My heart is polarized on a lot of things… bacon… smelly feet… dirt… the Kardashians… snorting smartie dust… you know… all sorts of things!
I’ve been talking about purchasing a heart rate monitor (HRM) for months now. You know me… draggy feety and her procrastinating brain cells. My biggest problem was that I purchased one about a year ago and I hated every ounce of that thing. It had a defect in that it wouldn’t work properly, but it was also uber confusing to set up and then when I “thought” I had it set up, it never held the settings and I never found out how many calories I burned in any exercise session. I wore the sucker, but all it told me was that I needed a brain… and frankly I don’t need no piece of plastic to give me information I already know! A week later, I packaged that sucker back up and took it back to the store. The clerk asked me if it had a “problem”… I obvs told her it was defected with sassy mouth syndrome. After that horribly frustrating experience, I kind of dropped the idea. I’d lost 239 pounds just fine without knowing how many calories I burned during exercise… I didn’t need one. In case anyone was wondering what brand that HRM was… Oregon Scientific… STAY AWAY!!! Not from Oregon… just from their Scientific Department.
Minds change and mine changes more than the average person’s does. I think I need one to get a better calculation of calories burned. When your body gets used to a certain exercise, it doesn’t burn as many calories as it did in the beginning. It would be nice to know exactly where I stand on calorie burnage and I also think it will help to kick my rear up a notch, hoping for that bigger number burned. So, I went to Big 5 Sporting Goods and bought me a Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor with chest strap… much like this one:
It took me a minute and a year to figure out which brand I was going to settle on. I actually purchased one like this online about a month or so back, but then got cold feet and returned it without ever opening the package… plus another friend (what up, Rachel) had told me about the FitBit and I wanted to research into that first. Some of my smart pals on MFP (you know who you are) finally talked me into this one… no looking back now, onward and upward! There was the option to purchase the “girlie” version, but the color was some nude color and I’d rather not look like I have a nekked wrist! 😛 Black it is… get back to me Polar when you invent some prettier colors… like purple and tangerine and turquoise and yeller… I bought it a few days ago, but sadly I’m not strong enough to get it out of the package it came in. Good laws… I’m going to need to go back to the store to purchase a circular saw and some bandages for when I inevitably cut my hand off trying to open it. The real excuse is that I worked all weekend, so didn’t have much time to tinker with it and also I’m nervous that I’ll have to read the instruction book and then I’ll have brain spasms. I’ll get it out today, though… guarantee you that! Updates to come!
Question of the Day: Do you use a heart rate monitor or FitBit or BodyBugg? Does it help your workout?