This is a diary of how my husband and I are getting Zombie Fit! Join us and don't get eaten alive! We are getting mentally and physically prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Become self sufficient and survive!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Knackered Knee! Someone Hold Off Those Zombies!

What's happened to my body? It's not playing ball at all. I'm on my second cold in two weeks and now my knee and ankle have given up! I was quite enjoying the training too!

We've been taking it in turns (someone has to listen out for the kids!) running around our block. It takes us around two minutes, so whilst I set off, Robin can recover and vice versa. It's our version of interval training and I find it more manageable than doing a huge run.

I've been enjoying it too. Each time it gets a little easier and I feel I recover quicker as well.

I've never really seen the point in running. Always thought it was a sport without any outcome - just boring running. Although as a child I was never sporty, I was a dancer. But when I'm running now and I imagine being chased by a pack of zombies - I see the point! And even if I was being chased by a rapist or mugger (take your pick), I wouldn't have got far at all. So I now see the point! I also feel a lot better (barring the knee, ankle and cold!). Breathing seems easier and my lungs feel big and airy!

A couple of days off for me and then I hope I'll be back in the training way again! I can't give up - it's just not in my nature!

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Apocalypse Larder! How Much Food Will You Need?

So, you've got all fit - you could outrun any zombie and it's mate. You are a skilled ninja and you could decapitate one of those ugly beasts with your eyes closed. But what happens when you're living through it all and you don't have much in the fridge and the tap doesn't seem to behaving like it's normal self? Are you going to start killing the living to get your hands on a sandwich and Coke? Or would it just have been wiser to get your Apocalypse Larder in shape? Yes!

Here's a great little tool provided by the Latter-day Saints for calculating how much food you will need to store to keep you and your family going for a year if things went a bit crazy! The Food Storage Calculator just needs you to input the number of family members you have and then you can run out to the shops and start stocking your apocalypse larder! The only difficulty is that it's in pounds, so if you're European, you'll just have to convert the amounts to grams!

The LDS believe that it's members should be prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. "The Church and its members are commanded by the Lord to be self-reliant and independent" (D&C 78:13-14). So they have some good advice for being prepared for the worst - glass half empty me thinks!

Of course you need to be able to utilise you larder properly as even the food with the longest use-by-date will soon go out-of-date if it's left festering. So you need to run your Apocalypse Larder like a mini supermarket and use stock rotation. Always using the oldest first. You should also only stock food that you know how to cook and use everyday.

It would also be wise to have at least two weeks worth of water per person, clothing, fuel, and a first aid kit in case of an emergency is essential. It is also worth thinking about cleaning products like bleach and soap.

The Apocalypse Larder should contain foods such as grains (rice, flour, corn, quinoa, oats, pasta), legumes (beans, peas, lentils, peanuts), cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey, and water. I also think tinned fish is a great addition to any larder - anchovies, sardines, tuna and salmon. It might also be wise to keep white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda - great for many tasks.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hot Zombie! Should Getting Zombie Fit Be This Much Fun?

You can't take a brake from training - no way! So when I was required to go to Alicante, Spain, at short notice, I certainly couldn't let that interfere with my quest to becoming zombie fit. Those zombies will wait for no one. So, what have I been up to? Well it's been 33C here most days, so running has been a bit out of the question in this heat. So I've been having a lovely early morning swim to keep up my training. But this is fun. Swimming in a gorgeous place, drying out in the morning sun - this is what I call training! And I don't think zombies would last very long here. I think they would decay very quickly and maybe the mid day sun would just fry their brains? If we devised a magnifying hat for zombies - that would just explode their heads in heat of the day. Job done. I think sometimes I'm a genius!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 6 - Some thoughts about the past week

So this week has been a busy one, but the sixth day is always the true test.
Usually the novelty of what you do wears off within six days. I remember being young and wanting to keep a diary for the year. My intentions were good so the first week of January was always complete. Then the dates would became more sporadic.Fast forward to Easter before things really picked back up, but then that was pretty much it for the year. This happened about three years in a row.

I am reminded of the film 28 days later. If I applied that kind of commitment things would fizzle before the first week. You may find that zombie hoards turn on themselves within a week, but if your caught and eaten before then (due to lack of fitness) then you will never know.

More than one day may be required! How about another 27?



But now, it's confession time!

