How'd everyone do last night? I did ok. I had popcorn (which I made on the stove!) after work as a snack, and I had the menu I had posted (pasta and broccoli). But then I decided to eat the last cranberry-walnut muffin from Thanksgiving. It was sooooo good. I had the points for it, and I hadn't eaten any other Thxgvg leftovers. So I'm cool with it
I drrrrrrrrrrragged myself out of bed this morning to get to the pool. It *sucked*. My back hurt so badly, but moving around in the pool helped a bunch. My husband went with me, which also helped. I'm not sure I could have gone on my own this morning. I did 3/4 of a mile, which is the most I've done since my surgery... yay! I'd like to get up to doing a mile most mornings, but we'll see.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I was successful last time, and how best I can regain the mindset and healthy habits that allowed me to be successful. So, I thought with so many of us trying to focus on getting healthy again, it would be a good time to share our favorite tips!
My favorite tip is to get a heart rate monitor, if funds allow! It's so hard to guess how many calories you are burning during a workout, especially in a class with intervals or mixing different types of exercises. A HRM takes several things into account... your weight, your fitness level, your warmup and cooldown, and... your heart rate, of course. I have a Timex 59761, which can be has for a cool $55 on amazon. For me, the HRM was invaluable, because you get an accurate picture of how many calories you are burning, instead of inflated numbers from the heart rate monitor built into the treadmill.