A week of 5's
Monday, September 07, 2009
This past weekend marks my 5-year anniversary of the change of my life. Five years ago I was 535 pounds and desperately need to change. At the time I’m sure there were doubters; including myself. I had been successful in the past, but let things get in the way of staying in control. I’ve learned many things the way this time around that keep me staying the course. The only thing the doubters have to doubt now is what will be my next big challenge.
The other 5 this week was a 5-pound loss! Now, I didn’t weigh in last week due to not being home, but I didn’t expect anything. Last week I upped my carb calories to give me more energy for my big ride. This past week I’ve been less than perfect on tracking everything. I’ve been over on calories more days than not, but something worked. My exercise was also less than spectacular due to the yard needing mowed and a funeral, but life will get in the way from time to time. I have to say that I’ve been hungrier than normal, but I’ve tried sticking to the plan. We’ll see what this next week brings.
This weeks ride was The Covered Bridge Tour. Sounds innocent enough, but it was anything but. Last weeks ride, The Pelotonia, was expected to be hilly and challenging. This week we rode a lot of the same roads hilly roads without much of the warm up of last week. Last weeks hills seemed to be less daunting; this week it was a constant barrage of up hill with very little down hill. Last week during our ride my family was along cheering us all the way. This week Anne seemed to have a fan club as we rode past the Southwestern Correctional Facility. It was a very humorous when one of the inmates started cheering for her from behind the barbed-wire fence. After the hill we had just climbed we could use the laugh. After finishing 67+ miles we were talking in the parking lot with someone who had a Garmin unit and they said that we had climbed a hill of 17%. I’ve never had that kind of information, but I can tell you that it was a ‘quad-burning’ grade; the type of hill that would make a preacher curse. Mountain goat status still in effect. I’ve been asked by my riding partner for some flatter ground for our future rides.
Today is a dreary day in Ohio, so I’m catching up on Sparking and working the design for my new tattoo. Have a great week.
Thanks for reading.