Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I wish my Bodymedia Fit was actually a BodyBugg because the name rolls off the tongue so much easer. From what I have heard though, the BodyBugg branded BodyMedia Fits have defects in the fabric arm band that causes them to fall apart after a few days of wear. This is because when Biggest Loser bought the rights to BodyBugg from Body Media, they cheaped out. So even though the electronics are still made by BodyMedia, they found a cheaper source for the bands and now have a substandard product on the market. So if you buy one DO NOT buy the BodyBugg version. Buy the Body Media Fit version.
So what do I call it. I can't abbreviate it to BM Fit - because that sounds like I'm describing a very nice bowel movement in Britain. I could just call it my Fit. But I don't want people thinking I'm talking about an actual fit, as in "I'm having a fit" cause I'm not. I'm usually pretty chill. Why is this stressing me out? Body Fit? BF? BMF? BFF? Maybe I just call it Charlie.
Anyway. It tells it like it is. I was aiming for a 500 calorie deficit per day and thought that was pretty manageable based on my activity level and eating habits. However, Charlie crunched the numbers for me and it turns out that I averaged a 212 calorie deficit per day over the course of the last 8 days. Not what I was going for. Sooooo. Time to step it up on the activity meter and do a closer look at my diet. I'm eating in my calorie range, high middle, but my activity level and low BMR are going to continue to impede weight loss at that calorie level.
(15 minutes later)
OK Charlie and I did some more calculations. Here is my new goal: I am going to add 15 minutes of light interval cardio after my 1 hour strenght training workouts (3 days a week), and I am going to add some more movement of some kind into my heavy 60 minute interval cardio days (other 3 days a week). Either that, or eat less - but I like my diet plan right now. The only thing I think I am going to change, is that I am going to cut back on the number of walnuts I eat in a day, because I loooove them and they are sooooo calorically dense. And I think I am going to start adding in a glass or 2 of wine a day. Extra calories I know, but I like wine and the extra exercise should offset if I calc'd it right. Other than that I think I am going to leave my eating plan alone. Its pretty good. Its healthy and I am meeting all my nutritional requirements except fiber. It's so hard to get enough fiber. I need to make fiber my bitch.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
OK Fair warning: This blog is going to be long and rambling and not very entertaining, so you might just want to leave now.
I have been wearing the the BodyMedia Fit monitor for a week, and so far I really like it. Some of you may know this device as the "BodyBugg". Its basically the same monitor made by the same company, but Biggest Loser bought the rights to the name Body Bugg, so if Body Media wanted to sell any on their own, they had to change the name.
What it does:
-Monitors the actual calories you are burning at 1 minute intervals throughout the entire day.
-Montiors your activity levels throughout the day and lets you know how many minutes of moderate intensity and vigorous intensity exercise you perform
-Counts your steps with a pedometer (very accurate - i tested it)
-Monitors your sleep. It detects when you are falling asleep, sleeping and waking up and lets you see a graph of how soundly you slept and how many instances of waking you had during the night. This is really cool!
Here is a sample shot of what you see on your computer when you upload your data for the day:
and each of those status bars have a pull down graph that break it out for you minute for minute during the day like you see under the calorie bar
What it doesn't do:
-Monitor heart rate.
-Make me coffee.
What things have I learned from wearing it for a week?
-I burn less calories when I am inactive than the average person of my height weight makeup.
-Increased calories burn after exercising drops off almost immediately with either cardio or weight training, at least for me.
-I have a higher VO2 Max than the average person in my height weight group, even though I'm less cardio-fit.
-If I sit idly on my computer all day and do no other activity, I will only burn 1296 calories in a 24 hr. period.
-If I just leisurely walked around my computer continuously all day and did no other activity, I could double that.
I usually have 2-3 episodes of wakefulness during the night, and my sleeping efficiency is below 85%
What is bad about it:
-It costs $250
-You are supposed to wear it 24 hours a day, every day except when you are in water. The band does get a little irritating after a while and you can't switch where you wear it. Always the same place on your left arm. I can wear it for about 12 hours before I need a break for an hour or so.
So, the verdict is that I like it. It was well worth the money I spent on it because it gives me a real visual tool that shows me exactly how many calories I am burning throughout the day, and really motivates me to move more.
Until you see it in graph format, its hard to understand exactly how many minutes of real slow calorie burn inactivity you have during your day. Just getting up and walking around the room can double or triple your burn rate.
My fear that I had a lower BMR than Spark and all the charts and graphs have been telling, has been proven. And now that I know it for a fact, it no longer scares me. Because seeing it graphed out gives me a way to deal with it and makes the fear dissipate. I have a real concrete tool that I can use to complete my goals!
(thats me. you can tell by the boobs)
OK. On to the Female Body Breakthrough Challenge.
This week is week one and is designed to ease you into a new program while you are PMSing.
Cool right? Its a novel idea. My energy is always very low my PMS week and I get frustrated at the gym when I can't lift as much or work as hard as a previous week. In this program you aren't supposed to. This week, cardio is optional. The strength workouts are circuit style and they do get your heart rate going. The warmup exercises are particularly intense. They take about 15 minutes to get through and your heart is really pumping by the time they are done. Its a nice motivator to get you into the weight portion.
Every phase of the program lasts 1 month and every phase has 2 resistance routines. You alternate the routien each day and have a rest day or 2 in between. I did 3 sessions this week: Tuesday Thursday and Saturday. I am quite sore, as all the exercises are new to me (and some of them are kinda weird to do in a gym - people give you sideways looks on "The Inchworm"), and my muscles are working in a new way. I love when a routine makes me sore. It lets me know my body is actually doing something.
The workouts in the book are laid out in such a way that they are easy to understand and there are photos of a model performing each exercise as well as a detailed description. I think everything is well suited for a beginner, and can be modified or weighted for the more advanced.
The diet plan is fairly simple and common sense for phase 1. Eat 5 meals a day all prepared from whole foods. No simple carbs. Eat more on days that you workout and always have a post workout snack within 15 minutes of finishing your workout. She recommends a whey protein shake, but they don't sit well for me, so I substitute 8oz of chocolate milk and a banana. :) I like mine better.
So 1 week down, 15 to go. I think its going to be a good program. Sorry for the long boring update, if anyone is actually still reading. I'm sure I would have stopped reading this ages ago.
For those of you that got this far, here is a pirate:
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So, today at the gym I got there early, put all my various accoutrements into the gym locker, did a few warm up stretches in the locker room, locked my locker and headed out to do my workout: week 1 day 3 of the Female Body Breakthrough workout. These circuit style strength workouts are really challenging. I like them better than the 5x5 style squat based workouts I was doing before.
Anyway, after I finished up I went back to my locker - took off my lock and.... nothing. My locker was completely empty. I was stunned. Gone was my gym bag, my wallet with all my credit cards and $300 cash, my beloved iPhone, my day clothes, my car keys, even my copy of The Female Body Breakthough.
My heart skipped a beat, my skin got cold and I just stared into the empty locker. How could this happen?? Who would be able to figure out my combination, steal my stuff, and re-lock the locker? Who would bother to re-lock the damn locker!!??
I went back out onto the gym floor and looked around in disbelief. I don't know what I was looking for. Someone walking around in my clothes? Playing with my phone? Reading my book?? I didn't know what to do
I went back to the locker room and sat down on the bench infront of the crime scene with my head in my hands. I was getting a massive headache. I looked around as if somehow someone could realize I was in distress and come help me.
Out of the corner of the eye, I noticed the locker next to mine standing open a crack, and I could see something familiar inside. I pushed it open a bit further...
I had put my lock on the wrong locker!
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