Jul 032013

Where has the time gone? It’s been a good 6 months since I posted here, so I figured it’s a good time to share. Back in January, I started a fairly organized eating plan. The plan called for eating 6 times a day. Eating less food more often is supposed to stimulate your metabolism.

For the most part, the eating plan works. My results were pretty immediate. I started at around 189 lbs, and when I leveled out, I was at 182. Sure, not a tone of weight loss there, but 182 is certainly better than 189. That drop came with in a few weeks, and pretty much stayed there. I tried to get it down under 180, and as I might have dipped down from day to day, the following day it would bounce back up.

I started playing around with things over the next few months. I would run a week of REALLY healthy meals, but maintain the 6 meals per day, and nothing changed. I dropped Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday off the healthy eating plan, and a little changed, but not much. I went back up to 185. I tried a few different combinations, and 185 was my new low. Now, I am a 6′ tall male, and 185 is not at all bad. My wife is 5’4 and she continued to drop with each of the combinations I worked out with the plan. I think the last I checked (before vacation, that is) she had dropped nearly 25 pounds. Not bad at all. I might also point out, that we have become a bit lazy in the exercise department. It’s crazy that when the spring and summer comes along, work gets busier and exercise time goes away. That really needs to change. I can only imagine where things would be now if I included exercise along with a better eating plan.

So, where am I now? Not in a good place. We just came back from a 10 day cruise, and we both feel like fat slobs. Before leaving on vacation, I weighed in at 185.7. That has been my average for almost 3 months now, regardless if I cheat on the weekends. So, naturally, we cheat on the weekends if it doesn’t make a difference. The first morning after the vacation on a big boat with lots and lots of good food, which was all included, I weighed 191.5. I had not been over 190 in quite a while. I seriously felt like a fat slob. But the food on the boat was OH SO GOOD. Anyway, that was on Saturday. Today is Wednesday, and I weighed in at 188.3 this a.m. Each morning this week, my weight has dropped a little bit. I still feel overly bloated, but I really think it has something to do with the sodium intake while on the boat. We typically do not use a lot of salt, and I could tell by the 2nd or 3rd day on the trip that we were going to be in trouble. I am not sure where the wife is on her weight, and I would imagine that her not sharing her weight outright, it is not good either.

That brings me to my next point. Exercise. We have no vacations planned until late this year, so I am going to start up my Walking/Running program again. Then, after a few weeks of that, I am going to add a bit more to the exercise department, and introduce some weight training. My goal is to by down at 175 and be rid of of my fat belly by Thanksgiving. I need to make room for all that Turkey then!

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Week #5, Run #1

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Jun 252012

I am not sure what is going on with me, but I could not finad ANY motivation on Saturday or Sunday to wrap up week 4 of the program. It was bloody hot here in the Denver area, so I am sure that has a little something to do with it. But my running time has been pretty early when the temp is pretty low, so I am not sure what to think.

Anyway, I ran this a.m., and I decided to begin week 5. I was also up a bit earlier too, to begin cycling my run time earlier because of the new job starting next week. I hit the trail by 6:00, and the first 2 minute run was no problem. I was just starting to get winded at the end of the 2 minutes. The 1 minute walk was not long enough because when the 2nd 2 minute run started, I seemed to have gotten winded much quicker. I still made it the whole 2 minutes, but I was seriously huffing at the end. And the thing is, I am not really running fast. Just a medium pace jog. The 2nd walk cycle was also too short, and when the 3rd run started up, I did so, but ended up crapping out about a minute and a half into it. The 4th run cycle, I crapped out at a minute, and the 5th, 6th and 7th run cycles were changed to walking fast. I was beat-tired 10 minutes in, and I am not at all sure why.

Up until the routine on Friday, I though I had been doing pretty good by stepping this up. It was kind of a shock today when I felt like i was gonna pass out mid way through the 3rd run.

I am not sure what I am going to do. I don’t want to stall out on this, but I also don’t want to burn out either. I might re-evaluate my routine on Wednesday to maybe running 2 minutes and walking 2 minutes to see if the extra breather minute in between will help. The one minute of running is not at all tough to do, but based off today, the 2 minutes of running was a bit too much right off the bat.

