Struggling Week

Well the week started out good but by the time the weekend came along everything went to hell in a hand basket rather quickly.  Allow me to elaborate.

Yes I did my exercises on Monday and Wednesday, giving myself Tuesday, Thursday and even Friday off from exercising.  But I really lost it on Saturday.  Yes I did exercise on Saturday but I did all of my exercise on recumbent trike and I was shocked that I even finished the ride.  However, my eating habits were not really very primal because I’m pretty sure deep dish pizza was on primal man’s list of things he could eat.  Hey I had some pizza left over from Sunday and Monday and so I finished it off on Tuesday.  Now I will say that at least I pulled off most of the thick crust which was very yummy by the way, so I wouldn’t hurt myself too much by eating it, but the damage was done.  The rest of my eating was relatively good and good is the operative word since I was consuming bread which I should have avoided but I had made a chicken/cranberry spread and I wasn’t thinking and my taste buds said it needed sweetness in it so what did I do?  Yep you guessed it, I added a couple of pinches of sugar.  Now that may not seem like a lot but you have to think that is straight sugar mixed in with 3 minced chicken breasts and 1/2 package of dried cranberries.  The recipe called for adding nuts in it but I didn’t add the nuts.  I have a fear of choking on nuts, which I have done in the past while eating them mixed in with other foods; however, it does not bother me to eat them by themselves.  So the nuts would have allowed the sweetness of the cranberries to come through but nope, dummy me went ahead and added sugar without thinking about what I was doing until it was too late.

Unfortunately I kept craving it so I ate all of it for the rest of the week, 3 days, which was yummy but I paid the price for it along with everything else that I didn’t take careful enough notice of what I was eating.  So although I had exercised, I’ll get to the part about the trike ride in a moment, I didn’t eat very healthy like and so it was reflected in my weight.

Okay now I got on the scale last Monday morning and I was 219.2, well today I’m only 218.5.  As you can see it is not a very big weight loss but at least I did lose a little bit.  I think the three beers I had on Saturday not long after finishing my bike ride had something to do with it.  Well that along with the other foods that I ate for the entire weekend.  I was doing my best to avoid letting my allergies turn into a cold and I’m feeling like I’m losing that battle right now.  So only a 0.7 pound loss but I guess considering what lack of exercising I did for the week and how I didn’t really eat very primal, I guess I’m lucky that I didn’t gain weight.

So this week is not off too much better of a start seeing that my boss treated me to lunch and how do you turn down the boss, yeah bad to hurt their feelings if you know what I mean.  Now the week has a rocky start and I’m hoping to be able to focus better on eating more primal because it was what helped heal me during the month of September when I came down with bronchitis.

Now I mentioned earlier that I got out and rode my trike on Saturday which was really good and not so good because I basically got my ass handed to me by the road.  My big point is that I set out to do the 50 mile ride and I finished it, I finished in last place but I crossed the finish line on my own and I did it.  It was the first time that I had ever ridden my trike that far and I don’t care that I came in last, I’m just damn proud my being able to finish all 50.53 miles of the race.  If you want to read more about the ride then go here:

http://recumbenttriking.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/50-mile-ride/

So that is what I did this week, it wasn’t all that great but then again I wasn’t really focusing on what I was doing and it showed.  One thing that I did remember to do was to push my knee back into place after I finished my trike ride.  I pushed too hard in too high of a gear and messed up my knee.  Thanks to my masseuse I have learned how to push my knee so it slips back into place and the swelling goes down.  I know it sounds bad but it is just compression and it worked because that evening and the next day there was no pain at all in my knee.

Great ride with good results in the fact that I didn’t need help to cross the finish line, I did it all on my own.

Trying To Be Good

Well it has been an interesting week.  I did my exercises on Monday and Wednesday, resting on the days between but today I stumbled because I forgot to set my alarm so I could get up in time and exercise.  So why didn’t I wake up on my normal time, well there is a good reason.  That reason is that I had to Benadryl myself last night when I got home from work.  Heck I was in bed at 25 minutes after midnight which is very early for me considering I get off of work at 11 PM.  

The only reason that I took the Benadryl is that while at work I shook hands with someone who introduced themselves to me and was a friend of one of my supervisors and guess what???   She had a cat and so that meant that she had cat dandruff on her clothes which I didn’t spot until later…after I was already having an itch fit.  You see I’m highly allergic to cats and if I’m not careful it can cause some breathing difficulties but usually I catch it before that happens.  

So there I was doing my best not to itch all night long, she came in at 4 PM and it wasn’t until 11:30 PM that I was able to take the Benadryl and by then I was itching all over and had to wash down.  I had been washing my hands and face most of the night to avoid scratching myself which was okay but it still itched.  So basically I was suffering most of my work day.

