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New Pact iOS Release & Updates!

Introducing the “Pact Step Tracker” feature for iPhone 5S devices!

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In our latest release, version 4.1.0, Pact utilizes the new M7 motion sensor chip in Iphone 5S devices, and allows for automatic step tracking through our new Pact Step Tracker feature!

If you have an iPhone 5S device, your daily steps will automatically be tracked through the Pact Step Tracker, and once you reach 10,000 steps in a day, they will count as an activity toward your gym pact.

Motion Tracker Makeover!

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We’ve upgraded our Motion Tracker feature with a new look - use it to track your home and office workouts as usual, and continue shoot for 30 active minutes past the dotted line threshold!

Cheers,

The Pact Team

Sally Gruman Makes Managing Weight Gain & Loss through 3 Pregnancies Look Easy—Learn Her Tricks!

Many of our Pact users take advantage of our partner apps to help reach their health and fitness goals.  Meet our Pact user, Sally - she’s been using MyFitnessPal + Pact together to help keep her on track with her fitness goals during and after her pregnancies.  She shares her inspiring story and tips with us below.

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Sally Gruman, a busy, working mom of three in Saint Paul, MN, was an athlete growing up. She actively participated in gymnastics, track and field, and swimming, so it didn’t come easy when she wasn’t able to exercise during her pregnancies. During two of her three pregnancies, Sally suffered from hyperemesis, extreme and persistent nausea and vomiting that affects an estimate of only 0.5 to 2.0% of pregnant women.

She gained 45 pounds during each of her pregnancies, embraced her once cursed inability to stay still and need to stay on the move, and successfully shed the pounds after each pregnancy. Doing it once would have been hard enough, but staying motivated to do it three times was a feat. “I lost the weight with the help of counting calories on MyFitnessPal and keeping track of my workouts with Pact.” says Sally. “And of course my husband was a huge support, reminding me it would be over soon.”

“I originally joined Pact about 2 years ago to maintain my weight and keep my exercise schedule on the right track. While I couldn’t exercise during my final pregnancy, I kept Pact and MyFitnessPal on the front page of my phone as a reminder that I’d get back into the swing of things after having my son,” says Sally. And she did! After each of her pregnancies, she got right back into her health and fitness groove, lost the extra weight, and maintained it.

Sally made no room for excuses, and instead filled her calendar with healthy, fun activities, including her kids as often as possible. “A favorite is walking with the double stroller while trying to keep up with my oldest on her bike. I know a lot of moms say this, but I really believe keeping up with three kids is one of the toughest forms of exercise. A grocery trip with all three kids could easily be counted!” she says.

Sally also attributes her food logging habit to helping her lose and maintain her weight. “I like the daily routine of logging into MyFitnessPal and I love when I can log in for 200+ days at a time—it really bothers me when I miss a day. The last time I missed a day, it was the day my third baby was born. I gave myself the OK to miss that day,” she says.

Sally’s also clever about fitting it in: “I normally get about 5 minutes at each meal where my kids are eating quietly and that’s when I log my meals for the day.” Making it a priority to log in to MyFitnessPal at each meal, allows her to see how many how many calories she has left for the day. “Logging has really helped me take the guessing game out of how many calories are in things, which is huge for me to maintain my current weight,” says Sally.

“I think my best advice is to give your goals a realistic timeline—it won’t happen overnight,” says Sally. “I’m also a big believer in still living life. If there is a birthday party or special occasion, I will indulge in some cake or some chips and salsa. Everything in moderation,” she adds.

Another great tip: “Have fun with your workouts! If I feel like I’m getting tired of a certain workout I will switch to something new—you have to mix it up a bit to stay motivated.”

Way to go, Sally! Thanks for sharing your story and motivating others to use Pact and MyFitnessPal to reach their health goals!

Do you have a pact story to share?  Email  stories@pactapp.com.

Cheers,

The Pact Team

ANDROID USERS: The wait is finally over!