Anyway, Stats below:

 Posted by at 9:48 am

Week #4, Run #3

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Jun 222012

Not sure what happened today, but I lost focus. I made it to the 18th minute, but when the last run portion of the routine came, I could not convince myself to go. I ended up walking it out to 20 minutes. It’s really only the last minute of running that was skipped, and I certainly had the “gas” in the tank, but just no motivation. It’s times like today that I wish I had a partner to run with. That way we could keep each other honest and finish what we started. the wife has taken a hiatus from running with me, so I am up and out alone.

Perhaps I can regain focus by the next run, which I think will be tomorrow. The wife is working in the a.m., so I might as well run then. Plus, I would like to set my every other day routine so that I am not running on my first day on the new job. I think it’s also time to bust out some motivational photos around the house. I’ll post them here too if you all would like them.

Besides the “hiccup” in the last few minutes of this morning routine, the morning was perfect. Not too hot. No wind. The path wasn’t even too crowded. Tomorrow though will certainly have triple the people that today had. Maybe I’ll run near the house tomorrow.

Anyway, stats below.

 Posted by at 9:36 am

Week #4, Run #2

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Jun 202012

Back to Denver! Although the vacation was great, getting back home is equally good. Just being in a familiar place is comforting.

This mornings routine was a little earlier than the last weeks’ routines. The time change had a bit to do with that. Plus, I need to start “cycling” myself up to getting my run in earlier than up till now. I got a job! I start on the 2nd, and I believe my start time will be around 7:30. Add to that, drive time/shower time/breakfast time, my runs will be even earlier.

So, day 2 of week 4 was nothing very special. It was much cooler than my runs south of the border. I returned to running around the park too. Something to point out though, was that around my 7th cycle of run/walk, I was again thinking i would walk it out for the remaining 20 minutes. And again, once I made that mental decision, I ran it out as per program without a problem. I wonder if I could just convince my mind earlier on that the end of the routine is not as bad. I think it would make for the entire routine much more enjoyable. Anyway, stats below.

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Week #4, Run #1

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Jun 182012

For the most part, my running takes place every other day. I have it set up like that as not to burn-out. I really want this to succeed, so I am doing everything I can to make it work just right. But, there is room for change. I have made a few changes to the routine, and today is one of them. I was to be on an “off” day today, but it is our last day in Mexico. Tomorrow, we are back into Phoenix for a day before flying home. The temp in Arizona is HOT! I mean oven hot. I decided to get one more beach run here, and skip AZ completely. Then, I can pick back up in Colorado on Wednesday. Skip the hot heat completely.

Add to that, I am starting week 4, which is reducing walking time down to one minute. I didn’t think it would be a problem, as I have been feeling like I have plenty left in the gas tank up until now. I was a bit off, but nothing too crazy.

The run started off just fine. The first beep from Endomundo came and I dropped to a walk. That next minute came and went fast, as I was up running again before I could think about it. The next few came and went just as fast, and I was caught trying to second guess when the timer would beep, so that I could fully embrace the walking portion of the routine. I think that was a mistake. I should have just thought of something else, or like yesterday, looked out at the water. I think I focussed too much on the walking part of the routine, and felt like I was overly tired the whole time I was out there. When I got to the 7th run of the routine, I thought I would just skip the 8th thru the 10th run and just walk it out for the rest of the 20 minutes. But, to my surprise, at each minute change, I instinctively started to run, even though I told myself i would walk. The last 2 run cycles were not as hard as the middle cycles were, maybe because I was not focussing on the walk portion as much by then.

Anyway, I was walking on water again, per Endomundo. Beyond that, Week 4 looks to be just fine. Next week, I am not so sure. Running for 2 minutes! I think I should be fine. I think… Stats below.

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Week #3, Run #4

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Jun 172012

Well, the wind has finally left us here in Mexico. This morning was absolutely beautiful. Time to run the beach!

I was up at 6:30 again this morning, and was out to the beach and running in no time. It was hot again, and after my run this morning, I was sweating like a pig. I did get snapshots of the beach this morning, as well as earlier shots of the week. Look for those to come along in a picture only post maybe later today or tomorrow.

As I have never been a runner, per se, I was unsure of what to expect with running on sand. I had visions of the opening scene of Chariots of Fire, running barefoot and getting sloppy wet from the water. The in-laws told me that low tide is the best time to run, as the water is out a good 50 feet and the sand is hard enough to run on with shoes. When they told me this, on our first day of the trip, I sort of didn’t believe them. I figured that is the sand on the beach that wasn’t beneath the water saw soft, certainly the sand under the water would be even softer. But, to my surprise, the sand was as they said it was. Hard enough to run on with shoes.

