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Week 4 of the #IHeartOmron #Mamavation Challenge

Omron Fitness Challenge

I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since we started this challenge for Omron Fitness. I feel like I had two great weeks and two “eh” weeks. I think last week’s problem was because of my arm injury that I told you about while roller skating last week. My arm is mostly better, though it does feel a little weak while working out. I’m going to keep pushing through, smartly, though. This is my final push and I want to make this week great! Our final numbers will be revealed at the #IHeartOmron #Mamavation twitter party on Feb. 20, 2013 from 8-10pm EST!!  Make sure you RSVP here!

Feb 2 Scale Picture IHeartOmron

As you can see, I’m down one pound from last week. That makes 7.2 pounds total lost since I applied for this competition! The scale, though, doesn’t seem to be showing the REAL progress I’ve made. I’ve lost quite a few inches which proves that I’ve gained a bunch of muscle along the way.

Date Weight Chest Waist Hips Biceps Calves Thighs Clothing Size
1/6  210.4 45.5″ 43″ 51″ R:13 1/2″ L:14″ R:17 1/2″ L:17 1/2″ R:26″ L:26″ 18
1/13  209.8 44″ 43″ 50″ R:14″ L:14″ R:17 1/2″ L:17 1/2″ R:26″ L:26″ 18
1/20  210.4 44″ 42 1/5″ 50″ R:13 1/2″ L:13 1/2″ R:17 1/2″ L:17 1/2″ R:25 1/2″ L:26″ 18/16
1/27  208.8  43″  40″ 48 1/2″ R:14 L:13 R:17″ L:17″ R:24″ L:25″ 16
2/3  207.8  43″ 40″ 48.5″ R: 13″ L: 13″ R:17″ L:17″ R:25″ L:25″ 16

I felt really silly taking “after” pictures for this post since I’m not even halfway through my progress, but I’m glad I did. I can see a difference for sure! I’m not using my side pictures because I didn’t stand the same so it looks silly, but here’s my front before and after shots.

IHeartOmron, Mamavation

You can see the weight hasn’t changed a whole lot, but I believe my body shape has. This past week we were given an Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (HR-5ooU) to help keep us in the right zone for weight loss. It’s going to take me some time to get used to wearing it for working out. I apparently get very sweaty while working out, because about 20 minutes into my one hour treadmill walk the other day the monitor lost my heartbeat and no matter what I did I could not get it back. My friends joked that I must be a zombie.


I like that the monitor flashes different colors to let you know what zone you are in for weight loss.

The new Omron HR-500U strapless & continuous wrist Heart Rate Monitor takes away the need to use an annoying chest strap while exercising.  Easy-to-use and comfortable, the HR-500U is worn on the wrist and provides accurate, continuous monitoring.  You can also track your results and progress over time at on your own personal online dashboard.


  • No Chest Strap— Just put it on your wrist and you’re ready to go
  • Heart rate—Receive continuous monitoring of your heart rate
  • Pace & Distance—Accurately tracks pace & distance during a run or walk
  • Calories—Tracks calories burned during your workout
  • 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
  • Software – Upload data to your personal dashboard on with a USB cable
  • Clock—Automatically resets; start with a clean slate each day
  • Timer
  • Backlight
  • Water Resistant
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Washable/Breathable wrist strap—Lightweight strap for added comfort
  • MSRP $149.00


I am so excited for the Twitter party next Wednesday when I find out how I did in the competition compared to everyone else! I am really ready to push it this last week. Speaking of, time to go get in my “Build It” workout before I have to run and get the kids. Have a great week and see you at the party next week!

If you’d like to visit my past posts from this competition:

Week 3 Results

Week 2 Results

Week 1 Results

I was chosen!

Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and 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. 

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. You are doing SO GREAT! And yes, your body shape has changed! You look awesome! Keep up the good work!!
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  2. I can def tell a difference in your stomach area that you have lost weight! Way to go Paula. I can’t wait to see how awesome you are going to look in a year!
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  3. oh this makes me want to take pics like these (though probably not to share) because that is a really good change so you’re right clearly the scale doesn’t tell the full picture. keep up the good work!!!!!
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  4. Jenny @ MyLittleMe says:

    I can see a difference. Great job! Keep it up!

  5. Great work! Keep it up!
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  6. Holy cow, I think your middle shows WAY MORE progress than any of those numbers show. Great job!
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  7. Wow, Paula! Way to stick with it! You look great!

  8. Wow!!! You are looking great! I can definitely see a difference in your pictures. Keep up the good work girl!!!

  9. Wow! Great job!

  10. Your before and “mid-point” pics are AMAZING — you have done so well and your body is proving it! GREAT JOB!!!!
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  11. WTG sometimes Scales are just so off and I have to say that YES I too can tell a big difference in the tone and tightness of your stomach. Keep up the great work Paula
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  12. WOW your after picture is inspiring!! Great job !
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  13. That is a huge difference Paula, even if the scale hasn’t changed much, you really have!
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  14. You are doing great!! I can see the difference in the photos….keep up the good work!

  15. Look at you, mama! I was thinking you looked thinner last time I saw you. Your before and after pictures here REALLY show it! Way to go!

  16. Wow, what an amazing difference! Congrats on your loss and seriously inspirational.
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  17. you are doing great Paula!
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  18. Awesome results photos! Congrats
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  19. You’re doing GREAT, Paula! I can see a huge difference in your body and I’ll bet you feel so much better!

    Keep truckin’! You know the competition is only with yourself and isn’t over until the skinny lady (you) sings!
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