Today we’d like you to meet 52 year old Paul Gilbert, an active Skimble member with an inspiring story:
On March 16th 2010, I signed up with Skimble. On March 16th 2011, I was still active on Skimble. I wish I could remember how I discovered Skimble, but after a year, it doesn’t matter, I found it, joined, downloaded the Skimble Sports Tracker iPod Touch app and headed out.
I’ve always been active, running, biking and doing weights. What I never developed was a systematic plan of keeping track of what I had done. Sure I could write it down, and I did try but it never went more than a month. That may have been one of the reasons for finding and using Skimble, not only does it make me keep track, it makes it enjoyable. Through the accumulation of points, plus being challenged by others, it keeps me marking down my exercise sessions. Also, looking at the charts and seeing a week I’ve missed, it stares at me like missing teeth.
To continue my Prednisone story; the doctor wisely kept me on a high dosage until he could feel confident I was over the worse of the condition and then start to wean me off it. By October I was finally off and I began another part of my Skimble adventure- I became a PRO (only $9.99/year). It was simple through the app store. I now could keep track offline and simply uploaded later. When I got off the Prednisone it was time to get serious with health, fitness and losing weight. I had to increase the cardio and that meant the treadmill. I had used it in the past, but just walking. To be honest I had not been a fan of the treadmill, but I knew what I needed to do, and that meant getting back to a consistent running program. Here is where the new status of Skimble helped, I could record my results right after the run and then upload later. This became very important since I needed to track my training. With Skimble I could keep track of distance, time and even speed. I noticed that I was beginning to run longer and longer and I could keep my speed up and increase it. I noticed the mileage was going up and at the same time, the scale was showing the weight was going off.
To date I’ve lost 10 pounds and am feeling great. It’s now April and I’m still running. I can go over what I’ve done and remind myself how I’ve felt. For fun I can read the calculation of how much weight I’ve lifted over the various exercises. It’s impressive when you notice the hundreds of pounds lifted over the space of a month or even a week.I know that I am feeling better and I believe Skimble has been a part of the strategy of making me feel better. I’ve also been able to recommend Skimble to others, for anyone who has an iPhone or ipod touch it has to be one app that must be on, since as I said at the beginning it makes tracking exercise programs very simple and gives the incentive to do better next time right back to you. So not only does it track it motivates, all for pennies a week. Do I plan to use Skimble for the next 12 months? Of course! Will I continue my pro membership? Definitely! Not only that, there a few people on my friend’s list I want to beat this month.
Paul, thanks for reaching out to us at Skimble and sharing your inspiring story! Just a few follow-up questions: