Saturday, January 28, 2012
Ok... so I was REALLY pi$$ed today when I weighed myself and found that I gained like 2 pounds. I've been watching what I eat, tracking all of it, busting my ass in the gym getting like almost an hour of cardio a day and for what?? Not just a flat week, but a gain.
I'll admit my first thought was pick up the scale and throw it out the front door, but I refrained.
I got dressed, drove to the gym and put my big behind on the Arc, yes... the Arc. My arch enemy. I busted my tail on it for 35 minutes. That was my punishment for my gain.
Then I went over to the treadmill to do some more cardio. Usually I choose the random program and let the machine pick which form of torture I would be subject to. Today I decided to use the fat burn program instead. So what it does is automatically change the incline/speed in order to keep your heart rate within guidelines based on your age. For my 41 year old carcass my suggested heart rate was 116 bpm.
I fired up the treadmill at 3.0 mph which is way slower than I would normally walk. I put my hands on the heart rate monitor and bingo... I was already at 126 and I just got on the freaking thing. Since the incline was flat, the only place to go was the speed. So it dropped the speed by .2 mph. My heart rate dropped to 125. It kept going and going by .2 which was taking forever so I just kept manually dropping it until I got my heart rate down to 116. Ya know what that speed was?? A blazing 1.7 mph. I was so overweight and out of shape that walking at a measly 1.7 mph was enough to get my heart to the fat burning range. That's really sad.
Then I started thinking about those numbers and what I normally do. When I do cardio usually my heart rate is somewhere near 160-170 bpm which is very high. It definitely qualifies as high intensity for my age. I was remembering some articles I read about how your body uses fat first as energy when doing low intensity cardio and is uses sugars as fuel for the high intensity. Well what am I trying to get rid of here, fat or sugars? Obviously it's fat. So I decided this week to try and go with this whole low intensity thing and try and monitor my heart rate and keep it within appropriate guidelines.
So now I think of myself as a cheap cut of meat. Let's just say that I'm a nice rack of ribs. How do you cook ribs? Do you throw it in an oven at 500 degrees for 20 minutes? Heck no!!!
You cook it low and slow in a nice smoker preferably. That breaks down the fat in the meat instead of burning the crap out of it and turning it into shoe leather.
So my goal is to continue to cook myself low and slow and turn myself into a nice rack of ribs. Eventually when I get some of this fat off of me I would be more like a nice fillet mignon and then maybe I can crank up the heat.
We'll see how that goes!