The run itself was a TON better than the run on Friday. No wind to run against. It was simply a beautiful morning to run. Sure, the heat was up a bit, but it was all good. I ran my routine, and I hardly even noticed the 20 minutes pass. I continued to look out into the Gulf of California.

And speaking of the Gulf, Endomundo has me running in the ocean! I guess because it was low tide, I was actually running where water is normally, and so it has my running path on the water. Trust me, I am no Jesus. I cannot walk on water. Stats below.

 Posted by at 10:14 am

Week #3, Run #3

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Jun 152012

Today was the first morning in Puerto Peñasco. The drive down was pretty uneventful. It’s always a bit unnerving when you enter another country, especially when it is Mexico, and you hear about all the horrible things going on with the drug lords and such. No such events with us though.

When we got in yesterday, it was pretty windy. The in-laws assured us that the wind would subside, as it is hardly ever that windy. The wind kept it up all night long though, and when I awoke this morning, all I could hear was the whistling wind outside our room. I had full intentions of running on the beach today, but after peaking out at the beach, I changed my mind and ran around the walking path in the property.

On the flight down, I sat and contemplated the differences in running at altitude here in Denver vs. the altitude at sea level. Back in Denver, I run at around 5,500 feet, and we are staying right on the beach, so maybe an elevation of around 15 feet. I would have thought that with the air so thin at home, my breathing would certainly be easier at sea level., and I would be less fatigued. This was all hypothetical, as I have never actually exercised while on a beach/tropical vacation.

Well, the breathing was not at all easier at sea level. I still got tired at the same points in the routine. If anything, this mornings run was a bit of a challenge. As I said earlier, I was going to run the beach, but did not because of the crashing waves rolling up the beach. I ran around the grounds, and from the road down to the beach, the terrain drops about 30 feet. So, I ran 4 laps from the beach up to the road, and back down to the beach. And as my luck would have it, the wind was pushing against me as I climbed the small hill towards the road. As I crested the hill each time, I told myself I would not climb it again once I got tot he bottom. But, as I rounded the bottom, I had my breath again, and I climbed it once again – into the wind.

Another difference with running in Mexico and back in Denver was my Endomundo. In Denver, it would find satellites pretty easily to track my distance and elevation. It “kind” of found where i was, but it was a bit wonky, and it kept losing signal. So, the stats are not exact. I had to go back in and edit the time and laps to get it somewhat accurate. Also, I was up at 6:20 local time there to run, and it was already 80 degrees. It was hotter than I am use to running in Denver.

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Week #3, Run #2

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Jun 132012

This mornings routine was a bit different today.  First off, I had a job interview at 9:00, so I had to get up early to get my run in before I got ready.  Add to that, I had to get gas, as well as find the place.  So, I hit the trail by 6:30!

As I laid in bed at 6:15, I seriously thought about “possibly” running after the interview, but before our flight leaves this afternoon.  I laid there for 5 minutes arranging my day to deal with a later run, knowing good and well that I would most likely not run after all.  I still had packing to do, and who knew how long the interview would go.  So, I got up and and was ready to go in 10 minutes.

The second difference with todays run was that I decided to use the big hill in my neighborhood to my advantage.  As opposed to just running a loop, with the climb on the front end, and the decline on the back, I mixed it up.  I ran for the first 3 minutes climbing the hill, then turning around and running back down and pretty flat for about 13 minutes.  The final part of the run was again running up the hill and turning around again.  Surprisingly, I felt fine afterwards, AND I increased my pace again.  All in all, I was happy with the results.

Now, if I get this job, I will most likely be up early for all my runs.  Not a big deal in the spring through fall time.  Winter, I will have to take it down to the treadmill.  It’s all good though.  It would be nice to be gainfully employed again.

So, next post will be from south of the border!  Mexico, baby!  Stats below:

 Posted by at 12:03 pm
Jun 102012

Today, there will be no running routine. Today is my quasi Fathers Day! Yes, I know, it’s not for another week, but we are leaving on a family vacation on Wednesday, and will be off to visit the in-laws until next Tuesday, so my family is celebrating Fathers day today.

So, it’s bonus time for me to do nothin’! And that includes any sort of walking/running routines. So, I think I will take this time to reflect a bit about where I am at after 2 weeks through the 12 week program.