I may have had a beer or two during the week.

But you know what? That's OK. Going from 'zero to hero' is just not sustainable and this is where many fitness routines let you down.They expect a 100% commitment from the start. But we humans are not designed that way. (Zombies maybe - but then they are the guys we love to run away from).
As humans, it's a well known fact that it's in our nature to be lazy

We have to look at this new fitness not so much as a regime, but as a change in habit, that's all.
Fitness has to be developed, it's not an absolute on/off thing. Our attitude to fitness has to be developed in the same way as our stamina. Small steps, some recovery, then small steps once again.

Release your inner 'Fitness Child' not your inner zombie child!



Like a shy seven year old, we have to coax our fitness confidence out with positive praise, not by getting upset when they don't do as we say. Any self defeat you feel internally will scare that 'fitness child' back into hiding. So rule number one! Go easy on yourself. 
Many people find it hard to go easy on themselves, but what you have to remember is IF you are one of a handful of survivors, you may have to get used to being nice to yourself. You will need to be the best friend to yourself, especially in a time of crisis. Who else will look out for you and watch your back.
So back to reviewing these first six days.

Instead, let's turn our attention to the good things we did.

Myself and my wife have done at least two evenings running round the block. Much to the worry of our new neighbours I suspect, as every few minutes one of our reddened faces and breathy gasps passes their front window while they sit comfortably trying to watch the TV.

I have been doing a set of 20 stomach crunches every day, and I am now past the initial pain barrier which I felt up until yesterday. I keep telling myself - Yeah! I may be sore, but it's better than a chomp from a zombie, and the inevitable craving for 'Brains' that ensues.

I tried out more squats from the test a couple of evenings which hurt less, and I did more jogging on the spot on the evening when the weather was rainy.

So all in all the last six days have been good. I feel slightly better each day.
My heart rate recovery feels better, though I just may be used to the feeling of the old ticker pumping away after a run, and I actually feel proud of myself when I do the third run in a similar time to the first two, even when I think I have been running slower.

Get fit with a friend!
It has helped going through this with my wife as I have someone to share the experience with, so a buddy system may yield you better results if you feel your motivation is wavering. However, my wife will be away until Monday, so this will test my commitment to myself.

What next...
We now have some great spreadsheets to track the results over the next three months (big thanks to Stu for those) so it will feel good to do the first week updates and pictures to see what changes have occurred if any. Remember this is only the first week and we are not expecting miracles.
I'll get these spreadsheets set up for as part of our starter pack if anyone is interested in joining in with us to get Zombie fit.

And Finally!
Be nice to yourself but keep up the good work.
Just think, one week ago we just wouldn't have done anything like what we did this week!
So a starting is really the biggest challenge to overcome.
And if you still think it's difficult to break your bad habits -try reading this.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's all in the mind!

Now although we will be looking at physical fitness in depth. It goes without saying that one key ingredient in your survival will be your mindset.
As a mass crowd of  zombies come stomping into your town, you want to be able to do your thing - not stand there crying like a baby in a pool of your own wee-wee!
Believe me when I say that even the biggest of men and strongest of women would be frightened by such a sight as it tore up the grass in their picture perfect world.

Let's face it..... These people are not here to give you a hug!

So what do can you do about it?
Simple.
Accept what you see!

Be as cool as George Clooney's character in Dusk till Dawn, who gets busy formulating a plan of action while pulling a pool cue out of his vampire brothers' recently beating heart. Assess the situation quickly and without panic and look for your best place to hide, or find your initial weapon of choice.

How do you deal with bad news?

It is common theory that humans have to undergo 5 stages when encountering bad news. The most famous is the research done by Kubler-Ross who indicate these as:
  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Grieving
  5. Acceptance
So you may not have the time to work through these one by one, and form a plan of escape.
So bite the bullet and accept what you see, don't be one of those disposable film characters who walk up to a shuffling zombie to see if they are OK, only to be snatched and chomped on the shoulder.
My advice, grab your beloved ones and go.
Once you are hunkered down in the saftey of your hiding place then you can work through the other stages.

If it helps, tell yourself you are in a game or film, and pretend to go through as if it's being played out to hidden cameras. Just remember in times of crisis such as an uprising of the dead - those who turn and run away, live to deal with their emotions another day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How Fast Can a Zombie Run?

