Monday, September 1, 2014

Day 912/WEEK 130-Moving forward...slowly this week.

Day 912/WEEK 130
Start Weight: 365.4lbs
Last Week’s Weigh-in: 349.8lbs
Current Weight: 350lbs
This Week’s Weight Loss: +0.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 15.4lbs
To Go: 140lbs

Weekly Bike Mileage
Mon: 10.73
Tue: 9.94
Wed: 0
Thu: 0
Fri: 0
Sat: 0
TOTAL: 20.67

Total Miles Biked: 3105.52
Miles to Go: 4394.48

Current Goal:
I am only focused on getting to 339.9lbs

TODAY:
This week got off to a great start…then I got sick. My wife and daughter have been sick and they kindly gave it to me. Good Ole Cold.

I took 3 days off work and tried to rest. I missed getting on my bike, but felt week, and knew I’d probably over-do it. Oh well at least I got on the bike.

Lets see if I can get some good miles in this week, and try and eat better.

This is a short entry. I will continue to check in.

Have a great week!


Don

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 905/WEEK 129-Back on track

Day 905/WEEK 129
Start Weight: 365.4lbs
Last Week’s Weigh-in: 352lbs
Current Weight: 349.8lbs
This Week’s Weight Loss: 2.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 15.6lbs
To Go: 139.8lbs

Weekly Bike Mileage
Mon: 4.95
Tue: 2.12
Wed: 10.11
Thu: 8.05
Fri: 0
Sat: 0
TOTAL: 25.23

Total Miles Biked: 3084.85
Miles to Go: 4415.15

Current Goal:
I am only focused on getting to 339.9lbs

TODAY:
Those numbers at the top (Day/Week) sure make it seem like I’ve been doing this forever. I am going to just say this once, and then LET IT GO (gee sounds like a Disney tune): I am really ticked off at myself for having gone so far last year, and then letting most of my progress disappear!!! CRAP!!! DANG IT!! SHOOT! Sorry for all the expletives! ;)

I am where I am, and I realize “I” made the choice to stop exercising and to stop eating better over the past year! Today I weighed in at 349.8lbs. The lowest recorded weight I’ve been during this challenge was 271lbs back in July of 2013,…just about a year ago. So I’ve put on almost 80 pounds in a year! WOW!! Maybe I should rename my blog 410 Again! Yes, I’ve been beating myself up. It’s okay…that is what life is all about…making mistakes, and turning around and correcting them...and doing better.
I think what‘s really gotten annoying for me is the constant talking in my head over the past year of how I should or shouldn’t be eating this or that…that I should be riding my bike…that I would feel so much better it I did this or that..and that I could be doing this today if I had been doing that yesterday! When you know where you’ve been and where you could be right now, that’s one of the most frustrating things ever. I could literally be at 210lbs right now had I kept fighting for that number over the past year. Again, I made the choice, I am accountable, and what’s most important is, that I recognize it, and am actively doing something about it again! OKAY…Enough of the beating myself up.

Before I tell you how this week went, I will tell you, I’ve made a few changes to the blog…

I have revised my stats layout at the top of the page so that it’s easier to write and read quickly. I was sharing where I was geographically on the map and once I got a couple of thousand miles out in the Pacific Ocean, it just seemed to get a little boring. Also, I am still shooting to ride my bike 7500 miles. Initially when I started the challenge, I calculated how far Japan was from my house here in Salt Lake City using my finger and a Google map. I came up with 7500 miles. The idea was that I would virtually ride my bike the distance from my house to Mount Fuji. But, come to find out, using your finger to measure distance on a computer screen can be very inaccurate. The actual distance is 5500 miles. Oh well, what’s an extra 2000 miles? J

This coming week (Aug 25-27), marks the 1st anniversary of my bike ride from downtown Tokyo to Mount Fuji, and then my hike to the top of that big mountain. This week I took some time to gather all the pictures from the Japan trip and published them in a 100-page photo book from Picaboo.com. It took me a couple of weeks to put it together. That trip to Japan was a big part of my life, and I felt it needed to be documented in a book. It’s mostly a photo book, but I also included all my blog entries from the bike and hike. I share the parts from the book of my bike ride and hike below.

