Wow, has it really been 45 days since I began this series? Where has the time gone? Unfortunately, I have not come close to the goals I set for myself for this time-frame. I honestly thought that I would have been riding my bike almost daily to work, would have been eating really well with very little cheating, and would have lost 10 or 15 pounds by now. Almost non-stop rain thwarted my bike riding plans initially. When the rain finally stopped, my knee was hurting so bad that I could barely walk, let alone pedal my bike. Two weeks of perfect cycling weather have passed, and I have been unable to ride even a half a block. I hope to remedy that this Friday when I visit the orthopedic surgeon to find out what the heck is the source of my pain.
As for the eating, I have been mostly “good”, eating primarily lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, but I have had bread on too many occasions, and indulged in the snack-sized versions of Cadbury chocolate-coated ice cream bars after dinner more often than not. The pounds have refused to budge. I blame that on the lack of exercise more than my dietary indiscretions, though. Well, now that I think about it, I’m sure diet is equally to blame. Had I been more careful with my food choices, I am sure I would have lost several pounds by now, even without the cycling.
So where does that leave me as of today, 45 days into this journey? I am down 8 pounds. That’s better than nothing. As of today, my knee is feeling better, leaving me hopeful that I will be able to ride my bike to work again next week. Oh, wait, I’m on vacation next week. Well, I won’t be riding to work, but I do hope we get a few bike rides in while we’re off. The Spouse and I keep vowing to get up at 5:00 AM to hit the gym. We have had a success rate of about 20%. We really need to work on that. This past week has been tough for me because my knee pain has kept me awake a lot, making a 5:00 AM rising time very difficult to handle. I really hope to get back in the groove soon. I do want to get back into the shape I was in just a few years ago. There really is no excuse. I can be fit and lean and healthy again. I simply have to buckle down and get to work.
My goal for the rest of this week is to eat better, to log my food in MyFitnessPal, and to try to get some walking in at lunch now that my knee is feeling better. I would love to log at least two or three pounds of weight loss by the weekend.