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.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Things should calm down at home after this weekend as we are taking 3 of the four grandchildren to Michigan for the summer. It will be quiet at home and I will be able to get back into a routine. My riding has been non-existent for the last few weeks and the temps are topping out with daytime high in the triple digits so its time to get back to getting up early and enjoying the cool mornings.
Monday, May 23, 2016
In my mind over the last few days, I had planed on doing a couple of longer bike rides but never got out there. The first day I didn't go was on Friday when we had winds gusting to 50 MPH. I just didn't think it would be fun to be fighting a wind like that. The second day I had hoped to get out was on Saturday, but ended up with little time once my grandchildren watching duties were over. Yesterday there was everything to do with the party and I wasn't feeling the best with a headache (I think it was from tension from all the noise). I recognize these for what they are - just excuses and I will do better this week.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Yesterday we were cooler with only 92 for the high, but silly me, I went for a ride in the afternoon heat. Made it up one hill and had hoped to go farther when I left but it just was way too hot out there. I haven't acclimated at all to the warmer temperatures yet this year. I know in a month or two, 92 will feel refreshing but right not it was just too hot.
One thing I have been fighting has been the temptation to eat everything in sight now that the Biggest Winner competition is over. This is where I would normally fall of the diet wagon in the past but I am bound and determined to not have that happen this year. I am going to stay strong and get to that 80 lb loss by August. I'm also looking beyond that and towards the rest of my life as a healthier individual.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
I would like to believe the scale as accurate, but my weight loss is measured against my personal scale at the house. When I got home, I weighed myself and it showed 416 lbs. I'll take it. that means at the halfway point of my personal 6 month challenge I have lost 42 lbs. Now I just need to follow through and keep losing more weight. In the past, once the competition has ended I've reverted to bad eating habits. I won't allow myself to do that any more.
On the cycling front, 9 days into the National Bike Challenge I have gotten in 9 rides. Last night's was a late ride. I realized at 9:00 pm that I had yet to ride, so I changed and headed out for a short ride. Now, I will be honest here and admit that all of my rides have been short so far, but the important thing is that I am riding.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
On a positive note, I have gotten in a couple of short rides over the last 2 days for the National Bike Challenge. I am very happy that I am out and riding. Now I need to get into a steady routine and increase my daily mileage. there is a bit of frustration associated with the challenge as they are having big issues reporting the data they are collecting for the challenge. The post on the site yesterday says it may take up to 3 weeks for them to fix all of the issues. Seems like a long time to me. The good news is, though, it has given me the small boost I needed to get my butt on the bike.
My goal is to stay hyper-focused this week and see if I can't make a decent number on the scale for the weigh in on Monday. I know putting some time in on the bike will certainly help in that regard.
Monday, May 2, 2016
I chose to ride a bit challenging of a route as it was uphill all the way to the turn around. I spent most of the ride out in one of my lowest gears and just grinding away, but I made it and I enjoyed the downhill on the way back, if I was a bit timid. I did max out at 24.4 mph but with a stop sign at the bottom of the hill, I wanted to make sure the brakes were going to work well so I used them a few times on the way down. :)
My plan is to get in a ride every day that I can and to do that some days I will be riding before work and some days after. Today will be an after day as I will be helping my grandson get his tube fixed so he can accompany me on my ride this evening.