Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week's Weight: 324.6
Current Weight: 326.4
This Week’s Weight Loss: +1.8lbs
Total Weight Loss: 39lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 84.5
Total Miles Biked: 1019.65
Miles to Go: 6480.35
GEOGRAPHY: (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (315 miles off the West coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands. It's really blue out here...is that a shark I see up there?)
A few days ago I met with my doc and had some blood work done to look at my progress over the past 4 months. On Day 1 of my challenge I had my blood tested…along with my blood pressure, etc. Here is where I was:
February 29, 2012
Blood Pressure: 140/80
Cholesterol Total: 225
Here is where I am:
July 5, 2012
Blood Pressure: 132/74
Cholesterol Total: 181 (normal range)
My doc says that my blood sugar is still a bit high and I should just stay the course of exercise.
I like to think staying away from Cows Milk and Eggs is partially attributable to the change in Cholesterol.
I remember visiting my doc last year and seeing a disappointing look on her face when I weighed in. I've been as high as 371lbs on her scale! I had come into see her because my legs had been swelling. I asked her why they were. She said it was because I was so heavy. Last Thursday when I visited her, she kept giving me a smile that made me feel she was proud of me.
There are 3 things that are on my mind right now, and I think I will share them with you. You never know, you might have some ideas you could share with me.
1. On the new 210Again.com website that will be going up, I am going to feature people that want to achieve their health goals through biking. They will basically report to all of us each week on their weigh-in, eating, and bike mileage. There will be awards, and all sorts of fun things that we will do. So far, I have 2 people that want to join up. That’s a good thing! But this brings me to the next thing that has been on my mind…
2. I need to get word out on my blog. I have almost 30 followers, which is awesome. Thank you for following, and being a subscriber. (You have officially subscribed to the blog haven’t you? ;) ) But I am pondering how I can find more people to join. It is primarily a blog on my personal progress of riding my bike, losing weight, and biking to Mount Fuji. But I want it to be more than just that. What can I do to make this blog more interesting for you? And what can I do to find and attract more subscribers? Do I need to give some prizes away? Do you guys like recipes? Do you want more videos? What would make this a place that you’d want to come to at least a 2-3 times a week? I am working on some ideas, but I am also open to yours too! The more subscribers I can find, the more interaction and involvement there can be. I would like to find 10 people to be featured initially.
3. A year from this August, literally 13 months from now, I am going to fly to Tokyo, Japan. I need to take myself and a small crew to film the last leg of my challenge. I think a big part of my weight loss challenge is not losing the weight, but finding a sponsor to get me to Japan…and to do a few other things for this project. So, I have been writing letters to some potential sponsors, but have not had a lot of luck right now. I haven’t approached too many, but I’m ready to really put it out there. If you know of a sponsor, or someone that is interested in a joint venture, direct them to me. Again, part of this adventure is not just the weight loss goal I have set, but it’s just as much about getting to Fuji to document the final part of the adventure. So…I am just putting it out there.
By the way, today I exceeded the first "1000-miles" mark! Only 6500 miles more to go. But, if I can consistently get 100 miles in a week, I can get to the next 1000 miles in 2.5 months instead of 4. So, we’re on our way.
BTW, this morning our “Bike Riding Group” rode 17.35 miles. We meet at 6am and each one of us takes turns leading the group on a different route each week.
This week was a “maintain” week. We had the Independence Day activities, etc., it’s been busy at work, and we’re still working on our house and yard here at home. I ate pretty good this week, but probably exceeded my calorie goals a few times. So, my attitude about this week was to get my miles in on the bike, and what ever comes, comes. I put on almost 2 pounds, but the trend is that I gain a little, then lose a lot. That's the way my body is working. The trend is consistently downward though.
I shot a few rough iPhone videos describing going to the doc for lab tests, etc.