July 30, 2010 Leave a comment
I just finished 40 minutes on my recumbent bike while watching TV. I have had this bike for a couple of months now and I really like riding while being distracted by something else. The stereo or TV makes the time pass very quickly. I now ride at least 5 times a week. Today I also received my WristTech blood pressure and heart rate monitor which I will use while riding the bike. One of the greatest benefits for me since I started losing weight is the change in my resting heart rate. When I was well over 300 pounds, my resting heart rate was usually about 98 or higher which was very high and very bad. I am down 51 pounds as of this week and my resting heart rate is now between 60 and 65, a great improvement. I try to get my heart rate up to 140 or so while exercising and find it is back to normal within 30 seconds or so after I stop. I think this is pretty good.
I got a call from a friend from the VA MOVE group letting me know that as of today he is under 200 pounds for the first time in many years. He is very pleased about his progress and he is one of my biggest supporters as we all go through this conversion to a healthier lifestyle together. I was talking to another friend this morning and she said that she has a hard time losing weight on her own but when she joined a local support group she does very well. I am very thankful for the people around me that are there to provide support and guidance, including my family and friends. Have a great weekend.