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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Weight is up and I'm sick...

Sunday evening while driving home I started to feel a little tickle in my throat. By Sunday night my throat was really quite sore, and I was feeling wiped out. Throughout the night my throat got sorer, and by Monday morning I was miserable. I didn’t work out on Monday, I didn’t walk, I did nothing. Even came home and had a nap in the afternoon I was feeling so tired. I have to be feeling pretty darn crappy to nap in the day. I gargled with a salt water mixture several times throughout the day, in hopes of killing whatever bad was going on in my throat. I had about 1450 calories on Monday.
My weight was up to 173.3 today. Obviously I'm not too thrilled about that, but since I never eat salt I am thinking that there is a really good chance I have retained some extra water because of all the salt water gargling I did yesterday. I didn't drink as much water as I should have, hot tea and juice felt better. No exercise has to play a part as well, but hey, I felt really bad. Time will tell.
I have been thinking a lot about the fact that I want to lose fat and not muscle, which happens to a lot of people when we are losing weight and we don’t even know it. Sweet Pea gave me a link, thanks Sweet Pea, and from that link I found this one.
This article makes sense to me, and now I'm researching the best way to burn fat while working out. I have been reading about circuit training, although it is called a number of things, the premise is that you gradually increase and decrease the intensity during your workout to reach your target fat burning heart rate, then drop it down again, then back up several times during a workout. The common school of thought is that our heart rate has to be within that 'fat burning zone.' If it's too low we aren't going to lose weight,  or if it's too high the weight we lose will be muscle tissue .
It seems the first step is to find our resting heart rate. I have seen the recommendation in a number of places to take your heart rate in the morning when you first wake up, before you get up. It is suggested we do this for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get an accurate measurement. I’m going to put a paper and pencil beside my bed to start to track my resting heart rate tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll remember to do it before I sit up.