Reaching my target heart rate

Ok. I don’t mean to be gross in this post but a lot of sweating will be involved so be warned 🙂

So what is your target heart rate? Your target heart rate is where your body will be most effective at loosing weight. There are several thoughts on this. One of the most popular is calculated age method. Basically you take 220 and subtract your age and 70 percent of that is your target rate.

For example for me, it’s 220-39 to get 181 and 70 percent of that is 126.7. Is that correct? you betcha. 🙂 I know when I am working out and if I keep up with my heart rate, once it hits the 130 mark I start sweating like crazy. It’s like a switch gets thrown and my body starts working at a whole new level.

So I need to find a way to reach that rate quicker so I can work in that zone more and increase my weight loss. Right now it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there. I know with more weight loss I can work harder and that should get me there quicker but I just can’t do that yet. I guess I can if I work at it.

So, what is your target rate?


Fast food experiment

Ok. I tried something different the other night. During the ice storm we had, we went to Chick-fil-a for dinner. I love eating there. It’s a good clean place to eat that is Christian based. The people are nice and the service is excellent but enough of the advertisement. 🙂

I love the chicken sandwiches there but the waffle fries, well I can do with them. I knew though if I didn’t eat them then I would be hungry later and would eat something else and that wouldn’t be good either. So instead of getting a meal deal or a value meal or what ever they call it, I decided on getting two chicken sandwiches and no fries. Lets see the numbers.

1 Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich – 430 calories, 17g fat and 31g protein
1 order of waffle fries – 420 calories, 6g fat and 5g protein

If I had gotten the fries then my total would have been 850 calories, 23g fat and 36g protein while the two sandwiches were 860 calories, 34g fat and 63g of protein.

I looked for a nutrition guide there but couldn’t see one. I may not have done it if I had known the fat content of the fries were that low but I was much happier with my meal. I guess the one good thing was the fact that I was trying to see different ways of eating and trying to modify how I eat. I have to break these habits and that only comes by working hard and making yourself change. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time but it is something worth fighting for.


Almost like starting over

Well if you hadn’t heard the news, most of Kentucky was hit by a ice storm last week and late Tuesday night, we lost power here at the house. With the icy roads and my work being all but shut down, I didn’t make it to workout other than Monday of last week. And with our schedule being thrown all out of wack, I wasn’t able to eat like I should either. So I guess on Monday it’s back to the grind. I guess for my legs especially, it will be like starting over. I could start to feel a difference in how my legs felt in difference situtations. I guess I will just try and start back where I was at and go from there.

One thing was when I took the twins out for dinner one night. We went to a fast food place and I didn’t know what to get. I had no idea on what I should get. Fastfood salads just don’t do it for me. There are usually just something tossed together so they can say they offer healthy options. I guess I need to do some more research on these places so next time I can walk in there with a plan. When you have no plan going in there, it is just so easy to fall back into habit and order what you alwasy did. And that is excately what I did eventhough when I sat down and looked, I realized I made a mistake. Old habits die hard but they will die 🙂



I just finished my second day of working out. I went 26 minutes yesterday on a bike and went 30 minutes today. I went at a faster pace than yesterday so my calories burned went up. The question I have is how much did I burn? The bike said this morning that I burned about 70 to 80 calories while site tells me that I burned a little over 300. That is a huge difference. I wonder if I am just not going at a fast enough pace to really burn 300 calories? Any insight on this?