Thursday, September 23, 2010
Today was a great day for me and a how do they call it? NSV? or a non scale victory! I have lately been riding my bike more often than ever because the weather is just plain old magnificent for bike riding! Today I decided to check out a part of the trail that I had not previously visited and attempt an 18 mile stretch just to see if I could make it and guess what? I did it! and none the worse for the wear either. Biking has become my main source of exercise mostly because its relaxing all while being able to pump my heart up and get my quads screaming at me and I think that I am in love with the local trails! This is an exercise that was a pipe dream for me just a couple of years ago and here I am out there almost every day riding my arse off figuratively and quite literally also. I didn't stop much so I didn't get many photos of today's ride but as I sit here typing this out I am still relaxed and I have been done with that ride for about 6 hours now so its giving me more than just a great workout.
A shot at the trail head before starting down the path.
My day has gone well all around, My calories are where they should be as of right now, I have drank more than enough for the whole day and obviously I got some exercise into my day, today has been what I would call a perfectly healthy day. There was in fact a hitch or two along the way though but I am ok with them and will fix whats wrong and keep on chugging, before I get to that here are some of the photos that I did manage to take today.
This was I want to say about 7 miles into the ride, I hadn't taken many pictures yet so I figured it was a good spot.
A mile later I came to this ominous tunnel! which wasn't really very ominous besides the horse turds littered through it, do horses like to $hit in the dark I wonder?
This was the 9 mile mark and the end of where I had decided to ride to, this one could be an ad for K2 bicycles I think.
17.94 miles when I got back to the trail head, this is my longest at one shot ride to date.
I was thirteen miles into the ride rolling along at 17 mph on a LONG downhill section and up ahead I saw two older gentlemen pulled to the side of the trail with a tire off of one of the bikes, I slowed down almost to a stop, asked if they had everything they needed to fix it and they did so off I went. Wanting to take advantage of this downhill section I start hammering down the hill again standing on the pedals and I feel my right foot slip to the outside of the pedal but keep going when bamn! the pedal went soft and felt bent. Looking down I could see that the pedal was broke and here I am 5 miles from the trail head so I just babied the bike the rest of the ride and when I say babied I mean going 14 mph instead of 17 but it was the plastic on the end that had broken and the stud was just fine...and I don't mean me, I mean the pedal stud so that was issue one.
Cheap resin pedals plus a 300 pound fella hammering down a trail adds up to broken pedals.
The second issue happened when I got home and started cleaning the dirt and horse $hit off of the bike, I was lubing the chain and cassette and wasn't paying attention and got some of the lubricant on the rear brakes. I am unsure if there is a way to sand the pads or scuff the contaminant off of them or if I will need to replace the brake pads all together, this is my first bike with disk brakes so there is a learning curve I suppose. For now the bike is parked until I can figure out the brakes and get a new pedal set that is NOT made of resin or plastic because at 300 pounds and the fact that I enjoy hammering down these New England trails apparently they just ain't gonna cut it.
Today was a day that would have only been a dream at 500 pounds and as I was cruising down the trail I found myself thinking about just that. The time in my life where even walking 1/3 of a mile was struggle is still a fresh memory in my gray matter and here I am riding 18 miles down a trail through the woods on a bike, I can honestly say that I am impressed with myself as I write this.
Impressed, satisfied and a with a smile on my face is how I end this post.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today I will get a post up before I do my workout, a lot of the reason is because I am not sure what I want to do yet! Will it be my regular ride down the trail? perhaps the gym is in my future? or maybe I will go check out a new trail that was shown to me, whatever I choose its great having options. I have been thinking a lot lately about how things were compared to how they are now, knowing all of this that I was missing out on cannot be taken back forces me to appreciate every ride, every run and anything that I can do now because of losing the weight. I eat differently, my daily activities are different and honestly the way that I see things is different too! It really is amazing what dropping more than 200 pounds from ones bones can do.
