Monday, August 31, 2009

August 30th and 31st - Republic of Boulder

On Sunday the 30th, I weighed in at 318 again. I wanted to go on an early bike ride, but I slept in. Instead, I went with my wife to Boulder and Pearl Street mall. I wanted to find something funny about vegans, but even Boulder's walking mall is all about tourists, pedestrian art, and BEER! Yes, I indulged at a micro-brewery. Cheri and I had their beer sampler as our appetizer. There was only one we didn't like. I had brochetta without cheese. It was great, but no exercise Sunday. Most obese people feel embarrassed, humiliated, discriminated upon, and generally depressed. Getting physically healthy is essential, but you really need to let your hair down and enjoy life. Don't let the ignorance of naturally skinny people stop you from living.

Monday the 31st was chore and pay the bills day. What would we do without online bill pay? Anyway, no time for a ride today, but I did help my friend Dave move some stuff up to his new apartment on the third floor. That has to count for something. I'll run up the hill Tuesday and see if they reopened the gym and the pool yet. My weight was 317 today. I might not hit my 15 pound goal, but I'll hit 13 or 14 pounds for August and that's just not too bad. Since November 2007, I've lost 140 pounds. No surgery and NO diet pills!

Briefly, as if I could be brief, I want to address Time magazine's August 17th's article on "The Myth About Exercise." In the article they talk about people doing heavy workouts and not losing weight. Duh. If you eat more to reward yourself for exercising you're not going to lose weight; you could even gain weight. The whole idea is to change your life to make yourself healthy. I love to workout as hard as I can because I love feeling fit, but I also follow a vegan diet and I still count calories. My change to the vegan diet isn't temporary and I will never let myself get so out of shape that I can't enjoy traveling and daily life. It's the whole picture baby; weight, healthy food, exercise, and happiness.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 29th, 2009 "White Whale"

I conquered my "white whale" ride today. It was fine for the first 20 miles or so and then I got to the rolling hills and finally to the hill I've been mapping out every time I pass it on the highway. If I started out with fresh legs at the foothills, I would probably be fine, but after 20 miles your legs keep peddling on auto-pilot. You just don't have as much mustard. That didn't stop me today. I did fine, but after I decompressed at home, I fell asleep for a short or long nap. I don't remember. It was only 30 miles, but it felt like 50. Especially because I just did 30 miles on Friday. Anyway, it's done and I'll do it again now that I know what to expect.

This morning I weighed in at 318, but, again, I'm not worried about hitting my August goal. If my butt can handle it, I'll try to ride 28 miles early in the morning to complete my 100 miles for the week. Before my ride I drank a mess load of water, ate a banana, and a power bar. I've found I have an easier time if I don't eat a lot before a ride or a swim. After my post white whale ride, I had some pita bread dipped in tomato sauce and a bit of nuts. For dinner, I had some salad with vinaigrette and a few noodles and some steamed spinach. I feel stuffed.

Friday, August 28, 2009

August 28th, 2009 "Last Day of Mixed Kids"

If you would have told me how much I would enjoy teaching kids from 4 to 12, I would not believed you. However, I have to say writing curriculum and teaching the kids for the summer "Mixed Kids" was one of the best experiences I've had. We had a great summer and I'm sad that it is over. I will, without a doubt volunteer next season. Tonight was really cool. I got there a little late which was okay because someone else was leading tonight's projects. When I walked into the main room, all of my kids jumped up from their reading circle and ran down the ramp and mauled me. We had a great time tonight and all I had to do was play with them and read a fable. They were very well behaved tonight. At the end of the evening, when the parents arrived, we all had our goodbyes and a few of them decided to "tag" me. According to Paris, I belong to her now. After all, she wrote her name on me twice. So did little Liv. I spoke to many of the parents and it was simply great. Here's a shout out to Paris, Liv, Grace, Claire, Owen, Charlie, Elizabeth, Isabella, Bella, Ella, Max, Max, Sam, Nicole, Mossimo, and Jackson. I left someone out...?

Today started out with a weigh in of 319 which is just fine because I was bloated again. I did go on a 30 mile bike ride with Woody and I hope to tackle my "white whale" in the morning. This particular route is only 40 miles or so, but it has some monstrous climbs that I avoided all summer. But, I did challenge myself to ride this route before the end of the summer so it is time to man up. I haven't done the rating system for a while. I'm alway vegan so I'm eating healthy everyday and my mental health has been great. I would give today a 4 out of 5 on the nutrition scale and a 5 on mental health. Till tomorrow...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday August 27th 2009 Day Off

Today is Susie's birthday! I'm trying to make it as special as possible. Sent flowers to her office and I'm making a sort of special meal. We'll really celebrate her birthday this weekend.

