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I made my first “fitness” purchase not dvd related this weekend.  Well, that’s sort of a lie.  I got the BodyMedia for Christmas, and ended up returning it because I had a feeling my ‘compulsive’ background would not fair well with wearing something 24 hours.  I actually wore it for 2 days, realized I was not burning as much as I thought I did and started to feel myself getting the urge to do more! I was already working out twice a day, typically cardio/strength and then a pilates/ballet workout.  What more could I DO!? I didn’t want to see myself fall into an old trap of doing too much, so I ended up returning the gift!

However, since becoming a Beachbody Coach, I’ve been thinking it would be great to see and document how much I actually burn doing my workouts!  Now, that being said, IT’S NOT THE SAME FOR EVERYONE!! I knew that going in.  I am 5 foot 1 and weigh on average about 115 lbs.  So my calorie burn is not going to be as high as someone with more weight.  The less you weigh, the less your burn.   I did think it would be interesting to see my heart rate during the workouts and gauge them in combo with my calorie burn!

So, off to BestBuy I went this weekend and bought my first monitor.  It was between the Polar FT4 and FT7.  I decided to go with the 7! I did look at the FT40, which I’ve seen a lot of the bloggers use.  There were only a few differences between the two, so I decided to go with this one.  It was about $119 before taxes.  I would have preferred a different color, but black is fine!  It matches everything, even my usual brown tones! (MISCONCEPTION, YOU CAN WEAR BLACK AND BROWN TOGETHER… Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear told me so!) 🙂

When I opened the box, I had received the watch, the heart rate monitor clip on, chest strap and instructions.  I will say, I did not realize that chest strap had sizes?  Mine is a medium-XXL, and it fits fine.  However, I have a broad chest.  I was blessed with wide ribs! 🙂

You wet the portion of the strap that has the heart rate receptors on it, strap it on and then clip the heart rate monitor to the front of your chest.  It’s not that visible.  Here’s a photo I took in my workout tank.

I was happy the first time I wore it, it was with a shirt with a built in sports bra.  If you’re worried about it slipping, which it didn’t, it was that good reassurance the first few times I’ve worn it.  It’s good to know it’s not going to budge.  I have worn it a few times now, still no slipping.  I’ve also done a few workouts, including lifting, pilates, and kickboxing.  Still no budge.

I did take two photos for Instagram so far with my results.

The watch is very user friendly.  It will walk you through the set-up options, which includes entering your data.  Once you’re ready to start your workout, you push the start button and it will begin to read your heart rate and start the workout.  It also has a great feature that will beep when you move from the fat burning zone into the fitness zone.  You can also pause it between workouts.  I did this with my first trial between my cardio and lift.  It was good because I got distracted between the workouts! hehe!

My first test was a blanket test, so I didn’t document it.  However, I was surprised by my results! I thought I was burning a lot more than what was documented.  I guess it really does help to have hard evidence!!  I did a 55 minute cardio workout and I only burned about 460 calories.  Not horrible, but I was thinking I was burning closer to 500.  So already, the equipment paid for itself in knowledge!!

I did my High Intensity Interval Low 25 minute workout with the TurboFire Dvds yesterday morning.  Here were my results.

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It shows your duration, calories burned and average and maximum heart rates.  **NOTE: This workout does not yield a high calorie burn during the workout.  The science behind a HIIT is that you continue to burn after the workout is over!  Whereas with most other cardio sessions, you will stop burning the moment you stop moving!**

My second reading was this morning with a 45 minute kickboxing session that included 2 HIITs.  I did the TurboKick Sport Home DVD round!

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I got VERY SWEATY during this workout!  I was able to grab a photo of my Fat Burn time and Fitness Time this round! (bottom left photo).

Overall, I REALLY like this watch and think it will come in handy while I’m working out.  Especially as I transition into other fitness.  It will be interesting to see if I burn the same when I start running, or if I do another program?

I’m also excited to do another reading today with just my weight lifting!??!  More to follow on my instagram  (you can find me at “eirenm” and facebook!
On another note! I want to review a new product I got this weekend.  I had to order something for my “Foodie PenPal”! 🙂 I so decided to try this Paleo bread from Julian Bakery.  Julian Bakery is in California and they offer Low Carb and Gluten Free breads.  I am a firm believer in “if i can read all the ingredients” i will eat it!  So when I saw this bread it intrigued me!

Here is the info from their website:

Paleo Bread -Coconut, is organic, starch-free, grain free, gluten free, yeast free, soy free, dairy Free, and ideal for any diet.  The Paleo Bread, Coconut, is the first starch free, gluten free, grain Free, low carb bread on the market!  Get lean and sculpted while still enjoying this particular variety! *Nutritional Info Provided By An Independent Lab For Accuracy* **GI= Zero / Stay In Ketosis** **Freezes great for 4+ Months** “Paleo Breads Are Soft & Fluffy & Do NOT Crumble” (HCG Diet Approved)

Coconut is Low Carb & Low Calorie:  The term available carbohydrate refers to the portion of carbohydrates that have the potential to raise your blood sugar levels and provide calories, or energy. Available carbohydrates include both sugar and starches, but exclude dietary fiber. You can calculate the available carb content of any food simply by subtracting its fiber content from its total carb content. In the case of all-purpose white flour, the available carb content is 23.1 g per 1/4 cup and whole-wheat flour has 18.4 g of available carb per 1/4 cup, while coconut flour contains 7 g of available carbohydrate per 1/4 cup.

Because of its lower available carbohydrate content, coconut flour can prevent blood sugar spikes and help you maintain more even blood sugar levels after eating, which is especially helpful if you have diabetes or are trying to lose weight.

High Fiber Content:  Coconut flour contains a lot more fiber compared to any other flour, with as much as 12 g per 1/4 cup, compared to only 3 g for the same serving of whole-wheat flour. You should get between 25 and 38 g of fiber a day, according to the “2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” to help you stay regular and prevent constipation. A higher fiber intake can also help you feel fuller with fewer calories, which is especially helpful if weight loss is a goal.

**As seen on http://www.Julian Bakery.com

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice (43g)
Servings Per Loaf Approx. 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 6g  (1 Digestible Carb) 2%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Net Carbs 1g 0%
Soluble Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Iron 2% Calcium 4%
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie a day diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Coconut Flour, Egg Whites, Psyllium, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda.

So Saturday afternoon this is the little package in the mail:

It is sliced thin!  I plan on freezing mine so it will last longer.  I don’t eat bread that much, so I don’t want it going bad before I get a chance to really enjoy it!
I tried it on Saturday afternoon.  I typically stay away from “Carbs” in the afternoon, however there is only coconut flour in this!  So I figured I was in the clear!  I ate one slice (halved) with a turkey burger.  It was actually pretty good! I haven’t eaten bread in a LONG time because I am so picky about the gluten free varieties.  None seem to “cut the snuff” in my book to the real stuff!  But this will definitely do for now!  At the calories/nutrition of it, how can I pass it up?? I am anxious to try the almond variety too.
To be determined…
Have you tried a heart rate monitor at all?

Have you tried any gluten free breads that you would recommend??

 

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