Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Average calories per day: 2097
Pounds lost: 1.5
Current weight: 241 lbs (109.5 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 50 lbs.
Next big ride: to Providence Zen Center 10/16
Yay! I broke 50 lbs this week! This is my first week off the cleanse and my first week ramping my mileage back up to normal. I found that my body really missed the shakes as yucky as they are and that I was very hungry this week. As the week has gone on, though, I feel like my body has settled down a little bit. I'm adjusting to the different foods that I either can't eat or shouldn't eat as often. To that end, I roasted my first turkey yesterday. It came our pretty well, though the breast meat is dry.
Let me tell you, I find a whole turkey to be a bit daunting both to cook and deal with afterwards. There's just so much of it! I have a plan, though. I'm going to take all the meat off. I'm going to make soup with the carcass and probably use the white meat in the soup since it is so dry. I'll freeze the dark meat and the soup in measured portions so that I just have to pull out servings to thaw when I need them. It should last me a good long while!
So, here I go off into the brave new world of eating according to my food allergies. I'll be interested to see how my body reacts over time.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We got there very early. Stef had not received her registration packet in the mail so we wanted to get there before the lines got too long. We've found that it's much easier to ride over there in the morning rather than make Jonathan drive us. We had ridden the tandem down here last Thursday. We left here while it was still dark and got to see the sun come up as we crossed the Longfellow Bridge. I love being on a bike as the sun comes up.
The ride got started with a wonderful trip up Storrow Drive and back. They close it for this ride once a year and I wish they'd make it a bikeway permanently! It is so much fun to ride there.
This is Stef at the first rest stop. I took a picture of her eating Fig Newtons. She never eats this kind of thing except on bike trips. I just wanted to have photographic evidence.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Average calories per day: 2002
Pounds lost: 0
Current weight: 242.5 lbs (110.2 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 48.5 lbs.
I'm done with the cleanse now. On the one hand, I'm pretty irked that I haven't lost anymore weight in the last two weeks. On the other, I'm just glad that the 5.5 pounds I gained from celebrating my birthday has come back off. I met with the nurse practitioner yesterday and we're changing my diet back to pretty much what it was before (protien, fruits and vegetables). I got my first look at the allergy testing and I'm ragingly allergic to all dairy and, oddly, soy. I'm moderately allergic to kidney beans, cherries (sad face), cilantro (seriously?) and safflower oil. I have low reactions to a whole laundry list of things including a lot of meats and all gluten bearing grains. The nurse said that I can eat the low reaction foods. I just have to not eat them daily. I'm leary of the grains, though. I showed up as mildly allergic to them even though I haven't been eating them for months. Also, the whole I ate a piece of birthday cake and gained five pounds thing is probably a strong indicator that I shouldn't eat wheat.
I'm going to spend some time rethinking my diet and trying to work out how I can cut down on the low reaction foods, many of which I eat daily. I'm also going to start ramping up my biking again. Stef and I are riding the Hub on Wheels 50 mile route on Sunday and really looking forward to it!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Pounds lost: 0
Current weight: 242.5 lbs (110.2 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 48.5 lbs.
I've been doing the second week of the cleanse where I get to eat actual food and I've been feeling a lot better. I've even been adding back some riding, though I'm going to have to take it easy until I can eat more. The 1600-1700 calories per day on this program aren't enough to support much riding.
I'm not surprised that I didn't lose weight this week. I've lost 11 pounds in the last five weeks and my body was due for a week off. We'll see what happens next week. If I don't lose weight by next week, then there will be whining. Meanwhile, I have another week and a half of the cleanse. I'll be interested to see how I feel at the end of it.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Average calories per day: 1862 (I ate a lot over the weekend)
Pounds lost: 3
Current weight: 242.5 lbs (110.2 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 48.5 lbs.
Phase 1 of the cleanse is over and I'm really glad. I'm dying to eat food I can chew! I'm also looking forward to my brain coming back on line. I've been having some chicken every day so that there wouldn't be dizziness and falling down but now I get to add rice cakes, fruit and vegetables to my shakes and chicken. I can't even tell you how excited I am about crunching on a rice cake.
I do three days of a combination of shakes and food and then two weeks of fewer shakes and more food. All the foods I'll be eating are ones that have a reputation for being non-allergic. Hopefully, my bloodwork will be back soon and we can figure out what I actually should be eating.
