Loser on a Bike: Week 9

   What a week! I was determined to get back on the right track and wound up taking a different track…I’ll explain.


   I know that there are ups and downs, big weeks and plateaus when it comes to weight loss, but my gain last week just hit me the wrong way. Mainly because I knew it wasn’t merely a plateau, it was my fault for eating too much of the wrong things. The blame can be placed squarely on my shoulders. Up to this point, I haven’t really been on a “diet”. I have just been watching portion size as well as trying to make good choices…I guess you could call it a moderation diet. However I have been reading a lot in the last month or so about the Paleo Diet.  I actually read the book a while back and it intrigued me, but I had reservations about it. Especially while riding a lot. I just couldn’t imagine not having my oatmeal before a ride and cliff bars/sports drink during. With my setback last week, I went in search of more information. I found that Joe Friel had co-authored a book with Dr. Loren Cordain entitled “The Paleo Diet For Athletes”. I hadn’t seen this book before, so it really piqued my interest. Neither of the two closest Barnes and Noble’s had it and it wasn’t available as a Nook book. I found it as a Kindle book on Amazon, so I went ahead and bought it (after which I stripped it, converted it and uploaded it to my Nook:)) I decided that I was going to give Paleo a 100% effort for a few weeks to see what happens.


   The weeks workouts were great. I did a strength workout on Monday and Wednesday consisting of my normal body weight exercises, stability ball work and a little upper body dumbbell work. I didn’t do a strength workout on Friday just because I felt like I needed a day off other than stretching. On the bike, I hit the trainer on Tuesday and Thursday with short high intensity spinerval workouts. I actually got off work a little bit early on Wednesday, so I headed out the door and got in a nice 16 mile recovery ride. When Saturday rolled around, there were thunderstorms in the morning, but they moved out by the afternoon. I got suited up and headed out with the goal of just getting a very slow 2 1/2 to 3 hours in the saddle. I also wanted to keep my heartrate low which wound up being a big challenge. I wound up doing my normal 16 mile loop twice. The first lap went well enough although the wind was crazy and just continued to build as the ride went. The second lap started off well enough, but about 8 miles from the house, I was bonking. I just kept turning the pedals over the best I could to get back to the house. How did I bonk in just 24-25 miles? Well…for breakfast I had a 3 egg omlette with turkey sausage and a chopped up bell pepper and a half an apple. This was about 2 hours before I took off. For the ride I took two large bottles…1 with just water and the other 50/50 with water and Gatorade. In my bag, I took some dried banana that I had dehydrated myself. I tried to stay away from the Gatorade and banana unless I just had to get at it. I never did touch the banana, but I chugged a little of the Gatorade just because I ran out of water in the other bottle. After return, I ate some lean protein and fruit as well as finishing off the water/Gatorade mix. I’m going to have to experiment some more with the pre/during/post ride carb load to figure out what works best for me. I was actually feeling pretty good after recovering for a few minutes and boy did I get some good sleep Saturday night! 


***EDIT – Here are a couple of links if anyone wants more info on the Paleo Diet or Becoming a Better Fat Burner

PDF Cliff notes of The Paleo Diet for Athletes

Blog post by Joe Friel on Becoming a Better Fat Burner


   Sunday morning, I woke up fairly early without an alarm feeling great. I can’t remember the last time I woke up early on my own feeling that good. After my early morning bathroom run I stepped on the scale and wow…303.8. That’s 6.4 lbs down for the week! So far so good.


   I know there is a lot of controversy over low carb diets, but if Joe Friel can recommend a modified paleo diet, then the least I can do is give it a shot for a month to see how it works out. The first week has been a resounding success and I can’t wait to see what happens in week 2.


   Stats for the week:

     Starting weight: 332.2

     Current weight: 303.8

     Loss for the week: 6.4 lbs

     Total loss: 28.4 lbs

     Days tobacco free: 40!


   One thing I didn’t mention was a little run in I had on my Saturday ride. I was about a mile from finishing the first lap. I was fairly low and in my own world just concentrating on the 30 feet in front of me. Needless to say, when this little dude came into focus I nearly wrecked and messed up my chamois all at the same time! After swinging WAY wide, I looped back around for a closer look. Someone had already ran over him and he was no longer with us, but man did he scare the crap out of me:)