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Trust the HRM?

Sunday, October 03, 2010

A couple days ago, I made an impromptu purchase and got a new weight loss toy. I brought a HRM. I have wanted a bodybugg or a GPS HRM for a long time. The one I brought was a $40 HRM from Walmart. I am really hoping it is accurate.

Among its many feature, it has a pedometer and tells me my calories burned. Right now the pedometer is all messed up due to operator error. I also have such a time getting that stride measured right.

As for the calorie feature, I am wondering if it is right. Basically, it is creating a trust issue with me and Sparkpeople. Today, I went for a 3 mile walk/run. HRM says 166. SP says 285. 199 difference! emoticon

Lately, it feels like I have been burning less calories than the tracker says I have. This is a problem. Because if I am eating more and not burning as much as they say.. I will not lose weight. emoticon

The solution?

Since I am going to be starting the P90 soon (SP doesn't have an accurate way of counting that either), I am going to count on my HRM for calories burned and see if it helps me lose weight. In the last few weeks, it seems to be a struggle to lose weight. It shouldn't be this hard to lose weight when you are doing everything right.

For how long?

I am not sure how long I am going to run this experiment. Within the first week, I should start to see new results.. right? Maybe I will give both the P90 and the HRM 30 days to show results.

What do you think? Do you have trust issues with the fitness tracker?

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/4/2010 3:32PM

    Does your HR monitor allow you to input your age and weight? Both make a difference in terms of calorie burn.

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EDWINA172 10/4/2010 3:15PM

    There are quite a few different HRM out there. If yours has a chest strap with it, its probably accurate. If not, I'd look for one with the chest strap. I have a Polar FT4. We make all of our clients use a HRM with a chest strap for safety, and incentive. They love to see their calorie burns. Good luck and have fun!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/4/2010 12:18PM

  Stick with the HRM. It shows more accurately what YOU are burning. emoticon

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LCORTEZ7 10/4/2010 12:53AM

    I would go with the HRM as well. Which one did you get?

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/3/2010 5:15PM

    DEF trust the HRM! The sp fitness tracker gives averages but the HRM is tailored to your HR during the workout! I manually enter all workouts! :)

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JENDOOD 10/3/2010 4:48PM

    I did look up some info on the Body Bugg on Spark People, and it does seem like the consensus is that SP calorie burning estimates are rather high, as are the calorie estimators on the machines at the gym...

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New Plan

Friday, October 01, 2010

TGIF! Seriously.

On Wednesday night I went to Perkins and ate and ate. The next day the scale told me I gained FIVE pounds to 191ish. Is that really possible to gain five pounds overnight? I am done to 190.. with my size 14 pants still fitting. Okay, they have stretched over the week I have been wearing them.

Also, I noticed I haven't been really working out either. It's like I don't care to work out on the ellitpical. On MWF, I have to get up by 7 am so I can beat the HHP class to the fitness room. IF they are in there, you can't be. I tend to oversleep until 8ish.

My friend has the P90 program and has offered to borrow it to me. I think I am going to try it. Basically, you are supposed to get "ripped" but just want to be toned. I have tried the 30 Day Shred and didn't care for it. Hopefully, I will like it.

Mainly, I need to mix things up. Even if I stick with it for a month.. I still mixed it up!

Here's the new game plan for October!

-Weigh in every 10 days and take measurements (October 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th)
-Start P90 TODAY and finish it
-Complete the Couch to 5K Program
-Continue with Zumba and Self Defense

Lastly, this has been in the news with different approaches. I really liked Ellen's message. Please listen.

There are bigger things than our issues. I need to remember this.

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CTUCCI 10/3/2010 3:36PM

    You can do this!!! We believe in you!

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BOOKWORM27S 10/2/2010 9:23AM

    Great plan!

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SHERYLDS 10/1/2010 6:37PM

    On average it takes at least a day for food to travel through your you gained less than you think. You know the drill. You're a woman with a plan.

As for's a damn shame. It has no solution. In this instance they could determine who the bully many other situations they won't be able to. There are a lot of cruel people in the world who think it's funny to humiliate someone for the sake of entertainment.

Comment edited on: 10/1/2010 6:38:13 PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/1/2010 2:25PM

    Well, glad that you had a good day. It is true about salt. It is a demon when it comes to holding on to fluid!! Keep drinking water, though. That gets it out of your system.

You go! Great on the grades. Keep up the good work. You're worth it!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/1/2010 11:57AM

    You go girl :)

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GOZEKIGRL 10/1/2010 11:37AM

    that overnight gain is probably water or salt weight. 1 grain of salt can hold up to 50 times its weight in water!

as for P90X - i've heard its a really challenging program - and way more intense than the 30 day shred. i have a friend at work who is doing it and he swears by it.... i'd be interested in trying it but would like a woman's opinion - let me know what you think!

great goals for October! you'll do fabulously!

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A Good Day..

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A good day.

That is all I wanted today. For the past few days, my life has been filled with stress and just.. um.. not good days.

I did it! I had a good day. It is like I can breathe again! emoticon

This morning I woke up after sleeping in until 8ish. Took my first test and got a high B (two points from an A). Went to breakfast. My breakfast was around 500 calories. Yes! I didn't over eat. Than, I took Test 2 and I got a C. It is nothing to call home about but I was happy about it. I feel like I have a good idea how to arrange my time to study for all my classes.. a month later.. haha. Than, I went to lunch with Bobby. After that, I squeezed a run in before work.

