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Thanks for the Help Everyone!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thanks everyone for the help, I appreciate your input. I'm glad that I am not the only person seeing a difference between treadmill counts and S.P. counts. I learn so much through all of you - thanks so much! emoticon emoticon

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LAURAKOHORST 1/25/2010 11:25AM

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that's why we're here. take care of yourself.

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S.P. Calorie Count Issue

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yesterday I was so excited! I ran 4 miles straight! I was going a bit slower than my normal pace but I was still running rather well considering I am only 4'11" (not that long legged). It took longer than normal but I was still thrilled for my accomplishments with the exercise done. The treadmill said that I burnt just over 400 calories! Yay! Then I got here on S.P. and the calorie counter is telling me that I walked (seriously I can't walk that fast - 13 min/mile) and that I burnt off only 242 calories. That is a big difference. So I am confused because I have been told before that one mile ran = to be around 100 calories. I was sweating like crazy and also working out for around 51 minutes! I'm not sure what to think now... seems like a waste to run almost an hour and burn off only 242 calories... emoticon

Is anyone else having a problem with the calorie counter for S.P? emoticon

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REINVENTLAURA 1/28/2010 11:01AM

    OK I know this is a little late, but after reading your blog and the comments I felt like I have some stuff to say!!

I use a heart rate monitor to calculate my calories burned. Spark way UNDER estimates my calories burned, but I have heard that for some people Spark actually over estimates.

When I use gym equipment that also tracks your heart rate, I also seem to get a different count than my actual HRM, even if they are both showing the same heart rates.

As for how much you burn per mile....I have found that it REALLY depends on you specifically. I weigh 111 pounds and am 4'8. So according to what people say, I should be burning less than 100 cals a mile right? But its not the case for me. If I walk...reallllllllllly slowly, then yes it will probably be less than 100 cals a mile. But when I've done walk/run intervals, I burn usually MORE than 100 cals a mile. It all has to do with your heart rate. My cardiovascular fitness is...horrible, so my heart has to work a lot harder, which means burning more calories.

If you don't have a heart rate monitor, I would highly suggest them!! I LOVE mine!

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    I went jogging once and used the S.P. calculator to figure out the number of calories I burned, and it seemed pretty low to me too. If you trust the number on your treadmill, I'd just use that and enter it manually. That's what I do when I use my exercise bike.

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PAPRINIKA 1/23/2010 9:19PM

    Try to manually enter the calories you burn! :)

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    I have noticed the same thing, but the heart rate monitor gives the higher number. I think
SP probably calculates only calories burned during the workout, and the treadmills/ hr monitors count the total additional calories that you will burn including the next hours of increased heart rate due to the exercise. Does that make sense? Oh well, just change your cardio number to a faster pace, or manually enter the calories. Bigger number is better, you can always average a little over 100 calories a mile.

Comment edited on: 1/23/2010 8:57:52 PM

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LAURAKOHORST 1/23/2010 7:24PM

    emoticon still pretty awesome that you are doing the running at all. Congratulations and keep up the great work.!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/23/2010 6:37PM

    I am taller than the 'average'.. I'm 5'8".. and my calorie burn is a off a bit from what SP calculates, based on my bodybugg... But, I use the counter that SP has .. and don't sweat it. Just look at how your weightloss is going. If you are losing, then don't worry.. if not.. then you might need to adjust a bit.. or.. just plug in running at a 12 mins.. it's not quite true.. but it would give you a better burn rate! Remember, the treadmills don't always use your weight for burn rate!

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GSDMIKE 1/23/2010 5:15PM

    At 135 pounds, you are probably closer to 90 cals/mile. The 100 is usually for a 150 lb person. My guess is that the problem is choosing a walking entry instead of a running one. I wish they had running categories for over 12 min miles.

If you are really concerned about the calorie number being closer, you can always add your own activity and calculate a calorie estimate or put in the numbers from the treadmill. I used to use my own run/walk category that I would put in the minutes and calories as reported by my garmin.

Congrats on a great run.

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SUGIRL06 1/23/2010 2:43PM

    Yeah I can't stand the SP tracker for calories burned while jogging. Maybe you should use the jog/walk option in the tracker? I don't trust the treadmills either though! Maybe average the two and enter it manually?

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    That sounds way off! I use the fitness maps on SP so it logs the distance and I put in my time and it is always close to 100 cals/mile . I get 12.75 minutes/mile for your 4 mile run in 51 min. That's 12:45 which the SP might round to 13 minutes. Did you put it in as running when you put your time/distance in?
Maybe b/c you're smaller and your weight is lower?you're not burning as many calories. (I don't know what your weight is.)It should count as running and even walking 13 min/mile would burn alot of cals.

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Treadmill + Sinus infection medication = Disaster

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Let me start off with that I am not a medication person. I am a strong believer in not taking medication that just covers up the problem and doesn't solve it. I am a Christian, not a Scientologist however so please do not confuse that part... The only medications I take are at extreme times so I knew that I wasn't feeling good when I asked my husband to get me some sinus infection medication. Normally I will eat healthy and drink lots of herbal tea to get rid of the infection, which occasionally spurs up at the least likely moment, so it was a surprise to be needed this week. The only other medication I will take is advil for migraines (not minor headaches though). Thankfully I rarely get migraines even though it runs in the family.

