Day 35 – Curves are Sexy

It was a beautiful day today, so I took the kids on a 2 mile stroll in the early afternoon. They ate cookies and pretzels in their chauffeured ride 🙂 Spent some time in town checking out the local offerings before heading back. Upon returning I decided that I should try walking to the Y to do my workout and ended up walking a few more miles. After arriving I tried out this new exercise machine called the Woodway Curve. Our Y had a few before and recently added some more. These things are pretty neat in that they don’t take electricity, they are purely human powered. They move very fluidly and they claim to burn 30% more calories, but we’ll have to wait an see how that claim stacks up. These machines help you with balance, which is something I could probably use after a recent ‘trip’ down the steps. Apparently they cost a small fortune, about $5500 a piece, but I think they are totally worth it, since they have no motors to blow or electronics to fry. I did 20 minutes on the Curve and then did some resistance training. It seems inconceivable to me that I could burn 335 calories in 20 minutes, so I’m using regular walking calorie counts towards my food count.

 

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The Curve’s Battery powered display. Very simplistic, not sure how accurate.

Day 34 – Cleared for Takeoff

After agonizing pain in my foot for the past few days, I stopped in for a visit with the doctor today. Of course he was shocked to see I had lost 25 lbs, and very happy, after all last time he had seen me he told me I was Obese, which, if I make my goal weight, apparently I will still be.. The doc checked out my foot and diagnosed a ligament strain due to the exercise, and have me some naproxen ( aleve on steroids) to mitigate the swelling. My to my relief, he approved continue exercise so long as pain was not present. I went to the gym tonight to celebrate and took it pretty slow/easy.

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Day 32 – Resistance Is Futile

Started the day with a metabolic test @ the Y. The goal was basically to find out how many calories you burn at rest, which helps tailor nutrition and workouts to make weight goals. The test have some crazy number like 4800 calories as my metabolic rate which is almost impossible. Needless to say I got my money back. The trainer who gave the test told me the basics – calories in and calories out. Eat no more than 2000 calories if you work out 30 min per day. If you don’t work out , eat 1500 calories to stay on target.

He also showed me some new resistance machines which I decided to use tonight. I was unable to do cardio since I apparently pushed my foot to hard yesterday and its really sore. These new machines are pretty cool, easy to use and take guess work out of lifting. Press the levers for resistance and lift, no seat adjustments or bar adjustments. It was quick and easy. I’m still bummed about no cardio, since I feel like weights aren’t enough if a workout. I guess I’ll know tomorrow when I can’t move my arms :). I’m thinking to add this to my cardio regiment every other day.

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Life Fitness resistance band equipment

Day 31 – Pushing It

Back to work this morning after a nice weekend with the family. Weather was great tonight and played outside with the kids. Mosquitos are horrible and the little ones seem to be the tasty ones. Made delicious lunch for everyone (for tomorrow) and went to the Y around 9pm.

Caught latest episode (had never seen it before) of Extreme Weight loss, which is inspiring in an odd sort of way. I really wonder if they don’t have many people doing it at the same time and only selecting the person who makes the goal to air.

Decided to push myself to a new goal at the Y. Instead of 5 kilometers I did 5 miles. Took 45 minutes instead of 30 but I made it!

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Precor AMT 855. 3/10