Thursday, April 25, 2013
Back on the diet-wagon but hard to hold on. Have not been able to do strenuous weight exercises or upper body aerobics due to a shoulder injury. But prior to shoulder injury other health obstacles started in Feb. when I hurt my lower back and could hardly get around for 3 weeks. Then on the cusp of healing in Mar. I caught a bad cold that wiped me out for 3 weeks. I have managed to drop 21 lbs. since Jan 1st. despite not being able to get in some aggressive exercise. Lately, my exercise consist of getting ready for Spring gardening. The grass is growing so fast it needs mowing once or twice a week. I guess that will teach me to fertilize!
I am excited for May it is my annual Run For The Wall 6000+ mile motorcycle road-trip . Riding burns 2.8 Cal/Min. I will burn at least 480 Cal/day that equates to 8 hrs moving time in the saddle. Takes about 14 hours and 700 miles to acquire those GOLDEN 480 Cal. I generally lose around 8 to 10 lbs by the time my trip is completed.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
A group of us from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) did the Polar Bear Run yesterday in Portland, Oregon. This is attended by bikers from all over Oregon and Washington. This is an annual event, 29th annual. Some people jump into icy waters, we ride motorcycles. I will have to say I forgot to take my "smart-pills" when I decided to take this motorcycle trip on New Years Day. (Both groups need smart-pills). It was 25 degrees when I left the house for "Breakfast at Valerie's" restaurant in Vancouver, Washington. We were meeting there at 8:00 AM. Found my buddy Santa Ed, by himself, already chowing down. I looked at my watch and it was 7:45. He said the time was changed to 9:00 AM. So instead of watching him eat I ordered breakfast. After a while we were joined by 12 others. WE turned off Hwy I-5 Washington onto WA-503, S. when we came upon black-ice. We turned around at this point after a group of bikers stopped us. They had 2 bikes go down on the ice. I am glad they stopped us because picking up a 900 lb motorcycle on ice would have been a big job.
Our fearless leader, Santa Ed, headed us back and decided to take us on the scenic route, instead of I-5, on old Hwy 99 heading South to La Center, WA. After about 3 minutes on hwy 99 I think most of us would have rather been on the corner with the black-ice. Since we could not turn around, safely, we were committed and proceeded onward. Wish we could have taken a picture but could not stop for fear of not getting enough traction to restart. Finally got to La Center, WA. and told a few bench-racing type stories, with big smiles, that we made it without incident. Thought we had it made with clear sailing as we headed for I-5 from La Center, but mother nature had more snow in our path, but once again we all made it to the I-5 Fwy. Clear roads all the way to Oregon City, end of Run, and had Pizza, and stuff, at Jimmy O's Pizzeria.
By the time I got home I had logged-in more than 185 miles for the day. It had warmed-up to a toasty 41 degrees by 5:30 PM. Most of the ride however was in mid-20's temps. My thanks to Santa Ed for an exciting trip. Good leaders gets the pack through. I will admit that I did have fun!!! Will I do it again???? I may take my smart-pills next year.
One last comment: Oregon valleys are like Arizona compared to Washington. Cold but no ice or snow!! It is amazing just a few miles from home across the Columbia River, it was like entering Winter Wonderland. It was beautiful.
Friday, October 05, 2012
I posted a response very similar to a SparkCafe question. A SparkMember was asking how to eat healthy on a small budget. She thinks eating healthy will cost her more and push outside of her budget.
When I go on a diet I find my budget for eating decreases substantially on a monthly basis. I can eat well on simplistic staple foods. When I am not on a diet I tend to shop for items that are not healthy and costly. (Lots of Junk-Food...you know what I mean) Coupled with the fact I am eating a lot of fast foods. I find I can buy a lot of good nutritious food that will last 2 or 3 meals for the cost of one Carl's Jr. $6.00 burger combo meal (combo meal $8.00) or a couple of Costco Pizza's @ $20. eating at a "local" restaurant with my wife the minimum bill with tip is close to $17-$20. A higher end restaurant like Stanford's is closer to $40+ and Claim Jumper is $75.
My typical week for eating:
Restaurants 2 times/week 2 people $30
Fast foods 7 Times/week $56
Starbucks 1Times/week $2 (Black coffee)
Costco Pizza 2 whole pizzas $20
Deli Market $16
It is almost frightening when I calculate this on my calculator. $537/month!! That is over $6400/year! And this is a semi-conservative estimate since some weeks are higher. Just think about the cost of gas going to get the food, the cases of Pepsi's, and the cost shoots even higher!
If a person really wants to give themselves a reality-check, just keep track of what you spend on fast foods and other pre-prepared dinners from the frozen food section in the market. If you work for a living, take a hard look at how many times you go out to eat instead of brown-bagging it.
When I go on a diet I estimate I save over $350+/month with food alone. If I calculate my wife expenses for eating out/Starbucks (designer coffees) the number is more staggering, where our combined total shoots up over $650. Our food bill, for a family of 3, when eating at home, with nutritious foods, prepared meals and brown-bagging it is around $250/month. Between fast foods and home food bill our food budget is around $900/month. I estimate when going on a diet and substantially cutting down on fast-foods and junk-foods I will save $550/month or a total of $6600. Saving this amount of money will buy several years membership at a good gym, make payments on a good car or even buy a good used car.
Tracking your expenses is like tracking nutrition and fitness on a daily basis. It gives you a snapshot of how you spend your money, and in this case food.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Made it back from the Run For The Wall, a truncated trip but enjoyed my stay with friends in Los Angeles area for a few days. Made it back in plenty of time for our 25th wedding anniversary. I was glad to be back home.
BUT!!! I brought back more baggage than I left with in the form of bad habits and pounds heavier. I reintroduced foods that I have either eliminated or watched carefully that have caused me gained about 15 lbs. coupled with being out of physical condition. I do get exercise but it is not quality or strenuous enough.
Three days ago I have jumped back onto the SparkWagon. I am logging in my food and my fitness. Granted the fitness plan needs more work and modification and more strenuous but that will come in time.
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