The Weekend and A New Heart Rate Monitor

Happy July!

I can’t believe it’s July 1st already and the year is half over!

The Weekend

Here’s a few picture from over the weekend.

On Saturday night, we went with my family to the drive-in movie theater.

We saw Monsters University (yes, again) and Man of Steel. I fell asleep about a quarter through the Man of Steel movie. I was kind of bummed because I wanted to see it, but it didn’t start until after 11 pm, and I guess that was just too late for me.

On an impulse, I bought these delicious Chips Ahoy Reese’s cookies at the store to share with everyone at the movies. I really have to work on eating better on the weekends…but they were so good.

Twice over the weekend, I went to Starbucks to get their new shaken peach iced green tea lemonade. I think it’s one of my new favorite Starbucks drinks. I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks coffee. I prefer regular McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts coffee. But I like Starbucks tea and the new peach tea lemonade was delicious.

On Sunday, Jaden had an end of the season party for t-ball.

It was at a park and all the parents brought food to share. One of the moms made these adorable hamburger cookies.

Aren’t they so cute?! She used vanilla wafers, Thin Mint (or Grasshopper cookies), frosting, coconut, and sesame seeds.

Heart Rate Monitor

I went to Sports Authority over the weekend to get a heart rate monitor. I researched them online and knew that I wanted a basic one that was less than $100. I planned on getting the Polar FT4 (which comes in pink) but when I went to the store, I ended up leaving with the Polar FT7.


I always do this – I research a product online to buy, go to the store, and then leave with a different product. Oh well. The Polar FT4 was $89.99 at Sports Authority. I know they’re cheaper on Amazon, but I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for shipping.

I ended up buying the Polar FT7 which was about $20 more – $109.99. It didn’t come in pink, so I got it in black. The two watches are pretty similar but the FT7 tells you if the main effect of your training is fitness improvement or fat burning, so you can adjust your workout as needed.

It was easy to set-up. I just entered the time, date, my age, height, and weight. It comes with a chest strap that I got to work the first try and it was surprisingly comfortable. It has visual and auditable alarms so you know when you’re in your target heart rate zone.

You target heart rate can be found by subtracting your age from 220, and multiplying it by the heart rate zone you want to train in.

Heart rate zone 1: 65-75 %

Heart rate zone 2: 76-85%

Heart rate zone 3: 86-95%

So, for example, I am 31 and want to workout in zone 2:

(220-31) x .76 = 143

(220-31) x .85 = 160

So, I want my heart rate to be between 143 and 160 beats per minute for training zone 2.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I wore my heart rate monitor to BodyPump this morning. My heart rate didn’t get very high because it’s strength training rather than cardio. I noticed that it did get higher during some tracks like the squats and back.

I think my average heart rate was only about 96 bpm. I’ll see what it is tomorrow at the cardio class I take.


For lunch, I made a stuffed pepper with brown rice, spinach sautéed with a little olive oil and garlic, and feta cheese.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Anything fun planned in July?
  • Ever been to the drive-in?
  • Do you wear a heart rate monitor?
  • What did you have for lunch today?



Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

4 Responses to The Weekend and A New Heart Rate Monitor

  1. I have an old Polar, probably 4 years old but it is still kicking and works great. I did have the battery replaced once but it was fairly inexpensive so I won’t complain. Mine has a feature where you can actually establish your fat burning zone by doing a 5 minute workout with warmup and cool down. I like that it is tailored to my body and not just an estimated calculation.

    As far as weekend eating, I am with you on needing to improve!! I hate that most times I let it be a free for all.

  2. Went to the Pride fest yesterday! Weekend went too fast. Went to the library, park, usual weekend stuff.

    My wife has a polar heart rate monitor too and loves it. Only thing I would recommend is don’t skip a run if it doesn’t seem to be working well that day!

    Lunch.. PB&J! lol

  3. I took a shower on Saturday … not that I normally don’t but I had just gotten back from camp, which meant the showers had no water pressure/hot water/had to take about 7 minute showers. It felt soooo good.
    I’ve never been to a drive in (sounds fun though) and I don’t wear a heart rate monitor
    I had oatmeal with honey, brown sugar, blueberries, raisins, and peanut butter as a brunch after my 4 mile run.

  4. Teresa @

    My Garmin has a heart rate monitor that I have to wear round my rib area but I don’t get a reading until I hit stop on the watch after my workout. Or I don’t think it does. I have to look into that! I would love to look at the watch during a workout/run to see what my heart rate is. Not to happy with my Garmin at the moment but I refuse to believe that it has died!!!! I am sure the people are Garmin are tired of hearing from me too! lol

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