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#wlct (again)
Sunday, September 04th, 2011 | Author:

Remember back in January when I challenged everyone to have a healthy year and I said we could all lose weight together? Remember that? January WAS a long time ago…

Anyway, I’ve had a bad summer. Not enough exercise and too many lunches and dinners seeing friends so my plan is to get back on it from tomorrow. School starts again and I have 4 races to run between now and the end of October so I need to shift some pounds! Also I have thew target of losing at least 2, but hopefully 3, stone by August next year so I don’t look chubby in my honeymoon and wedding snaps!

So…who fancies joining me? There’s 3 months til Christmas, that could be almost a stone if you lost a pound a week…

If you were already part of wlct then start using it again, if you want to join then give me a shout and I’ll send you the link.

No prizes, no cost, just people (hopefully) losing weight and getting fit together.

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Run, Ian, Run
Sunday, February 06th, 2011 | Author:

As you may have read here,  I am taking part in a weight loss challenge this year and to be honest, the main challenge is with myself. Trying to stay motivated is always the hardest part!

For the past 2 years I have taken part in the Great South Run, a 10mile run in October around the windy streets of Portsmouth. I intend to take part again this year too. Usually I train a bit, do the race and then snuggle up and hibernate for the winter until around March time. I don’t want to do that this year so I booked myself a place on a 10k run around Chichester. I thought about it worked out that it’s 6.2 miles so thats around 62mins at my pace (ish).

I’ve tried various apps on my phone and none had come close to matching the one I had on my nokia 5800 until now. I love Cardio Trainer. For a number of reasons, but mainly because it helps me to run. It measures my time and distance and allows me to share these via facebook and/or Twitter. It gives me a little medal to show me how many calories I’ve burnt off in the past 7 days. I HATE it when it gets below 500, but boy, that 2,000 medal sitting there at the moment looks damn good. It does miles or kilometres and saves me from working that out. It lets you measure your weight each week and puts it in a graph for you. It can even measure the food you’re eating if you want to and it shows how much red (bad) food you’ve eaten compared to green (good) food. Simple, but it makes me think before I buy a chocolate bar!

The best bit is that this app is free. It does most of that for nothing. I have paid for the app (£6 or so) because it has totally changed my running. I tend to run on the same route most mornings and I can race against previous times and it’ll tell me how i’m doing and if present-me or past-me is winning.I also paid for it because I wanted to support the developer as it obviously wasn’t easy to pack so much stuff in. They offer a 30-day refund too if you’re not happy. Win and indeed win.

Today though, one feature came into it’s own. Like I said, the race was 10k, my mind is in miles. I set the app and turned on the voice settings. A lovely voice then told me my pace every 500m (you choose how often) so I could judge how far ahead/behind of target I was. Within about 3k I realised I might be able to do this race under an hour. So I sped up just a little and the voice confirmed it as I managed 5k in 28mins.

I finished in 59.13 which I am chuffed with, but I truly believe it is down to the Cardio Trainer app.

Here’s the Android link. I hope it helps you too.

New year, new lifestyle (again) #WLCT
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | Author:

It’s nearly that time of year again. We all start looking back at the past and start looking forward to a new start. Last year, Chris Ratcliffe, Bill Lord and a couple of others joined me in a challenge where we weighed ourselves each week and posted the results online in a google form. This is sort of semi-private and not open to the world.We all did OK for a while, but I lost it a bit and I know Chris gave up/struggled after the Great South Run too. So we’re trying again. We jokingly called it a Weight Loss Challengey Thing…this is a bit long for a hashtag so we’re going with #wlct instead.

The idea is that if you share your weightloss with others, you are more likely to stick to the healthy eating/gym/wii fit. Especially as the others will praise you for doing well and (slightly) rib you for being rubbish.

When I asked Chris if he wanted to try again this year, others jumped in and wanted to join too, so if you want to join, send me your email address (mine is mail@ianaddison.net) and I’ll add you to the sheet. This should be the email you use for Google Docs. Once in, add your name to a column and a target to the bottom.

We’ll start next week when school starts as I find it really hard to stay good when there is chocolate and crisps in every cupboard in my house. This time next year I hope to have gone from just under 15stone down to 13. With others helping, I might get there. Or I’ll be writing this same blog post next year!!

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