First off, I am a bit surprised with myself for sticking to this for 2 weeks. This is not the first time I have started a fitness program, and I usually get sidetracked, or dare I say it, Bored. So far, this is not the case so far. And I also believe that simply by “blogging” about the whole thing, helps keep me focused. Also, by posting all this, it’s as if I am standing tall, yelling to the world “I am doing this! I will not fail!” That in it’s own right is worthy enough to motivate me to continue.

I am a little bit worried though for our vacation. I REALLY do not want to skip a beat while in Mexico (I know. MEXICO, Baby!), and as of right now, I have full intentions of continuing with the every other day running routine. I am actually looking forward to running on the beach a few days, but we’ll see. It’s just the part about being with family we only see once or twice a year. There are certainly going to be a night or 3 of late nights, which will undoubtable include copious amounts of alcohol. Late nights plus booze, equals hangovers. I’m not sure how motivated I will be to get up and run with a hangover. We’ll see though. I “plan” on being a good boy, and that’s all I can do going into it. I do plan on updating while on vacation, as their condo has internet.

After vacation and week 4 of this current running program are complete, I am going to add an every other day weight program to the mix. I wanted to add it after week 2, but with the vacation coming up, I didn’t want to lose THAT much focus. So, After week 4 it is. I will post the routine here as well, to share with the world. I am sure my THREE followers will appreciate it! 🙂

 Posted by at 8:42 am

Week #2, Run #4

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Jun 092012

End of week 2!

This morning we were up and out by 7:30. It looks like that time is pretty much perfect for me. It’s not too hot. It’s not cold. Even with a 20 minute routine, I am still home and having breakfast by 8:15 at the latest. I suppose this will all change once I return to the work force. But until then, 7:30 is my time.

Seeing as it was a weekend, the wife was out with me this morning. Don’t get me wrong – I love my wife, and I really want her to be part of this, but damn, she is slow. We went up to the lake by the park again this morning, and if you compare my run time to Thursday, I was much slower today. Still slower, even after me leaving her in my dust after a 3rd way around the lake. That’s how slow she was. And don’t get me wrong, I am not running fast, but just faster than her. Honestly though, it’s all good. I ended up turning back towards the end and just continued to walk with her until we were done. I do believe though, that in future weekend routines, I will just stay at her side and do my regular routine solo. Better that way to avoid an argument of any sort.

Beyond that, the routine went great. I hardly felt winded. Sure, I was a bit of a heavy breather after the run portion, but it quickly went away. As I said above, my time was slower, so I really cannot judge any progress in that department. Also, I forgot to stop Endomondo once we got back to the car, so it logged our drive home as well, and I cannot delete that part. So, no, my top running speed was not 52 mph. Stats below.

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Jun 072012

Today was my third day of running. I was a little ‘nervous’ about my run today, as I was plenty beat after my run on Tuesday. When I woke this a.m., I was strangely starving. My stomach was growling a bit, and that is something that I really haven’t noticed at 7:00 a.m. I am usually up around 6:30 and after the usual computer stuff (emails, blogs, social mumbo jumbo), I end up eating around 7:45. Since starting to run in the mornings, I eat after my run on those days, which ends up being about 8:15. As I sat in front of the computer this morning, I was trying to decide if I wanted to eat first or eat after – part of me was hungry enough to scarf down a huge bagel with extra cream cheese right then and there. But the the other part of me, knowing good and well that if I did that, I would not get out and run. Running won over.

So, last night, we had a mother of all thunderstorms. Around midnight, we were woken by sounds of rumbling thunder and flashes of lightning. It wasn’t just a little rumble and then a little lightning following. No, it was nonstop thunder for what seemed like an hour. And the lightning? It was like a strobe light outside our window. Strong winds, a fair amount of hail and lots of rain fell all night. I was finally able to get back to sleep about an hour later, but it was still going on out there. I woke up this morning, thinking about my run, and wondering if I was hitting the treadmill instead because of the unmistakable flooding that surely occurred. To my surprise, even though it was still pretty overcast, and there was hail everywhere, the temp was quite comfortable out. And, no flooding! The run was on! Instead of just running on the trail a block away, I decided to change up the scenery and head up to a near by park that has a lake with a trail that is 1.4 miles around. Oh, and no hills. Tuesday’s butt kicking still resonated in my mind.