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We are so happy to announce the official launch of the Android Motion Tracker feature.  Now Android users can count home workouts, apartment gyms, and office gyms towards their gym pacts, in our latest release, version 4.3.0.


To celebrate the launch, we will be giving away Pact swagWant to win? Post photos on Instagram with #healthpact showing how you use the motion tracker feature and we’ll be picking a winner!

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Don’t know how Motion Tracker works?  Here’s how:

Pact’s Motion Tracker requires intense, highly active movement to count towards your pact. It uses your device’s accelerometer to see if you are moving at a vigorous pace for a total of 30 minutes, therefore we recommend that you either wear your device on an arm or waistband, or hold it in your hand. 

Low-impact and slow exercises like yoga or stretching are not recommended with Pact’s Motion Tracker, as it cannot pick up slower movements. Of course, we understand that these are certainly legitimate exercises, we just don’t have a way to track that kind of motion at this time.

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Requirements:

1. You must workout above the movement threshold for the time to count and movement under it will not count towards your workout.

2. You are given 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete your 30 minutes of high-impact exercise.

3. If you do not complete the 30 minutes in this time or if too long goes by without a minute counting, your workout will not be accepted.

Make sure to update to version 4.3.0 from the Google Play Store so you can start using the Motion Tracker feature!

Show us how you move Android users! #HEALTHPACT

Cheers,

The Pact Team

HUGE Congrats to Tiffany on her Good Morning America feature!!

We’d like to Congratulate! and express our Thanks! to our user, Tiffany Snook, on her Good Morning America feature and for sharing her story with us!! 

I am a wife and Mama to three boys. I had THREE babies in 23 months and went on a mission to reclaim my health and body. By eating better and exercising I have lost 90 pounds. This is my food, and my journey mixed in with our crazy life. A better me for them!”

You have been a tremendous inspiration to us and hopefully now for many others!

Check out our previous blogpost of her HERE and keep tabs on her health & fitness journey, plus some of her amazing and delicious recipes on her blog here »www.fitmamato3.com

Have a Pact story to share? We’d love to hear it! Email stories@pactapp.com

Cheers,

The Pact Team

4 Fitness Tips for Success

There is no doubt about it - Pact users are pretty amazing. We’ve featured MegAnne and her inspiring story on the blog awhile back. Well she’s back to share her top 4 fitness tips for success!

1. Build a community of support to hold you accountable.  

I have told everyone at work about my goals.  When I see them, they ask about my progress.  If I skip a workout I feel the pressure to share with them that I had an off day but that tomorrow will be better.  I am also vocal about my goals on facebook.  It’s a good way to find support and the extra positivity when you need it.

2. Something is better than nothing.  

Going to the gym when you don’t feel like going and just walking on the treadmill is better than skipping it all together.  Fitting in 10 minutes to go for an evening walk is better than not doing anything at all.  1 push up is better than no push ups.

3. Let thy food be thy medicine.  

Learning nutrition has been my goal this year.  I love learning about how food gets used in your body.  So much illness stems from what we eat.  I have LOVED veggie pact being added.  My husband and I have our own veggie challenge chart that hangs in our kitchen.  The winner at the end of the week gets to choose where we go out to eat.  This helps curb calling for take out and encourages us both to eat more vegetables.

MegAnne’s veggie challenge chart 

4. It’s all a choice.  

When someone says how “hard” it must have been losing weight, I share that it wasn’t anything more than a choice that I made with myself.  It’s a hard choice, but a choice nonetheless.

Have a Pact story to share? We’d love to hear it! Email us at stories@pactapp.com

PACT INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: One Ingredient Chef!

We are so excited to have the One Ingredient Chef, Andrew Olson, taking over our Instagram today!

Keep an eye on our Instagram today as Andrew shares a custom meal plan and recipes from his One Ingredient Diet philosophy.