Unfortunately 2010 has not started off on the right foot with a serious cold from Santa and now a sinus infection. Thankfully I am feeling better today. I did learn a lesson though. Since I am not a medication person I have learned that you should really read the package information and take it seriously. I took a full dosage (which I have only done a few times in my life) and slept a lot yesterday during the day. I had a goal of getting my lazy booty to the gym for one hour. I set this goal the night before along with my husband. When my husband got home, I was sitting in front of the television (which again I normally do not do) in my exercise clothes. It must have confused my husband... I was ready to go on the outside, just not on the inside.

So, to make this story short and less of a babble session. We went to the gym and I tried to run - yeah, didn't last more than a few steps. I was completely lethargic - never knew medication could do this to a person. I actually worry about people that take cold medication and then go to work - should they be driving alone? Anyways, I learned that when you take medication, maybe it is best to stay at home and just do some nice relaxing yoga instead of trying out the evil treadmill. My conclusion: Treadmill + Sinus infection medication = Disaster


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LAURAKOHORST 1/21/2010 12:22PM

    emoticonSame boat as you, sinus infection, no medication, but still lethargic. lol hope you feel better soon.

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SUGIRL06 1/21/2010 9:12AM

    Icky! I hope you feel better soon!!! Rest up.
PS. I agree with the whole "don't take it just because it makes you feel better thing" unless you really really have to!

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Winter Moisture Wicking Clothes

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I mentioned earlier that I was loving the winter moisture wicking clothes. I had tried them in the cold but had never tried them while exercising. This weekend the weather got a little warmer (because seriously my lazy butt can not get out in negative numbers to run) so it was the perfect time to try out our new clothes. My husband and I both have the pants, socks and turtle neck shirts. They are very expensive, in my opinion at least, but I was thrilled to have a nice set to try out this winter. Thankfully they worked perfectly and I can understand the necessity of paying a little more. The price is comparable to the quality of the product - thank goodness! We both were very happy since we kept dry and warm throughout the entire workout. Plus, we both felt that we didn't overheat as we thought might happen. A perfect solution to working out in the cold - just not too cold...

We did a comparison in the same temperature with moisture wicking clothes. Yes, there is a difference. If you are thinking about getting some clothes for working out in the cold - please look for the winter moisture wicking clothes. There are tons of different types of moisture wicking clothes on the market however the winter ones are the ones that keep you warm. We tired the normal moisture wicking - all season- and found that we were cold. They breath nicely however we did get too cold with the wind. Not a good option for cold winter days that are 30 or below... unless you only use them under sweaters and jackets...

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SUGIRL06 1/19/2010 12:36PM

    Thanks for the tips!

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Hibachi Dinner - oh no no no

Friday, January 15, 2010

For the last 1.5 weeks we have had my in-laws staying at my house. Boy it has been a challenge! First we had my brother in-law and then my father-in-law stay with us. It has been very busy and very challenging! My husband comes from a SAD "meat and potato" style of family, much like my own. The only problem is they have some common sense about eating vegetables however are very confused about how to eat the healthy way. For instance, eating broccoli is good to eat but when you drown it in butter and salt - what's the point in my opinion. It also saddens me that my father-in-law has bad health due to the bad eating habits that he has chosen for the last 60 or so years. He has had a heart attack and has a defibrillator keeping his heart going. The doctors have been telling him for about 20 years that he needs to eat healthy and stay away from things that the American Heart Association has said to be dangerous for people in his condition. Or for that fact, any human being.

As many of you know, I was vegetarian for about 15 years (started at a very young age) and then I was raw vegan. Since getting married almost five years ago, I have started to allow some meat into our kitchen however we keep it at a healthy minimum and stay away from animal byproducts that are potentially dangerous to the heart. Heart disease does run in the family, so it worries me about my husband running down the same lines as his entire family. So, this week I allowed some more meat - every night to be exact - into our household. It was very strange and a learning experience. Since I really don't cook meat, I had to learn with the best of them on how to do so. I learned that cooking meat is not only bad for the body but also it is dangerous too! I was frying bacon in a pan on the stove and actually got burnt by some splattering fat that turned to liquid oil. It was not my happiest memory of the week. So, not I am applying neosporin to my sore, burnt and blistered wrist and hoping for a better weekend!

Last night I was truly saddened because our guest wanted to go to a "Japanese" hibachi restaurant. I was never a fan of the places since they are really not Japanese style cooking. I thought though that I could find something like ochazuke or something to eat. Unfortunately Daishin does not carry anything healthy. I chose Grilled Tuna which came with rice, salad with ginger dressing, and miso. Unfortunately the tuna was grilled with garlic butter (I've never seen that at a Japanese place!!!) and couldn't tell him to not put it in until after he had done it. Who ever heard of that at a Japanese place? Then the salad came and I was thrilled but sad to find out that it was drowned in ginger dressing that was made in house and I think consisted of mayonnaise - which again is very strange for Japanese meals. The miso was okay but it was watered down. Haha I sound like a whiner but... I guess I have no excuse - I'm just whining. After living there and cooking Japanese all the time, I have higher thoughts of the food and was turned down by the poor quality and cooking skills. Lesson learned - do not go to this Daishin for dinner again until/if they clean up their cooking skills.

Now with the in-laws all gone we can finally get back to eating healthy meals and feeling better! I have been trying to be very good on my diet plan - patting myself on the back, but it is time to get the household back in order. There are chocolate chip cookies, meat, white potatoes and so much more that I wish to send backing. Does anyone else know what I am talking about? It's nice to have family but it's nice to get things back in order and have the kitchen into a healthy state.

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HAPPYNSMILING 1/15/2010 10:43AM

    I do understand. What a relief when they all go home or in my case years ago, when they MOVE out. Ugh!!
Anyway, glad you can get your order back. Let out a deep "sigh".
Have a great weekend!!

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