Going Home

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I am off for my home town tomorrow, and it feels great to be going home looking and feeling better than I have in years.

I have been gettin my cardio in but I am not doing as great as last week. My cardio is mainly outdoors based as I don't have equiptment at home, and it's been raining for the last two days, hiking is not really an option when it is coming down like it is.
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    I hope that'll be me, come December. I'd love to be at my goal weight by then, so I can head home for the holidays and wow the family, looking better than they've ever seen me!

    I don't have gym access right now, so rain gets in the way of my exercise routine, too. Getting a cheapie heart rate monitor helps me workout indoors, in my bedroom. For $25 on ebay, i bought an ekho e-15, which reads my hr continuously, and then does a summary at the end of a workout that tells me average hr and calories burned. So I can put it on, and play some music, and dance or do high-kicks or pace while holding some freeweights over my head or jog in place, etc. I can see how much each exercise gets my hr going, and find ways to make each different movement effective (like, dancing while holding the weights, since I'm not a very vigorous dancer, apparently!) I find I can get 15-60 minutes of cardio in, and monitoring hr and time helps me feel like I'm actually accomplishing something, rather than just hopping around!

    I also can switch up my exercises so I do strength training / circuit training on rainy days. I use the monitor during my strength training routine - alternating weight lifts with some cardio exercises to keep up my heartrate, making something of a circuit training routine that lasts 45-60 minutes. It keeps my hr elevated, so it counts as cardio, too!
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