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We caught up with Andrew earlier to pick his brain about what it means to follow the One Ingredient Diet, how and why he got started, and his most helpful tips and advice.

Q: Tell us, what’s the One Ingredient Diet?

A: The One Ingredient Diet is my answer to a world of processed food. Once I discovered that some fast food meals have over one hundred different ingredients, and how dangerous this concoction is for our health, I developed the One Ingredient Diet which has just one simple guideline: eat plant-based foods that have one ingredient on the label. If the label says “Ingredients: brown rice.” it’s perfect. But if it has disodium-whatever and 34 other things, put it back on the shelf. This eating plan is the simplest way to avoid virtually all processed and unhealthy ingredients.

Q: Why start blogging?

A: My mission is to make food more sustainable. Not just for the planet, but for our own health. The unhealthy diet we eat today is killing more people than anything else in America and that’s just not okay. Eating a diet of one ingredient foods has incredible power for our health and our planet. But as I started cooking this way, I realized that One Ingredient Foods can also create some of the most delicious and satisfying meals. One Ingredient Chef was started to show that healthy food can be delicious.

Q: What’s one piece of advice for new Pact chefs?

A: Practice. While I’ve relied on many sources to get inspiration and learn techniques (my Mom, Jamie Oliver, and so many others), the best cooking lessons happen when you step in the kitchen and start experimenting with new flavors, ingredients, and techniques.

Q: What’s one ingredient everyone should always have in their kitchen?

A: Cashews! As a plant-based cook, cashews are the most versatile ingredient in my kitchen. Not only are they delicious by themselves, they make incredible cheese and cream substitutes when blended. I use them so often that I’ve started buying raw cashews in bulk.

Q: Okay, we need to hear it - what’s your secret?

A: Real food always tastes better. Sometime over the last 100 years, we got into the habit of thinking that food must be covered in weird additives and unhealthy ingredients in order to taste good. In reality, the opposite is true. I love serving someone a bowl of brown rice and sautéed veggies with absolutely nothing added. They’re always surprised at the naturally delicious flavors of real food.

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My goal is simple: I want you to become healthier than ever before while cooking the best food of your life. The One Ingredient Diet is my simple answer to a world of processed foods. But this isn’t about munching on lettuce! My job is to show you (step-by-step) how to cook deliciously healthy food with only *real* ingredients.”

Looking for more?  Visit Andrew at OneIngredientChef.com, where you can find over 150 healthy, whole-food recipes, recommended products, and even online food photography classes! You can also follow him on Facebook  or Instagram (@oneingredientchef).

Cheers,

The Pact Team

Meet Danielle and Mary! Our GiveIt100 + Pact Challenge Honorable Mentions!

Though we could only pick one Grand Prize winner for our June PactGiveIt100  #HEALTHPACT challenge, we felt that these women also deserved some time in the spotlight for their awesome and hard work put in.


Danielle and Mary are our Honorable Mention Winners for our June #HEALTHPACT challenge!

We caught up with them and they were kind enough to share their stories with us:

MEET DANI

"My name is Danielle and my journey started in January of this year after watching an awesome video about a girl named Lakeisha, who did the GiveIt100 challenge. That sparked something in me and that night I started my first 100 days to a healthier me.  For my first 100 days, I lost 21 lbs. I’m now on day 68 of my 2nd round of my GiveIt100 and I’m now down about 33 lbs. I’m loving the new me and I can’t wait to see where I am in another few months. 
I love the Pact app and the fact that you can get paid for being healthy. It’s very easy to use and a nice way to track your activity.”

Check out more of Danielle here!  You’ll be inspired by her workouts and her playlists will get you movin’!


MEET MARY

I am recent college graduate.  I lost my use of the gym on campus upon graduation a year ago so I joined the YMCA here in January.  I love the community and sense of belonging that they provide there.  As far as fitness goes, I go to about 5 days a week doing either Zumba, cardio, weights, yoga, or Ripped fitness.  I want to have a healthy body, not a skinny one.  I am trying to fall in love with a body I’m working hard for.  I don’t weigh myself, my progress is measured on how I feel.  I still have bad days where I think I am not feeling any progress or I want to give up.  That is where Pact #Healthpact and GiveIt100 came in for me.  I love their accountability, I find people just like me making videos!”

