That's all right Don, it still looks like there's a high probability of a new ride in your future.
I weighed myself today, just to see where I
was at and since starting a few weeks now and have dropped down
23 pounds, but as I said, some of muscle is also on board for the
ride now, so for me it's not a constant check on the scales, as
I'm in it for the life improvement stage of things, not just a diet
that you go on and can't wait to get off of, this is something that
I plan on just continuing with!
For instance our eating has changed a bit and the family is also getting
into the deal a little, not as positive about it as I am but they may
turn the corner. Tonight we had steamed veggies with some saugage
mixed in to add some spice along with it, very good, I could have gone
without the saugage but it was a lighter saugage with spinach inside
some strange thing but tasty.
34" pants fit easily now but I'm a ways from the 32", I was hoping by
end of Sept, but if not, I'll eventually make it there.
A lot stronger now as well, and riding my bike a bit quicker too, adding
more miles during my errand runs at lunch, now I'm up to almost 10 and
some days just over, all within an hour's time including stops to the
bank, post office, dvd rental and other things, not all of the stops each
day but usually the dvd rental as a pivot point and then around a small
lake at my top speed, was able to get up to 25mph but haven't done
that again yet, wind or fatigue, it's been REALLY hot here lately.
Let me tell you, on a winding flat path, 25mph is tough to get up to!
So for all of you working it down, hang in there, keep the mental thoughts
going strong, and I'd recommend not weighing yourself every day as
things can fluctuate, go about two weeks and mark it down and see
where you're headed.
Hey, Don: My wife has been an elementary school counselor for the past five years so I've seen the pay scale. (She also just resigned so that she can finish her clinical supervision and go into private practice.) But doubling your money is still doubling your money, and that's still great news.
Of course, six months from now you'll feel just as broke as you do now — but you'll have more stuff. We — meaning all of us — seem to be able to expand our spending to accomodate virtually any level of income.
Mandatory weight-loss content:
The day before yesterday, my last day at my old job, I ran into one of the bus drivers from school. She hadn't seen me in six months or so. She asked how my summer went, and I told her I'd had surgery but things were going great. She responded:
"Oh, that does sound great! So, did you have your stomach stapled, or that lap band, or what?"
Now, on to our regularly scheduled hijack:
Most of the "stuff" for now is going to be home improvements which are sorely needed, so I'm hoping they'll be a little more permanent than just blowing money on stereos and TV's. I do want a bike. My wife promised me a gun, but I'm going to get a safe instead. I need one.
I haven't been able to overpay on the mortgage and student loans during my "under-employment," so I'm going back to that. I expect to pay both off early. But I wasn't putting money aside for retirement before, and I do want to start that now. We have a pension system called Teacher's Retirement System, but I don't trust it. If they deliver what they promise, it's a pretty good retirement if you have the time in. But if they tell me to take half my benefits and like it, as I suspect they might, there won't be much I can do about it. And by paying into TRS, I avoid paying into Social Security, which wasn't much of a security blanket to begin with.
So, basically I'm going to spend money on these things:
2. New windows, insulation, furnace upgrades, wiring, bathroom.
3. Overpay mortgage and student loans to eliminate debt.
I'd like to build a new desktop computer, get some of the knives I've been drooling over, etc, but reality is that I don't need those things. The bathroom, in particular, is a sorely pressing need. The current bathroom is a porch adapted by inbred carnies at least 40 years ago. The tub scares my wife; she won't sit down in it to take a bath. The floor is worse and about a 3% grade, and they actually put a large detour in the plumbing specifically to locate the toilet almost in the middle of the room, for no apparent reason. We call it a Walk-Around Toilet.
She can't complain, though. She just HAD to have this house. It's got so much "potential." We are the stereotypical young couple from every bad haunted-house movie you've ever seen.
