Thursday, December 5, 2013


Treadmill again today.  I decided to set the heart rate at 150.  I'm torn about what to set this at.  I broke a great sweat, and felt good afterward, and I think I could have even gone up a little higher.  You can see, I burned a LOT less calories today than I did yesterday at the higher setting.  Like I said yesterday, my target fat burning heart rate is between 109-127ish.  So, will I burn less fat if I go higher?  I don't know.  I need to ask someone who actually knows what the hell all this means!

595 calories
3.22 miles
65 minutes

Ab crunches 2x30@65
Ab coaster 2x(30/30/30)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Woo hoo!!!  Four days in a row so far.... =)

I decided to do the treadmill again today, since I think it was a pretty good workout yesterday.

Yesterday when I was setting the machine, I needed to put in my target heart rate.  Well, I had NO idea what to program in, since I have NO idea what it is.  Back when I first joined the gym a year ago, I had a meeting with the personal trainer, and we used some formula to figure it out.  I thought mine was around 145, so be in the "fat burning zone," so that's what I put in yesterday.  But, I vaguely remember having to use your age and weight to get the number, and since I'm about 40 lbs lighter than I was when I first joined, I thought that just might be right.

So, when I got to the gym today, I asked the girls at the counter if they new the formula, or if they could find the worksheet we used.  The gym manager found a sheet, looked at it, and told me, "Oh, it's 220 minus your age."  Hmmm...ok.  I guess.  That would make my target heart rate 175.  Ok, great.

I got on the treadmill, set it for "fat burn," and punched in 175 when it asked for target heart rate.  Well, HOLY HELL, I think that broad was trying to kill me!!  Yesterday, when I had put in 145, it was already quite a workout.  This?  This was HARD!

The machine kept upping the incline, in order to get my heart pounding, and so I'd hit that number.  Yesterday, I said I wasn't sure if 11.4 was a high incline.  Well, hell's bells, the machine went to 15 today!

I tried to keep up, I promise I did.  But, it was just a little too much.  I ended up only doing 35 minutes, instead of 65.  BUT, I didn't stop there.  I simply reset the machine for a target rate of 150, and did another 35 minutes.  With that, here are today's numbers:

Treadmill (set for a target rate of 175)
388 calories
1.56 miles
35 minutes

Treadmill (set for a target rate of 150)
346 calories
1.73 miles
35 minutes

And, just because it makes me feel better to see the totals...
734 calories
3.29 miles
70 minutes

Isn't it interesting how I went less distance, but burned more calories, at the higher setting?  I guess it makes sense, though, since my heart was working harder.

I added back one more machine today, too.

Ab crunches 2x30@65
Ab coaster 2x(30/30/30)

Because I did an "extra" five minutes on the treadmill, and I added back a machine, I figured I finally earned a massage.  Man, oh man, did I enjoy the hell out of it, too. =)

Ok, I went online and searched for the formula to figure out this heart rate thing.  And, yes, according to this, that girl really WAS trying to kill me!  According to what I read here, my target fat burning heart rate should be between 108.6-126.7!!!  175 my ASS!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Some biznitch was on MY elliptical machine today when I got to the gym.  Some nerve, huh??!!

So, I changed it up a bit, and used a treadmill today.  I programmed it for the "fat burn" routine, and got busy.  The mileage isn't as high as what I do on the elliptical, but then I realized it's about how far I go when I go for a run, so I'm happy with it.  Plus, the "fat burn" program changes the incline of the machine throughout the workout, so most of the 65 minutes was "uphill."  (I don't really understand what the incline numbers mean, but the highest incline the machine gave me was 11.4.  Is that high?)

647 calories
3.2 miles
65 minutes

AbCoaster 2x(30/30/30)

The last time I totaled my walk/run miles was back in July, so I'm not even going to bother, since 2013 is almost over.

Monday, December 2, 2013


633 calories
5.91 miles
65 minutes
Ab Coaster 2x(30/30/30)

2013 Elliptical Totals
49,965 calories
436.49 miles

Sunday, December 1, 2013

How many times.... I going to say "I'm getting back on track!"??  I'm too tired to beat myself up over it right now.  I'm just going to record today's workout, and call it a day.

622 calorie
5.73 miles
65 minutes
Ab coaster 30/30/30

I was only going to do cardio, and skip the machines, since it's been far too long since I've dragged my jiggly ass to the gym.  I didn't want to overdo it, like I always do after a long absence.  I only end up hurting myself, which makes me more likely to stay away.  But after I did the stretching machine, I said, screw it, might as well do a little something for these flabby abs!

2013 Elliptical Totals
49,332 calories
430.58 miles