Bikes, Beer, Blahs, and the Weekend

I have to keep reminding myself of my unhealthy relationship with food.  I haven’t been great about my new rules.

On Friday, some co-workers were getting together to go out for food and beer.  I was invited, and social occasions are allowed per my self-imposed rules.  The fact I had an overly-large lunch earlier wasn’t good, but whatever.

I had a beer called “Morning Wood”, and I even shared my “Morning Wood”.  I made a (probably annoying) comment about the bike rack being free when others were complaining about parking meters.

I slept in Saturday.  I went out for a ride with Tim.  I got about 23 miles in.  I ate leftover split-pea soup.  I hadn’t gone grocery shopping.  I really wanted to go out for food and beer.  I successfully suppressed those urges.

I got up early today, Sunday, to meet Tim, Patrick, and Asher for a ride today.  I left before sunrise in the cold air.  It was a good ride, mostly urban.  Nothing epic, just four guys riding around.  I did have some snacks at coffee shops, but nothing extreme.  I ended the day with over 46 miles.

Again, later in the day I was really wanting to go out for food and beer.  I still haven’t gone grocery shopping.  I’m cooking a simple peas and rice dish that I actually have the stuff to make.  I’m not going back out, because if I do, I’ll find myself gorged on food and sloshing full of beer.

I’m slightly depressed because I know I shouldn’t go out to eat and drink.  Adding to that is the fact that I don’t like the way I feel about it.  I didn’t have this much trouble controlling my eating and drinking three and four years ago.  Why now?

I am killing time and forgetting about food for a while by burying myself in reading.  I’m currently reading Spin, which I highly recommend, at least if you’re into science fiction.


8 thoughts on “Bikes, Beer, Blahs, and the Weekend”

  1. I hear you about not being really on top of the food. Even with only 25 miles for the day (didn’t ride all the way back to church, as I ran into another mech issue), I have plenty of room left in my calorie count, but what I’ve eaten for the day is basically crap and crap with a side of crap.

    As I look back over my records on myfitnesspal, that’s pretty much the story every day of late. Ugh. I need to get back to a place where I’d rather eat salmon than pizza (I also need to figure out how to make my kitchen not completely suck for cooking). I also need to get myself riding with people more.

    I hate to admit it, but excepting the weird-but-tasty little vegan seed bar thing I got at Heine’s this AM, it’s likely that the *healthiest* thing I ate today was an egg McMuffin while I was waiting for DD to pick me up (well, I’ve also sucked down something like a half gallon of water, but that’s not *eating*).

    I think what it comes down to — for both you and me — is life-structure changes. Both of us made major progress in terms of fitness and nutrition when the structure of our lives looked one way, and then those structures changed dramatically (for the better in both cases, I think, in terms of long-term happiness), and maybe we just haven’t adapted yet.

    It’s a weird kind of challenge — life is moving forward; maybe we just have to figure out how to catch up.

  2. I’m glad you got out for some riding. I’ve been eating poorly myself lately, and I know I have to get back on track, but realistically I think it’ll be after the holidays before I worry about it too much. Hah.

  3. Maybe its a time of the year thing where everyone is looking to the New Year to set their new targets, goals whatever you call them.

    You did make me laugh with your beer called “Morning Wood” though. Once again that transatlantic translation means something completely different over here in the UK !!!!
    Ha ha a beer called Morning Wood would probably be banned here because of the name and I shall leave that to your imagination as why .

  4. “Morning Wood” means the same thing here. All of the beer had funny names. Another was “Hoppy Seconds”.

    The Morning Wood was rather good. It’s an ale with a smoky flavor (wood), and made with coffee (morning).

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