A Tool I’m Never Without

Hi all!

Today I did a ton of weeding and clearing garden space. I did this steady for over an hour. I was surprised, when I called it for the day, to see this activity burned over 900 calories. I wouldn’t have ever known this without my heart rate monitor. I feel this is a necessary tool for anyone serious about losing weight.

So, what do I use? A decade ago, when I was steady exercising and losing weight, I used a Polar watch with a chest strap. These generally worked well, only occasionally giving issues reading. A few years ago, I purchased a second-hand Garmin that came with chest strap. It wasn’t as accurate, to me, as the Polar had been. It worked, but lost connection more.

About 18 months ago, I purchased my current heart rate monitor (hrm) a Polar M430. This is an intelligent hrm with gps and even a Fitness Test. This test gives VO2 Max level. If your are serious about getting in shape, this number can greatly help you. It also monitors your sleep. There is no chest piece on this setup. It is simply a watch that works.

I have found this Polar watch to be as accurate as the chest strap versions had been. I had tested their accuracy and have tested this one with a 30 second manual test. To do that, I find my pulse in my neck and make a hash mark for each heart beat I feel for the time frame. I found less than 2 beats difference the two times I checked it.

Now, for complaints or weaknesses the device may have, I have only two to bring up.

**The band connection to the watch. The band itself is a fairly durable plastic, but after wearing it for about 9 months the connection where it connects to the top of the watch broke and came loose. I was able to reconnect and fix it with super glue. It has only come apart once since and is again reattached and glued. About 3 months ago the bottom connection to the watch came loose. It wasn’t as bad a break and was easier to reconnect and I glued it as well.

Again, these issues happened with 24 hour wear, doing a variety of rough things.

** The second issue I would bring forth is it’s a bit complicated to add custom exercises. You have to use their website on a device you can hook the usb connector to to get the changed uploaded to your watch. The site is a bit rough to navigate at times.

Overall, if I were to rate the hrm I use now, I’d give it 8 out of 10 scales. It works as it should the vast majority of the time and does exactly what I need it to do.

I will probably update to a newer one in the next few months. I will do a review of the new device once I have it.

I hope this helped anyone looking into this device or a similar one.

Keep it going,


1 Week Down on the 3 Month Challenge

Hi all!

It’s a cool and cloudy Saturday here in mid Missouri. I’m a bit sleepy and my right knee is slightly stiff from the fronts rolling through. Overall it’s been a fine day off, though.

I weighed in, of course, and woop! I’m melting folks. I’m down another 1.6lbs. That puts me at 324.4lbs. I’ve lost  5.6lbs in a week. 1.7% of my body weight is gone, burned and flushed away.

8 weeks left on this challenge. I was worried about weighing the group down, but so far so good 🙂

It is misty on and off today, but I’ve got some transplanting to do for some pumpkins, cucumbers and a couple tomatoes.

I also will do some kind of exercise today. Depending on how much the knee bugs me, I may end up doing just arms today. We shall see.

Well, I’ll check back in Monday at the latest.

Keep it going,


Three Weeks In

Hi all,

We had a bit of a nasty storm come through yesterday afternoon. No damage, just a lot of wind and thunder.

Figured I’d just kind of update since it’s the end of the third week I’ve been back to tracking everything. I’ll be weighing in again tomorrow. I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to 16/8 fasting. It’s definitely sustainable for me. I’m pretty adaptable and basically get used to most things quickly. I rarely even get hungry before 1pm now.

Most days I am only eating 1000-1200 calories. I make sure to eat at least 1400 once or twice a week. I will probably keep this up until the end of the 3 month challenge.

According to Healthy Wage I’m averaging 4.8lbs a week. That’s crazy lol. I’m used to only losing 1-2lbs a week. As it stands, I only need to average 1.4lbs a week to make my goal over the next 17.5 months.

