Day 1: Let the fun begin

4 01 2010

The first day of the project didn’t start out quite as I’d planned. First of all, I’m not a morning person. Despite that, I set my alarm for 5:15 with the plan to get up early, work out and have plenty of time left to walk the dog then come home and get ready for work.

The morning workout was derailed by the fact that I only got about two hours of sleep last night. I fall asleep with no problems every night of the week . . . except Sundays. (I’m sure that has nothing to do with my sleeping until almost noon on weekends). Since I was still awake at 3-something this morning I reset my alarm. “Screw the workout – I’ll do it tonight.” The perfect way to start a New Year’s resolution, right?

The diet gods were still mocking me as the morning continued: the clasp/fastener thing on my favorite pair of khakis popped off as I got dressed for work. That’s alway good for the self-esteem. I know I’ve gained weight in the last couple years, but it’s not THAT much. And it can’t be just a regular button. No, it’s some metal clasp thingy that ripped out of the fabric. A button I could sew back on. This thing I have no idea what to do with. But I am NOT buying new clothes until I lose weight.

I probably forgot to mention that my girlfriend and I eat meals out all the time. Neither of us is a fan of cooking, so our dinners usually consist of local restaurants (but not fast food) most nights. Another part of this project is to cook at home and allow ourselves one night out per week. This morning, I measured out my food portions for breakfast and lunch today, so the food part of Day 1 went better than expected. And I passed up the holiday candy in the breakroom at work today (that’s normally not like me at all – one co-worker expressed surprise and asked if I was feeling ok). Here’s today’s food journal (using the LoseIt app for my iPhone):

Breakfast:
— fat free organic yogurt = 140 cal.
— 1 cup granola = 280 cal.

Lunch:
— Lean Cuisine tortilla encrusted fish = 330 cal.
— Jello fat free pudding cup = 60 cal.
— apple (medium) = 95 cal.

Snack:
— 2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios = 240 cal.

Dinner @ one of our favorite restaurants:
— Gnocchi with olive oil, garlic, spinach, onion and green peppers = no idea how many calories, but hopefully not too bad.

Exercise:
— 15 minutes on the bike rollers tonight for 2.5 miles. Since I’ve hardly been on my bike at all in the past three months, I’m kind of starting over, but at least it’s something. To track my cycling workouts, I use the Cychosis app.

So I survived Day 1. Today’s starting weight: 153. Hopefully Day 2 starts out a little better tomorrow.

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4 responses

5 01 2010
Teena

I wish I could do something like this. You are awesome! I’m rooting for ya!

5 01 2010
cyclingproject365

Thanks Teena! I hope to start seeing a payoff soon! 😉

5 01 2010
Ann Coyle

Wow. I am, momentarily at least, inspired by your commitment. I don’t think I could make that many changes all at once. I’m a one step at a time person. I hope you will keep it up even if you have “slippage” days. I wish you success and good health.

5 01 2010
cyclingproject365

I’m not sure I can either, Ann, but I’m going to try. I appreciate your support.

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