Tuesday, December 14, 2010
So, yes, I'm a little behind the times when it comes to ipods. I have had a ipod shuffle for about a year now but did not really dive into the itunes store until this weekend. My husband, the lovely mate he is, got me a purple Ipod 16gb nano- 5g. So thrilled! The shuffle was nice, but it was not exactly the most user-friendly ipod. Basically, I used it for running, being that it was small enough to fit into a pocket and/or clip on to my running clothes. It is very handy if you like to exercise light. Falling short though are the controls, everything is placed on a little button fab on the headset. So, if you don't like the song you are listening to, you have to reach up to your neck area to use the controls on the headset. To make things worse, the controls would short out if you sweat! Being that the ipod shuffle was created for exercise people at heart, I would think that it would all be water-proof. Not the case.... To give Ipod credit, maybe I was one of the few with this same issue (only not according to the forum sites).
So, now I have an ipod nano to play around with when I workout. I absolutely love it! I have not had the chance to play around with it just yet since I have been sick since my birthday. Thanks to my husband for giving me a birthday virus as a present. Since I am feeling a little better today, I believe I will take it out for a gentle run. Hopefully, also, I hope to get the NIKE plus sports kit today in the mail. So, I will keep you posted.
The one thing that I have found handy though is that itunes has free podcasts! Yes, free! I knew there were free podcasts but did not know the extent of the contents. I found so many wonderful podcasts that I am dying to try out! I have found vegan podcasters (basically vegans talking about health and other topics within the category), diet and health podcasts, news and so much more! I have tried the talking podcasts and some video podcasts and absolutely love them! Some are around one minute and others go for around two hours in length! It all depends on what you are looking for at the moment. I love hearing about health news, so these free podcasts are perfect!
I also found that there are exercise podcasts. I downloaded a few yoga podcasts that showcase full exercise routines. Basically download to your ipod and watch as you exercise. Perfect! In addition, I found a few podcasts that have free workout music. The one I am trying out now is Motion Traxx, I think that is what it is called. Each podcast has different music (mostly digital) but describes the workout and the BPM. Download the BPM music that fits your needs and you have an hour or two worth of music for your next workout. I just think that is one of the neatest things right now! What better way to keep going to the gym if you can watch or listen to something new each time? And it's free!!!
If you are a podcast lover, what do you listen or watch? I would love your suggestions!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Happy Birthday to me! Sounds a little conceited, I know forgive just this once. This year was a very special year for me since I was exited my twenties and entering the dreaded 30's. My "scary age" has always been 27, so I already went through my "oh my goodness, I'm old!!!" stage. Unfortunately, this year was my husbands' freak-out... which in turn made me feel a little sheepish as to why I wasn't more worried.
Thankfully, I was able to conjure up faith that I wasn't just turning older this year. (strange, but stick with me here...) My first goal before I turned 30 was to get into a healthy weight level for a "normal BMI". If you read my last post, yep, I did it early!
Weight at age 30: 117.2 Can't believe it!!! That's about three pounds into my healthy range - better than I expected.
Then of course my goal was to run at least a ten-mile run without passing out or anything that involved being rushed to the hospital.
Birthday Run: Half a Marathon!! Double Yay! I finally got past the ten-mile marker and actually did a half a marathon distance. It's a great accomplishment for me since I've never really had the knack for running. I just started one year and one month ago. So, that's amazing in my opinion. It was really hard work but in the end, I was thankful that I made it the entire way.
Next, be happy with food again and not stress as much about my binge issue.
Food: We are 100% vegan and so happy with the choice. We turned vegan two months short of a year. It has been hard at times (for instance visiting our family full of carnivores) but it has worked out to be better than ever. Plus, we are helping the earth and saving animal lives!
Finally, my hope for my 30's was to be happy with myself.
For someone that may never have been overweight, this is hard to understand. But, for most of you out there, you will understand that this is the hardest part of turning ones' life around to a healthy one. I still have problems with my own body image but I am working on it.
For those of you wondering, my husband bought me the 5th generation nano ipod for my present this year. Yay! It's exactly what I wanted - sorry apple, the new 6g is just too small. I wasn't happy with the shuffle that I got last year since the control on the earbuds usually dies when I sweat. Gross! In addition, I got the Tuneband armband and also the Nike Plus for running. I can't wait to try it all out. I will keep you all updated.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Snow is falling once again adding to the wonderful winter play-land. It's just so gorgeous to watch from indoors as I work at home on the laptop. It's a true blessing to see (especially from indoors). Now, I hope I can manage to get out in it to exercise at the gym tonight.
On a lighter, happier note, I have been making best friends with my weight scale. I haven't really exercised that much lately, mainly because I can't seem to want to go outdoors in the cold. Thankfully though I jumped on the scale again this morning and noticed that I am one pound lighter again. I fluctuate a lot, so it's hard to tell a definite number on my online scale however I believe I have lost another pound.
So, I'm proud to say that I am now 118.8 pound. (At least today) Please remember though that I am only 4' 10" tall. So, this may sound like a low number but it really is on the high level of normal. But, thankfully, I am now in the normal weight level of my BMI. Yay! My goal was to get to my normal, healthy weight by my birthday which is on Friday. So, unless I go on an eating binge, I will reach my goal. Hurray!
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