Our family also watched some of the videos from the Fuji trip this past week…my wife tells me I was crazy. As I’ve pondered and reminisced about the entire experience, it just gives me a great feeling. And it actually isn’t too painful to think that I get to work hard, not only over the next year or so, to get to 210 again, but for the rest of my life. Somewhere in the back of my head I think I may do that Tokyo to Fuji bike ride again, and this time, get to the 5th station. I know my daughter wants to climb Mount Fuji, so maybe there will be another hike in the near future. As I ponder it all, I get a happy feeling inside of me…because I did it!

So as I come upon the 1st anniversary of my Mount Fuji ascent, I get back on the path I was on, and vow to not fall off ever again. Does that mean I will not make mistakes? Of course not, however, everyday, I get to be conscious…and be conscious the rest of my life. I have begun writing in my blog again, and will update it every week. This is to hold myself accountable, and to be accountable to all 3 of you out there! ;)

I am not focused on 210lbs today, tomorrow, this week, or next. But I am focused today, tomorrow, this week and next on 339.9lbs. You see, that is the number that represents the most important goal for me right now…to lose 10 pounds, and get out of the 340’s. Then once I am in the 330’s, my next goal will be do to get to the 320’s and so on. If I stay focused on these small goals and wins, it will be easier to celebrate. I can celebrate more often, and have some fun with it.

This week I got back on my bike, and rode to work most of the week. I took Friday off as I could feel my body and legs getting tired. I don’t think I have ever rode a road bike at 350lbs! It sure take s a lot of energy to peddle! It was good to get on the bike, but I’ve been grumbling during the rides. It is not easy. But it’s really cool to know that since I’ve done this hard thing before, that I can just keep pushing through. I know how to do this! I’ve done it before.

Anyway, my butt hurts and the familiar pains I felt when I first started riding a bike have brought back forgotten feelings. When you’re my size, riding a bike can be a little painful. But I know from experience that by the end of next week, the pain will begin to subside.

To celebrate my 1st anniversary of the Fuji ride, I ordered a lot of cake and ice cream! Just kidding!

I look forward to putting in some more miles, and eating better this week! I hope you have a great week yourself.

It’s always great to hear from any of you out there reading the blog. Please drop a note and say hi, and let me know what you’re doing to improve your health!

Don













Saturday, August 16, 2014

I'm Still Alive!

Don't have a heart attack...but I am again writing on my blog! In just a few weeks it will be my first anniversary of climbing Mount Fuji. Believe it or not, I have taken a year off of my exercise and have  lost ground as far as my weight. Currently I weight about 346lbs. I'm not proud to share that with you, but it is the truth. I've done a lot of pondering and thinking about my situation. I know pondering and thinking doesn't help me stay fit, however, I am gearing up for phase two of 210 Again!

I think I am driven by having a goal sitting out in front of me, but I also don't want to overdo it. The biking and climbing Fuji experience was a perfect start for me. I have learned a lot about myself. The two biggest things that I have learned are, 1) I need to have a goal in front of me to keep me focused and 2) I need to learn to create a lifestyle for myself. While I was training for Fuji, I was a bit in overdrive all the time That was good, but for an ongoing lifestyle, I believe I can burn myself out being in overdrive all the time. In fact, that may have been what happened after my Fuji journey.

So, I felt inspired to write today because over the past few weeks I've felt that my first anniversary for climbing Fuji would be a good time to jump back on the bandwagon...or bike... and live again!

I sure have missed the way I used to feel. I've been so tired lately and feeling so lazy. I remember last year I'd get to the end of my day and didn't feel tired at all. But the day to day life now leaves me exhausted...and I'm hardly doing anything.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I got on my bike a few times and it sure felt good. It was like I went to visit a good old friend. I sure miss that old friend and look forward to striking up that relationship again. Also, I have 4440 miles to still bike to have biked the distance from my house to Mount Fuji.

I am also going to sign up for a century ride next Spring. That will give me something to work towards. I'm trying to get my brother to join me on the century.

