Cycling Slimdown Update – 1 Month Recap and Results

Anna & I have just completed the first 28 days of our weight loss challenge! It hasn’t been as rough as we thought it would be, for two reasons:

1)  Diet- we are better educated on food choices (keeping a food journal is extremely helpful).  Avoiding fast food restaurants altogether allows us the flexibility to eat that small piece of cake every once in a while.  We both eat at restaurants 5 times a week, and can still manage to pick out the healthy options.

2)  Excercise- Anna works out about 5-6 times a week, and I work out 4-5.  We are one with our bikes, and look forward to riding them.  Heck, our spin class is even exciting when we’re not out of breath!

For the first time in 2 weeks, I took my blood pressure, and was pleasantly surprised by the number last night: 129/78.  I couldn’t believe it, so at 10pm I went to Walgreens and H-E-B to verify.  My “normal” is in the 145/95 range.  I’ve always known my “normal” is not healthy, and always thought that “proper diet and excercise” was just the doctor’s excuse not to give me medicine.

We have participated in the Conoco-Phillips Training rides every Saturday.  These rides get progressively longer and harder over a 13 week period.  3 weeks ago, we started out going 12 miles, and three days ago we completed 36!  By the end of the series, we will be able to complete 60+ within a few hours.  At this rate, the MS 150 will still be challenging, but it is definitely within our reach.

This afternoon, we were interviewed by Rich Lord from Sports Radio 610.  The interview went well, but at the end we had to meet the dreaded scale for the first time in 4 weeks.  With Trainer Mark officiating, we one-by-one looked down at the wretched needle going around the numbers on the scale.  Ok, I am not going to sugar-coat it anymore, or blog on and on (Anna hates my blogs because they’re too long… “a blog should be a little blurb, not paragraphs!  Wayne, people don’t want to read everything that goes through your  mind!”)  So, to spare Anna and everyone else from reading my long paragraphs and other nonsense, here’s how we fared:

Anna — 259 lbs.  Weight loss of 11 lbs.

Wayne — 253 lbs.  Weight loss of 17 lbs.

We are well on the road to success, and look forward to continuing this Cycling Slimdown Challenge.  We want to once again thank Sun & Ski Sports for offering us the opportunity of a lifetime, and the hopes of extending our lives by decades!