Check out more of Mary here!  She makes no excuses and is awesome at mixing up her workout routines.  Her dedication, aka 5:30 AM workouts, will amaze you!
For more Pact Challenges and Giveaways, stay tuned here, Facebook, Instagram, and @ PactApp on Twitter!

Cheers,

The Pact Team

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Pact Android users can now track their daily steps by using Moves with Pact version 4.2.1! Moves is an automatic step tracking app that records your steps throughout your day.

Update to Pact 4.2.1., download Moves from Google Play, integrate your Moves and Pact accounts, and start counting your steps toward your weekly pacts!

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For your Moves sessions to count towards your pact, just make sure you reach at least 10,000 steps by midnight of each day.

Here’s how to integrate your Moves account with Pact:

We look forward to seeing our Android users get in to step with Moves!

Cheers,

The Pact Team

Meet Shami! Our GiveIt100 + Pact Challenge WINNER!

During the month of June we partnered with GiveIt100  and asked you to join in on the #HEALTHPACT challenge of doing 1 thing everyday for your health and share them with us via Instagram.

Shami Okafor, our challenge winner, won us over soon after we saw her daily #healthpacts.  At the beginning of June, Shami set out to “break a sweat” for 30 consecutive days, and she completed this challenge with flying colors!

Originally from Zimbabwe, Shami Okafor, now resides in Seattle.  She lives a full and active life as a Starbucks Recruiter, wife, sister, and friend to many.  She shared her reasons for entering our challenge:

"About a month ago I decided to change my health because I want to be healthy and have children one day but knew with my sitting on my butt I would never get there. When I got the pact email I was thrilled. I downloaded the app and started the challenge! Not without it being the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, it’s been awesome!! I started realizing I had so many people rooting me on and then I couldn’t stop. I love the Pact app and I’m already making my money! I’m so thrilled to have one. My goal is to lose weight and to eat healthy and with all my new prizes I’m on my way up!"

As a the Grand Prize winner of our challenge, Shami will be receiving:

Her dedication to the challenge, her strength, her sweat, her smile, and her positivity, has inspired us in our own health and fitness journeys.  It’s hard to stay motivated and not give up - we’ve all been there.  But seeing Shami set her goals and tackle them head-on, reminds us that we all have that strength - we just need to tap into it.  Shami is a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to watching her move upward and onward.

Want to see more of Shami’s awesomeness?  Check her out here!

Cheers,

The Pact Team

Share your health & fitness journeys with us at stories@pactapp.com.

A Day at the Farmers Market with Pact

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At Pact, not only do we love our fruits and veggies, we have a great time shopping for them!  We’re lucky enough to live in San Francisco - a city rich with weekly Farmers’ Markets - offering the best seasonal fruits and veggies that California has to offer.

Last week, we headed over to Civic Center Farmers Market - at the heart of the city!  The crowd was lively, the variety was plenty, and we left with our bags full.  We love stocking up on our fruits and veggies here, as it’s easy on the wallet, great quality, and straight from the source.  And how can we forget, SAMPLING!  It’s always a treat to taste those sweet strawberries and sugar snap peas before you buy - a definite added bonus to a farmers market visit.

 See what we got into here!

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Ever been to a Farmer’s Market or thought of shopping at one?  Check out this website which helps you find Farmers Markets nearest you by using your zipcode! » http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/  

And share your Farmers Market stories with us at stories@pactapp.com or on Instagram with #veggiepact

We are regular patrons to these inner city markets for many reasons, but more importantly, we believe that choosing to spend our dollar here, strengthens and sustains our local communities - something we could not survive without!

Cheers,

The Pact Team

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