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Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Blogger Award and A Product Review (Heart Rate Monitor)

Next up, I received my very first blog award from Christina, one of my favorite blogging sisters.  To be honest I was feeling left out so I was happy to see Christina's post!

 So, to accept this award I'm supposed to list 5 guilty pleasures and then pass it on to 3 more fabulous and sweet bloggers! 

1.  Back, Neck, Full Body Massages-I went to a weekend resort once and the primary activity was meditating, soaking in your private hot tub and  signing up/receiving a series of massages.  I feel that this is what heaven for women must be like.  

2.  Pedicures-I love the whole process of soaking, getting my toenails trimmed, callouses filed, reading celebrity magazines.

3.  Kentucky Fried Chicken-Its delicious, decadent and so bad for you.  I only allow myself KFC if I'm really under the weather. And it always makes me feel better.
4.  Really Divine Gourmet Cupcakes-There is a wonderful gourmet bakery that makes divine cupcakes with soft/moist delicious cake and light whipped frostings.  They don't have juvenile flavors that our kids would has delicious mocha, dark chocolates, almond, tiramisu.. Since becoming serious about weight loss I make a point of driving paths away from the store.

5.  Beautiful Shoes and Accessories-I love beautiful shoes and accessories.  I guess since gaining weight, these were indulgences that were not contingent upon my weight.  Now that the scale is going down, I am starting to look at beautiful clothes again.  .

Alison  A British Blogger and one of my mentors when I was starting out
Susan  A new and determined new bandster who has already lost 25 lbs
Ronnie  A new blogger who is making the successful journey downward!


Product Review!~

 I purchased the NB Heart Rate Monitor.  It literally does everything and the kitchen sink.  It is good for someone like me who is starting to get active again.  A lot of times I truly thought I was burning calories because I was so busy.  But true healthy exercise requires pushing yourself to move and sustaining activity which increases your heart rate.  This has been a great accountability tool.  I purchased mine at COSTCO for about $50.

  • On-Demand heart rate reading
  • No chest strap needed
  • Buttonless HR touch bezel
  • ECG accurate heart rate monitor
  • % of maximum heart rate
  • Auto or custom set HR target zone
  • Audio alarm if HR reading is out of your target zone
  • 100 hour chronograph
  • 100 hour countdown timer
  • Calories burned
  • Time/day/date
  • 12 or 24 hour format
  • 2 time zones
  • 1 daily alarm
  • EL backlight
  • 50m water resistant
  • 2 year warranty


  1. Yay! Congrats on your blogger award!!

    I also just got a heart rate monitor (I got the Polar F11 for women from amazon). I also love it! Don't know what I did before I had it. Do you think the calorie count is accurate on yours? I asked my trainer and he said they're usually pretty accurate but it seems high to me. What do you think?

  2. @violinist with a band...I feel that the calories are pretty accurate...the heart rate monitor is another tool to keep me accountable.
    I probably overestimated my activity level before...being a busy consultant and mom probably doesn't burn that many calories...I really need sustained aerobic exercise every once in awhile.

  3. Ooo...pedicures. I used to treat myself to a spa pedicure once a month, but haven't done it in a long time. I forget what a wonderful guilty pleasure it is! I should start that again, really.

    And? I'm glad you're loving your new toy! I got a bodybugg for Christmas and am loving learning what I'm actually burning in a day!

  4. You certainly do deserve this award!! Congrats!! And don't forget, you've got the "Stylish Blogger Award" - just waiting for you on my blog!!

  5. Thank you so much, I was feeling a bit left out too!