I hope I'm less dopey and uncoordinated today. I was planning to ride my bike over to the Common Cod Fiber Guild meeting last night but had spent the day knocking over so much stuff and forgetting things (like how to spell) that I thought it would be a better idea to stay home :-(
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I'm still a little loopy which is why I haven't replied to any email. Hoping to get to it tomorrow. The only way I can describe how I feel is lighter. Not lighter like I weigh less but like something that was pushing down on me has lifted. I still had the afternoon sleepies but nothing like the past couple of days. I'm also not as hungry which is nice. I have one more day of having mostly shakes to eat then Saturday I can start eating real food again. I'll keep you posted as things progress.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I'll be really interested to see how next season shapes up. Right now, I'm only ten pounds heavier than I was the year I did three centuries and rode my bike down here and back from where I was living in Maine (378 mile round trip done in four days). I was also eighteen years younger but we won't talk about that. So, if I can lose a bunch more weight over the winter, who knows what next season will bring.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
My weight fluctuating up and down is also a sign of flares of inflammation from all the toxicity. I eat something that wouldn't usually set me off and suddenly I'm retaining five pounds of water. After a couple of days, it lets up and my weight goes back down. It is disheartening but not the result of anything I'm doing wrong which is an entirely new concept for me.
So, what do we do now? Well, starting Tuesday, I'm going to go on a fairly drastic cleanse for a few days and then I'll slowly start to add back foods that are very non-allergenic. Dr. Rothfeld is hoping it will clear out the existing toxins and, maybe, teach my body to clear them rather than consistently trying to put them back into fat. First thing Tuesday morning, they are taking a bunch of blood for allergy testing so that when I go back on a normal diet, I can avoid foods that are going toxic in my body to begin with. The cleanse is going to be fairly drastic for me, though not as drastic as a lot of cleanses I've heard about. The hard part is that it's going to make all my symptoms worse in the short term before things start to get better. I'll deal with it because I've got to break my body out of this cycle somehow.
Average calories per day: 1996
Pounds lost: 1
Current weight: 245.5 lbs (111.6 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 45.5 lbs.
I'm very surprised to have lost a pound considering the loop-da-loops my weight has been doing this week. I was up over five pounds on Tuesday (more on that in the next post). I'm not complaining, though.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I do this to myself a lot. I love riding so much that I use all my energy to ride and then other things I should be doing don't get done. Have you seen my yard this summer? Wild kingdom. My kitchen and bedroom? Getting ready to cut them off and throw them away. I really need to find some balance between how much riding I do and how much time I spend doing other things. I'm just so desperate to make the most of the summer while it lasts. I can always clean in the winter, right?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Needless to say, I'll be following this guy's blog from now on.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Average calories per day: 1792
Pounds lost: 3.5
Current weight: 246.5 lbs (112 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 44.5 lbs.
I haven't seen the south side of 250 in about five years and then only very briefly. It is kind of a milestone for me because I use one of those old fashioned balance scales with the sliders. I got to move the big weight over from 250 to 200, I slid the little weight back up to 46.5 and I got a start on a whole new 50 pounds. I like it!
This is also the first week that I've actually felt like I look different. I've felt smaller up until now but felt like I was essentially shaped the same as before. Now, I actually feel like my shape is changing. Losing weight is so weird because it can change how you look so drasticly. I once had a friend ask me what it felt like to be fat and if, when I lost weight, I felt like I was losing part of myself. So far, I've never missed weight I've lost. I tend to go off diets simply because I'm so horribly tired of being hungry all the time. I've always felt my weight was like a hot, heavy suit that I'm forced to wear and can't take off. It pulls at me and drags at me and carrying it around makes me feel tired and slow and sweaty. I don't miss the weight I've lost and I don't think I'll miss the rest when it's gone.
That said, I think there will be a lot of adjustment, should I lose all the weight and become what society views as normal. I've never experienced what it's like to live life at a 'normal' weight. I've been overweight since I was seven. My mother put me on my first diet when I was eight. My weight has impacted so many of my social interactions, it will be very interesting to observe any changes that occur as my weight gets lower.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I have been trying to find the love for riding on this trainer for years. I really don't ride much in the winter. I'm a complete wimp about the cold and it is also very hard to find any kind of serious plus-sized winter cycling gear. Us fat chicks are a small enough market for summer gear. For winter gear, the demand is so small that apparently the companies see no point in making it. They make large sized men's gear but it never fits. Companies assume a XXL man is 6'4", broad shouldered, narrow waisted and long armed. That shape doesn't work at all for a short round woman. I have a wonderful, warm, Gore-Tex rain jacket that is a men's XXL. After losing 40 lbs, it swims on my shoulders, the sleeves hang down below my finger tips and it is still tight over my hips. Don't even talk to me about rain pants. I won't be able to get a pair of those until I'm what the industry considers to be a 'normal' size.
