When I was having the most weight loss I was constantly reminding myself about my progress. That was the point of this blog.
Since then, It’s turned into either talking about bike rides or complaining about depression. Both of those affect my weight loss and will still be mentioned here, but I need to get back to basics and post my weight daily. I just recently started weighing regularly again.
So there is now a Daily Weigh-In link under the pages section. I’ll keep it as updated as possible. It also has a link to a chart of my monthly progress that I’ll keep updated on a monthly basis. I’m putting the chart here also, that is updated through September.
I’ve had some weight loss for the last two weeks. I need to keep that going.
I’ve been at risk of undoing much of the health improvements I’ve done over the last four years. My eating habits are not only directly unhealthy, but not great for my mental health with the self-loathing I feel after a whole week of eating bad… week after week.
I’ve let myself get lazy and distracted. I haven’t been keeping up on household chores. I’ve basically been a mess.
I’m going to refocus. I’m weighing myself again. I haven’t started posting it again because the page is crazy with too much data. I’ll find a better way to present it soon. My weight this morning was 236.4lbs. That’s higher than it’s been since October of 2008.
I need to stop going out to eat so much. Going out for pizza or a burger and a beer three or four times a week is not only working against my goals, but is costing too much money.
Today, I cooked a pork chop on the grill and had celery sticks. I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. It was a sensible size portion and I drank water with it.
Instead of taking the normal way, I took River Rd all the way to Lime Kiln. This was flat as a pancake and I managed a 15mph average on this stretch… on the single speed.
After turning unto Lime Kiln there’s a small climb, but it’s mostly flat after that. I stayed on that same road, although it changes names to Herr Ln then to Lyndon Ln, all the way past Shelbyville Rd and nearly to my doctor’s office.
On the way back, I took the more normal New Lagrange, Washburn, Westport route. After meandering through the parks, I wen’t to Za’s for pizza then headed home.
After getting home, I realized I was still short of a new monthly record, so I headed back out.
I basically just wandered around. I didn’t have a destination in mind. I had mentioned to Tim that I might go through Indian Hills, but I never made it out quite that far. I was still on the single-speed (actually haven’t ridden the LHT since the camping trip). Here’s my route:
I rode my bikes 671 miles for the month of August. I can live with that. 🙂
I had another doctor appointment after work today, so that got me about 33 miles. I needed a few more to put me over my old record of 665.6. I wandered around parts of town that I’m not familiar with. I eventually ended up in the Mockingbird Valley area, then on River Rd. Then I went out for a beer. That made it all worth it.
This new personal best tells me that my neck is “good enough”. I can ride whatever bike I want for as long as I want without any more discomfort than I get sitting in a chair.
I also had a 130-mile weekend with camping. I’ll write about it soon.
I use two methods to track my mileage, and they don’t always agree. I use MyCyclingLog and I also track my bike odometer readings in an Excel file by the week and by the month.
The Excel document is more accurate, as I don’t forget a full week or month. Apparently I do forget to enter rides on MyCyclingLog, because the numbers are different by more than 15 miles.
Using my record keeping, I had 646.5 miles for the month of March which is my 2nd highest mileage month yet. The first was June of 2010 at 665.6 miles. The March mileage is higher in large part due to my mini-tour.
I want to exceed 700 miles in April, yet I’m not doing a tour. I’m taking a longer route to work, and trying to longer rides on the weekend. This morning, Tim and I put in over 30 miles. I have to mow the lawn at my old house in Charlestown, so I’m going to ride there. I may ride back depending on the time I finish up.
I don’t know what tomorrow has in store yet, but I intend to be on the bike.
I mentioned that I was at work until 1:30 am. My lovely wife was kind enough to bring pizza to me for dinner. I overate, but enjoyed every bite. My weight jumped from 220 to 225. I’m sure I lost that weight today though. 🙂
I rode to work, then to a massage appointment, then home. I ate too much.
Woke up with a horrible headache, called work to let them know I’d be late, then went back to sleep for a while longer. I did go into work, but I drove.
Since I was driving anyway, I ran some errands after work. I went to Swags to buy some running shoes. Found some that will work for about $60. Then I went grocery shopping. Now that 2011 is here, I’m tracking all of my driving miles. Well, Wednesday was 22.1 miles put on the truck.
Rode to work again. After work rode across the bridge to Jeffersonville to meet up with Debbie, who I’m training with for the Triathlon.
