Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Full Tummy

I ate too much Chipotle.  Claire didn't finish her burrito, so I went to town on it.  I need to quit doing that crap.  I got myself a burrito bowl so I didn't go overboard on calories and I blew it.  Now I just have a stomach ache. 

I biked to work and back today.  I put in 13 miles, which is half of my goal of 26 a day, but I'd say the 13 today felt tougher than yesterday's 27. 

If I'm going to get thin, I need to nip this overeating thing in the bud. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weigh-In Results

So It's been a while since I actually wrote a weigh-in post on a Monday so that's a victory.  Two years ago today, Claire and I got married.  Two years ago we looked like this.

Today, we look like this:

This picture makes me giggle.  Anyway, it feels good to be thinner.  I've still got a long way to go.  I'm sure I'll live longer based on the weight I've lost so far, but I want to be around Claire and that drag queen for as long as possible so I need to turn it up and get to a healthy weight.

Here's how much I weigh this week.
I gained a pound.  Gross.  All I can say is if all goes according to plan, I'll be taking it and a lot more off this week.

Yesterday I said I was going to bike a marathon every day this week.  I did not disappoint today.  I biked a total of 27.5 miles.  That's the farthest I've biked in recent history.  Here's the map:

I doubled around the lakes and decided to cross the mighty Mississippi into St. Paul today.  According to the Daily Plate, I burned 2,811 calories on my ride.  That makes me feel better about my mini-binge when I got home where I took in 600 calories of cottage cheese, fiber one bars, almonds, and a mini-ice cream Snickers bar.  I gotta get that under control.

So Claire, happy anniversary.  Over the last two years, you've given me the strength to make myself a better man.  You've challenged me when I've needed it most.  And you've made me incredibly happy since the day I met you.  I've got 47.6 pounds to go before I reach my goal.  With you by my side, I know I'll be able to do it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weigh-In Results

Hey, look, it's Sunday and I'm posting last week's weigh-in results again.  I promise there will be a new weigh-in tomorrow.

Here's an update: Claire is out of the hospital and is on the road to recovery.  They still don't know what she had, but she's getting better and there will be some lab work coming back soon.  Overall, it's good to be back home.

Here's how I fared Thursday on the scale.

241.7.  A gain of .9 pounds.  I'm not happy about it, but I was stress-eating hospital food.  It's amazing I didn't go back to 300 pounds.  I'm okay with this, but I need to get back in the right direction.

Here's how I'm going to accomplish this:  I'm going to bike a marathon every single day this week.  That's right.  I'm going to put at least 26.2 miles on my bicycle every day for a week and see what it does to my waistline.  I biked 25 miles a couple days ago and the daily plate told me I burned 2500 calories.  Over 7 days, that's 17,500 calories, or 5 pounds of fat.  Let's see how it goes.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

No Weigh-In Today

I'm typing this from a hospital room.  Claire was admitted for some tests this afternoon.  Hopefully, we'll be out of here with some answers tomorrow.  But for now, we're just hanging out waiting.  She's feeling pretty well despite being poked and prodded every which way.  She's been subjected to a ton of tests (some of them repeatedly) but she's being a real trooper.  We now know this heart stuff isn't life-threatening, but it's still scary.

The real stressful part of today is that we thought we'd be going for a half-hour follow-up visit.  That was almost 16 hours ago.  Since then, I've eaten the following: a big burger and fries and a gyro with more fries.  I feel so gross but I've been getting food when and where it's convenient (I didn't get dinner until 10:00) and I've been stress eating as well.  Seriously, this is the kind of eating that got me to 313 pounds in the first place.  My stomach is stuffed and I feel super gross.

But all of this is making me realize how much I take my own health for granted.  I'm lucky I didn't develop diabetes or worse when I was at my heaviest.  I may gain a few pounds in the short term, but I'm determined to lose the rest of the weight.  Even though Claire doesn't like hospitals, she's here so she can be healthy and happy with me for a long, long time to come.  And even though I don't always like to eat healthy and exercise, I'm going to do it so I can be happy and healthy and with Claire for a long, long time.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Where have I been?

