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Week Two Recap

After week one’s success i figured it would be hard to match.

Week two started off in pretty intense heat, at least by Seattle standards. Temperatures in the mid to high 80’s all week long made for a sweaty mess. The skies though were clear which made getting workouts in even easier and I was able to persevere through the heat have a solid week this week. The good weather tapered off though late in the week and ended in some rain showers and lower temps.

Exercise-wise I started off the week still in recovery mode as my body was revolting against my 40 mile ride on Saturday. My body put on about 4 pounds of weight in the next couple of days in response to the ride. It’s pretty disheartening to see the scale go up so much after you put out that much effort, but I trusted that it was water retention and my body would recover from the abuse I just dealt it. I drank a lot of water and just stayed consistent with my eating and slowly over the next couple of days the added weight went away and I hit another low of this recent two week trek.

This week I got in 8 cycling rides. All fairly short and all commutes to or from work. This nets be about 7-8 miles per day.

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Change Only Happens When You Want It To

"Change will only happen when you want it to". Something i have heard from so many people in the past and it’s an enormously frustrating thing to hear. Especially when you don’t understand what the saying is really getting at. Of course I want to change. I don’t want to struggle financially, or be overweight, or stuck at a job I hate. Today, I had a simple experience that made this statement become pretty clear and thought I would share.

Change will only happen when you want it to

I was walking through the kitchen at the office and today was the last day for one of my fellow employees. As is pretty customary she brought in all sorts of goodies on her last day. Cupcakes and a few loafs of some sort of sweet bread we splayed out over the table.

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What you eat in private you wear in public.
Vivid Seattle on Flickr.

A panoramic photo of the other nights vivid Seattle sunset.

Vivid Seattle on Flickr.

A panoramic photo of the other nights vivid Seattle sunset.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
Fred Devito

Week One Recap

The week was short, starting on Wednesday but it has been an awesome one. The weather in Seattle has been amazing with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s and clear skies all week long. I got in a run and a lot of miles on the bike and am still feeling really great energy wise. The scale is moving quickly in the right direction as well, so it’s been really easy to keep with it and keep up a positive attitude to the whole process.

My eating continues to be pretty spot on with no big slip ups so far despite some temptations here or there including some cupcakes the other day at the office. I have increased my water intake a lot which has meant many trips to the bathroom per day, but helps keep my hydrated and full while on a bit of a restricted diet. Given this heat we are having in Seattle it’s pretty important to drink a good amount of water.

Saturday Morning Ride

Saturday we rode 40 miles starting in Issaquah, WA and circling Lake Washington to the North, then returning South into Seattle primarily using the Burke Gilman trail.

The ride was probably longer than I should have bitten off considering the heat and lack of training for that distance, but it was good. With a calculated 4806 (likely wildly inaccurate) calories burned it was worth the effort. I came out of the ride pretty unscathed aside from a little bit of sunburn from the searing 90 degree heat.

Big Loss in Week One

My starting weight last week which started on Wednesday was 210 pounds. At the end of the work week I hit the scales at 205.8 pounds! A loss of 4.2 pounds in only a few days! I don’t expect that to continue nor is that normal. I know this from my previous experience, so I suspect that’s mostly water and the pounds will likely start coming off in increments rather than multiples. Later in the week following my 40 miles cycling my weight was up a bit not only because of recovery but also because of eating some salty food. I expect that to go away over the next couple of days.

For now though, I celebrate the loss and use it to motivate me to keep pushing forward.

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Beautiful clouds tonight on the walk with Breezy! (at Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park)

Beautiful clouds tonight on the walk with Breezy! (at Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park)

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