Weighing is the hardest thing to do

Well, today was my first check in day for the fantasy fitness challenge. Unfortunately, at my check-in we realized there was a scale issue so I couldn’t get my week results. On the plus side, the health coach and I had a good conversation about healthy weight loss vs unhealthy weight loss. Every time you turn on the TV, there is a commercial about quick and easy weight loss. But I constantly wonder is it healthy and safe?

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The CDC and my health coach says that modest weight loss is the best way to go. Slow and steady not only wins the race, it keeps you from having to run the race over again. Studies shows the gradual changes become habits which help you keep the weight off.

Hours later I continued the conversation with Trainer Wes. He also agrees the gradual approach is a good way to go.

Speaking of Trainer Wes, today’s session with Trainer Wes was good. Somehow I convinced him to wear the bodysuit, which means I get to punch him instead of the bag or dummy. Live targets are always more fun!

Another note about Trainer Wes– for those of you just starting out in boxing, Wes said he would upload a video on how to wrap your hands (VERY IMPORTANT!). Check back soon and I will share it.

SlimPossible points: N/A

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Holding Stop Position

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By popular request, I am following up on my stop day. It’s almost over and was pretty successful. I did spend most of the day doing pretty much nothing. It was nice not having to be anywhere at any certain time. My sidekick and I spent quite a few hours on the couch watching TV. After a few hours of channel surfing, I decided it might be best to finish watching last season’s shows before the new season starts. Then I went to the grocery store which is really nice when you are not in a rush. Stopped at Central Market (which I love) and bought myself some sunflowers (my favorite). Then returned home for more TV, internet shopping (bought my alumni shirt) and a nap (which I never do!).

I do admit, it was hard settling into doing a day of nothing. And there were a few times I thought about work or the things around the house that needed to be done. Every time I felt anxiety about what I wasn’t doing, I made myself remember that it is just as important for me to do nothing as it is to do something. This nothing was for me. I earned it and I shouldn’t let anyone (even myself) spoil it. With that said, I have a few more hours of nothing to do. See you tomorrow.

Don’t Call It A Comeback

Well, I did manage a workout last week. I realized that a few weeks away can really set you back. I’m eager to get back to my previous pace, strength, and endurance but I know I have to take it slow in order not to back-slide my recovery. Anyone have sage advice about how to return to your workouts after injury?

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program

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Sorry for my absence. Over the past year, when injury or illness occurred, I have been able to still do some form of exercise.

Unfortunately, shortly after my last post I sustained injuries that forced me to put a temporary pause on all activities. The good news is I hope to be back to the track, on stationary bike, kickin’ it with Shaun T and maybe even the punching bag starting this week. Cross your fingers!

As a side note, to all those who scolded me for not calling for help, offered me help and support, and came to my rescue, thanks. Just knowing you were there for me felt great.

 

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Holy Cowtown!

Slide1So, months ago (via a Facebook conversation), DR talked me into running in the Cowtown. The Cowtown is a 5K (3.10 miles)/10K (6.22 miles)/Half Marathon (13.10 miles)/Marathon (26.21miles)/Ultra Marathon (26.21+ miles). Yesterday, I decided to see if they had the race dates up yet. (Truth – I was checking to see when I could get my “Training for Cowtown” t-shirt.)

GASP! Not only are the dates advertised – registration is open. This means Cowtown is VERY close. To be more exact, it is less than 100 days away. To be really exact, it is 3 months and 4 days.

That means I have 1311 hours to get ready for my first “race”. My goal is not to finish in any certain time (though I prefer not to be the very last person). Next year, I will have loftier goals, but this year, my goal is just to finish and enjoy the experience.

Bring on Cowtown!

“Don’t give up on the impossible before you try it.” — Biggie Munn

Future Implications

Between this blog, school and work, I have noticed how remarkably “social” the fitness and health industry has become. Since starting the blog, I have noticed more brands following me and I have been following some of them as well. Lately, I have been asked who I follow and why. The brands I follow the most are the ones that offer regular tips and useful information. My favorite is Runner’s World. For those who don’t know, Runner’s World is a magazine (obviously, for runners). I started reading the magazine and visiting its website after it was suggested by friends. What I like about Runner’s World is that it is an awesome magazine that appeals to all running levels. Everything that I have a question about, it has an article on. It has effectively translated its appeal into its social media strategy. Via Twiiter and Facebook, it sends out tips about shoes, gear, food and keeping motivated. Its posts often make me want to lace up my shoes and hit the track.

My Fitness Pal (a site that helps users track fitness, diet and weight goals) also has recently stepped its social media efforts and quickly is becoming another favorite. Lately, I have been getting motivating emails and tweets from MFP. Like Runner’s World, it has been motivating me to try new things and get back on the right path.

I think because both of these companies are continuing to evolve and are working to be more engaging to their followers, they will be around a while. They are changing as their audience’s needs are changing. Personally, I like that these companies are offering the engagement I need in the bite-side bits that appeal to me. I wish Garmin (the maker of my runner’s watch) was doing the same. I love Garmin products, but the company earns a C- in the engagement arena. I find most of their social media doesn’t appeal to me. It’s probably only a matter of time before some other brand woos me away.

For me (and I think the same is true for many), it is important for health and fitness brands to engaging. Those of us (like me) who are still working to make this health thing a way of life need all the motivation and engagement we can get. If they want to stay a part of my future plans, they have to keep the engagement coming.

Viral Marketing Initiatives

First I have to apologize for being silent for so long. Life has been a little crazy. In my time of silence, I have been thinking about life balance and how to achieve it. The parts of life balance in mind, body and spirit. (I will tell you more in my next blog and explain what it has to do with fitness.) Anyway, a class assignment got me thinking more about this.

We had an assignment about viral marketing. For your knowledge, according to Web Marketing Today, viral marketing is “any strategy that encourages individuals to pass on a marketing message to others, creating the potential for exponential growth in the message’s exposure and influence. Like viruses, such strategies take advantage of rapid multiplication to explode the message to thousands, to millions”. http://webmarketingtoday.com/articles/viral-principles/

Right now, one of the most famous viral campaigns is from Oreo and its “You can still dunk in the dark” tweet. This was a brilliant tweet promoting cookies. (It probably would have appealed more to me if an Oreo was a chocolate chip cookie.)

Two viral campaigns that did appeal to me come from Dove and Make A Wish. The Dove Beauty campaign, launched in 2013, promotes real beauty. The campaign started with the video “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” showed women describing themselves as an artist sketched them. Then strangers described them as the artist sketched the women. The women were shown the difference in the sketches. Make A Wish went viral when it helped a 5 year old boy battling Leukemia become a superhero for a day. The video followed the boy around as he portrayed BatKid and saved Gotham (San Francisco in disguise).

Okay, what do these two have to do with life balance? Spirit. More importantly, the promoting and healing of it. I think the spirit aspect of these campaigns is what made them go viral. Both of these campaigns have similar characteristics. They positive, emotion-filled, about real situations, have great content, and are memorable. These videos remind us what is important. The Dove video makes you stop and think about how you think about yourself. The Make A Wish video reminds us how the little things we do for others can make such a huge impact. The compelling, positive content of these videos is impactful, make people think, and make people want to share them. Part of the proof is I just shared them with all of you. Do they or did they compel you enough to share?