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Thursday Check-In

Thursday, October 23, 2008

139.4 today and my size-4 khakis fit really well! I was really tired today though...gotta get to bed early tonight. Tonight I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and then did a light Zumba class and was really tired by the end.

My second HRM experiment got a little messed up. The timer apparently stops at 15 hours, which I did notice the first time I did it, but the first time it happened it was the middle of the day. This time, it was the middle of the night and so I didn't restart it until I woke up at 6:30. Then after that the timer just seems to go weird so I don't know for sure what my results were, but my best guess is that it was around 3,000. Wow, that's high. I am going to try again, only this time I'm going to start it at 9:30 p.m., write down the calories burned at 9:30 a.m., and then start again for 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

I'm boring even myself now. Later!

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BRUIN2 10/23/2008 11:29PM

    heheheh. Not boring at all! But I'm curious, how are you keeping the sensor on the chest strap wet throughout the day??

Have a great weekend!

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Quick Hump Day Update

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

140.0 today. Felt fine all day until after the gym, but then I felt yucky in the car on the way to Jess' (like I was possibly getting sick and also I had some general gloom & doom feelings) but feel much better now.

I had a salmon salad for dinner and realized my calories were barely over 1,900, so I had some muesli before the gym to bring me up to somewhere around 2,025. At the gym I did Body Combat (felt great) followed by Body Pump (a bit intimidated by a class FULL of people who were stronger than me, but hey, I'm there so I can get stronger!).

I decided to try the HRM thing again only this time I started at 12:30 p.m. Right now it's been running for almost 9 hours and it says I've burned 1,890 already. That seems crazy high, but that 9-hour period was probably far more active than any other part of the day. We'll see...

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FITGIRL15 10/23/2008 3:41PM

    So, did you sleep with the HRM on? Are you trying to determine your daily metabolic rate? It it will be fun to see your results!

So glad you are having a good day!

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TERRIANGEL 10/23/2008 9:57AM

    Oh and i wanted to do the HRM thing yesterday/today, too. I strapped it on at 10:15PM and when I went to bed and started REALLY relaxing it started beeping at me because my heart rate was below where I have it set at. It was like 60 or so, so I had to just take it off and I'll have to reset my settings today, so I can try again tonight.

I really wanted to do this last night! Oh, well. At least I know my resting heart rate is nice and low!

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BRUIN2 10/22/2008 10:34PM

    Oh my, I'm getting such a kick out of your HRM experiment!!

Glad you went to a class that you were intimidated by - that's wicked!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So I decided to try wearing my heart rate monitor for 24 hours to see how many calories it'd tell me I burned in one day. I started it at 9:30 last night. Then Jess convinced me to do our eight-minute ab routine together (which I did even though I was exhausted and had already done abs in two of my three classes), and then we went to bed.

This morning I weighed 139.2. At 6:30 a.m.! Forget this being my lowest weight on a work day...this was my lowest weight yet, PERIOD!! Yay!!

I felt a bit tired all day today...but nothing horrible. I planned out a 4.5 mile loop to jog after school (in the town where I work for variety), but ended up in a meeting that went so late that it was starting to get dark by the time I could leave. So instead I did an hour on the elliptical at the gym. It was a good strong workout even though I was tired.

So...the results of my HRM-wearing experiment... it's telling me I burned 2,869 calories today! BEFORE I went to the gym I was on pace to burn about 1,900 or so, but then I burned about 900 on the elliptical. My HRM and the elliptical actually gave me very similar numbers. Interesting!

Just to compare/contrast, I googled "BMR," entered my information, and got 1,429 for my BMR, the number of calories my body supposedly burns each day just to keep me alive, excluding all physical activity. Then I did the multiplication for calorie needs (for weight maintanence) for sedentary (1,714), light exercise (1,965), moderate exercise (2,215), hard exercise (2,465), and very hard exercise (2,715). My HRM result of 2,869 was above all of those. Hmm.

