Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 137-Weigh-in Day: 318.6lbs

Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week's Weight: 326.4
Current Weight: 318.6
This Week’s Weight Loss: 7.8lbs
Total Weight Loss: 46.8lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 116.18
Total Miles Biked: 1135.83
Miles to Go: 6364.17

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (431 miles off the West coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands)

Don’t forget about Giveaway Tuesday coming up. You need to be a subscriber to be eligible for the drawing. Just leave a comment that day and I will throw your name in the drawing. We’ll draw out a name and announce the winner on Wednesday. This coming Tuesday, a local bike store that I go to, Highlander Bike, has been kind enough to donate the prize. Stay tuned for details on Tuesday.

Well, I finally did it. I had my first 100+ mile week. I will say that it hasn’t been the distance that’s been a challenge, but rather riding in the heat. I took advantage of a few mornings this week to ride early, which works well, but after work on my ride home, it’s cookin’!

Here’s what my mileage looked like:
Monday: 21.1
Tuesday: 28.99
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 32.28 (new high for me)
Friday: 13.69
Saturday: 20.12

I have noticed this week that my knees, especially my left knee has not been barking during normal activity. Usually, when climbing stairs, or getting up from a sitting position, my knees strain and I feel my weight on my joints. It’s been weird to get up out of bed, stand up and realize that the strain I once felt is gone! This is the wonderful result of having almost 50 pounds less weight bearing down on my joints, and of exercising my legs and knees through biking. I thought the strain on my joints was due to age. I’m sure there is an age variable there, but the strain has been primarily from all the weight.

Also, my stomach---yeah it’s still a bit chubby, is not protruding out as much as it used to. I actually noticed this week that physically my body is changing! Pants that we bought a few months ago, are already getting loose, shirts that used to be tight, look big on me now. I love the change, and my changing perspective on everything.

I climb a few small hills on my rides, and have noticed that they are easier to climb. Not as much huffing and puffing. But, I still cannot believe that in just over a year, I need to be able to bike a constant incline up into the mountains on the way to Mount Fuji for 5 hours, and then for 2 hours going up Mount Fuji herself at an average grade of 4-5%! Gee, that blows my mind. But, it will make a difference not having 155lbs on me when I do it! Again, I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to do this tomorrow…but I will the next day! ;)

Hey YOU out there that is reading this…Here’s something to think about if you’re a larger person. One of the positive things about carrying around so much weight is that you have muscle carrying that. Take a 200lbs man and give him 165lbs to put in his back pack to carry around, and I’ll bet he’ll struggle carrying that around 24/7. You on the other hand do something similar everyday. Yes, you struggle too, but your body has built muscle and stamina from doing that.

Now take that muscle and stamina, and apply it toward exercise. As you lose the weight, you shift that muscle you have from carrying “you” to carrying a lighter “you,” and carrying a lighter “you” farther. So my theory is that larger people, are used to carrying weight around, so they have something working in their favor on building stamina.

I was a pretty big guy (still am but a littler big guy ;)) But I just decided to initially get on my stationary bike and pedal for 30 minutes. When that got boring I started to jog. Then I got a knee injury from jogging. So my physical therapist told me to do what? Start pedaling for 60 minutes, back on my stationary bike. “How?” I thought. So I just started to do it because I wanted to rehab my knee. I was surprised that I had another 30 minutes in me, and was soon pedaling for 60 minutes! So, we big people, have what we need. Yes, it hurts, and it’s hard, but it’s worth it. There’s nothing more exciting than getting up out of bed and not feeling your knees strain!

So, I want to get serious with you for a moment and talk about what the time cost is to getting to where I am. I was chatting with my wife last night about the time it takes to ride. Most of the time it takes an hour with traffic lights, etc., to ride 10-12 miles. So if I’m logging in 20+ miles a day, I am investing 2+ hours a day in my health. I find myself all the time putting things off because I’m too busy to do this or do that. Isn’t it interesting that I’ve found an extra 2+ hours a day to bike/exercise? It really is true that we become what we focus on. I have been getting up more this week to go on 6am bike rides. That is where I am finding a little more time…the beautiful morning!

I am hoping that the time I put towards exercise right now, will buy me a little time on the tail end. I have probably shortened my life in some way by living an obese life for the past 25 years. I hope that I can get some of that time back. Our choices really do have consequences, and despite our late realizations, we still have to live with the consequences. So, I am hoping that by shifting my choices now, it will be better than not having shifted at all.

