330 calories for the burger patty, plus another 10-15 or so for the tomato and onion. Say round it off at 350. I had two yesterday while we were at an outdoor event in a club my wife and I are members of.
I’ve said before that I’m not dieting in the last days before I start my trip. I am counting calories pretty strictly, though, and am keeping a detailed food and exercise log on an iOS app called MyFitnessPal [linkie].
My dietitian recommended it, and it has proved both easy to use and an invaluable tool. Free!- there is a premium version you get nagged every so often to buy, but it meets all my needs at the basic level. It even has a “Friend” feature- you are welcome to be a friend if you would like to follow my diet on the ride- my username is “davidedgren”.
So here’s what I’m doing pre-ride. I’m about two weeks in to doing nothing more than counting calories very strictly. I set a daily maximum of 2,000 calories and have only exceeded that once by a little bit in that two weeks. Most days I’m around 1,500. My exercise each day burns about 300 calories- you’ll see more about that in my post about the new bicycle shoes that is coming up. My goal is to start the trip as close to 350 pounds as I can get. I will weigh myself every Monday both before and during the ride, probably in the late afternoon. I will post the weekly results here, of course. So tomorrow we will see- stay tuned.
In the interest of gathering as much info as I can, I went early this week to a local place also recommended by my dietitian that has one of these fancy body mass index calculating scales. The process took a couple of seconds and involved standing on a large scale while holding an electrode grip in each hand. Doing this, plus lightening my wallet by $30, caused the following report to be generated.
Now I’m not going to whine about how I shouldn’t have eaten lunch before I got weighed or that I had my heaviest pair of pants on. My home scale is reading about 5-10 pounds/2.5-5 kilograms lighter than this weighing myself buck-naked. But I get the message. I could drop about 120 pounds/55 kilograms and be a lot more svelte than I am today. Not to mention healthy. We’ll see.