24 October 2011

Running, Apps, Transitions

I just got back from a run. It's been way too long. I was doing really well for a while. I was running consistently 3-5 days out of the week. I wasn't running very far or in a fast time at all, but I was doing it. Thing was, I wasn't losing any weight. Then we found out that Lindsey was pregnant and that stopped our workout routine. We'll probably start working out again here soon, but since June I didn't have a consistent exercise schedule.
I did, however, get a really cool app called Lose It! for my iPod touch. This app allows me to record all of the calories that I consume each day (and exercise) and it will graph out my net calories in the day. I have a budget of x amount of calories. If I go over, the graph will turn red, and if I stay under it will remain green. I can also enter in a goal weight and when I enter my daily weight it is then placed on another graph. It's really neat, and because I love recording data and looking at graphs I was keeping track every day and I was seeing results. I think I lost up to 14lbs. Pretty good, I thought. Then I went to Denver for a week and forgot about my cool tool. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I can download the same app on my Android phone and it records all the data in the same spot. If I record that I ate something using my iPod it will also show this recorded on my Android and vise versa. And on my Android app there's an option of scanning the barcode on a package so that you don't have to manually search for it. So all of this was pretty awesome, especially because I was loosing weight. Then I started to gain the weight back. Life was too busy and I love food a lot. Now I have all the time in the world. You can say that I'm at a point of "transition" in life. I have lots of time on my hands, so I thought I would begin using these cool apps to help me stay healthy. This time I am going to use both apps. Runkeeper helps me graph my distances, times, heart rate, type of exercise and Loose It! helps me keep track of my net calories for the day as well as my daily weight.
Running is so therapeutic for me too... It helps me keep my mental sanity in a big way. I throw on my favorite bands and just run and enjoy the scenery. The scenery, by the way, is amazing where I am. I don't see or notice the mountains very much, but I do get to see our tallest buildings every day. Our buildings aren't very tall in Albuquerque, but they are still neat. I love running downtown. Plus traffic really isn't bad at all so I don't have to worry as much about getting run over (knock on wood). If you want to see some of the pictures I'm taking while on my little walks downtown check out my Google + page. I'm using + more than Facebook now. I don't even write this blog on Facebook, I just have it set so that when I write this Blogger blog it is then posted on Facebook. I think if I didn't do that then nobody would read it. I'm probably a bit too honest on this blog too. I need to start thinking about who can see this. There's just a lot on my mind and my first vent would be Lindsey, but then I like to write it down. This blog is especially cool because I know that my son will someday be able to check this out and see exactly what I was thinking on this day. Yes, I said we're having a son. You can read all about our upcoming baby on our baby blog http://newmexicobaby.blogspot.com.  
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