From Fat to Fit Chick: : March 2014   

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Arm Challenge!

I've been wanting to do another monthly exercise challenge and decided to do arms again :)  It's really beginner friendly.  If you want more of a challenge then do a few circuits of this.  Trust me, you'll feel it either way!


If you need modifications I have them!
How to do a pushup:



Here are two kinds of modified pushups:



How to do a tricep dip:



A modification for tricep dips:



How to do a mountain climber:


A modified mountain climber:



With the mountain climber you are going to alternate each leg per count....right leg 1, left leg 2, right leg 3, left leg 4.  Kinda of like you are climbing something ;)


Are you in with me this month?  If so go ahead and print out the first picture and dooooo it!





Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Polar Loop

My husband was a really awesome guy and bought me a Polar Loop (& a really pretty necklace) for our 11th anniversary last week.  Did I mention he is awesome?  ;)

So this is the Polar Loop: 


This is an activity tracker.  You wear it all day and it keeps track of your steps, daily calories burned (not just workout), monitors your sleep patterns and pushes you to your activity goal for the day.  Kind of sounds like a Fitbit doesn't it?  Wait though!  It also will monitor your heart rate and make your calories a lot more accurate if you pair it with the chest strap/transmitter for your heart rate (I have an H7 bluetooth strap, pictured below)


The chest strap really isn't anything I notice.  I'm used to wearing one for my workouts and wasn't so sure about wearing one all day.  My verdict?  I forgot it was there lol if it's too uncomfortable then you might want to adjust the strap.

It also has an app and a website where you sync it up to https://flow.polar.com/loop
Here is a peak into mine :)  You can see how long I wore it for each day too.





Did I mention it is water proof for swimming?  I haven't tested that out obviously....our weather in Louisiana is pretty but we haven't been warm long enough to get into my pool lol

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I posted a picture of this on my page earlier and I know it's confusing if you don't know what you are looking for.  



I wanted to see if it was really accurate so today I wore both to cut my back yard.  The black bracelet is the Loop and the purple is a Polar FT60 (which you only wear for working out).  I started the FT60 when the Loop read 990 so it's pretty dead on with the calorie burn.  You can wear one chest strap and both will pick up your heart rate.

Color me impressed.


Now the Cons:

1.  The chest strap is sold seperately (luckily I had one already)
2.  The Flow app is a little buggy but if you let Polar know they are really good about fixing it.
3.  The Flow app for android won't be out until the end of this month....although you can always sync it up to your computer until then.
4.  It has a custom charger but a lot of things are like that.

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Over all I'm really pleased with it.  The battery on the unit lasts for 5 days & it charges pretty fast.  Once you invest in it, there are no additional fees and if you ever have a problem with it or any other Polar unit, just contact their customer service.  They are super friendly and will help you out!

It retails for around $100 and the chest strap/transmitters are around $60.  The cheapest looks to be on Amazon.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Why I Don't Quit

Things get hectic, stressful & down right crazy sometimes.  It gets hard to find time to exercise, plan my meals.....and it's just so tempting to just take the kids to eat at Chick Fil A.  Honestly, sometimes we do.  Gosh, last week we went there 3 times.  Ugh.

Why don't I just up and quit when I have a set back like this?



Because this healthy thing is for me.  I want this for myself & I don't ever want to get back to 360 pounds or close.

It's not a cool weight to be at.  I had trouble doing stuff we all take for granted like tieing my shoes, sitting in one of those folding cloth chairs, being able to walk without feeling like my knees were killing me.....normal every day stuff.  Heck, I love tieing my shoes while sitting on the floor & being able to bounce back up now.  On. The. Floor. To. Standing. Without asking to be helped up.

Dude :)

I said tonight that I'm at 180 pounds up from 160 pounds.  

(A reverse before & after)

That might not seem like a lot & it really isn't from where I was but I need to catch it now.

Yes, I know there are a lot of things going around saying you are more than a number....we all are *BUT* it's something we do need to keep an eye on at some point.  That number is the direct result of your mass + gravity.

Maybe I look at it technically instead of with feelings since it has no direct correlation of my self worth.  It's just fat.  I have it & it's there.  (I did not gain 20 pounds of muscle lol)



Ok so now that I've probably pissed some people off lol 

Anyway, like I said....this is for me.  I'm naturally a giver but I am taking this for ME.

ME.  

Freaking ME.

That's why I haven't given up.  I deserve nothing but the best for myself.

You deserve nothing but the best for yourself too!