I Quit… Again!

I have been putting my weightloss entries here on sackrider.org, but I really felt like I needed to dedicate some time and energy to losing weight and that warrants a new blog.  So I just setup I Quit… Again!  I plan to post there everyday regarding my journey to lose 100 lbs.  Who knows, I could even be an inspiration for others… my main goal however is to not quit this time.

Here is an excerpt from my latest entry at I Quit Again titled “How to Recover from a Bad Food Choice“:

This wasn’t a random accident; this didn’t happen to me, this was done by me.  I had a pastor once that said people don’t fall into sin, they “dig the swimming pool with a spoon, fill it using a thimble, build the diving board out of toothpicks and jump in”.  I planned to get skittles when I headed to the movie.  I skipped dinner knowing I would need the calories and could use that as justification.  I am guilty as charged.  I went to the movies and for me the movies are a place to eat skittles (for you it might be popcorn, but not me).

December 2008

You’ve heard this tune before… I’m going to lose weight.  Stop it – I need real encouragement – not doubt and disbelief.  I created a new page called Weightloss.  Any posts I put up in the “Weight loss Journal” category will be included on that page but not on the homepage (I’m not sure if the RSS feed will but my guess is yes).  It will be my journal with daily eating and exercise entries.

My December goal is an extremely aggressive 30lbs.  My current plan is to cut my intake to no more than 2000 calories a day and burn 500 to 1000 calories each day in the gym.  In order to stay on top of it, I plan to post everyday my food intake, my exercise, my sleep pattern, and my daily weight.  I will adjust as needed.

I want to get no less than 6 hours a day in sleep, so I have to be in bed each day no later than 11:30 or I will be late to my 6 am workout.  Its almost 2am now… No excusses, I’m up too late and I know this is a habit I will have to break.  I look forward to your encouragement, your prayers, and your support.

And this time, I mean it! I think… Maybe…

Katy Trail after a Snow StormLet me start by asking – did you notice the new tag line for my site? “Attempting to Live Life On Purpose…” I think that is a better fit over my old tag of “Another way for me to avoid doing any real work”. I enjoy working and I don’t consider myself lazy as a rule (I do have my moments). Just wanted to point it out… Let’s move on:

I am going to cycle commute to work… Again… No, really this time! I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here on the blog, but I recently changed teams at work and I changed building that I report to – so now, instead of almost 19 miles to work each way, I have a mere 8.3 miles to work each way! The new building does have a shower and lockers and the bike route is mostly on-street bike lanes just as my old commute was. So, now I can get to work in about 45 mins instead of an hour and 40 mins.

I rode my bike to work yesterday, but I did not ride it home. I got caught up in the new job functions and worked until after 7:30 so I had Stephanie drive up and join me for dinner. Sunrise in Martha, MOThe bike’s night lights (required for street riding) don’t have good batteries. Anyway, I also rode my bike to work today, this time both ways, and I was still able to get home in time to get to church! Stephanie and I have felt the pressure of being a one car family and my being able to ride my bike to work again should be a big help.

Plus, I’m training for the next D-Tour which is going to be riding along the Katy Trail in Missouri. Its a short 225 mile trail and I will be joined by my brother-in-law in Sedalai. It should be a lot of fun and we plan to finish in about five days. I think we might even be able to finish three days – since there are no mountains to climb. It all depends on how in shape the two of us are. Both of the scenic pictures in this post are from the Katy trail.

Motorola Bluetooth S9 headphonesBack on point – My goal is to ride my bike several days a week. I even purchased a bluetooth headset to allow me to listen to music from my phone while riding without having to have the cable draped across the handle bars. I’m not excited about its performance so far… I’ll save that for a possible future post.

P.S. – I still owe Aaron Delong (http://tru-magic.com) a D-Tour AZ-TX, 2007 T-Shirt – which I am going to send him, as soon as I design them, have them made, and pay for them…