Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What the hell am I doing...

Monday morning and it's my weekly weight watchers weigh in. Down another 1.2 lbs for the week. Not bad and not as fast as I want.

I think it must be age that is preventing me from losing weight more quickly, or something undiagnosied that is medical.

I'm following the program perfectly, I'm exercising at least an hour a day and I'm only losing about a pound a week. Not bad if I prepared to drop 10 lbs in 10 weeks. I want to drop 10 lbs in 4 weeks, max.

The positive of today was I was down again this week. There is a lot of pressure with the Monday morning weigh ins. If you are down it's a great way to start the week. If you are up then your whole last week would have felt for not. With weighing in on a Monday it even makes it harder as you are coming off a weekend of eating.

Looking back I should have put my weigh in day on a Thursday.

This past weekend in my haste to accelerate my weight loss I was thinking I was going to up my training to my near Ironman training levels. Today would be my first day doing that. It was 18 C outside and I figured I'd go for a ride.

As I got riding about 1 hour into the ride I started thinking "what am I thinking? Why do I want to put in this crazy mileage, I retired from Ironman and I have a business to build". At that point I turned right instead of going straight and headed home.

Mentally I realized that doing 1 - 2.5 hours of training is not too bad. It's a nice break in my day. But when my training becomes the focus of my day I'm in trouble and need to slow it down. I have lots to do and the training in intervals will keep me fresh and over training will make me tired.

So now I've come back down to earth and getting back to making training an activity and not some sort of challenge. Training needs to be mentally fun.

After I made that decision I felt much better. Fitness wise this was my 3rd ride in 6 days and I definitely felt the improvement.  I also was able to keep my heart rate down. I ate a breakfast and a lunch prior to riding. There is no doubt in my mind that the body needs carbs in order to function correctly. No doubt. The heart rate doesn't lie.

I'm glad I rode when I did. The ride started off beautiful. No wind and by the end of it I was near standing on my pedals into a head wind. About 2 hours later it was pouring rain. You got to love it when a plan comes together.

So for now, the priorities are to train for fun and fitness and any time it seems like a grind to stop and reassess the situation. And of course to continue to eat healthy and get down 10 more pounds.

The next 10 pound loss is going to be by far the most noticeable. I can already see my face looking different from losing and training. It's like I can see the early seeds of a major physical transformation. My shoulders and chest are getting smaller, my legs are getting smaller, even my stomach is down 3/4" this week. I just need to stay the course. It will come.

I even tried a new hypnosis tape. I'm not sure if it's good or not. I blacked out during it. I can't remember a thing. I need to listen to it again. Perhaps I was just tired and fell asleep or this person is so good she put me under.

On a personal note I messed up today and missed my doctors appointment. I had the times screwed up. Instead of checking my calendar I just went by memory and showed up 30 minutes late and now had to reschedule for tomorrow to find out about my thyroid results. Good or bad. Doh!

Another semi positive personal item is that I figured out how to fix the Kegerator. It's kind of good news bad news. The good news is I know what it is, the compressor. The bad news is it can't be fixed or better said is cheaper to get a new fridge body for $329.

Some good news was an original Kegerator is $600 plus and if I just buy the fridge, which until today I didn't realize was possible it would be a fix semi close to what it would cost if a repairman could fix it. When I calculate that I won $200 from Peter and sold my Airport Extreme for $150 it keeps it all balanced, it's not like I'm out of pocket on it. Until I buy a $280 keg of beer for it.

Bike - 1:49:22 / 50 km
194.8 lbs

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