Reading this title, you’re probably saying, “this nigga must have ADD.”
Unless you’re white, at which point you were thinking “this negro must have ADD,” because you would never actually say “nigga.”
Even if you had a pass from Black people, or grew up with Black people and feel like you’ve earned the right to say ” nigga,” you’d probably still think “nigga” but say “negro.”
At least in mixed company.
I am so off message right now.
The point is that you’re confused by this title.
But you can relax.
I do not have ADD.
And a group of militant Blacks isn’t waiting outside your door (white person) ready to bust that ass for thinking about using the N word.
Let me elucidate.
I’ve been all intrigued by this whole Nike+ Fuelband movement.
If you’re not up on the Nike+ Fuelband, allow me to enlighten you.
The Nike+ FuelBand is an activity tracker that’s worn on the wrist and used with an Apple iPhone or iPad device to track your workouts.
“the FuelBand allows its wearers to track their physical activity, steps taken daily, and amount of calories burned. The information from the wristband is integrated into the Nike+ online community and phone application, allowing wearers to set their own fitness goals, monitor their progression, and compare themselves to others part of the community. Nike+ relies on the gamification of fitness activities turning all tracked movement into NikeFuel points, which can unlock achievements, can be shared with friends, or can be used to engage others in competition.”
In short, wear the Nike+ Fuelband and track your fitness progress.
But see, the thing about the Nike+ Fuelband is that it costs $149!
A hundred and fifty bucks to track my workout progress with some stupid rubber band?
Suck a dick.
You’re not getting my money bitches.
But I dig the whole Nike+ FuelBand concept.
I missed a critical point.
And no, this nigga does not have ADD.
Ok, so a few months ago, my little brother posted a picture of the 27 year old me, all cut and Adonis-like on Facebook.
Along with the caption, “Back in the day when I was young. I’m not a kid anymore, but some days I think I wish I was a kid again.”
Clearly alluding to the fact that, physically, I was no longer my 27 year old self.
And, by implication, challenging the new me to get back into the old me shape.
I’m not even going to talk about Dede Mays, the mother of one of my friends, who maligned me suggesting that the body I once possessed was a thing of the past.
Undaunted, I vowed to show them all.
I’m about to turn 44…carry the 1 and that means that picture was taken 17 years ago.
17 years ago!
When my testosterone was at it’s peak.
When I just thought the word “gym” and muscles would appear on my body.
When metabolism occurred in my sleep.
How could I prove my naysayers wrong?
And show them all that I could, in fact, reclaim my former Adonis glory?
Well for one, I’d have to hit the gym.
Work out like a beast.
Cut back on the carbs.
Avoid junk food.
Yeah, that’s the ticket.
But that wouldn’t be enough.
I needed an edge.
Something that would put me over the top.
That would allow me to track my progress all day every day – not just when I was in the gym.
Nike+ Fuelband was the answer.
Slap on the band, and I’d become a exercise tracking machine.
I was not about the shell out 150 smackaroos to get in shape.
There had to be a better alternative.
So I started checking out fitness apps to see what the competition had to offer – for free.
And I found it.
It’s called Pedometer++ and it’s great.
Pedometer++ is an app that tracks how many steps you take daily.
Simply keep your iOS device on you, and the app tracks every single step you take and displays your step count right on the Pedometer++ app icon.
Today, I walked 6.4 miles or 12,953 steps.
I’ve only been using the app for three days, but it has tracked all the steps I took in the days prior to downloading the app.
And presently, I’m at 93% of my goal.
I wasn’t even aware that I set a goal!
But, needless to say, I’m getting my old ass in shape.
Peep these shots I’ve been taking on my journey to 27.
As you may (or may not) be able to tell, I’m getting there.
Anthony Weiner selfies aside, I’ve been able to track my progress with Pedometer++ for free.
Sure, it’s no simple wristband, and I’ve got to keep my mobile phone on my person to have the app track my steps, but for me, it’s been worth it.
27 here I come!