Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I've decided I want to get a heart rate monitor. I want one that will monitor my heart rate (duh!) and estimate my calorie burn. I hear that one that straps around your chest is better, but am not married to the idea. I like the idea of the wrist watch style, but, again, not married to the idea.
So, here's the time for the advice. Do any of you use a heart rate monitor that you love? Or did you buy one that you hate? Which is better, wrist, arm or chest? Or is there some other variety? Any particular brand that is better or worse than others?
And price range. What should I expect to pay? I obviously prefer free, but realize that that is unlikely.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Last week, I started doing some exercises to help train to be able to do at least one unassisted chin-up/pull-up. I am also participating in a 12-week program at work for weight management. The lady at work who is coordinating the 12-week program offered to put together a strength training program for me.
Today, I went to the gym at work and walked through some of the exercises. She had a list of very basic exercises, most I have done before. Okay...I've done them all before! But, she did have some variations for me that I hadn't thought of before (three positions for your toes during calf raises, leg extensions/curls with only one leg at a time, tricep extension with your palm facing out), so I felt like it was a worthwhile trip to the gym for me.
She did recommend using the inner and outer thigh machines (abductor and adductor), but I chose not to do those. I've heard too many people say that those machines can cause harm, so I'm not going to risk using them. I can do squats and lunges if I want to work those muscles. Or good, old-fashioned leg lifts!
I did all of her exercises (except the thigh things) plus my chin-up exercises. Hope that I'm a little sore tomorrow (so I know it's working!). But only a little sore...cos I don't like pain! Not my own, anyway! LOL!
Friday, September 10, 2010
I LOVE French fries! Love, love, love, love them!!! With salt. With ranch dressing. With BBQ sauce. With fry sauce. With ketchup...meh...sort of. LOVE French fries.
Or do I?
A little background here. My in-laws are in town and are setting up a booth for the local flea market. DH generally takes tables down to the fairgrounds in his truck as the tables won't fit in their truck with all of the other stuff in there. Today, DH needed to be at his shop at the same time the in-laws were going to be able to get into the building. Being the wonderful, loving wife/DIL that I am, I agreed to take the tables down for him. (Bonus - got to sleep in and go to work late.)
DH and the in-laws go to the Carl's Jr right by the fairgrounds for breakfast. Since DH didn't go, I got to have breakfast with the in-laws. Yippee!!! Someone else is cooking breakfast! Knowing that not many menu items at CJ's are healthy, I went online and found the best choice before I left the house. Charbroiled BBQ Chicken sandwich. And, I decided I could have a small French fry too....but no sauce. I figured out what all I was planning to eat the rest of the day and I could make it work.
During breakfast, I actually tasted my fries. At first they were so hot I really couldn't taste them (Benefit of having French fries for breakfast...they make them fresh!). Then, as they cooled down, I noticed that they seemed a little bland. So I added a little salt. That helped, but not much. As I ate a few more, I realized that they tasted like grease. And I thought I liked grease, but these really didn't do it for me. Huh? So I had a couple more. Same thing. And a couple more...still the same taste and the same slight disappointment. I did leave about a dozen fries on my tray.
As I walked away, I realized that I probably like the ranch (or BBQ or fry sauce) and the french fry is just a conduit. And eating any of those without the french fry is just gross. So, maybe I don't like french fries. Does this mean that I'm getting old? Dang it!
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I am not a morning person. Never have been. It's just not in my genetic makeup. Although, if you talked to my parents, they would shake their heads in disbelief that "their" daughter could sleep until noon or later (if they would let her!). In fact, I grew up on a farm. Getting up early and getting the chores out of the way before the heat of the day was the way to go. Plus, if you got stuff done, then there was time to play later!
Well, some of that stuck. When I know that I need to get up, I can do it. I CAN get up to meet my friend at the gym. I CAN get up to get in my workout before a football game (as long as it is 6:00 or later!). I CAN get up to get ready for a trip. I CAN get up early if the reason is appropriate and "good enough."
So why do I have problems getting up to go workout before work if my friend isn't going to be there? Why am I not a "good enough" reason to get up and get going? Okay, two easy reasons come to mind. One, I can work out AFTER work. Two, it's 4:15 in the freaking morning!! No one in their right mind gets up at 4:15 AM!!!
Okay, so I'm not in my right mind. That takes out that excuse! LOL!
AND, I like the feeling of knowing that I am DONE with my workout. I've drunk three glasses of water already. And it's only 6:30 in the morning (when I head to work). That's a great feeling!
So...I'm going to get that feeling tomorrow morning. My friend isn't going to be there, but that won't stop me. My in-laws will be here tomorrow night (no evening workout). We've already established that I'm not in my right mind and that I CAN get up if the reason is good enough. And, to know me is to know that I AM good enough!
Please check on me on Thursday and ask me how my workout was. I plan on...no...I WILL give you a positive report of the excellent feeling! Not some sorry copout.
Monday, September 06, 2010
My Boise State Broncos kicked some serious butt tonight! They played the Virginia Tech Hokies, a very good, highly ranked team. BSU came out strong and were quickly up 17 - 0! Then, things went awry. VA came back and scored...and scored...and scored. It was neck and neck from the half on. Up and down. Down and up. Penalties followed by mistakes followed by more penalties.
Finally, in the last quarter, with only 1:56 to go in the game, BSU got the ball. A touchdown was imperative if they were to win the game. Down by four, BSU used the sidelines, the game clock and their one time out to march the ball down the field. After ticking only 47 seconds off the clock, BSU scored! That left over one minute (and two time outs!) for VA Tech to try to march down and score. BSU was able to hold them off and win the game!!! Woot Woot!!!
And now I'm doing a happy dance, trying to calm down so I can get to bed and relating this game to my weight loss journey...and probably yours too! We start off strong. Raring to go, we kick some major butt. We eat well, we exercise and we (generally) see results on the scale (scoreboard). Then, things happen. We make mistakes (make unhealthy choices), get some penalties (injuries so we can't exercise) and lose our momentum. But...if you stay in the game, clear to the end, you can still win. Never give up.
So you made a mistake. There's always the next play. You got a penalty. Learn from it and don't make the same mistake again. Play the game, stick with it and it will pay off in the end! Go Team Spark!
Oh...and GO BOISE STATE!!!!!! BCS Championship, here we come!!
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