Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My New Pastime: Running from Zombies

I haven't been blogging much, but like I mentioned here and here I have been taking better care of myself. I have been using an app on my phone (I have an Android, but they have it on iPhone too!) called Zombies, Run! 5k Training. This is something I want to share because it is something I have loved (okay, so sometimes I don't want to get up and go running in the cold, but I do!) for the past five weeks and I wanted to show you guys. That's what friends are for, right?

So this is what the app looks like on your phone, I took this from the Play Store because I haven't figured out how to do screenshots on my phone yet.

Zombies, Run! 5K Training is like an audio book. With your exercise, you get a story about Abel Township, where you are Runner 5. You are training to be a runner for Abel, to get supplies. (And you might actually get pursued by zoms! I have a few times already! If that doesn't motivate you, what will?)  And in between stories, you can listen to your own playlist. There is another app called Zombies, Run! where you actually run the missions. I can't wait to get started on that one 3 weeks from now! 

The first week the workouts are about 30-40 minutes. Right now I am up to about 50-55 minutes. What I love about this app is that it isn't just about the running. It is about strengthening your body. That's why in addition to walking and running, there are also heel lifts, knee lifts, and stretching. At least, that's what I have seen so far.

But really, my favorite thing about the app is the website that comes along with it, ZombieLink. It gives you great information on your runs. 

Here are a few screenshots:

And please don't judge my times, I am still slow but even if I'm slow I am beating the people who don't get up at all!

I love this app. I love that it has taken me, someone who hated exercising (even when I was thin), to  someone who gets up and runs (attempts to, anyway) four times a week.  And along with my eating better, I have already seen results. And more importantly, other people are seeing results. I'm starting to realize that it isn't about fast results within a week or whatever, it's about changing my life. And if it doesn't challenge me, it won't change me. It's fun challenging myself. Because just a few weeks from now, what challenges me now, will be nothing. 

 Now, I am for sure NOT a fitness expert or anything. But this is something that gets me motivated to get up and move. 

I didn't get paid to post this, I just wanted to show you guys what I have been up to lately. I can't wait to do the Zombies, Run! app next! 


Saturday, February 9, 2013


Happy Sunday Everyone! 
I'm back for two days in a row, can you believe it?

I've missed it here. I've missed pouring my heart out to you. I really have.
So, I figured we should get back together.

Here's what is going on with me:

-Filled out my graduation application, to graduate in May with my AS Degree.
-Got cut down to part time at my job (unfortunately)
-Had two interviews for graphic design jobs
-Started running with the Zombies, Run! 5k Training App
-Lost 11 lbs. and 4 inches in my waist, 2 in my neck, and 1 in my hips.
-Have more energy
-Been spending a lot more time with my man. 
-Oh, and there's this:

Now, now, before you freak out. This isn't an engagement ring. Dakota and I have been spending a lot more time together lately, and after much discussion we have decided we will be getting married (someday) but Dakota wants me to have some serious bling apparently (I wonder if he has been looking at my Pinterest board?) and to be honest, as much as I love and adore him, I don't think I'm ready to get married yet. 

Anyway, this ring is like a pre-engagement ring, or a promise ring. Some have told me that we are way past a promise ring, but really, I think this is what a promise ring is for. Couples that love each other but may not be ready to get married, even financially. I just don't feel the need to rush. Dakota and I have a great relationship. I love him as much as I would if I shared his last name. And some day I will. But honestly, I do want a big wedding. I want my family there. I want my family there. When Dakota and I finally do get married, it's going to be a bash of EPIC proportions. And we just aren't there yet. 

I do have a question, though? Which hand do I wear it on??
It feels better on my left hand, but I don't really want to field questions of when I got engaged. Opinions?!?


Grandma Deonier's Chocolate Cake

So I have been gone for a while. I am sorry. I miss you guys. But my life has been changing (for the better, I think) and I'm still trying to figure out where blogging falls into my life now. I will be trying to make a more concious effort to be here more. I miss you. Did you miss me?

Anyway, today I am breaking the rules. I am giving away my Great-Great Grandmother's Chocolate Cake recipe. But its okay, because it's for the Month of Solid Chocolate!
Visit me over at Frugal Antics of  a Harried Homemaker to get the recipe! You know you want to.
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