Attempted Runner.

#Janathon 8: Well, that’s disappointing.

When it comes to excercise gadgets, I’m all for it….as long as its not too expensive. When it came to a heart rate monitor/fitness watch, I did my research but didn’t want to fork out the $70+ because what if I don’t use it? What if it doesnt work? Yadda, yadda, yadda.

What convinced me to finally bite the bullet and get one of the devices, was my credit card reward points. I use my credit card for everything and I rack up points. I’ve never cashed them in until this year (and I’ve had the rewards program since 2004). I could have gotten a new Kindle but mine works fine. I could have gotten three Garmin 210 watches, but mine suffices. I could have gotten a panini maker, a few gold necklaces/bracelets sets, a few flat screens, patio furniture, a billion carrot slicers…you name it and I probably could have gotten it. I ended up cashing a few points in for money back (I cashed it in for $750, which covered my Disneyland Season pass, so it was like it was free!!) and noticed they had polar watches. I contemplated it for a few weeks then as a birthday gift to myself, I cashed more points in for the Polar FT7 watch. Can’t wait til I decide what to cash in next.

After 2 weeks of waiting, UPS finally delivered my watch (he needs a name) just after Jeopardy (7:30) and by 8:42, I was all strapped up and ready to go. Apparently I was wrong yesterday, as I was suppose to run today, but because I got my watch I wanted to see the difference between my heart rate at an interval type workout. So, I swapped it for Thursday which really was Bosu ball day. I’ll run tomorrow.

I did the total body workout and my thighs were shaking from one too many squats, my abs were on fire, my heart rate was passed the little target mark and I was sweaty like no other. As my workout came to an end…I must say I was a little disappointed.

1. I didn’t even make it to a full 30 minutes
2. I did all that and didn’t even reach 200 calories?


No wonder why I’ve been in a plateau for 6 months. I thought I was burning WAY more than I actually was. Hopefully this fancy gadget will help me break through the plateau. I think I’m going to have to work even harder.

…and I didn’t even burn off my 220 calorie blueberry waffles that I had for breakfast


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I love a gadget! Calorie burn is so specific to the person, I rely completely on my HRM to give me an accurate calorie burn reading, and yet I still reduce the number when I plug it into myfitnesspal, to be sure I’m not overestimating. The good thing about a HRM is it allows you to know when to push yourself harder. If my HR isn’t touching 160 I can work much harder! (Depending on the workout I’m doing.)

Comment by Sarah Passey

mmmmm… blueberry waffle… panini… sorry, what you get then?

Comment by rundelrun

Not the important stuff.

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