I've been researching and wanting a heart rate monitor for several months now. I didn't have one last year during my weight loss journey and looking back, I think it would have been a great tool to really help me track calories burned.
My mom sent me a card for my birthday in May with some $$$ for whatever gift I wanted to choose, and I knew I wanted to put it towards a HRM, so I redoubled my research efforts. Two weeks ago, a good friend of mine decided she wanted to have her going away party (she just moved to AZ for a new job) as a bingo night at a local hall. I'd never played before and we had joked about going several times in the past few months. So, a few other friends and I met up at the bingo hall to play some games, have some laughs and wish our friend well in her new adventure. Little did I know that I was going to be a $400 winner on one of the last games of the night.
Woohoo! DH and I decided to put a portion of the money towards our landscaping project, a portion towards baby stuff, and to split the rest between something for me and house-money. I knew that I was going to combine my birthday money from my mom with my winnings to get a really good HRM. All I needed was a sale!
So, 4th of July rolls around and Sports Authority has -the- HRM I want only sale for 25% off regular prices. Pefect! I'm now the proud owner of a Timex Ironman Zone Training Digital Heart Rate Monitor.
Just took it out for a test drive on my typical "dog walk" in the neighborhood and I'm pretty impressed. Easy to work, watch doesn't look ridiculous on my tiny wrist, chest strap is comfortable. I just wonder, is the "calories burned" feature really that accurate? I assume that it's got to be more accurate than some other estimating features, but I really wonder if I burned 369 calories on a 25 minute jog/walk in my neighborhood (hilly though it may be). I don't think that following the instruction booklet's guide for estimating my submax HR is a very good idea at 7mos pregnant, so maybe my estimate is off.
Here is some info on calculating your MHR (all kinds of diff formulas; I used the Gulati women-specific formula www.brianmac.co.u
I can't wait to see what it says I burn for Jazzercise. I think I've been -way-underestimating my calorie burn there.
That makes me wonder, too, then, am I -way- underestimating the amount of calories I'm eating?? How can I account for my 30lb weight gain with this baby if I've been consistently burning many more calories in my workouts than I've been tracking? Only seems to make sense that I haven't been tracking everything I've been taking in.
Anyway, I'm psyched to have this new tool in my hot little hands. I think it will really help me stay on track for the rest of this pregnancy and assist me to get rid of this weight as fast as possible once the baby is here.
wOoT, new toys!