You can’t really appreciate the stress of this morning’s weigh in until you understand what I did this weekend and what I ate. So … I am going to tell you about “The Ride” first.
Mike and I did our longest ride yet, 59 miles. We almost made it to 60; there is a very good reason we did NOT make it to 60 miles, and I will tell you about that later. First, I want to share with you “The Plan.” Just so you don’t think I went off willy nilly, my plan started with Dr. Ard at UAB, and finished up with some add in’s from The Paleo Diet for Athletes, written by Loren Cordan, PhD and Joe Friel, MS. Doctor Ard and the Paleo Athlete book both said that I needed to consume at least 100 calories an hour that I exercised. That is a LOT of food and WAY more than I am used to eating.
2,500 Calories is a HECK of Lot More calories than I am used to taking in ONE DAY. Yep, you read the number correctly. Saturday, I consumed one shake an hour while riding, along with one regular 5 1/2 oz can of V-8 juice, and ONE Whole Wheat Cracker with cheese. I had 5 1/2 24oz. bottles of water during the ride–I stopped counting after that. I added a Beneprotein scoop to two of my water bottles that also had a half scoop of REGULAR GATORADE. I had a banana the night before, and mixed fruit early the morning of the ride with Two OptiFast Shakes (on schedule). I had another banana just before hoping on the bike. You have to understand … I never eat or drink these things. I was beyond NERVOUS about how this would work.
I know it took a lot of prep, but it was worth, AND it was an exciting day — I got to add fruit back into my diet. 🙂
I felt great. Mike ate like I did, and He felt great. We clipped up the hills at 14mph all the way to Cedartown, GA. On our way back, it was downhill, so we made MUCH better time 20mph even in a headwind. We were feeling great, UNTIL we decided we didn’t need to stop for that last meal break. BIG MISTAKE! If we had stopped, we wouldn’t have hit the WALL and would have made it all the way to 60 miles … but no … we didn’t have any idea how much we needed that fuel! We do NOW and will never forget it in the future.
We felt great the next day. It was amazing. We followed these two plans — approved my Doctor — and we didn’t feel like we had the flu. Normally, after a 30 mile ride, it takes two days for me to recover. I was weak, but not like the norm–sick for two days. I can hardly believe it.
Nestle — If you are reading this — GET A copy of the Paleo Diet for Athletes. Make up some GREAT protein shakes that can be taken by athletes — has to be a gold mine in that!! I know it would be amazing to have something so filled with nutrients that would be as easy to cart around as the bricks. I know I will never leave home for another long ride without my premixed drink boxes! Just sayin’. 🙂
Still, I was nervous … how would this affect my weight loss or lack there of. I haven’t even mentioned that I cooked for Easter and ate additional foods that day. YIKES! Would it be like the previous week? Little to no loss? Would I rebound from all the food and head up the scales? I had no idea what to expect. My scales said nothing had moved.
Well … without further ado … Today … I lost 2 pounds! I have now lost a total of 60 pounds on the OptiFast Plan!!!! Since starting with Donna and Loseit.com, I have lost an amazing 68 pounds! Yeah! Baby! While lifting weights, riding hard and LONG, and eating an amazing 2,500 calories in one day. I have to say I am BLOWN AWAY!
AM I Happy? Yeah! It seems we have jumped another hurdle in my weight loss journey. Hyped up exercise and still losing!
Pre weigh 255 41.8
1st weigh 249 I don’t know
2nd weigh 244 40.0
3rd weigh 239 39.2
4th weigh 234.5 38.4
5th weigh 231.5 37.9
6th weigh 227 37.2
7th weigh 223 36.5
8th weigh 218.5 35.8
9th weigh 215.5 35.3
10th weigh Missed
11th weigh 209 34.2
12th weigh 204 33.4
13th weigh Missed
14th weigh 197.5 32.4
15th weigh 197 32.3
16th Weigh 195 32.0
I am going to try and post the mini video I made of the photos of the ride. We shall see if I will be allowed to. 🙂
It won’t … so I have to figure something else out. Booo HISSS!
Hahaha … I just realized I am supposed to be in my Class right now! Think maybe I was excited?? I just left!
I have to say that, while adding food back into my life has been wonderful, the stress of will this work right–am I doing this right tends to wear on your nerves. …. You all have a GREAT DAY! S