This website also had a few suggestions about reducing calorie intake for weight loss:
*Reduce by 500 per day for a 1-pound loss per week, 1,000 per day for a 2-pound loss per week. Do not reduce more than 1,000 calories per day. For the number my HRM gave me, a 1,000-calorie deficit would put me at 1,869 and a 500-calorie deficit would put me at 2,369. This is interesting because, for the past two months, I actually HAVE been losing about a pound per week eating in that range. Hmmmmm!
*Alternatively, try reducing by just 15 to 20 percent "to start," and then decide whether to reduce more. That would give me a range of 2,295-2,439.

A few thoughts:
*I'm a bit hungry eating just over 2,000 calories today. No wonder! I apparently have an 800+ calorie deficit going. But I'm not going to have any more to's late and I'm tired. But I think I'll be really tempted to eat more in the future.....
*I'd like to try this experiment again and see if I get similar results.
*Knowing how many calories I burn per day would definitely be SO advantageous to me. I could use this information to eat as much as possible while still losing weight (or maintaining, later on).
*The number-obsessed side of me is thinking I could do this every day... but then there's the side of me that doesn't think I should get any more obsessed than I already am. Maybe I could do it long enough just to get a range and patterns for different levels of exercise, and then just use that info. Hopefully pretty soon I'd learn to just recognize how the different deficit amounts FEEL and use that to guide my actions. I actually think that I do so much better with real solid information.

Last night I read the SP article called "4 signs you're obsessed with the scale."

I laughed, thinking that all four signs would be totally me. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. None of the signs they talked about brought up anything negative for me.

1. "You constantly worry about weighing in."

Me? Nope! I LOVE weighing in, and don't worry about it. More often, I eagerly anticipate it!

2. "You weigh in more than once per day."

Their reasoning for this being a problem is that they state that seeing the natural ups and downs over the course of the day would be discouraging. However, for me it's absolutely NOT discouraging - it's educational! I've learned about patterns in my weight over the course of the day, which actually helps me be LESS discouraged! For example, I just about always weigh more on Mondays than on Sundays just because of the time of day I weigh myself. I expect it, so it never bothers me.

3. "You can recite your weight to the nearest fraction at all times."

I like numbers. I teach, among other subjects, MATH. And SparkPeople itself has another article about using numbers to motivate you! Don't contradict yourself, SparkPeople!

4. "The scale determines how you feel about yourself for the day."

I admitted in my blog on Sunday that I felt ON TOP OF THE WORLD because of a good weigh-in that day. But I weighed two pounds more on Monday and had a fantastic day then, too.

The article goes on to recommend weighing in less often or stopping altogether. But why would I ever do that? Numbers HELP! My weight graph is a super tool for me for seeing whether my program is still working. I've already discussed how knowing how many calories I'm really burning in a day will be incredibly useful for making sound diet decisions. And honestly, I feel that the number one reason why SparkPeople has worked for me in losing weight when all previous programs did not is because of the nutrition tracker. Knowing how many calories I've eaten is CRUCIAL for my success. Knowledge is power!

So, I guess to sum it all up, I guess I just have to say I emoticon numbers!!!

Wow, am I a nerd or what?!? HA!

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TERRIANGEL 10/22/2008 1:30PM

    Wow! You can eat TONS and still drop pounds. emoticon How awesome is THAT?!

I thought about doing the HRM experiment today but I started the day at the gym, so I figured I'd better either do it on a day when I'm not going to work out or do like you did and start late the night before. Maybe I"ll start tonight. I like that idea better. Who knows when the next "no workout day" will be?

emoticon on being a skinny mini!!! WAHOOO!!!! In the 130s and looking H-O-T! Hee!!

Oh, and I"m very impressed that you and Jess are doing ab work together. VERY impressed! I can't get my hubby to work out at all with me. Hrmph... I think he has 'after we're married I don't need to impress you' syndrom. HA!

Anyway, awesome blossom on all your hard work and it paying off for you in spades. I think I"m getting that second wind to get back on the healthier eating (read: LAY OFF THE SWEETS, LADY!!) bandwagon. Something clicked this morning at the gym.

