Saturday, April 27, 2013

Day 423-Weigh-in Day: 284lbs

Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week’s Weight: 286.6
Current Weight: 284
This Week’s Weight Loss: 2.6lbs
Total Weight Loss: 81.4lbs
To Go: 73.6lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 25.3
Total Miles Biked: 2254.76
Miles to Go: 5245.24

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (1535 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands which is 2650 miles from San Diego)

This Week’s Workout
Monday: 1.08 miles Bike
Tuesday: 10.38 Bike
Wednesday: 13.88 Bike
Thursday: 4 miles walked
Friday: 5 miles walked
Saturday: 0

Lots to share…

I got my cast off on Monday! Check out my blog for more details and pix from last Monday. I couldn’t wait to get on my bike. I actually rode for a few days getting in about 25 miles, but towards the end of the second day, I could tell that my wrist did not like the ride. Even after getting the cast off, my wrist was swollen, but biking didn’t help it. It was barking at me like a Chihuahua. I felt that I need to give it a few days to rest. So I will see how it feels come Monday.

I will be going to Highlander Bike this coming week to order my new Jamis Bosanova! Let me just take a moment and thank Jamis right now…they know why. I’ll be featuring them in my film! I’m excited to enter a new dimension of cycling with a road bike. I’ll have my camera guy there to capture the fun when I go order, and get fit for the bike.

Also, my wife ordered some cycling clothes, but of course, they were all too small. Gee those cyclists are skinny. We’ve never bought cycling clothing before so I haven’t a clue what my size is. We’ll be actually going to the store to try stuff on this time.

Each day I monitor the airfares to Japan, and they are going up! This just really irks me! I’ve been following the airfare history app on KAYAK, and it says prices should go down in the next 7 days. We’ll see. Anyone out there want to share some of their Skymiles with me? J I remember 25 years ago, I could find fares for $500. Those were the good ole days, huh? Right now their getting close to 3x’s that!!

I found a company called Rome Bike Bags. They make bike covers, and travel bags for bicycles and motorcycles. I want to make sure that my bike arrives in one piece when we fly, and their travel bag will provide some nice padding. With bike inside, you can carry the bag over your shoulder. So when transporting our luggage from the airport to my family’s house via the train, I can carry it with me onto the train.

I’ve got a friend that is a big fitness guru/coach up in Park City, Utah. I have struck up a conversation with him about how I can have the best chance at achieving my goal of losing 75 more pounds in 4 months. He was heading out of town this weekend, but when he returns I want to sit down and pick his brain, and have him give me some pointers. I’d actually like him to do this while being filmed for the documentary.

I also, need to head over to Big Cottonwood Canyon, and do a test attempt up the canyon on film. Really, what it’s coming down to is, “what’s going to happen in the next 4 months?!” The first 12 months I feel like I got a good groove going, but learned some things I wish I had known before I started. Now, it’s putting it all to work with massive momentum to push to the finish line. I think the last 4 months of this experience is when all the fun really begins! I have a lot to push through.

In all of my initial videos I put out, and on my website, I had June 1st, 2013 as my deadline for hitting 210lbs, with the ride to Fuji in August. I have decided to simply have the ride day, August 26, 2013 be the deadline. Did I move my target? A little. But the ride to Fuji has always been the pinnacle and inspiration for my goal. So it feels right.

In closing, I wanted to share with you what my weight loss graph looks like. It’s pretty apparent when I finally honed in on my diet after my plateau!

May this coming week be one in which you do something good for your health…that you’ve never done before. Let me know what you end up doing.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Day 421: 4 months from today!

Four months from today, is the big ride! There's a lot of riding that needs to be done this summer. Gee, the pressure is on, but at the same time I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be a blast.

There's been a lot of cool stuff occurring. I'll give you more details tomorrow, so stay tuned. I'm hoping that I lost something this week. I will say that yesterday I felt really run down, and also, my wrist has been swelling. I know from past experience that when I'm feeling a little sick, my body retains water. I've been drinking a good amount today, and have felt a little better, but we'll see how things go tomorrow morning on the weigh-in.

Anyway, have a good evening. If you're out on a date with your significant other tonight, be sure to stay away from dessert! ;)


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 420: Wrist Swelling

Well, with the cast off, I've jumped on my bike and have logged 25 miles so far this week. There's only one wrist has started to hurt and swell. Maybe I should take it easy for a day or two. I thought this wrist thing would be a minor bump in the road. But it looks like it could take a little more time to get out of the woods completely.

