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Postby kate_turner2000 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:40 am

hey macca

that cold is definately going around at the moment. just rest up and take it easy. i know what you mean about being a big eater - your son, because my nephew also plays rugby, and just got his 6 year service medallion and he is only like 10! but he is tall and has huge feet and eats seconds!
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Postby Macca » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:01 am

Well, I definitely was sick and I am still not completely over it.

Have had two separate days in bed (unusual for me), a trip to the doctors and no exercise for over two weeks.

Still not on top of things with constant headaches and general lethargy.

Haven't weighed myself ... first week I ate badly because I felt bad, but I have got back on top of myself and have eaten better this past week.

Oh well, just checking in ...
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:13 am

Hope you get better soon! Lots of fluids and garlic!!
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15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
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Postby Mandie » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:52 am

mmm.. garlic :)

yeah i hope you feel better soon, sounds like you're having arough time!
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Postby tamlee » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:47 pm

Hope your feeling better soon, take care :)
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Postby Macca » Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:47 am

Ok - feeling better, work under control (sort of) and time to resume the exercise.

Exercise for week ending 25/11:
Tue - Walk - Ex mins = 40, Tz mins = 8, Av HR = 103

My boys are tired as the school year draws to a close, so rather than force them to exercise through compulsion I will continue to encourage them to join me when they feel up to it.

S-Mac has upped his swimming since recovering from his cold to 2x1 hr squads and 2x1.5 hr squads every week in an effort to get his times down. We missed two swim meets because of his illness, so it's unlikely he'll qualify for the Metropolitan carnival unfortunately - :(

He missed a couple of basketball games too, though played last weekend and did pretty well considering it was on a baking outdoor court.

Have to get back into the habit of checking his and my weight weekly ...
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Postby Macca » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:28 am

Exercise for week ending 25/11:
Tue - Walk - Ex mins = 40, Tz mins = 8, Av HR = 103
Wed - Walk - Ex mins = 27, Tz mins = 5, Av HR = 98

Less intensity this morning as A-Mac joined me on the walk. He hasn't been tagging along for a little while, so it took us longer to get out of the house and we had to cut the walk short as a result.

Oh, well ... the main thing is that we got up and moved about.
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Postby Macca » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:46 am

Just heard from Mrs Mac - S got through to the next round for the music scholarship.

One more audition next Monday and our lives can return to normal - whatever the hell that is!
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Postby Macca » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:12 am

OK, after an incredibly busy December (don't want to go through that again, and the usual Christmas/New Year's festivities - I'm back.

Just to restate my goals, which are now my NY's resolutions for 2008 (the only ones I made).

General
Me: establishing a more healthy eating and exercise regime
S-Mac: work with him to get his fitness up so he can be on the 'A' basketball team by Term 1.

Exercise
Me: exercise three times a week for a minimum of 40 minutes with 20 minutes being within my weight loss zone (60% - 70% max HR)
S-Mac: not set

Weight
Me: H = 1.73m, target BMI = 22, target weight = 66 kgs
S-Mac: H = 1.52m, target BMI = 17.7, target weight = 41 kgs

OK, now for the ugly stuff
CW = 87.5 kgs - yep, a few too many beers and way too much Christmas pud over the last few weeks.

Good reason to get back into the exercise.

Week ending 6/1:
Mon - walk - Ex mins = 32, Tz mins = 7, Av HR = 98
Tue - walk - Ex mins = 38, Tz mins = 18, Av HR = 107
Wed - walk - Ex mins = 41, Tz mins = 15, Av HR = 104

Food pluses and minuses:
+ All healthy food since Monday
+ No blowouts on portion sizes or snacks
- Two glasses of champers on Monday night
- Not enough water this week
- Missed breakfast Monday and Tuesday

All in all, I think it's not a bad start to the new year.
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Question from EvilWombatQueen

Postby Macca » Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:15 pm

EvilWombatQueen asked on the other topic that I stupidly created (instead of posting a reply on this one :oops: :

That's a great start to the year, Macca! Keep it up!

Out of curiosity, how do you figure out your heart-rate while exercising? Do you have one of those heart-rate monitors that strap around your chest? I ask because I wanted to use my heart-rate to measure my exercise level and bought a watch that measured HR as well as exercise time. Problem is that it's utterly useless! You have to put your finger on a sensor for a minute and the slightest twitch ruins the results. I can't even get an accurate result while standing still let alone while running!


Yes, I have a heart rate monitor strap with a watch that keeps track of things as I go (Polar brand). I have a heart condition, and my cardiologist insists that I wear it to ensure my HR doesn't spike.

I have been using them for nearly 10 years and have had three different models. I've always bought one of the models at or near the bottom of the range, as I'm not really an athlete and each time I've got a new one the functionality available has improved.

The one I have at the moment sets up the HR ranges you want to maintain while you exercise, then monitors your HR and exercise time. At the end of your session it calculates average HR. It stores these in memory so you can recall all of these until the next time you start up the HR monitoring function.

Some models go further and calculate Kjs burnt off and keep up to 4 sets of HR ranges and results, but I really don't need that.

They are pretty reliable, although the strap has to be quite tight for the monitoring to work properly. It is meant to sit right across the sternum high on the chest, so it can be a little uncomfortable.

Polar have a sports top for women where the monitoring part of the strap slips into a complete top and you do away with the elastic strap across the back.

I would recommend them - I'm not sure if they still do it, but when I bought my first one it came with this fantastic book about using your HR to monitor exercise levels and how this can be applied. It talked about a range of applications from losing weight, overall health management in old age right through to high performance training for elite athletes. It gave a range of recommendations, including a management plan based on the "FIT" (Frequency, Intesity, Time) principles.

I'm not sure if they still offer the book, but I'm sure you could find other literature on the web that provides the same detail.
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Exercise update ...

Postby Macca » Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:21 pm

Week ending 13/1 (not 6/1 :roll: - where is your head at, git):
Mon - walk - Ex mins = 32, Tz mins = 7, Av HR = 98
Tue - walk - Ex mins = 38, Tz mins = 18, Av HR = 107
Wed - walk - Ex mins = 41, Tz mins = 15, Av HR = 104
Wed - swim - Ex mins = 52, Tz mins = 16, Av HR = 107

Didn't get out yesterday or today, but hope to do a session with the boys tomorrow, provided the social plans allow for it ... :wink:
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Postby EvilWombatQueen » Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:24 pm

Thanks for answering my question! Sorry I jumped onto the wrong thread. :oops:

I'll definitely look at getting the Polar women's sports top. It sounds like a great product. Thanks for the tip!
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Monday update

Postby Macca » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:45 am

Decided to monitor my HR while I worked in the garden this weekend, and to my surprise, the intensity of that work is quite high - resulting in a good week for my exercise goals overall.

Exercise for week ending 13/1:
Mon - walk - Ex mins = 32, Tz mins = 7, Av HR = 98
Tue - walk - Ex mins = 38, Tz mins = 18, Av HR = 107
Wed - walk - Ex mins = 41, Tz mins = 15, Av HR = 104
Wed - swim - Ex mins = 52, Tz mins = 16, Av HR = 107
Sat - walk - Ex mins = 60, Tz mins = 22, Av HR = 107
Sun - gardening, mowing, raking, sweeping - Ex mins = 180, Tz mins = 69, Av HR = 108
Weekly goals: Frequency :D , Intensity :? , Time :)

Weight update:
Me: TW = 66 kgs, CW = 84.2 kgs, loss of 3.3 kgs :shock:
S-Mac: TW = 41 kgs, CW = 47.9, b]loss [/b]of 1.6 kgs :)

A pretty good week ...
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