I mentioned before that I have ordered a heart rate monitor. It's the most accurate way to keep track of how many calories you're losing during exercise, and I had some spare money rolling around, so I thought to myself "why not commit one step further?" and bought one. It took a few days to dispatch, and then a few days to get here, but I ordered it on a Bank Holiday weekend and selected free delivery, so what did I expect? What I was not expecting was the huge box it came in. See it came in a proper sized official Amazon box, and the small box the HRM itself was in was about half the size of that box. Though in an effort to be super cute my cat slept in it and then stayed there when I took her to show my dad. She left the box but it was just ever so adorable.
It's a nifty little watch (I've wanted a watch for, like, ever) and the way it keeps track of my heart rate is with a chest strap. At first I saw this chest strap and thought to myself "Fuck, I've just bought an expensive watch and I need to buy one that measures from the wrist" but it turned out that strap really stretched a long way, and I did get it around my chest. It was a bit tight, but it's supposed to be. I theorise that I now know what wearing a bra feels like. It's not comfortable, so I'm now doubling my efforts to burn bras. DON'T LET THE MEN CONTROL AND REPRESS YOU LADIES. Anyway, yes, it got around me, and after reading the manual a few times, I was able to work it out, and program it all up. So much for German engineering. Though I suppose seeing how I got it working, they engineer just fine, they have trouble with writing manuals.
So, I strapped myself up, and prepared for the ride. On my exercise bike. Normally I ride on that thing for a little under 20 minutes, and burn a total of 296 calories (according to the website I track all this stuff on) and today I was meaning to exercise as normal, and see the difference. I didn't though, and managed to stay on there for a total of 25 minutes, burning 502 calories, according to the HRM. If I didn't have the HRM, and used the website, it would have said I had burned 411. Now, 100 calorie difference might not sound like much, but it is when you're trying to lose weight. Plus this way I can keep track of pretty much any activity I do. Such as all my kinect games, or when I go out for a walk (like that ever happens), though actually I am hoping to start going out for walks again when the schools reopen next week.
For now though, enjoy these pictures. Warning, contains cats.
|The big official Amazon box it came in. Curious cat is curious.|
|The little box it actually came in|
|Cat in a box = BEST PRESENT EVER|
|She was just way too adorable in there :3|