Day #30 – March 17, 2017 (‘Road Troubles’)

“No matter how serious life gets, you will consequently need the company of people whom you can completely be stupid with”

My ride was an awesome series of random, unfortunate, and enjoyable events. To kick things off my best friend Isaac showed up around noon ready to ride. Unfortunately, since I haven’t had the time to patch the flat on my wife’s bike, he had to bring his own ride.
In hindsight, we should’ve just picked up a pair of patch kits before heading out, but oh well lol.

We kicked off the ride towards John’s house where he and his brother joined our “adventure”; A ride towards the steepest hill in our area. On the way there we met up with our friend Alex and the crew was complete. The five of us pedaled off into the void ready to handle the hills that were ahead.

It wasn’t but 5 minutes after we met up with Alex, that Isaac’s bike began to act up. The back tire’s cassette was spinning without moving the wheel, causing Isaac to almost fall over, again and again. At first a quick fix-it helped us travel a few miles, but it didn’t last long and we had to head home. While the ride was cut short, it was a fun day filled with shenanigans, hopefully we can do it again this week.

PS. I crossed the lifetime distance of 2000 miles yesterday! So it’s going to be a good day!

Today’s Stats

  • Total Lifetime Distance: 2007 miles | 3229 km
  • Yearly Distance Remaining: 1340 miles | 2156 km
  • Today’s Distance: 10 miles | 16 km
  • Today’s Average Speed: 8 mph | 12 km/h
  • Today’s Total Riding Time:  1 hours 17 minutes
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Mile 610 out of 2017

Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.

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Day #30 – March 17, 2017 (‘New Record’)

“Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen”

 

To start off I’d like to say if you haven’t gotten your bike properly fitted to your body, do so today. I can’t express how much better my bike feels after my complimentary bike fitting at Crazy Cat Cyclery. With that said, my ride yesterday has been my fastest and most comfortable ride up to date.

While I did experience an unexpected flat on my way out, the power and comfort of my new bike fit made up for the loss in time. One last thing I’ve been thinking about starting my own YouTube channel. I haven’t decided on anything yet, but the idea is up in the air. What do you guys think?

Today’s Stats

  • Total Lifetime Distance: 1996 miles | 3212 km
  • Yearly Distance Remaining: 1350 miles | 2172 km
  • Today’s Distance: 36 miles | 57 km
  • Today’s Average Speed: 14.3 mph | 23 km/h
  • Today’s Total Riding Time:  2 hours 30 minutes
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Mile 600 out of 2017

Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.

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Day #29 – March 17, 2017 (‘The Fall’)

“Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen”

Yesterday, for the first time I had the pleasure of riding with a group. It was the most unexpected thing, but as my wife and I rode around our city, my close friend Juan unexpectedly appeared. We tagged along and met up with a few other friends and rode a total of 11 miles up into the most beautiful view our little town has to offer. It was a steady short climb to get to the location but it was worth it.

As the sun set, we sat there reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company. At around 8:00 pm we were ready to call it a night and in a sea of darkness we had to make our way back. As we began to head home the downward slope from our climb made it easy to pedal, and that’s where it happened.

At around 1 mile from our location our roads filled with sand. Most of us got through just fine, but I misread the situation and ran my bike right through a little mountain of sand. As I hit my brakes to reduce my speed, I lost control of my bike and ended, knees first, on the floor. Fortunately, I landed on the sandy hills, so while the hit was unexpected, I was able to get up and keep riding!

P.S. I am going over to Crazy Cat Cyclery  today to get a complimentary fitting! I am both excited and nervous about it, but it’ll be an unforgettable experience.

 

Today’s Stats

  • Total Lifetime Distance: 1959 miles | 3152 km
  • Yearly Distance Remaining: 1386 miles | 2230 km
  • Today’s Distance: 10 miles | 16 km
  • Today’s Average Speed: 9.2 mph | 14.8 km/h
  • Today’s Total Riding Time:  1 hours 11 minutes
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Mile 585 out of 2017

Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.

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Day #28 – March 16, 2017 (‘Friend Riding’)

“Just remember if we get caught, you’re deaf and I don’t speak english.”

Yesterday, I went riding with my best friend and it was unforgettable. We didn’t ride for very long but the scenery made up for the distance. As we both pedaled against the light breeze I couldn’t help but think of how grateful I am to be alive and able to ride my bike.

Today’s Stats

  • Total Lifetime Distance: 1945 miles | 3130 km
  • Yearly Distance Remaining: 1396 miles | 2246 km
  • Today’s Distance: 16 miles | 25 km
  • Today’s Average Speed: 10.3 mph | 16.5 km/h
  • Today’s Total Riding Time:  1 hours 35 minutes

 

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Mile 575 out of 2017

Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.

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Budget Health Issue No. 2

Introduction

Hey guys, after my first Budget Health Issue last week, I am happy to announce that this column will be part of my weekly schedule. Every Thursday I will try my best to bring you the recipes that have helped me lose over 100 pounds in under 6 months. While my dieting has changed now that I’m heading into a competitive cycling weight, it was these recipes that helped me get started.

