Sunday, January 19, 2014
I am committing this year to not stay on the gain lose cycle, to finish this year with less pounds than I started the year. 2012 I made a lot of progress, hit a lot of goals, and then let myself go in my late season slump. 2013 I was very disorganized, and I felt like I made no progress. Good things happened in that I loved my biking, I logged almost 300 miles on my bike, and I built some plans for this year. But when it came to weight loss 2013 was a bust for me. I never really lost any significant weight I hovered right around the same weight all year, and it gradually redistributed so that my pants started to fit tight (I was already wearing my largest size pants I still owned). Since I don't own any bigger clothes, and REFUSE to buy them it means I need to buckle down. We are going into another outage at work, which means long 12 hour days, but that also means having a food plan will make my life easier, though having so little time will mean discipline will be the only way the exercise gets done. I have a lot of things planned that will require strength and training this year, so pushing harder for my goals will be important.
1. My big objective this year is bike touring. My cousins did a self supported bike tour of the Great Allegheny Pass (GAP) trail over 6 days they road the trail from one end to the other and back. I was invited to go but had already burned all my vacation time for the year at that point. My plan is to make the trip with them this year, I know there will be a week long bike trip but I am not sure of the details yet. One rumor I have heard is Northern Michigan. No matter what it will be a fun trip but will involve a lot of miles.
2. I am also signed up for a bike tour of Niagara falls with a company called Women Tours. It is a 4 day weekend averaging 20ish miles a day so a good trial run for the other tour, especially since it is fully supported.
3 I am walking in 2 5ks this year. I am doing my 2nd annual color run (this year in Ypsilanti because my next closest one has not been announced for sure yet), and finally doing a Susan G Komen Race for the cure. I have wanted to do one of these for years, and I am finally committed to this one. My roommate is walking in both of these with me.
4. I may try to squeeze in a supported ride, like the MS series (a short distance, no 100 miler yet). I am willing to let that one roll over to next year though because I already have a busy year planned.
I also want to be more dedicated to blogging here about my CSA this year, and get help with ideas for using some of the crazier veggies. I have one bike trip for 2015 planned also, I am dead set on doing the Hawaii Big Island for beginners tour in January.
Friday, September 06, 2013
This months challenge for Girls gone riding was to take a ride in a scenic place and post pictures. So I went to Kelleys Island in Lake erie with my roommate and two bikes. While we were biking around the island we encountered the tiny Kelleys Island airport, and as the sign shows road traffic must yield the right of way to airplanes crossing.
We biked around the primary state park on the island and up to the Glacial grooves
The actual grooves are pretty impressive, especially when you think of a giant chunk of ice carving this smooth beautiful place.
After we looked around the carvings we went back down into town for lunch. Then we went back to the far side of the island for a ride around the coast of the island back to the ferry. Using maps and the fitness calculator I think we did about 12 miles. It was a great casual ride, and we were on the island for 2 and a half hours including sitting down outside for lunch.
Was a good shakedown for the road bike, my roommate rode my hybrid bike. Bike gloves are more important on a road bike because you put more pressure on your hands and wrists riding in a more forward fashion. Chamis shorts also more important, though a more comfortable saddle is on order, I hope it works. I am totally used to the saddle on my hybrid and can ride an hour without discomfort, so now I need to get that comfortable on the new bike. I feel like I can go faster on this bike now and it is built to fly, I can't wait to start really training on it. I am going to put the road bike on the trainer once winter comes and the Hybrid is going to be for the days it is ok to go outside and I have cabin fever.
So far this summer I have put 200 miles on the hybrid, walked an official 5k (the color run in toledo with my roommate), and biked around the islands. It still amazes me that I started out doing 15-20 minutes on a fan driven exercise bike a couple years ago. Now I am riding outside for an hour or more, signed up for a supported bike tour next year in Niagara Falls, and walking a 5k in the morning just because I told my roommate I would do it with her.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
I did not lose any weight because I continued to struggle with my consistency (both exercise and eating).
I did get to spend quite a bit of time outside and continued that into May, so I am over halfway to my 25 miles walking and 25 miles biking outside goal.
Fitbit goal, I never got 70k for the week but I did get the 15k in a day badge (TWICE).
Making a plan/routine, this I struggled with for much of the month because my knees have been worse this year than the last couple years. But I did settle on a routine and because of the knee issues, I opted to build a bicycle routine. I am currently doing a 5.4 mile loop "around the block" and it is very taxing. I have expanding blocks planned when this one is easy I will do the next longer loop. So far I have 6, 7, and 10 mile loops mapped out for myself to graduate to. I am only bicycling 3 days a week and doing "active rest" walking on my 4th cardio day so that I don't have to bicycle 2 days in a row (I am also getting my butt used to being in the saddle, and tweaking my gear as I go.
The Jillian routine fell apart on me too.
I am now in a position where I have to work overtime more often than I like (well I like working it never but that is another story). So I am trying to keep my routine flexible enough I can keep up on things while I work extra hours. With that in mind here are the goals for May
1. Keep working the bicycle plan. Use the indoor bike if it is bad weather, but I have to bike because...
2. 93 miles Bicycle to Joe Louis Arena for Girls Gone Riding may challenge. Currently have 82.2 miles to go.
