So I’m still wearing my trusted BodyBugg, and I thought I’d give you all an update. So I bought it in mid-January, and proceeded to lose 8 pounds within 2.5 weeks, which included a vacation to NM, and it was highly impressive to lose weight while eating Mom’s good cooking and indulging on New Mexican food.
Anyhow, then I got sick, I traveled, and I just stopped wearing the darn thing, because it was too depressing to see how low my calorie burn was when I was sick and not up to working out.
Anyway, I’m back up 2 pounds (net loss of 6 still), and wearing the BodyBugg again, but I’m having a hard time being strict on my food. You know, life gets in the way. I have found some quirks to this thing, too.
It measures calorie burn based on movement and body heat. This means that it tells me that I burn less calories in a really intense spin class than I do walking for 45 minutes, as all of my pedaling doesn’t necessarily measure as output. I’ve also noticed my calorie burn seems to be magnified when I’m wearing warmer clothes. For instance, one warm day I was skiing, and I was supposedly burning 10 calories per minute. I then took off my jacket and was just wearing a thin fleece, and my burn dropped immediately to 6 calories per minute. I’ve also found that walking while wearing a sweatshirt measures an impressive burn, and I just don’t belive that is the case.
I have found that I tend to want to do activities that I know will measure well on the BodyBugg, like running and walking. Running measures highly impressive burns, as I can burn 700 calories in a 4 mile run during a lunch hour. But then I come back to work and get REALLY hungry, so it’s at least good I’m tracking that binge after working out before it gets out of control.
So anyway, that’s the deal. I’d really like to lose 10 pounds by summer, but we’ll see how I do. Right now, I’m tired, and a bit stressed, and monitoring calories just seems to be another thing on my never ending to-do list. Excuses, I know, but perhaps I’ll be more motivated next week.