How do you measure success? – #mamavation #iHeartOmron

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When it comes to a challenge revolving around weight loss, it’s easy to get distracted by the scale. To let it define your failure or success. To let it paralyze you to the point where you give up.

When I started the Omron Fitness Challenge with Mamavation I weighed 162 lbs.

Today I weigh 162 lbs.

I’ll be honest, it’s frustrating, but in the back of my mind I know that at the point I am at in my journey to a healthy life (and weight), nothing happens quickly. And thanks to Omron I have the tools I need to achieve my goals, no matter how long it takes.

Previously I told you about the features of the Omron 510W Scale (even though the scale and I aren’t friends right now, it really does help you see the big picture) and the HJ-323U connected pedometer (which I use daily to get at least 10,000 steps in per day). Last week we added a new tool into our healthy lifestyle arsenal – an Omron strapless heart rate monitor. The HR-500U is worn like a watch on your arm and measures your heart rate constantly (once activated) without straps and without having to touch sensors.

strapless heart rate monitor

About the Omron-500U Strapless Heart Rate Monitor:

The new Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (HR-500U) takes away the need to use an annoying chest strap while exercising. Easy-to-use and comfortable, the wrist monitor provides accurate, continuous monitoring. Users can simply glance at the monitor on their wrist to check their heart rate without interrupting their workout. You also can track your results and progress over time for free at OmronFitness.com on your own personal dashboard.

  • No Chest Strap: Just put it on your wrist and you’re ready to go
  • Heart Rate: Measures blood flow through capillaries via an optic sensor on the wrist to determine heart rate on a continuous basis
  • Pace, Distance and Calories Burned: Accurately tracks pace, distance and calories burned during a run or walk
  • Color LCD Heart Rate Zone Alert: Programmable zones warn you if you’re too high or too low with a simple, easy-to-read color
  • OmronFitness.com: Connect the monitor at OmronFitness.com with a USB cable to track results, set goals and share victories, stores 8 hours of data; Mac and PC compatible
  • Washable/Breathable Wrist Strap: Lightweight strap for added comfort
  • Additional Features: timer, clock, backlight, rechargeable battery, water resistant
  • Includes: heart rate monitor, wrist strap, battery, micro USB cable, instruction manual

After using the Omron heart rate monitor for a few days, I am wondering if the reason my weight hasn’t budged is that it appears that much of my workouts are done with my heart rate near my max, which is not an ideal fat burning zone. It’s very easy to tell exactly which zone I am in during my workout because a light blinks on the front of the watch as it is recording my heart rate. This light changes color depending upon which zone I am in.

strapless heart rate monitor

For more information about the Omron strapless heart rate monitor, check out the video below:

As I mentioned above, I haven’t lost any weight from my initial starting weight for this challenge but my measurements continue to drop.

ChestWaistHipsBicepsCalvesThighs
12/3140 1/4″38″43 1/2″R:11 1/2″ L:12″R:16 1/4″ L:16 1/2″R:26″ L:25 3/4″
1/739″36 3/4″42 1/2″R:11 1/2″ L:12″R:16″ L:16 1/4″R:25 1/2″ L:25 1/2″
1/1338 3/4″36 1/4″42 1/4″R:11″ L:11 3/4″R:15 3/4″ L:16 1/4″R:25 1/4″ L:25 1/2″
1/2038 1/2″36″42″R:11″ L:11 1/2″R:15 3/4″ L:16 1/4″R:25″ L:25 1/4″
1/2738″35 3/4″42″R:11″ L:11 1/2″R:16″ L:16″R:24 3/4″ L:24 3/4″
2/337 3/4″34 1/2″40 3/4″R:10 3/4″ L:11 1/2″R:15 3/4″ L:15 3/4″R:24 1/2″ L:24 1/2″

I don’t know if you can tell, but I see a definitely difference in my stomach and my jeans fit a bit looser.

front before after

side before after

clothing before after

Now, just because you see “after” in those photos, the competition IS NOT OVER.

GAME ON until February 20th when the challenge ambassadors will converge upon Twitter and chat about the challenge and the great products we have been using in our journey to lose weight and get healthy.

#IHeartOmron Twitter Party details:

Panelists:
1. @Bookieboo–hostess, Mamavation creator
2. @Momma_oz –Mamavation Community Manager
3. @abirdandabean1–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
4. @AGirlWorthSavin–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
5. @busymommymedia–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
6. @CleverHousewife–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
7. @crunchybchmama–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
8. @denverhousewife–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
9. @formerlyphread–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
10. @formulamom–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
11. @frostedfingers–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
12. @jeaniekswan–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
13. @joanieatwater–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
14. @jonbonjovious–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
15. @justheather–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
16. @maryheston–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
17. @stitchblade–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
18. @monicazyoung–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
19. @ourordinarylife–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
20. @parentpalace–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
21. @Rachel_L–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
22. @scrappinmichele–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
23. @SensiblySara–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
24. @shrinkingkimber–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
25. @stacieinatlanta–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
26. @TaraZiegmont–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador
27. @whatsthatsmell–#iheartOmron Challenge Ambassador

Giveaways:
HR-500U Heart rate monitor retails for $149.99 (2 winners)
HJ-323U Connected pedometer retails at $49.99 (2 winners)
510W scale retails for $79.99 (2 winners)

For more information on the party and to RSVP, go here: Omron Fitness Twitter Party.

Join us, trust me you want to win one of those heart rate monitors!

This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Networkand Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families.  I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.

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Comments

    • says

      Thanks! I think the weights help a lot. I wasn’t using weights before EVER. Someone recommended I need to do heavy lifting but I’m sure I’m up for that yet.

  1. says

    You look fantabulous!!!!!!! Seriously! WOW! Look at all those inches lost! My scale did not move much, I need to work harder…
    You worked your hiney off every day and you are an incredible inspiration!!!!!

  2. Kimberly @shrinkingkimber says

    Inches are awesome! And I know this probably doesn’t help but I think you like awesome and you are under my goal weight so I’m jealous lol

    • says

      Thanks! Well I’m doing the workouts they provided for the challenge and the Les Mills Combat DVD program. Lots of twisting from punching and kicking.

  3. says

    The biggest result for me was in my ability to get through more of the exercise program than when we all started. I’m with you – people should join the twitter party because they are going to want this heart rate monitor. It’s awesome. It’s been fun chatting with you over the last four weeks – looking forward to the twitter party.

    • says

      That’s great that your endurance and strength improved! Sometimes it’s the things you can’t quantify that are the biggest obstacle.

      Thanks for the support and it’s been great chatting with you too!

  4. says

    You look AWESOME! I can see a difference in your mid-section!! (You also look very TAN as opposed to the “before” picture! Are you sun bathing in the snow?! ;) )

    Keep up the great work!! I hope you’ll keep me on my toes even after the 20th!

    • says

      Thank you!

      I think it was just the lighting LOL.

      You know I’ll keep you on your toes, I’m always looking to improve and not shy about sharing.

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