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:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Next week is going to be a big challenge. I will be attending a conference for work and I'm hoping to get in a decent amount of walking but the food is what worries me. Finding the best choices may be an issue. I will do what I can to stay on track, though. Of course I can worry about that next week. Now I need to focus on this week and eating as clean and healthy as I can.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
I was bummed last night when I got home and looked at my FitBit page to see my total for the day. It stood at just 44 steps. It seems I left it sitting on the bed yesterday morning when I got dressed so all of yesterday's steps went uncounted. It was surprising how upsetting that little faux pas was. Anyway, today I have it with me and I am back to accumulating steps and distance.
Speaking of accumulating distance, I did get an email from FitBit congratulating me on earning the Japan badge for walking more than 1869 miles. While that seems like a fair distance, I think it has taken quite a while to get there. I think my next lifetime distance badge comes at 1997 miles and hopefully that won't take too long to achieve.
So, the focus this week is to avoid salty foods and stay within my goals and hopefully next week there will be significant progress to report.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
What I find strange is that while we have medaled, taking the bronze last year, and I have lost weight in the competition, it obviously has not 'stuck'. Let's look back just a single year to last year's competition. I started the competition with a weight of 448 lbs. and ended at 420 lbs. for a loss of 28 lbs. You will notice that that is significantly less than yesterday's weight and especially my weight of 458 lbs. back on 2/8 when I started my personal weight loss challenge.
What this tells me is that if I set my sights on a concrete goal, then I am actually pretty good at doing what I need to in order to lose weight, but when there is no target I let my eating slip way out of control. I see that this is not just a short term change that I need to make in order to meet these short term goals, but it needs to be a lifetime change in my eating behavior. I am working to make that lifetime change a reality.
So, until I get to where I need to be, I am going to keep putting short term goals out there and then striving to meet them. I have my 6 month goal of losing that 80 lbs. and I am going to hit it, no if's ands or buts, but then I am going to continue on until I reach my ultimate target goal of under 250 lbs.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
In terms of activity and exercise its been all but non-existent this last week. I got some steps in but nowhere near my modest goal of 7,000 steps per day. I also squandered another week of nice weather and didn't get on my bike once. Part of the reason is that I have been holding back pending tomorrow's weigh in for the start of the biggest winner competition. I know it's a lame excuse (and really no excuse at all) but I wanted to save some of the weight loss for during the competition where it works for a dual purpose - a 2 in 1 loss as it were. So after tomorrow I am removing that excuse from my head and will be getting back to it much more actively.
Not much else to report on this week, other than I am starting to see a difference in my body which is a good thing.