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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
On a different note, the national Bike Challenge starts on Sunday. It runs from May 1 through September 30. I made it my goal in 2014 to ride every single day during the challenge and I did. Last year I didn't ride but a handful of times. This year I hope to equal the frequency of ride that I accomplished in 2014, but I already know there will be some missed days as there is some travel planned in June and August which will preclude riding. Those days aside, I will endeavor to surpass at least my mileage total for the 2014 challenge.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posting a day late since my scale decided to give up on me. Got a new one and I'm happy to report the results. It said 418 lbs. this morning which means I've lost 40 pounds in the last 10 weeks. I'm halfway to my 80 lb. goal.
I was actually surprised that I did well this week,as I've been home the last 5 days watching my grandsons and sitting at home is when I have a tendency to snack. Making the snacks healthy fruits a veggies makes a huge difference.
Monday, April 11, 2016
What is encouraging to me is that I do continue to lose and I am not really feeling deprived of food. Sure when everyone is eating donuts or cookies, I certainly would love to have one, but I know that would be sabotaging my health. So I stay away and stay focused on eating healthy snacks like an orange or veggies.
I do need to get my butt more active though. Too much time is still spent sitting on my rear-end on the computer or watching TV. I did have at least a small excuse this week end as we actually had rain the last 3 days. No it wasn't all day rain but it was significant for the area. Of course that is just what I said it was, an excuse. I still could have done SOMETHING active, but I chose not to. This will be changing and soon.
Monday, April 4, 2016
While I am happy with my progress towards my weight goal, my activity level is still below where I think it should be. I really need to get into a routine where I can increase my activity, both walking and on the bike, in order to start reaping even more benefits from the weight loss. I am noticing a difference in my body and how my clothes are fitting but I need to start building the muscles as well as stamina. I need to get my mind into an active lifestyle mindset where I am focusing more on doing things and less on just watching my diet. The diet is still a priority but while it it is a major part of the equation, it is still just a part of it.
Looking ahead to May and the National Bike challenge, my goal for this year is to beat my 2014 total of 3,136 points and 336.5 miles. I know that the only way to do this is through consistency and effort. During the challenge in 2014, I rode every single day. If I am going to beat my point total, I will need to do the same this year and increase the distance per ride. Who will join me for the challenge?
Monday, March 28, 2016
My 2 toughest days during this time were heading to and from the conference as I spent about 6 hours int eh car each way. I was so tempted to just grab fast food or other snacks to help occupy me while I was driving, but I didn't give into the temptation and made it through. One highlight of the conference was a special event where we had dinner on the USS Midway which is set up as a living history museum. While the food choices were scarce, seeing and touching the history was awesome. I also got in my most steps for the week traipsing around the decks and it didn't feel like exercise at all. Here is a peek at the flight deck: