July Workouts and Gadgets


In July the plan was to focus more on weight training. I was travelling early in the month, and then had to play catch up at work when I got back, so it was an off month for me for working out in general. However I did more weight training than last month so I’m giving myself a solid meets.

My gym late at night( quiet, solitude, yeah !!)

I’m trying to maintain the weight training during August. The key for me is to get to the gym when it’s like the pic above.

I got this Timex Ironman Triatholon watch one Christmas from the family. I was training for a marathon that year and sent out an email mentioned to a couple people that this would help me with my training.  After the race I continued to use it as my sports/gym watch. It has chrono, interval, timer and recovery modes and a heart rate monitor as you can see in the pic above.  It’s a good watch that has served me well. However, there are some features that I want now that this does not have. This watch does not track distance, so if you’re running in an area that hasn’t already been plotted you have to kind of google map guesstimate it. It also doesn’t track the calories burnt which I didn’t think was that big a deal until recently.

I got this Polar F6 heart rate monitor watch this week from a friend at work. We’d had a conversation before where we were talking about working out and I mentioned that I planned on getting a new sports watch. Imagine my absolute and utter glee when she showed up unexpectedly with this!!!! It’s an older model and it’s a man’s watch, but it was brand spanking new, fresh out of the box and never used [there was a divorce, but it’s all good because their still friends and everybody’s happy now, especially me :)].

This watch, gives your heart rates as beats per minute, % of heart rate, average and maximum heart rate. It has a stopwatch, countdown timer, automatic determination of your heart rate zones. It also counts and displays calorie expenditure and lets you upload all the data online. It does not track distance in miles from what I’ve sen so far, but  I’ve only had it a day and a half so I’m still going through the manual. It’s very user friendly.  Check this out.



Try to tell me that’s not awesome. You don’t even have to like to sweat. You can wear it and track how many calories you burn while trying on clothes, while painting your nails or while reading blogs about people trying on clothes and painting their nails. The possibilities are endless.  I’m very grateful to my friend. I  think however that this is also an example of how the universe will provide. If you want it speak on it, put it out there. Don’t be shy :)

Have a great weekend!


  1. Lynn
    August 20, 2011 / 4:35 pm

    Wow great job! This has motivated me. I was suppose to go to my gym last night, which ended in an epic fail :). This post inspired me to go this morning.LynnCARMEN VOGUE

  2. Of the Comely
    August 20, 2011 / 5:38 pm

    @ Lynn:Awesome. I'm sooo glad to hear that!!

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