Almost pleased…

Tonight was gym night, and I did not fail in my efforts to go to the gym. Go me! Afterwards I biked home up the hill, which was a lot easier today than it was when I did the same thing after the gym last monday. I’m very happy about this. I was, however, winded by the time I got home. Now that I’ve showered and helped with the making of dinner, however, I actually feel like I have a lot of energy. I guess it’s starting to work, this whole ‘being active’ thing.

Except I have yet to lose even the tiniest bit of weight. That part I don’t really get – I’m eating less, I’m eating healthier, I’m going to the gym two days a week, mountain biking once a week and riding my bike up a hill home from work 4 or 5 times a week. Shouldn’t I have lost something?

I guess I will have to be happy with the fact that I feel a lot more energetic, and I’m not having too much trouble riding up the hill every night after work – it gets easier every time. The fact that it’s so easy to ride to work in the morning (all downhill, takes me less than ten minutes,) I think is the major part of why I’ve managed to ride consistently. If I had to go uphill in the mornings, I’d never do it. I don’t like mornings.

I got a butter chicken recipe from a girl at work that I hope to try on Friday. Yes, I know butter chicken doesn’t really fall into the ‘healthy low-fat foods’ thing I’m doing, but Friday is the day we do dinner with friends, and it’s nice to make interesting things when we do that. They are often healthy meals, but sometimes I just want to go overboard. And butter chicken is one of my favourite dishes of all time.

4 Comments

  • artyste

    May 16, 2006 at 3:39 am

    Not necessarily. You could be adding muscle weight.

    It’s inches you should be concerning yourself with.

    • bgrice

      May 16, 2006 at 4:09 am

      Ya. That is what Shar keeps teling me when I am complaining that I am not losing enough 🙂

  • theoldmac

    May 16, 2006 at 5:49 am

    muscle weighs more than fat, so while you’re burning some fat, you’re also building a lot of muscle. Hence the lack of weight loss. What you should really be looking for is definition and tone. That will be the first place to notice change.

    Also, to really lose weight and burn fat, you have to hit a peak aerobic heart rate for an extended period of time. You’ll get there soon. The increased energy you’re feeling right now will translate into spending more time being aerobically active. That is, not casual bike rides but full out sprints for hours at a time.

    Your progress is so encouraging though. I’m getting back into running myself now because I’m starting to grow a spare tire on the midsection. Gotta cut it off before it gets out of hand.

    Keep it up… your awesomeness is contageous!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 16, 2006 at 6:15 am

      Mountain biking is in no way casual. It’s usually one to two hours of hard downhill riding for the trails we do with uphill either on roads or trails at the end or beginning to get to them.

      The riding to and from work is more casual, although it’s a good half hour of uphill only on the way home. Which tonight came after 45 minutes at the gym. I’m not dead yet, however.