Perking Along...and a Question
Saturday, July 20, 2013
TC and I walked up Mt. Nebo this morning. Lots of people do it; park at the bottom and walk up the road (with lots of switchbacks) to the top. It's 1,800 feet elevation gain in 2.5 miles. About halfway up I was falling behind and was really laboring. I asked TC what his heart rate was, and it was 110!! So he passed me his watch and I took my heart rate -- 153!! After a minute of rest it was down to 135, while his was 108. So what's up with THAT? I'm 8 years younger! Yes, I have 15 pounds to lose to get to a "healthy" BMI and he only has 5. But really?
The only other factors I can think of is that he has always been an athlete (high school/college basketball star and a basketball coach for 15 years) while I have never done sports...EVER. Maybe he just has a more fit cardiovascular system in general? The other factor is that I smoked for 30 years and he has never smoked. However, I quit 11 years ago so...shouldn't my lungs & heart be back to "normal?"
This difference in heart rate (fitness level?) has caused strife in the past when he pushes me to run longer/faster. Yeah. He thinks it's mental, but I think it's PHYSICAL!
So tell me what you think!
Last week was AWESOME. I stuck to my eating plan, between 1200-1700 calories. I went to the fitness center 5 days:
Monday - 60-minute bike class
Tuesday - 75-minute cardio pump class,
Wednesday - 75-minute Step and Sculpt class
Thursday - 75 minute power pump class
Friday - 65 minute Pilates class
In addition, I restarted a 5K training program, so I did the Week 1 program three days. When I did this last spring my body really started to change shape, so I want to try it again.
My goal is to get 15,000 steps each day, so some days that means I have to walk on the treadmill, and other days I'm good between the 5k program and my fitness class.
I'm not stressing about the scale, I'm working out a lot so hopefully I'm building muscle and losing fat, which is waaaayy more important than a number.
Only two weeks until we leave for Colorado to hike! So I've got to stay focused and motivated!
I hope you have a good day, Spark friends!