Back in the saddle

Always the good old bike

Back in the saddle a bit, did an hour of biking. It was good to get back to it but I noticed that my heart rate didn’t touch 130 I don’t think, I doubt how many calories I actually burned. It is a good thing, I am getting much fitter so I can’t my heart rate up as easily. Back in the day I would routinely hit 150 doing a lower resistance level. I thought about getting a treadmill while I was pedaling.

Eating has been a disaster, back to logging the food, the Super Bowl was yesterday and I woke up this morning feeling so gross. I ate so poorly, I actually skipped breakfast which is unheard of for me. I am going to be good from here on out and make sure I take breaks and don’t try to do too much too fast. Weigh in on Wednesday will not be pretty but we will take our lumps and move on. Good luck!

Fell off the wagon a bit

Fell off the wagon a bit and haven’t been to the gym in a few days. I kind of freaked myself out a little bit. I can’t recall ever feeling like I did at the gym that afternoon. I think the combination of things have lead to this but I am going to go for a hike tomorrow and take Sunday off or light duty but meal prep, and hit it hard come Monday.

I am cooking for the Super Bowl but am bringing all of the leftovers to work on Monday. Going to make ribs brisket macaroni and cheese and jambalaya with the home made kielbasa. Going to try a new method with the ribs, going to rub them with yellow mustard first. It is suppose to help the rub stick. Seemed kind of suspect to me but I am going to give it a try. Maple sugar rub with a little bit of cayenne.

Montréal steak seasoning on the brisket, it comes out somewhere between Montréal smoked meat/pastrami but I think it is delicious. I also have a prime brisket which I am pretty excited about. I will make sure to post some pics of how it came out.

I did buy a massage ball and basically a massage rolling pin. They were good buys because I used the ball on my butt and hamstrings, it was glorious! Totally took care of the knots and I instantly felt much better, it isn’t as girl as the roller I have which really lets me put all my weight on it. But roll your muscles! It is important!

Left the gym early

I went to the gym and was on the arc trainer, all of a sudden I felt light headed a little dizzy and just couldn’t do it. I tried to power through for a few minutes but just couldn’t. So I left the gym after only completed 30 mins. I am not sure how I feel about this at the moment, I am coming off a disappointing weigh in, but after the gym my hands were shaking pretty good. I drank some water and ate a package of noodles and felt better.

I think I have been pushing it a little hard as of late, maybe I need to stick to 6 hours of exercise a week and really focus on making sure the diet is perfect.

Liz and I have pre-marriage counseling tomorrow night. I think I am going to not do any exercise until Friday after work and focus on making sure the diet is perfect, I will do some hiking to balance out the Super Bowl eating. Going to fire up the BBQ! It has been a while since I did, debating on what to make, thinking ribs and brisket, but I need to work on my pork butt dip (thin sauce mixed into the meat before service) whatever I make though I am bringing into work the next day.

257 whomp whomp

So I came to the realization that the 254.8 number was a bit of an outlier. Today’s weigh-in showed 257 which is a solid number still, but is really tough to see when you put in a lot of effort only to gain 2.2 lbs.

As I have admitted I was not as good this week as the previous week. I went out to an Indian buffet with a friend and then Sunday night I ate Thai food with a wreck less abandon.

I have also creeped up the food a little bit. I ate three apples yesterday and I have bot been measuring out vegetables at dinner. I also made jambalaya and ate most of it myself. I think that was the real downfall. Of course I made two batches and it didn’t last more than two days.

Super Bowl is Sunday and I am torn about if I should make food or not and if I do make food what should I have? Make healthy food or just say f it and make some BBQ. I think I am going to go the BBQ route and make sure I bring in all the leftovers to work on Monday. Looks like it is going to be a fight to get below 250 as I knew it would be but for one week I had hope the struggle wouldn’t be as hard as I thought it was going to be. Stay strong!

