Weigh-in #13 – Can’t win ’em all

Wheel full 70px So yesterday was Monday and, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know what that means.

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Wheel full 70px That says, for the hard of seeing, 318.4 pounds.  That’s up from 314.8 pounds last week, a gain of 3.6 pounds.

Wheel full 70px I noted the one other time that my weight did not decrease from Monday to Monday that I refuse to freak out over an occasional bump in the road, and especially a bump that can be accounted for by so many possible things.  I will say that I am pleased that my weight remains by all indications in the three-teens where it has been for three weigh-ins in a row.  So we’ll see where I’m at next week.  I still firmly believe I’m headed into two-nineties, and the only question is when I’ll get there.

Weigh-in #12 – Pictures speak louder than words

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Wheel full 70px It’s a Tuesday Monday again, sorry.  In the rain and fog that descended late yesterday afternoon I didn’t quite make it in to the Waldo County Hospital in Belfast, Maine, where I had planned to weigh myself for the 12th time this trip.

Wheel full 70px But I made it this morning, gave my little spiel to the nice ER triage lady, and before you could say Obamacare I was on a scale.  Goggling at the result.  Gawping even.

Wheel full 70px Holy Mackerel, mama!  That’s down five pounds/2.25 kg from last week and so far into uncharted territory for me that… Well, I just have no idea.  “Diet and exercise, David.  Diet and exercise.”  All my docs and my dietitian told me that over and over for the past 15 years.  Why should I be surprised when the answer turns out to be- diet and exercise.

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Wheel full 70px I am stoked!  Three hundred plus pound me, prepare to say goodbye.  Forever.

Weigh-in #11 – Whoa, Bay-bay!

Wheel full 70px Bet you all forgot that it was Monday, right?

Wheel full 70px Let’s start again…gee, it doesn’t seem that long since the last time I weighed myself, does it?

Wheel full 70px I only lost 1.2 pounds, according to the scale at the clinic I stopped at just outside Acadia National Park.  But they were very important nonetheless, as…

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…I’m into the three-teens!  I really feel, for the first time, that somewhere in the high 200s is a very realistic goal to finish this trip up weighing.  That was my weight in the late 1990s.  I never thought I’d see it again.

Wheel full 70px I want to reinforce that I’m not trying to do anything more sophisticated than to stay each day below 2,200 calories plus whatever RidewithGPS says my bike ride burned.

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Wheel full 70px Today that number was 2,828, so my calorie budget is a little over 5,000 total. I’m going to tell you that I won’t be able to eat enough today to get anywhere close to that.  That’s been true for most days that I’ve been on this trip.  My “Get on your bike and ride!” Diet laughs at

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Reuben Sandwiches

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Liver and Onions

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Deep-Fried Shrimp and Onion Rings

Wheel full 70px It’s kind of scary.  I know it’s not sustainable.   But, while it lasts, what an incredible ride.

Weigh-in #10 – Heading into the Unknown

Wheel full 70px Three hundred twenty one.  A little more than 50 pounds since May.  Back to where I was in the late 90s.

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Wheel full 70px Sorry about doing this in three photos.  Next time I’ll just hand my phone to the nurse.  When you are on one of these beam scales it’s just hard to do the pic yourself.

Wheel full 70px So it does seem that last week’s weight of 332 was an anomaly- a bump in an overall smooth trend of weight loss that has remained consistent into a third month.  As I’ll post in a bit, I’m burning somewhere around 3,500 calories a day riding and I can’t eat enough to keep up.  That says I should lose weight and, by gosh, it appears that is what is happening.

Monday, Monday…

Wheel full 70px But it’s Tuesday, you protest, and you’d be right.  As the part of Canada I  i’m riding through was closed for the holiday yesterday, or at least it seemed like it, I was not able to weigh myself in as  promised a couple of months back.  “Every Monday,” I said.   “Without fail,” I said.  Well, as it turns out what I should’ve said was, “Every Monday without fail except for Labor Day  holiday in Canada. Your mileage may vary. Offer void in North Dakota, the Territory of Guam, and elsewhere as prohibited by law.”

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I don’t know why I put this pic here. It just seemed apropos. It comes courtesy of my great friend Dave Alexander, who runs an excellent blog mainly about free speech issues.

Wheel full 70px So I’ve got a line on a place to weigh myself today.   It’s a ways down the road, so I better get going.  A foggy day today.

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Weigh-in #9 – Back Up to 333

Wheel full 70px Well, it looks like the hot streak has ended.

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Wheel full 70px My weight’s back up to 333 pounds/just over 150 kg, which is where it was two weeks ago.  I’m not freaking out, mind you.  It’s likely that there’s enough variation between scales where neither this week’s result nor last week’s was on the money.  I’m pretty much religiously counting caloric intake on MyFitnessPal [linkie] and, to the extent my expenditure of calories when I am riding as calculated by RidewithGPS [linkie] is even remotely accurate, I am still well below the net intake that would be required to maintain my weight at a particular point.  So I can deal with that, and I’m guessing that there’ll be a return next Monday to the glide path downward I’ve been on the past couple of months.  Or not.

Wheel full 70px We’ll see.

Wheel full 70px Oh, and of far more immediate concern… it’s pouring rain.

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Weigh-in #8 – Three Two Six!

…and he seeketh for a scale, and he looketh and looketh, and lo, he findeth one…

Wheel full 70px I found a medical clinic in Chester, Nova Scotia about 15 minutes into my ride this morning. The kind lady at reception, when I said I was weighing once a week, stopped me there and said she’d show me where the scale was.

Wheel full 70px It was an older beam and sliding weight scale. When I was over 350, which was all of the last ten years plus, I couldn’t use these because they max out there.

Wheel full 70px Not today!

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Wheel full 70px It was a little awkward.  I forgot my iPhone, which was charging at the Subway a few doors down, so had to use the Canon.  Trying to position the shot shook the scale and everything started bouncing up and down.  I couldn’t get an angle that included me.  But with everything settled down, I weighed 326 pounds/~148 kg.  Wow!

Wheel full 70px Next week should be interesting.