We discussed scheduling, training, and whatnot.
After I got home, I put on my new running shoes, and some thick base layers (it’s cold outside!) and my reflective vest, and went for a quick run. The shoes will work. I should probably buy some thin gloves. I have thick ski gloves I wear on the bike, but they are not ideal for running.
Rest Of The Week?
I’m now committed to running the Reindeer Romp 4k on Saturday. I might be crazy to run this soon, but at least it’s only 4k (2.4 miles) and I can walk as much as I need to.
I also need to spend some more time at the Y. My swimming technique needs a lot of work. I also need more miles on the bike.
I want to look at my weight for the last few years.
Most of this is fairy-land made up stuff. I didn’t own a scale until late October, but I wanted to fill in a full year’s worth of weight, so I guessed. You can see the weight start dropping at a pretty good clip near the end of the year. That part is real.
Through 2008 the weight loss continued nicely. I did bitch and moan at the time about the plateaus that I hit, but it was temporary, and the weight loss continued.
The first couple of months of the year started out well, but then I struggled to lose weight and actually gained weight in the last half of the year.
For the first quarter of the year I lost the weight I gained in the last part of the previous year. Then I gained it back and another 15 lbs just for good measure.
I try not to get too upset about this. My weight is still below 220 and considering I started just below 300 I’ve still made progress overall. I do feel like I’m on the verge of undoing it, but I have a much different lifestyle now. I am fit and active now, I wasn’t before. I’m eating too much again, thus the weight gain.
The triathlon training should help. Does that mean I’ll gain more weight after the triathlon is complete? Maybe. Should I worry? Not too much. I do need to start eating better. It’s the 2nd day of the year, and I’ve already went out for pizza twice this year. I can’t keep doing that.
2010 was a good year for bike miles. I had 5087 miles. Let’s look back at the last few years.
I bought a bike and started riding in April of 2008. At the time it seemed like I made slow progress in being able to ride, but I quickly shot up to 626 miles in one month (August). It tapered off after that. I finished up that year with 2238.6 miles. The average monthly was 186.6.
In 2009 I brought my average monthly mileage to 321.7. I had a total of 3860 miles. I didn’t have any incredibly good months, but I only had one really bad month, December, with only 91.6 miles.
In 2010 I was more consistent. My worst month, February, wasn’t really that bad at 297.3 miles. I also set a new monthly record in June of 665.6 miles. I barely made my 5000 mile goal for the year by getting 5087.2 miles, averaging 423.9 per month.
Now that I live closer to work, I’m a bit worried my mileage will drop. I’m also spending more time on other activities related to the triathlon. I’ve left my goal for the year at 5000 miles. Commuting alone will only get me about 2000 miles for the year. I need to squeeze in longer ride and/or take the long way to work.
I think I’m off to a good start. I put in a 43-mile ride on the first day of the year. I may (or may not) get in a ride today.
I rode to work and back today. Yes it was cold. I met another commuter on the way home. George lives near my home, and I ran into him in the Old Louisville neighborhood. He was riding a fixed-gear, and knows one of my co-workers. Not as many of us are out in the bitter cold.
I’m up to 4900 miles on the bike so far this year. I’ll easily hit 5000 for the year. Getting 5000 next year will be the real challenge with my shorter commute.
I still don’t seem to be losing weight. I am eating better now. There was a company potluck yesterday, but I skipped dinner after I got home.
I ate much better at work today, but don’t feel like cooking tonight, so I’ll probably just microwave some frozen vegetables. I’ve been ignoring my food diary. I still need to start using my dumbbells, or doing push-ups, or something. Writing blog posts, sleeping, and reading are taking up my time though.
Kristy left yesterday morning. She won’t be back for a month.
I drove to work yesterday. I paid $8.75 to park the truck. Ugh.
I’ve been having problems getting up in the morning. This morning I got up early and rode to the coffee shop (where I’m at now). I’ll be leaving here shortly to go to work.
My single-speed bike has been switched over to a fixed-gear. Riding fixed is different. It works well for riding around town. I certainly wouldn’t want to ride it on a long, hilly ride.
My weight continues to climb. This probably in part due to the snacks at the coffee shops. I would be better off if I limited myself to just the coffee.
There are two RCCS rides this weekend. Saturday morning at 8:30, there is an easy urban ride starting at Sunergos. Sunday is the 80-mile gravel ride that is “training” for the overnight ride coming up later this month. Can you join us?