See? You're managing to lose weight and figure out how to spend all of your new income. But it sounds like you're going to spend it wisely (assuming there's a new bike thrown in there someplace.) Stereos and such lose their value within seconds of buying 'em. Your home, your retirement, your next good bicycle — they all do just the opposite.
Well, okay, maybe the bike won't appreciate but good ones do hold their value pretty well. And the health and longevity that you're creating by getting in better shape riding that bike mean that you have a better shot at actually using your retirement. I mean, hey, what good is retirement if it just means your wife gets to live like a princess after you're dead???
By the way, I've heard that "so much potential" thing before. Just remember, sometimes the best renovations begin with either a bulldozer, a chainsaw, or a For Sale sign.
Kinda like a car that's surpassed it's usefulness... Just jack up the radiator cap and drive a new car under it! LOL! Peace, Ritz.
Ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh!
The hijack is complete!
I was able to get in 26 miles this morning! I'm still fat, but that's changing! Peace, Ritz.
I only managed to get in 9 miles this afternoon. About 5 miles into it, I noticed the bike bouncing a bit over the pavement expansion joints. Bouncing? Hmmm.... So I stopped and found my rear tire losing air rapidly. No big deal — I've got a spare tube. I change the tire and start inflating it with my frame pump. Oh, ya! Now I remember how badly my frame pump sucks. Total POS. I'd sworn after the last flat tire (thankfully, it's been a long time since I had one) that I'd replace it but, lazy ass that I am, I never did.
So I limped home with about 15 lbs of pressure in my rear tire. That made for a decent workout, what with the heat, hills, and all.
And this time I did replace the POS pump with a (hopefully) better Blackburn model. With luck, I won't have to try it out for a long time.
Sorry to hear about the flat, and the less than spectacular pump. Congratulations are in order for your purchase of a shiny new pump, and the achievement of a great workout! There's always an upside.
I managed to get in another 7.8 miles around tha 'hood, with my four-year-old in tow.
Yep, 33.8 miles today... now if i could only weigh less. 283 today.
283 beats 299 any day. . . . NOOOO! My hijack! It was nearly complete. I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you durn kids.
I put in a little over 18 miles today, the last 8 or so in driving rain. If it hadn't been for the rain, I'd have turned east instead of west at the halfway point and made a much larger loop--I was having WAY too much fun. It felt great to be back on a bike, and everything fit beautifully. Riding was effortless, although my legs are stiff as boards now. I got run off a road and almost went over the bike trying to get my feet out of toe clips, got chased by dogs twice, rode in the pouring rain . . . . but it was fantastic.
Did I mention I bought a Giant OCR2 yesterday?
I can't stop smiling.
Ya, baby, NEW TOYS!!!
So how'd you decide on the Giant? And who or what ran you off the road?
Well, I rode an FCR4. I thought I would ride the FCR4, ride a Specialized Sirrus, and maybe ride an OCR3 to make sure I didn't want it. But I thought if I ever wanted road bars, I would just switch the handlebars. Of course, it turns out you can't do that without switching shifters, brakes, etc.
Well, the FCR was great, but I couldn't help looking at the OCR models they had. The only other road bikes were Specialized Allez and Sequoia, and those were out of my price range. Actually, so was the OCR2, but I bought it anyway. I asked to ride an OCR3, and Matt the sales guy said he had an OCR2 set up in large. I didn't realize that meant he actually didn't have an OCR3 in that size. I rode the OCR2 and immediately fell in love. I rode it forever; I didn't want to take it back. When I got back, I found I wasn't really excited about the FCR4 anymore (when I rode the FCR4, comparing it to that Huffy, I really loved it.)