Maybe it was the new car? :) :) :)

Great blog!

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CAROL_HOORAH 10/22/2008 9:40AM

    Speaking from experience, you can eat more than you think you can when you start this journey!!! lol I entered maintenance awhile ago and I've still been losing weight slowly on maintenance, and is it ever nice to never be hungry!!! :)

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TRACYZABELLE 10/22/2008 5:27AM

    If getting on the scale, knowing your weight in fractions of pounds(when you are as tiny as you it is OK), and all those other things is scale obsessed.. well for you it works. You have done so well with your program and show that it works. HARD work pays off.. I Must go homr and do an exercise DVD this morning now!


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BRUIN2 10/21/2008 11:01PM

    Bwahahaha. Oh how I loved this blog!!

I especially love that you ALREADY did the HRM experiment. Priceless!!! And fascinating! See - now you know WHY you've still been losing weight even though you're eating more...because you're burning a crazy amount of calories in the day!


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Monday's Workout was as Good as a Saturday Workout!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

141.0 today - this is the lowest it's ever been on a work day (my weight loss would seem more consistent if I weighed myself at the same time every day, but I like to weigh myself really late in the morning when I can so I can see a fun low number.)

I felt surprisingly great all day considering it was a Monday and I'd only gotten maybe 6.5 hours of sleep. My Greek casserole was only so-so...I'd definitely leave the tomato sauce out next time - it didn't go with the other flavors - and I'd add more spices to add interest. I spread my food out pretty well though I wasn't quite able to keep it under 2,000 - with my pre-gym decaf coffee with soy milk I went JUST over. But I think that's OK because I worked long and hard at the gym!

First I went to Body Pump at 4:30, where I'm really trying to increase the weight on my bar whenever I can. It occurred to me to try my HRM calorie counter again, but only after Body Pump ended. I used it during Step Combo and then Zumba. In all I was at the gym for three hours, and only started to feel tired at the very end. I had fantastic energy through most of it and I felt fit and wonderful!!

Anyway, for the two hours of Step Combo and Zumba my HRM tells me I burned 723 calories. Obviously my heart rate was much lower, most of the time, than it was when I was running yesterday. My HRM doesn't give an average heart rate over time though. I'd like to try wearing my HRM for a full 24-hour period and see what the total calorie burn is. Has anyone else tried this?

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TERRIANGEL 10/21/2008 9:34PM

    Cool weight loss!!!!

Now, I've never taken 3 consecutive classes at the gym. I've spent 3 hours at the gym, but that includes a shower. You are a gym goddess...and you must not have kids. (Hee!!!!)

I have thought so many times about wearing my hrm all day. We should do that one day and compare notes. How 'bout tomorrow? that would be a cool experiment.

I've got to read your blogs from the 19th. Need to catch up!

Talk atcha later, gator,

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HRZ2UMZROBINSON 10/21/2008 5:45PM

    First of all, congrats on being in the 130s!!
Secondly, it's not obnoxious to point out you looked hot at the red sox game since others obviously agreed ;-)
Your weekend sounds so fun and healthy, you're my role model for next weekend.
PS- i love reading your recipes, they give me all kinds of yummy ideas and fall is the best season for cooking.

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BRUIN2 10/21/2008 9:32AM

    Bwahahahaha. I've totally *considered* wearing my HRM all day and night before, but I've never done it. It would be a fun experiment!

Actually, isn't that what the Biggest Loser contestants do with that Body Bugg thing-o that they wear all the time??

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SKYFYRE 10/21/2008 3:32AM

    Holy Smokes! 3 hours of class! You're a champ! I am pooped after one of those classes, and I think the fact that you ate over 2000 was probable a good thing!

Let me know how you do if you wear your HRM all day & Night! I have wanted to do that bur figure I couldn't sleep with the chest strap!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/21/2008 1:22AM

    I hate when I dont get enough sleep! It throws your whole day off! When I dont get enough sleep, I have no energy! Good that you exercised and were able to have a good day.

