After going nuts over the summer, I’m hitting the diet and exercise hardcore. I’m one week in and this is update #1.
I let myself go a little bit over the summer. Even on a 400-mile bicycle ride, it’s hard to stay strong when pie and cake are stalking you at every corner:
Now that I’m back at home, the temptations are gone. In our refrigerator, we have lettuce, tofu, and broccoli. I also have mountain roads, kettlebells, and other weight equipment to help pay my penance for pie.
Week 1: Down 6 Pounds
Week 1 was mostly successful. I ate better and squeezed in exercise between breaking up sibling fights and fixing a bad air conditioning unit.
- Weight loss: My weight dropped. Really dropped. I lost 6 pounds in a week. Under normal circumstances, this would be alarming. However, most of the loss is probably water. I was stuck in a car two days prior to starting this fitness challenge, chugging Diet Mountain Dews the whole way.
- Resting heart rate: Resting heart rate is an important measure of cardiovascular fitness. The stronger your heart is, the less it has to beat. I measure my resting heart rate with a FitBit Blaze. It dropped all the way from the mid-60s down to 60. I’m not sure what’s behind this, but I’ll take it.
What Didn’t Work
- Ketosis: A keto diet involves cutting out all carbohydrates which forces your body to burn fat as its primary fuel source. I’ve done a keto diet before and the weight dropped off. I measure ketone levels with a blood tester and 1.5 mmol/liter is the goal. It took me until Thursday just to score a 1.0 and it subsequently took a dive the next day. Keto is hard because of outside influences. There are carbs everywhere and well-meaning friends and family are constantly trying to feed them to you: “Here is a piece of pie I made just for you!” Sigh…
- Exercise: I felt lethargic and shitty all week. This caused me to slack on the workouts. 50-mile bike rides became 20 miles. Weight workouts… Ummmm, yeah… Perhaps it’s just my body getting a handle on ketosis?
I treasure my time with the girls, but it’s difficult to establish a routine in the summer. On Wednesday, school starts up again and I’ll have fewer excuses. Wish me luck. In the meantime, enjoy this rainbow pic I took on Friday:
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