I realize that it have been forever since I have written anything on here, but then I haven’t felt like I had anything new to say. My cycling always falls off over the winter months and we have had an unusually wet spring which does not lend to getting a lot of commuting in either. I haven’t bought any new bikes and I haven’t had to re-build any either. I haven’t had any accidents to write about, thank you God, and I have only had a few close calls that were not worth ranting about.
I realized today that I could be writing about my current weight loss journey in the hopes that it might help or inspire someone who reads about it. I realize that this is not cycling or commuting specific, but as with everything else in my life, cycling is playing a big part. Not only that, but this is my blog site and I can write about anything I want. J
In early March I bought a Garmin vi’vofit with a heart rate strap to start tracking my workouts and daily activity. In April I decided to step it up and start running again because the weather was keeping me off of the bike. I also decided to drastically change my diet and started to track my weight daily. Since April 4th I have lost 21 pounds of the 50 that I want to lose. My first goal was to lose 20 in April and now I have set my sights on loosing another 15 this month.
Here is what a weekday may look like for me. Alarm goes off at 4:30 and I get up, get around, have a banana and a large glass of water, and then rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Next, I either get on the bike and ride 18.5 miles to work, or I go to the gym and do 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on an elliptical machine. I have gotten myself up to being able to run 2.5 miles non-stop, the walk a quarter then run another half mile. The rest of the time is spent walking. I then stretch, shower and head to my desk. I try to get up and walk around every 45 min to an hour and will go for a walk over my lunch hour. At around 4:30 in the afternoon, I either drive home or climb on the bike and ride a 20.5 mile route home, depending on the weather. If I have driven home I will get on ty trainer and ride for 30 to 45 minutes in the evening.
Weekends are hard to describe because they are not consistent. I have gone out and run on a local paved trail, ridden my trainer while watching a movie (Breaking Away), hiked with my son, mountain biked, or just gone for long walks. No matter what I get my goal of over 14,000 steps in.
My eating habits have been changed greatly. I eat the banana early, then oatmeal with nuts, honey, and cinnamon for breakfast. I snack on nuts, trail mix, and fig bars through the day and don’t eat a formal lunch. I also get to snack on samples as I walk at Costco during my lunch hour. I then eat a normal dinner with the family, but try to keep my portions under control. I can then have fruit later in the evening if I feel hungry.
As with my working out, the weekends are a bit different. I eat more normally and tend to gain a couple pounds even though I am still working out. L
We are pretty much a gluten free household due to my wife and one of my daughters being gluten sensitive. I also don’t do a lot of dairy unless they have a really good cheese to sample at Costco. I have also eliminated most sweets and am not drinking any alcohol until I reach my goal weight. I thought that sticking to this eating regiment would be tough, but I am pleased to say that it is has been easier than I would have imagined.
I want to encourage anyone who is trying to lose weight to keep at it and keep trying different things. I am not one to jump on diet bandwagons and don’t like to say that I am on a diet. I like to call it an eating habit modification or that I have changed my eating habits because “diets” have always failed me. Also keep moving! I feel that setting a step goal and pushing to exceed it every day has really helped in on this journey. If you have a desk job, get up and walk at least every 60 minutes and take the long route to wherever you need to go. Lastly, drink lots of water and eliminate any artificial sweeteners. Your body needs to stay hydrated to function properly and artificial sweeteners will only make you hungry and block fat burning.
Stay tuned for more progress reports.