Lazy

I had an excuse for not riding today, but it wasn’t a good one.  I ate too much yesterday, and today.  I’m not sick anymore, just lazy.

My weigh-in yesterday was up a little, to 232.6 lbs.  I had hoped to stay under 230 permanently.

I’m considering an 11-mile night ride tonight.  It’s a low-traffic area that will be a lot of fun.  I’ve got some housework I’ve got to get done first… Oh, yeah, I’m at work, so I’ve got to finish up here too.

It’s easy to get lazy when life is throwing curves.

Not Quite Under 230, but Close

On Tuesday I weighed-in at 229 lbs.  That’s the first time I’ve dropped under 230.  Unfortunately I’ve weighed 230.2 lbs in the two days since.  I know that daily weighings don’t mean much, but it will still feel good when I permanently get below 230.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress.  I’m averaging 5.55 lbs of weight loss every 30 days.

I’d like to get an updated progress picture up, but I need to find someone to help take the picture, and that’s a gruesome task.  🙂

I Started Naming My Bikes

Yep.  I might have cracked.

My hybrid bike is now known as Nermal.  I haven’t named the recumbent yet.  The idea for Nermal came to me on Monday when I was riding it to lunch.  I don’t know why, but it does seem to fit.

I also created a “My Bikes” page.

I’ve been riding Nermal all week.  Since buying the recumbent, Nermal has mostly sat, going for the occasional ride when my daughter was around.  She doesn’t like riding with me when I’m my recumbent, because it’s too goofy looking.  It was time to get Nermal out and about again.

This is Hard Work

I rode all the way to work and back yesterday and today.  I’m tired and my legs hurt.

Here are my options for tomorrow:

  • Drive – be lazy
  • Ride in again – hard work!
  • Drive part of the way, then ride

I haven’t decided which to do.  Driving all the way does require me to pay for parking, and that’s not fun.

I really admire those who live car-free.  I may yet do that someday, but not until I live in the city.

I Must Avoid the Buffet

I ate at a buffet twice in two days.  I did this right after writing about positive reinforcement. <sigh>

I also didn’t ride my bike today.  The recumbent was in the shop getting adjusted.  I could have ridden my other bike, but I was lazy, and lousy weather is an easy excuse.  I am planning on riding tomorrow.

Positive Feedback Keeping Me Motivated

When I have a plateau with my weight loss, I tend to get a little discouraged.  On the other hand, when I lose a substantial amount, I’m more motivated to work harder and lose more weight.

My weight on Sunday was 230.8 lbs.  I was dehydrated from my 45-mile ride, so I knew it would go up again.  On Monday I weighed-in at 232.2 lbs.  It did go up, but not as much as I thought it would.

I’ve spent too much time in the high 230s.  It feels good to be in the low 230s.  Now I need to push harder to get into the 220s.

I did a partial commute on my bike yesterday.  I rode all the way into work today.  I left at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7:00.  It was very dark, but my new lights lit the way well.  Traffic was light for the first 20 minutes of the ride.  It was quite peaceful.

I’ve been doing better with my eating habits and exercise.  Losing weight will spur me on to continue.

Struggles

My weight has pretty much plateaued right around 238 lbs.  It’s entirely my fault.  I’ve eaten poorly, and went too many days off of the bike.  I’ve made progress is spurts, then backslide back to where I was.

I’m going to have to put a little more effort into my eating habits.  I can eat fine for three days, then consume 3000 calories in one sitting, and that isn’t helping my weight loss.  I don’t want to deny myself the things I like, that’s not sustainable long-term.  I just need to control the amount of the things I eat.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been skipping tracking my calories on an occasional basis, usually when I’ve eaten too much.

I’ve made excuses for not being on the bike enough.  If I lived closer to work, I’d have someone take my car keys for a few weeks, but I really don’t think I’m ready for a car-free existence, not even on a temporary basis.

