Thursday, June 11, 2009

Weigh-in: Week 14, -1.5 pounds

A pretty good week this week, but that's to be expected considering that I rode 30 miles on Saturday and didn't crack 2000 calories once, not even on that Saturday. (Context: my target is 2000. Calorie Count estimates that I burn 2320 in a normal day, so from a metabolic perspective, I'd be losing about 0.6 pounds per week plus what I get from exercise.)

At home, I've finally dropped below 175. My waist is still in the neighborhood of 40", which actually is to my benefit in terms of a weight goal, because that suggests I still have a reasonable amount of fat to lose. I would guess I could get down to a 34" waist or so. 160 as a weight goal was somewhat in question, especially as a work weight, because of the weight I would add through muscle, but it seems as though I might get closer to 160 than I thought.

Not as much volleyball this week ... I've yet to play more than one match in a day, and we didn't get a full match in this week because we lost the first two games and couldn't stick around for a third. (Something to keep in mind: if you count team sports as expected exercise, keep in mind that you don't have as much control over the exercise you get ... especially if it's formal competition with a coach and everything. We don't have that.)

I think my summer appetite has arrived. Slightly bigger meals make me feel very full, and some days I just don't feel like eating a ton. If I keep riding and get back to the Y regularly (with hockey ending Friday, I should stop making excuses next week), I might be making some good progress the next few weeks. It'll be interesting to see what I look like for the family reunion in July.


  1. I am impressed that you have had consistent weight loss and commitment for 14 weeks.

    The calorie count website is very interesting. I am going to check it out.

    I know for me I find it much easier to get regular exercise in the summer, in the winter I just lag off into TV land. Too bad January is not good bike riding weather.

  2. I think part of it is that I'm not approaching it as something to do for X weeks or until Y pounds ... it's something I'll probably have to do every day. I'm fortunate in that I've been able to lose weight when I put my mind to it in the past, and I haven't put on a ton of weight when I wasn't losing, but my regular habits lead to weight gain, and that has to change.

    One thing to keep in mind is that Indiana weather in general is not good for bike riding. In addition to the snow and ice and cold, we get a lot of rain during spring and fall and a lot of heat during the summer, so it's probably going to be tricky for us some weeks.

    It's good to have a backup plan ... last night mine was napping and going to bed early, though. Too many late nights, I'm afraid, and with the drive to Cincinnati tonight, I wanted to be well rested.