For my run, I was going to do Day 1 of Week 6.. but pretty much as soon as I started emoticon, I had to go pee. For most of it, I settled by walking FAST! On the way back, I had to stop in the woods and go potty. Shh! It was that or pee my pants.. emoticon Than, I ran some more. I didn't do the C25K but I feel like I keep up my running training. I did the three miles in 40 minutes (3 minutes more than my last 5K). I thought that was interesting since I know I did more running for my 5K.

Tonight after I get off work at 7 pm, I am supposed to go rock climbing with a friend. I am not sure if I will. It makes me nervous and I can tell I am kinda tired. It would be nice to get back on track with my studies.

I feel liked I de-railed with life.. even with my weight loss. I went out to eat last night. I just let me eat whaever I wanted. Than, I made kinda a dumb mistake and.. um.. weighed myself. I gained FIVE pounds. Okay, I probably gained one or two.. but FIVE? I don't think so! Water retention alert! I am going to try to wait to weigh myself either Sunday or next Wednesday.

Anyhow, I just wanted to share that there is sunshine at the end of the emoticon!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/1/2010 3:52AM

    Now THAT is good to hear ! :D

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TAMTAMM 9/30/2010 7:10PM

    I am glad you had a GOOD day emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/30/2010 6:15PM

    The scale is just a number. Look at all the positive moves you're making. Now you just need to go forward.

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KERISMA 9/30/2010 6:04PM

    I'm glad things are looking up for you!

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A Grizzly Bear Transformation Needed!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Has anyone noticed that I have been resembling a snarling grizzly bear lately?

Me too!

I just wasn't sure exactly why. Sure, I didn't like that my friendship was fading away. Sure, I have three intense tests this week. Sure, I have a busy schedule. I have experienced all of things before. They have never made me crabby, mopey, and tearful. I was thinking maybe my depression was back.. crying for no reason was a sign of that.

Last night people would ask me what was wrong but I couldn't tell them. I think mainly because I didn't know and I didn't want to think about it.

I kinda figured it out when I was venting to a friend online.. and almost instantly I was in a better mood.

Basically, in the last few days, I have gone through the following:
I got lost.
Got in a bad mood because of friend lack of response.
Zumba sucked. I am not burning calories like I should be!
Felt uncoordinated in Zumba.
Felt uncoordinated in Self Defense.
Partnered with a girl that was not enthusiantic about class.
Same girl kinda made me feel like it was MY fault that we weren't doing the moves right. (It's a team effort!!!)
A friend leaning onto for support and kinda giving me her stress.
Oversleeping in the morning so no workouts like I want.
A hang over from drinking. (I didn't want to feel emotions.)

So, tomorrow is Thursday and am totally ready to have a GREAT day. Here is the plan!

Get up and eat breakfast for Test 1 at 9 am. Study for Test 2. Take Test 2 at 11 am. Work out all any emotion I have until I am exhausted. I am aiming for 60 minutes on the elliptical, and RUNNING! I figure by than.. endorphins should be racing. Than, homework.. until I work at 3. After work, hopefully, go rock climbing. I seriously need this so I can be this again.

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VICIOUS421 9/30/2010 5:50AM

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SHERYLDS 9/29/2010 7:56PM

    Sorry are more the Care Bear type.
I keep telling you, you are destined for a world of opportunities. One door closes and a hundred more will open. Get Ready.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sometimes you don't want to care. Sometimes you don't want to feel. Sometimes you don't want to deal with problems. But you have to. I guess this is called being an adult.

I don't want to care that I have no meaningful relationships in my life. I don't want to care that everytime that I try to make a meaningful, lasting relationship, it falls apart or fades away a few months later.

I don't want to feel the hurt of being alone and having people that do not care. Oh, people say they care.. when I scream give me attention. But, on an everyday series, they don't. Or at least they don't show it. What is the point of caring if you don't show it?

I don't want to have problems. I don't want to have depression where if I don't constantly have solid friendships, my stress levels go up which increases my depression sessions. I don't want to have apraxia which gives me all kind of issues.. still. Like the last few days, I have felt so uncoordinated. In self defense, I felt my partner, someone else I usually don't have, blamed me for us messing up.

So, many things have sucked in the last few days.. so today.. I don't care about calories. I don't care about exercise. I don't want to care about it anymore. So, for one day I won't. I will just care about me and what I want.

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SNOWFILLY 9/30/2010 8:39AM

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PIINKCUPCAKE 9/29/2010 4:26PM

    emoticon Oh Man...... I hope this passes and u feel better soon. I have these days when, even though I have someone in my life who is patient and understanding, I still feel alone and I dont want to care about any of the things that consume my time all day everyday... working out and tracking food included!
Sending u soooooooooo many Hugs. Wanna hear about u running soon mKay! xxoxo PIINK

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SUMMERWINDS 9/29/2010 10:31AM

    Ahhh! We all have those days, you are human! Exercise and a healthy lifestyle is something you have worked so hard for. You are a superstar with it! Don't look at it as being a negative, it's a positive. Don't give up on something that has really brought you so much happiness. It's just one of those days. Give yourself a little treat today, a pedicure? a new outfit? a good book? Whatever would make you feel a little less bummed! Or go for that run, and feel strong and relieve stress. People care, they do. Life can just be crazy sometimes, and people get caught up in their own "issues". I wish you better days, YOU DESERVE IT GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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