Here is something interesting that happened to me this week. I’ve been taking some long bike rides. One day I was so hungry that I went and bought a 12” chicken sandwich on a big hard sour dough ambassador roll. I forgot to ask for a wheat roll. As I ate the sandwich, I thought, “Okay, I’m just going to eat 6 inches now, and eat the rest at another meal. This thing has got to be at least 1000 calories!” Well, I got back to work from my lunch break and was still hungry. I scarfed down the other 6 inches, and then felt guilty. After work I biked home 17 miles in the heat. When I got home, I jumped on the scale just for fun and had lost 2 pounds since the morning. Not only had I lost the weight, but I think that sandwich I was worried about burned up in to ash! I have discovered that with serious biking, not only can you lose weight, but you can lose guilt too!

Surprise coming soon.

Here are pictures over the past 4 months. The first picture looks like I am pushing my stomach out and trying to act bloated...but it is a natural pose. Also, on the last picture, I can actually button my jacket now!


  1. Go go go!! I'm following your blog and know you will do well. I've lost alot of weight biking to work also. One tip: I plateaued eventually because I was eating too much, even though I was biking 100+ miles a week. That's ok, that's just great information that told me my calories in were more than my calories out. So, if you plateau, don't get discouraged, just lower your calories a little bit and definitely keep biking!! A book that really helped me with the psychology of eating and how to know what to eat was "The Body Fat Solution". Very sensible, balanced book. Anyway, keep biking! Also I use to track my calories.

    1. Thanks Craig for your following the blog. Do you mind sharing with me a few of the details of how much you've lost and ridden your bike?

    2. Hey Don, I rode my bike to work for a couple of years (13 miles each way), and lost 40 lbs. I had a friend that started biking with me, that was encouraging. I now have a job that is 60 miles away, so I bike on the weekends and in the evenings. I have about 60 more lbs to go until I hit my goal weight, hopefully by the end of the year! :)

  2. Wow Don, great blog this week! Not only do you look thinner, but you look younger and happier. You should be extremely proud of yourself. Keep up the great work, we are rooting for you! :)

    1. Gee you made my day Giny! How are you coming along on your biking?

    2. Well, last night I decided to try something new and cover the screen on my stationary bike...and boy was I glad that I did! I usually make it only 30 minuets, but this time I was able to do it for a whole hour and rode 15.7 miles!!! WOO-HOO! In addition to riding, I walk 2 miles every morning except when it rains. I am a woman on a mission (LOL)! I am glad that I made your day because seeing your progress has made mine. Just know that you are not only changing your life, you are also making a difference in others. All anyone has to do to believe that is read the last two comments on this page. Happy riding everyone, lets all inspire each other! Cheers to you Don on your journey and I can't wait to see what your going to accomplish next. :)

    3. Wow! See, you're doing's not that bad...and you'll see it in your weigh-in results! Keep it up!


  3. Hi Don! Congratulations on your successful week and hope you get tons more like this!!!

    I find myself going on the scale every time I feel guilty about eating too much or about eating too unhealthy only to find that most times it didn't influence on my weight as much as I thought it did.

    Have a good one!


  4. I have read every post all in the last too days i don't know you but i want to thank you you have inspired me to get off my behind and do something about the extra 20kilos i put on in the last 4 years so thank you!

    1. Anonymous,

      I read your comment to my wife tonight. We were touched and you give me strength to keep moving forward. The other side of the story is that I started this blog almost 3 years ago. I would make progress, and then fall off the band wagon. I'd jump back on, and then a few months later fall off again. It took this time to get me going and stay going. I took off all the old blog posts 'cause I wanted to start off on a new clean challenge. This time I have a specific goal, and a deadline. Before I didn't. I think that makes the difference. So what is your specific goal and deadline? I'd love to see you hit it!


  5. I am very proud of you! I just started my biking journey last week, doing about 15 miles a day. I feel better all ready!

    1. Way to go! Tell me a little more about what you're doing...


  6. I thought I had entered a comment, but I dont see it, so..if you get two..sorry about that, but I just noticed that your Journey starts..where mine is ending!

    My goal is to lose at least 60 lbs by my 40th birthday..March 1st of 2013 :)!!
    80 would be perfect.

    So I am biking everyday 15 miles, I want to get up to 20, and maybe..just maybe run in December. I look forward to your posts, and support me if you want on my blog. Its a brand new one pictures soon to come :)

  7. That's awesome. You've got an amount to lose, and a deadline...2 specifics needed in every successful plan. I will subscribe to your blog and watch!



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