So that is the reason why I didn’t get up early to go riding and although it was a bit chilly, nothing a pair of leggings would cure but by the time I got up it was 11 AM and I was out of luck.  I had some things to do and then I had to change out sheets and wash everything because I couldn’t risk that I had cat dandruff all over me.  So exercise for today had to fall by the way side, but I’m hoping to make up for it tomorrow provided it doesn’t rain down on us very much.  

My weekend bent riders are doing a rider rally for ADA and this is free.  I like free, it is my favorite flavor.  So I’m going to try for the 62 mile ride and hopefully I can make it to the turnaround point before they close it off.  Then things are looking good for another ride on Sunday… or at least that is my plan.

So you might say why did I title this trying to be good.  Well I had my cappuccino which gave me only 3 gm of carbs but I was bad and added 1/4 tsp of caramel sauce to change up the flavor a bit.  I had wanted to eat lunch but by the time I got through cleaning up everything I had to leave for work. Time flies by when you can’t remember what you were supposed to do.  Anyway so I went out and bought a burger meal which meant french fries.   By the time I got to my food 1 1/2 hours had passed (I got very busy at work and was lucky to have even sipped my diet soda).  I took one bite of fries and spit it out, they tasted terrible and didn’t look any better when I nuked them.  But the burger was good and although having the bread would probably be bad for me, I figure what the heck, I need it and didn’t want to only rely on my sandwich I brought.  However, because I’m rather low on protein I will probably have my sandwich which is cranberry/chicken spread and my protein drink I’m trying to be good.  

So although I’m not completely Primal I’m still trying to maintain some semblance of being Primal.  Except for the burger, I’m okay…so far.

I’ve been thinking so much about the rider rally that it is hard for me to be here at work and I just wished that the days would get better so I can ride more often.  My group wants to do the Texas Hotter Than Hell 100 ride but that conflicts with DragonCon.  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t start training for it.  Besides then it gives me more of an excuse to go out riding on my trike.  So I’m cutting this short because I need to get my list of things I need to talk to my riding buddies about namely another ride at the end of the month cause I’ve only got a few more days left to register for it.  

Well I’m cutting this short as I stated and aside from the burger, I’ve been pretty good this week and I had the stress levels down which was good, except for today.  Every time I wake up after an allergic episode I’m kind of scattered bran and today was no exception to that rule.  I only hope that soon I will figure out what I’m doing so I can get some rest before the ride tomorrow.   

I’m so excited about the rally, it will be my first riding rally.  I’m sure I’ll have fun or at least I’ll try to make sure I have fun.

Shaky Start

You know me by now and believe me when I say it was a shaky start for me … and here’s the reason why, you see I’m over due I’m in a rabbit stew…..Oh wait.  Wrong excuse.

Actually I say that I’m off to a shaky start is because of what I ate today.  It all started out yesterday.  See I don’t live in Chicago but I did live in a city where they had Uno’s pizzeria and I really love the deep dish pizza.  Well I found a recipe for it and was getting ready to throw the dough in a pan when suddenly I realized that the cake pans I was going to use were still locked up in my storage unit.  Thankfully I found my Cazuela in the cabinet above the stove.  Okay for those of you who do not know what a Cazuela is, it is a wide clay pot sort of like a pan but it can be put in the oven.  If you need more help, check out Spanish Table, it is where I bought my Cazuela.

Now where was I….oh yeah Cazuela.  So this was the only item available that I could stick into the oven or so I thought.  It turns out that the dough rose even more than I had expected in the bowl and I really should have cut the dough into two pieces but dummy me didn’t.  Any way I spread the dough out in the pan after having lubed up the pan with olive oil.  So then I put my cheese and tomato stuff on it and then made a mistake of putting raw mushrooms on it.  Why mistake, well mushrooms have a lot of water in them and that came out as the pie continued to take…enough said.

So now I had this deep dish pizza pie that I had just pulled out of the oven.  Well I only ate 1 1/2 slices and it was way too much, I should have stopped at 3/4 of a slice, slice not the whole pie!  Well it turned out to be too much bread on Sunday but I didn’t think about that today until I started having it for lunch.  Then I pulled away most of the crust and under crust and the pizza still tasted yummy.

Now that I’ve confessed my sin of making pie last night knowing that I was going to start today to eat healthy, I sort of messed up.  So let me tell you about what I did today.

I got up and had a morning protein shake (Premier Protein) along with the dairy enzyme tablets so I wouldn’t get sick.  Then did a few things for about an hour and then I got ready to exercise.  Now the weather outside wasn’t frightful but it sure wasn’t delightful.  Don’t ya just hate it when I make all of these song references?!!   Any way it was not conducive to me riding my trike and I didn’t expect it to be so I had planned on working out inside the house.

