What a great week, for a number of reasons!
First, I have a new member of my family because my cousin gave birth to the most beautiful little girl on Tuesday!
I’ve so missed having a baby in the family because my youngest niece just turned 3. It was so nice finally being able to meet her. She is gorgeous! Because I’m not her parent I won’t post any pics of her, but she is adorable and I’m so happy for my cousin on her new little addition!
Besides the great news of a healthy new addition, I’ve had a good week health wise also. I finally got my Polar watch working again. It needed a new battery I think in both the watch and the sensor. I personally like the watch because I like to know where I stand calorie wise for my workout. I have a goal I want to reach each time I visit the gym and I can check in and if I’m not at my mark it pushes me to hit it. It also helps with tracking to more accurately know where I stand for the day. Also, when I’m doing a set at bootcamp it is good to see how my body is reacting. Based on where my heart rate is I can see how much I’m exerting, if I need to be pushing a little more, if I need to pause to let my heart rate come down, and it is great to see improvements over time to see how quickly my heart rate drops after a hard set.
If you don’t have a heart rate monitor and were looking into them, I have the Polar FT4. There are several different types of Polar heart rate monitors with various functions and range in price. I like this one because it is simple to use and has the basic functions that work for the exercises that I do. I also like that it is water resistant, up to 30m I believe. I have worn mine lap swimming on multiple occasions and I’ve never had an issue. The only warnings I’ve seen posted from other people is to not press the buttons on the watch while you are under water. Also, I do flip turns and find that you need to tighten the band with the heart rate transmitor or it tends to flip and then lose connection.
So that is my tangent about a heart rate monitor, now on to my results for this week:
I lost another pound!
I definitely did better with my nutrition this week, however I did go out for dinner with my family the night before weigh in and I’m sure the extra salt didn’t help and then I had a conference call that ended up being over 4 hours and after had pizza with colleagues. Besides those incidents, my food has been pretty on track. I definitely am a creature of habit and could eat the same lunch daily without it really bothering me, but I need to work on introducing more things into my diet still.
As for exercise, I didn’t start T25 as I originally said. I need to work on getting myself up early to get it in because so much came up this week after work that I was getting home so late. If I don’t get it done in the morning then it probably isn’t going to happen. For next week I really need to improve on this and drag myself out of bed early to get it done. However, I have bootcamp twice a week and at the moment I do not plan to do doubles for workouts. So on days that I have a class at the gym I will not do the T25. I also have a work conference next week and will be out of town the end of all next week so I will be starting T25 on Saturday and following the schedule as if my week started on Saturday.
2 weeks after my restart and I’ve lost 2 pounds. I’m happy with it. The scale is moving in the right direction and I feel like I’m mentally in a good place. I am friends with the trainer at the gym who runs the class I go to, she also teaches health and fitness classes at a local college, and she is wonderful. She gives me a lot of food ideas and I printed out my food tracker for her this week and she is going to look through it and give me feedback with recommendations of what I should add and what I should try to eliminate. I definitely appreciate the guidance as it is what she does for a living and I’m still learning.
All in all I’m proud of this week. I know what I need to work on for next week and it will be a good challenge for me to make good choices while being on this work trip.