As of today, I have lost about 50lbs. I have been up to the 60lbs mark, but continue to ping pong. If you look at my weight loss chart below, you will see a very interesting fact that has slapped me in the face. Last July 14th (2012) I weighed in at 318.6. That is basically what I weighed in at on Feb 2nd (2013) a few weeks ago. The bottom line is that I have not really moved much as far as weight for 7 months!
So I have been doing some major research and reading, to figure out what is going on. Am I over-eating? Am I not working out enough? Am I not being consistent? Am I eating the wrong stuff? Am I doing the wrong exercise?
Something that I discovered recently that I posted on my blog is that the body seems to like things to be mixed up. I have mixed it up a little as far as exercise, but this weekend I have gone into total analyzation mode, and have re-looked at absolutely everything I am doing.
Here is what I am going to change...and I have already started changing it up as of this morning.
I think my primary workouts cannot come from a stationary bike. I have been trying to get my mileage in on a stationary bike, but the time on the stationary bike is not as effective as time doing a whole different exercise standing up.
I remember that 3 years ago when I began the battle of trying to do something different, that I was getting up at 5am in the morning, and walking. And the pounds were coming off. So how can I lose more weight walking, than on a stationary bike?
Also, I have been drinking at least 1-2 cups of soy milk every day...and I usually have a bowl of cereal in the morning. Most of the time it's multi-grain cheerios, or frosted mini wheats.
I have thought that I am burning this cereal off having done a good workout within the previous hour.
Well, I am going to cut out the cereal, and the soy milk. One of the things that I have wanted to do is stick closer to primal eating. The cereal has only been 50-75g of carbs each day. However, it really is processed food...as is soy milk. I noticed that there is cane sugar in the soy milk I drink as sweetener. It is better than regular milk, but I have wondered if changing out the soy milk could help?
As far as my exercise in the gym this morning. I stayed away from the stationary bike. Today I spent about 30 minutes on the treadmill doing intervals. I put the treadmill at a 15% incline, and then walked very fast a 3.3 mph for 10 seconds, and then rested for 10 seconds. My heart rate got up to 150bps. That is good.
So perhaps I will focus on intervals and weight training at the gym in the morning, and ride my bike to and from work, and then do spin biking for an hour in the evening.
As far as eating, I am going to try something different for the next month and see what happens. I will still record what I am eating, but I am going to not be trying to shoot for a goal of so many calories each day, I am going to not worry about calories, and focus on eating 3 food groups:
1-Protein (chicken, fish, grass fed beef)
2-Legumes (black, white and pinto beans)
3-Veggies (mixed veggies of all sorts)
I will continue to not eat any bread. And I will cut out all white rice, potatoes, etc.
I will continue to eat 4-5 smaller meals a day, although I am eating to satisfaction, and not for portion size.
This sounds a little drastic, but the principle of what I am doing is that I am eating everything that the "caveman" ate. Also, I'm going to focus on eating veggies, and cut out fruit for the time being. And when I eat my veggies, I am not going to cook them, it's going to be raw!
For now, this is not a long term commitment, it is a test to see how my body will react. I want to see how I feel, and see what happens to my weight loss.
As I reviewed what I was doing last July (2012), that is when I was putting in 100 miles a week in cycling. That is what I want to be doing once I can get out in the warmer weather. To me warmer weather is 35 degrees. This morning it was 19 degrees...geee...come on now! Of course this has to be one of the coldest winters I've ever experienced. All I ask is for something in the 30s and I will be out riding!
I might add, that I have not been keeping track of how much body fat I am losing and muscle I am gaining, but I am sure that despite keeping the same weight for 7 months, that I have built muscle. I know that inches have come off too. So even if the weight seems to be the same, I am in a different state of health...and it's obviously a more positive state.
Well, so here goes the science experiment to see how my body reacts to totally changing things up.
Today I weighed in a 315lbs. I am 105 pounds away from where I need to be in August. I realistically don't think that I will hit 210 by June. That's the reality of it. I'd have to lose 30lbs a month. However, by the time I ride to Fuji, which is at the end of August, I have about 6 months. There is some definite change that can be made by then.
One thing is for sure, I cannot eat and exercise the way I have been for the past 7 months.
Happy Presidents Day!
Did you know George Washington rode a Jamis Bike? He did!
|I've basically been playing ping pong for the past 7 months.|
|This morning's breakfast...my new approach.|