Well, of course they didn't have an OCR3, so I asked what the difference was. It would have taken four weeks to get an OCR3 in my size, and I really wanted to buy there. I didn't want clipless at first, and I knew I didn't need the swoopy racing wheels with a low number of spokes, so Matt told me that if I'd take a set of hand-built 32-spoke wheels and some platform pedals he'd give me the OCR2 for $650. That sounded reasonable to me, so I called the wife and she said she didn't care--after she caught her breath. I told her I'd be willing to sell a gun to cover the difference. Wheelfast threw in a couple of small freebies (toe clip pedals, Schrader adapters for the valve stems) and fitted it to me nicely, and the first year of maintenance is free as well. I've never bought a bike at a bike shop before, so forgive the bubbling. The new wheels seem great; they took all the bumps and thumps I couldn't avoid today with no problem.
So I bought it and took it home intending to ride it over to my parents' house to meet everyone for dinner, but when I got home the dark clouds were rolling in and the wind was swirling. I had time to put the bike in the dining room and close some windows on the house before the store let loose, so I didn't ride it that night.
But this morning it was cool and fairly clear, so I got up, went outside and transferred my bag and computer to the OCR3 and took off. That bike is a joy! Nobody really ran me off the road; a truck behind me honked to let me know he was there. I tried to move over, but I guess I'm still not used to the handling--I went a little too far, got onto the slope at the edge of the crowned road, which pulled me off into the soft gravel, which pulled me into the grass. I was trying to slow down and control it, which I did manage to do without going down, but I had a heck of a time getting my feet out of the toe clips.
I was also chased by dogs, but it was almost fun on that bike. I just yelled at them to stop, and when they didn't, all I had to do was tap the shifter a couple of times and leave them far behind!
Great ride. It did dump buckets of rain on me on the way home, but I was still miles from home and there was no lightning, so I just started pushing a little harder. It was just beautiful. . . .
Very cool. I'm jealous. Gotta finish the "convince the wife" routine so I can go get a new road bike, too.
Hey Gary, just wanted to drop in and say hello...it's good to see another cutlery enthusiast who's into cycling on this board. ...not many of my knifemaking buddies are into riding bicycles...not cool enough for them..
Don, congratulations on the new job! ...and new bike! I've got a couple year old OCR1 and love it...well, I should say I did love it, still do I suppose...but it's not been getting much ride time since I got into recumbents...I think I'll take it out for a ride today...been awhile since it's seen the pavement.
...as for an update on my weight loss progress...well, it's been going abysmally...but, I'm still keeping up hope...I've still not been able to break that 220 barrier...due, for sure to my diet...dang it I like to eat good food...but I have started cooking much more lately as opposed to eating out, and am trying to exercise more portion control and have cut back considerably on eating meats...so I'm still trying...
Stuck at about the same weight for almost 9 months now. Getting pretty frustrated. Now with fall and winter approaching I am looking hard a a winter training program. Ordered a set of rollers, have a trainer and weight set. Now if I can just find the motivation to set the schedule and stick with it!
I'm happy to hear so many are doing so well. I really have to remember to check in here on a more regular baiss!
Hey, there are knife nuts here? Cool. I don't make anything but charred, misshapen lumps of steel, but I do love knives.
Zin, at what weight do you find yourself stuck?
I've been suck at ~220lbs (+/- 5lbs) for such a long time. 2800 miles so far this year and still sitting right there. Last year I had 2705 for the entire year and lost 40lbs.
I know I'll get over this hump. I just have to keep plugging away.
Keep plugging Zin, Were right there with Ya'. I just saw the movie "Super-size Me" last night... :O Man, what a shocker! I don't do fast food very often, but after seeing that movie, I don't think I'll ever step foot into another Mc D's. Peace, Ritz.
[QUOTE=Don Gwinn]Hey, there are knife nuts here? Cool. I don't make anything but charred, misshapen lumps of steel, but I do love knives.
Yep, a couple from what I can tell! When I'm not doing work for my ph.d. I'm either at the anvil forging blades or at the welding bench building forges to sell to bladesmiths....this is, of course, when I'm not out riding!
I recognized Gary Graley's avatar from some of the knifemaking forums I frequent.