Tomorrow I am going to walk to work and let the wrist relax a bit.



Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 418: Cast has come off!

Well, I went into the Orthopedist's office this afternoon and got my cast cut off! Finally!! It wasn't as pain-free as I thought it would be. The arm has atrophied, the muscle is weak, and there is pain as I squeeze and rotate my hand. They told me that much of this is due to the cast. They x-rayed my wrist and said the bone is healing nicely.

Things will be stiff for a while, and they want me to be easy on things for another 3 weeks or so.  I'll go back for another check up in 3 weeks.

The doc said I could get on the bike if I wanted, but if anything would slow me down it will be the pain. I am planning on the pain...that's okay.

My wife videotaped the doctor visit. My little girl was there and she didn't know that the electric saw they use would not cut me. She freaked a little when the doc just started cutting the cast off. Ha ha.

When we got home, my daughter and I immediately ran to the back patio, grabbed out bikes, and went on a test ride to see if I could even get on and stand riding the bike. It's a little painful jumping on and taking the first pedal, but once on, I can actually ride with very minimal pain! This is good news. However when getting off the bike the hand is stiff and so I am sure I need to keep moving and stretching my hand as I ride.

I think I am going to start riding to work beginning tomorrow! There is no time to rest.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a little update.

Talk with you soon!


The only cast signing took place 1 minute before it was cut off.

Cutting off the cast.

"Ouch, that's a bit sore!"

Immediately on the bike!
Nice to be on a road bike again!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Day 416-Weigh-in Day: 286.6lbs

Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week’s Weight: 290.6
Current Weight: 286.6
This Week’s Weight Loss: 4lbs
Total Weight Loss: 78.8lbs
To Go: 76.6lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 14.6
Total Miles Biked: 2229.46
Miles to Go: 5270.54

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (1509 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands which is 2650 miles from San Diego)

This Week’s Workout
Monday: 10.47 miles Stationary Bike
Tuesday: 0
Wednesday: 0
Thursday: 4.15 miles Stationary Bike
Friday: 0
Saturday: 0

I just got back in town…again. There’s nothing like being on the road again. It’s been a busy couple of weeks but I’ve managed to keep positive results rolling in. I did get on a stationary bike a couple of times this week…once at the gym, and then again when I was in Minneapolis. I really wanted to get in exercise each day, but again, it was 12-hour work days, and then more working at night until 2am or so. I did my best, and sometimes that is enough.

The thing that helped me lose was the continued “good” eating. Even though I didn’t get my regular helping of beans each meal while living in a hotel, I did choose the black bean soup when it happened to be the soup of the day. One night, the only thing on the menu that was semi legal was a chop salad. The salad has cranberries, strawberries, blue cheese and nuts on top of it. I told them to make the salad without fruit , pushed the blue cheese chunks to the side, and enjoyed a “legal” salad. For lunches, all the hotel had was sandwiches. I would order a turkey sandwich and not eat the bread. I felt like I was throwing half the sandwich away by doing this, but again, I wanted to eat legal.

I am sure you’ve been to a conference before. Before during and after the sessions it seems like they always have tons of fruit, soda, cookies, and other things with chocolate piled on them. Again…I did not partake.

I had kind of a break-through this week. I actually didn’t want to eat carbs. I didn’t want to drink carbs. When I don’t eat that stuff, and I eat my legal food (meat, veggies, and beans) I feel great! I think that it has become a lot easier to resist, and it’s almost feeling natural. Even today on my free day I drank water all day, indulged in some fruit, ate a blueberry muffin and a small bag of sweet potato chips for the first few meals. Then this evening we went out to a Chinese buffet where I let it hang out a little more…but not as much as I thought. Today, I felt like I was eating the way a “normal” person might. I ate when and what I wanted.

Well, Monday I go in to see the Orthopedist! I am anticipating getting my cast off. I can tell that this past week my wrist and arm have been feeling fairly solid, and not so sensitive to each movement. I tell you, if I can get this cast off, it won’t be more than an hour before I will be on my bike! I CANNOT WAIT!

I’ve been watching airfares from SLC (Salt Lake City) to NRT (Tokyo Narita Airport). They are hovering around the $1200 range. I am hoping they will go down a bit by next month, because I need to purchase them pretty soon.

I am also ready to go buy my bike! I am looking at the Jamis Bosanova.

I am going to get it from Doug at Highlander Bike here in Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s going to help me get the right size bike and get the right fit for me.

