Monday, March 19, 2012

The Plan

I did a pretty good job of being active this week, despite a very busy week.  Thanks to the gorgeous weather we've been having in Minnesota, I got to bike to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I would have biked Thursday but I was headed down the last hill on my commute home and my brake cable snapped.  I wasn't going very fast and managed to Fred Flintstone my way to a stop so I didn't crash.  Now those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I built my own bike last year.  I should have paid the additional $6 to buy a new brake line and foot of housing, but I was cheap and thought it would be fine to reuse some old brake line that came with my old bike frame.  I guess it held up pretty well for a year, but I expect my new cable to last a lot longer than that.

I ran with Liza again on Tuesday.  It was rough.  Maybe because I hadn't run that far in a while and maybe because I'd already put a few miles on the bike that day going to and from work.  We still managed our usual 4.5 mile route.  Some day I'll be able to expand what I'm capable of running, but I've come a long way so far.

I also had the chance to go on a couple walks with my wife, Claire.  One of which took us nearly 4 miles at a fairly leisurely pace.  We even got to go to the bike store (one of my favorite places to go).

I'm getting frustrated because the weather is changed recently, and I've gained some winter weight.  I don't fit into many of my dress shirts anymore, and the ones that do fit are really baggy and awkward and make me look fat (because I am).  I can't wallow in this though.  I have to do something about it.  Clearly, the exercise is almost there (I'd like to run 4.5 miles more than once a week and get back into weight training).  What needs to happen now is I need to put a serious dent in my intake.

So here is my plan for the coming week:

1.  Use myfitnesspal to log my intake for Monday through Thursday, and then Saturday and Sunday.  Friday will be a cheat day.

2.  Bicycle commute but don't use it as a primary exercise source.

3.  Follow this schedule for exercise

Monday: Go to the gym - Cardio and Weight Training

Tuesday: Run with Liza.

Wednesday: Go on a serious bike ride - 20-30 miles.

Thursday: Go to the gym - Cardio and Weight Training

Friday: Another epic bike ride.

Saturday: Walk with Claire, go to gym

Sunday: Bike ride with Claire, run at least 5k.

So that's the plan.  Let's see how it goes.


  1. As depressing as it may be, you should still log your cheat days in MFP. I do it regardless of what I eat, and it helps me plan my cheat days for the next week, and eventually eliminate them entirely.

    But that's just me. You need to do what works best for you :)

  2. Looks like your going to be doing some great workouts!

  3. glad you didn't die with the broken break cable! I'm with Esther on those cheat days... I've been logging mine and finding out the nutritional content of all the stuff that I indulge in... it's changing how I treat myself.