I will hone back in to writing on this blog. I'm curious if anyone is still out there. I'd love to hear from you. I notice that about every week or so that about 100 views of my page occur. Somebody out there is reading my past blog entries.

Talk with you soon!

Don

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 688-Weigh-in Day: 321.4lbs


WEEK 98
Start Weight: 365.4lbs
Last Week’s Weigh-in: 325.6lbs
Current Weight: 321.4lbs
This Week’s Weight Loss: 4.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 44lbs
To Go: 111.4lbs
Miles Biked over the past week: 17

Total Miles Biked: 3059.62
Miles to Go: 4440.38

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (2220 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands which is 2650 miles from San Diego)

Weekly Bike/Workout Totals
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 0
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 0

TODAY:

Wow, I’ve got the momentum going again! This entire week would be classified as very successful. I ate pretty much on the money (a small slip up on Wednesday evening) and stuck to my protein, veggies and bean regimen. I drank lots of water, and almost got in 5 Indoor bike trainer rides…I got in 4 rides. I was going to just get in 15-minute rides, but did 30 minutes the last couple of days.

I won’t say things have been easy this week, but I will say that having been through this before, it seems easier to jump back in and just do it!

This week, I am going to continue down the path I’m on, only I will get in 5, 30-minute rides! These are small steps, but they are leading in the direction I want to go. I told my wife that I’ve been feeling like I’m making a deposit in my physical body’s bank account. It feels good---like I’m investing in myself again!

It’s been 40 degrees each day this week, almost bike-riding weather. It’s one of the warmest Januarys I remember. I’m hoping that Spring will come sooner than later and that we can jump back on the bike and get some miles in.

I am not shooting for 210 right now. My focus is nailing 299.9 so I can get out of the 300 Club. I am now 21.5lbs away from that!

Not too much to report this week, but at least I had good news for you!

I am so excited that today is my free day!

Have an exciting week. Make it count!

Don

Fed some cute birds recently at the local aviary. That's the most recent picture I have of myself :)


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 681-Weigh-in Day: 325.6lbs


WEEK 97
Start Weight: 365.4lbs
Last Weigh-in: 335.4lbs (I didn’t post this weight last week)
Current Weight: 325.6lbs
This Week’s Weight Loss: 9.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 39.8lbs (Can you believe I was at the 90lbs lost mark?)
To Go: 115.6lbs
Miles Biked over the past week: 0

Total Miles Biked: Will recalculate next week.
Miles to Go: Will recalculate next week.

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (2190 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands which is 2650 miles from San Diego)

Weekly Bike/Workout Totals
Monday: 0
Tuesday: 0
Wednesday: 0
Thursday: 0
Friday: 0
Saturday: 0

TODAY:
This week represents the first full week back on the path per se. Since I got home from Japan, where I biked from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, then climbed Mount Fuji, I pretty much came to a grinding halt in my progress. Actually I not only stopped, but have slid backwards….stop…help!

I got a little discouraged initially, and then quickly realized that the person that stays down, loses. I am not staying down. I’m not proud that I’ve put much of my lost weight back on, but I do have the history, experience, and know how to get back up and get going. I know how I got it off, and know how I will be even more successful this time around.

In fact, I think it’s been a good thing to fall off the wagon, because this is a typical and normal thing to do. But again, I feel that this experience and the never-ending opportunity to move forward and improve is always there…and so I embrace it again. This whole story and experience is about real life. The story is not close to over!

I have decided for the time being to get back on the “slow-carb” way of eating with my “Free Day” on Saturdays. I did it this week. It has worked well for me in the past, and I can improve upon it by preparing my meals in advance and eating them like clockwork. I’ve had plenty of opportunities this week to dive into tempting foods, but I chose not to. This week I finally got the momentum going, which has made for a great week.

