★ Bangarang! Hook Remix

I watched Hook on the weekend, I'm really not sure why...but it was on and well I watched it. Anyway, just now I was looking at random things on YouTube and came across this video. It's quite cute, go watch it.
I watched Hook on the weekend, I’m really not sure why…but it was on and well I watched it. Anyway, just now I was looking at random things on YouTube and came across this video. It’s quite cute, go watch it. Continue reading★ Bangarang! Hook Remix

★ Bangarang! Hook Remix

I watched Hook on the weekend, I'm really not sure why...but it was on and well I watched it. Anyway, just now I was looking at random things on YouTube and came across this video. It's quite cute, go watch it.

I watched Hook on the weekend, I’m really not sure why…but it was on and well I watched it. Anyway, just now I was looking at random things on YouTube and came across this video. It’s quite cute, go watch it. Continue reading★ Bangarang! Hook Remix

★ Canon's Photo5 Competition is back for 09

Canon Australia's Photo5 competition is back again in 2009, and entries are open right now! There's a very limited number of spots available in the competition this year so head on over to the Canon Photo5 website and register now. Prizes this year include an EOS 5D Mark II Premium kit and a photography safari with professional photographer Chris Bray up for grabs for each of the 5 winners. Go register now!
Canon Australia’s Photo5 competition is back again in 2009, and entries are open right now!

There’s a very limited number of spots available in the competition this year so head on over to the Canon Photo5 website and register now.

Prizes this year include an EOS 5D Mark II Premium kit and a photography safari with professional photographer Chris Bray up for grabs for each of the 5 winners.

Go register now!

★ Canon's Photo5 Competition is back for 09

Canon Australia's Photo5 competition is back again in 2009, and entries are open right now!There's a very limited number of spots available in the competition this year so head on over to the Canon Photo5 website and register now. Prizes this year include an EOS 5D Mark II Premium kit and a photography safari with professional photographer Chris Bray up for grabs for each of the 5 winners. Go register now!

Canon Australia’s Photo5 competition is back again in 2009, and entries are open right now!

There’s a very limited number of spots available in the competition this year so head on over to the Canon Photo5 website and register now.

Prizes this year include an EOS 5D Mark II Premium kit and a photography safari with professional photographer Chris Bray up for grabs for each of the 5 winners.

Go register now!

★ Training with a heart rate monitor

When you're trying to lose weight and getting regular exercise a lot of people get disheartened by their lack of progress. I'll admit I've suffered from this as well. You work out, work out, work out, you're eating healthily, drinking loads of water, you should be losing weight! So where's it all going wrong?

Ever heard of 'heart rate zones' ?

When you're working out your heart rate increases, and the harder you work out, the higher the heart rate. However there's a point where you stop burning fat and start increasing your aerobic capacity. Now that's not normally a problem, unless you've only just started trying to lose weight. If you're working out 3-4 times a week and you've actually gone above your fat burning zone then you're going to start getting disheartened with your workout regime as you're not losing any weight, so what do you do....you work out 5-6 days a week and end up either burning yourself out or getting the shits to the point where you quit the whole thing.

And that's why you need a heart rate monitor.

Before you actually buy, or at least start using, a heart rate monitor you need to work out your fat burning heart rate zone. So how do you do that? Well it's actually quite simple, here's how you do it;
220 (max hr*) - 33 (age) = 187 187 - 70 (resting hr) = 117 117 x 65% = 76 bpm (low end of fat burning heart rate zone) and 85% = 100 bpm (high end of fat burning heart rate zone) So my fat burning heart rate zone is between 76 bpm and 100 bpm. *hr is heart rate
This formula is some times referred to as the Karvoven formula, or at least a derivative of it.

Now you need a heart rate monitor!

Now that you know you're fat burning heart rate zone you need to get a heart rate monitor. Looking at the various heart rate monitors on Amazon, there's a huge variety with a multitude of features. My preference is to stick with Polar, they've been around for a long time and are probably the best known brand of heart rate monitor on the market. I ended up choosing the Polar FS3. It has some nice features like automatic and manual heart rate zones, average and total number of heart beats, audible alarms for target heart rates, big numbers on the lcd, and water resistant to 50m. Hopefully my new Polar FS3 heart rate monitor should arrive some time in the next week. I'll keep you posted on how it performs.
When you’re trying to lose weight and getting regular exercise a lot of people get disheartened by their lack of progress. I’ll admit I’ve suffered from this as well. You work out, work out, work out, you’re eating healthily, drinking loads of water, you should be losing weight!

So where’s it all going wrong? Continue reading★ Training with a heart rate monitor

★ Training with a heart rate monitor

When you're trying to lose weight and getting regular exercise a lot of people get disheartened by their lack of progress. I'll admit I've suffered from this as well. You work out, work out, work out, you're eating healthily, drinking loads of water, you should be losing weight!So where's it all going wrong?

Ever heard of 'heart rate zones' ?

When you're working out your heart rate increases, and the harder you work out, the higher the heart rate. However there's a point where you stop burning fat and start increasing your aerobic capacity. Now that's not normally a problem, unless you've only just started trying to lose weight. If you're working out 3-4 times a week and you've actually gone above your fat burning zone then you're going to start getting disheartened with your workout regime as you're not losing any weight, so what do you do....you work out 5-6 days a week and end up either burning yourself out or getting the shits to the point where you quit the whole thing.

And that's why you need a heart rate monitor.

