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Frustrated… So what do I do now?

// February 2nd, 2010 // Comments Off on Frustrated… So what do I do now? // Bloging, Diet, Riding

It has been covered in recent articles, and it is something that I do encounter nearly inall my rides – the bike is slow on flat terrain. Sure, it is an All Mountain bike and not a Trail bike, but still, the bike was design to be your everyday ride and not just an All Mountain. Add to that the fact that I am a big guy and the geometry of the bike is very good for me… and you can see why did I get this bike. Currently my riding style is Trail more then anything else. The winter has its contribution as well. When it rains and when there is mud out there I prefer to ride in Park Hayarkon for about 25km – 20km. When riding in the park everything just seems so slow. I cannot get more then around 20km per hour.

With 14Kg that were already lost (in 8 weeks), an XT crank, XT cassette, and an XTR chain, I thought I should be getting some more speed. I know that the 2.35 tire does not role fast, and that a 2.2 or a 2.0 tire would be faster, but it seems odd to me to use these tires on an All Mountain bike.

The psychology of things simply drives me nuts. Losing a significant amount of weight had to improve something with my ride, right? Or am I just too linear on this? Maybe it just takes its time, maybe I had a really awful riding day… everything is possible. What is clear is that I had been frustrated all day long, instead of being happy about the things I managed to achieve.

50 Days

// January 18th, 2010 // Comments Off on 50 Days // Bloging, Diet, Family

It was a coincident that on the 50th day of my diet we have celebrated my daughter’s third birthday. The change I am going through is significant. I feel much better, energized, not tired, and sharp. My new way of life just makes it better for everyone.

My daughter is a little princess that can make her daddy do anything for her. I am feeling as I am not only doing the right thing for myself, but most importantly for my daughter and for my wife. This feeling is just… great! I am allowing myself to feel good about myself, and this did not happen in a long long time now. It is like I am able to shape my life in a different way all together.

I was traveling this week, it was hard, but I managed to keep myself on course. It was not easy to go into a Starbucks and ask for green tea…

50 days have now passed. I am looking forward for the next major milestone!

6 weeks had passed – 11.2kg/24.6lbs are gone

// January 11th, 2010 // Comments Off on 6 weeks had passed – 11.2kg/24.6lbs are gone // Bloging, Diet, Family, Riding

I must admit that I did not imagine that within the first 6 weeks of my diet I would break the barrier of shedding off my first 10kg. In the last two weeks I felt I lost a lot of weight but I did not know how much. On Saturday I was happy to discover I lost another 3.2kg/7lbs. There is no doubt in my mind that shedding this much weight had and immediate impact over my quality of life. I feel much more energetic. I must say that riding my bike has a lot to it and the improvement with my overall shape is well appreciated.

I am abroad this week and this is the biggest test I currently have with regards to my diet. I must fine a routine that will fit me even when I am away from home.

I am already waiting to get back home. My daughter’s birthday is next week turning to be 3 years old and I cannot wait for that!

A month had gone by

// December 31st, 2009 // Comments Off on A month had gone by // Bloging, Diet

It has been more then a month now since I have decided to change my way of life. From a personal perspective this time of the year greatly helps. It is the end of the year and I haven’t traveled for work in the past five weeks. Next week I am home as well. This had allowed me to build a routine that better fit my needs as well as to spend valuable time with the wife and kid.

8kg/17.6 lbs were lost in the first four weeks of my diet and I have moved from a 15x to a 14x weight (in Kgs). My rides are longer and I feel much more confident on the bike. I like planning a route and more importantly to fully execute it in the outdoors.

My biggest test would be when traveling again, keeping my diet abroad. I know I would need to exercise while away from home, and although I hate walking, it seems the only logical solution to the problem due to the gym availability at the hotels I stay in.

I feel a lot better with myself, more energetic. At last I am putting efforts in enhancing my quality of life and I am extremely happy about this!

Two more weeks went by. Lost 2.2 kg/4.8lbs more

// December 27th, 2009 // Comments Off on Two more weeks went by. Lost 2.2 kg/4.8lbs more // Bloging, Diet

2.2kg/4.8lbs less. And why am I disappointed that much? I know that there is no logical explanation to why did I lose that much now and why did I lose that much then. But I wanted to drop more weight. I wanted to be able to say that I already lost more than 10kg in total. All I can say now I broke the 15xkg marker and my weight is around the 14x kg marker.

Loosing 8kg/17.6lbs in four weeks is not bad at all. I just need to keep at it.

My Diet, Day 20

// December 18th, 2009 // Comments Off on My Diet, Day 20 // Diet

Tomorrow I will be completing three weeks of diet. I must admit it, I though it would be harder. The one thing I find hard, still, is when I am away from home and need to eat. In some places I can find what I need and to keep with my strict attitude. In some places I need to adjust a bit. It does not mean I divert from the cause, it just means I may eat some things I would usually not include with my food (more oil for example, etc.). This weekend I am away with my wife on a SPA resort. Luckily I am able to maintain my diet here.

This week I did not ride. It was a miserable combination of being sick part of the week, and of rain…lots of rain. It seems when I am back I will be able to ride. It simply burns in my veins…

Lost 5.8kg/12.7lbs in two weeks

// December 13th, 2009 // Comments Off on Lost 5.8kg/12.7lbs in two weeks // Diet

Loosing weight gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. This morning I decided to see how much weight did I loose in the past two weeks since I have started my diet – 5.8kg/12.7lbs. I was amazed. I did not expect this to be as much as it turned out to be. I am very happy, and it gave me a huge push going forward.

A significant better well being

// December 12th, 2009 // Comments Off on A significant better well being // Diet, Information

I am not sure what is the exact reason. I am sure that taking the decision of dieting, and being on track with it has a significant impact on my overall feeling. Added to that the fact I am keeping my riding schedule and enjoying cycling more and more. On the past week or so I feel enormously better with myself.

I also feel that I have tuned down a bit, on the positive side. I am more willing to listen, I try to help more at home, I am having a routine I can follow and it helps a lot.

All I can hope is for this feeling to continue.

Day 9

// December 7th, 2009 // Comments Off on Day 9 // Diet

It is day 9 of my diet. Strangely I am feeling just fine. I was sure I would have some issues of being hungry all the time but it seems that once you get used to the stuff you are allowed to eat, you can put yourself on an autopilot. I am using a different technique this time writing what I eat and when. It allows me keeping a better track on everything I eat and drink, limiting the amount of coffee I am consuming for example.

The fact I am not traveling for work this week, and next, allows me to have some sort of a routine of strictly following my diet and riding.

The only downside is that it is raining heavily outside and it does not seem that I will be riding tomorrow morning.

My ride this morning

// December 3rd, 2009 // Comments Off on My ride this morning // Diet

The alarm clock buzzed at 5am and although I went to sleep fairly early yesterday, I could not believe it is time to get up. It took me about 15 minutes to do that. Well you know, it is Thursday already, getting closer and closer to the end of the week.

This was also reflected outside. See, when you ride around your neighborhood you get to see the usual suspects. Those that run, walk, walk with their dog, etc. Today they were at minimal presence. Usually you would see those getting outside after 6am in the morning. Today we had the weekend effect.

The good thing for me was that my pace was good and far better then my other ride this week and that I covered more distance (12.5km/7.7mile).

The diet is just fine, and except for putting too much soy sauce in my food last night I manage to hack it.