5/28/2020 Healthy Wage

This weekend is a long weekend for me. It’s awesome having a career where I actually get these days off! You know how I got my position? It’s something so many scoff at and may lose me some fans, but mostly it was a type of law of attraction combined with persistence. I wanted to have a position making a minimum of x amount a year ( about twice what I’ve made in any other job I’ve had) with vacation ( never had that before) and decent insurance. I have all of that here. I have no college degree and make more than what over half of college graduates are making. That’s awesome for me but sad for so many others. I’m eternally grateful.

I also am using this similar system in my weight loss journey. Really, this system can work for achieving anything.

Ok, enough for today.

Keep it going,


Your Peek at My Scale

Hi all,

Yeah I gave in to the scale pressure. This 3 month challenge is both great and terrible lol

Drum roll please………… ……………… …………….

Weight 5/27/2021

That’s down another .4lbs in two days. I personally think it would be higher but I feel kind of bloated. I will take it though!

That is 10lbs down in 3 weeks!

I am 8% of my way to my healthy wage goal. I’m down 1.44% in 6 days. I’m definitely succeeding with my losing fat. I also am slowly getting stronger and in better shape.

Feeling a little meh this morning I took it a bit easy but still did 18 minutes on my TG.

Anyway, figured I just swing by to give that update.

Keep it going,


Yes, I Ate Wendy’s

Hi all,

Decided to rest today. So, no exercise to brag about. Was late getting off work and a bit sleepy all day for some reason. I know I will be hitting the total gym tomorrow. So, no biggie.

I forgot to share something I saw on my walk yesterday. It’s a little blurry due to the crummy tablet camera but I love spring.

Pink Roses

So, now back to the Wendy’s. Yep, my guy decided he wanted to get some of their food and offered to get me lunch. I stuck mostly healthy and ordered the Jalapeno Popper salad and a cheesy baked potato. So filling, but guess what. Those two were about 1100 calories. But it’s been almost 7 hours and I’m not hungry. I had a cookie( later) as well and likely will eat something else to get me to about 1400 calories for the day.

That puts me still losing at least 2lbs a week.

So, yes, you can eat fast food (in portions) and still lose weight. You can even eat it in larger portions if you burn enough calories to stay at your deficit. For most people, with a medium to high functioning metabolism, all you need to lose weight is a deficit of calories through either less taken in or more burned.


Enough check in for me today.

Keep it going,


Might Need to be Slapped if I Keep Stepping on the Scale.

Hi all!

So, I saw team mates had lost more and I was the only member under 1% loss. Remember, this challenge started Friday. I was like no! I can’t be that far behind and grabbed that scale. Long story short, I’m down more. 326.4lbs as of 5/25/2021. That puts me over 1% since Saturday.

I will do my best not to weigh in again until at least Thursday.

No promises lol

Anywho, I was inspired to go on another short walk. My rubbing thighs are protesting, but I am definitely getting in slightly better shape than a week ago. I even took a short video of me walking.

As you could hear in the video, just walking still has me a bit short on breath. I am steady doing just over half a mile with only one brief break to let my heart slow down a bit. I try to keep it under 170 when I can. My break is usually just until the heart rate goes back down to 125 or so, generally less than 2 minutes and my heart rate monitor is paused while sitting. I am slow. Even when I was in decent shape for me ( exercising daily after working 8 hours on my feet, generally easily covering 2 miles or more after work or pretty intense aerobics) 3mph was still basically a jog.

So, today was another great step in this journey!

Keep it going,


The Monday Check In

Woo, Hi all!

So, decided to weigh in every couple days at the beginning of this 3 month challenge. It will help keep me accountable and motivate the group. So I surprised myself and was 2.8 lbs down. So weighed in at 227.2lbs this morning. I will start remembering to photograph those again. Promise.

Anywho, went for a walk. Did better than last time so I am improving. Woop!Woop!

I got the chicks moved out this morning as well. So far so good on all of that.

I figured I’d share my week check in pictures. This will show my diet and exercises logged.

Today I will try to be back up to the 1400-1600 range to cycle a bit more. We shall see. Anyway, things still to do be before work starts.

Keep it going,