5.5oz grilled salmon fillet, 3/4 cup cooked white rice, 3/4 cup eggplant, tomato and beans and of course the green tea for a total of 467 calories.
My intake was 1765 yesterday and included a dinner of grilled salmon fillets with a side of rice covered in eggplant, fresh from the garden of course with black beans and tomatoes again fresh from the garden seasoned with black pepper and minced garlic. I got the idea for the eggplant mash from the other Tony that lost a bunch of weight, He used it as a bean salad and I made mine hot with fresh tomato and put it over rice but it was the same general idea and I am glad that I found the idea from him. The entire plate was 467 calories and included 5.5 oz of fresh grilled salmon so to say that it was filling would be an understatement and it let me use a bunch of the eggplant and tomatoes that I still had in the garden so I am happy with it.
Exercise was a trip to the gym where as I said in yesterdays post I did 20 minutes on the stationary bike and 20 on the treadmill followed by a just over 12 mile bike ride which is starting to feel like par for the course to me. The first time I ventured out on a longer than usual ride it felt long and hard, now its just what it is and I enjoy every minute of it, even the hills! My normal rides have been hard and fast all hills and on road but since trying the trail out I am enjoying the longer duration rides and the views are definitely better, in fact I found a nice little fishing spot that I will try out next year when trout season starts up again. I really do enjoy myself with my exercise whether it be at the gym or out on the bike and that's not something that I would have ever expected to say when I began in 2008 so if you are reading this and feel that exercise is not something that you will be able to enjoy try it out for a while and see for yourself.
When a person weighs 534 pounds and is stuck in a couch it is hard to see it but we all have options, we all have the choice to either sit there and rot or get up and at least try to do something about the situation. There is no need to run a mile on the first day but getting up and simply walking a bit can be the first steps to a healthier version of yourself and I would never dare say that unless I believed it and I believe it because I did it. Choosing to get up and make small changes until they became habits which lead to bigger changes and a life full of views that had been long forgotten not to mention the whole not dying an early death thing is a good start.
What are you waiting for? put that cookie down, get your ass up off of the chair and go do something!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
It seems that lately I am posting later than normal because of the fact that I am taking advantage of the absolutely perfect New England weather but I am sure that's ok with you since this is a weight loss blog. This morning I headed to the gym early because I knew that I wanted to get a bike ride into my afternoon, I like to split the gym and bike rides a bit so that my metabolism keeps guessing whats next. My day at the gym was relatively easy, I did 20 minutes on a stationary bike and 20 on the treadmill nice and easy like, when I hit publish on this post I will do 100 push ups and no not all in a row. The video that I posted yesterday got me thinking about maybe posting more now that my video cherry is popped and I thought that some of you may be interested in seeing more from the bike going off of some of the emails that were sent in reference to that vid and I made something to make videoing on the bike a little easier.
No more wonky speedometer, that's the distance from my camera test run ride which was a fun ride! But then they all have been lately!
I took the video from yesterday on a whim, I literally whipped the camera out of my pocket and said what the hell and did it, I then debated with myself on whether I would actually post it or not. Riding one handed down a trail at about 10 mph on a mountain bike whilst taking video of ones self probably isn't a great idea in the grand scheme so I made a handlebar mount out of an old reflector and a couple nuts and bolts that I ran out and grabbed last night at the local hardware store. Five minutes after getting the supplies home it was mounted and seems really stiff for what it is, the test video has LOADS of vibration so I think a couple more neoprene washers may be in order to get that down a bit but the test video came out ok so a bit of tweaking and I believe it will work nicely.
This is what I started with.
This is what I ended up with, that wing nut on top is just there to hold the washers on while there is no camera mounted.
