Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I have a heart rate monitor with a chest strap, which I love, and when I go to the gym, their Cybex machines pick up my heart rate through wireless monitoring. Technically, I wouldn't have to wear the watch part of my HRM because the machine does it.
Now I wear the watch because the the Cybex machine consistently says I burn 100-150 MORE calories than my watch is saying. Both devices have my weight on it, and the machine, as well as my watch, are correctly reporting my heart rate. HOW does the machine say I'm burning more calories, and WHICH is right?!?
100-150 calories per work out is a LOT of calories when you add it up over a week. I go to the gym 4 days a week, so you're looking at an additional 400-600 calories burned that I'm not taking into account.... or am I really burning those calories?!? I thought about taking an average of the numbers, but I really don't know what to do.
I read an article on Spark that said you should use your HRM because you also put in your height, gender and resting heart rate... I would love some input from anyone.
Monday, June 23, 2014
I did the race on Sunday with my SiL, and then the kids had a 1 mile fun run. Usually, most of the races around here are done at the peninsula, which is flat and shady. This year, they decided to have TBL race at our local Penn State campus... which is all hills, literally, ALL HILLS.. You know, when your grampa tells you he walked to school, up hills, both ways... he was talking about Penn State Behrend... HOLY CRAP!!! Oh, and NO shade, anywhere!
So I really thought we were in trouble. My poor SiL is having troubles sticking with her journey, and I'm sure the last thing she wanted, was to do this race at all, let alone the hilly course we were going to be doing. Like last year, it was well put together, lots of parking, tons of vendors, and a few BL contestants from past seasons. This year, it was Dan and Jackie from season 5, and Dave and Chelsea from this past season.
He was REALLY nice!
Lisa and I before the race. She looks so happy!
Of course, there's tons of excitement, and people of all sizes sharing their stories. Lots of "before" photos attached to t-shirts, including my own , and "pounds lost" on the back of t-shirts, it really is inspiring.
Lisa seemed really nervous and I tried to ease her concerns, but honesty, I was just hoping that she wasn't plotting my death as we walked. We started the race by going downhill, sweet! Apparently, it was just to get you going fast enough to make it up the other side of the hill... that kept going up... and never seemed to end... Honestly, I was waiting for her to tell me she wasn't going to do this. She was going to stop in the middle and turn around. She was going to tell me that she was done.... She NEVER DID! Through all 3.1 miles, she pushed herself as hard as I think she possibly could have.
As we were finishing our race, less than a mile to go, there was a woman that just made it over the first REALLY LONG HILL, and was starting to come up another hill... I use this only as a description, you all know there's no judgement... she must have weighed 500+ pounds. There was a guy with her, in his 20's, and I don't know if he was a child, or someone trying to help her on her journey. He was encouraging her, and talking to her the whole time. I got very teary eyed, and I sit here typing this nearly in tears. That woman is AMAZING, and I made sure I told her that. I told her to keep pushing because she was AWESOME! She whispered "thank you" and I started crying. I've never been in her shoes, but I know her pain, most of us do. That's what this is all about. Finding your inner strength to do what you never thought possible. That woman has more inner strength, than I think I'll ever have. I think seeing that woman was a significant moment for Lisa as well.
We finished the race in 1hr and 10mins. Pretty good for those ridiculous hills!
Kat and I hanging out, waiting for the kids race to start
My kids got to do the 1 mile fun run. I'm always so proud of them, but when I found out after the race, that they were supporting each other, and encouraging other kids to "keep going"... I can't tell you how happy that made me.
The race was great, Lisa gave it everything she had, and I'm SOOOO proud of her. I highly recommend the race to anyone who gets a chance to do it.
Dave and Chelsea from Season 15, with me and the kids
Thursday, May 22, 2014
OR, Two weeks back on the healthy living train...
OR, Why did I ever get off?
So it's only been 2 weeks since I decided to take my life back. I've gained 30 pounds from my lowest weight in September 2013. I've bee talking to a few of you, and I said it was 25... so my math skills aren't stellar, but you still love me, so accept it!
I've been eating with in the recommended Spark calories range...
