Here's what happened last week:
I learn something new each week. This week, I learned a bit about pre-race eating. I posted a weight gain last Monday, because I basically overate proteins before my race, then under-ate during the race. It left me feeling terrible for the next few days. I felt better by mid-week. By the weekend, I felt great. I also learned that my new veg/fruit heavy diet is extremely low in fiber. That can cause...problems.
Food: I guess I've already written about this in previous weigh-in posts...refer to them or let me know. Essentially, this junk and fast-food junkie now eats about 1,700 calories per day...mostly fresh food, not much from a box. It's easier than it sounds. Will add black beans, some "double-fiber" bread and metamucil to improve that.
Liquids: Tons of water, quite a bit of the Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus. This keeps it all moving and energy levels up. Coffee everyday.
Exercise: I went with my kids and their friend on a short Saturday ride of about 8 miles. I tried to run at a higher cadence to make it more of a workout and was pleased that they pushed themselves this distance.
Confessional: Nothing major here. At my company conference, I did enjoy some cake and in a weak moment, had several of those little Hershey's chocolate bite-size bars. But then I got right back on plan at my next meal and ate lighter for the next day. I think that these things will happen and are even normal. The trick that I am learning is to enjoy what I eat in smaller portions, and when I exceed calories at any given meal, just dial it back fast on the next meal.
I am grateful to all of you for the encouragement and wanted to especially thank Mike from TucsonVelo.com. More on that in a future post. He has an amazing story to tell.
My Goals for this Week:
- Establish new goals for May.
- Maintain an avg daily calorie budget of 1,700 or less
- Exercise at least 3 times this week (walking, cycling or stepping). (Thanks for the challenge, Mike). Also, do some weights. I will start logging my exercise soon.