OK, so I am a shopaholic. Spending money makes me happy, at least temporarily. Until I have to pay that credit card! So…I did something that would not be advisable for anyone with issues being thrifty – I signed up for groupon (coupons for all sorts of things-tickets, goods etc). Thats like a dieter signing up for a membership with a bakery.
Anyhoo, so I saw this awesome deal for a MIO Motiva on groupon. I had been hunting for a good heart rate monitor for a while. Ones with chest straps just aren’t as comfortable, and my bowflex keeps sliding down during a workout, which can be frustrating.
So, after much deliberation, during which time I lost out on the deal for the MIO Active (which does a few additional things), I went ahead and bought the MIO Motiva for $40. That was two weeks ago…
So far, I love it. I have it set to the 3500 calorie countdown setting. It’s great to see how many calories I burn during a walk or a workout (disappointingly lower than I thought !). I wear it when I take my dogs out, though its hard to hang on to 90 lb dogs while trying to measure my heart rate! But unless you measure your heart rate, it will count the calories burned during exercise as 0.
I tried this out, I started the exercise timer when I took Dog 1 out, measured my heart rate once, and thought it would apply that to the whole period. Now the dog in question is not your regular labrador (i.e relaxed, low energy). He does not heel, and bounces rather than walks. So measuring my heart rate was nowhere in the vicinity of my attention. I was focused on not being dragged face down on the road, and not letting my dog see the lady with the pram. Since I ran most of the 30 minutes trying to avoid everyone else who decided to be on the road at the same time, I know my heart rate mustve been pretty high. Unfortunately, my MIO couldnt see that and decided that I didnt burn any calories. So when I took Dog 2 for his walk, I constantly measured my heart rate. Dog 2, being your regular lab, took the time to smell the roses (or jasmine in this case), watch lizards crossing the road, and admire nature in general etc. You get the point. He is totally laid back and couldnt care less about ladies with prams. So, while I had the leisure to measure my heart rate frequently, it wasnt that high, given as I took double the time to cover the same distance as I did during my earlier walk. End result- my MIO said I burnt 0 calories!!! I was righteously indignant. But when I worked out this evening and checked my HR every 5 min or so, it seemed pretty accurate and told me I used up 437 calories. (Im so proud of myself!)…so, I think I will still trust the MIO. It can obviously not tell if Im running or not if I dont measure my heart rate, fair enough. And probably my heart rate during the second walk was close to normal, considering how slowly we were walking, so I will give the MIO the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s me wearing my MIO. The black glossy fur is Dog 2 trying to paw that huge watch off my wrist.
Wearing my MIO
Yes, it says ET MIO. Go ahead, laugh. Yes, my crazy family calls me ET! Way back when I was a high school kid and my sister was in college, she got this crazy idea of calling me ET (I dont think either of us remembers why)….Unfortunately the name stuck. And my husband, who was then my boyfriend, delighted in embarrassing me with the name. I was so easily embarrassed back then!! He still calls me ET in public, but I am not so easily humiliated any more-even when the name causes everyone in the room to turn and look for the “ET”! I have been attached to the name ever since…here’s one of my ET dolls from Universal-
Anyway, so I called my MIO, ET MIO and personalized it with my gender, height weight etc….and it told me I need to eat 1200 calories a day to lose an lb a week!! I never eat so few calories!LOL…
Either way, I love my MIO. It is a fashion disaster with a watch face as big as my wrist, but I switched out the black strap for the orange and grey in the hopes that the bright colors would draw attention away from its size. I dont know if it drew attention away from the size, but the watch is definitely drawing attention. People in stores now comment on it and I even found a couple of people with the same kind of strap n all. Pretty cool!
Next post, I will post about my new Ice cream maker and dehydrator…
Until then, have an awesome day/night/weekend!