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smart phones, Zombies, run! and other misc stuff

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

my team captain wants me to blog about my Zombies, run! experience. So here goes:

I upgraded to my first smart phone in May. My cell was still working, but getting to the point it wouldn't hold a charge any more. It was about 5 years old and I had been thinking about moving to a smart phone for some of the running apps I read about.

DH is a bit of a geek, but neither of us know anything about smart phones. I did some research (as did he). I did NOT want an Apple product. I was looking at a Droid and a Galaxy. I decided on the Galaxy.

so I have a smart phone. And it has a dumb owner. I'm slowly getting use to it. And the guys at Radio Shack are absolutely awesome. Sure they give me grief when I go in with my antiquated phone for an upgrade. (The first time I upgraded, two of the employees said, "wow! Does that still work? I've heard about those phones, but I've never actually seen one in real life!" about my Motorla Startac. Great. I'm using a museum piece. was 7 years old, but I don't like to be rushed into anything. Maybe the speaker was out, but it still worked as long as it was plugged in to the hands free adapter.)

who can't love a classy, sleek model like that???

This upgrade I still got teased about my old phone (an LG flip phone). Then I noticed the sales rep had the same phone on his waist band. No, I didn't let him slide on that! I can give as good as I get.

Obviously I haven't been using my Galaxy to it's full extent. I signed up for a 10k on Labor day (I usually run 5k) and I need something to boost my training. I looked at running apps. And I had read some great reviews on Zombies, run! so I checked that out too.

Sunday I downloaded Runtastic (free) and bought Zombies, run! That process was pretty humorous considering DH nor I know anything about downloading stuff to a smart phone. It was easy to figure out.

I haven't used Runtastic yet (gotta go back to see my buds at Radio Shack to buy an armband. If anybody has recommendations, please let me know). But I gave Zombies, run! a try on the elliptical at home. It's basically a story told to you while you exercise. As the story unfolds, any time the zombies chase you , you have to pick up speed. It's a fun way to add some sprints to your workout. I didn't realize there was so much quiet time. I need to get some music on my phone (my music is on my MP3). So I ended up watching Sex and the City while I was outrunning zombies. It's a good combo ;-)

I've also been using the Spark Coach trial. I think it will be great for folks who are new to Spark. It would be really good if you could start Spark Coach at something compatible with your current Spark level. This has been like a review for me, but that's a good thing. It helps me get back to the basics. A great refresher course.

speaking of reviews, I have my annual review tomorrow. I HATE annual reviews!!! My boss is a great guy. My intention is to never work for anybody other than him for the remainder of my working career. I've had some really bad bosses over the years and my tolerance for the BS that goes with that is long gone.

so my boss is NOT the issue with my review. He's more than fair and always complimentary. Some of my hatred for this process is due to my last employer. My old boss was pretty much this guy

plus I was a department head, so I had to do reviews for my staff (which included coming up with goals for 12 to 16 people).

Spark Coach and my review (and many recent Spark blogs) have all made it very obvious that like many others, I am my own worse critic.

one of the daily Spark Coach activities is to rate yourself on healthy food choices, physical activity, motivation, and sticking with your program. I'm ALWAYS in my calorie range, and the ranges for carbs, fat, and protein. Why can't I rate myself any better than okay? What do I think it takes to be a 4 or 5 instead of a 3??

on days when I did my morning Pilates and went to the gym after work, why isn't that a 5? What the heck do I think a 5 is...running a marathon???

same thing on my review at work. Why did I usually mark 'meets expectations' on my self evaluation? I'm going to our company conference in October...something that only the TOP 10% of employees in all 10,000+ branches in the US and Canada get invited to attend. That is WAY better than 'meets expectations'!

say it with me, Spark friends...I AM BETTER THAT JUST 'OKAY'!

let's make a pact: no more ignoring the exceptional things about yourself. If you're going to accept responsibility for your weaknesses, you MUST accept that there are some things about you that are awesome. Yes. Every one of us. EVERY SINGLE DAY look in the mirror and praise yourself for one good thing about YOU!

no, we don't need to go all Usain Bolt. But it is okay to see the good in YOU.

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    LOVED the blog. I need to download that zombies app it sounds pretty awesome. You are definitely better than just 'okay'! Oh, and I'm with you on the outdated phones, I threw a fit when I went to a smartphone, now I'm did I ever live without these awesome apps?!
    2001 days ago
    Loved the blog. I understand about how we rate ourselves. I can never get all the nutriants on the nutrition tracker. I don't care, I count calories, and exercise. That is all.

    Wishing you a great day abd a lovely summer.
    2014 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    You ARE better than just 'OKAY'!!
    Great blog about migrating to a smart phone. I am still in the land of the dumb phone myself. I had the frame of mind, "Heck, I am in front of a computer all day..."
    I can see their usefulness after a recent vacation where others could look up everything, get us everywhere, etc. The Zombies app sounds like FUN!

    Thank you for the encouragement and fantastic relaxation goodie, in regards to my current job search. GAH! I saw another statistic on CBS Evening News last night that, out of the 2.7 million jobs created since 2009, only 567,000ish of them have gone to women! GAH!

    It'll happen (she said, with great hope)! In the meantime, thanks again for the support!!
    2014 days ago
    Wait... someone actually listens when I say something? I've got to tell my kids!

    You've convinced me to go get the ap for my phone.
    2017 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2012 1:24:13 PM
    Great read this morning and I thought some of the same things about the sparkcoach and my own evaluation of myself. LOL

    The zombies run sounds like a great way to push some fartleks! You'll have a great 10K!!
    2017 days ago
    2017 days ago
    I'm glad you like Zombies, Run! It's really a lot of fun. It's worth every penny. Check out the Zombies, Run team... there's some great suggested playlists on there.

    I've noticed the same thing about rating myself on Sparkcoach... I don't give myself enough credit!
    2017 days ago
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