A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

Snow Day


Winter Time

Awoke to a few inches of snow on the ground here in North Jersey. Not much, maybe three inches. It was enough for me to decide to stay home this morning and make pancakes instead of taking the Younger out to breakfast, as has become our practice. He didn’t seem to mind. He wolfed down five pancakes with maple syrup and trudged back to sleep.

This left Missus and me to clear the driveway and sidewalk. Thank goodness for snow blowers.

Not really a bad way to spend a Saturday; pancakes with the family and some time outside working on clearing the snow. Getting in a little exercise along with walking the dogs. They love the snow.

I hope to get some time on the trainer today and that brings me to my next segment:

The Knee.

In June of 2012 I injured my right knee when I dropped the chain on my bike, the chain jammed and my knee buckled. That kept me off the bike until October of 2012 when I had arthroscopy to remove a chunk of the meniscus that had torn loose. Two weeks later I was riding the bike. The Doctor told me at the time that I had some minor tears of both the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments but that he would leave them alone because they were stable. If I were a runner instead of a cyclist he would have considered work on them.

A few days ago I slipped and felt something POP in the right knee. It has been hurting since, particularly on the outside of the knee. Just to the right of the kneecap. I have been treating it with ibuprofen and it does feel better each day but I will find out when I pedal on the trainer if I have greater concerns. Any pain while pedaling will get me in front of the orthopedist… I am hoping that it is nothing… I’m really hoping it isn’t one of the ligaments.

I am not optimistic.

Weight and Control

I am pleased with myself this week. Stayed well below my budget for calories. Didn’t snack beyond what my plan allows, stayed in motion to get the calorie burn going and saw my weight drop 2.8 pounds from last Saturday. Not a bad week. The loss should start to pick up a little as I get on the trainer and as I continue to pull in the calories. I am slowly reducing my intake so my body adapts as I go along. This is what worked when I started The Journey. I expect it will work well again.

With four pancakes and 1/3 cup of applesauce (instead of maple syrup) for breakfast, I had a 500-calorie morning meal. For lunch I grilled a Portobello mushroom and had it on Arnold’s Deli Thin bread. They are only 100 calories. Makes for a tasty 120-calorie lunch. It’s about control. Ate big in the last meal? Eat lighter in the very next meal.

IMG_3441Today is soup weather. I have a pot of roasted squash soup on the stove. Dinner will be some vegetables and the soup. A light snack at about 8:30 PM. I love eating this way, I have since I started this Journey of mine.





2 thoughts on “Snow Day

  1. Dear Mark,

    It is so GOOD to read your blog once again. You have such a unique writing style.

    My best regards are sent.

    Your friend,

  2. It looks like you’ve got all together for now!!

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