I've been working out at the gym, 4 days a week, and alternating upper and lower ST...
I've been taking walks on the weekends to keep from binging...
I've been keeping my weekend food in check, it's not so easy at camp, but I'm succeeding...
At least that's what it looks like on paper...
I lost 3 pounds the first week... and I gained them back this week... I'm back to where I started...
OMG, it never gets easy to look at that scale and see that crap. I *know* it's the increased activity, I *know* it's the ST routine, I *know* my body needs to adjust...
If it wasn't for my Sparkfriend Maria's blog from the other day, I probably wouldn't have gone to the gym this morning after I weighed in. In fact I was dead set against going... But she's so right! Sometimes you just need to go swimming whether you have your swimsuit bottoms or not. ;)
It SUCKS!!! It's disappointing to do it right, and see a gain!!! It's too hard to keep doing this when I'm not getting anything out of it... Or am I???
I feel a hell of a lot better than I did...
My endurance is nearly to where it was before I gave up on myself...
And my attitude and thoughts are SOOOO much better...
All of this, just after a couple of weeks.
Yeah, I could have said screw it, I gained, who cares, and went back to bed. Honestly, I want to say that every morning when the alarm goes off at 5am! But I'm not going to, I won't.
I went to the gym and I'll go tomorrow. I'll walk this weekend and REALLY try to keep the beer in check.
I know it will all pay off in the end. It's just staying ON the train until it happens. I haven't been this positive about my journey in a L O N G time, and it feels amazing! Once again, I'm FINALLY doing this for ME! I'm not relying on, or waiting for anyone else...
I'M DOING THIS FOR ME!!!!!
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Since I've started my "6week plan" I've noticed a trend in my eating. The only days I have problems with binge eating are the days I DON'T workout... You know, the days where your calories REALLY need to be in check?!? Unfortunately, I've just now realized this, 1 week before "times up." I didn't have a specific weight goal in mind or anything like that, but when a deadline is looming, it's still nerve wracking.
I have to say the last 6 weeks, especially the last couple, have been great! I really feel like I've gotten back into exercise, and actually look forward to it. My food has been REALLY good, except for the days I days I don't workout... I need to do something about that....
I've been working out 6 days a week, skipping Saturdays. Saturdays are usually kind of busy and knowing that I don't need to find time to workout has reduced some stress. That being said... it has also been the ONLY day I'm "unable" to stay on my food plan each week...
I feel like I really WANT and NEED a rest day, but not if it's going to lead to binging... When I workout out, it's been for 45-60 minutes a day, and I don't know if a 10 minute walk will keep me in check on Saturdays or not. I'm going to have to give it a shot, because I can't keep ruining my week.
Any feedback you guys can give me would be great! Before I get a bunch of "you're not ruining anything with 1 day a week" comments, I want to say that I appreciate the thought, but in reality, I am ruining it. When *I* want to lose weight, I need to stay focused ALL THE TIME. *I* can't have one "bad meal" because it DOES turn into a "bad day." I'm a binge eater, and I don't stop at one meal... That's who *I* am.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I've lived in Erie, PA my whole life, with the exception of college, and I never fully appreciated what we had here until the last year or so. We have a lake, and amusement park, theaters, comedy clubs, museums, and all sorts of things for the kids to do.
The park educators at the Peninsula offer a "beach walk" every week starting the first Wednesday after the new year. They do it to help start the New Year with some exercise, and to allow us to see the peninsula at night, a TOTALLY different experience.
I've been on the beaches during the day, but at night they take on a whole new life, it's a REALLY cool experience. Last nights walk took us to all the different bays around the peninsula as well as the lake side.
While we were walking along one of the bays, the educator was pointing out the ice huts that people put out there to fish. He said the ice is about 16 inches thick right now, and an 18 wheeler could drive out on the ice. Then he asked if anyone wanted to walk out on the ice and check out the sights. Ummm, YES PLEASE!!!!!!!
I'm standing ON the bay! How cool is that?!? SUPER crazy cold, but so awesome!
When I was young, I couldn't wait to get out of town and never come back. Now, I couldn't imagine raising my kids anywhere else.
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