I will be taking another ride this weekend.  I’m shooting for 70-75 miles.  I’ll leave early enough that I can get home before dark.  I have a route in mind:
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The route is about 75 miles, and it’s a little flatter than the last ride I took.  It does have a few hilly areas, so I’ll get to work the legs some, but hopefully without turning into a pile of rubber.

Don’t let anyone lie to you.  There are no magic pills or diets.  Weight loss is hard!

Ups and Downs

I intended to ride to work on Friday.  I drove instead.  I intended to eat healthy this weekend.  I did not.  I had intended to ride to work tomorrow, but I know now that I won’t

The last few days have been bad.  I need to adjust my attitude so I can accomplish something.  I’ll leave that for Tuesday though.

Feeling Good

I feel good.  I rode into work today.  That’s three days this week, and I plan on riding tomorrow too.

My weight last night was 235.2 lbs.  That’s the lowest weight yet.  I’m halfway to my goal weight.  I’m not going to celebrate yet though.  I want to have a weekly average that puts me halfway to my goal before I bring out the fattening celebratory sweets.

In addition to riding my bike to work 3 to 4 days a week, I plan on a longer weekend ride at least once a month.  Last Sunday’s ride was very enjoyable.  Now that I know how far I can go, I can work on building that distance up.

Back In the Game

After roughly a week of really slacking off, I’m back.  I’m eating better, I rode to work today, and I intend to keep blogging, and weighing myself daily.

My commute into work today was a little nippy.  I need to buy some gloves.  There was more road debris to watch out for due to Sunday’s storm, but not a lot more.  Most of the tree branches have been pushed off of the road.

I’ve Gained Weight

I don’t know how much weight I’ve gained.  My trip last week, and general laziness over the weekend has definitely put me off track.  I intended to ride my bike to work today, but yesterday’s windstorm made a mess of the roads.  I will ride tomorrow.

I’ve been overeating for almost a week.  I haven’t been on a bike ride in a week.  I haven’t rode to work in over a week.  I’ve got to get out of this rut.

Traveling and Weight Loss

Obligations at work mean that I’m spending three days out of town this week.  I’m currently in Goshen, New York to work on a project.  My weight loss efforts are a lower priority for the rest of the week.  I got up at 3:30 A.M. today, took a 6:30 flight from Louisville to Newark, and traveled by car to here.

I worked all day today, then went to an Italian restaurant for dinner.  Now I’m back at the hotel, and getting ready to get some sleep.

There is a fitness center here at the hotel, but I packed light, and don’t have clothing to wear while exercising.  I thought about renting a bike, but exhaustion and time are problems.

I gave up tracking my calories for these few days, and don’t have a scale with me.  Oh well, I’ll be home late Friday, and I’ll get back into my routine.

Back On the Bike

Yesterday was my first day back at work.  I intended to ride my bike.  Apparently I prefer sleeping over riding, as I overslept, and had to drive to work.  I felt like a lazy slob all day because of it.

I made up for it today.  I rode into to work this morning, and made good time.  I felt incredibly fast (although my bike computer said I averaged less than 17 MPH).  Some of it was good luck.  I didn’t hit many red lights.  Traffic was light.  The weather was wonderful.

I still have to ride home later.  It may rain.  The temperature will probably be in the 90s.

I hope to ride everyday the rest of the week.

Gotta Work to Make Progress…

I’ve been meaning to do some exercise besides bike riding.  I still haven’t done much.  I also didn’t ride my bike very much this week so far, until today.

I rode to work and back on my recumbent with the clipless pedals today.  The ride in was great, the ride home was windy and slow.

After getting home, I rode my hybrid bike to the grocery store.  There was another guy there with a similar bike buying groceries, but he didn’t have a rear-rack or bags, so he was tying the plastic grocery bags to his handlebars.

My weight tonight was 239.2!  Under 240!  It was just July 27th when I dropped below 250.  I don’t know if I’ll gain a little, and have to wait a little longer to stay under 240 or not.

175 — here I come!

Still Plugging Along

I’m still working at my weight loss, still losing weight, and still riding my bike.  I feel like there isn’t a lot to post about though.

