Tuesday, August 16, 2011

App Review- C25K

As I mentioned before, I joined a gym.  I haven't been regularly excercising in a while, so I decided that I should start off slow and work my way up to more daunting tasks.  I've attempted the Couch to 5K program before, but never with much success- my will power to run a 5k is usually defeated by the Couch.  Long story short, there's an app for that now.  I was looking back into the Couch to 5K program again to get a schedule of runs, when low and behold, they have an app that TELLS you when to run and when to walk.  I know it seems simple, but 4 bucks is worth not having to do math at the treadmill. 

It plays your music in the background; tells you when to run and when to walk; tells you when you're halfway done; if you're running outside- you can get the GPS function for an extra buck and it'll track your distance and speed; and has a handy journal to track your progress.  It's like a personal trainer inside your phone.  I'm currently in week 2 of the 10 week program, and it is going very well. 

From my understanding- there are a few Couch to 5K apps out there; and while I'm sure they all work about the same, this is the one I'm using.  I spent $3.99 overall for the app with the GPS functionality, and it was totally worth it.  It's making me feel like running is something I can actually do, instead of wanting to die every time I think about working out.  So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Weird Food Find

Purple Peppers- who knew?
Heinen's has a really great selection of locally grown produce right now- I've been taking advantage of it all summer.  Yesterday, I picked up these weird little peppers called 'Purple Peppers'- about half the size of 'normal' green/red peppers, with this strange deep purple, butter yellow color to them.  How'd they taste?  I'll stick with my red and yellow peppers, thankyouverymuch.  They had a little bite to them, but overall lacked taste.  They were like watered down green peppers.  But I grilled them up anyways, and added them to a chicken parm sandwich.  Salted, peppered and grilled, they were okay.  Long story short, I love trying new, weird looking stuff from the grocery, even if it doesn't taste great. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Something New

I've pretty much spent the summer complaining about how I've been plateauing for about four months now, while not putting in the effort to actually lose weight.  TallBoy has been patiently listening and encouraging me, and the other day, brought me home a present.  He said- "don't read anything into this, I just know you said you wanted to change..."  He brought me a 30 day pass to his gym!  I've never been a big gym fan; and I talked all about how great COSE Y-Days are, but to be honest, I need a place that I can go exercise whenever I want.  So I went last night for the first time, and it was nice!  I need to get off this plateau, and I know exercise is the only way I'll do that.  Personally, I'm just amazed I haven't gained my weight back.  It's eating naturally!  Keeping processed foods out of my life is helping to no end.  Now I just gotta put in the work at the gym and I'll be good!

That's my motto- if you don't like something, CHANGE IT.  So gym, here I come!