This morning I weighed in at 317.6. Just 2.6 pounds from this months goal of 15 pounds. I have until Tuesday morning's weigh in. I didn't ride today because I didn't sleep well last night. I forgot to pick up one of my sleep aids and paid for it. Good sleep is essential for any diet and exercise routine. I tried to go to the gym to lift weights and play some basketball, but the gym is closed for a few days for maintenance, so I didn't do jack today. I don't like to disappear for too long on Cheri's day off, but I need a good sweaty ride tomorrow.

I just read in my Bicycling magazine that Green or black Tea, Soybeans or Tofu, Tuna or Salmon (nexaya on the fishaye), turmeric, and cherry's or berries are power foods to help build and speed the recovery of muscles. Cool! Except for the fish, I am good to go! In addition to a closely monitored diet, I have started alternating vitamin packs from "Green" to endurance. I'm sure my next blood draw will reveal startling good health except for the low platelet count.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August 26th 2009 Bummer

I weighed in at 320 this morning. I rode 12 miles to my brother's house to get some school related software for my middle son with the intention of riding back. My brother and I went to a sushi lunch and had way too much hot sake.

I ate veggie tempura and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today. Tomorrow morning I ride with my good friend Woody

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 25th, 2009 The Real Cost of Cheap Food

Now this what I've been talking about! You must read the new TIME magazine about "The Real Cost of Cheap Food." Follow this web link...,8599,1917458,00.html
Be sure to listen to the audio plug-in found on the left of the article. They say our diet has changed more in the last 50 years than it has for the last 10,000 years. We eat more meat now than ever in the history of man.

I weighed 321 this morning. I need to lose 6 pounds to meet my August goal. I'm sure I'll make it. I made some vegetarian pasta (just marinara) with some vegan zesty Italian sausage on the side. I didn't really like the sausage, but other family members liked it. Go figure. In addition, I found some sulfide free cab and red zin. The brand I found was only sold in Colorado and only found at selected wine stores. It's produced old school. Unfiltered with a real cork and dipped in wax to seal it. It may cost more, but it is unreal good. And, as we found, it really goes straight to your head, so you can't drink that much or you'll start slurring your words. Good stuff Manard!

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24th, 2009 Home Sweet Home

I'm glad I went to Arkansas and I'm overjoyed to be back home. It was nice to visit with the hick side of the family. LOL. And it so fun watching Paisley jump and frolic with the energy and curiosity that can only come from a happy kitten. Thank y'all for the hospitality. LOL

I was only in Booneville for about 18 hours and I was profoundly moved and deeply saddened by the polarity between upper middle class and the impoverished. The small town literally went from GMC Denali's to kids with no shirts begging for basic school supplies in the span of one mile. If I had been there any longer, I would have ventured beyond the "good" side of town to witness true back woods poverty. I feel naive and sheltered from the realities of extreme poverty in America. Where are the celebrities plea's for the American families that have slipped through our social services? How can this be happening here? I had planned on writing more about my short trip, but I can't get, and I shouldn't get, this travesty off my mind. I have to do something; anything.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23rd 2009 Phone posts from Arkansas

Well, I tried to send posts from my cell phone as my brother-in-law and I were zipping down some back road in Kansas at 70 mph in a moving truck. I now see that my posts got sent in pieces and they don't make much sense. Lesson learned.

On Friday the 21st, I weighed in at 320. Since then I moved heavy furniture throughout Friday and Saturday, but did not ride or workout, however, judging by my copious amount of sweat, I think moving was an incredible workout followed by a 900 mile straight drive to Arkansas. I haven't slept since Friday, so cut me some slack if I ramble. The last sit down meal I had was Saturday night when I ordered pizza for the boys and a cheeseless vegetarian pizza for me. When I finally got around to eating there was only one piece left. My other dinner guests didn't even notice that they had eaten pizza without cheese. Since then, I have been either moving furniture or driving to Arkansas. I was doing fine munching on fruit and nuts, but then we went to Ihop for some real breakfast. I indulged with an order of banana nut pancakes with a drizzle of caramel. I ate about 1/4 of it and stopped. I could tell my body either didn't like the sweeetness or the probable eggs used to make the pancakes. I'm glad I stopped eating the pancakes because they did make make me feel awful. Took some more vitamins and returned to eating nuts and friut and drinking water and I started to feel better. I had a vegan sub for dinner in Booneville Arkansas. My sister-in -law was very sweet and bought me the sub. It's real important to have family support. And they all read this blog so I better not cheat. When I fly back to Denver tomorrow, I will check my weight, but I would be surprised if I weighed anything over 315. I feel good, but its time to settle down and find some real sleep. Staying awake for days is real easy for me if I don't take my night meds. Really, it's time to sleep. Good night and thank you for your kind words of encouragement and support. Rambling. Sorry.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Combined Post August 19th and 20th, 2009

On Wednesday the day got away from me as I worked on a necessary home repair all day and night. On Wednesday, I weighed in at 325. I did pay for my potato indulgence from Tuesday.

