Tuesday, January 08, 2013
And so, a bit delayed, but here's my recap of the first week of the new year and how my goals are going. I hope everyone has had a great start!
So, some of my shorter term goals were too lose the weight I gained over the holidays (about 4-5 pounds) and I've lost 2 lbs so far, back to my original "goal" weight although now I'm pushing it down a little more.
Second, I was to stay on track with the training program from my new heart rate monitor. This I almost met. I set my HRM training program to lose weight and it told me to exercise for 5.5 hours, mainly in zone 1 (fat burning zone) and burn 1550 calories. I came in at just under 5 hours of exercise and burned just under 1500 calories. Also, I don't think the HRM program takes diet into account, so given that I lost 2 pounds in a week, I would be verging on unhealthy loss if I exercised more and/or ate less; so, I'm satisfied with my first HRM training week. I reset my weight and my program adjusted to 1500 calories to burn this week. Not a whole lot different but slightly more reasonable.
Here's where I'm confused...you all probably know the different cardio zones, 1 is the lowest which still burns fat, 2 is fitness improvement, and 3 is max performance. Everyone has different zones, but typically zone 1 would be 60s-70% heart rate, zone 2 70s-80s%, and max would be 80s%- 90+%. My HRM has this "OwnZone" feature which is really cool, before each work out it adjusts your zones for that particular day and how you're feeling, so you do a quick warm up and it "reads" your body, soo some days I've had my zone 1 start at 70% so I have to work harder to even burn fat.
However, I also feel like I don't have a lot of differentiation between my zones, so I have trouble working out at a specific zone. So last week, when my HRM program said I was supposed to work mainly in Zone 1 and some in 2, and NONE in zone 3, some of my workouts I got up to zone 3 and it told me I need to workout in that zone less. I tried doing "easier" workouts which I don't like doing because I like to sweat but, I needed to spend more time in zone 1. So, I did 50 minutes of yoga but less than half the time I was in Zone 1, the rest of the time my heart rate wasn't high enough. Most of my workouts I have, Jillian, etc. will get me into zones 2 and 3 so I guess I'm working out too hard. But is there such a thing??
I feel like I should know this. To lose weight, calories expended must be more than calories in. If I work harder it just means more calories burned, right? I'm still burning fat right? Is there any downside to this? Should I really try to stick with the HRM program and workout more in the fat burning zone 1 and slow down if I reach zone 3 rather than pushing myself? I can't find a happy-medium, either I find an "easy" workout that doesn't work me hard enough to even be in a zone or, I work myself too hard and end up going in zone 3. If I set the program to fitness improving or max performance rather than lose weight, I know it it would be having me work in those zones, but I'm sure I'd still lose weight. I guess I'm unsure what I should be focusing on right now.
Anyone else use a HRM? any advice on finding that balance in my workouts?