Anyway, I’m only riding my bike to work three days this week.  I rode yesterday, today was a “lazy day”, I have other plans tomorrow and I need my car, and I plan on riding Thursday and Friday.

My weight has been hanging right at 243.6 lbs for three days.  There is no fluctuation at all.

I’ve been better with my eating, but I have had a six-pack of beer over the last four days.

Sometimes when there doesn’t seem to be much going on, I feel like I’m not making progress.  Then I pull up my spreadsheet, and I can see that I’m down 52.8 lbs.  I can also see that I’m down 16.6 lbs since June 30th when I started tracking my calories again.  So, really, I just need to keep doing what I’m doing for another 68.6 lbs.

What I Eat, A Typical Day

What I eat now is a bit different than what I was eating before I was bicycling.  Also, much of my recent content has been bicycle related, and that’s not what this blog is really supposed to be about.

Today I consumed about 1720 calories:

Breakfast:

  • Kashi GoLean Crunch w/ skim milk
  • Banana
  • Vanilla Yogurt

This is actually a bit heavier than my normal breakfast.  I do find the fiber in the cereal to be good for keeping me full.  It also has quite a few carbs for energy.  Bananas provide potassium, and the yogurt gives extra calcium… and I really like it.

Lunch:

  • Sliced chicken lunchmeat sandwich on rye bread w/ swiss cheese
  • A bunch of grapes

Yes, I have some lunch-making supplies at work.  I usually have a sandwich and fruit.  Sometimes it’s grapes, sometimes it’s bananas.  The sliced chicken, cheap lunchmeat crap is too high in sodium, but I like it.

Snack:

  • Twix Ice Cream Bar
  • Gatorade

I picked up this snack at a convenience store on the way home.  I was riding my bike, and I felt I needed a little more energy.  I also drank some water from my water bottle.

Dinner:

  • Small pork chop, grilled outside
  • Brussell sprouts

I need protein.  I love brussell sprouts.  It was a quick easy meal.  I need quick easy dinners, as I don’t have a lot of time after getting home before I go to bed.

I also drink black coffee from the time I get to work until around 2 p.m.  I drink water all day long.  I occasionally drink beer, but didn’t today.

Supplements and drugs:

  • Fish oil pills
  • Multivitamin
  • Metamucil fiber supplement
  • Aspirin (or acetaminophen if pain is bad)

The fish oil and vitamins started before the weight loss to help deal with depression.  It seems to work for me, and has other health benefits.  I used to take the fiber regularly, but I don’t do it as often now due to gas.  I take aspirin most days for its health benefits, or, if I’m in pretty bad pain, I’ll take acetaminophen.

That is a list of everything that I consumed today.  Today was typical for a weekday.  My calorie intake does vary.  Sometimes I go out to lunch.  Sometimes I eat a very light dinner.  On weekends my eating is all over the board.

The (Short) Week in Review

Due to tomorrow being a holiday, this was a four-day work-week.  I only biked to work on one of those days.  I had intended to bike all four days.  There were various reasons for not biking, none of them very good.

On the other hand, I have been tracking my calories, and controlling my eating.  I had been eating too much, especially carbohydrates, and I had not lost weight.

On June 30 my weight was down over 4 lbs to 260.2.  I assumed this was just a fluctuation, but it has continued.  My weight today is 256.2.  This is the lowest weight I’ve been at since starting this.  My last “big” weight loss was April 30, and I’m 3.2 lbs less than that.

I feel good that this is partly due to just the calorie tracking (averaged 1826 calories per day since June 30), and partially a fluctuation.  The bike had little to do with it, because I’ve barely ridden it since Monday.  I will be back on it this weekend, and commuting next week.

Ah, Food. I Love Food

I love food.  I have a problem with eating too much of it, and for the wrong reasons.  That is the whole reason for the existence of this website.

I’ve seen almost no weight loss in two months, just fluctuation.  This is discouraging considering the effort I’ve put into biking.

