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Gym Machines are Dirty Liars!!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Maintenance for me has been such a set of trial and errors. I have been maintaining my "goal range", which has also been quite the learning experience. Anyways for the past year I have been maintaining at the top of my range, which even though is in range, it not my goal weight. So for the past year I have been actively, all be it not very seriously, trying to drop about 10 pounds, yeah that's right 10 pounds! My goal range has a 20 pound spread. Like I said it's been a learning experience but for me this works. Anyways I have been battling between losing weight and eating treats, most of the time treats win but I have still managed to keep at least a 3500 calorie deficit every single week and yet haven't lost any weight.

So this past week I bought a heart rate monitor, just trying to get a clearer idea of calories burned. I mean I am tracking everything, have a deficit and still am not losing weight, there has to be a reason. Well turns out it's because I am WAY off on how many calories I am really burning. I have been basing my calories burned from the machines at the gym, BIG MISTAKE!! Turns out I am burning about 40% of what the machines say, even my distance tracker is about 50%. So here I am thinking I am doing so well, turns out I have barely been burning what I eat. Man that was a punch to the gut. I thought I was doing so good.

My husband thought I was crazy for getting so upset, I mean it has seriously taken me 3 days to get over the feeling of being violated. I tried to put it in terms he could understand, I went with money. Lets say that you are putting in a fulls day work thinking you are making $100 a day, then you get paid and it's only $40 a day. I mean you'd be pissed too.

I understand that a heart rate monitor is not the end all be all, I have noticed that it loses the signal occasionally, but I would far rather under estimate than over estimate. Besides I have signed up for a half marathon and it would be far easier to run if I weighed less. So I will got with what my heart rate monitor tells me, although I would much prefer to believe I am burning a lot more!! Damn technology!!!

Either way I am still killing it at the gym!!
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  • WINNIE1978
    I've been wearing my HRM during all workouts for a couple of years now, in part because of a health issue, but mainly in hopes of getting a more accurate count of my calories burned.

    A lot of the exercises on SP over estimate how many calories you are burning too, at least in my case. I found that out when I decided to wear my HRM while I was shoveling snow. SP over estimated by 150+ calories.
    1841 days ago
    What kind of HRM did you get?

    I ordered the Polar FT4 -- a couple friends have it and really like it. So excited & hope it comes soon.
    1841 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    Very frustrating stuff. Makes me wonder how much I'M burning...
    1841 days ago
    Well, I guess it is good to know, even though the knowing is so painful. And I am positive you have been, and will continue to, kill it at the gym!
    1841 days ago
    Good morning! I love your analogy of looking forward to your $100 pay check and only getting $40. I would totally be crazy mad! That's awesome that you have your heart rate monitor now and that your readings will be more accurate. Look at that muscle definition in your arms and legs! You look fabulous! Best of luck!!!! =)
    1841 days ago
    Ugh. So frustrating!
    Were you tracking it on SP, too? I think SP calculates average calories burned with your personal info, right? Ex: The average calories burned in an hour run is 600 but depending on your personal weight it might be more like 475. I could be wrong though.

    Here's to solving problems!

    1841 days ago
    Here is a positive light. If you didn't have the HRM and you weren't losing weight, you would never know why. You might begin to think something was wrong physically or you may start to get frustrated. Now you know what your caloric burn rate it,perhaps you will burn the 3500 weekly and begin to lose! emoticon
    1841 days ago
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