Friday, July 27, 2007

Moving Along

I know its early still, but I feel like things are going well. Here's what I accomplished this week:

Monday: Not much :) This is the day i started reading Bill's blog and getting inspired. I'd already been going to the gym 2-3 days a week and semi watching what I ate, but not really that closely. This is the day I made a plan..

Tuesday: *cardio 20 minutes in AM (recumbent bike and a brisk pace).
*Ate healthy all day. Small meals throughout the day, limited fat and carb intake.
*Lifted for 45 minutes in the evening.

Wednesday: *cardio 25 minutes in AM (recumbent bike and a brisk pace).
*healthy eating, same as day before.

Thursday: *Healthy eating
*Rode bicycle 14 miles with friend after work. Good pace. Afterwards he had a Guinness, I had a water :)

Friday is today and I had my first Protien/Whey shake thing this morning. I'm going to go lift again this evening. I find that I'm not as sore as I used to be when I lifted, so I'm going to up the weights a bit and really try to push myself.

I've also purchased a protein shake mix with Whey. I really don't know what that is but I hear it's good so I'm going to try it. My girlfriend and I went to Trader Joe's and I got a bunch of things to suppliment my diet and my craving, but that have little to no fat or carbs.

I've weighed myself every morning when I first wake up. I started out at 296.5 on Tuesday and today I was 293.00 I was told that's normal for my first week. I actually have a feeling I'm going to lose the weight fast initially as that has been how it has worked in the past.

Next weekend for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I'm going on a loaded bicycle tour with my father and a friend. We'll be biking about 60-100 miles a day for all three days (and then camping at night). When I used to do this I'd think that I could eat whatever I want since I was burning so many calories. In fact in 2003 we rode our bikes from Chicago to Philly over 10 days and no mater what I ate I was losing weight. However, this time I'm going to continue with my regular diet. If I find I don't have enough energy for the trip I'll suppliment with power bars or an apple or something. Not really sure, it will be an experiment. In any event, I'm expecting there to be some weight loss that weekend.

I guess that's it for now. Any suggestions of anything I should be doing differently?
Today I'm picking up these two books on a recommendation by Bill:

Metabolism advantage by John Berardi

eating well for optimal health by Andrew weil

Hopefully I'll get some good info there.



Sharon said...

Looks like you've got a good plan going and it's working.

As for the three day bike ride. I'm exhausted just reading about it. Good for you.

p.s. You'll need bananas for potassium on that ride.

Brian said...

Yea, I always bring a banana with me on rides. Err...yea.

Jay said...

Agree on the banana's, they make a big difference. Also, don't forget the EPO ;).

billy said...

Nice, it sounds like your plan is really coming together. Make sure you eat enough to fuel your riding, but make it healthy stuff, and I think you'll do great.

Kristen said...

Stupid question: why potassium?

Another stupid question: EPO?

Ditto what Billy said. Increase your caloric intake for the riding days. That's a lot of calorie output, and you don't want your body to go into starvation mode.

Ripx180 said...

yes ditto on what everyone else said.

Kristen said something very important. If you go into starvation mode you may end up eating muscle or just slowing down your metabolism. You don't want either. As long as you are eating healthy I am sure you will still be in deficit calorie wise. Hope the ride goes great.