Tuesday, August 23, 2016
My weight, as of Saturday, is 402 lbs. I realize that is up a pound from my last reading but there are likely contributing factors, including a bit too much salt on restaurant food the day before (those sweet potato fries at Red Robin are great). I realized this morning that my excuses are just that - excuses. I will get my butt back on my bike and moving forward both literally and figuratively in terms of fitness and weight loss.
There is an upcoming ride - the 2016 Honor Ride, that I am thinking about doing and I talked to my grandson before he left for the summer and he said he might like to do it as well. this ride is scheduled for Saturday November 12 - Veteran's Day weekend. There are 3 options 20, 40 and 60 mile routes and I am planning on the 20 mile route. That means I have 2 1/2 months to get my butt in better shape to get out there and do the ride. I could likely suffer through the 20 miles at the moment but I want to enjoy the ride so I need to get in much better cycling shape.
My riding partner will be home tomorrow and I think we can get ourselves into shape for the ride in the time we have.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
What I'm even happier with is that this isn't the end of anything but a time frame. I am not going to go out and pig out on ice cream and cake and nachos and chips. This has been a lifestyle change for me and I plan on continuing it. That's not to say that I won't enjoy an occasional treat, but they will be few and far between.
Monday, August 1, 2016
I had planned on riding my bike at least once over the weekend, but with moving and all the associated work, I just didn't feel like doing it. I was and am still, tired. I hope to get out soon and explore the new neighborhood and nearby parks, but it hasn't happened yet. It likely won't happen this week,either as it is a short week followed by time away. We will see, though.
Monday, July 25, 2016
We can't even put out there that it's a dry heat, since relatively speaking, the humidity levels are increasing all week leading to some likely thunderstorms this weekend. I was hoping to be able to get a ride or two in at the new house, once we get settled, but it may wait another few days withthe heat and humidity.
Not much else going on with fitness for me at the moment. I am hoping that a change in residence will help spur a resurgence in activity for me. We will wait and see.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Our move is less than 2 weeks away and I am greatly hoping that the move will help with my riding motivation. I rode much more when the roads in my area were flatter and I think there will be flatter roads near the new house as well as less traffic on the roads. Its time to let this new house e a new beginning on our journey to more active, fit lives.
Monday, July 11, 2016
I realize this is a lifestyle change and not just a temporary diet. As such, I am just making sure I am making the right choices each and every day. the next few weeks are getting crazier as well. We are packing and moving and then have a trip back to Michigan for a reception and to see family. All that makes making the right choices important. As long as I keep on track and don't go off the rails, eating those things I know aren't good, I will be fine. I'm not going to obsess over the number on the scale.
I'm also hoping the new location will be conducive to more riding as the streets are quieter and a bit fatter than around the current location. It is amazing what a difference a couple of miles distance will make.
Monday, June 27, 2016
On the movement front I didn't improve on my step average. Last week I averaged only 4,496 steps per day. That is below what I was aiming for by a large amount. This week I will do better. In terms of calories, I was much better.
Looking ahead it is going to be a busy time as we prepare to move into a new place. The lease on our current place is expiring the end of July and they are wanting to raise our rent $50 per month. On top of that we don't need that large of a house so we are looking for a new place and will end up moving in the next 5 weeks.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
As of yesterday I have re-focused my attention on my eating and am sticking with my hard limit of 1800 calories per day. I am also going to up my activity and exercise game. My average steps last week were only 4,694 per day. That is less than half of where it really should be. I need to work on increasing that number in order to have a positive impact on my weight loss. I can and will do this.
Monday, June 13, 2016
As for my eating, it hasn't been horrible, I've been staying away from the sugars and the grains and flour, etc. but I have been over my target number of daily calories. I am going to be much more vigilant this week and that combined with riding every day should reap some results and get my weight once again moving in the right direction. I need to get serious if I'm going to hitmy goal of 378 in a mere 8 weeks from now.
Monday, June 6, 2016
No weight to report this week as I have been traveling back to Michigan to see family and celebrate with my nephew and his new bride. In fact I'm writing this as we fly along at 36,000 feet. It was great seeing family and friends I haven't seen in too long of a time.
Our trip was almost non-stop running from place to place to visit. We put almost 600 miles on the rental car in the 5 days we were there. It seemed each gathering involved some type of eating and drinking. I must say that I stuck to my eating plan and didn't overindulge at all. There were temptations galore but I stayed resolute.
I have a reason to not get on the scale right now. I feel like I've retained a good deal of fluids due to not taking all of my medication as I should have. I know things will improve in a couple of days as I get back on schedule so to avoid feeling down at a possible higher number on the scale I will just forego this week's weigh in.
My plan is to really focus on getting in some exercise over the next 8 weeks before heading back to Michigan to celebrate again. It is time for me to get my buttons back on my bike on a consistent basis. 4:00 am and I are going to become reacquainted very quickly.
A non-scale victory this week was the fact I got the seat belt fastened on the plane without using the extender.