Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 240: The Weigh-In: Week 34

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (8/28): 204.
Weight loss this week: 0
Total weight loss: 50 lb.

I'd much rather not lose any weight than gain weight, so not a bad week. I cut down on the biking, but still managed 67 miles.

This was my last week in the neighborhood I've lived in for the last four years and the only one I've called home since I've moved to Chicago. It's not a far move: just one neighborhood over to Albany Park. However, the move does affect my biking trips to work. What's annoying is how I'll be biking to work. I'll now be going east, then south, then west instead of going south and west the entire time. The neighborhoods get pretty bad directly south between this apartment and work so I have to avoid them. The distance is the same though, really, regardless of the fact that I'm starting from a different point.

It should be interesting seeing how my workout changes, if it does, during this transitional point. I'm in a temporary apartment(s?) until the bank finally closes the sale on Steiny's house so most of my stuff is packed away in storage, making me feel mostly not at home. But we will see, I suppose.

Neil

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 233: The Weigh-In: Week 33

My major biking goal this week was 100 miles. I started out on-track but decided to take a small break on Wednesday so I wasn't burned out by Friday (which is what happened last time). Because of that, however, I needed to make up the time so I ended up biking a lot more on Thursday and Friday. Nothing beats hitting a major goal at the end of a work week.

Of course, I figured there would be muscle gain this week (as there had been on other major biking weeks) so I didn't expect much of a weight loss, if at all.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (8/21): 204.
Weight loss this week: 2
Total weight loss: 50 lb.

So, with this hitting of the big 5-0, I made it to two major goals this week. I definitely felt thinner by Saturday morning so I'm glad I actually was. Being under 200 pounds is right around the corner and, when that happens, hoo boy I'm gonna be a wreck.

As my next major biking goal, I actually tossed around the idea of biking out to Woodstock some weekend. Woodstock is 50 miles from Chicago. Right now, the longest I've biked on public streets is just over 17 miles and the most in one day was 28 miles. The longest I biked ever was the Bike the Drive event, which was 30 miles. I'm pretty sure I could do it, but I'm not sure I'll do it this summer. Stay tuned.

Neil

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 226: The Weigh-In: Week 32

This whole week I spent thinking about that damn weight gain from Monday, hoping I'd somehow get it down to 206 again. Yes, it was probably mostly water weight, but I figured I'd still keep some of the weight gain.

This was difficult, as being sick along with a heat wave in Chicago limited me to only 20 miles biking for the entire week.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (8/14): 206.
Weight loss this week: 0
Total weight loss: 48 lb.

Luckily for me, that wasn't the case and I managed to lose all the weight that I had gained last weekend. I was more than satisfied with that result than losing any more weight this week. Needless to say, this weekend was very different and I only had one or two guilty foods. Very little cravings for the crap foods for sure.

The week of the 16th is calling for excellent weather and I am slowly getting over my cold, so I am shooting for biking 100 miles this coming week. I've got to get in as much biking as I can. Autumn is just around the corner! Unbelievable. Hopefully I can hit 50 pounds lost next Saturday.

My birthday is one month away and I'm looking to make it a combined 31st birthday/50 pounds lost/first time under 200 lbs get-together. It'll probably be at a bar as I'm not exactly sure where I'll be living next month.

Stay tuned,
Neil

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Day 219: The Weigh-In: Week 31

I'm posting this as a Saturday post, since that's when I did my weigh in, but this entry is about my entire weekend through Monday evening.

STARTING WEIGHT (1/1): 254.
CURRENT WEIGHT (7/31): 206.
Weight loss this week: 2
Total weight loss: 48 lb.

I lost two pounds! I hit 206 for the first time! However...

After my weigh in, I commenced eating really badly this weekend. It was unprecedented. I kept eating until I had a stomach ache. I'm done, of course, because the weekend's over. It's crazy how I just did not stop myself when I had the bad food just sitting there with no one around to eat it but me. I bought more bad food even after I had already eaten plenty. I was full, but I still ate because I knew this was my only time I could be bad.

I still kinda had a stomach ache today, but that may be partly because I'm getting sick. (I think there's a bug going around too because everyone else seems to be getting sick too.) Anyway, tonight, after a long day at work, I decided to weigh myself again, which is something I almost never do.

Well.... tonight the scale read 211.

Yikes. This is three days after my weigh-in on Saturday that read 206. Now, I know my body fluctuates up and down every day, but that is a LOT of fluctuation. I didn't exercise at all this weekend either, so it's not like I gained muscle. After my bike ride home on Friday, I ended up playing softball and that made me sore the rest of the weekend. Sure, I went out a few times, but generally all I really did was veg and eat.

So, in conclusion, my gorging this weekend has pretty much put me off bad food for the next month or so. These were just poor choices and I will not be making them again any time soon. I do believe that I should allow myself to eat whatever I want at points, but these are the kind of actions that would sabotage everything I've been working so hard for this year and I'm going back to making sure I eat right as often as possible along with keeping up the exercise. Plus, it's just dangerous.

And in case people are wondering, no, I'm not going through a very stressful time or anything. Things are generally OK. I think I'm just not used to being in this body so I'm testing my limits and seeing what I can get away with whenever I get a chance. I just went really overboard this weekend. I really don't think I've eaten this badly since before the diet started. I am certain much of the weight gain is from eating and not from gaining muscle.

I'm really remembering how I blew it the last time I was around this weight. I guess we'll see where I'm at come next Saturday morning. I'm hoping I've just got a lot to process still in my system and hopefully the rain won't prevent me from biking a few times to and from work this week as it did last week.

I feel like right now I'm in the middle of this stupid fight between Clark Kent and Superman from Superman III and I'm Clark Kent and the old me is Superman.



Thanks again for the support everyone. I won't let either of us down.

Neil

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Day 215: Now What?

So, it's quite the change going from lots of projects to zero.

I've only biked 3 miles this week and I already feel like I'm eating worse. I bought snacks tonight and they're already all gone. I drove to work this morning (it was raining!)

At any rate, I already feel lazier. Last week I biked less than the week before and this is the slowest start to any week yet. Plus, I already feel like my cravings are higher than they've ever been! Not sure why this would be. But now that I have all this time I'm just staying at home, so I guess I can't buy them salty snacks. I think I learned this lesson months ago and forgot about it.

I'm hoping to ride my bike to work tomorrow. Gotta get back in the routine. I know, I really haven't fallen out of the routine yet, but I feel like it would be really easy to do so. I haven't gotten far enough away in my lowest weight ever to feel totally secure yet that I won't reverse the trend.

At least I'm aware of these issues. Not even sure they're issues yet, but I'm gonna try and tackle them before they become issues. This might become harder than it has already been.

Neil