Yesterday was my 45th birthday. This is not a cause for celebration.
I feel pretty healthy, but I would like to loose about 6 pounds. In support of this effort, I got a cool gift from my family, the BodyBugg. It's an armband thingy that you wear and it records all the calories you burn during the day. It uploads to a website where you enter your nutrition items and it draws pretty graphs that tell you if you are eating more then you are burning. My hope is that if I do all this I will end up looking like this dude.
It doesn't track heart rate but rather motion, temperature, moisture, etc. The web site claims it's 94% accurate. Based on my three days of testing so far I would guess it's pretty correct.
The screen shot below shows my progress for today. I got up at 5:45 and did 30 minutes of cardio on the stair mill at the rec center from 6:15 and ending at 6:30. I walked on the track for 15 minutes and then did an hour of weights with my trainer from 7am to 8am. This was a Tuesday so the weight training was more strength then endurance. Thursdays I do the same gig but the training hour is also cardio to the point where I almost puke.
Below you can see that so far today I have a 686 calorie deficit (I need to keep this to 500 in order to lose weight at the rate I want – 1 pound a week). So far I have burned 1048 calories and if I sit on my ass the rest of the day I will fall short of my 3000 calorie target burn.
I've been comparing the gym equipment 'calories burned' with that of the BodyBugg telemetry. I have the watch attachment so you can see it all in real-time as you exercise. On Sunday I did 45 minutes on the Stair Mill. The Stair Mill computer said I burned 633 calories. The BodyBugg said it was more like 300 calories. Interestingly, if you include the time my metabolism was juiced up from the cardio in the following hour the two are nearly identical. My suspicion is the BodyBugg is dead on. Lura thinks, and I agree, that the equipment at the gym is including these 'future' calories in the display they show you to juice the numbers and make you feel better about climbing 10,000 stairs on a Sunday.
The web site takes in all kinds of data and comes up with a plan for you. Mine wants me to burn 3000 calories a day which I usually fall a little short of. So far since I got the BodyBugg I have successfully met my 500 calorie deficit every day except the first.
When you enter your consumed calories the web application attempts to help by suggesting things you have entered in the past. I found it funny that of the items suggested, 3 of the 4 were booze (the fourth being Doritos) for my afternoon snack. Maybe the BodyBugg needs to mind its own business a little more.
I have it set up so if I follow the plan I should lose 6 pounds in 6 weeks. It's fun enough that I think I have good chance of staying with it. Lura got one also and that creates a fun dynamic. The other night she had burned about 100 calories more than me by 9pm. The competitive dynamic kicked in so I ran in place for 30 minutes while watched TV. I think she still won but it was close.
I'll let you know how it goes.