With a little help from my (fitness) pal...

Health Transformations: Angela R. Smith

Angela Smith enjoys running along the trails in Haile Plantation.

Matt Stamey
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:02 a.m.

Modern smartphones are almost like digital people. They can be financial managers, navigators, communicators, assistants…and they can even be personal trainers.

Sound like a stretch?

Not according to Angela R. Smith, who lost more than 40 pounds in a little more than six months by logging in to a smartphone application on her iPhone to track her daily food intake and exercise.

“I totally credit that application for my success,” Smith, 56, says of MyFitnessPal, a free health application available on most smartphones. “There are many apps out there that do the same thing — help you keep track of your calories, nutrition information, exercise, and weight — but this one seemed to be the best one for me.”

As is true for many women of Smith's age, years of raising a family and working full time put her health and fitness on a back burner.

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