I got there at about 7:45 and was on the trail and running at 7:56. Today’s run was in the Week 2 program – Run 1 minute, walk 3 minutes – Repeat 5 times. I brought up my phone apps, and was off. The 1st round was a breeze, and the 2nd through the 4th were ok, but I could feel it in my calves, but I didn’t slow down. The 5th was a bit slower, but towards the end of the minutes run, I come up behind a couple walking their dog on the trail, and I didn’t want to be stuck behind them and I knew my minute beep was coming up, so I sprinted a bit, and just as I passed them, my phone beeped. I continued the sprint for an additional 15 seconds or so, just to give myself some distance from the dog walkers before I slowed to a walk. By the time I got back to the car, my breath was back to normal and all was good. Quite a bit better feeling compared to Tuesday.

After getting home, I made a quick breakfast (still a bagel, but just a little cream cheese) and settled in to eat. As I sat there, I truly felt great. I cant remember feeling this good, especially just after a run/walk, for quite a while.

Today marks day 3 of week 2, and day 7 overall. My stats have improved again, and I am actually looking forward to Friday’s run. I don’t want to over-do it, but I want to continue getting faster in my pace. I just wonder how I’ll feel after the 4th run in week 3… I also wonder if my endurance will start to pick up pace as well. We will see. Stats below.

 Posted by at 5:34 pm

Week #2, Run #2

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Jun 052012

Holy Crap!

What did I get myself into? Today’s outing was nothing at all like Sundays run/walk. Maybe it had something to do with the big ‘efing hill at the start of the run…

So, yeah, I was up and out by 7:30 today. The temperature was perfect, and it looked to be a wonderful day. That is until I started out. Ok, I’m just crying a little for dramatic effect, but the run did kick me a little out of bounds. And yes, it was the big hill at the beginning. I walked the route a few days ago, and it didn’t really hit me half as hard as today did. I think it was because I started to climb the hill RIGHT after my first run phase ended. I was already a bit out of breath, and Oh Yeah – Climb a hill now.

In all fairness, the rest of the run was fine. Especially on the flip side of the block. What goes up, must come down. Anyway, Stats below.

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Week #2, Run #1

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Jun 032012

Today starts Week #2! Woot!

I thought about starting tomorrow, but the wife said she was looking forward to starting with me. So, today it is!

To my surprise, we were up and starting by 7:30 on a Sunday. I know, crazy talk to not sleep in a bit in a Sunday. We’re spiritual people, but just not religious, so as others are up and off to church, we’re up and off to run. Maybe a bit of self worship, eh? OK, maybe not…

For the first running day of the program, we decided to hit the trail that loops across the street. It’s relatively flat, and if the timing is right, we will start and end at our own driveway. Sure enough, it worked out pretty close. well, not exactly. See, the wife and I were chatting during the run, and I lost track of repeats. When it ended the 5th cycle, I somehow thought it was the 4th, so we started another lap on the trail. If I was in tune with the program, we would have timed out almost perfectly. So, we got a few minutes bonus time on the day.

Stats below. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Endomondo?

 Posted by at 9:39 am

Progress Report

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Jun 022012

OK, I know I didn’t get stats or photos before week one, but here are my stats after the first week.  And please – Don’t be a hater.  It’s tough jumping in front of the camera with nothing more than spandex between me and the lens…

My current weight is 179 lbs.  My gut is 38.5″.  My waist is 35.5″.  I did not measure any thing else, but I might do that once I start weight training in a few weeks.  Pics below.

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Week #1, Walk #4

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Jun 022012

This morning was my last walk of week one. I know now, that I could probably have skipped this week in the program because it really wasn’t that tough. After my walk on Wednesday, I contemplated jumping ahead to week 2, but after some thought I decided to keep to it, so that I could at least follow through with the program properly. I am kind of glad I did. I could truly tell a difference in my breathing after this walk compared to the first walk.

I do have to say though that when I am out on my walks (soon to be runs), I am a different person when I am with the wife. I tend to slow down when I am with her. I am 6′ tall, and she is 5′-3″ tall. I obviously have a much longer stride, and for every one step I take in fast walk mode, she is practically jogging to keep up. Today, I slowed up a bit for her sake. I would advise getting a walking/running partner that is somewhat equal to you in height and physical condition. If they are behind you all the time, you might tend to get frustrated at your partner. Or if you are the one behind, you might feel bad for slowing them up. Just something to think about.