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Great Run! :)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I did a route today that is very similar to one I've used in the past, only a little longer (was having too much fun to stop!) and backwards to add variety. :) There are good sidewalks the whole route and plenty of activity, though I didn't see ANY other runners. I tied my sweatshirt around my waist after about 15 minutes, and then had my sleeves rolled up for most of the rest. I saw some gorgeous foliage and really enjoyed myself. I wasn't worrying about speed but I did try my heart rate monitor calorie counter for the first time and WOW, it told me I burned 1,255 calories in 80 minutes?!?!!!!!! Who knows if that's true, but if it is, no wonder I get to eat so much and still lose weight, huh?

Here's what mapmyrun has to say:

(Running portion only):
Time taken: 1:11
Total: 6.45 miles
Avg. pace: 11:00 min/mi
My BMI: 22 (woohoo, this is down from 23 the last several times I mapped my runs)
Avg. speed: 5.45 mph (toldja I didn't care about speed. My time taken includes stops for traffic lights, taking off my sweatshirt, etc., and I just wanted to have fun!)
Calories: 705

(Run & walking cooldown):
Time taken: 1:20:08
Total: 6.95 miles
Avg. Pace: 11:31 min/mi
Avg. Speed: 5.21 mph
Calories: 795

Just like I suspected, mapmyrun's calorie count is FAR lower than my heart rate monitor. But almost 600 calories lower?? I wonder which one is more accurate. My HRM doesn't take my BMI into account, and mapmyrun obviously doesn't take my heart rate into account. My guess is that mapmyrun doesn't realize how high my heart rate was while I was working - mostly in the 160s. I wonder if the true calorie count is somewhere in the middle of the two. Good thing I don't try to calculate my calorie deficit every day...with the numbers off that much, it'd be almost a useless exercise!

PS - Almost 7 miles...WOW! :)

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TERRIANGEL 10/21/2008 9:41PM

    What is mymaprun?? I've never heard of it.

I think if your age, weight and height are accurately inputted, it should be extremely accurate, right? I mean, it's counting your exact heart rate, so it should be fairly accurate on calories burned, too. It isn't till recently that I've ever heard ANYONE (all spark people) say a HRM is not accurate.

Me so confused...

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FITGIRL15 10/20/2008 4:07PM

    Depends... what was your AVG HR during your run?
For me, I find that during cardio, at an average HR of about 80%max (150bmp) I can burn 10 calories per minute.

So in 1 hour (60 minutes) my HRM tells me I burn ~600 calories.
I would assume your HR targets are about the same for you and I since we are around the same age, weight, height? (maybe you are taller)

Anyways... just to give you an idea of what my HRM spits out at me. I'm hoping it's fairly accurate, otherwise why am I using it??? LOL

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SEEHOLZ 10/20/2008 2:17PM

    It's funny you mention the accuracy fo HRM??? I do, too. Lately, because I don't get my HR up as much, it seem lower than before.. but other days... I think it's acurate, except for the "fatigue" thing. If you are fatigued, you HR is going to be elevated, which is not natural... but I don't know.
Congrats on your awesome run! It feels so good, right???

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TRACYZABELLE 10/20/2008 4:16AM

    THe best part was, you had fun! It was relaxing, beautiful, and stress free!

I love this time of year when the colors on the leaves are changing and houses are decorated for fall.

No matter what the numbers say, you had fun!

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BRUIN2 10/19/2008 11:09PM

    YAY! That's awesome!!

Mapmyrun is usually about 300 too low for me on runs over an hour... I go with the number on my HRM, because I like the higher number! But you're right, it would be hard to decide which number to use if you were trying to track the deficit.

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SKYFYRE 10/19/2008 9:13PM

    7 miles that is awesome! Congratulations on a fun relaxed run! It's good to get out there and get moving just to do it and not to kill it everyonce and a while, isn't it!

About your HRM, do you have a chest strap? Is it updated with your current height, weight, and age? I know that can make a difference on the calculation it comes up with. I still question whether my HRM is right about how much I burn, but I use it more for a trend with tracking my consumtion and burn.

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