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Weigh-In: Sixth Week

As I ate my usual, a Veggie Delite with baked chips, at Subway last night, I thought, “How is this going to affect my weigh-in tomorrow?” I’d cycled four days this weight loss week, each time burning between 800 and 900 calories. Was I blowing it by eating a “big meal” for dinner? I’d just have to wait and see. For all I’ve said about not letting the scale run my life, I still have that square with digital numbers haunting many things I do.

Well, I have good news to report. After cycling, tracking everything I ate, right down to those Valentine’s Day hearts, and staying within my calorie budget, I lost two pounds! Woohoo! So excited! And, you know what? It’s about time. LOL

Hope to “hear” other good news from my blogging buddies for their weigh-in days, too. Here’s to a good weight loss week.

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Weigh-In: Fourth Week

I am dead tired. Long day, long week, but I have to stay up and post the results of this morning’s weigh-in. I lost two pounds. Not one, but two, and it’s “that time of the month.” You ladies get me. This was not an easy feat, but I did it, and I’m proud. Now it’s a new week, and I’m aiming for another pound. That’s all I can do–keep that one pound in sight. Seventy-six is too many to think about, but one? I can do  one. 🙂

Good night, my dear readers.


The Park and My Polar CS300

I am a big fan of heart rate monitors, especially the ones from Polar. Because you input your information during set-up, i.e. age, sex, weight, height, a heart rate monitor allows you to keep an eye on your intensity level and and track how many calories you’ve burned during a workout. There are many varieties to fit every budget, from the basic, like the Polar FS3C, to the CS300, which is not only a heart rate monitor but a cycling computer. Usually, while I wear the watch to my CS300 everyday, I only pair it with the strap at the gym or when I’m hitting the pavement.

Today, though, I was curious to see how many calories I could burn at the park. Because Jude joined us, I was able to ride our BMX bike. A BMX bike forces me to stand up the entire time I ride, so it’s similar to doing a standing flat with a few sprints on a Spinning bike. I’d put on the strap at home, so I was ready to hit the trails after making sure Leda had settled in on the slide. I checked my watch a little after the 20 minute mark and discovered I’d burned 185 calories. I was pumped. Fifteen  more calories to make the 200 mark? I could do that! At 27 minutes, I’d worked my way up to 315 calories. Needless to say, I felt pretty good about myself.

Jude snapped a few pics so I’d be able to share my ride with you.

~Trying to Get on the Pedals~

~And Take-Off–Baby’s Got Back :P~

~The End of the Ride, and I’m Still Smiling~

So, class, to sum up: Heart rate monitors are on my list of must-haves for anyone going on his/her own weight loss journey. A heart rate monitor helps those of us who don’t have professional coaches get a little more from our workouts. And it’s motivational to glance at your wrist and watch the calories burn away. As with any investment, do a little research to see which heart rate monitor is best for you.

P.S. Leda wants to remind everyone to stay hydrated while exercising.