Kettlebells burn WHAT??

We’re suffering through a scorching heat wave here in Northern California – it was 106 degrees F at my house yesterday, fortunately today is predicted to be cooler – about 100! In addition, the hot winds are driving smoke from the Lake County fires into the Bay Area, so the air quality is abysmal. I ran Saturday morning before I knew better (also strong lungs are one of my superpowers), but seeing how brown the sky has become I won’t do that again until we get some cooling breezes to clear out the smoke.

So this morning it was indoors exercise for me. I dusted off the Level 2 workout on Jillian Michaels Kettlebell DVD and gave it all I had. Then I went online to try to figure out how many calories that burned, since MyFitnessPal acts like it doesn’t know what kettlebells are (sheesh! I’m only 8 years behind the trend – how far are they??).

According to several articles and a calculator I found, kettlebell workouts burn up to 20 calories per minute. If you’re accustomed at all to tracking calories and exercise burn rates, that’s hard to believe. I mean, I know I was working hard but 20 calories per minute is an INSANE number. That’s like cross-country skiing level of effort. Actually, according to that calculator, that’s even higher than cross-country skiing (generally the gold standard of full-body, high-calorie-burning workouts). I have to admit to being a little skeptical. According to everything I’m seeing, I just burned 500 calories in 25 minutes.

I couldn’t embrace that, it really seems too high, so I dropped a bit off and put 450 into MyFitnessPal, but I’m still suspicious of that number. It seems too good to be true. Anybody else have any experience with kettlebells and their burn rate?


Great news everybody!

The NIH did a rigorous study to determine whether low-carb or low-fat were better for weight loss!

*big sigh*

They got results that, for now, this time, seem reasonable and scientifically based. I find it annoying and frustrating every time one of these new studies comes out and the media descends on it like hungry coyotes. The truth of weight loss isn’t a fad or a trick or a secret. Truly, the final sentence of the article is the real heart of the matter:

“The takeaway: The most important part of dieting isn’t necessarily the kind of diet you chose when it comes to low-carb vs. low-fat, it’s whether you stick to it.”

Over the years I’ve been maintaining and the many fads I’ve seen come and go, this is the only truth I know. Find something you like and can stick to. Rock on with your bad self.

What’s good for the bust isn’t so good for the belly!

I went for a run on Saturday morning for the first time in months. I think I’ve finally maxed out on the DVDs and I’m bored. I went again this morning, 3 miles in about 45 minutes. I’ve never been fast, but I get the job done.

I’m also back to tracking my intake. Saturday I took my measurements and found an odd thing. My waist measurement has increased by an inch over the last 6 months, but my hips have stayed exactly the same.  Normally when I gain fat, it goes right to my hips, that is where I store it first. But my hips haven’t gotten any bigger. My waist has. My only thought is that all the ab work I’ve been doing has increased my abs. And since I haven’t been watching my intake like a hawk, I haven’t lost any of the fat over them either.

You know how when women start lifting weights everybody says, “Oh, if you work on your chest it’ll make your boobs bigger because the muscle under them will make them stand out more”? Well, my hypothesis is that that also applies to the fat on your abs. If you build your abs, and don’t reduce the fat over them you get…what I have gotten. That’s not what I wanted!

All of which has kicked me into gear to start tracking, reduce my intake a bit (cutting alcohol is easy low hanging fruit I can start with, and avoiding bits and bites throughout the day), and up my cardio. Hence, back to running since I’m bored with my DVDs.

I’ll still do DVDs, they’re great for when the weather is bad. My husband gave me a set of P90X to try, although currently they are throwing an error on the DVD player, so I will have to get that figured out before trying them.


Goodbye Twitter

I deactivated my Twitter account this morning. I got 5 emails in a row from them saying they’d detected a suspicious sign in attempt. My account has been hacked a couple of times in the past, too. The hassle factor of using Twitter is just not outweighing the usefulness of it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten more than one or two views, total, referred from my Twitter postings.

So if you were following me on Twitter to keep up with this blog…you probably don’t exist! Ha! Ok, maybe there are a few of you out there, although I’m somewhat skeptical about that. Anyway, you can always hit the “Follow” button over on the right there —> to get email or other types of updates when I post.

This week I’m focusing on mixing cardio and strength. And reducing my caloric intake because I had a crazy weekend at Costume College with probably too much eating for the last few days, so I’m working on balance. Also today is my wedding anniversary, so there’s that.