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Old Thu, May-10-18, 07:46
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Hanging my head because a 13 min mile would be a good time for me. I probably hadnít run in like 10 years (did a 5K in 2006). Right around Christmas I tried running a mile just for the heck of it. I did it. My time was 13:30.

Thereís a learn to run seminar being put on by my gym next week. Itís being put on some guy who runs the Boston Marathon. Thinking of attending it.
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Old Tue, May-29-18, 20:28
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
Stats: 440/205/210 Male 5' 11"
BF:Energy Unleashed
Progress: 102%
Location: Central Virginia - USA
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I haven't posted here in a while, but that does not mean that I've been slacking. May has been a good month. This new fitness tracker with heart rate monitor plus my goal to stick with the low zone cardio workouts (MAF training) throughout the year has made me up my game. My casual daily walking routine has turned into some sort of real workout almost daily. I've got my endorphin buzz back - just as I did when I was 300+ pounds and walking 3+ miles as my workout. I don't know that I'm seeing any real benefit yet, although I do feel more fit and capable than ever. I walked the stairs on my cruise last week - avoiding the elevators - just for fun and the fitness aspect of it. I even walked the stairs for over an hour one day as my workout and felt no ill effects the next day. I'm liking this new me. I'm liking it a lot.

The plan for the summer is to do what I did last year (except the weight gain part). I need to get on with the siding and paint project on my house in the evenings. To get my workouts in I will need to get up early -- up with the sun -- to put in an hour workout before work. Breakfast may become optional. I may try some more frequent IFs. I want to stay busy, eat less, and continue to get my workouts in. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Bring on the work.
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Old Mon, Jun-04-18, 11:50
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
Stats: 440/205/210 Male 5' 11"
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Progress: 102%
Location: Central Virginia - USA
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We've had stormy weather in recent days, so this past weekend I had to get my workouts in at the Y. Yesterday I put in a good 2 hour MAF walk/jog workout on the indoor track (approx. 8 miles). I do seem to be progressing. I'm still having to alternate walking and jogging to stay within my MAF heart rate zone, but I'm now able to get in more jogging than walking. When I first started this I'd have to walk more than I jogged. My HR does not seem to fluctuate as much either. Early on just a few seconds of jogging would shoot my HR above my MAF zone, then after some walking it would drop below my MAF zone. The whole workout would be zig-zagging above and below my target zone (115-130 bpm). Yesterday I was able to find a combination of jogging and walking that kept me in my MAF zone 90% of the time. I don't know how long it will take me to reach the point where I can slow jog continuously within my target zone, but it appears that I am making progress in that direction.
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Old Tue, Jun-05-18, 20:38
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
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7 mile, 42 minute bicycle ride yesterday. I can't even remember the last time I rode a bike for any significant distance. I started driving in 1979 and pretty much parked the bicycle after that. I've never done cycling as a workout regimen. I enjoyed yesterday's ride. It worked different muscles and I'm feeling them today. It will be interesting to see if I will make this a regular thing. Time will tell.

Tonight I walked/jogged for 6 miles in 90 minutes, staying within my MAF zone most of the time. Another enjoyable workout.
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Old Wed, Jun-06-18, 08:21
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Plan: keto
Stats: 410/308/225 Male 74 inches
BF:40/35%/17%
Progress: 55%
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Ken, you mentioned you monitor your heart rate on your fitness tracker. Which one are you using? I'm using the Fitbit Blaze and when I start sweating and moisture gets between the contact points and my arms, it stops registering on the device itself, so it's hard to see what I'm doing. I think it must register (or estimate) because when I sync to the app on my phone, it shows that it has registered something. Just curious if you have something that works better. I've thought about getting one of the chest straps that will report to any number of apps for tracking. Wondering if that works better.
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Old Wed, Jun-06-18, 09:47
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
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Progress: 102%
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I'm using the Garmin Vivoactive HR. BJs wholesale club had it on sale for $150 (retail was $250), so I bought it. I like it a lot. The HR monitor wigs out sometimes, but IMO it does a decent job most of the time. I've had a chest strap monitor before and I had more trouble with it than I've had with this wrist HR monitor. So I'd say that this one works fine for my purposes. I'm happy with it. I like some of the 'smart watch' features as well. I've customized it quite a bit with new apps, watch faces and widgets. If I had to do it over again, I'd buy another in a heartbeat. I was at BJs this past weekend. Ours still has this device priced at $150.
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Old Wed, Jun-06-18, 10:05
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Plan: keto
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Good to know! Thanks Ken. It sounds like it works a lot like my Fitbit Blaze. I've not been really concerned about the heartrate portion of it, but have been following the information you posted and your progress, and I've been considering it. We don't have BJs here, but I'm sure I could find a comparable deal somewhere.
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Old Thu, Jun-07-18, 20:33
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
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In the weeks since purchasing my new fitness tracker with HR monitor I've really put it to good use. It seems that most everyday I'm working out a little harder than before, shooting for that MAF low cardio zone. I was a little surprised, or better stated -- somewhat disappointed, with how little effort it took to exceed my MAF HR limit, which for me is about 130 bpm max. When I started this speed walking was not enough to reach my minimum HR (115 bpm) and the slowest jogging would soon put me over. I could find a way to stay in the MAF zone on exercise equipment well enough, but I found it difficult to do on my walking/jogging sessions. I had to mix walking and short slow jogs to stay in the ballpark of my target heartrate when out pounding the pavement. I've kept at it, though. I want to see if this MAF thing works.

But alas, I've made some progress. Today at the Y I was able to keep jogging 95% of the time on a 1 hour MAF workout. The indoor track at the Y is 1/16th of a mile, flat, and the room is kept cool. It was a slow jog (5 mph) and when I stuck to that slow pace my HR was planted in the 125 to 130 range (the max of my MAF zone). I goofed a couple of times and started jogging at a faster pace. When that happened and my HR crept too high I'd walk for a short distance to get back the HR back in the zone, then resume slow jogging.


So I am a happy camper. This does appear to be working. I am clearly improving my low zone cardio stamina. I'm working a little harder and the HR is staying the same. In another couple of weeks I hope to be doing a more "normal pace" jog while staying in my MAF HR zone. But is that wishful thinking? I guess all that I can do is to keep doing my thing. What will be will be.

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Old Fri, Jun-08-18, 21:29
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Plan: ~25NC/IF
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cool beans man!
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Old Mon, Jun-11-18, 08:11
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That's awesome, Ken! I'm definitely watching this for my own interest.
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Old Mon, Jun-11-18, 09:40
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
Stats: 440/205/210 Male 5' 11"
BF:Energy Unleashed
Progress: 102%
Location: Central Virginia - USA
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No MAF workouts this past weekend, although I did plenty of walking, cycling, and an upper body workout at the Y. I've had my new (used) bike for just over a week. I've put it to good use. I've taken the bike out several time during the week for short rides with my daughters. My girls enjoy biking over walking or jogging. It is nice to have something that we can do together. I cycled for 9 miles on Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday in on my own, in addition to my normal walking routine. The butt is a little sore today. It is going to take some time to get used to sitting on a bike again. But I am enjoying this new activity. It looks like it may become a permanent part of my active lifestyle.

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Old Tue, Jun-12-18, 19:41
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
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BF:Energy Unleashed
Progress: 102%
Location: Central Virginia - USA
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5 mile MAF outdoor walk/jog. 4.2 mph - 72 minutes.
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