Saturday ended up being a really productive day for fitness and food. This was a No Weigh In Saturday as I mentioned before. But, I did end up doing a lot of things.
Elliptical at the Y
We went to the Y for the first time since — hmmm, probably last August. We joined the Y shortly before my husband had rotator cuff surgery. After he had surgery, I think I made it there once and then got out of the habit during the fall. I wanted to go back earlier this year, but until this week we were really busy this year with taking our daughter to a lot of things. Finally, with her school out, we could get back to it.
I spent 20 minutes on the elliptical. I forgot to bring in my headphones so I couldn’t listen to the TV and I forgot my water. But, it was nice to use the elliptical. I also was able to see very clearly how my fitness has increased over the last year, even with the time last fall when I wasn’t doing any exercise.
As you can see, my heart rate didn’t get much over 112. I usually like to be in the 112 to 128 range. While I did get there at times, my average over the entire 20 minutes was not that high.
I averaged only 106 BPM with a max of 117. In fact, I only started consistently staying above 112 when I switched the incline and resistance from 1 to 2. I had kept them at 2 because when I had used the elliptical last year, it had been difficult for me on level 1.
In fact, here is the graph from my first use of the elliptical, last June.
My heart rate was above 128 almost the entire time. In fact, I quit after about 10 minutes because my heart rate was getting higher than I wanted (it was lower the last couple of minutes because I went very slowly).
Back then, I averaged 129 BPM with a max of 139. Quite a bit difference from Saturday where I averaged only 106 BPM and went for the full 20 minutes and was at level 2 for a lot of it. I guess I really have improved my fitness. I know I am not where I want to be, but I can tell that upping my exercise time the last 5 weeks has made a big difference.
I had posted before that I was thinking about personal training. So, I talked to a trainer while I was there and he seemed to suit me so I’ve scheduled 30 minutes sessions twice a week beginning on Monday. When I posted a few months ago, I thought they had quit offering the 30 minute sessions (they weren’t on the online price list), but it turns out they do offer them. I went ahead and bought 12 sessions as it is much cheaper to buy in bulk.
I told him that my main goals were to (1) increase strength and (2) improve body composition. I also told him that I didn’t want to do something different every session (like my old trainer had me do). I want to have sessions where I have a set plan that I do every time. Of course, I want to increase what I do and it is fine to switch out exercises periodically. But, I don’t want to do something new every time.
As I get closer to being at my Weight Watchers goal, I am thinking a lot about where I want to go from there. I plan to post about that soon. But, I do know that my body fat percentage is too high and I want to reduce it. Also, we lose muscle as we get older and I can tell I don’t have as much strength as I used to and I want to improve that. I also want to do strengthen my leg muscles to try to help my knee.
Reading about Food, etc.
We also went to the library and I checked out a lot of books mostly on food and fitness. These were books that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy them on Kindle or if they were of the read once type (I don’t like to buy books that I will only read once). I came home with them and spent a lot of the day and evening reading.
The 3 days of high calorie food are over. I ended up eating 1914 calories on Wednesday, 1618 on Thursday, and 1490 on Friday. Saturday I was back to normal. For lunch, I made a frittata (so good!). For dinner, I made a big salad with balsamic vinaigrette and a pouch of tuna. Of course, I had typical snacks – pistachios and a little dark chocolate. I was glad to get back to my regular routine (ended up at 1159 calories). Sunday will be higher calorie since we are having barbeque for Mother’s Day. We will bring it in and then stream a couple of movies (which is what I like to do on Mother’s Day).
I did do two 20 minutes sessions on the treadmill. I have been walking at about 2.8 mph with the incline set at 2 for about half the session, and then 1 or flat for the rest. I decided I wanted to work on my pace, so I put it flat and set it for 3.4 mph. For me that is really fast! I alternated between that and 3.3 mph. I was actually trying to see how fast I could walk a mile and see what my heart rate would be at the end. I was recording the workout on my Fitbit Charge HR. I was about .8 of a mile into it, when my Charge HR’s display suddenly went dead. I had had that happen a few days ago. To get it to start again, I had to take it and hook it up to my computer and restart it. I was incredibly annoyed that I had to stop my workout to do it, particularly when I was trying to do something specific and wasn’t done yet.
In between reading and treadmill, I worked on some more decluttering. I went through my jewelry and worked on the bathroom and then worked on my office some more. I’m starting to get to the things that are difficult for me to decide on. The kind of utilitarian items that I don’t ever actually use (or very rarely), but I can envision how they could come in handy or I might need them. I find it hard to throw them away, but I really don’t use them.
I also have a box of various things that I’m not quite sure what they are or I’m not sure if they go with something I still have (bulbs for a booklight that I think I don’t have any more, but I’m not sure). I’m going to see what turns up in the rest of the house and if I can’t find what stuff goes with then I’ll toss it.