Another week in the books and new things learned. When I jumped on the scale Saturday it showed 254.2 or a loss of 3 pounds, but it wasn’t actually. My lowest weight was two-weeks ago at 253.4 and last week showed a huge plus on the scale to 257. Lesson learned; don’t put your plus-progress into Spark; it only leads to confusion.
I had all types of ‘praise’ on my friend feed for “losing 3 pounds,” but the praise wasn’t earned. Now, that being said; if you’ve spent time ‘off the wagon’ and have gained then I think it’s good to input that gain and start anew.
The weather in Ohio is starting to change and with that change brings cooler weather.
With cooler weather brings less bike time or much colder bike time. The thing that I'll miss the most is solitude of riding. When riding alone the only things to hear are your heartbeat and the breeze blowing by; even when riding with a group there are gaps of silence. I'll also miss MEGA CALORIE burning Saturdays.
It's become quite common to burn near 3,000 calories on Saturday long rides. It’s time to change direction and get back into running. I’ll still bike when the weather permits and I hope to get a trainer for the basement, but days are numbered for riding outside. I feel a great loss as this change comes about. I’ve made great friends this summer and have accomplished great goals along the way. I actually feel like I’ve just hit my second peak of the year. I’m thinking of trying some spin classes. This should help keep my legs strong in the ‘off’ season. I’ve also recently picked up a book about weight training for cyclists. I used to think that I wanted to be one of those huge muscular guys at the gym, but I’m now seeing that I’d rather have functional muscle than bulk. Useable, real-world muscle that won’t get in the way of swimming, biking, running or yoga. I’m anxious to start reading this book to see what new types of training I can apply to further my weight loss and increase my lean muscle. It’s also time to start seriously thinking about learning to swim properly. If I’m ever going to complete a triathlon I need to know how to swim.
The other question that I ask myself is “how much more weight can I lose?” Many of you have commented on my pictures about how thin that I look, but under the clothing is a totally different beast. I’m talking excess skin galore. We could probably re-create Michael Jackson with the extra ‘me.’ The many years of being morbidly obesity has left me with a great amount of ‘extra me’ just hanging around. I would jump at the chance to have a full-body lift done, but who among us can afford to have that done? I need to find me a ‘sugar momma’ to take care of the payment for said surgery. I believe that if I had the surgery they would remove enough of ‘me’ to put me near my original goal weight of 225. At my height that would still leave me in the ‘overweight’ BMI category, but that scale has many things wrong with it. More on the surgery subject in the future.
So friends, as the seasons are changing is it time for you to reevaluate what you’re doing? Is it time to kick it in gear to reach your goal by year end? Are YOU taking advantage of everyday? There are days that even the most stringent of us says “NO” to that question, but if you’re giving it 90% that’s better than zero.
This coming weekend is the Spark Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio and I’m stoked (I think TAMZTIME is as well).
We’ve had the chance to meet some great Spark friends in the last year and I’m really looking forward to meeting some new friends this weekend. Stay tuned; I’ll post pictures when I can.