I don't know if I've ever gone this long without posting.  Here's what happened since I last posted:

Claire started feeling sick.  She had a racing heart and a lot of nausea.  We went to the doctor on Friday and after that, headed to her parents' house in Wisconsin.  During that time, she started feeling worse.  We came back to Minneapolis, went to the doctor, went to the emergency room, and went to the heart clinic. Claire's mom came to visit because she was really feeling lousy at this point.  And to top it all off, we were supposed to be on vacation.

During this time, I've fallen off the wagon hard.  I don't know how much of it was stress-eating and how much I just wanted an excuse to shove anything and everything into my fat face.

Since I lost my job, I've felt like my life is out of my control.  I just want stability.  I just want control.  I just want things to work out my way.  But I suppose complaining about it is the least effective thing I can do.

I can start by sharing my weight from Monday.  Yes, I actually weighed myself but didn't get around to posting it.  So here's Monday's weight.  You'll get another number tomorrow (probably much higher).

240.8.  I don't know where the picture went.  I gained .4 pounds.  I'm not going to sweat it (or my inevitable gain tomorrow).  I'm getting back on track with the eating today.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Crash and Burn

I had my first bicycle crash of the season.

I didn't watch where I was going and ran right into a retaining wall.  I feel like a doofus, but it was worth it for the 879 calories I burned over the course of my ride.  The retaining wall was about three feet high and I went right over the handlebars.  I ended up with a scratched up hand and a very sore heel.  I'm not exactly sure how I hurt my heel, but overall, things could have been much worse.  I scratched plenty of paint off my bike and I have to re-true the front wheel.  I also tore up my saddle, but I'm more or less fine.  This is why it's important to wear your helmet. 

If you're on the fence about trying out bicycling, do it.  It's fairly low impact (except for the very rare extremely high impact moments which only happen if you're an idiot who doesn't watch where he's going) and it's tons of fun.

I'll leave you with the map and stats for today's ride.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Short One

Yesterday I went to a Twins game.  We had a good time and the Twins won, but going ate up my whole evening and I didn't get a chance to take a bike-ride.  Boo-urns. 

I've also been having a harder time making sure I only take in 2000 calories a day.  I'm going to plan out my day tomorrow before I go to bed tonight so I have a plan I can follow.  That seems to work pretty well.

I've been working on my mountain bike and I'm at a frustrating impasse.  I can't get the bottom bracket unscrewed from the bike.  It would be a shame to have to junk that bike just because of one stuck part. 

Well, that's all I've got now.  Better get back on that bike.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Weigh-In Results

I'm back in a big way.  The commitment I made to eating right and bicycling.  I missed bicycling on the 1st due to bad weather and slipped a little on my intake yesterday, but overall, I'm back on track.

Today's bike ride took me 19 miles at 12.5 mph over the course of an hour-and-a-half.  About two-thirds of the way through the ride I was toast but I kept going because I needed to get home.  Here's the route:

According to an online calorie calculator, I burned 1400 calories on my bike-ride!  Yes Yes Yes!  If I could bike this much every day, I don't know what, but I feel like I'd weigh 150 pounds by the end of the month.

So let's see how I did on the scale.

240.4 for a loss of 4.4 pounds!  I am back!  I'm going to keep this up through July.  Let's see how much I can lose.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It Begins

July is here and I'm going to lose a substantial amount of weight this month.  My summer break started and I've got time and energy to do things right.

I'll be doing two things this month; biking every day and keeping my intake around 2000 calories a day.  Unfortunately, I biffed on the very first day on the biking front, but I did very well on my intake.  I didn't bike today because I ran some errands this morning, and by the time I got back, it was 97 degrees.  Then it stormed, and then it was too late to bike.  I know, it's bad to start with excuses, but I still came in at 1,762 calories today and I'm proud of myself.

I'll leave you with the tastiest breakfast I've had in a long time.

2 eggs sunny side up - 140 calories
2 pieces of toast (light bread) - 80 calories
hot sauce - 0 calories
1 medium orange - 70 calories

Total - 290 calories. Nom nom nom!