OKAY can I just say that I am OBSESSED with my new Heart rate monitor….
I got the Polar f4, and I was seriously hesitant. I didn’t like the whole chest strap concept, and I also wasn’t a huge fan of the price… But I wanted to know how many calories I should be making up each day- it’s hard to tell what my body needs during this heat wave.
The display is clear, stays up to date with my activity, is really good about beeping when I’m out of the zone, etc.
The strap isn’t annoying at all- I tucked it under the waistband of my sports bra and didn’t notice it at all! It’s a very comfortable elastic.
It SEEMS accurate, although I’m not about to stop mid workout to compare results haha.
I also think it keeps me focused- when you’re watching the calories add up, and your heart rate stay high, you stay motivated to keep going. I definitely worked hard to watch the calories add up, and I took less frequent breaks/fakes during insanity- I just wanted to see how far I could push myself, with the monitor measuring me. I already know that every time I repeat the insanity videos I’ll be pushing to get that average heart rate up, as well as the calories.
GET ONEEEEEE! It’s so worth it if you’re serious about getting a solid workout for your body, as well as calorie counting.
I have, however, been doing the Insanity workouts. I’m on week 4 now, even though I have to make up the cardio recovery workout from last week.
Being someone who does a lot of cardio, I haven’t found many of them to be too challenging. The Plyo cardio intervals are pretty tricky for me, but I’m getting better at interval training. However, I start the Max circuit soon so.. God help me.
Otherwise though, I think it’s a good way to stay on track if nothing else. Our gym has pretty shitty hours over the summer, and the weather has been way too humid/rainy to count on running frequently, so it’s keeping me active. I also feel more toned than I have in a while.
didn’t work, in case you were wondering. sorry for leaving you in suspense. i couldn’t do it, and i generally consider myself to have a fairly strong stomach.
i’ve only managed to stomach 3 tablespoons so far… i’ve mixed one with lemon water, then mixed two with plain yogurt.
i just read that freezing it also helps the taste, so i’m gonna try that.
other than that, the only cheat i had was some pistachios. i did this because they tell you to have some sea salt as well, but my roommate took our sea salt home :( the pistachios had sea salt too, though, and no added sugars or anything.
meh. my joints already hurt and i feel woozy. no diarrhea or anything though.
I’m starting this today! It’s basically replacing all food with coconut oil for 3-7 days and it does magical things because coconut oil is magical. I am also supposed to drink a ton of water and eat plain yogurt if anything. No sugar, no carbs, nada.
So I am now halfway through “breakfast” which is 2 tablespoons f the stuff.
It’s like butter with a hint of coconut.
It’s nasty. I gag no matter how I try to take it.
But I’m going to do this.
so anyone following my calorie counter right now probably thinks i’m losing my mind. 700 calories off thurs, and no workouts till today.
so funny story…
thursday i was about to go downstairs to go work out, and my little brother was going to help me up off the floor cause i was so sleepy. long story short, he stepped on my finger and broke it and uprooted the nail.
i;m in hell right now. typing this was kind of a test to see if i could manage. yeah… looks like i’ll be requesting a few extensions on papers.
4 sets of ab/arms (this consists of leg lifts, crunches, sit crunches, side twists, and a few light weight arm workouts. I’ll describe this in more detail some other post.)
3 workouts during week, 1 on weekend:
1 hourlong cardio sesh
1 30-45 minute run
1 30 cardio sesh with at least 2 of the ab/arm sets
1 do whatever the heck you want workout (fitness classes count)
Food: MAINTAIN CALORIES omg seriously. And not this bullshit where I forget/am too busy to eat all day then at dinner I eat EVERYTHING. Eat breakfast every day, salad one meal a day.
Water: 3 brita bottles a day, 4 on cardio days
Other Intake: Vitamin D, Vitamin B, and Multivitamin every day. 3 cups of green tea. 3 cups of black coffee.
General Wellness: at least 15 minutes of stretching or meditating, 3 times a week. Sleep 8 hours (preferably from 12-8 or 1-9, to keep consistency) most nights.
Maybe everyone’s been doing it for the past 500 years but I just figured it out so I’m like super pumped and feelin all intelligent n shit.
Basically, I’m not a huge fan of salad dressing to begin with, but I’m also not a fan of eating plain lettuce like a freakin rabbit.
SO what I do now, is I’ll get a salad with all kinds of tasty veggies (my favorite is romaine, carrots, and tomato cause I like how colorful and sweet it is) and I either get cheese or tuna or something that is easy to break up into little pieces on it, spread it all around, and it gives extra flavor in every bite.
And sure, calories are still there but so is protein, calcium, etc. It’s not just fatty oily nonsense.
Like I said, people have probably been doing this for ages but like whatever I feel smart.