It is Sunday and since I plan on blogging about my battle with weight I decided that every Sunday will be the “Official Scale Day”. Last Sunday when I got on the scale it said 236 and this week I am happy to report that this morning it was 231.8. I dropped a little over 4 pounds.
I know when you get started it is easy to take off the weight but my goal is lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks then repeat the process. This means I have 4 weeks to lose 1 pound which is totally a thing I can handle. I changed my food intake 100% and I feel so much better. The elliptical is getting a good workout too. During the week it started to make a clicking noise but after my brother and I took it apart we determined that it is nothing we can fix and although it is slightly annoying it is something I can tolerate.
My diet consisted of adding a slim fast in the morning for breakfast. For lunch it was usually a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with a slice of cheese. Dinner has been all over the place. Sometimes its a bowl of cheerios with non fat organic milk, sometimes the bowl of cereal is replaced by another turkey sandwich. Either way it seems to be working.
I am drinking a lot more ice tea that we brew at home and put a lemon in. No sugar added at all, we have been brewing a blueberry rooibos blend and some other pots of tea and putting it in two pitchers and keeping them in the fridge. I would say I have been drinking 6-8 glasses of that a day instead of soda.
No More Late Night Ice Cream Runs
As for the ice cream runs, I didn’t do any at all this week. Instead it was replaced by a couple of handfuls of peanuts. If I am still hungry I make another bowl of cereal. Not exactly a great plan but that is what I did this week. On Thursday for lunch I had a ceaser salad. When vegetables and fruit taste like cardboard it feels like a waste to add it to my meals but I am trying. For the past 10 years my only fruit or vegetable had been ketchup on a burger or tomato sauce on pizza. Speaking of which I did not have pizza at all this week. That has to be some sort of record for me.
Saturday was probably the only day I did something really different because we turned on the BBQ. I had a Bubba burger on whole wheat with a side of Bush’s baked beans. Last night was a night full of gas, I guess that could also be seen as a good thing since the beans flushed me out this morning.
As for my workouts they have just been on the elliptical so far. I go at 5 or 10 minute clips so far. I can get up to 15 minutes if I want to but I would rather do 5 minutes a few times a day than one long workout. In the next few weeks I plan on getting back into riding a bike. I use to do it all the time and since I want to start riding again I want the exact bike that I use to love which is a Fuji Allegro.
I have had plenty of expensive racing bikes over the years but since there is no need to race I want a bike that I once owned that was steady and one of the best built that I owned. I have been searching Craigslist and Ebay for one and they pop up every three weeks or so. I can wait and get what I want. If I don’t see one I will just get another bike I guess.
We have a nice 2 mile bike path here and that is about a mile from the house so I can map out a plan and do 6 miles when I get the bike. I may use the neighbors bike and make a few runs while I am waiting. His bike needs work but since I use to work in a bike shop I am sure I can get it working better.
Well that is where I am this week in my getting healthy change of lifestyle plan. I am open to any tips so feel free to leave a comment. Update here is week 2 of my weight loss journey.