Got in a good hike

Burned a lot of calories
Work hard eat a little more

So I did a decent amount of hiking, got 9 miles in wanted to complete the skyline trail but got a little turned around toward the end and just wanted to be done. Took 3.5 hours, I think I could do the whole thing on an ice free day in three hours. We will see the next time it clears up. I think it is good practice for hiking the White Mountains.

You can see the backtracking towards the end of the loop

Made a batch of jambalaya for dinner on Saturday, not the best as it is high in calories but it was delicious and it isn’t too bad. Definitely made sure to put the extra away before I ate too much of it!

Going for another hike with a friend tomorrow morning, I will wear the monitor and see if I burn enough calories, I might also just take it easy. I have been doing a lot of work. This week is the last week I have before trainings begin, going to really lock in the diet. Tomorrow, I am going to meal prep a bunch of chicken and black beans for dinners this week.

Pushing hard

Heart rate without looking

So this was a little experiment where I used a gym towel to cover the machine at the gym and I pushed myself really quite a bit hard than I did without looking, 60 minutes on the arc trainer. I will admit I did look at the clock a few times, I couldn’t resist. The resist increases for 3 minutes a time, it kind of mimics going up hills. Anyway good news is this cancelled out my breakfast and lunch combined! I made some breaded fish for dinner and some asparagus. Had a little quinoa basil salad. Anyway going to push hard this weekend hopefully get below 253.0 to a new all time low!

Almost to a new low

Right before the Long trail I weighed 253 so we are almost back to that. Tomorrow I am going to do a double workout again, an hour of cardio and an hour of kickboxing. Hopefully I will burn about 1400-1600 calories.

I did meet a friend for Indian food and ate way more than I should today. It wasn’t too bad but going to have to do some work.

Session with personal trainer

Did some clean and jerks at personal training and it was a lot of fun. I have to work with the bar more. I think it will be handy getting my chest and arms in better shape for the spartan race.

Going to really lock down the food tomorrow and make sure we are going to get back on track. I am debating on weighing myself on Friday to see if I am at a new low. I should probably just weight until Wednesday, probably won’t but I will report in if I do.

Taken a two day break

My mom came to visit and we went out to lunch, I didn’t eat very well. We rallied for dinner and eat a cabbage stir fry with shrimp. Today I probably over ate a little bit at dinner. We had a quinoa lemon basil salad and roast garlic chicken. It was pretty good, I love cooking the roast garlic chicken because it goes with so many things.

Tomorrow we are going to hit it hard, I am going to go to hit the bike or planet fitness and kickboxing at 6pm. I think I should burn about 1400 calories.

Liz got a sleeping bag from my mom for Christmas and we received a bunch of little things as gifts that I can’t wait to try out. The only piece I think we really need is a canopy for shade/ rain cover. After that our car camping setup will be complete. Going to go look at places where we can camp!

Did a lot of working out yesterday

Ate a lot but moved a lot

I ate a lot of food but did a lot of work. It was a nice day just doing chores around the house. Our house looks good and I am setup for the week.

I am debating on if i should take a break from kickboxing for a few days. My shoulders and tail bone is feeling a little stiff. I did an exercise that was doing a sit-up and then standing up from there and then rolling back down to start over. Pretty sure I didn’t land those as smooth as I could have.

Last night I rode the bike for 90 minutes and burned 1037 calories! I use to think if I wanted more calories I went to planet fitness, but instead of spending the time in the car I could just spend it on the bike at home and burn more calories.

Mom is coming to visit tonight, I was thinking about going out for lunch and then we are going to see the new Star Wars movie, I can’t wait to see it. Enough rambling, personal training is this week, kickboxing other nights and the bike. Hoping I can get under 257.5! 🤞

Week is done!

Way under my calorie goal

Also this is net exercise so I actually ate way more calories than what is shown. Couple days I ate 1900 calories but burned 750-800ish on kickboxing. So it is a net of 1000-1200 calories, and I burn around 2600 allegedly. The scale has pretty much shown this has been about accurate, losing about 1/2 an pound a day. Going to go hiking tomorrow and to kickboxing and then hanging out with my mom on Sunday.