Thursday, May 05, 2011
NOTE TO SELF: Remember this. . .
Reached and exceeded weight-loss target in the fall 2010. Process had been much less difficult than I'd imagined. I tracked food and exercise every day, counted everything (except on vacations) and watched the pounds come off, slowly but surely despite a back injury that cut out all exercise and eventually required surgery to fix.
After I hit goal and then some (about 5 lbs below "target weight"), I stopped tracking. By January (after son's wedding and the holidays), I was above "healthy weight" and gaining rapidly. Up 15 lbs from low in just over two months. Couldn't seem to stop eating. Afraid to get on the scale.
Dabbled with tracking again for a few days at a time -- even posting the junk-food calaries -- but fell off each time. Started again in mid-March with goal of tracking every day until Memorial Day (except vacation. . . ). Have been doing that now for a month and a half, give or take, and staying in target ranges for calories and nutrition most days. And the scale is moving. . .slowly but surely.
Back within healthy weight range now, a couple of pounds from original "target" and finding it no harder this time than the last. When I track foods and monitor intake of protein, fat and carbs, I NEVER feel hungry. NEVER. I NEVER feel that I can't stop eating. Do I sometimes eat more than target calories or fat? Sure. But it feels like a choice, and I can stop.
It's all about the processed carbs: once I start I can't stop. It doesn't matter that I'm not hungry, it just keeps going. A few crackers becomes a whole box, followed by box of cookies and then crackers again, then candy. Sugar/salt/sugar/salt. . .
Maybe if I write it I'll remember. The reason tracking calories and nutrition works for me is that it gets me away from the processed carbs and helps me feel real hunger. For me, it isn't hunger that puts on the pounds, its the out-of-control eating that comes when I start in on processed carbs.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Had a fall on my bike early this month. It didn't seem especially serious at the time. Dented butt, sore wrist and some lower back pain that seemed to be easing up, then WHAM! About two weeks after the fall, my left leg started hurting 24/7--from upper hip to knee. OTC painkillers knock the pain down from 8-9 to 5-6, but the only time my leg stops hurting is when I'm lying flat on my face.
Today is day 10 with what my doc has diagnosed as sciatica. Did PT last week, have another appointment this week, but there's been no significant improvement. I haven't been on my bike in three weeks and have been told to stop all exercising until this problem resolves itself. Which could be several more weeks. . .
Six months ago, I never would have imagined that I'd be whining about not being able to exercise, but here I am. Sitting at my computer just seems to make it worse, so I can't get much work done. Still posting food intake on SP site. Some things are worth the pain.
To SP friends who have suffered injuries or illnesses in recent months: How did you make it through the time of no exercise? Any wisdom would be much appreciated. And, just for the record, I'm taking the clipless pedals off my bike. If that means I can't get up the big hills, so be it. I'll just stick to rail trails when I can start riding again.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
DH and I traveled on the Eastern Shore in MD and DE for six days last week with a company called CarolinaTailwinds. This was one of the best bike trips we've taken with a group, and our first with this company. We definitely will be traveling with them again.
Highpoints for us:
Location was terrific--farmlands and sea shore, cute historic towns, national wildlife refuges. See photos below.
Roads: Routes were extremely well chosen. Most had little to no traffic, or involved biking on very wide shoulders. Road surfaces were in amazingly good condition. Billing as FLAT was pretty accurate, though headwinds were challenging on a couple of days.
Daily rides: Very flexible wrt mileage. High end of 50-60 mpd was perfect for Jon (alias DH) and many of the other riders, but there were shorter options involving van shuttles for those who only wanted to do 20, 30, 40 miles, or wanted to skip sections on busier roads. Usually morning and afternoon rides, though sometimes most miles were before lunch.
Lodgings ranged from truly spectacular to very very good, with a bit of quirky (and very clean) thown in to keep it interesting. Favorite was probably the Brampton Inn in Chestertown.
Food--also excellent. Most meals provided, with good suggestions re: where to eat the few times when we were on our own. Breakfasts at B&B, picnic lunches prepared by tour guides, dinner in very nice restaurants.
Group was very congenial. There were a dozen riders and two leaders. Ages on this trip ranged from mid forties to mid seventies. A woman in her seventies was one of the strongest riders! More than half the group have traveled with this company before. One couple has done this specific trip (with minor variations) five (yup, 5) times! Generally couples or adult singles--no kids on these tours.
Access: Pretty easy for this tour. Start is about 1.5-2 hrs by car from BWI or the Washington DC airports. Many folks brought their own bikes, either by driving or shipping them.
Weather could not have been better-- unseasonably warm and sunny pretty much the whole time we were there. . .though there were serious headwinds a couple of days.
This is the van & trailer that carried our bikes, luggage, snacks, and us, if we got tired.
DH and yours truly, ready to ride.
We rode through several nature preserves--great scenery, many birds, much wildlife.
Non-riding activities included an afternoon sail on a "skipjack"
You can see more photos of the area covered by the tour, and learn more about the company that ran it at:
We had a great time. Within three days of returning home my weight was back to pre-trip level. We're already planning another trip for next spring--probably the Low-Country tour.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Good week over all, but the lesson learned (yet again) is don't eat out on Saturday if your weigh-in is on Sunday. We rode 35 miles on Saturday--to our friend Frankie's Italian restaurant and back. Had lunch at Frankie's. I exercised considerable control--salad with chicken instead of pasta, only two hot-out-of-the-oven garlic breadsticks--and stayed within target range for calories, but the salt got me. Sunday's weigh-in was more than a pound higher than my mid-week low.
WEEK IN REVIEW: Same old same old--a good thing I think. Glad that the weather is warmer so that we can ride more regularly. Planning to sign up later this week for a six-day bike trip in May to celebrate my first 100 days with SP. And I've set my goal weight a few of pounds inside my healthy weight range so once I reach goal a visit to Frankie's won't throw me into "overweight."
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