Weight loss smartphone app
I found an app called Lose It! which works as a calorie and exercise calculator. I've been using it for a week, and it helps a lot. It's free. You enter in age, height, weight, and your goal weight. It gives you a couple options as far as calorie totals and a timeline, and won't calculate for anything more than two pounds a week. It has all kinds of foods to choose from, including restaurant foods (Holy cow, a Wendy's triple Baconator has 1330 calories!) and you can not only enter in your own recipes but you can scan barcodes as well. It was a massive wake up call for me. You do have to be honest and enter in even things like salad dressing, but it's accurate as near as I can figure by checking against nutrition labels.
The exercise portion is a bit trickier, (according to the app I'm doing something wrong in the bedroom as I KNOW I burn more calories than that!) but it's got all kinds of physical activity including house cleaning, yard work, aerobics and walking, as well as things like broomball (?!?) and jai alai. If for some bizarre reason you can't find your activities in the list, you can add custom exercise.
The exercise gets credited against your calorie intake, and it keeps track of your net calories. You enter in your weight whenever you weigh, and it helps keep you on track for your weight loss goal. I love the calorie meter, which shows you how much you've eaten vs your daily intake allotment.