Fitness Friday #13 – Calm the Eff Down! Also 5K Success!

The beginning section of this post, about heart rate, was written on June 21st, and the second half was written this week.

I’ve been paying attention to my heart rate recently, and it is just out of control. Seriously, my resting heart rate is somewhere in the upper 70’s and that’s not great. Also, when I was on the treadmill this week, my heart rate got up to 200! So of course I spent the night Googling if that was bad and if I was about to have a heart attack.

According to the Mayo Clinic, your maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. So for me, it’s 183. Your target heart rate for exercise should be 70% – 85% or your maximum. For me it should be between 137-156. And yeah, during my last run on the treadmill I had to try, like super hard, to keep my heart rate under 180. The highest I got was 173. But I had to really really try to keep it even, and I was checking it about every two minutes.

I looked up things I can do to lower my heart rate and this is what I found:

  • Exercise – well yeah, I’ve been doing that, but my heart rate is too damn fast and it’s freaking me out when I exercise!
  • Stay hydrated – OK, I could do better with this. I’m setting a reminder on my phone to drink more water.
  • Limit intake of stimulants – Yeah, I drink decaff coffee, exclusively. And I don’t do uppers or smoke cigarettes.
  • Limit alcohol intake – I literally drink less than once a month…
  • Eat a healthy, balanced, diet – Gah! I’ve been on Weight Watchers for six months! I’ve eaten more fruits and vegetables this year than ever before. How much healthier can I eat?!
  • Get enough sleep – My target is six hours a night, and I hit it about 90% of the time
  • Reduce substantial long-term stress – Ahh, ok now we’re getting somewhere. I’m working on that one.
  • Seek outside counseling or psychological services – Yup, you got me on that one.
  • Get outdoors – I’m outdoors a lot these days, whether it’s working on the pool or my Couch to 5K.
  • Practice relaxation techniques – I’m seeing a theme here…

So at this point, other than water, I think my resting heart rate is all psychological. I need to calm the eff down, and I need to take some time to relax. I can own that. One of my goals this year is to go to therapy anyway, and to do more yoga. So that’s going to be my new focus for my health for the next little while, because I don’t want to drop dead suddenly from taxing my heart day in and day out! Not before I reach my goal weight šŸ™‚

Here’s how the week went:

Weight Loss

Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, Heart Rate
Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, Heart Rate

I am finally down! I was getting pretty discouraged there for a while, gaining weight and then zero progress. I’ve been traveling non-stop and it’s so much harder to stay on track when I’m away from home.


My main source of exercise has been running/jogging. Remember I was working on Couch to 5K? Well, I skipped right to the 5K part, and I’m now five down, and I’ve signed up for an official 5K in New Milford, CT (my former Stars Hollow).

Check it out!

First 2 mile run
First 5K!
First outside 5K
3rd 5K!

I ran another one last week, but had to stop a few times due to exhaustion and my heart rate being too high. There isn’t a video though, because I was just in a crummy mood, and was disappointed in how the ran went.

5th 5K!


Traveling sometimes leads to unhealthy, yet delicious foods. London was my downfall!

I try to eat as healthy as possible, and was lucky enough to find oatmeal at the airport.

Pizza in Minneapolis.

Getting back on track at home.


I’m in a weird spot at this moment; So close to the finish line, but I’m honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed being home and getting back on track. I’ve been fasting for months, I’ve been on Weight Watchers since January, and now I’m training for a 5K race. It’s a lot, and I want to quit. But I’ve got a goal, and I’m determined to reach it this year!

What keeps you motivated? I can use all the encouraging words you’ve got! Also, do you track your heart rate? Do you have any suggestions for keeping it low?

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    • Mother of 3
    • July 20, 2019

    I find travel is the hardest thing when on any weight loss plan; it’s hard to eat healthy when you’re not the one preparing the foods. I find the one thing that has kept me motivated at this point is taking lots of selfies (something I’ve never done before) so I can really SEE the changes that have taken place.

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      Ah! That’s a good idea. I’m awful at taking selfies. I mean, I take more now that I’m slimming down. I should make a point to take more so that I can look at them for inspiration when I’m traveling. I always start the trip feeling like I’m going to stay on track, and then a day or two into it I lose all momentum. With meeting snacks, team dinners, and those hotel breakfasts!

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    I spent all of February worrying about my heart because I had a “bad” echocardiogram. It turns out I just have abnormal EKG’s and that is “normal” for some people. W.T.F. .

    You are working so hard, I really need you as MY life coach. Move to Chicago to be mine, PLEASE???
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      Oh no, that’s awful! And you’re abnormal is normal, that’s crazy. I think my heart rate is always just high, I have to find out if that is abnormal. Or normal abnormal. Yeesh, our bodies are so weird!

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