Monday, September 22, 2014

My New Activity Tracker

For a while now I've wanted to buy an activity tracker, one that I can wear on my wrist. Pedometers require  you to remember to attach them to your clothing and I'm not good about remembering stuff like that. Problem is there are still a lot of choices when it comes to wearable activity trackers. Some of the most popular are Jawbone and Fitbit and I was looking seriously at the Runtastic Orbit since I use their apps but I kept waffling on which one I wanted. The Runtastic one is completely water proof and comes with 2 bands and the ability to put it into a clip if you want. But I had also been looking at the Samsung Gear Fit which is what I have decided to go with.
It is part activity tracker, part smart phone assistant. It is a pedometer and workout tracker and has a built in heart rate monitor, but it also has a timer, a stop watch, and can control some of the apps and media on my phone. So, while I'll still need my phone with me for GPS and music while working out, I can control all of it from my wrist and not have to dig my phone out of my pocket. I can also check text messages and emails from it, as well as see incoming calls. Though I can't answer or reply to any of it. But it allows me to know if I need to rush across the apartment for my phone when it starts ringing or if I can just let it go. All alerts are accompanied by it vibrating. It also has sleep tracking like so many of the others and ties into my phones alarms which is really nice since I use my phone as an alarm clock. When the alarm goes off it simply buzzes me awake.

It is very light weight and I can change the background to anything I want as I have already done. The clock can be changed to look different and there are more apps you can get to change it farther. It is also water and dust resistant and the main piece pops out of the band to allow for other colors if desired.
The reason I decided to go with this one even though it currently doesn't connect with the Runtastic apps is because like a phone or tablet, it can receive updates. Which means that's its functionality will continue to improve without me having to buy a new one.
The only issue I'm having is that I've not worn a watch or bracelet regularly for so long that it feels out of place on my wrist. But that is something that I will get used to with time so I am very happy with it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Running Shoes

This is getting serious! Hubby and I decided since we will be running a 5k and in general trying to actually jog that we needed real shoes that are made to do the job! 
These are what I got, Saucony Ride 7. The picture doesn't do them justice as the colors are a lot brighter. The yellow is very neon. Brian got a different brand and his are neon orange. They didn't have black ones in his size but he says he's ok with the orange. As for me, I'm just glad mine are not hot pink!
They are going to take a bit for me to get used to as I've not worn shoes that actually have laces in a couple of years. Plus these go up around my ankle more (as they should) than what I am used to. It's new all around but I am determined!
I actually jogged a very short distance in them last night and was happy that I was able to. It's been so long since I've tried to do any running that I wasn't sure my body would remember how! But it did. So soon we'll be starting a C25K program to get us up to being able to at least job a full 5k even if we can't flat out run it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Resolution Run Part 1

379259d4c97ef32e448cc27426e523bd5e0039e.As my husband and I are working to lose weight I keep thinking about starting a Couch to 5k program. The problem is that unless I have an actual 5k to go run at the end I'm not going to stay motivated to keep it up. Knowing this about myself I started wondering how to go about finding a 5k event.
Over the Labor Day weekend my sister and brother-in-law answered the question for me when they told me about the Resolution Run. It is a 5k event happening on December 31, 2014. It is part of a larger event encompassing 3 5k runs and a half marathon. My sister said that they will be running this 5k so we decided to join them. We will not be doing all of the events, that is just way to much all at once.
They told us about another 5k happening in October, but we decided that isn't far enough down the road for us to properly get ready for it. The end of December is just under 4 months from now. We can currently walk for 3 miles fairly easy doing approximately a 3mph pace. Not bad for where we are now but I haven't done any proper jogging let alone running in years. So my goal for this 5k is to complete it in 30 minutes. That will be doubling our currently pace and I really hope we'll be able to get to that in just 4 months. It won't be a big deal if we aren't able to go that fast, just finishing it will be an accomplishment but I want to try. Also, it sounds to be a good time.
The reason my brother-in-law is particularly interested in doing this 5k is because it is also a Beer Run and he loves his beer. They give you a stein at the start and at check points along the way you get to fill it with beer to drink as you go. I don't know how much beer I'll drink but I'll do it just for the stein. I'm a bit of a sucker for a freebee.
So this is my new goal on top of just getting in shape. A goal to help reach a goal. After the new year I'll post Part 2 and relate how it all turned out.
If you happen to live in the Wichita area and want the join, the run is being hosted by Go Run Wichita and more information can be found HERE.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm Finding Fit

At the end of June my parents set the date for our family cruise next year. This event has been the catalyst I've needed to finally get off my butt and start getting healthy. I am at least 150lbs over weight and I want to be able to enjoy the vacation next year. Now I don't plan to lose it all before then as that would not be healthy, but I would like to lose at least 50lbs before then. That is 1lb a week over the course of a year. So far I have managed to lose about 20lbs. It's a good start and I hope to keep it up. Sharing helps keep me motivated.

Before: June 28, 2014  307lbs                  Current: September 1, 2014  292lbs
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My husband and I have been doing our best to walk at least 30 minutes 3 times a week. Some weeks we manage to do more others less. We are using myfitnesspal to log our food so that we make sure to not over eat, at least not often. And we are using Runtastic pedometer to log our walking. It all helps keeps me going.