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Day 9 - A little help from technology

From: Ana's Beach Body Challenge & Beyond,

17
May
2011
Day 9 - A little help from technology

I have a confession to make, I became one of those geeky techies today. I joined RunKeeper and took my iPhone with me on my walk. The little app on my iPhone told me exactly how far I was walking, how quick, what was the average speed, even how many calories I was burning! All this while I was trying to peek at my screen and walk straight at the same time.

On my return home I was able to share my walk on Twitter and Facebook and update my profile. That's when true disappointment hit me. The data on my iPhone was collated before I set up my profile, therefore the calorie count was calculated based on some average settings. Once I inputted my real weight, the total amount of calories burnt dropped like a stone.

I meet my nemesis again, we're looking each other straight in the eye: loosing those last few pounds vs my patience levels and ability to commit to a strict regime. When you are closer to achieving your goal weight, it becomes a lot harder to shift the pounds. The amount of calories you use up during exercise diminishes compared to someone with more weight to lose.

And this is the point where I usually give up. If I can't see the results that's it, I can't see the point of enduring the pain. So now my real challenge, with a little helping hand from RunKeeper, is to continue the fitness regime simply for the benefits of exercise in itself.

I'm off to pick some tunes to add to a playlist for my walk tomorrow.

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Ana has been with Treatwell since September 2009 and is currently the Head of Operations.

Being natural from Lisbon, Portugal, and currently living on the Estoril Coast, the beach has always represented an important role in Ana's life. And not just during the summer months. However, life does have a tendency of getting in the way and those beach visits have become less and less frequent. Since learning about the Treatwell Beach Bodies Challenge, she's been keen to take part.

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