Well, I didn't mean for that to devolve into a big gear rant but that's my reality. So, to solve this problem, I'm trying very hard to if not enjoy, at least get myself onto the trainer as the weather gets colder and I don't want to ride outdoors.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This is my first time with road shoes and road cleats. First of all, the fit of my new shoes is fantastic! I was pretty sure I was going to have the hack off part of the strap because it would dig me in the ankle but if I have it a bit loose, it doesn't bother me. This makes me very happy because the idea of buying $250 shoes and then immediately cutting them up makes me feel slightly ill. The clips are a little harder to get in and out of. This won't be such a problem on long rural rides but coming down Mass Ave stopping at stop lights, it was a bit of a pain. Good practice, though. Rustem also gave me the big talking to about doing a lot of walking in these shoes. Apparently, if I want to do errands, I need to bring a set of flipflops with me since more than a tiny bit of walking in the cleats will ruin them. For now, I'm going to look for a pair of packable, slip-on shoes that I can stuff in the back of my Camelbak and use if I'm running around the grocery store. The good news is that since I'm getting two sets of pedals, I'm getting two sets of cleats. When (not if) I ruin the first set, I can just change them out. Also, replacement cleats aren't that expensive. In the long run, I can see there being an errand bike (probably the one I'm riding now) with my old pedals and shoes and a fancy long distance bike with the new pedals and shoes.
I'm taking a long ride on Monday with Stef and our friend Kuen and I'm hoping, hoping, hoping that the new shoes don't make my toes go to sleep like the old ones did. I'm really concerned about developing nerve damage in my feet, not to mention how inconvenient it is to have to unclip all the time to shake some life back into my toes. I so hope the new shoes solve this probelm. It is the whole reason I bought them.
Average calories per day: 1839
Pounds lost: 3.5
Current weight: 250 lbs (113.6 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 41 lbs.
The regroup seems to have worked but we're only a week in so we'll see what next week brings. I actually feel like I'm retaining water today and the only new thing I added to my diet yesterday was some cherries. So odd.
It's been an interesting week. I cut way back on riding as you can see. I didn't eat any fruit at all until Thursday when I had some raisins and then the cherries yesterday. I've added another Metagenics drink for breakfast and am eating a lot of eggs to boost my protien as well as a suppliment to support my adrenal gland. I'll make a list of them soon. I also cut out yogurt completely. It continues to make me sad that anything I really like turns into something I should never eat. Guess what? I loooove cherries. Probably allergic to them too.
The good news is that my hunger is back to being trustworthy. If I'm super hungery, it's actually because I should eat something and I've been far less hungry this week even though I've eaten a lot less.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
So, today, having eaten without guilt for a day, I regroup. I took my food log with me to see the nurse practitioner yesterday and we had a good long talk about it. Apparently, I'm not eating enough protien. Also, I'm eating too much fruit. Two servings a day is too much fruit? Apparently, so. I told her that being summer in the yarn business, I couldn't afford to buy fancy, grass-fed beef to eat everyday so what was I supposed to do? Her suggestion and it was a good one, was to eat eggs. I'm also not eating enough vegetables and should be eating a bigger, protien heavy breakfast. She suggested doing four days of an ultra low carb diet to get my weight loss started again and then continuing with the above suggestions, cutting out yogurt altogether (I knew it!) and getting a bunch of food allergy testing done the next time I see Dr.Rothfeld. I'll give it a try (I'll give anything a try at this point) and see how it goes.
Also, the ice cream for dinner thing didn't really work out for me. I was supposed to get up early and go for a ride with Stef this morning but felt so lousy I had to cancel. The ice cream was good, though.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Why is it so difficult for people to say "On your left" when they are passing??!! Seriously! It's not that hard! Fancy bikes are really quiet and you can't hear people coming up behind you. I swear, every person who passed me today (and there were a lot) didn't let me know they were there. This is a safety issue and today was a prime example.
One of the reasons the tandem works out so well for Stefanie and me is that, though Stef has everything it takes to be a good cyclist, she learned to ride as an adult and isn't super confident about steering. One of her goals this summer has been to get out on a regular bike and build up her skills. So, today was our big day to all go out on seperate bikes. We were not out on the path five minutes when some idiot passed Stef real close without warning her, startled her and she crashed. Fortunately, she knows how to fall and though she will have some really spectacular bruises and road rash, she didn't break anything.
So, Stefanie gets to spend the day snuggled up to ice packs and eating Motrin all because some asshole couldn't be bothered to say "On your left".
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Google suggested Route 16 as well but that is two narrow lanes of people going 45mph and no bike lane. I decided to pass.