Allright... I need some support gang. I'm coming from 212 in late April and shooting for a goal of 160 by the end of the year. I've been doing great so far by the increased exercise of jogging/riding and watching the food intake and losing about 2lbs. per week. I'm was down to 178-179 for the past three or four days.
My biggest problem, like many others, is portion control. Yesterday I just couldn't stop myself. I had three diet pepsi's during the day, my usual packed lunch, snacked a bit before dinner (which is unusual for me) and then had a couple large plates of food for dinner. It was shake n' bake covered chicken breast(s), broccoli and cheese rice, and broccoli. I got up this morning feeling guilty about last nights loss of control or should I say BINGE. I stepped on the scale and was shocked to see 183lbs. I had to take a step back, zero the scale and try again... nope that didn't help. I realize its probably water weight and tomorrow I should be back under 180 but this sure is weighing (no pun intended) on my mind all day. I feel like going home early and just riding all day but I can't so I'll just sit here and feel bad all day.
2011 Giant TCR Advanced
2011 Redline Monocog Flight 29r
2010 Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro
2005 Scattante CFR
Smaller portions much more frequently. I am following the "diet" (although I consider it a life change in eating habit, not some wierdo-plan to follow for 3 weeks,FYI) from the Body For Life book. I think the the entire book and it's principals are amazing. You might want to to check it out, it's by Bill Phillips. If I don't eat every 2 hours, I seem to lose control and eat lots of whatever is in front of me.
Originally Posted by psuaero
Weigh yourself in the morning, as soon as you wake up and use the bathroom. Your weight will be the most consistent at this time. Water weighs 8 lbs per gallon and it's pretty easy to be 1/2 gallon low or high and not feel any effects from it.
Hard work has a future payoff; laziness pays off now. -anonymous
I might as well chime in with my story. Almost 1 year ago I weighed 242 lbs (110 kg) @ 5'7" (170cm) tall. At 38 years old, I knew I was looking at diabetes and a whole host of other health problems if I didn't do something. I went to my doctor for a complete physical. Man was I screwed up. All my blood work was either in the red or damn close. My blood pressure was borderline high and my EKG looked like crap so my doc sent me in for a stress test to make sure my ticker was OK. It took me two weeks to get in to see the cardiologist and It was a really scary and depressing wait to find out if I had done any permanent damage to my heart. Well, my stress test turned out OK, although obviously I was way out of shape. During my two week wait, I decided that my body was going down the toilet and I didn't need just a diet. I needed an entire lifestyle change. I decided I was going to stop blaming my weight on my genes, my thyroid, my metabolism and every other lame excuse you think up when you're fat. I decided to take responsibility for my own condition.
I gave up all the crap I had been putting in my body. All the sodas, all the sweets, all the burgers and frys and ice cream and BS I was putting into myself on a daily basis. I went on a sensible diet and started eating the things which would start doing me some good. I started on an exercise program. At first it was very difficult naturally. I could only do short periods of time on the stationary bike at low resistance settings. However, I started doing a bit of research and learned about training by heart rate as far as the aerobic zone, anaerobic zone, etc. I started training in different parts of the aerobic zone and doing intervals once or twice per week. I started making big improvements in my fitness. By the time I made it up to 1 hour sessions on my endurance training days, sitting on the stationary bike soaked in my own sweat while watching the soap operas the frustrated housewives had set the TVs to. I bought myself a bike and started riding. After a few months I bought a better bike and kept riding even more.
Now I'm down to 173lbs (78kg) and I feel incredible. I had a checkup and I've made a complete turnaround with my health. My blood pressure is 90/70. My cholesterol is 140. All of my other blood parameters were in the normal range. I'd like to lose another 20 lbs and I know I'll get there, but I'm not in any hurry. I've never really been in a hurry about my weight loss. My main goal was to improve my health and change my lifestyle. My weight loss and improvements in my appearance are just a nice byproduct of the whole experience. My ultimate goal is just to continue with my lifestyle for the rest of my life.
Hard work has a future payoff; laziness pays off now. -anonymous