Archive for May, 2007
I have been terrible about blogging lately. The last few weeks have been heads down for Lisa, Brad, and me as we get closer to getting our new company out in beta. Stay tuned, it’s getting really close…
On the fitness front, I have been sporadic on exercising, mostly walking since my 62 mile Skagit Classic bike ride. I have, however, stuck close to the goals I outlined for cleaning up my eating habits.
As a result, I have now lost 20 pounds so far this year and 36 pounds overall. I am down to 219 as of this morning. Lisa also did a body fat comp on me and my body fat was 12.8%. I know that pinch tests don’t account for subcutaneous fat, so I’m probably closer to 15%.
Either way, I am making good progress so far this year. Now I REEEAAAALLLYYY need to start getting on my bike!!!
So far this week my new renewed commitment to eating healthy has been working very well. On Sunday I weighed 233, and although I don’t “officially” weigh in until Sunday, I know I’m already under 230. Amazing how eating sensibly takes care of things.
I have run into a problem, however. As part of my commitment, I’ve taken on drinking a lot more water. I’m shooting for half my body weight in ounces, although I don’t think I’ve made it on any given day. But I’m drinking A LOT of water. And hence the dilemma.
It’s too far to my home during rush hour for me to make it without a pit stop – if you know what I mean. I either need for Seattle to resolve it’s commuting problems fast (and judging from how our light rail project is going, I’m not holding out hope any time soon); or I need to find a strategically located place to stop on my way home.
I know that cyclists in the peleton are talented enough to take care of business on their bikes, but on a motorcycle you need both a throttle and a clutch hand, and besides, I don’t think the other commuters would be nearly as understanding as cycling fans apparently are.
Hopefully my body will get use to the water thing soon, or I lose enough weight so I don’t have to drink quite as much…
For May, I have re-dedicated myself to my beginning of the year goals. Last week I got my exercise back on track, and ended up cycling 66 miles. This week I already have cycled 45 miles, and I am riding the 62 mile ride for the Skagit Classic on Saturday, so I should easily pass 100 miles this week.
What I want to focus on next is getting back to basic, healthy eating. The last couple of months I have been putting anything I want in my face, and it is starting to show on the scales (and probably the mirror as well- but I’ll stay in denial for that). Here is how I want to focus on eating:
- Eat oatmeal every day – but now give up the sugar oatmeal and start eating the organic healthy stuff (suggestions on how to make it taste good are appreciated).
- No eating 2 hours before bedtime. I have keep this practice faithfully, and it probably has saved me from gaining even more weight the last six weeks.
- Drink half my body weight in ounces (daily) - water of course. Now that I am cycling more, I notice that most of the time I am dehydrated. I want to stop that practice – plus I hear drinking water is good for weight loss.
- Give up sugar and highly processed food. Everyone knows this stuff isn’t good for us, so enough said.
- Eat more natural, organic, and whole foods.
- Eat 6 or more times a day – smaller portions of course. This accomplishes two things – by eating more often I can focus on more realistic portion sizes (a huge problem for me), and eating more often is better for revving your metabolism.
That’s my game plan. I’ll let you know how it goes…
This week I re-dedicated myself to my fitness goals, which I had pretty much abondoned in April. It begs the question.
How do you restart your goals once you lose momentum?
This is a question I have thought a lot about over the years. I am the kind of person who gets distracted by whatever happens to catch my eye. I am great at thinking up ideas, and strategizing really good game plans. But I’m also really good at getting distracted away from my plan by whatever else happens to wander in front of my imagination. And I have a really active imagination…
So here is what I’ve discovered in my over forty years on this planet:
First, whenever I start falling off a commitment, it usually isn’t in just one area of my life. It usually is symptomatic of all areas of my life. And the root of the problem is inevitably the same thing – too many incomplete things in my life. Whenever I have too many open items; missed deadlines, things I said I would do but haven’t, unresolved conflict, undelivered communications, and other “messes” in my life that need to be cleaned up – my life quits working well. When my life quits working well, then I lose focus on the things that are really important. The more I lose focus, the more the messes accumulate, which lead to less focus. It becomes a downward spiral.
To stop the spiral, I have one tried and true method. Start with your physical universe. Ultimately you need to clean up all the messes in your life – relationships, promises, etc. But it is always easiest to get unstuck by focusing first on the physical ones. If I’m stuck at work, then I stop and clean my office. If I’m stuck at home, then I find something there to clean. Lisa, by the way, is always estatic when I re-engage in life because I clean up all the messes I have around the house which were driving her crazy.
Last week I took Friday off of work. My intention was to spend most of the time on my new business, which required creativity I just didn’t have right then. So I cleaned my room. When that was done, I looked at where else I had incompletions in my life. In particular I had an outstanding promise on a project to someone that was weeks late. The project is now done. So are a lot of other little incompletions that have been piling up in life.
Now I’m back on track. I still feel really busy, but I’m focused and keeping things on track. One of the things I’m doing to keep from accumulating more incompletions is that I’m really guarding what I commit to right now. Between Volleyball coach, two jobs, and oh yeah – getting in shape, I don’t have a lot of free time. I have to be clear about what I want and don’t want. I have to sometimes say “no”, which I hate doing.
And by the way – I’ve exercised the last four days in a row. It sure is easier when you don’t have a bunch of incompletions hanging over your head.
May 12th is the Skagit Spring Classic bike ride. This will be the 5th time I have ridden this ride. There are multiple distances, but I have mostly done the metric century (62 miles), and the century ride once. This year I am again doing the metric century. It is listed as a “challenging” ride. It has about 2,400 feet of elevation gain, and it includes Chuckanut Drive – a somewhat famous hill for athletes near Bellingham, WA with a gorgeous view of the Puget Sound.
This has always been one of my favorite rides. The scenery offers many great views, and the course is challenging – but there are many rides in the area that are more difficult. Part of the challenge is that it is the first major ride in the season (not counting Chilly Hilly).
For me personally, this ride is also special because it was my first organized ride. I thought I was going to ride the 40 miler, but my friend Mitch was training me for my first two day STP, and he decided we were doing the 62 miles. Now, I had been riding my bike outside – but it was always on the Burke-Gilman trail – which is a nice FLAT path that covers about 50 miles. I had never ridden more than 30 miles in a shot, and I had never gone up a hill before. Big mistake…
I think I ended up walking my bike up about 3 hills that day. I was so tired by the end of it that I limped to the end of the race at a stellar 8 mile an hour pace – on a flat road. But two weeks later I was feeling stronger and riding faster than I ever had before. I ended up completing a two day STP that year (back to back centuries). I have been hooked on cycling ever since.
This year will be unique. It’s less than two weeks to go, and I have been outside on a bike exactly. . . Once. I rode Chilly Hilly at the end of February. Other than that, I have 500 miles through exercise bikes and spin classes. Somehow I don’t think this is going to be a personal record for me this year – although I do think I can finish at more than 8 miles an hour