Saturday, June 26, 2010
I really wanted to get a long bike ride in this week. It burns so many calories, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Today's weather looked clear, so today was the day. I went out to the gorge trail I usually ride - it's SOOO nice. There's about a 1-2% grade - downhill on the way out, uphill on the way back. About 45 minutes in, there is a little "rest stop" - a perfect place for mid-point. I had some almonds halfway in - they are the perfect little snack and give me good energy for the ride back. My honey ate the last apple this morning, or else I would have taken that along, too.
I get to do a lot of thinking on my bike rides - I actually enjoy riding by myself a bit more than riding with other people. Today's thoughts mostly centered around the last two weeks, in which I have been eating TONS of veggies and very little meat. I have been a water fiend, and haven't really had any wine (!!!). These changes have been showing up on the scale - last week I was down two pounds (yahoo - I had been at a plateau for MONTHS), so I'm actually looking forward to what next week's weigh-in will bring.
Along with eating tons of veggies, I have been very good about tracking my food and staying within my calorie ranges. I think I was getting lazy about portion sizes, and really underestimating the amount of calories I was eating in a meal. The food scale has kept me honest about cereal, pasta, and nuts. It's so easy to make those portion sizes bigger than they should be! This back-to-Spark-basics has inspired me. I've been keeping a food journal where I write what I eat and how I feel about it. My relationship with food has changed - I have become WAY more mindful of my eating. Turns out that I get full from a lot more food than I thought! Like right now - I have some really delicious ice cream in the freezer for a treat, and I am not eating it. My dinner made me full and instead of scarfing down the ice cream while I'm still full, I'm going to wait until later when I *really* want the ice cream. I'm sure I'll enjoy it much more, too.
Off to work on next week's goals!