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I’m going to use the geeky tools I have at my disposal to document my journey to getting in shape.
I’m almost 26. Right about now, I should be at my peak of physical fitness.
And I’m not.
I’m tired of lacking confidence and feeling out of shape and totally overwhelmed at the prospect of changing my habits.
But, today is a start.
I just finished my second attempt (at least this one was a success) at day one of the Couch to 5k program. After a 5 minute warmup, I alternated walking for 90 seconds with jogging for 60 seconds for a total of 20 minutes and then cooled down. It doesn’t sound hard… and it really isn’t. But, when you are starting from square one, even a mole hill can seem… well… mountainous.
The second smart choice I made was going to the grocery store earlier in the day and buying healthier foods. I often shop in the health food section but I consistently buy the wrong things; I choose organic treats and snacks instead of what I should really be eating. Today, I purchased lettuce (and not the already-put-in-a-convenient-bag kind. I went for the get-out-a-knife-and-tackle-this-thing kind). I chose applesauce as a treat (since I have a major sweet tooth) and some kombucha tea.
Other items in my cart:
- Egg whites
- Pomegranate seeds (I splurged)
- Brown rice cakes (great with some peanut butter)
- Ground turkey breast
- Agave nectar (for sweetening my tea)
- Yams (my favorite veggie)
- Reduced fat Feta cheese (for salads. I know I can’t buy a brick of cheese anymore, because I’ll eat slice after slice.)
I’ve decided that if the only options I allow myself are healthy, than I will be less inclined to get off track.
Back to the exercise. I chose the Couch to 5k program because it doesn’t overwhelm me. I know some of you out there are P90X success stories, but that freaks me out a little. I needed something that I felt I was capable of now.
I know that it helps to have goals. I’m coming up with a weight loss reward program for myself. I’ve also committed to the Survivor Mud Run on June 18th.
Why am I documenting my attempts here? Because I’ll be getting in shape in a rather geeky way, of course.
Here’s what I’m using:
- iPhone 3GS
- Couch to 5k app by Felt Tip inc.
- Pandora (today’s station: Foo Fighters)
- Facebook (to schedule exercise sessions with my friends and help me stay motivated)
So be warned, this blog may get a little sweaty in the coming weeks.
- Read more about the Couch to 5k Program here.
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