A hodge-podge of thoughts today.
First up, I finally broke down and bought a heart rate monitor a month or so ago. I did NOT want one with a chest strap – no way. I didn’t care how reliable they were; I dug in my heels. A pain to strap on. Uncomfortable. Wet the strap first? Uh-uh. I researched high and low trying to find a wireless one that was accurate. After countless hours of reading reviews, (yes – hours, I was that determined) I finally accepted the wisdom of others who knew: the wireless ones were good, but not as accurate in calculating calorie burn as those with a chest strap.
I threw myself onto my knees, had a major tantrum and when I pulled myself together enough to dig out my credit card, I ordered a Polar Heart Rate Monitor… chest strap included.
Now that I’ve been using it for a while, who cares about the chest strap?! I can’t imagine exercising without it. The main reason for this is that I no longer trust myself when exercising. Before the monitor, I spent 90% of my time on the treadmill working my way up to an incline of 15 while walking at a fast clip. I figured that since I was pushing my body as hard as I could, then I was obviously burning my maximum amount of calories, right? Not hardly. Once I started wearing the monitor and comparing my calorie expenditure with other exercises – in particular several workout dvds, I learned that I could do interval training with short periods of rest in between and burn the same amount of calories. And before, I had zero idea how many calories one can burn while using weights…until now. And it’s a lot.
My workout program has completely changed because of this; I am no longer a slave to my treadmill; I don’t have to exercise myself half to death in order to feel good about my workout anymore. The chest strap is a small price to pay for this information. Best news right now: I can hula hoop with no interference at all, which is good. I plan a full post on my hooping experiences next week.
On to other things: many thanks to all of you who recommended what to buy at Trader Joe’s yesterday. I came home with a good variety of foods to try, including various soups (sweet potato bisque), cereals (Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins – thanks Michele!) and some frozen goodies as well.
IKEA was an unbelievable stop. Even my husband was impressed. I didn’t buy very much only because I didn’t really need anything, but I did get a few things to make my kitchen a bit more organized. We arrived right before they opened and thanks to all of your comments, if I ever go back – it will be on a weekday as they are opening their doors. I even heard a few shoppers mention how much they dislike being there when it’s crowded, so I feel lucky to have planned it the way I did.
One more thing before closing. Something happened while at the Blue Man Group on Sunday evening. In case you’re wondering – no, I did not get picked by one of the blue men to come on stage and perform (although that would have made a cool post, wouldn’t it??). No, it was actually something better. I had a kind of ‘breakthrough’ during the show that is in direct relation to this month’s Hate-Loss Challenge. It’s almost two weeks into it and I can honestly say that I am making progress in that department. I can’t wait to share it with you on Thursday.
Have a great
Monday Tuesday, everyone. (I’ve been doing that for the last two days) Taking Monday off has my whole week messed up. Does that happen to you, too?