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Is this thing accurate?

14 Jul

Remember last week when I said I felt guilty because I was a lazy piece of junk who hadn’t worked out in a week?  Well, I got off my butt five minutes after I wrote that and did a work out.  But I didn’t do anything since then until today.  I know, I’m terrible and I’m trying to fix it.  I’m starting to realize that if I don’t work out every single day I’m not going to do it all.

Anyway, a few days ago I got myself a Heart Rate Monitor from Wal-Mart (and five lb weights, finally.)  I hate that store so much, but when you need something inexpensively, that’s where you have to go sometimes.

When I was entering my workouts in The Daily Plate when I was doing the Shred the first time around, I counted it as “Circuit training” and estimated about 200 calories burned per workout.  From what I read on the Internet, that seemed about right for the Shred.

Today I strapped on my calibrated watch for the first time and did level one of the Shred to get back into the swing of things.  It kicked my butt a little but, but my heart rate monitor said…

377 calories burned?!

Now I’m no expert, but that can’t be right… 377 calories for a 27 minute workout on a DVD?

Now I’m wondering if I wasted my money on this watch.  What good is it going to do me when I feel like I should be subtracting 100 to 200 calories from the reading?  Why bother at that point?  I’m just not sure.

I Googled reviews of the product.  I found ones from people saying it was amazing (mostly because it was cheap) and I found ones saying it was terrible because it didn’t count calories right.  There was no middle ground.

Regardless, I’ll be doing the Shred again tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to joining a gym in Buffalo after we move in a couple weeks.  I’m thinking if I’m spending the money on it that will force me to actually use it.  Here’s hoping.

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Final Monday Yoga Update

28 Jun

So I’m not going to update you on the Yoga Meltdown every week like I did with the Shred because I don’t think there would be too much to say.  But I will give you my review of Level 1, which is the only level I have tried thus far.

It’s different.  It’s certainly not your traditional yoga, which I’ve never tried but always supposed to be relaxing.  Jillian’s yoga is not very relaxing; instead, it’s more of a cardio yoga.  You’re constantly shifting positions, going faster as the thirty minute workout progresses, and her voice is in the background explaining the moves and encouraging you on.  See?  Not conducive to any kind of relaxing self-improvement.

Being that I’m new to exercise in general and have never touched anything like yoga, I found some of the moves difficult.  Jillian’s theory here is that by using your own body weight you can increase your strength even better than if you used weights and the DVD box claims you’ll lose five pounds a week doing it.  Well, I’m pretty sure the average person doesn’t lose five pounds a week doing it.  It had me sweating, but my heart rate didn’t increase nearly as much as it did during the Shred.  I find that I only burn about 150-200 calories per workout.  An extra 150 calories burned per day isn’t going to help anyone lose five pounds in one week.

But I do feel it working my muscles and it’s something fun to try.  I have been really slacking in my exercise this week due to some physical health issue, but I’m hoping that within the next few days I can get back in the swing of things.  I find the Yoga Meltdown works best for me, personally, when I do it after a ten minute break following my daily dose of the Shred.  Combined with the Shred it helps me feel like I’m actually accomplishing something with my body, but I still feel like I’m not doing enough.

Anyway, I have read on the interwebs that Level 2 is much harder than Level 1.  I can’t say when I’ll try it, but I’ll update you when I do.

Monday Yoga Update?

21 Jun

The last few days of the 30 Day Shred I kept thinking to myself, “What can I do next?”  I don’t have the time patience for a DVD with a forty or sixty minute workout, so it had to be short and powerful, much like the 30 Day Shred itself.  I went to Target to buy heavier weights (and didn’t end up getting them because of the price) but while I was there I found my next project:

...because suddenly I have a girl crush on Jillian Michaels.

Lose five pounds a week!  Yes!  OK, so I’m not dumb enough to believe that might actually happen but the back describes a thirty minute yoga workout that also includes some of “Jillian’s signature moves.”  Sounds about right.  So the plan for today (ie: in about twenty minutes) is to do a level one shred and then try this thing.  You can do it in bare feet, which is awesome!  I’m sure I’ll be huffing and puffing and I’ll probably be back next Monday to kvetch all about it.

PS:  I finished the Shred on Saturday and took Sunday off.  I felt like a lazy slob, so I guess I’m back to doing something every day!

Monday Shred Update

14 Jun

This is my last Shred Update because I officially end this Friday and I am finally starting to see the results I wanted!  You all know how frustrated I was that I hadn’t seen any weight loss.  Well, Saturday night I had a dream that I lost five pounds, so Sunday morning I got on the scale and I had lost five pounds!  Dreams really do come true, people.

If I hadn’t seen any weight loss by day 30 I’m sure I would have given up, but now I’m positive I will keep going to some extent.  I probably won’t do it every day but at least four to five times a week I’ll be doing it.  To shake it up I’m planning on doing level one for a day, level two for a day, level three for a day, then repeating.

I need to take moment to give myself a little pat on the back.  I have never really exercised in my life.  I barely participated in high school gym and I’ve never going to a gym to use a treadmill or an elliptical.  The fact that I got myself to do this DVD for 30 days is a huge accomplishment for me.  I couldn’t have done it without my friends on The Nest message boards either, so I have to thank them for doing it with me and creating a priceless support group.

So in summary the 30 Day Shred has done a few significant things for me:

  1. It has proven to me that I can work out every day and that I can have a commitment to exercise.  Exercise will not make me die.
  2. It has strengthened and created muscle unlike I’ve ever had before.
  3. It has helped me lose a few pounds.
  4. It has made me feel healthier overall and more confident.  I think it might also be having a positive effect on my various anxiety disorders.
  5. It has essentially erased my hatred for Jillian.  I couldn’t stand her a month ago.  I hated the way she treated The Biggest Loser contestants, but she’s perfectly cheery fine on the DVD and I’ve even started watching her show, Losing It With Jillian, which has made me like her even more.  Something I never thought would happen.  I’m very tempted to buy her Yoga Meltdown DVD now.

Monday Shred Update

7 Jun

I found this image of the Shred while searching "exercising panda with weights." I was looking for a cartoon panda with weights.

I’ve really started focusing on how many calories I’ve been consuming.  Some dinners from the past week included salads and lean turkey sandwiches.  Chris is not liking the changes in the dinner menu.  He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  I made minestrone soup last night and he complained there wasn’t any meat in it.  He thinks I’m trying to turn him into a vegetarian, which is not true.

Livestrong (The Daily Plate) allows me 1353 a day and just two minutes ago I readjusted it to 1250 because I haven’t been seeing any results.  I lost one pound two days ago, but today it’s back.  It’s starting to get a little frustrating.  What I don’t understand about this program is if I put in that I did such and such an exercise and burned X number of calories, it will add X number of calories back into my allotment for the day.  It’s saying since I worked out I can eat more.  I think that kind of defeats the purpose.

On to the Shred update: Today was day 19 of the Shred.  One more day at level 2 and then I’ll be on to level 3.  I don’t feel like level 2 has done anything for me, not like level 1 did.  I’m hoping 3 will get me more results.

So in summary: still chugging along with the Shred and still not seeing the results I wanted.