I had a good time when I got there because I met my sister and her daughters for some fun at the beach. When we left, my nieces were tired and asking to be carried so I offered to push them on the bike. We put the little one on the seat and the big one on the rack and I pushed them down the sidewalk to the car. It was a big hit. My sister got a super cute picture of them both on the bike. I'll post it as soon as she sends it to me.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Average calories per day: 2069
Pounds lost: 0.5
Current weight: 253.5 lbs (115.2 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 37.5 lbs.
No more big rides scheduled this summer.
It is hard for me not to be disappointed with a lousy half pound of weight loss in a week where I struggled so hard not to eat more. I had a couple of days where I was so hungry I kept looking back at my food log and saying, "How can I possibly have eaten this much and still be so hungry?" I've since added back one more Crave Arrest at night hoping it will curb my appetite without making me sick. I've also added a salad as an afternoon snack. I've always had a hard time eating vegetables but my diet has been a bit too fruit and protien heavy and needs a little vegetable action. Also, if my weight loss does not improve next week, I'm going to seriously rethink the shots I've been getting. They cost a $90 a pop and I just can't justify them if they aren't going to do that much good. I'm giving it another week and if my weight loss isn't more in the two pound range, I'm going to stop getting them for a bit.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This morning the dishwasher needed to be run, pots and pans needed washing, I had a half done soup to finish and a head of lettuce to wash. There was no way I could get in a bike ride and get all that done too so I decided to ride tomorrow.
I really like working in the kitchen if I give myself enough time to do it. Cooking is soothing and, somehow, makes me less hungry. I got the soup done and into the freezer, the pots and pans washed and the dishwasher running. I've got the lettuce soaking and will spin that and put it in the fridge in a bit. All in all, the food situation here feels a lot more under control than it did this morning and that makes me happy.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Three of us were planning to set out around 4:30am or so Saturday morning so as to be all cleaned up and ready for the festivities at 10am. At 3:45am, I gave the tandem a flat rear tire while trying to pump it up. I had broken the valve a few days before but hadn't thought much about it since it was holding air. When I pulled the pump off, the whole thing deflated. Now, I'm not much of a tire changer. I actually had a bike that I rode for 15 years that never once got a flat. I usually just take it to the bike store and have them change it. Not an option at 3:45am. Crap. Well, no choice so I flipped the bike upside down and started changing the tire. To my great relief and complete surprise, I had the tire changed and the wheel back on in about ten minutes! I think it had more to do with the tire than me but it was a big confidence boost.
When I got to the Cambridge Zen Center, we found out that one of our group had over slept. Ah, well. What could we do. We waited and he got there by about 5am.
We headed out and had a very lovely and uneventful ride there. The new route I found to Dedham was much nicer than last year's route through JP and W. Roxbury. The weather was perfect and it was a fantastic ride.
We, on the tandem, weren't up for the ride back so we decided to take the train. (Mike was going to ride back by himself but ended up getting a ride Saturday night.) Fortunately, we left ourselves plenty of time to get to the station because I took a wrong turn that sent us about two miles out of our way. We made it to the station about ten minutes before the train got there and all was well from there to South Station. I figured the toughest part after that would be getting the bike down the stairs to to the Red Line platform.We bumped it down the stairs since I figured it wouldn't fit in the elevator. We managed to get the bike and our stuff onto an Alewife train and again, all was well, until Park St. Of course, they were doing some work and running shuttle buses yesterday. Tandems don't fit on buses. So it was ride the thing home or bust. Oh, and it seems you can get a tandem in a T elevator. You just have to stand it straight up on its rear wheel. We found this out getting out of Park St because we were going to damned if we were carrying it up all those stairs.
Two elevators and some foul language later, we got the bike to street level, gave the shuttle buses a sigh and struck off across the Common walking the bike. What did we find at the other side? More stairs. Ugh! Fortunately, I spied some nice young men headed our way and they were kind enough to carry the loaded bike up the stairs for us (thanks guys! You're the best!). After that, it wasn't too bad. We rode down the hill from the State House to Cambridge St, past MGH and over the bridge into Cambridge. A very nice T bus driver made sure we got through the Charles/MGH traffic circle without getting killed. I dropped MJ off and got home in one piece. It was pretty funny riding the tandem with a pannier on the back and no stoker. It does this funny wobble thing for a bit then settles down.
All in all, it was a great ride. Next year, I want to bring a bunch more people. I talked to a lot of people who wanted to come but didn't know how to get ready. My goal next year is to start talking to people about it in late March and help them figure out how to train for it. It should be fun. Mike's already started calling it the annual Zen Bike Challenge!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Average calories per day: 1957
Pounds lost: 1.5
Current weight: 254 lbs (115.5 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 37 lbs.
Weeks until next big ride (here to Cumberland, RI and back): 0
At 4am tomorrow, I'm taking my tired, cranky self and heading for RI for the weekend. I'm hoping the trip will perk me up.