I won’t be riding any more for what is left of this month. I need to get well and I’ll busy spending a few precious days with my wife before she leaves again.
I was on track to have 800 miles for the month of June. Then things got busy, but I was still on track for over 700 miles. Then I got sick. If I rode to work and back one day this week, it would put me at 700 miles. That’s not going to happen. So my total for June is 665.6 miles. 136.6 of those miles were on the recumbent, the rest on the LHT.
June 2010 is a record mileage month for me, beating out August 2008 with 626.8 miles.
I’m not done. There’s a new month starting soon. Now that my daughter has moved out, and my wife will be gone again, I intend to set a new record for July.
I looked back at this chart of my weightloss from the beginning. The “good weightloss” range was October 2007 to March 2009, with a loss of about 94 lbs. Nearly all of my weightloss occurred at that time.
During the slower weightloss period I dropped about five pounds from March 2009 to July 2009.
From July 2009 to present I’ve actually had a small net gain. I actually weight more today than I did in early March 2009.
On the bright side, I think my body fat percentage is a little lower than it was in March 2009. I have been riding the bike a lot more. I’ve built a lot of muscle. I’m on track to have over 5000 miles on the bike this calendar year.
Also being fit (which I feel I am) at any weight is healthier than not being fit at the same weight. My quality of life has improved greatly.
I just need to keep working to eat better, as my natural inclination is to binge on things I shouldn’t.
In addition to work today, I had a number of errands to run. My route took me these places:
It turned out to be 43.5 miles in beautiful weather. I had to spend a few hours working, and some time getting poked and prodded by my doctor, but overall a good day.
As far as my crushing depression I was having before… It disappeared <poof!> last Thursday. I did discuss it with my doctor, but I really don’t want to take medication for it. As far as an existing medication causing it, I should get the lab results soon.
Oh, I weighed this morning. I’ve gained weight, as expected. My weight this morning was 211.2, which is about where I was in early February. So, I lost some progress again. I’m back on the wagon.
A new month begins tomorrow. I’ll start weighing myself again, after not doing it for two months. I’m also going to start tracking everything I eat in a “food diary” again. I’m not going to track calories this time, but I will be able to review what I’ve eaten.
I’ve ridden my bike 1974.2 miles for the year so far. Here it is broken out by month:
I would really like to have over 600 miles for June, so I’d better get riding. 🙂
My weight has been just under 200 lbs all this week so far. I started off not riding my bike to work, although I did ride the 56 miles on the Sunday RCCS ride.
On Wednesday, I was ready to ride. I took the long way to work wandering down Waterline Road, through Utica, along the river. I took a mostly normal route home, with a total for the day of 37 miles.
Today, I didn’t ride to work. I took Nermal to work to use as “lunch ride” bike on days that I don’t ride to work. I figured it wouldn’t get any use this week, as the weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms.
We had beautiful weather in the early afternoon. The roads were even dry (good thing too, Nermal is running without fenders right now). Patrick, who has joined us on a couple of RCCS rides met up with me downtown, and we rode through Old Louisville and The Highlands, before parting ways, and each getting back to our duties. That was a nice 13-mile spin.
Tomorrow I’m attending a Norah Jones concert with my daughter. Riding my bike to work is not really in the cards. So, I took a 19-mile night-time ride now. I may do another one tomorrow night after the concert.
Four of us arrived in Edwardsville for ride. Tim, Dominic, Patrick, and I were prepared for a chilly day, as the temperature was barely above freezing at the ride start.
As we headed toward New Middletown we ran across several members of the Louisville Bicycle Club, and they were moving quite fast. It turns out they were running time trials. One of them was Dale, who used to ride with us occasionally, until he preferred riding faster. As we got into New Middletown we talked to a few more LBC members including Chaz, Tom, and Jen.
As the ride progressed we needed to shed clothing due to warmer temperatures, and actual sunlight! I know, it was sunny yesterday, but after months of dreariness, this weekend is wonderful. The temperature topped out in the low 60s.
We went a little off-route, so the total mileage was about 56. This was probably the best ride I’ve had this year. The New Year’s Day ride was nice also, but was much colder.
I was also in a cheerful mood because my weight had dropped below 200 lbs as of this morning. We’ll see if that trend continues.
I rode 126 miles this week. That’s my highest mileage week this year. I’m hoping to start next week off with a full commute to work tomorrow morning.