Thursday, February 17, 2011
I just got a heart rate monitor and I really like it. I think it really gives me a better picture of what I'm doing. However, today after cardio, I forgot to pause it and it kept running through my ST session. Do you count all those calories or just the ones burned during cardio? Does SP calculate calories burned for you when you check those little boxes next to your ST exercise? So I'm either inputting 500 or 750... I've always shut it off before so it was never an issue. HELP!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I change my goal weight on my tracker and in my head several times a week. What is your goal weight based on. Is it simply the "healthy BMI?" Is it a weight you were at one time and felt comfortable at? Or is it a weight that you "hope" to get to regardless of where it falls on the BMI chart? I'm 5'0" tall and I should weigh less than 127lbs to be healthy. That seems ridiculously small to me. Is is because I haven't been that small since middle school? I don't know, it just seems sooo small. Is it because somewhere in my head, I can't imagine weighing so little? The only number recognition I have is 190. I weighed that in college and that's the ONLY number I can remember. Nothing before and nothing after. Originally I started out wanting to weigh 150lbs, still at the high end of the "overweight" category, but that's the number I chose. No reason for it, just a number. Maybe because I can't even imagine getting to that point. I'm thinking I may stick with my original goal, and then change it after I hit it. I want to get to a healthy BMI, but in my head I'm really struggling with that number. Anyone else, or is it just MY OWN neurotic feelings getting in my way?
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I guess I never paid much attention. When I input 30 minutes on the elliptical into my fitness tracker, it says I burned 518 calories. According to the readout on the actual machine, it says 360. Which do you use? I would think it's the one on the machine. That's a big difference as far as calories in calories out goes... What do you all use?
I checked out a few other online calculators, as suggeted by MADTHENURSE, and I had to put in my weight. They all said I burned between 475 and 600 calories. I think I may just go with SP!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
So I went to the gym for my free meeting with the trainer. I had high hopes for this meeting. He'd be able to tell me what exercises to do, to rid me of the bat wings and what I can do tone my whole body and up my cardio. Well, it didn't exactly happen that way. Of course we filled out paperwork, and he asked me a ton of questions. He was impressed with my weight loss and knowledge of nutrition (insert plug for SP here). He made me get on the scale, which is hard enough to do , let alone on a different scale at the end of the day, UGH! After all the talk, I was waiting for him to take me out to the gym and give me the magic combination of cardio and ST to really jump start things, and get me moving into the next phase of my journey... so WRONG! He says "I charge $75 for 5 sessions, where I will tell you exactly what ST and cardio you need to do, to really drop the weight and get healthy at the same time." I was totally heart broken. I really was about to cry. I thought this was my salvation, my saving grace. Someone was finally going to tell me what to do and how to do it. NOPE! I love SP and I would NOT have been able to do this without them. I love the website and all the info on it. The recipes, and tracker, goal setting and the workout videos. But having someone teach me face to face how to do this would have been so great! As disappointed as I was with the meeting, he did say a few things that I hope will help. He told me I wasn't eating enough calories. I'm staying in the SP range, but on the lower end. He told me I should never eat fewer than 1500 if I'm working out 5 days a week. My workouts should consist of 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of ST, and a lower carb / higher protein diet will help me lose fat and build lean muscle. So even though I didn't get a step by step instruction guide on what type of ST to do, I did get some good info out of him. Bonus... I didn't have to pay $75!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
but I did. When Snap Fitness calls and says, "You've been chosen to get a 2 week free pass to come in and try us out," well, I can't say no to free can I? I was talking with my husband 2 weeks ago and told him I wanted to join Curves or Contours Express, somewhere that I can strength train, because I HATE doing it and other than this bootcamp challenge, I've not done it at all on a regular basis. So I went to check it out. They have really clean and very nice equipment. There are several treadmills and cross trainers. Some of which are connected to TV's. They have stationary bikes and free weights, and the reason I'm there, ST equipment, and TONS of it. So I began listening to the schpeel they give about the pros of signing up now verses after the 2 weeks (50% off if I sign up now) and he started asking questions about why I was there and what I wanted to accomplish. He was reviewing my paperwork which had my weight loss goals on them and blah, blah, blah... He was impressed that I had lost 70lbs by myself with just diet and exercise (this is where I put in a HUGE plug for Sparkpeople). Because of my commitment to health, he asked if I would consider being used as part of their editorials. They would love to show how THEY helped me during this journey... and I'd get a few free months out of it. Well, again, who am I to turn down free stuff? So after touring the gym and trying out several pieces of equipment, I decided to take the plunge and sign the contract. I now have 24 hr access to the gym which is only about 4 blocks away from my house, a HUGE bonus! I went this morning and there weren't too many people (thank God) and they were so engrossed in their Ipods or TV's, they didn't even notice me walk in. So I did the cross trainer and then moved on to the ST equipment. It was great! I really enjoyed feeling those muscles work, and they're actually a little tired now. I'm really glad I decided to do this, I think it's going to help with the bat wings and sagging thighs. At least that's what I hopping for. I meet with the trainer (free) on Tuesday to get a plan set up and on Friday I meet with him again (again, free) to have a fitness test done. A little nervous about that, not sure what it consists of. I really don't want my lungs exploding during tmy first week. I'm very excited about of all it, and I'm looking forward to the next phase of my journey.
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