I'm taking the tandem with my friend MJ from the zen center. I always feel funny riding the tandem with someone other than Stefanie, like I'm cheating on her with another stoker. My goal, as always when doing a long ride on the tandem, is for us to be speaking to each other when we're done. I think we'll be okay. It's not that far and I found a better route than the one I used last year. I didn't get much of a chance to scout it out but it goes through a lot of areas I'm familiar with and then picks up the old route in Dedham. In fact, we'll be riding right by my grandmother's old house.
The down side of bringing the tandem is that MJ doesn't think she's going to be up for riding back on Sunday. I'm holding out hope that she'll have such a fabulous time riding down tomorrow and feel so good afterwards that she'll be dying to ride back. The truth is that we'll probably be taking the train. But hey, I like the train.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The things keeping me going right now are biking, my shop and my practice. If I didn't have those, there'd be trouble in River City.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Average calories per day: 1941
Pounds lost: 2.5
Current weight: 255.5 lbs (116 kg)
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 35.5 lbs.
Weeks until next big ride (here to Cumberland, RI and back): 1
My weight loss got a literal shot in the ass this week. I saw the doctor on Tuesday and told him that I hadn't been losing weight as fast and so he started me on the next thing. It is an injection of three things your body makes anyway that help the liver break down fat. I'm not sure what they are but people have been asking me so I'll find out. It seems to be helping because, not only had my weight loss slowed down, I was getting that funny stuck feeling in my body that signals my weight loss stalling out entirely. Since the shot, things seem to have loosened up. The stuck feeling is hard to explain. It just feels like something stuck in my middle. I get another shot next week so we'll continue to see how it goes.
I'm laying off running today because my knees are a little sore and I'm also just weary. I want to be super careful of my joints while my weight is still so high. So, I'm going to relax this morning, maybe do a few errands. Tomorrow, Stef and I are planning to ride the tandem up to the Lowell Folk Festival. It's only about 22 miles from her house. The team car may or may not pick us up there. It depends on how we feel, what the family's plans are and how hot it is. I'm looking forward to it!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Here's some ways I like to find new routes:
~Cycling sites are never a bad place to start. We've gotten some great routes that way this year. Bike shops also sell maps but they can be expensive.
~When mapping, I like to use Google maps for directions and MapMyRide for mileage. One of the really helpful things that Google maps does is it allows you to zoom in to street level live pictures. This is excellent for getting a look at some of the crazy intersections they have around here. It is also a good way to see if a route is shady or sunny. MapMyRide is good for getting mileage on shorter routes and loops but tends to crap out if you are doing a ride longer than 50 miles. I kind of have a love-hate thing going with that site.
~Getting across any major highway can be tricky. Route 128 is about an even 10 miles from here in any direction so I'm going to have to deal with it on any longer ride I do. I try to never, ever cross a highway using a road that has a highway exit on it. People coming off the highway still have highway mind and it takes them a while to change back to "You're back on a regular road and LOOK OUT FOR THE BIKE!" mind. Don't ask me how I know.
~Don't pick anything with too many twists and turns unless you have a printed cue sheet and sometimes not even then. It can be easy to get lost. Stef's iPhone has come in very handy this year. We got real lost back in May sometime. She texted her husband "We're lost." He texted back "Use the phone, Luke." We did and it has come in handy on many occasions.
~On the other hand, picking more main drag routes can be a problem because of traffic. Numbered highways with three digit numbers tend to be direct, easy to follow and also much less busy than one or two digit highways. Always double check them on the Google, though, so you don't end up in that traffic rotary.
Picking routes can be an adventure in itself but necessary to stave off boredom. So, good luck out there and let me know if you have any favorite routes.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
BTW, the dog had a great time.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Average calories per day: 2023 (not counting the four days I was in NY. I have no idea how much I ate but I managed to stick to the diet)
Pounds lost in two weeks: 1.5
Current weight: 258 lbs (117) kg
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 33 lbs.
Weeks until next big ride (here to Cumberland, RI and back): 2
I'm noticing that my weight loss is definitely slowing down. I have also started weighing myself almost every day and I've got to stop doing that. It is depressing watching my weight jig up and down. In dieting, I not only have to work on having a correct relationship with food and exercise, I have to work on having a correct relationship with the scale. And let me tell you, the scale is a rat bastard sometimes. I weighed 256 yesterday and 258 today. WTF?! And since Saturday is official weigh in day, 258 is what I have to count.
I'm seeing the doctor on Tuesday and I'm going to talk to him about the slow down and see what else he has for me. Meanwhile, I'm going to work very hard on not weighing myself at home until next Saturday.
