than one half pound except for those with battery packs and top straps. A few selected dedicated models may also weigh more.

Other Headlamp Features

The real differences in headlamps often come down to their other features. Therefore, buyers should consider these features carefully before making a final decision.

Regulated Output

Headlamps with regulated output do not fade over time. The downside is that the user may find themselves changing batteries in complete darkness.

Waterproof

Almost all headlamps are water resistance, but some can be submerged for short periods.

Tilt

Some headlamps are designed to stay in one position all the time while others allow users to tilt the lamp so that they can see better especially for up-close work.

Switches

Manufacturers put the switches in a variety of places. Some are much easier to manipulate than others. Locking switches are a great option if the headlamp is carried in a pack.

Batteries

Lithium batteries or rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries are great in cold weather. Rechargeable batteries drain when sitting idle, so carry alkaline batteries for spares. Users who are concerned about the weight of headlamps should consider those with battery packs on the back of the headband.

Top Straps

Top straps add stability that many users enjoy. Keep in mind that these straps add to the overall weight.

Extend Your Battery Life on Your Phone and PC Tablets

There is a lot of demand for PC Tablets these days, but many want to make sure they have enough battery life for their tablets to work properly. There are a few things anyone can do in order to make that happen.

Turn off WiFi

If the tablet is being used for games or other items that don’t need wifi, then turn it off. When WiFi is left on, it drains battery life looking for connections to use. If it’s off, the user will be saving battery life and not constantly charging the tablet.

Turn Off Location

If the tablet doesn’t need to have location on, it’s a good idea to turn it off. This way the tablet will save energy and the battery will last longer. It’s also a good idea to leave this off except when using location for finding places in map apps. Just remember to turn it back on.

Turn off apps That Aren’t used

Users can turn off applications that aren’t being used throughout the day. This helps prevent battery drain and will make the battery last a lot longer. If apps are being used a lot during the day, users can make sure they stop or end any apps they stop using and help with battery life.

Turn Off the Tablet When Charging

Another great idea is to turn off the tablet completely when charging. This helps the tablet to see when it has a full battery and not over or under charge the battery. When a user leaves their tablet on, it creates a parasite charging which makes the tablet have trouble knowing it’s totally charged. This can cause problems for users because the battery can go down a lot faster than if the tablet had been simply turned off.

Don’t Use Live Wallpaper

Another battery sucker is live wallpaper. This is because it runs constantly and takes up a lot of battery time. When a user chooses to add this to their tablet, they may notice a higher battery usage.

Tablets are great devices to have, but users do have to keep an eye on their battery usage in order to get the most out of the. No one whats a device they need to keep plugging in and charging all the time when it’s easily prevented. All users need is to consider what they are using on their tablet and how to keep their battery life stronger.

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Losing Weight

One thing that a lot of people seem to have in common is the fact that they are all constantly worried about their figure and losing weight, and most importantly how they’re perceived by other people. Whether it’s someone that they know, the media or just someone who catches their eye walking on the street, we all seem to want to look our best and to make good first impressions.

And with the New Year freshly upon us, a lot of people have decided that losing weight is their new year’s resolution, and with the technology that we’ve been graced with, finding new and fun ways to lose weight are all the more interesting!

1. Lose It

This app is specified for monitoring your weight, and managing all the inner workings of such. It will help you by asking you weight oriented questions like your current weight, what your goal that you want to reach may be (whether you need to lose or gain weight), and so much more. Calorie budgeting, tips and activities to perform to help you exercise.

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2. My Fitness Pal Calorie Account

This app is specified mostly for counting your calories, and mostly just managing your calorie intake all together. It also provides you with reports, tips and exercises that could benefit you. You can also sync the app to your iPhone or desktop computer so that your data can be saved and monitored by you!

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3. Monitor Your Weight

This is an award winning app that is available to be downloaded and to help you and your health! It tracks weight regulation, and you can also track the profiles of multiple different people if say you and your family all have certain goals. It tracks multiple different factors to be as accurate as possible.

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4. Fooducate

Scanning a food product that you typically eat will give you the record of your food by using this app. You can search products and see which fits your diet and current eating habits and what you need. Things like added preservatives, sugars and other factors that one looks for while purchasing groceries. It will also suggest food for you to look into.

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5. Diet To Go

This is the perfect app if you’re confused about planning a diet and sticking with it. It will provide you with certain diet plans to look into. Others can also chime in their two cents about whether the diet worked for them or not.

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6. Food Scanner

This is another app that will help you get more details and information about the food that you’re eating. If you’re grocery shopping and aren’t 100% about what you’re buying, this app can help you. You can search for your food and even he food you see in a certain restaurant.

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7. Run Keeper

This app is more focused on the fitness portion of dieting. It will give you cues and tips and monitor your runs, walks or bike rides that you take. It’ll also allow you to listen to music while taking your cues. Set goals and get targeted notifications when you reach them.

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8. Weight Bot

Another app focused on your weight, if you give it your weight details, goals and other information, it will store it and help you reach it – featuring graphs, BMI details and other important information that is meant to inform.

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9. Weight Tracker

Another graph based app that is meant to track your weight in a visual format so you can see the changes that are occurring. This is meant mostly for daily use.

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10. Endomondo

This app is like a personal coach for you and maintaining your fitness. You can put specific work outs, equipment and other things that you are using for your fitness and it will work around that for you.

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