Here is a list of rides I want to do over the next 4 months:

City Creek Canyon
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Emigration Canyon
Spanish Fork
45th South to Wasatch Blvd climb
8th South to Emigration Canyon climb

But first, let’s see if I can put in 50-100 miles this week!

Have fun this week! I can’t believe that I've almost lost 80lbs!!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day 409-Weigh-in Day: 290.6lbs

Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week’s Weight: 290.4
Current Weight: 290.6
This Week’s Weight Loss: +.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 74.8lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 4
Total Miles Biked: 2212.86
Miles to Go: 5287.14

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (1495 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands which is 2650 miles from San Diego)

This Week’s Workout
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles stationary bike
Saturday: Rest

Okay, I pretty much “maintained” this week and there is reason for it…I was out of town all week on business. I rode a stationary bike one time and ate well most of the time, but did have a few free-meals during the week. It’s just the way it worked out.

It’s all good! I was proud of myself for going the extra mile to find beans to eat and not go overboard. One day I spent the day on planes with a very short layover, and only had time to grab a small bag of mixed nuts. I was so hungry I ate the whole thing…all 600 calories…but it did the job.

While I was in the air this week, I had time to really assess what it will take to get to my goal. I am not going to hit the June 1st goal, but if I got for it like I never have over the next 5 months, losing 4 pounds each week, I can hit 210 by August. Hmmmm…can I do it? I believe I can. All though, this week put me behind already. However, I think this week getting back to my regular routine will make a difference.

With all the weird stuff with North Korea threatening a strike on Japan, it has made me a little sad that that could affect our trip. It’s interesting how one person’s bullying can affect so many lives. I think Kim Jong-un needs to learn to ride a road bike and blow off a little internal stress. Gee what’s his problem?
We’re moving forward though with plans to Japan and will be buying our tickets soon. Tickets to Tokyo are about $1200 a piece. That adds up quick for a small family. And, to haul a bike with you, it costs $150 each way.

On a side note, I was in Houston, Texas this past week and went to a little hole in the wall diner by a bayou for lunch. It was our “cultural” experience eating authentic Cajun. I had some crayfish pistolettes, deep fried shrimp. onion rings and gumbo. It was soooo good. I noticed while looking at the menu, that they also serve frog legs. Outside the back door of the diner was a porch that allowed anyone who lost their footing to fall right into the water…alligator infested water! The waitress was telling us about “George” their alligator who hangs around that area. So, this was a pretty authentic “Southern Experience!”

Well, I’ll check in with you soon!

Happy riding in the bike lane!


Peggy's on the bayou

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Day 402-Weigh-in Day: 290.4lbs

Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week’s Weight: 294.6
Current Weight: 290.4
This Week’s Weight Loss: 4.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 75lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 2
Total Miles Biked: 2208.86
Miles to Go: 5291.14

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house inSalt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
PacificOcean (1495 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the HawaiianIslands which is 2650 miles from San Diego)

This Week’s Workout
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Biked 2 miles
Thursday: Walked 6 miles!
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

I love this eating style, and it loves me. :) It wasfunny...last Saturday I had my free day, and then the next day went to a familyEaster dinner and couldn’t resist all the yummy food. So I had a free-meal onSunday. After that I was back on track. I ate perfect the rest of the week.

I got on my spin bike mid week for the first time in amonth or so. I was able to ride for about 10 minutes with one hand. Ioccasionally had to put some light weight on the cast on my left hand. It isnot as painful as it was a few weeks back. I also went walking everywheredowntown on Thursday. I put in 6 miles! I was so tired at the end of that day, but it felt goodto start the “engine” so to speak. I wanted to get to the gym this week everyday, but it didn’t happen. But I did get my body moving.

This week is going to be a challenge to workout. But I amplanning to make it happen anyway. It is going to be a very busy week this weekat work. But it’s a chance to take it up a notch!

This week I think I found my camera man for the Japanshoot. He's a fellow based right there in Tokyo, and who’s willing to follow ourbike ride and climb to Fuji with us.

Also, we are going to leave late evening August 25 on thebike ride!

Wow, this week things came together in a few areas whichhas made me very happy. In 2 weeks I hope to get my cast off and get on my roadbike and get going!

Well, I’ve gotta run, but that is the latest.

I hope you guys are still out there. Leave me a comment ifyou get a moment and say “boo.”

Happy Uni-bi-tri or what ever -cycling