In other news, I seem to have hurt my right wrist. I noticed it was sore when I got back from riding on Wednesday. Wednesday, it rained the whole time we were out, sometimes quite heavily. The problem with this is that my gloves and the handlebars get slippery and my hands slide around a lot. I actually took my gloves off part way through the ride because they were so uncomfortable and bought a new pair on the way home. I'm starting to have a real love-hate relationship with bike gloves these days. Anyway, I went out for a ride yesterday and my wrist was killing me. I came back, put ice on it and am hoping it is better by tomorrow.
The wrist thing has pushed up my plan to start teaching myself to run. I printed out the Couch to 5K plan yesterday and I'm going out to give it a try this morning. It isn't super challenging at first. I think I'm supposed to walk 5 minutes, run 2 minutes and walk for 5 more minutes. I'm going to run really, really slow and we'll see if I can do a whole 2 minutes. Running is like standing up on my pedals when I bike. It makes my heart rate just rocket up. But, hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained and I really need an alternative form of exercise. And I can take the dog!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
On the one hand, YAY! On the other, ugh, clothes shopping.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
~Soak a bandana and wear it under your helmet. Re-wet it periodically.
~Put ice in a bandana and wear it around your neck. Keep re-wetting after the ice melts.
~Put your water in the freezer.
~Wet your clothes when you can.
~Use lots of sunscreen. Getting burned dehydrates you.
~Drink until you can feel the water sloshing around in your tummy. Drink more when the feeling goes away.
~Drink enough so that you have to pee at least once an hour.
~Choose a shady route.
~If you stop, be sure to be in the shade.
These are just a few ideas. Please post any other ideas you know of in the comments. We're always looking for new ones.
In other news, I saw the podiatrist today. She set me up with an over the counter orthodic and recommended I get road shoes for my bike. She gave me a whole lot of stretching to do, said I should replace the shoes I wear in the shop every six months and said when I'm ready to start running, it should be no problem.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
So, my feet. My blankity, blank, double E Fred Flintstone feet have been giving me a lot of trouble this season. Now that I'm riding so much with clipless pedals, I've been having a lot of trouble with my toes falling asleep when I ride. I tried getting new shoes and having the cleats moved but that only improved things a little. It can get very uncomfortable and sometimes I actually have to stop and get off the bike for a few minutes to let the blood run back into my toes. I have a podiatrist appointment on Monday and, meanwhile, have been looking into getting road cycling shoes. Ben (my favorite Quad Cycle guy) recommended them because the sole is stiffer and the cleat bigger than the mountain bike shoes I've been using up to this point. The problem is that the tongue and straps of road shoes come up too high and dig me in my giant ankles. I went over to Belmont Wheelworks (I felt so disloyal but they have an entire cycling shoe department) and talked to their shoe expert Elena. We tried on all kinds of shoes and found one that might actually work. She also recommended that I look into having custom shoes made. If you think this is starting to sound expensive, it is. This little venture may end up costing $300 just for the shoes, never mind the new pedals and cleats. Oh, well, I learned a long time ago that with these feet, if the shoe fits, buy it.
I'm going to see what the podiatrist says before I do anything but if having the right shoes means I can pedal pain free, I'm going to do it.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Average calories per day: 1926 (not counting the weekend because I was busy riding)
Pounds lost this week: 2.5
Current weight: 259.5 lbs (118) kg
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 31.5 lbs.
Weeks until next big ride (here to Cumberland, RI and back): 4
Phew! The 260 mark is a big one for me. That is the weight that I tried to get below for three months last spring and just couldn't. I was fully expecting to be stuck there until my next doctors appointment on July 20. I'm really relieved! That said, we'll see what happens next week. If I've actually cleared this plateau, the next one is at around 230. I haven't been under that one since my sister got married (almost nine years now).
My next planned ride isn't a big one, just under 40 miles each way but I'm riding it on my own bike, not on the tandem. I've done almost all my riding on the tandem this spring and have gotten a little spoiled. My goal now is to get myself up to the kind of mileage singly that I we were doing on the tandem. I'm still planning to do a bunch of tandem riding. Stef and I are talking about riding up to Old Orchard Beach for a weekend sometime in August. That's a Century Ride and would be a huge milestone for us, but it will be nice to spend some time on my single bike as well.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Average calories per day: 2083
Pounds lost this week: 0
Current weight: 262 lbs (119) kg
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 29 lbs.
Weeks until MS Ride: none
Oh, the dreaded week of no weight loss. I really hate it when that happens because then all the questions start. Did I eat too much? Didn't I exercise enough? Am I retaining water? Is this the beginning of a plateau? Why, when I worked so hard, did I lose nothing? It doesn't help that this is right where my weight loss stalled out last year.