So it's day two, and our fitness regime has progressed to running. 
Now it's unclear across many zombie films, exactly how fast your average zombie can run.

Many of the traditional thinkers opt for a slow dragging, foot shuffle, hence the term Walking Dead. But then there is your modern sprinting zombie, as featured in 28 Days Later. The threat here is the relentless speed of these urban zombies. Now it becomes an issue of not how fast you have to run, but how fast and for how long.
We're talking serious stamina for keeping such a fast pace over open ground.
As of right now, I know I couldn't keep that up for more than a minute or two. How about you?

Anyone fancy a quick run around the block?

Time to think about stamina and fast recovery training, to really get into shape.
OK, so it's only around the block, but if zombies arrive in the neighbourhood then it will be more than likely we would need to dash round a street or two looking for supplies.

So myself and the wife are aiming to build some stamina with a quick once round the block, followed by a quick recovery.

The distance is about 350 metres each run and we're trying to build up to four runs in quick succession. We figure this would get us some distance from any hungry hoardes, and put some decent distance bewteen us and the ones who missed out on their training!

Tonight I manage three, and holly hits a respectable two, but she shaved an impressive 25 seconds off her second run. I tire by the third run and my lungs feel a bit sticky - like doing sports as a kid on a cold winter morning! So my time gains by 10 seconds over the three runs.

So here are the stats for our first nights run.
 
Holly:
  • Run 1 - 2 mintues 44 seconds
  • Run 2 - 2 mintues 19 seconds

Robin:
  • Run 1 - 2 mintues 5 seconds
  • Run 2 - 2 mintues 8 seconds
  • Run 3 - 2 mintues 15 seconds

Now we have our benchmark stats to measure our progress for the next three months.
By the end of the runs we already felt the recovery time was shorter than the previous run.
Our aim is to extend the area of the runs to build up the distance each time.

How about you? 
What does your local block look like for a quick run and recovery session?

If you are interested in getting Zombie fit, then email us and we'll send you the full details so we can track your progress and work through the process with you.

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's time to get Zombie Fit!

With all the public attention focused on zombies in the recent on-screen drama The Walking Dead, me and my wife got round to thinking about practical zombie musings, like: 
  • Can zombies swim?
  • Do zombies get embarrased when they trump?
  • And the biggest question of all... how long would both of us survive in a zombie apocalypse?
Now's the time you really do not want to get a cramp in your leg!

Now I like to think I am calm in a crisis. I possess logical thought processes and I have good practical skills. But when it comes down to it, how do any of us know what we would be like if the undead arrived for dinner unexpectedly.

So we looked at the practical issues concerning survival in a newly apocalypical town.

Issue 1: Fitness
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I, like many others, have the kind of work that sees me sitting in front of a computer screen for most of the day. I'd say I was healthy, but could do with a little toning up here and there. I like my food, but as the father to two little kids, I try to watch what I eat. I have to admit though, the thought of running for my life up and down the streets, makes me realise I am not as fit as I used to be. It's more likely you'd see me bent double by a killer stitch, while zombies chow down on my ass!

Issue 2: Survival Skills
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Now I used to be a cub scout, so I know my way around basic fire building skills and I come armed with an arsenal of camp fire songs. But give me a rabbit to skin or a fishing rod and I'm left hungry. So brushing up on the practical skills can't bring anything but benefits to my survival chances. Plus, whoever survives is less likely to want to get rid of the one person who can make fires, cook a rabbit stew and whittle a nice wooden chair to sit on.

So my wife and I have given ourselves a time limit of around twelve weeks to shape up and hone our skills so that we can become zombie fit, not zombie fodder!
You can join us in our quest by emailing us about your interest, or simply follow our progress through the next few months. Just remember as you're running away from a horde of flesh hungry running dead, it'll be us zooming off ahead of you.

As someone famous once said, "we don't need to run the fastest, we just need to run faster than the slowest person in front of us". Is that person going to be you, or are you going to be zombie fit too?

We'll be posting up some training schedules, free PDFs and other Zombie Fit details. So make sure to keep visiting or sign up for our newsletter to keep updated of our adventure.

The First Fitness Stats! We'd Be Zombie Fodder!


"Son - you're gonna get ravaged by some flesh eatin', blood drinkin', dead dude if you don't shape up!"
That is the drill sergeant in my head! And there's nothing like survival to give you motivation!
Here's our first vital stats:

Our first fitness results = Zombie Fodder!