Before you actually buy, or at least start using, a heart rate monitor you need to work out your fat burning heart rate zone. So how do you do that? Well it's actually quite simple, here's how you do it;

220 (max hr*) - 33 (age) = 187 187 - 70 (resting hr) = 117 117 x 65% = 76 bpm (low end of fat burning heart rate zone) and 85% = 100 bpm (high end of fat burning heart rate zone) So my fat burning heart rate zone is between 76 bpm and 100 bpm. *hr is heart rate

This formula is some times referred to as the Karvoven formula, or at least a derivative of it.

Now you need a heart rate monitor!

Now that you know you're fat burning heart rate zone you need to get a heart rate monitor. Looking at the various heart rate monitors on Amazon, there's a huge variety with a multitude of features. My preference is to stick with Polar, they've been around for a long time and are probably the best known brand of heart rate monitor on the market. I ended up choosing the Polar FS3. It has some nice features like automatic and manual heart rate zones, average and total number of heart beats, audible alarms for target heart rates, big numbers on the lcd, and water resistant to 50m. Hopefully my new Polar FS3 heart rate monitor should arrive some time in the next week. I'll keep you posted on how it performs.

When you’re trying to lose weight and getting regular exercise a lot of people get disheartened by their lack of progress. I’ll admit I’ve suffered from this as well. You work out, work out, work out, you’re eating healthily, drinking loads of water, you should be losing weight!

So where’s it all going wrong? Continue reading★ Training with a heart rate monitor

★ Weigh in Week 2

Week 2 is done and dusted, and well I didn't lose any weight this week despite getting some exercise and keeping pretty active all week. I ate very healthily, drank loads and loads of water each day, but unfortunately I didn't lose any actual kg's. When I got off of the scales this morning I wasn't overly happy, however we hadn't done my measurements yet.... Measurement wise, I actually lost a few centimeters off of my chest and hips. And while it doesn't feel as good as losing actual weight, it's still some progress in the right direction so I'm not entirely bummed. BMI 34.5, Weight 94kg, Neck 43cm, Chest 107cm, Right bicep 37.5cm, Left bicep 33cm, Waist 108cm, Hips 104cm So that's 3.5cm off of my chest, and 3cm off of my hips....better than no loss, and way better than gaining weight! Below is the updated graph. Weight Loss Tracker - Week 2 This week I'm hoping to get a bit more exercise, but maybe not as intensely (see heart rate monitor article). So there you go, till next week.....
Week 2 is done and dusted, and well I didn’t lose any weight this week despite getting some exercise and keeping pretty active all week. I ate very healthily, drank loads and loads of water each day, but unfortunately I didn’t lose any actual kg’s. When I got off of the scales this morning I wasn’t overly happy, however we hadn’t done my measurements yet…. Continue reading★ Weigh in Week 2

★ Weigh in Week 2

Week 2 is done and dusted, and well I didn't lose any weight this week despite getting some exercise and keeping pretty active all week. I ate very healthily, drank loads and loads of water each day, but unfortunately I didn't lose any actual kg's. When I got off of the scales this morning I wasn't overly happy, however we hadn't done my measurements yet....Measurement wise, I actually lost a few centimeters off of my chest and hips. And while it doesn't feel as good as losing actual weight, it's still some progress in the right direction so I'm not entirely bummed. BMI 34.5, Weight 94kg, Neck 43cm, Chest 107cm, Right bicep 37.5cm, Left bicep 33cm, Waist 108cm, Hips 104cm So that's 3.5cm off of my chest, and 3cm off of my hips....better than no loss, and way better than gaining weight! Below is the updated graph. Weight Loss Tracker - Week 2 This week I'm hoping to get a bit more exercise, but maybe not as intensely (see heart rate monitor article). So there you go, till next week.....

Week 2 is done and dusted, and well I didn’t lose any weight this week despite getting some exercise and keeping pretty active all week. I ate very healthily, drank loads and loads of water each day, but unfortunately I didn’t lose any actual kg’s. When I got off of the scales this morning I wasn’t overly happy, however we hadn’t done my measurements yet…. Continue reading★ Weigh in Week 2

★ Saturday morning coffee reading

The week is over, time to sit down with a coffee (or your beverage of choice) and read some blog articles that I've been saving in my RSS reader all week; Lifehacker's - The Definitive Guide to Ditching Your Discs ProBlogger's - How to find Readers for a Business Blog Chase Jarvis' - Dodging the Red-Hot Poker Scobelizer's - Real time comments will piss off pro bloggers (at first) and last, but not least Carsonified's - Revealing Data to Get Attention Enjoy.....
The week is over, time to sit down with a coffee (or your beverage of choice) and read some blog articles that I’ve been saving in my RSS reader all week Continue reading★ Saturday morning coffee reading

★ Saturday morning coffee reading

The week is over, time to sit down with a coffee (or your beverage of choice) and read some blog articles that I've been saving in my RSS reader all week;Lifehacker's - The Definitive Guide to Ditching Your Discs ProBlogger's - How to find Readers for a Business Blog Chase Jarvis' - Dodging the Red-Hot Poker Scobelizer's - Real time comments will piss off pro bloggers (at first) and last, but not least Carsonified's - Revealing Data to Get Attention Enjoy.....

The week is over, time to sit down with a coffee (or your beverage of choice) and read some blog articles that I’ve been saving in my RSS reader all week Continue reading★ Saturday morning coffee reading