GOALS:
This week I am going to get on my bike and ride for at least 15 minutes a day on my indoor trainer. I know that’s not much, but it’s what I am putting out there. As far as eating, I will stick to my protein, veggies and beans. I am hoping to shed 2.5 pounds each week so that by March 29th I can be out of the “300 Club” again. I’m not getting stuck on the setback I’ve had ending up where I am. You’ve heard of spiritual repentance? Well, here’s some physical repentance! ;)

BTW, I have another blog that I am starting up for 2014 that I’ll let you know more about within the next month. It’s another exciting challenge that I’m putting myself up to…and I will also add, putting my brother up to. From the things I have learned, experienced and succeeded with 210Again, I want to throw some more positive energy and passion towards another aspect of my life. I’m not going to tell you what the challenge will be, but I think you will be intrigued by it. Stay tuned.

I’ll be in touch next week! Thank you for continuing to visit my blog despite the setback. But we are back on the “straight and narrow!”

Have a great week!

Don

Monday, December 30, 2013

Accountability!

Hi ya'll. I know it's been a while, in fact I don't even know if anyone out there is still looking at this blog. It'd be cool if you were, but I have to remember that I am doing this for myself.

I must say that biking to and climbing Mount Fuji four months ago seems like a dream...Did it really happen? Apparently it did. I got home and expected there to be a big awards ceremony like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo had at the end of the first Star Wars movie. Well, it didn't happen. I got home and life started lifing. It's like I achieved my goal that I had been looking forward to for so long, and then what was there to do.

Well I let my hair down, stopped eating as good as I had, and didn't ride my bike as consistently as I wanted. It got cold, and I took a break. I also have been pretty involved with responsibility in my church, and after 10 years, was told I don't need to serve in that capacity anymore. So there have ben some big changed in my life.

So it's time to be accountable to all of you and let you know where I'm at. More than ever, I know that at all levels, life is about being accountable. Whether we check in with our selves, our friends, or not, sooner or later, there will be an accounting. This isn't just with weight, it's with our time, our money, our good works, etc. We're not just all running around on earth doing what ever we want when we want to. We get to account for it. It's a natural law. And I'd rather face the facts, deal with it now,  than put them off.

I know what kind of a physical person I want to be, and I admit I'm a beginner in all of this, and I am not at my weight loss goal yet. But, I've got to get back on track, and work towards my goals.

So let me tell you where I am. I'm actually back in the 300 Club again! I know, I know. It's sad, but it's a fact. I don't like it, but I have a choice. And I choose to get back up and head down the road less traveled. My wife occasionally tells me when I'm stuck, "Hey, you climbed Mount Fuji, you can do anything!" With that reality working in my favor, and having done this for almost 2 years, I have a track record that can help me.

Today, I weighed in at 325lbs!

Go ahead, boo me down! I deserve it. It's amazing how in 4 months one can go backwards really quick. Well...it's part of my education. So I learned and now what?

For this week, I challenged myself to get on my road bike trainer for 15 minutes each day. Today, I kept my commitment. I know it's not much, but at this stage, I need to take baby steps back. Next week I'll up the time. I'm recovering from the flu this past week too, so I don't want to overdo it just yet.

So today is about checking in, telling you where I'm at, and being accountable. I know I need to be heading towards something...a goal like Fuji. But I haven't determined what it is. I was challenged by a friend at work to do LoToJa. It's a 206-mile one day bike race that starts in Logan, Utah and ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I can't quite wrap my head around that one yet. I need to put something out in front of me though.

I'll check in on Saturday when I begin my weekly weigh-in's again.

Have a Happy New Year!

Don


Maybe I should trade in the bike for John Deere

My cute daughter



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Time to get going again!

Well, I jumped on my bike a few days ago, the first time since I got off of it on Mount Fuji 2 months ago. I only pedaled 5 miles, but it felt like 20. Its amazing how flabby and out of it one can get in just 60 days. I have been eating what ever I want, and have had no portion control.

I think there is a wall before me that I can't seem to quite climb over at the moment. I keep reaching for the top of it to get a handle on it, but it's just out of reach...dang!

So I guess I am putting my voice out there that I need a little kick in the butt. Anyone want to give me that nudge that I need? I'm usually pretty self motivated once I am humming along down the road and have made progress, but I feel like an old model-T right now that needs someone to help wind me back up and get me going again.

Don

I'm probably 20-30lbs heavier than 2 months ago.