Friday, August 8, 2008

Heart Rate Monitor

When I woke up this morning, I did exactly what I've done everyday since my gallbladder surgery. I weighed myself... and for the first time - I've managed to lose a pound over my highest weight loss to date.

I've got some ideas about why this might have happened - or what is helping... for one - I've been really trying to make a continuous effort to drink more fluids... this one is extremely hard for me, but I'm doing my best to work on it.

I've also been fairly deliberate about eating better and more healthy than I was before surgery... I'm trying to get as much weight loss mileage as I can out of this deal. Not to mention - I am really ready to move into the phase where I can seriously think about becoming a mother... and the more weight I can lose between now and early next year... the healthier any pregnancy would be for me and the baby.

I've gone to bed for the last couple of days telling myself that I was going to start my working out routine up again the next morning, but hadn't been able to make it happen... well this morning when the scale turned out to be my friend one more time... I decided that today was going to be the day... no more excuses!

A month or so ago, John bought me a little something to help me along with my workouts - based on the recommendation of a church friend that is a personal trainer. I talked to her about my concern that working out on the Wii Fit was going to be difficult to know my calories burned because the product is so new... it isn't listed on any of the popular tracking websites.

The suggestion was that I look into getting a heart rate monitor so that the information would be based completely on my body. I hadn't used it until this morning, and I highly recommend everyone getting one! It was amazing - it told me where my target heart rate range was, tracked when I got there, how long my rate stayed within range, and my calories burned.

I bought a Polar F6 monitor in pink... because even when we sweat - we're girls, right?! John found it for me on EBay for a much cheaper price than I could have gotten it in the store - I think he saved a good $20 off of retail or something like that... but the money is well worth it!!

I kept the monitor on today for about an hour - and kept my heart rate within the target range for 30 minutes of that time. (It took me a little while to figure out what I was doing) I burned a total of 465 calories in that 30 minute time frame... which proves what I suspected all along. When I was doing my workouts on my stationary bike - I knew that the calories burned had to be wrong... because in 30 minutes it said I burned 400 calories and that was 76 pounds ago!

I can't wait to see how things go when I can build my workouts up to and hour within my target range...


  1. Hey girl! Working out is so hard!!! I was going to suggest that you get one of those videos that has a couple different 10 minute workouts on it...I have one..then even days when you can't make yourself do a real workout, you can get something in!!! Even if its not much in the way of calorie burning, I thinks its good for morale to be able to say you didn't skip a day! :)

  2. Maybe that's why I'm in an exercise slump... it's no fun when the scale's not moving! :)

    I've been looking into heart rate monitors too. I'll have to check that one out!

  3. I'm gonna have to find me one of them there fancy monitors ;) !

    I like it! And good for you for losing!!


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