Haven't posted here lately... time for some updates!
I neglected to post a weigh-in update last week... So for those who didn't catch it on my blog or elsewhere, here is what I wrote about it last week:
May 2nd, 2012. The scale reports I've lost exactly 5.0 pounds since my last weigh-in two weeks ago. This puts my weight at 321 pounds and my total weight loss at 165 pounds. Once again, as has been the trend for a while now, I fell slightly short of my goal of losing 1% of my body weight per week. This time, however, this now puts me slightly below my goal of 1% per week as measured from February 8th, which is when I first set that as a goal. How slightly? 0.56 pounds! In the twelve weeks since Feb. 8th I've lost 40 pounds and spent most of that time ahead of my goal. Seeing how my weight loss in that time has been mostly effortless I believe the goal of 1% of my body weight per week is not only reasonable, but quite doable. Therefore I will continue forward with that same goal! I much preferred being slightly ahead of my goal though, so will put in a bit of effort and see if I can steer it that direction over the next two weeks!
Things I am trying to do to "steer" my weight loss a bit higher are:
I'm intentionally eating more greens and raw vegetables. I have found that I simply do not desire these things at dinner time. Even if they're available, dinner is all about the starches for me, with some cooked veggies added in. But I have also found that I don't mind eating them earlier in the day. So that's what I'm doing. Greens and raw veggies earlier in the day, which means fewer oats and fewer leftover starches.
I'm increasing my exercise. I had backed off of it because of arthritis issues, and doing so seems to have helped. I only get the "crunch crunch" in my hip if I walk very fast, and I haven't had any "snap, crackle, and pop" in my knee. So now I'm going to increase my exercise a bit, making an effort not to overdo it so I don't bring back those problems.
Yesterday I went for a trike ride. I pushed myself hard and had my best time ever!! I did the uphill half of the 15 mile ride in 56 minutes, shaving 9 minutes off my last best time and 24 minutes off my time a few months ago, when I first timed myself. Awesome is the only word I have for how I felt! I actually passed people on the return trip! Not bad for a fat guy on a monster heavy trike!