Hot Enough For You Tuesday

Biking Update

It isn’t even remotely close to full summer heat and humidity but the heat got to me for the first time yesterday on my bike ride. I was soaked in sweat by the time I got home. I need to get a water bottle next time I hit Wal-Mart because I was drained by the time I got back to my apartment.

My legs were a bit wobbly even after two days rest, but thankfully the wind wasn’t too harsh. It wasn’t easy but it also wasn’t blowing full gale force at me.  I think I probably should avoid mid afternoon rides at peak heat. From now on it should be early morning or right before dusk.

I did get my distance ride in for the week while the wind was slightly subdued.

Road Marker 590 – 16.4 Miles

Weight Statistics


Another bump up. Not even sure how that happened because I ate my normal meal plan and I must have sweat 5 or 6 gallons on my ride so I am perplexed and aggravated by the increase this morning.

Only good news is that Cad has been racing a lot lately so he has been eating tremendous amounts of calories to keep his energy up for his bike races. So I still have a lead on him to 185 but it has shrunk.

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – Red beans and sausage

Lunch – Hamburger patty, cheese slice and salad

Dinner – Tuna with avocados

Snack – Red beans

Calories – 1200

Once the beans run out I am done with them and back into full-blown low carb Atkins induction. I’m sick of all this maintaining weight. I want to get the last 17 pounds off so back into full-blown induction I will be headed as soon as my current supplies run out.

Tip Of The Day

Managing frustration is a key to success on a long-term diet but I am not really sure how to do it. 😛

I really was expecting a nice bounce down today. I thought most of the weight gain was water weight, so I figured I would be able to drop this weight quickly. I guess not. I really thought the long bike ride would put a dent in the weekend gain,  but nope, it didn’t happen.

Frustration can lead to the end of a diet. When you get really angry and frustrated with the scale and your progress you need to take your mind off the diet the best way you can think of. No not eating the entire Chinese buffet. You need to find a way to get rid of that frustration without eating.

Crank your favorite music up, watch your favorite movie, pick up a book, go for a walk, go shopping, anything. Just don’t sit around cranky and frustrated.  You need to have several activities that you enjoy that don’t revolve around eating.

You also need to have a way to vent anger and frustration when it hits. I am doing it right now on this blog and I also will be venting a bit later on another site.

We also need to be realistic when trying to manage frustration. I really shouldn’t be too frustrated. I ate way too much this past weekend. All of the food was heavy on the sodium and I didn’t work out at all, so I should expect a weight gain with some stubborn pounds. I really don’t have much right to be too frustrated.

So find ways to vent steam and activities to lessen your frustration but we also need to look at what caused the weight to stick or go up to determine if we even should be frustrated.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

The Grumpy Man

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  1. You are doing fantastic! Try not to be hard on yourself, you are an incredible inspiration. : )

    • Oh I’m not beating myself up too much. The whole reason this diet has worked is because I haven’t beat myself up much when I cheat a bit.

  2. Hey Grumpy,

    the heat is killer on a ride when you are building up. You are doing well.

    A few tips from the peanut gallery–from lessons learned the hard way:
    ~You will need to get a sports drink if you ride for 45 min to an hour.
    ~If you ride over an hour you may need to take an ensure with you one for every hour you ride over an hour. That won’t count as water though.
    ~You will be better off with some type of sport drink than plain water– salts can get to low and send your body into distress. I divide mine up–cut the drink in half with water.
    ~being diabetic I can’t do much of the sport drink until I have gone over 2 hours so I really dilute it and add in a touch of crystal light to make my body think it is getting food–It will release energy if thinks it is getting food. I take two 24oz bottles on rides. ~~~If you get behind on water it can take a week to get your balance back.
    ~Also, lately I take small cans of regular sodium v8 and that has been perfect for keeping me full of power for the ride.

    Keep your chin up man YOU ARE DOING GOOD! 🙂

    • Thanks. Doh! Went to Walmart 2 times today and forgot to get a water bottle and rig. 😛

      I think the most important tip is not to ride the stupid bike at the peak heat hour. 😀

      Morning or dusk from now until September.

  3. Agree with Beth, don’t be too hard on yourself! You’re doing great 🙂

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