On Thursday I weighed in at 324.2. I also rode a grueling 11 mile bike ride around Bear Creek Reservoir. My food quality and intake was better today. I also discovered that Noodles and Co has a wide variety of vegan dishes. I had a small bowl of real hot Thai noodles. Very good. Tomorrow will be dedicated to helping my brother-in-law move. I'm only at 49.05 miles on my bike so far this week, so I hope I can sneak in another 11 tomorrow morning. Must get to the gym soon.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday August 18th, 2009 - Waterton Canyon

This morning I weighed in at 324.2. Not bad. While I did ride up and down Waterton Canyon (14 miles), I also ate too much potatoes at dinner. We'll see what that does.

Today they took out my stitches and I started bleeding (remember; low platelets). I thought they were going to have to put them back in, but we put a pressure bandage on. Hopefully, it will be good to go in the morning.

I have to describe the Waterton Canyon ride. You start at the hogback (foothills) and quickly find yourself deep into the Rocky Mountains riding beside the beginning of the Platte River. This is the kind of park where they don't allow dogs because they will irritate the Big Horn Sheep. When fishing in this section of river, you can't use bait and you can only keep 2 fish as long as they are longer than 16". Yeah, it's that cool. The ride wasn't really that hard until you pass the big reservoir. Then it gets real steep. Overall, the most beautiful and peaceful ride I've had yet. In the near future, I am going to drive over the divide and ride around lake Dillon. That should also be a beautiful ride.

Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17th, 2009 - I love Mid-East food!

I do love Lebanese and Syrian food. I also really dig Moroccan food. It is so easy to be vegan with Mid-East food. I crave falafel and hummus. Yes, we had Lebanese for dinner. Happy tummy. Today's weigh in was satisfactory. It was 325.0. My winter clothes are hanging off me. Yeah!

I rode to my brother's house in old Littleton. Round trip was 24.3 miles. Tomorrow, Jeff, my middle son, is taking to ride Waterton Canyon. I've always wanted to make that ride, but I USED to be too out of shape. Must go; my favorite Showtime series' are starting.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Beautiful Rocky Mtn Sunday the 16th of August 2009

I am joyfully writing this post a little earlier than usual. After having my diet under control and riding so hard yesterday I was hoping for some good results. Well, I got some. This morning I weighed 325.5. Today, I made it to the gym and had a nice hard hour long workout. I wanted to play basketball, but it's really not fun unless you're playing against someone.

So far today I've eaten some pumpkin seed granola type cereal, a orange and cranberry muffin (couldn't resist; that's my favorite muffin), a banana, and a half a peanut butter sandwich. The only meal I have left is dinner and I'm pretty sure I'll contain myself.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday August 15th, 2009 - Great day!

I weighed in at 328 this morning. This is silly. My normal portion meals are killing my workouts. Controlling the food intake is the key. Exercise is paramount, but if you look at professional football players, particularly on the line, these guys are huge and it's their job to workout all the time, however, they eat like mad men.

Today was great. I had some koshi cereal, a bagel, some fruit, nuts, and a peanut butter sandwich today. Not bad on the intake. Today was full of calorie burning activities. Some people may not realize it, but activities as mundane as house chores burn calories. I straightened up and did laundry, dishes, mowed the front lawn, and rode 45 miles with Greg. I came home ate my PBJ and fell asleep watching some life time movies Cheri was watching. I must have been out for a while because I woke up at the end. Or maybe I was just lucky to have missed it. I'm sure my weigh-in tomorrow morning will show an improvement. I won't ride tomorrow, but I will go to the gym and maybe play some basketball. My total miles for the week was 120. Absolutely insane.

Friday August 14th, 2009- frustration

Still getting caught up on my posts. This is my Friday's post is written on Saturday morning. Friday morning I weighed in at 327.6. I didn't ride or make it to the gym. Instead, I took my boys to see District 9. It's a different movie, but pretty good as far as inventive science fiction. When we arrived home I found out that I was going to lead Friday night's Mixed Kids. I had to play catch up real quick and get myself down there as soon as possible.

I've got to get back to the quality of my food intake. I appear to have settled at the 327-28 range. While I'm not gaining any of the weight back from last month, I have to buckle down on what I eat and when I eat it. I'm still eating vegan, but too many of my daily calories are at night when I settle down and have time to get hungry. It's at this point where it's easy to say "hey, why am I excluding foods when I'm not losing weight anyway." I just have to remember that I was 456 in November 2007 and now I'm getting close to being at 300 which would be a roll back to my weight in 1997.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday August 13th, 2009 - Gatorade?

