Day 5: Winter weather and good books

8 01 2010

With snow still on the ground here in Kentucky and the temperature hovering around 19 degrees, it’s perfect weather for reading books. I’m currently reading the last book in the “Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse” series that the HBO “TrueBlood” show is based on. I’ve been engrossed in the series of books since I started them in August. They’re impossible to put down. I’d highly recommend the books if you’ve not read them yet.

As far as cycling books go, and aside from the one that I mentioned on Day 2, the first cycling book I read is the one I credit for sparking my interest in cycling: “Every Woman’s Guide to Cycling: Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike to Winning Your First Race” by Selene Yeager (Bicycling Magazine’s Fit Chick). I bought it this past Spring just before buying my first road bike. At just over 300 pages, I devoured this book in a few days (which is pretty quick for me).

The book covers almost everything: descriptions of various bike types, how to get a proper bike fit, how-to tips on bike handling, how to train and much more. It was well-written and included useful information for cyclists of all ages and all skill-levels.

Various training plans are included in the book. Some are focused on year-round training; other plans focus on weight loss, century training or racing. Each plan is explained in detail, but in layman’s terms so no matter what your skill level, there’s something for everyone. Between this book and the long-distance one I mentioned earlier, I hope to be well on my way to my 100-mile ride before this year is over.

Before I sign off for tonight, I discovered a small payoff from my healthier eating this week . . . this morning when I stepped on the scale I’d lost 2 pounds, bringing today’s starting weight to 151. I’ve got a long way to go to lose the other 23 to reach my goal, but every little bit gets me that much closer.

Today’s food journal:

— Whole wheat organic english muffin = 134 cal.
— 2 Tablespoons of Nutella (which I just “discovered” yesterday – MAN, that stuff is GOOD!) = 160

— Turkey sandwich on whole wheat = 360
— Salad = 22
— Fat-free ranch dressing = 33
— Diet Coke = 2

— 1 apple = 95
— 1 small package of pretzels = 230

Dinner at a local restaurant – Ditto’s (no idea on calories, but it’s from their low-fat menu):
— Baked chicken breast with couscous and a small salad with raspberry viniagrette dressing
— Diet Coke
— 1 dinner roll with butter

Maybe tomorrow the scale will have an even better number than today! Thanks for reading. See you tomorrow.




3 responses

8 01 2010

I’ll give the Southern Vampire series a look. Thanks!

11 01 2010

Nutella rocks! I am going to have a look at the series too, thanks for the tip!

13 01 2010

They’re great books. Once I start one, I have a hard time putting it down. If you read them, let me know what you think.

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