ROBIN:
Weight: 14.5 stone / 203lbs / 92kilos
Height: 6ft
Waist: 40"
Chest: 42"
Biceps: 14"
Thighs: 22"
BMI: 27.6 - OVERWEIGHT

HOLLY:
Weight: 12 stone 9lbs / 177lbs / 81 kilos
Height: 5ft 10"
Waist: 37"
Hips: 44"
Chest: 41"
Biceps: 12.5"
Thighs: 20"
BMI: 25 - OVERWEIGHT 
We devised a sort of fitness test to see how really unfit we are. Obviously, when your belly's giggling up and down whilst you're jogging - and quite frankly, it hurts - it's time to shape up!
We started with jogging on the spot for 1 minute, then push-ups, touching toes, sit-ups, squats, and the vertical jump test. So, here are the results:

PUSH UPS                   Robin 20 - average                      Holly - 6 - below average
JOGGING                    Robin 1min 23 secs to recover     Holly 1min 16 secs to recover
TOUCHING TOES      Robin -1.5 inches off ground        Holly - hands flat on floor
SIT-UPS                       Robin - 18 - poor                        Holly - 31 - above average
SQUATS                      Robin - 33 - excellent                  Holly - 28 - excellent
VERTICAL JUMP       Robin - 111" above average         Holly - 98" - below average

So there we go. I can't jump and I'm aerobically unfit, Robin is also aerobically unfit and needs more work on his abs. This means business! We'll record our fitness level and stats each week and see how we progress. In the meanwhile, lets hope the zombie apocalypse can wait a bit longer - I've got a belly to shift! If you want to join us in our quest and record your journey to zombie fit, let us know at robin@amizombiefit.com or holly@amizombiefit.com

DAY 1: I'M HUNGRY, BUT THOSE ZOMBIES WILL BE HUNGRIER!

It'd 5pm and I'm starving. Managed to avoid all biscuits today. Had Mean Muesli with prune and banana this morning, then dragged the family to Decathlon to stock up on running shoes, running outfit, yoga mat and paper target. IKEA happens to be near by, so we stopped in to have snacks. I managed to have a coffee with less milk and sugar. Then had half an egg sandwich, banana and handful of Brazil nuts for lunch. Met up with Robin and had half a latte (bad). Bought a load of corn crackers, rice crackers with sea vegetables and wild rice from the health food store. Although have tried two if the corn crackers and had another couple of Brazil nuts. Now I've got to cook dinner.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Time to Shape-Up or Get Eaten!

The first steps will always be the hardest, but I think I'm going to have to give up my beloved lattes! No! Even though I love them so, it's just too much milk and sugar in one cup (and with the obligitory biscuits of course!). So from now on I'm going to be having black coffee and as little sugar as I can manage. Need to get rid of the flab and becoming zombie fighting fit!

Would I be ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?


Shawn of the Dead Zombies
I'm Holly Smith-Williams, 34 years old, mother of a son (4 years old) and a daughter (1 year old). My life consists of cooking, cleaning, wiping noses, looking after my children and husband, and shopping - not very 21st century. But I have an obsession and I don't think it's the norm for a near middle aged and middle class mother. My obsession is with survival. If anything were to happen, I'd hope I'd be able to protect my babies and survive. I long for self sufficiency - to be in the middle of the countryside and be totally self reliant.

You see I'm a bit of a control freak and don't like the thought of anyone being able to have the say whether my family and I live or die. We are so reliant on big companies for water, fuel, power and food. If anything happens to any of these, there's only a small amount of time before things go wrong. What with pandemics, natural disasters and wars - we need to be ready to survive!




Having recently started reading Max Brooks' The Zombie Survival Guide, I came to thinking, am I really zombie fit? Would I really be able to survive the zombie apocalypse? I may have the will within me - but is that enough? I think not. I could certainly do with some work. I've never really been aerobically fit and have about three stone (42 pounds) of baby weight to lose. I don't think I'd last long being chased - no way! I also have no weaponry training or combat experience, so these are areas I could do with learning.

This blog is the diary of becoming zombie fit. My husband, Robin, is joining me on this journey. Maybe you will join us too! Sign up for all the up-dates and guide to becoming Zombie Fit!
This is Robin before a zombie nibble...
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