Thursday, August 23, 2012
I have started hooping as a fun way to burn calories! It is fun! I had a hula hoop as a kid and got lots of use out of it. I remember I could keep it up forever. I didn't know then that I was burning calories. I know it varies how much you burn according to how big your hoop is and whether it is weighted. But I just found a water filled large/kid sized hoop, which is what I was used to as a kid. Not the totally light weight ones that are hollow that you can get. My hoop was $5 at Walmart. I may invest in another size in the ones that are in sections that you connect, and are weighted, but I've even heard of someone bruising themselves with one of the weighted ones.
The first 10 minutes I put into working on it, my top time of keeping it up was 38 seconds. The next time, 60 seconds. The next time, I realized that my pants were interfering with my hooping, so I took them off! I hooped in my undies. I'm sure it was a sight, but I was home alone and hooped in my living room. That helped SO much...I kept it going for 478 turns, 5 min. 12 seconds! I was really working up a sweat. Of course you still get a pretty good burn for all those minutes you are trying and having to bend over and pick it up and start over. But it is even better with the continuous time.
My goal is to get it to 10 minutes. SP tracker says 71 calories for 10 minutes. Some websites quote more, but I'll stick with SP tracker. I don't have a heart rate monitor yet. Maybe I will someday. (I am getting one as a reward when I get a certain amount of stars on my star chart.)
So I am having a blast hooping. My chiropractor said it would be fine for my back, but I've read on a hooping site a warning that it can aggravate back problems. I'm taking it slow.
My star chart is filling up nicely.
I've had a 24 day streak of 5 freggies per day.
24 day streak for walking 5000 steps. (I started the chart 24 days ago)
I've had 15 days sprinked in there of 10,000 steps plus two over 15,000! I'm getting stars for each 5000.
Got 18 out of 24 for eating within my calorie range.
On 17 days I exercised at least 45 minutes. Most other days I did about 30 minutes of exercise, but I'm only getting stars on the days I get 45 or more.
Each week I'm getting a huge gold star when I get 28 stars. Plus I set aside $5 for a magazine or a some small treat. But what I'm doing is saving for a heart rate monitor. At 12 large gold stars I will add 50 dollars to my savings. That's what I decided to do for my rewards.
I'm really sleepy right now. I took a 103 minute, 5 mile walk this morning when it was 65 degrees out. Nice and fresh. Felt great! Up to 14,000 steps so far and it's only 1 o'clock!
Monday, August 06, 2012
Where has my motivation to work out gone? I've been doing so well. For a whole year I've done well with it. I have been really concentrating on my intake and doing well with that. But I feel I can't have one without the other.
Yesterday I was supposed to get in 45 minutes of aerobic exercise. I didn't want to do anything. I don't know if it had anything to do with it being Sunday and my hubby was around the house. Sometimes the only thing I can get myself to do when he's around is go for a fast walk at the mall or outside if it's nice out. Yesterday it was too humid for me to wanna walk. The mall was very busy, being NC's tax free weekend, for school. That would've made it difficult to keep a good pace.
I carry a pedometer, and I have a medium goal of 5000 steps a day, and a high goal of 10,000. I keep a calendar where I give myself color coded stars for each goal I reach, so when I get 10,000 steps it turns out to be two different stars, one for 5 and one for 10 thousand steps.
This motivated me to at least get my 5000. My hubby and I walked around a grocery store (less busy) and also Lowe's. If you go up and down all the aisles, you can really rack up the steps. Granted, this wasn't an aerobic level of walking. It was just movement. I ended up with 7000 steps for the day.
My star calendar is an academic calendar, since I wanted to start it this August. It was perfect timing for a calendar that will last a year. I'm giving myself a green star for getting 5 freggies in per day, a gold star if I stay within calorie range, a silver star for getting 45 min of exercise in that day. (of course I still take a day off) Then it's red for 5000 steps and blue for 10,000.
I heard about doing this from PINKHOPE's blog one day. I may also give myself a reward for making it to 250 stars or something like that. Maybe a fitness magazine or a new workout DVD. I'm not sure how many stars to shoot for at a time. I'm averaging 3-4 a day. How many would you aim for?
I think maybe talking about my stars has gotten me in the mood to complete a workout today. I had recently begun to decide right when I woke up which workout I'd plan for the day. This had been working quite well. Today I woke up late and neglected to do that, which may have led to my lack of motivation. Now that I think about it, the same thing happened yesterday, thus no motivation. Well there's no time like the present. I can decide now! I'm going to hop on my indoor bike and go for my 45 minutes. Who knows, maybe I'll crank out an extra 15!
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