Weddings, Emmie and the Zombie Apocalypse

This story begins with a proposal. You may not know, gentle reader, but I’ve recently become engaged. This is thrilling and unnerving, as I’m not a person who has spent much time contemplating my wedding. The probability of unicorns and the apocalypse? Yes. The necessity for monogrammed linens? No.

So I’ve coined the #haplessbride hashtag on Twitter to bookend any wild-eyed/delirious assertions on my part regarding venue acquisition, invitation printing or any other foreign concept. I’ve also created a group board on Pinterest: The Hapless Bride: For the Connubially Clueless. If you’re on Pinterest or would like to be, drop me a comment here and I’ll add you. I have invited all my friends to contribute ideas to make my wedding the most eccentric– sorry, most glamorous ever.

Now to the mortifying bit. Like many people, I have allowed my love of Chinese food, Oreos and red cream soda to overtake my common sense. The equation is simple: junk food + soda + lazy lolling = sadface.

I now face the terrifyingly inevitable WEDDING DRESS TRY-ON. I peered in the full-length mirror yesterday and shouted something that cannot be reprinted on this blog (hint: rhymes with goalie schmuck). SOMETHING NEEDS MUST BE DONE.

I’ve been pondering motivational tools. I love being fit, but inertia is more powerful especially when work and family and wedding planning interfere.

Enter Emmie Mears. *drumroll*

You may remember Emmie from the awesome and flattering post she wrote about me and my blog here. Emmie is the founder of #ZAP: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation. Emmie found herself in a similar situation to yours truly and instead of sulking like me she decided to create a killer workout program

I am a big fan of goal setting, so this appealed. I am also a fan of zombies. Well, evading zombies. I added another layer to #ZAP today.

I’d heard about an iPhone app that simulated the apocalypse, Zombies, Run!. It’s a little pricy ($7.99), but all of its 200+ reviews said it was totally worth it. You can see the video that sold me here:

So I went out today and ran 2.79 km. Not a particularly impressive start, but considering the extent of my exercise has been walking to my car, I’m rather jazzed.

For people with an overactive imagination (such as myself), this app is definitely alarming. Imagine running around your suburban neighborhood at just before twilight. Almost no one is out. All the lawns are manicured, the sprinklers are running, the televisions blare unwatched. Perfect scenario for a zombie apocalypse. Cue muffled groans and shuffling feet.

I did return from my mission successful, ruddy-cheeked and unbitten.

 If anyone is curious, this is my first End of World Playlist.

1) Beautiful Stranger (William Orbit remix) – Madonna

2) Black Horse and the Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall

3) Fibre de Verre – Paris Combo

4) Helena (So Long and Goodnight) – My Chemical Romance

5) Hate It or Love It – The Game

6) Hips Don’t Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) – Shakira

So thanks to Emmie for being a motivational rock star. She’s #ZAP team captain. I’m first mate. Anyone else in?

You’ll want us on your team at the end of the world.

12 Comments

  1. Emmie Mears
    Aug 26, 2012

    Lurve, lurve, lurve it. I can’t wait to start the Zombies, Run! game on Monday. Can. Not. Wait.

    Thank you for the loverly tribute to my Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Fitness Programme…and welcome aboard! 😀

    Since I am the ZAP General, I shall give you the title of ZAP Warmaster.

    The badassery of that just gave me a shiver.

  2. Angie Richmond
    Aug 26, 2012

    You go girl!!! Out run them zombies :)

  3. My dear, I’m so proud of you!!! Did you know that 2.79 kilometers is exactly 2.78 kilometers more than I can run? True story.

    Emmie sounds like a wonderful influence and I look forward to reading about your progress. Love the idea of the Zombies – what a hoot! Great way to make a workout fun :))

    P.S. Is there a date imminent for the nuptials?

  4. Laura Howard
    Aug 26, 2012

    I love your plan… I do hope you are able to partake in marital bliss before the Zombie Apocalypso… how much does 2.79 km translate to in inches? 😉

  5. Meg McNulty
    Aug 26, 2012

    Amazing! I have a mortal fear zombies… this could be just what I need to get me going :-)

  6. That sounds like FUN! I should try that … I really need to get back in the habit of, you know, MOVING during the day. Running from zombies might be the thing to do!

    I had done really good before my wedding with eating well and staying in shape, but then I got totally sick a week and a half before the big day and ended up in the hospital. Let’s just say the dress fit great! Moral of the story? If you’re handling raw meat, be sure to wash your hands and all kitchen surfaces. Or, let someone who’s NOT in the wedding party handle the meat.

    Anyway … I’m SO excited for you and your wedding! I was never someone who knew exactly what I wanted for the big day. I kind of wish Pinterest was around then because it has so many good ideas!

    Oh, and 2.79km is AWESOME! You’re doing great!

  7. Lillie McFerrin
    Aug 26, 2012

    Awesome!! I love this idea so much. The app is great; cannot wait to give it a try later today. I really enjoy running, but have used the draining heat as an excuse lately.

    Also, I do not believe I can pin on your #haplessbride board :(

  8. Eva Rieder
    Aug 26, 2012

    Atta girl. So if you’re leading the zombie apocalypse posse while preparing for your wedding, does this officially make you a bridezilla of sorts? :) Congratulations on your engagement, again, Anna!

  9. Lisa Shambrook
    Aug 26, 2012

    My daughter’s buying the app right now…I have to wait for a smart phone, but she says we can run together and she’ll relay what’s happening! She’s been waiting for an exercise program that’s aimed at Gamers and not sporty people, so looks perfect!
    Well done on your running!

  10. Tina
    Aug 28, 2012

    Awesome! I had to get this…and tried it out this evening. That was the hardest I’ve run in a long time!

  11. Eva Rieder
    Aug 28, 2012

    I worked out today, as per team #ZAP instructions. Also, I nominated you for the Liebster. :) Find out details here: http://wp.me/p2dYoB-ip

  12. Knatolee
    Sep 22, 2012

    I gotta figure out how to sync the app so hubby and I can run it together. We’ve got two iphones and I can buy a second copy of the app. Hit play at the same time? :) Keep running!

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