So I put on some music, mostly fast beat stuff from the 70’s to keep me motivated.  So I started out with a song that was almost 4 minutes and did step-ups, you know stepping up and then back down which was all I could do since I don’t have anything but a step in my house.  So I did it for 30 seconds, rest for 15 seconds and then ended up doing 1:45 with steps rested a few seconds and finished out the song stepping.  Took a few moments to catch my breath and then set up for the next exercise.  Put on another song just shy of 4 minutes and took 3 lbs. weights in each hand and started punching the air in front of me.  I did the same thing of punching, catching my breath, catch my breath and then did the hard push of continued punching.  Caught my breath and then did standing knee to elbow lifts, first with one foot, catch breath then with the other foot and then caught breath again and did the long hard push of alternating feet as I continued with the lifts.   Then I did step-downs, instead of stepping up and being in more control I did step downs which made me focus on balance especially when stepping back up on the top step.

Talk about feeling out of breath.  I could remember when I used to do those things frequently and I didn’t run out of breath and I remembered them being so much easier.  So then came the last of my exercises which consisted of using the 3 lbs weights and I did several different type of lifts using my arms.  I did curls, side lifts, arm kickbacks and overhead lifts.  Now I know I got some of the names wrong but the main thing is that I kept on working it and the fast music really helped.  I definitely knew I had worked out because I really felt it

As a matter of fact I had been quite worried yesterday because I was experiencing numbness in my left hand almost all day long.  No it is not a heart attack or anything like that.  I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and I had slept on my side for too long and sort of pinched or strained a muscle.  Yet today after doing that small amount of exercises with the weights I’m feeling much better even in my right hand where CTS is more pronounced.  So anyway my left was hurting even more than my right yesterday and was only a bothering me a little this morning but after exercising the pain is down so dramatically that it is actually encouraging me to continue doing the simple weight lifts.

Some of you may think…what only 3 pounds??!!  Well when you do the lifts rapidly and numerous ones, those measly 3 pound weights felt even heavier.  Eventually I may go up in weight but for now those are working out just fine.  The even nicer part is that my butt is sore, well not really sore, let’s just say that I can feel the muscles in my gluteus maximus are letting me know that they received a work out.  It is really important for me to do those exercises because as soon as the weather becomes nicer I will be out riding my tricycle and the legs and longs will get a good workout so I need to do something else to work out the rest of my body.

So I took a quick shower and then made a bad mistake of eating 1 1/2 slices of deep dish pizza but pulled off most of the crust, leaving a slight layer but it what was there was mighty tasty.  Then I did a few things and got ready for work.  At work I had a salad and a bacon cheese burger patty followed by a protein shake and lots of water.

I only wish that the stupid weather didn’t stir up my sinuses because they are giving me such a headache.

 

Although I had a shaky start, I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow when I may or may not exercise.  I probably won’t do it as much as I did today because I’ve got other errands to run before I got to work in the afternoon.  Oh yeah and so I stepped on the scale this morning and was slightly happy to see I was not 220 or heavier.  I was ever so slightly less.  I had a weight of 219.2 and yes I know that is quite a bit but considering what I ate the night before I was expecting to see the scale at 225 pounds or more.  I had gotten on the scale last week and saw that my weight was 222 and that was when I knew it was time to work on this.

I think as long as I keep the music going and my mind focused and looking forward to what I’m doing, I think I might stand a chance at losing some weight.  So if you wonder why this is listed under Being Primal, it is because I’m still trying to follow relatively close along the Primal Blueprint of focusing on having proteins and getting most of my carbs through vegetables.  Now although I had pizza, I’m not going to beat myself up about that because it would only discourage me from continuing.  No instead it was just a shaky start but seeing results already…numbness decreasing in my left arm and my right arm is doing okay and of course the tight feel as I stood up at work and felt those gluteus maximus muscles stretch made it a shaky but good start for being primal.

Anxious To Start

I know, you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, well allow me to elaborate.  I got on the scale the other day and in 2 months of not giving a flip what I ate, I ended up putting on about 10 pounds or so.  I stepped on the scale the other morning and was shock, yes really shocked at how much I weighed.  I have not been this heavy since 2001 when I went to Spain.  You were wondering what I weighed, well when I started the trip I as a whopping 222 pounds.  Seriously weight there but only 17 days later I was down to 202, so I had a weight loss of 20 pounds in 17 days and I actually had fun when I did it and guess what, I ate whatever I could eat.  Okay yes I was 12 years younger than I am now but in case you forgot some of my earlier posts, I did a heck of a lot of walking.

