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    A milestone I did not expect to hit this week

    I've been eating more than I normally do lately. First of all, I've been riding a lot. Well, a lot for me, not compared to say, the TdF! So more fuel is needed there. Secondly I have been weight training at least once if not twice per week.

    What I've found is that I've been craving certain foods. Pasta, chicken, ice cream of all things? And I mean real cravings, not "Oh I could eat _blank_ if it were placed in front of me." To the exclusion of all other foodstuffs, all I could think about yesterday was a triple portion of pasta and some tomato/basil sauce. Wife offered to go out for Chinese, to a diner, for steak...I did not care. I just wanted to boil some pasta and slap some sauce on it and go to town.

    Basically I've been eating at least three small meals and one normal meal a day for three weeks now. 2000-3000 calories per day. This morning? I stepped on the scale to find I weight 250 on the nose. For the third day in a row. A week ago I was holding steady at 255. In fact I held 255 for two weeks with only minor fluctuations.

    250! I started at 384. My original goal weight was 225 pounds. Then I decided to switch that to 200 flat. Now I'm seriously thinking of setting a goal of 170. I haven't made the decision yet because I am one of those people: Once I decide, I MUST ACCOMPLISH or I feel like a total failure. So I'm still just toying with it. But.

    One hundred and seventy pounds. I weighed more than that when I was 15 years old! Hard to imagine the guy I was two years ago saying this, but...I think I can do this. I see so many Clydes and Athenas around here having so much success doing just what I am doing - using common sense and riding, riding riding! I feel the effort I'm making paying off, and I love the bike, and it's all coming together.

    I wasn't even expecting any good weight loss stuff for a couple of weeks. I figured I would go back to counting and lower calorie intake after the metric ride this weekend and it would take a couple of weeks to re-adjust my metabolism and all that...now I'm wondering if I shouldn't just keep riding more and more and keep eating like three horses.
    JimK
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    I'm always amazed at how the body can tell you what it needs for fuel if you will just listen to it. For me I'm usually craving plain pasta with olive oil but since I have started strength training again I now crave protein.

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    Good job on the weight loss.

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    Keep up the great work! The small meals really help keep the metabolism fired up (burning calories all day long). Have you tried pushing to 5-6 small meals a day yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg_r View Post
    keep up the great work! The small meals really help keep the metabolism fired up (burning calories all day long). Have you tried pushing to 5-6 small meals a day yet?
    +10000

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    Awesome!

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