Today was a strange but good day.
I was not in the best of moods but I managed to keep it to myself and get the job done today. Fact is it was a very productive day.
I expected to stay late and work with my second shift supervisor tonight but a minor flare up of the sciatica issues I have had for years scared me off. A couple of aspirin and some muscle relaxants did the trick and it is feeling much better right now.
I have another minor medical thing going on that I won’t discuss here, trust me on this one. It is also improving. So between this and that, it all came out a good day.
I had a sushi tray for lunch and really felt I had over eaten today but when I tallied it all up, I still came in at 1800 calories. Stay away from high calorie foods and it gets hard to rack up the calories… Still I have to be careful. I sometimes feel as if the momentum is waning. I then give myself a kick and it gets flowing again. A dinner of a 6 ounce tilapia fillet, about 4 cups of squash and a nice LARGE salad came in at a whopping 500 calories for dinner.
I use hot sauce instead of salad dressing and that saves me a big chuck of calories. I find that Frank’s Original Red Hot and Cholula both make good salad dressings. Neither is really very hot and a little dash or two livens up the salad very nicely.
Even “light” salad dressing pack a large calorie punch…
I finally did it. I ordered the new wheels and the cassette for my bike. It was hard clicking the place order button but I did. I know I will get good use out of them and it is a needed thing, not a wanted thing… And my pedal extensions came today and I installed them tonight. This will help (I hope) relieve the pressure on the outside edge of my foot so I don’t have my feet going numb during a ride….
So as I said, a good day.
The Weight is Hovering Again
I have sat at between 233 and 235 pounds for most of the week. This used to drive me crazy. When the weight would seem to get stuck.. Now I understand it a bit better and I am able to muddle through until the weight begins to move again, usually in a week or so. I just have to remind myself to stay the course, keep working the plan, get in the miles, get in the exercise, eat right… The weight will move again.
When it does it comes off in a rush. I will hove in a two to three-pound range and then drop 5-10 pounds in a week’s time. Strange how that works… The interesting thing is that even with the weight stuck I am dropping in clothing sizes as everything continues to tighten up. I can fit in to 38 waist pants now. Just two weeks ago a 40 waist was snug. The weight has only moved 3-4 pounds since then…
I am still shooting for the 220’s by mid to late June. I am very confident that I will make it. This weekend and next will be big parts of that: I plan to do 75 miles total this weekend if the weather will cooperate. I want to do 30 on Saturday, 45 on Sunday or something close to that.. I have the 30 mile course plotted. I have to work on the 45… Mapmyride.com is a fantastic website for this by the way. Try it…
Dancing in the Dark
I shaved off my beard.
On the way home from work last night I made the decision that the beard was going. I am not sure why I picked on my poor beard but I did and it had to go.
After clearing it with Missus and the boys, I shaved it off this morning. The dog was confused, my older boy giggled and the younger said “I was right, looking at you does feel awkward”.
I like the change. The big clump of gray hair is gone and I like the look. The ‘Stache stays. I have had it since I was 18 years old except for three times I had to shave it for plays I was in and the time I set fire to it. The ‘Stache stays…
At work it was either completely unnoticed or people thought something about me looked different. Some of my employees in the plant noticed right away but the people in the office were a little slower to notice. My clerk didn’t notice until I mentioned it to her. And you question why people say eye-witness testimony is unreliable?
Shaving the beard made me think of the line in the Springsteen song “Dancing in the Dark”: “Want to change my hair, my clothes, my face…”
A few years back, as I started to lose my hair I was asked if I would get a toupee. I laughed hard. I have never had a problem with going bald and I am just not a wig sort of person. My answer at the time was I will worry first about the things I can control. My weight for instance… So the hair thing… Well that will be what it is…
Shaving the beard was my little toss at looking a little younger. Get rid of the most obvious gray… I changed my face….
I will worry about the clothes next.