Improvement Continues to Fuel the Fire

Last week I posted about the first cyclocross practice of the season. How painful it was to feel so slow, and how I really needed to give myself a head check on where I have been to where I am going.

The past 2 weeks I really have been putting forth effort into a consistent workout regimen. Tracking and plotting on Bike riding, jogging and today started back with weight lifting. Goals of cyclocross racing ring in my head, but more than that leading into the 2012 season as injury and worry free. Planned days of active recovery, or general days off that mirror days with family.

Today at lunch I decided to hit up the gym for some basic weights and to weigh in. While I normally weigh in the same time in the mornings, I hadn’t weighed in for over 3 months (I got depressed back in April) and was shocked and surprised today for what I saw.

159 lbs

The last time I looked at the scale I was at 169 (April), earlier in the I was around 180 but I was frustrated and decided to give up on the live. Boy, am I glad I did so but I am glad I did a mental check today of my progress. There hasn’t been any dieting or active “focused” eating since March and all I’ve been doing is being more aware with what goes in my mouth compared to what type of activity is going on in my life.

I can tell you that seeing the scale today will make it more motivating to wake up early and hit the gym tomorrow morning before work!

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The Shocker at the Scale #17DayDiet

I lost track of time last Friday when I meant to originally write this, so you may get a bunch of 17 Day Diet posts…

Never have I been a fan of diets.   Counting points or reading every ingredient on every piece of food or drink you put in your mouth does not sound appealing to me.  This is what causes people to lose focus, drop the ball, eat the double stuffed Oreo’s or lose their mind. In the past I have told my friends that go on Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc, etc etc, is to ride more.   Yes, I am lowering my head in shame..

Enter the 17 Day Diet

For the past year from stress of running a micro-managed bike shop, to starting a new job in a completely different industry, to being run over by a car, to life at work, and excuses, excuses, excuses…

A couple weeks ago my mother sent me a few links of a new “diet” that she saw and if both Dr. Phil and The Doctors said it was good – well I’ll check it out (sarcasm.)  After reading through the basics of this 17 Day Diet I decided “What do you have to lose, Arleigh?”

Things Not to Do

I didn’t weigh in when I started, I don’t know what my starting point was and that’s frustrating.  I finally weighed in on Friday, that’s 5 days into the diet, and god I hated what the scale said. I have tons of work to do!!! Looking back I wonder if I lost any weight over those initial 5 days and it puts fear in my heart if I was even heavier than what the scale said on Friday.

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No Cheating

I haven’t cheated, not once.   Some people have said on the weekends you should cut yourself some slack, but I can’t.  I know myself, and if I give in at all – in routine, food, work life, etc.  I can’t cut my self slack or cheat, that is what has gotten me here and I’ll go sliding down the hill that I’ve been marching up.