I’m rapidly approaching an important milestone, dropping 10 of my 30 pound weight loss goal, but it’s getting to be somewhat hard going. I can’t say that I’ve plateaued yet, but I’ve been hovering in the low 230’s for a few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining here. I’m damn happy to have lost what I’ve lost and I feel much better than I have in years. Plus my jeans are getting loose.
I have been putting in a lot of miles lately on the bike – about 65-75 per week – which is a lot for me. In January, I rode a paltry 12.9 miles – one ride. It wasn’t even cold this year, but I was in a real funk. February was a bit better at 25.8 miles (two rides, still in a funk). In the month of March, things turned around – or rather I turned them around – I hit 197 miles. As of today I’m at 113 for the month of April. My year to date total mileage is 323 miles on the bike. Not bad, considering last year I only pulled 899 miles for the year and didn’t even get on the bike until April.
As my cycling has kicked up, so has my appetite. I’m trying to do all the right things, fueling up before the ride with some real good complex carbohydrates. Drinking plenty of liquids packed with electrolytes on the bike. Eating a combination of protein and carbs post ride. And still I’m finding it difficult to drop additional pounds.
It has occurred to me that I might be packing on muscle weight in place of fat – a thought that I kind of like – but I’m not sure that’s what’s going on.
My typical daily intake on the days that I ride follows. My rides are between 60 and 90 minutes long usually at a pace of 14-17 miles per hour.
1/2 cup of non-fat greek yogurt
1/2 cup of granola
1/2 cup blueberries
1 Tbsp honey
Salad and 3-4 ounces of lean protein (chicken, fish, turkey)
1 oz of cheese
1 banana drizzled with 1 Tbsp honey
Orange or Apple
1 cup of milk
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
4-6 oz lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey)
vegetable (green beans, carrots, spinach, etc)
1 Tbsp olive oil
So the question comes up, am I not eating enough before the ride? Am I not eating enough after the ride? Are the beers killing me?
I’m doing the weight watcher’s program and I have a very difficult time staying within the daily points allotment on days I ride, but that’s supposed to be okay cause I get points for the exercise and I stay within them.
I’d welcome advice in the comments.