As promised, I’ve been laying low since CIM. This probably makes me look bad to admit, but it’s really hard to pay attention to my own blog/other running-fitness-etc blogs when I’m not running at all … or running very little. It’s hard to read about everyone crushing their workouts and long runs when you’re not able to do the same.
It’s even harder to stay motivated while side-lined with an injury, at least for me. My motivation to run is intrinsic – but to cross-train? Not so much. If I loved cross-training, I’d be doing that instead of running so much, right?
It didn’t help that my recovery aligned with the holidays. It was all too easy to talk myself into extra treats, extra booze, extra time on my butt.
I didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked over the past month or so, but I didn’t become a total couch potato as I’ve done in years past. And for that, I have to thank a couple of “fitness gadgets” (ugh, yes, I just used that term and I hate myself the appropriate amount for it).
I have previously raved about my Fitbit Flex, but I have to say – here I am, almost a year later, still going strong. That’s as good a testament as I can think of; typically I tire of new gadgets after a month or so. When I was running regularly, it was no problem at all to meet my 10,000 step/day goal but during the past month, I’ve had to get creative. It has encouraged me to take my dog for longer walks (which I should be doing anyway, I’m a terrible person and again, I hate myself the appropriate amount for it), park further away from the store/work/etc, and get my butt to the gym. Although it’s probably not exactly accurate, if you use this type of elliptical, you will register steps on your Fitbit:
What has really helped me stay consistent with my daily step goal is the integration of Fitbit with the Pact (formerly GymPact) app. I’ve been an on-again/off-again user of GymPact since it first launched – the premise is that you make a pact for number of days per week you will workout, and if you meet the pact, you earn a certain amount of money. If you miss a day, you pay up. I loved the concept and the story behind the company, but at first it only worked by “checking in” at an actual gym. I only actually go to my gym once or twice a week – during the summer it’s even less. I almost always run outdoors, and very rarely do I actually go to the gym to do so.
As the app grew, however, they offered more and more ways to meet your pact. They integrated with RunKeeper which I tested out for a while … but I don’t always run with my phone. Once they announced the Fitbit integration though? I’ve been using it ever since.
It’s not going to make me a millionaire, but it has been a great way to get my butt in gear when I haven’t been able to run much or at all.
The Pact app also integrates with MyFitnessPal so I’m giving that a test spin. I really detest logging what I eat but I also can’t deny that it works. I also don’t hate the little motivator at the end of each day:
I don’t know if I really believe that I could be down to my high school weight in 5 weeks just by eating reasonably and not housing beer and chicken wings for dinner, but it is a nice reminder that my extra lbs are absolutely a result of the fact that my diet is shit.
All that being said, the combination of these three apps has honestly helped me over the past 6 weeks. I definitely gained a little weight over the holiday season and I’ve certainly lost running specific fitness, but I’m not in terrible shape. I feel good, and that’s what matters most.
(P.S. I’m not affiliated with or being paid in any way to promote any of these companies. It’s just a thing that has been working for me, thus I am sharing with you.)