Technological Weightloss

On April 29, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

My Tech

It’s well-established that I’m a g33k.  I make no bones about that fact.    I like to have g33ky toys — and in my weight loss life, there is no exception.

This is my list of must-haves to get my groove on:

  • my iPhone — This is a serious must for two reasons.  First, I am one of those people that MUST have music going while I exercise to keep me occupied and my mind off what I’m doing.  When I’m jogging, I will generally find that I’m jogging to the beat of the song that’s playing.  This can be a hindrance or a help (depending on what’s playing or the mood of my iPhone that day..).  So this is vital for that reason.  Also, I use Runkeeper to keep track of my runs.  If you’ve not played with it, this is a cool program that uses the phone’s GPS to track where I’m going, my pace (i.e. my speed), my elevation, etc.  Basically, it can keep up with every aspect of my run, transmit that information to a website so I can analyze it, then share on Facebook or Twitter (if I want).  It’s been extremely helpful to figure out my pace, my distance, etc.
  • my Polar heart rate monitor — This helps me to know how hard I am actually working.. which is pretty hard most of the time.  It’s also helping to monitor my progress.  As I keep jogging, my maximum heart rate is going down and down.  It’s a slow progression, but it’s going down none-the-less.  I can keep track of this info in Runkeeper just by entering it in.
  • my GoWear Fit — I can’t tell you what this DOESN’T do for me!  Runkeeper will give me an estimated caloric burn, but GoWear gives me a much better count on my calories.  Plus steps.  It’s invaluble to me and I’d be lost without it.
  • my shoes — and if you don’t think shoes are tech these days, you’re insane.  These bad boys help to keep my knees from absolutely dying.  And I know, given that my knees are getting worse after a jog, that it’s getting time to replace them.  Probably tomorrow or Saturday.

Newest toy

Since starting back jogging, the scale isn’t moving.  Which is as disheartening to me as it is to you (even though in my mind I KNOW why).  So this is our newest toy.  It allows us to see our body fat percentage using bio-impedance.  It’s not 100% accurate, but it gives a decent idea, especially if we see it go down.

I’d be lost without my tech — I know, people didn’t use to use all of this.  But I am a g33k through and through.  And really, would you love me if I weren’t?

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3 Responses to “Technological Weightloss”

  1. Valerie says:

    Hoorah for the geeks! Although I have spent the last 18 years of my life working in the IT field, I am far from a geek! I am fine with all the technology at work. When I come home, I run from it.

    I will admit I love the GoWear. It is like having all the fancy readouts and information you get at the doctors office in the palm of your hands.

    I plan to get another pair of running shoes this weekend too. I plan to get the same kind I have now NikeAir Pegasus. These are the first pair of tennis I have ever had that give me no feet trouble whatseoever! There may be a better pair for me, but my only complaint now is they are too small. My big toe is right at the top fo the shoe. After walking 5 miles last week, I noticed I craked my big toenail. With my toe right at the end of the shoe, it was bending right against it. Shoe was so comfortable, I did not realize what happended until a day later when I went to polish my toenails!

    Happy shoe hunting!

  2. Nessa says:

    us g33k gurls gotta stick together..

  3. rny_alison says:

    i have the same body fat monitor and i find that it more or less agrees with the body fat readings from my bathroom scale.

    still, i feel comfort in the fact that two independent machines are giving me approximately the same results.

    my main issue is that my body fat can go up or down by 5% or more on any given day. and yes, i try to keep the conditions (hydration, time of day, etc) the same.

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