I am happy right now with how everything is going for me and my health and I think that starting to ride the trails more often than the streets is a heavy contributor to that state of mind. My intake has been pretty much perfect lately too besides yesterday when I decided to make some red meat for dinner in the way of a probably cloned zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/04/cl
oned-beef-and-storm-troopers.html beef chuck that was slow cooked all day with white potatoes, baby carrots and an onion, the short of it is that I ate more of the beef than I probably should have. Hydration is never an issue with me unless I get stuck out at a fair or something all day and forget to bring enough for myself, I mean you know it gets tiring carrying around a gallon of H2O or tea AND a 46 pound 5 year old! but yeah I am usually always hydrated more than enough.
I was once a 534 pound guy that could not even get out in the yard to run around with the kids or go for a walk with his wife through a park and remembering how those things felt will keep me doing what I need to do for my health. Today I probably did more for my health than I did in the entire year of 2007 and that is quite sad but as long as I keep doing what I am doing I can say with 100% certainty that I am giving my kids a healthy role model so that they may not have to endure some of the things that go along with being (and again really I hate this fuvkin' word) obese. Me my bike and my Salter scale shall walk hand in hand making sure that I stick to the path that will ultimately lead me to my health goals and beyond, it will be so because I say that it will. I wanted to also mention that I have been active on My facebook page www.facebook.com/people/Zeusmeatball
-Zm/100000803315795 and have gotten a good amount of interest there lately so if you have a facebook account please don;t hesitate to add me or send me a message there, you know, if you were spo inclined to do so.
I might get more bugs in my teeth now than when I was 500 plus pounds but it just means that I am smiling the whole time that I cruise through the trails on my bike, something that was merely a dream in the old days of me, that's all I got for today.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Today was another wonderful day in New England, about 65 degrees, clear sky and the tiniest of breezes, so of course that meant that I would pass on my drive over to the gym and take a bike ride. This whole kids back in school thing really makes it easier to do what I gots ta do with the weight loss game, I have felt awesome the past couple weeks since they went back and am hitting on all cylinders again. I almost forgot to eat breakfast today but caught it around 9:30am and ate a banana with peanut butter on it which is light but if I wasn't hungry for anything more I didn't want to push it. I decided that because yesterdays bike ride was a good length and pretty hilly that I would take a short hard ride this morning but when I got to the junction to either head back towards the house or go the other way to the MUP I bet you can guess which way that I went.
Because of the original plan of going for a shorter ride I had pushed myself to that point and was feeling it a little bit about half way through the 12 mile ride and I came across a cat just rolling in the dirt right in the center of the path. I stopped to say hello to my feline friend and the cat ran towards the bike and started purring and rubbing itself against me and the bike, a cat was not what I was expecting to find on the trail. Off I went back towards home and the whole ride lasted just about exactly an hour and was 12 miles and that my friends is a good workout let me tell ya! I wanted to try and get to the gym later just for a quick trot on the treadmill or some light weight lifting but this ride has wiped me out, I don't know if its the small breakfast, the ride yesterday, or the fact that I was up late watching UFC and Nate Marquardt beat Rousimar Palhares but I am done for the day.
I went over my calories yesterday by about 200 but my weight this morning tells me that it was ok as I am down from the previous morning and I am thinking about upping my calories a bit but haven't decided yet for sure. Hydration has never been an issue with me but I like to mention it as much as possible because I believe that its more important than we know when trying to lose weight and I drank 2.5 gallons of fluid yesterday between my tea and H2O. Exercise? well yeah I would say that I have it covered for yesterday and today so I won;t get into that any further.
The acorns were plummeting to earth as I rode through and a good time was had by all, even that cat that got a quick rub before I was on my way. This day would not have been possible just two and a half years ago and honestly I don't know where I might be if I hadn't changed things when I did but I am glad its turning out the way that it is. I have learned in the past couple years that if you want something that you have to do something about it because no one will just walk up and hand you life, its one of those things that we must do ourselves in order to appreciate all that it has to offer.
That's all I got for today, I hope that you enjoy your day as much as I am enjoying mine.
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