But, you know what? SCREW IT! I'm going on the MS Ride tomorrow and I'm going to have fun and not worry about it. If I don't lose weight again next week, I'll call the doctor and see what he has to say.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I had to buy new bike shoes unexpectedly this week. I was really hoping to get another season out of the ones I had. Unfortunately, Sunday and Monday, I had a lot of trouble with my toes going to sleep. Come to find out that the combination of my worn out shoes, the type of clipless pedals I'm using and the heat really hurt my feet. I've now got new shoes with the cleat moved a bit forward to take the pressure off the spot that was bothering me. I'm not thrilled with these shoes, but they'll do for now. Ben at the bike shop said that considering how much I ride, I should really change to road shoes and pedals. I've been using mountain bike shoes because you can still walk in them but the cleat is small and presses on my foot unpleasantly. Road shoes have a much bigger cleat that spreads the pressure but are smooth on the bottom and not much fun to walk anywhere on. What I can see happening, knowing myself the way I do, is me buying a fancy dance road bike and getting the new shoes and pedals for it and keeping the bike I have now with it's pedals and shoes for doing errands. We won't talk about how many other bikes I already have. No, we won't talk about that at all.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It seems silly. How much can spending one week riding less and eating more cost me? But the fear remains. Everytime I get into a routine where I'm actually losing weight, I feel like all the stars align, like I'm breathing rarified air. I also feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop because it always has. My weight loss plateaus or I injure myself and can't exercise. Or I just get tired of dieting and start eating again. The cold hard fact is that everytime I've dieted in the past, I've failed, gone off the wagon and gained all the weight back. I keep telling myself that this time is different. I've got a doctor helping me. I've got suppliments that work. I'm far less hungry than I've been in the past. Still, the fear remains.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Average calories per day: 1991
Pounds lost this week: 3.5
Current weight: 262 lbs (119) kg
Total weight loss since 3/26/10: 29 lbs.
Weeks until MS Ride: 1 (Holy Crap!)
I stopped taking the Crave Arrest suppliment this week and feel much, much better. I was able to eat enough so that I wasn't dragging on my rides. I averaged only about 160 calories a day more than last week, but what a difference it made. The doctor wants me to try to add back in the Crave Arrest at a lower dose. I may try that later this week.
I've now lost 29 of the 30 or so pounds I gained over the winter. Starting this week, I'll be trying to get below a plateau that I haven't seen the south side of since I was in my thirties. Last year around this time, I spent a solid three months counting my calories and riding my bike 60-90 miles a week. I was horribly hungry and my weight just jigged up and down the same 3 pounds the whole time. It really pissed me off and caused the f@ck-all attitude that resulted in my weight gain over the winter.
An interesting development this week is that I've begun to trust my hunger. For most of my life, I haven't trusted my hunger. People would always say 'Just eat when you are hungry and you'll lose weight' but that has never worked for me. Anytime I ate when I was hungry, I would consistently gain weight. Now, thanks to the diet and suppliments I'm on, if I'm super hungry, I know I need to eat or I'll feel crummy, yet I don't seem to be too hungry. It is a novel feeling. I quite enjoy it.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
She and I did a trade of bike repair lessons for knitting lessons. I love bartering!
It was especially wonderful to learn all this stuff because tandems are notorious fussbudgets when it comes to gear adjustment. We've been getting 2-3 weeks or 150-200 miles out of a gear adjustment and the bike shop guys are getting a little tired of seeing us. Now we can do it ourselves! Yea, Liz!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Average calories per day: 1834
Pounds lost this week: 2
Current weight: 265.5 lbs (120.5) kg
Weeks until MS Ride: 2 (EEK!)
This was a tough week for riding. The shop has been super busy because of the sale (not complaining, just sayin'). I missed my Sunday ride because of a stomach ache. I went to the chiropractor twice having undone my first adjustment by lugging too many groceries home (I really should know better). I fell, fortunately it was on the way to the chiropractor so the damage was mimimized. Then I had to deal with home plumbing issues I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
I had a lot of trouble eating and drinking enough and my performance really suffered. Yesterday, I went out to ride and only got about 3 miles before turning around. I headed over to Whole Paycheck to see if I could buy some foods that would tempt me to eat enough (I've often said that if you aren't going to exercise, you should eat). I got some of their breakfast food from the hot bar and some goat's milk yogurt. Those seemed to help a lot. Then, last night, I gave a dharma talk about my weight which I had been very nervous about. It went pretty well and I'm feeling a lot better now that that stress is over. All in all, I'm glad to see the back of this week and am hoping next week I'll go back to feeling as good as I had been before.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I'm starting to get nervous about the MS ride. 75 miles a day for two days is pretty challenging to train for when you only have a few months. That and for some reason, I just haven't been feeling it this week. Maybe I'll feel better next week. Let's hope the weather warms up a little.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Fortunately, the suppliments he gave me, which all address the inflammation in one way or another, are helping since I am losing weight. He added vitamin D to my suppliments and said to continue with the others as long as I keep losing weight. If my weight loss stops, it will indicate that those suppliments aren't enough anymore and he'll bring out some bigger guns.