Some of my earlier posts also mentioned that I did a lot of walking and that was great and I was lugging around at least 10-14 pounds of camera and gear.  It wasn’t that the camera was as heavy as ‘Big Mo’, my professional grade camera, but it was till a pain to my shoulder.  Now I don’t have 17 days to just do nothing but walk so the idea of doing this now to lose weight is out because of my having to work and already I’ve accounted for my vacation days and holidays.  Most of those days will be spent in Atlanta and others going to other cons, so what’s a person to do?

Well, one of my bosses told me about how he lost 15 pounds since the beginning of the year, don’t know if I said this already but bear with me if I have, I’m almost done.  Well he will start off his morning with a premier protein shake and then an hour later he goes for a walk around the block.  Because the blood is pumping in his stomach area he says he doesn’t really feel hungry.  So he eats a light lunch and then he has a reasonable dinner.  He is now at the point that he walks 3 miles each and every day and he eats whatever he wants at dinner and he is still losing weight.  He is obviously in the zone of losing weight.  He says that he focuses on eating protein and tries to reduce the carbs.  One of the guys working here has lost 45 pounds in a couple of months but he works out quite a bit too.

So I tried doing that but things didn’t work out as well because I did not increase my water intake.  Now that was mistake #1.  My next mistake was switching the dairy digestive product, I tried something new and let’s just say it was not my friend.  Earlier this week I went to see my stylist for my hair and she was experiencing the same problem and she suggested that we text each other every day, well we said that 3 days ago and we have yet to do the texting thing.  So my experiment into the protein shake didn’t turn out as I had planned.  Then I bought a recumbent tricycle and was planning on doing exercising, well the weather has not been my friend when it came to riding.  Okay also I’m a bit hesitant in riding in the street, because I’m down so low and in my city most car drivers believe it is okay to honk, jeer, throw trash at the rider and get as close as possible to the bicyclist.  I must admit that some of my fellow riders are the cause behind some of the hostility towards all bicyclist but it is my wish that you are not oe of those people.  So last month I only managed to make it for 2 rides, a 18 mile ride and a 33 mile ride.

As I stated the weather has no been my friend lately.  My problem is that I don’t get up early which puts me behind on what I need to do before I go to work in the afternoon.  Then by the time I get off it is way too late to go out and exercise.  I don’t need to unwind as much as I used to because I switched work stations and am paired up with someone much quieter and in general there is less stress.  My problem is that I only slightly wired after having to drive home, it is a twisting road and there are more drunks in the area cause there are more bars in the area.

So now I’m anxious to get started on my new dieting/exercise program.  I’m hoping to be able to have one of the protein shakes as one of my meals but still continue to eat along the Primal Blueprint way or as some people call it, the wimpy Paleo diet.  Wimpy because we allow dairy in our foods we consume.  Realistically I know that I will have carbs but I hope to limit the intake of carbs from bad sources such as pasta, breads, pizza, etc.  I have my juicer so since I’m not a fan of cucumbers, celery, kale, etc, I will end up juicing them and then I know I will get my vegetables.  Now I don’t know about other people’s green juice but mine reminds me of V-8 cocktail drink.  One thing I will be doing is adding more water to my body because it will make things go smoother, if you know what I mean, and it will keep me hydrated.

Now I did mention exercise and that is exactly what I plan on doing, exercising by riding my trike.  When we did the 33 mile ride I felt like someone beat me up and left me almost lacking energy at the end of the ride.  So what did that mean, oh yeah… I’m definitely out of shape.  I was gasping for breath and started to hear a wheezing as I was breathing out.  Think I need to go to the doctor and get that checked out.  Could be some of the stuff left over from when I had bronchitis late last year is still hanging around in my lungs so that is what I need to get checked out.

Anyway, back to riding.  So I’m riding a recumbent tadpole trike (2 wheels in front and 1 wheel in the back).  o we have been getting some rain but actually it is foggy and cold.  A couple of weeks ago only 2 people showed up for a bike ride in 39 degree temperatures.  This week it is threatening to rain all weekend long but there might be a small window of opportunity for me to get out and ride.  It is my hope that soon the weather will be good enough for me to ride every day so until then I will need to learn to something else for exercise.

So yes I’m anxious to start my newest weight loss plan which will include the shake, protein bars and of course lots of time on my trike.  So here’s hoping that tomorrow’s weather will allow us to ride.  Besides, I need to get better since the group want me to join them on a 100K ride at the end of March but I will not be in shape if the weather doesn’t start cooperating.

Here’s hoping to better weather and good eating habits.

Oh and if you were wondering….I will be riding “Serenity” (name of my trike because I feel at peace and quite serene while riding) and yes I also am calling it the same name Mal gave to his Firefly class ship.  So maybe next time I’m here I will have my act better together and will be reporting on good news as far as my dieting is going.