Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 177: The Weigh-In: Week 25

There was some trepidation to weigh-in this week. I thought I might not have lost any weight or maybe even gained a pound. I didn't get to bike as much this week because of the storms, but I still got in what I am going to try to make my standard once-a-week bike-to-work, which is about 20-miles round trip.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (6/26): 211.
Weight loss this week: 1
Total weight loss: 43 lb.

I still managed to lose a pound! I'm only 7 pounds away from reaching my next goal of 204 pounds on July 17th. It's going to be very close at this rate, but if I hit this goal, it would mean I am exactly on target to reach my target weight of 180 on December 31st.

These intense summer storms have been awesome and I'm not looking forward to their demise this season. After my Apes show on Monday, I was fortunate enough to be caught in one of these storms on my bike. I say fortunate because I've come to discover that there is little I've experienced that's more exciting than biking through the city during a severe thunderstorm. The lightning bursts, the huge thunder, the heavy rain, the traffic. Yes, it's dangerous, but it was awesome and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Mind you, I only did this because I knew I was going straight home. I was soaked with rain and, by the time I got home, I felt like I had just been through one a ride at a water park but I was completely clothed. No one wants to go anywhere else but home after going through a severe thunderstorm.

If you want a real thrill, I highly encourage biking through a thunderstorm at night. Keep in mind: It is pretty dangerous. Lots of big puddles, very wet, be alert to traffic and be safe. Also, make sure when you get home that you keep warm afterward and drink plenty of Vitamin C to make sure you don't get sick.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 170: The Weigh-In: Week 24

Major backdating on this entry, but it was a very hectic weekend. Of course, the first thing I did was to weigh in on Saturday morning.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (6/19): 212.
Weight loss this week: 2
Total weight loss: 42 lb.

I think I'm not going to get overly excited until I hit 209. It was another one of those "best-of" weigh ins, where the scale said 214 when I first got on, but every time I tried it again it said 212.8. So... I was going to make a very nice video entry for 212, but I'm saving it for 209, which I should hit in a week or two at this current rate.

I feel I am almost at the point where I don't have to tell myself anymore not to eat poorly. Like, most of the time I feel pretty full. There are some times when I snack a little too much, but I've also learned not to buy crappy salty snacks. I'm still always looking at calories. Fat and sodium too.

When I biked to the Old Town neighborhood earlier this week (about 12 miles round trip), I thought about when I first moved to Chicago almost four years ago. I thought about all those shows and rehearsals where I drove my car and wasted all that time looking for a parking spot. I spent all that money on parking when I couldn't find a spot. It was a little depressing, but it also felt pretty great knowing that I can't really picture going back to that at this point in my life.

I wonder how I'm going to do in Winter when its too cold to bike...

Neil

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 163: The Weigh-In: Week 23

I didn't eat completely well this week, but I definitely stepped up the activities. I had my biggest bike day ever this Thursday - 35 miles - and it was a sweaty week overall in Chicago, which helped greatly.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (6/12): 214.
Weight loss this week: 3
Total weight loss: 40 lb.

Eff yeah. I hit the big 4-0 and saw a number I haven't seen yet this year: 214. I'm hoping that this trend continues and it doesn't go back up again come next Saturday. I am two pounds away from being the lightest weight I have ever been in my adult life.

Actually, I'm not entirely sure this is true. However, I keep thinking - and I think I've mentioned this in an earlier post - that 213 is the lightest number I remember seeing on the scale in the past ten years. It is possible that it was 212 or maybe even 210, but I never took note of my lightest weight ever.

Regardless, it's so close I can taste it. And I'm only 10 pounds away from that 204 pounds I'm supposed to hit come July 17th. If I keep working hard like I have been this past week, I think I can lose another 10 pounds in just over a month, despite my poor results over this past month.

I feel great!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 161: Biggest Bike Day Yet

I had my biggest bike day ever today: 35 miles total.



I don't know when I'll ride to work again. The neighborhoods around my work are so sketchy that I really don't feel comfortable riding through them. But I'm glad I did it once. I might do it again. The trip overall was about 55 minutes, which is only 20 minutes longer than it would be if I drove to work and about 30 minutes quicker than taking public transit.

This map does not reflect one big trip; just a culmination of the entire day. 10 miles to work this morning, 7 miles to downtown, 9 mile bike tour and then 9 miles home.

I feel pretty accomplished. I wish I had the time to do this every day.

Neil

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Day 156: The Weigh-In: Week 22

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (6/5): 217.
Weight loss this week: 0 (+1)
Total weight loss: 37 lb.

I have to vent.

I am now back at the same weight I was almost a month ago. I really, really hate this. It is so frustrating. I would say that I'm eating poorly and that's why this is happening but I'm really not doing anything too differently that I can see. Any over-indulgence over the weekend is usually corrected during the week. As this is the start of summer, there have been more BBQs. Yes, I also have been eating a little bit more. But I apparently can't even cheat a little bit and that sucks.

What's scary is this is the kind of frustration that makes me want to eat. That cliche line "I eat because I'm depressed and I'm depressed because I eat" really is so true and it's something that a lot of overweight people get stuck in pretty easily. Luckily, I am listening to my body more and I hear it when it gets full (most of the time). I get full quicker and I really get a stomach ache if I don't listen.

I'm not too worried about me about eating in frustration, but it's one of those things I really want to do. I mean, I ultimately had ZERO weight loss in a month. I lost almost 10 pounds in April. That's devastating. I can't see myself reaching my ultimate goal this year at this rate and I probably won't even hit my goal of 204 pounds by July 19th that I set on Day 105.

I think what's most frustrating is that I am still within just five pounds of my lightest adult weight ever and I just cannot seem to get there. It would be a huge milestone for me to just get there and it is so maddening to have it dangled there just out of reach. I really think it would be a tremendous second wind to just reach 212.

I know I'll start losing weight again. It's one of those times when I'm just building muscle and it's balancing. Eye on the prize. I am technically already half-way there (37 being halfway to 74 pounds) and it's not even half-way through the year yet; not until July 2nd. It's not even the summer yet. 37 pounds is fucking amazing and I still get people complimenting me every day.

(deep breath)

I'll get there.

Neil

PS-- I started pushups this week, upon recommendation of Steiny. I overdid it though on the first day and my arms have been hurting ever since. They're a part of my daily routine now and they hurt.