Saturday, October 24, 2009

Biking Update - October 24, 2009

It is nice to be back under 210 lbs every day and inching toward 205 and below. (I hit my goal weight last week, but jumped back over after 1 carb-o-licous meal.) No real biking to report on, other than about 120 miles ridden on the stationary bike in the attic. Darkness, cold, and rain made doing anything outside nearly impossible. Hopefully, this next week will be better for riding.
Weight Log (10/23/2009)


Pastor Clint said...

So proud of your progress. I have not done as well. I have been up against a wall for 2 months now. I know the answer but I have just found every excuse under the sun to not exercise/ride and the scale has not gone down.

Pray I can shake this attitude and get back at it.

Love your weight chart. What do you use to produce it?

Have a blessed weekend.

Nomad said...

I know exactly what you mean about "every excuse" - for about 3 weeks there, I used every backache, every day I lost an hour of sleep, every headache as an excuse why I was "not up to riding tonight." I finally had to reach a point of crisis - where one app on my iPhone told me I was on track to hit 220 lbs by the end of the month - to shock me back into riding. It wasn't made any easier by the cold and rain and darkness that has been forcing me indoors. But that is why I have the stationary bike. :-)

I'll be praying for you.

As to the Graph, it is a simple Excel spreadsheet. :-) If you don't have Excel, you can use the excellent *FREE* OpenOffice (which is what I used between working versions of Excel for about a year). The columns I maintain are:
0. Date
1. Weight (of course)
2. Breakfast
3. Lunch
4. Dinner
5. Other
6. Exercise

I track the date and weight every day and created a graph in Excel to show me visually (warning, you'll have a LOT of noise if you track daily as I do). Then I track everything I eat in the Breakfast thu Other columns (Other is between-meal snacks), and track exactly how many miles and how long in the Exercise column. This holds me accountable, lets me see the causes of weight gain when it happens, and my doctor LOVES it as it lets him track exactly what I have been doing. I highly recommend the methodology.

Pastor Clint said...

could I get you to email your spread sheet so I can see what you enter for your meals, or are you just putting down the calories?

I have never tracked what I put in my mouth, but I think I might need to do that too.

I also harvested a nice buck this week. 165 pounds, 8 point. It should yeild 65 to 70 pounds of lean meat. That should provide the wife and I with some healthy eating.

My email is

Nomad said...

Congrats on the hunt! I am not a hunter myself, but enjoy living vicariously through the stories of BowHunter and my relatives who hunt. My grandfather had a moose head up on his wall that he had bagged. :-)

I'll e-mail the spreadsheet, so you can see what I do. I actually don't much track calories - it gets too complicates oftentimes - though I do when it is right on the packaging. I track what I ate, mostly because it is hard to delude yourself when you track everything. When it is all in your head you can "not count" the little snack you had, or the roll you added to your dinner. When it is on paper, you have to face it. That doesn't mean I never cheat - it is important to me to be able to have some pizza now and again - but it means I have to be honest with myself.

Pastor Clint said...

Thanks for the help. I will attempt to do more and better in the future. I need to get down to a healthy weight.

shadowmom1 said...

Studies have shown, repeatedly, that those who write down everything they eat lose more weight and keep it off better than those that do not. I find it essential for me and I do it even when I am being awful with my food - for the reasons that Nomad mentioned.