I'm still a little freaked out that I was well on my way to having the same problems that killed my dad at such a young age. I'm already 45. I was always afraid of becoming a fat, decrepit old woman but now I find out that I might not have had the chance to become an old woman at all. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have finally found a doctor with some answers that actually seem to work.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Average calories per day: 1892
Pounds lost this week: 1.5
Current weight: 267.5 lbs (121.5) kg
Weeks until MS Ride: 3 (eek!)
Overall, I feel really good this week. I'm very interested by the number of miles I rode vs my average calories per day. I'm kind of amazed that I wasn't more hungry. This time last year, I was riding about the same amount and eating about 2200 calories a day. I remember being so hungry that I wanted to cry. I don't kow if it's the diet or the suppliments or both but whatever it is seems to be keeping me from being so horribly hungry and still losing weight. For that, I'm grateful.
That said, I'm still working on losing the 30 lbs I gained over the winter. Any weight that I gain quickly, I can generally lose quickly as long as I don't let it stick too long. Once I get down to the low 260's I'm going to be addressing what I call 'stuck weight' or weight that I've been carrying for more than a year. That's when we're going to see if all this stuff is actually working.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
However, we seem to be making progress! Last year, he took a lesson at the Somerville Bicycle Riding School and we've been using a lot of the techniques they use. Today, he rode on his own for 20-30 feet. I have to get him going and then jog along side until he tells me to let go. Who knew I'd be learning to jog while the offspring was learning to ride. Phew! Now he just has to learn to get himself going and how to stop in some way that isn't crashing. Rome was not built in a day, my friends.
Monday, May 31, 2010
One of the cool things about riding this spring has been smelling all the flowers as they bloom. It started with the apple blossoms, then lilac, mock orange and, this week, roses. I've smelled a lot of flowers that I can't even name but it always makes our ride delightful.
This is Andrew. We met him in Concord. He is a cyclist and an origami artist. Check out his work here. It's extremely cool!
He was kind enough to offer to take some pictures of us with the bike.
That brought us to this,
this,and, eventually, this.
Folks, if his live origami presentation is half as much fun as just running into him in Concord, you should call him up!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
We learned a couple of super important lessons from this. First is that we have got to go our own pace and use our downhill momentum to get us up the next hill. The second is that though we do like to get off the bike once every 5-10 miles, we mustn’t do it for very long. Stretch, drink some water, have a snack and get right back on the bike.
So, riding with people is tricky. Most people are the fast up hill, slow down hill type. It is one of the reasons that I have done most of my riding alone up to this point. The great thing about a tandem is that it solves this problem. You can ride all you want with someone and you are always going the same pace. Of course, you have to ride with the right person and I’m very lucky to have found such a great stoker in Stef. I don’t know if we’ll do that group ride again anytime soon. If I lose a bunch of weight it would change our riding and possibly help our style match what more people do. Unfortunately, that’s a big if and I’m not holding my breath. Meanwhile, I’d definitely like to do more riding with Kit and Ramie, our friends on the other tandem. They are faster than we are and climb hills way better but don’t seem to mind staying with us on the flats and waiting for us at the tops of the hills.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wow, I didn't set out to write a rant today. I guess, what I'm saying, is that I'd like to be able to discuss my weight here without being subjected to a lot of well meaning advice on the subject. I've spent a lot of years figuring out what doesn't work for me and now I've finally, FINALLY, got a doctor who's willing to work with me on it instead of offering me the same old tired advice and then blaming me when it doesn't work.
So, I'm not looking for weight loss advice even though I know people give it with love. I'd just like to share what I'm going through and what I'm learning about my body.
That said, here's the stats this week:
Number of miles cycled: about 97
Average calorie intake per day (according to my Fit Day program): 2022
Suppliments I'm using: Metagenics Ultra Inflamex for inflamation (also doubles as a multivitamin), Crave Arrest for hunger and Omega 3 fatty acids for whatever it is they do.
Weight lost this week: 3 lbs.
Current weight: 269 lbs. (122 kg)
Weeks until the MS Ride: 4
Overall feeling of wellnes: Pretty good. The Caveman Diet definitely agrees with me. I'm less tired and achy than when I started it and my knees feel real good.