3. Honest food tracking streak. I have been on and off about this also. I know tracking honestly will help me I just need to buckle down and do it. (Today is day 2).
4. Be good to my knee. I need to not destroy my knee, be good to it when it hurts, go see the doctor if it gets too bad, and in general try to strengthen it.
That's it this month, keeping it simple and continuing to try and build consistency. I have at least been able to maintain a relative weight in the last few months of up and down, which is ok, because it shows me I can be less strict and still not backslide so very far. Even once I do get my food consistency under control I think I will try weighing in only a couple days once a month or something infrequent like that to keep me from scale obsessing.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I have been only sporadically hitting the scale lately and it helped a lot. I was focused on doing right, and only checking my progress when I knew I had been staying with the plan. Except for today. This week I have let my eating slip, made a plan of what to eat and then tossed the plan out the window at some point in the day. So naturally my weight was up. Some of this was related to my Sodium always being the first to go when my meal plan goes sideways, but some of it was probably not. I am not a binge eater, and I do eat better than I did a couple years ago, but I still don't have a totally healthy relationship with food. I also have a pretty unhealthy relationship with the scale, and for that matter motivation and success are not as good of friends as they should be. So today I started a new streak. I am tracking my food, all of it, plan or no. If I go off the plan or don't make one I will still track what I eat and face the truth of it. In the past whenever I went off my healthy planned food I also skipped tracking. I only stay on track with food if I plan ahead, which means I am not an "intuitive eater" yet. I think I do alright in some areas even when I am off the plan, but I don't really know and it's time to face that. So today (friday the 12th) I tracked my breakfast, saw it was going to set a poor tone for the day and instead of throwing the whole day out the window I kept tracking. I knew today was going to be a long day (close to 20 hours since I made the transition to 3rd shift this evening), and therefore an odd day. But I can only learn from my eating if I am honest about it. Too many times in the past I have failed at some aspect of this journey, berated myself for failing and continued to fail to make the right changes. That has to stop. Tracking my food all the time is going to be step one in a bigger plan. Aside from the not tracking when I fall off the food wagon issue, I have noticed I do exceptionally well and everything clicks when I spend a long period of time on a 12 hour night shift. Normally at work we have a 30 day schedule of mandatory 12 hour days (6 days a week) once every 2 years. Since 2010 we have had 40-60 days of 12 hour schedule once a year, but this year we are back on track and are not going on this crazy schedule again until 2014. Every time in the past I have done really well and reached a new weight loss low I was on one of these goofy schedules. Then I go back to day shift and my eating gets spotty and I lose momentum and I let the whole system fall apart. This year I have no goofy schedule to push my momentum. I have to learn to do this properly with my normal schedule. As of Friday April 19th, I am on regular old day shift at work for 8 weeks. Eventually, but unfortunately not until June 3rd my CSA will start again this year and I will have 19 weeks of fresh fruit and veggies to help me on my way. I am already make notes of recipes that use veggies I didn't experiment with last year.
As an effort to work on my scale issues, every time I had negative thoughts about what the scale showed me, I made myself mentally switch gears and think about the positive things I have done since beginning this journey. Some of them still bear repeating.
At one time in my life I was drinking one or more (often 2) 2 liter bottle of soda a day, now I drink well over 8 glasses of water just about every day (weather I remember to tick them off here or not I rarely miss that goal). Coffee with a little flavored creamer is my sole source of caffeine and I only have one cup a day.
When I first started I would do 15 minutes on the exercise bike and feel it the next day, I spent 59 minutes on the treadmill last night to get my full 3 miles in.
I have gradually made some of my easy comfortable foods healthier so I can keep them in my rotation for the occasional blah day.
I have discovered my tastes changing, and while I still don't care for peas or green beans, spinach, cantaloupe, and a few other things have found their way into my fridge regularly. I also prefer the "whole wheat" or "whole grain" version of a lot of things.
As if this blog isn't long enough I'll give a mid month update on my April goals.
I got the 15k steps badge from fitbit on Thursday, because I had nearly half of that when I got on the treadmill and I felt good during my workout I went for it, got 3 miles in then ran around doing last minute chores just to finish off the last couple hundred steps.
Thanks to "April showers" I have only walked outside once more since my last blog, and this weeks forecast look like
Saturday - iffy, maybe rain and wind, but maybe ok for walking outside
Sunday - Warmer and nice, a good day to get some outdoor miles in
Tuesday - showers
Thursday - showers
This Monday I am going to start my Jillian Michaels video M-W-F
The scale, well since I gained about 4 pounds I am going to do my best to stay on track and stay off the scale until the end of the month.
I did get my Measures done as well, and my next measuring day is Sunday the 21st.
As for my cardio routine goal, I have really been leaning toward doing Couch 2 5k again and this time doing it outside as much as possible, but between starting Jillian back up this week and the uncooperative weather I am holding that one off until the 21st most likely.
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