Day 102: Couch to 10k… or Couch to ER?

Killing me loudly with its song

Couch to 10k - Felt Tip Inc.Well, moving toward success wasn’t enough for me – no, I got fantasies of actually one day running a marathon, when I really can’t even run to the bathroom when I need to and I got this app from the Apple Store called Couch to 10k by Felt Tip Inc.. It’s a beautiful looking app. My only criticisms of it are the stretches could be more detailed, and holy cow – I almost died! I think I need the version that goes from coma to 1k or perhaps coma to couch – then I can go from couch to 10k. 😀

The interface is really nice – feels like a really solid app – has very nice features, voiceovers are high quality, etc. The UI is very intuitive and there is a mini tutorial and everything is explained – except the 1 page of stretches – so tiny that the words are not legible – at least not on my 3GS. It might look awesome on a retina display – not sure. I’d like a page for each stretch with dotted lines showing movement and more explanation of the stretches. I’m taking the couch part literally. I didn’t even run as a child. I know nothing.

All in all, it’s an awesome app, but I might have to work out consistently for another few months before I can realistically use it. The methodology is for you to warm up, walk for 4:30, then jog for :30, and to repeat 6 more times. Sounds reasonable. I made it half way through to 1.01 miles. That’s it. Actually, so far, I recommend the app – it’s yummy, and I know I will use it eventually – but I’m too out of shape to go this fast, this soon. I went 3.5 miles the other day by pacing myself. This was too much, too soon, and my legs felt like noodles when I was done. Tomorrow, I’m back to pacing myself… and getting back to the stretching again.

Do I recommend this app? Yes. I looked at the other 5k and 10k apps available in the app store and did research for over a week before I got this app. It’s the best reviewed, most downloaded of the apps, and the best looking interface, and the most reasonable track to the goal. I rode the fence on whether to get the Couch to 5k app or this one – the only difference I could see was that the 10k app took you further and it was the same price… so to pick the more lofty goal was a no brainers for a bargain hunter like moi. 🙂

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Day 101: Tag! You’re it!

Doing my best not to be "It" - also known as "the fat chick who doesn't move."

Nike has upped the ante again on their Nike+ GPS app for the iPhone. They just updated it (free upgrade if you already bought it) to include a new feature – a game where you can tag your friends. Whoever has the fewest miles is “it.”

Nike+ GPS - Nike, Inc.Please, my blog followers – tag me! I love the motivation! I was tagged this afternoon and couldn’t wait to get home and try to beat the mileage of the guy who tagged me. He did 3.1 miles… so he forced me to push myself beyond what I’ve done in a year. I did 3.52 miles and I felt better the longer I was moving. I’m kinda aching now, but I’ll live. 🙂

I really helps to have my mind elsewhere. Am I mindful of my walking? Yes – but I’m not just staring blankly into the wall while I trudge along… so I watch movies on Netflix’s iPad app as the iPad sits in my reading tray on the treadmill. I keep the iPad in the rubbery case by Apple – so it does not hop around while Im shaking the treadmill with my thunderous hooves.

Tonight, I wrapped up watching Planet 51. It’s an animated feature using Toy-Story-esque style 3D/CGI imagery. Some of the story was immensely cheesy, but I laughed out loud in several spots. It was sweet and cute – I got a kick out of it. Is it a classic like Up? No… but it’s a good flick for what it is. Synopsis: human (American) astronaut  lands on a very populated planet, thinking it’s not inhabited – all prepared to plant the US flag. The local populous – not so keen on the notion. The natives are green (replete with antennae), and live in a very US 1950’s-esque era. The designs of the ‘cars,’ diners, etc., were very endearing.

Planet 51 - a very charming animated sci-fi flick where it's the human that is the alien invader.

Did I mention that I waddled my giant behind for 3.52 miles? I did, I did!

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Day 100: Oh, oh… Sweaty Woman. ♫♪

Roy Orbison's most famous song, "Pretty Woman."

In homage to the golden throat of Roy Orbison, I am one sweaty woman – trying to get to less flabby woman.

On the way home tonight, I was very, very, very hungry. I’d gone under my calories the past couple of days, even though I knew better. Cheating will always reach back to bite you in the butt. You will not get thinner faster if you go too far below the calorie deficit you need to in order to lose a pound or so a week. By starving, you get short-term results that result in long-term failures.

I caved. Only 8 miles from home, I stopped by Sonic and got a meal for myself and my husband. I am like Eve with the forbidden fruit – I’m not sure why I felt determined to sabotage us both… but I didn’t want to come home chomping on food and bring nothing for my taller half. I entered the meal into the Lose It! app on my iPhone to discover I was 200 calories OVER budget.

The prevoius night, I skipped the treadmill because my husband wanted to watch The A-Team movie with me. Ok – wait a minute. He sabotaged me first! We’re even!

Anyway, the only way to make up for the overage of calories was to take to the treadmill. I endured it for 2.28 miles – and sweated like I haven’t sweated in a while – and felt like I could go for another hour – except I started too late, and couldn’t. Now I have to finish this blog entry, shower and get to bed so I can get up in 6 hours to get ready for work. Hooray!

Tonight, I earned my sweat. I feel better about myself and hope to feel better soon as well.

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