Little Goals Can Make a Big Difference

At my medical weight management meeting last night we discussed the idea of having small, attainable, measurable goals to help keep us focused and on track. For the next 8 weeks will we have one per week. I decided that my goal for this week would be to have 3 shakes a day. Why? Because last week in Palm Springs, when I was (initially) forcing myself to down the shakes, I was reminded that they are more filling than most things you ingest for 160 calories, and unlike actual food, do not make me want to consume more of them… like the bars do for example.

So… no matter what else happens with my eating this week, good or bad, I will have at least 3 shakes per day and see if that helps keep me centered. I am going to stay away from the bars for awhile. Barmageddon seems to happen too easily.

Now in case you were wondering if I had another magical weight loss day and reached the 90 pound milestone, the answer is nope. And there’s no guarantee that I would have no matter what I did yesterday, but I pretty much sealed the deal that there would be a water weight gain event when I ate four servings of Frito’s Scoops late afternoon! Ah that greasy, salty goodness.  They were absolutely, freaking delicious.

The overall calories for the day were not horrible, I was at just over 2,200 for the day and I did a good bike ride yesterday as well, but you simply cannot consume that much sodium without consequences. Thus I was up 2 pounds this morning. I’m a little surprised it wasn’t worse. :-) Oh well, 3 shakes today, hopefully at or under 1200 calories overall, and it should be gone tomorrow, or at least heading downwards again.

I can’t remember if I mentioned in this blog that I signed myself and the kids up to do a 65 mile bike ride in 2 1/2 weeks. I am definitely worried about that one. I don’t think we’ll be ready but we’ll give it a go and see what happens! Going to try a 40 miler this Sunday with them just to see how much of a stretch that might be. Keep in mind, I still have not ridden more than 22 miles yet in a single day, I am riding 5-6 days a week, but still not much distance work.

And then Rune and I are signed up to do the 100 Miles of Nowhere ride on June 1st. David will be joining us I think. We’ll be looping a one mile path 50 times. If we can do that, then I think we’re good for the Livestrong-Davis century ride. The trick to the June 23 Davis ride, by that time, will not be the distance, it’ll be the speed. We’ll need to go at least 11 mph, ideally faster than that, and that’s going to be tough for us to sustain I think. The ride starts at 7:30 am and they want you off the course by 4:00 PM.  I am planning on starting us early, at around 6 or 6:30 am because of our slowness, but it’s still going to be tough to do 100 miles with the kids in less than 10-11 hours. We’ll see however what the next 9 weeks of training brings!

Here’s our 100 MON route (in between the green circles) for June 1. It’s along a tidal inlet, so Rune calls it the Tour de Stink at low tide. It’s actually a beautiful, flat multi-use path. I am guessing after riding it back and forth 50 times, I may find it a lot less pleasant.


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