Man on diet, looking unhappy, plate filled with measuring tape instead of food, diet and eating disorder concept

Cycling and Weight Loss

As I did last week, I will use this section to provide a little advice for those of you who are just starting your weight loss journeys. This week I want to explain the reasons why I believe cycling is the best exercise for weight loss, especially when coming from a high starting weight like me.

Remember while any type of exercise will aid in your weight loss journey, it is dieting that will be the defining factor in your journey and that prior to commencing any exercise program you should check with your physician if it’s the right program for you.

With that said let’s begin…

Cycling in french Alps. France.

Reason #1: Cycling is a low impact activity

I can’t explain in words how bad my knees hurt the few times I tried jogging at a higher weight. The pain was unbearable and while I started to see my body transform, it was impossible for me to jog for longer than 15 minutes. Which was a problem, while I wanted to improve my physique my overweight made it impossible to do so by jogging, so I had to look for an alternative, and in that, I found my passion for cycling.

While it was intimidating at first to get on my bike and ride, cycling provided the one thing I was looking for: no pain. I still remember finishing my first ride of 3 miles and thinking “wow my knees don’t hurt”, encouraging me to keep going. To this day the aches I’ve felt from riding my bike have been minimal and while my bum did hurt like crazy when I got started, it only took a handful of rides to get used to my seat.

Reason #2: Cycling can be used for transportation

Here’s why cycling works so effectively for weight loss. Unlike running, cycling can actually take you places. It can move you from point A to point B relatively quickly, and while your car might be a lot of faster, your bike will allow you to eat a little more the next time you go out to your favorite restaurant.

What I like to do, is every time I have a craving for something I’m not supposed to eat, I bike to a location that sells the item. Allowing me to burn the item of food even before I consume it. For instance, last week I was craving a scoop of rocky road ice cream. So I had my wife meet me at my neighborhood Baskin Robin’s while I biked the whole way there and back. At the end of the day, even with the double scoop of the stuff, I was able to continue my balanced caloric intake.

Reason #3: Cycling is fun

While this reason is  bit biased, it’s hard to deny just how fun cycling can be. From the new perspective on life, to the simplicity in riding and talking with others. Cycling is one of the most interactive and beautiful activities you can perform for weight loss.

At the end of the day, cycling has allowed me to meet wonderful and new people. It has helped me reconnect with old friends and has allowed me to capture every inch of my hometown in a completely new way. Keeping me motivated and pedaling towards a better me.

The Meal

This week, I provide a healthy turkey meatloaf recipe I eat at least once a week. Hope you enjoy!

  • The Meal: Turkey beef meatloaf with a baked potato and two slices of wheat bread with water (or Stevia Kool-aid)
  • Cost: About $3.70 / per serving
  • Caloric Breakdown: 
    • Calories: about 500
    • Total Fat: 10g
    • Carbs: 71g
    • Protein: about 24g

meatloaf

Why It Works…

This meal replacement works because it fills you up while keeping your caloric intake low. The key player here are the yams, they will help you feel satisfied while providing a great source of healthy carbs.

What do you think?

What do you think about my magical turkey meatloaf recipe? What are your dieting secrets? Do you have any recipes you’d like me to try? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

The Bottom Line

Well there you have it guys; the go-to meal of my weight loss transformation. Remember that there is no easy path to greatness, the road is hard and long, but if you travel it, the outcome is amazing.

Next week, we make some awesome soups… from fish to lentils…

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Day #27 – March 15, 2017 (‘The mini vacation’)

“I love my job when I’m on vacation”

As everyone knows, I’ve been down in the dumps lately but yesterday I finally caught a break from all the bullshit in my life. We rented a hotel room in town to spend the day. I biked there in the morning and spent the whole day enjoying the warmth of the sun pool-side. It was fun and relaxing to escape the routine that my life has become lately.

P.S. If you haven’t tried this, I suggest you do so sometime soon and change up the pace of your everyday life.

Today’s Stats

  • Total Lifetime Distance: 1928 miles | 3102 km
  • Yearly Distance Remaining: 1412 miles | 2272 km
  • Today’s Distance: 21 miles | 33 km
  • Today’s Average Speed: 12.4 mph | 19.95 km/h
  • Today’s Total Riding Time:  1 hours 43 minutes
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Mile 570 out of 2017

Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.

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Day #26 – March 12, 2017 (‘A troublesome ride’)

“Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams”

 

Last night I rode with a close friend and had a blast. Although, everything that could go wrong did, it was one of the most relaxing rides I’ve had in a long a time. Comes to show, that all you need is good company to turn a bad night into an unforgettable one. On another note, I also crossed over the 1900 mile lifetime barrier, so that has me feeling amazing this morning!

Today’s Stats

  • Total Lifetime Distance: 1903 miles | 3062 km
  • Yearly Distance Remaining: 1433 miles | 2306 km
  • Today’s Distance: 20 miles | 32 km
  • Today’s Average Speed: 11 mph | 17.7 km/h
  • Today’s Total Riding Time:  1 hours 52 minutes
friend
Mile 560 out of 2017

Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.

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