Gained 2 pounds. UGH! Really, I hate scales. Funny thing is, my clothes are looser. I know, I know: muscle weighs more than fat, yada yada. However I did not do much biking last week because of my fall injuries and just never could back on track from when we went to Florida. On top of that I was not following my usual “diet” of no red meats (except for the occasional indulgence) and not consuming as much veggies as I had been. Now that things have settled back down I think I can get back in to a routine.
AND, I was still getting used to the clipless pedals and shoes. My average went down as well as my endurance. It’s been a very frustrating week. But I can’t give up, I’m too invested and don’t have any really large clothes left because I cleaned out my closet and vowed we would not go back. So onward and upward!
Those of you that know me know I have taken a whole “lifestyle” approach to this. Not a fad or Weight Watchers, but lots of reading and *ahem* common sense. I think we all know what is good and bad for us- I know I do, but living in south Louisiana where food is something we discuss while eating our meals and always talking about what our next meal is going to be plus frying anything that doesn’t move for 3 seconds, well it’s hard to make those choices. But as I am learning, most of the food we love here is not BAD for us, it is actually good for us. Seafood is lean by nature and does not have the effects of red meat (don’t get me wrong, I like a good steak). But our preparation of such delicacies are usually what trips us up- fried, smothered in butter, and don’t forget “the dip”- that ketchup/ mayo combination that we dip our seafood and potatoes in. And tarter sauce, and did I mention butter? And of course French bread to go with that butter…
So I now look for boiled and broiled seafood when I can or I prepare it that way at home. And I have replaced the mayo heavy “dip” with cocktail sauce IF I feel I have to dip it in something. I’ve been trying to stay away from bread, another weakness. I mean how can you pass up a crusty french bread loaf slathered in real butter? I used to serve bread as a side when I just didn’t feel like dealing with a dinner of a protein and 2 sides. Yep, I’m lazy too. I still keep some bread for those resistant to lifestyle changes but I just don’t eat it anymore. But the butter…that’s another story.
In all of the reading I’ve been doing – and trust me, there is so much information out there about good and bad and you can find equally convincing information for the opposite of every article you read!! It will make your head spin! So how to decide? That’s where common sense comes in. Processed = added chemicals. Chemicals can’t be great for you, if they were we would be a society of uber-sexy super models instead of constantly battling the bulge. So cut out processed as much as possible. Let’s face it, you probably can’t cut it ALL out but we can certainly weed a lot of it out. Which brings me back to butter. Have you read your margarine label? Yikes! So we use butter, because butter is milk and salt and as long as we stick to portion sizes we should be good. And the handy thing about butter? The package has portion sizes marked: win-win! Every thing we need to exist is on the outside aisles of the grocery. And has less sodium and calories.
So this was kind of my pep talk to get back to where I was. Putting down miles tomorrow, and hopefully bringing my average back up. They striped the levee path last week- so everyone has a guide now to stay on their own side 😉 I only hope they cut down the weeds by the diversion- I am scared to death of rounding the corner and hitting someone or something!
Oh, and does anyone have any suggestions for headphones I can wear while riding? I’ve been looking at the bone conduction ones because you can hear outside noise too- a handy thing when you’re on a bike. Anyone have any experience with these?