Anyway, nothing too out of the ordinary on the walk this morning. I tried convincing the wife to go up the hill loop, and she wanted nothing to do with it. Oh well. Stats below.

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Week #1, Walk #3

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Jun 012012

OK. Something new today!

I decided to skip the trail across the street today and opted to go up and around the big block in my neighborhood. I had been thinking about hitting the loop for since the beginning walk, but I knew it would be a bit “more” of a walk than what we had been doing up to now. Man, was I right. The hill was a bit of a surprise. To my calves that is. I knew it was there, and I have walked it before without any problem. But I wasn’t FAST walking up it before. Man, what a difference.

When I got to the top and was walking along the long block across, a number of runners come up from behind me. A teenager, another guy a bit younger than myself and an older man. The older man cam trotting up and the sound gave me a start. He was seriously wheezing and i wasn’t sure he was going to make it much further, but he kept going until he was out of site. I guess that gave me a bit of inspiration – If he can do it, I can do it. And so can you!

Stats below. They are not complete, because my dumb-ass forgot to start Endomondo after starting my interval timer. I was able to track my progress through Google Maps to get the distance, and my interval timer gave me my time. It’s close enough for government work, eh?

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Week #1, Walk #2

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May 302012

Nothing too exciting about today’s walk. The wife was home today, so we walked this together. I was in the zone, and she wasn’t, so I ended up a good deal ahead of her.

As for the walk, I really feel I am beyond this level of exercise. I am not really winded when I get done, and I feel I can go much further. I don’t want to push too hard at first, because I want to create a positive mental image of exercising. Does that make sense? I have tried so many times to get healthy, and I end up overdoing it in the early stages because I see no progress. I end up over doing it just once, and it takes a few extra days to recover, and my mind is telling me No, don’t do it again. Then I have failed.

So, Stay positive! Don’t over do it! You can do it!

Stats below.

 Posted by at 9:29 am

Week #1, Walk #1

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May 282012

Today is the first official day of my 12 week beginners running program. Go back a few entries to see what it’s all about!

I know it is only walking, but it is ramped up walking, along with regular walking. If it were just regular walking, I could do a lot more than 20 minutes. But, as I am walking fast for 4 minutes, I seem to look forward to the walking regular minute. then again, I am seriously picking them up and putting them down. I think Endomondo had my top walking speed at 5.s miles an hour. It doesn’t sound fast, but that’s walking speed. I think I would have to be running, or at least jogging to get much faster than that.

The wife was out with me this a.m., and she tried to keep up and did a great job doing so. We joked about the difference in our leg length, and the difference in the workout that makes. It is pretty obvious that short people should work out with short people, and tall people the same.

Anyway, Endomondo allows me to link to stats, and it is pretty darn cool. I just wish I could get it to do interval timing as well.

 Posted by at 9:35 am

Mobile Apps and Trial Run

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May 272012

Well now – Here I am. About to start out on a new journey. A journey of fitness and improved health.

Yeah, that sounded lame. I am trying to sound interesting to you all, so you can return here to follow along with my fitness program. Seriously. I need the encouragement! I promise to return the favor and prompt you too…

Ok, now. I went out for a trial 20 minute walk today. I didn’t really want to count it as Day #1 of the program, because in my mind, I had it starting tomorrow, on Monday. Don’t ask me. I’m not sure why my mind said so. In all seriousness, I wanted to give a trial run (no pun intended) on the program, to see who I would feel doing so, as well as polish up on my App manipulation. The apps I am going to be using during the program are Endomondo, Pro and Interval Stopwatch. Both are available on Android, and if they are available there, I am sure they are available for th iPhone. I honestly wish that Endomondo would have the ability to have interval timing as well, because as it is now, I have to start Endomondo with a 10 second delay and then start the timer. The timer beeps at me at each shift in walk to run, and vice versa. it’s actually pretty sweet.

As for Endomondo, I started with the free version a few years ago, and at the time, it really met my needs as it was. Then, I did a few hikes with it last year, and there was a feature that was available with the pro version that I kind of needed. On long hikes, Endomondo, along with all the other apps on my phone drained my battery. I mean dead in 6 hours. The pro version allows it to reduce power consumption, while still tracking. That, along with deactivating a number of other apps on the phone, and I can push it longer than 8 hours now. Not bad for $3.99. Bonus for me, as I got it on sale for .99 cents!

Anyway, now I am rambling. First walking stats are posted below. Feel free to comment on my progress. I need the encouragement!

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