As of today, I’m tracking everything I eat, and the estimated calories, just like I did when I started this adventure.  I done eating for the day, and I’ve consumed an estimated 1685 calories.  That’s pretty good for someone who rode about 34 miles on a bike today.

Putting the food I eat in a list, even without calories counts, makes me aware of what I’m doing wrong.

So, I’m aiming for under 2000 calories per day, and biking to work and back (32 miles round trip) 3 or 4 times a week.  As always, I’ll adjust any of this as I need to.  I’d love to see my average monthly weight drop by 5 or six pounds for several months in a row.

I Feel Great!

I rode home in 90 minutes.  Nothing broke.  There was a gentle breeze coming from behind me, and it didn’t rain.  I took about an eight minute break and drank some Gatorade.  I couldn’t have asked for a better commute.

When I got home, my dogs were very excited to see me.  After I took them out, I got out of my sweaty clothes, and laid down in front of the fan for a few minutes to cool off.  I’m cooled off now, but I really need a shower.

I’m hoping to ride to Deam Lake this weekend.  It’ll feel good to go swimming after biking there.  I found a route on back roads that is about 15 miles.

The Problem With Blogging

My blog has not actually gone dark.  I’m still making progress.  I’ve ridden about 18 miles in the last week.  I’ve done a bunch of yard work.  I’m getting exercise.  I’m eating well, other than drinking too much beer.

My main problem is finding something of interest to write about.  A lot of little things in our lives are unimportant to anyone else.  Bloggers who are good writers can turn an otherwise boring story into something engaging.  I cannot.  I’m not much of a writer.

Excerpts From My Thoughts Today

7:00 A.M.
I want to be lazy and drive all the way to work. Riding is too hard.

7:30 A.M.
I want to lose weight, so I guess I’ll load the bike on the car.

8:30 A.M.
Please don’t run me over. Please don’t run me over. Please don’t run me over.

11:00 A.M.
I need to have a better attitude about work before I really piss someone off.

5:45 P.M.
Downtown rush-hour traffic is awesome on a bike.

6:00 P.M.
Please don’t run me over. Please don’t run me over. Please don’t run me over.

7:30 P.M.
I enjoy doing dishes while listening to Puscifer. Yes, I think with hyperlinks, I am a web developer after all.

8:30 P.M.
I’m dreading weighing after eating too much, and drinking beer.

It Should Have Been a Beautiful Day for a Ride

Today started wonderfully.  I woke up in a good mood.  The weather is perfect for a bike ride.  I had a few things to do first.

I went to the bike shop, and bought a helmet.  I’m old enough to know I’m not indestructible.  The guy at the shop was helpful, and understood that I had never worn a bike helmet before.

I also bought a stereo receiver and speakers for my living room.  I guess I’m an old fart.  I just want good stereo speakers.  I don’t want a surround sound thing.  I got a decent receiver, and settled (temporarily) on some bookshelf speakers.  I’ll probably replace them later with some big Cerwin-Vega speakers.

I got home, tested out the new electronics, then took my bike to the state park for a (mostly) traffic-free ride.  The helmet didn’t bother me, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get into the ride.  I only rode about 30 minutes before packing up and heading home.

Now I’m at home bored and somewhat depressed.  I really don’t know why.

I may go out for another ride today.  I will go out tomorrow.  I will also do my partial commute at least three times next week.

Not Letting a Small Setback Bother Me

In a comment to a previous post, I mention that I did not do well on Saturday.  It’s true.  I ate a pizza, and drank a six-pack of beer.  I didn’t exercise either.

However, yesterday, I was determined to continue on.  I ate well, and watched one episode of Stargate Atlantis while on the elliptical, so I got about a 42 minute workout.  The 42 minute workout may not be as long as some of the other ones I’ve done recently, but it was more intense.  I pushed a little harder speed-wise, and I turned the difficulty up a bit.

I also spent a fair amount of time doing housework yesterday.  I’m not sure how much of a workout that really is, but it’s more than sitting in front of the computer.  It’s also time well-spent.  I hate it when my house is a wreck.

Today, after work, I will get on the elliptical again.