Something is definitely wrong. This morning I weighed in at 328. Again, I feel bloated so I have take one of my water pills. I think it may be the Gatorade I've been drinking during and after the ride. I'm sure I drink at least three on a riding day. I know it replaces needed electrolytes, but maybe I'm just drinking too much. It also replaces salts. I hardly even pee the day of a huge ride, and yet, I literally drink at least a gallon of liquids. I'm going to cut back on the Gatorade and closely monitor my sodium.

I'm writing this post on the 14th for the 13th because I was exhausted yesterday. I rode 40 miles. That's my longest bike ride yet. My legs are tight but relatively fine. I find that it is easier to ride if I don't eat a big breakfast, so yesterday I only ate a bagel. Part of my problem is that the rides take so long that I miss lunch and I'm starving for dinner. I usually grab a snack so I don't devour my dinner. Most of the calories I take in are in the evening. I'm going to have to watch that.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday August 12th, 2009 - Redemption!

This morning I weighed in at 326. It's better. At least it's moving towards the downward slope. Today I may have tried to kill myself on my bike. I took a southern round about up to the foothills along C-470 (highway) and rode back to Bear Creek Reservoir and up through Morrison to the south gate of Red Rocks Park. It was 93 degrees and the sun was blistering hot, especially on the pavement. I decided not to go into the park because it's nothing but serious climbs. Greg and I turned back and went back up and over the reservoir and took the BC trail to Wadsworth.

I turned up Wadsworth and Greg decided to keep going. He almost made it downtown. He did something over 40 miles today. I, on the other hand, had to get home to take Jeff to work, so I went up Wadsworth and along the frontage road back home. I put on 23 miles, but it should count for more since it was so hot and hilly. It took two and three quarter hours. The key to avoiding heat stroke is to drink liquids like a mad man. I drank four and a half water bottles and two Gatorade's. When I got home, I drank as much ice water as I possibly could and took a nice cool shower. I'm tired now, but I feel fine. I burned 8,048 calories today. Well over my daily goal of 6,350. Although I had a yummy Falafel pita for dinner, I think today's calorie intake was fine. Tomorrow has to be another punishing day. I will be back on track!

Post for August 11th, 2009- 25th Anniversary

This morning I weighed in at 328. Time to start jamming! I should be below 325 at the most. Too much lazy indulgence. On Sunday I only lifted weights, then on Monday I didn't do anything and my diet has been fine during the day, but then I blow it in the evening. There's only one way to get over this setback; jump back on the wagon. Become the Obesity Warrior! Tuesday, the 11th, I rode 12 challenging miles, lifted weights for 30 minutes, and shot hoops for an hour to get my sweat going again. According to my math, I should have burned 6,089 calories today. The goal with a modest intake is 6,350; close enough. Again everything was fine until I took my wife out for dinner and drinks. The vegan meal I had was fine, but I probably shouldn't have had all the drinks. Hard liquor goes straight to your gut.

Before you think that I was missing the romantic element of my 25th Anniversary, summit this into the factor. First, I had two dozen long stem roses sent to her office. Second and third, I bought her a very nice sterling silver "twin heart" necklace and I wrote a poem and framed it in a silver frame that matched the necklace. She got half way through the poem and started crying. Bam! Take that! Hopefully, she will let me take her away this weekend for a nice quite night without boys and computers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday August 10th, 2009 "Registration"

This morning I weighed in at 326.6. It seems I'm still paying for my gastronomical indulgences last week. Today, I had school registration for both my Senior and my 8th grader. I also had to get this nasty squeak fixed on my car. And, this being the day before my 25th Anniversary, I had some last minute shopping to do. Needless to say, I decided to take an exercise break today. My body really needed a break anyway. Tomorrow, I am going to try to take my longest bike ride yet and hit the gym before my wife gets back from work.

August 17th's issue of time magazine has an article "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin." In a nut shell, it's about compensation. It's true that exercise actually makes you hungrier. An hour after I get out of the pool or several hours after a bike ride I get hungry. What happens to most people is they give into the hunger and eat too much much to "compensate" or reward themselves. Exercise alone will not make you lose weight, but burning more calories than you take in will. Below you will find the formula for your metabolic rate. If you use the formula below and my calorie counter on the left of my page and use the Calorie Burned calculator at you can use math to predict your weight loss.

The Harris-Benedict equation for calculating Basal Metabolic Rate is:
66 + (13.7 x weight in kilos) + (5 x height in centimeters) - (6.8 x age in years)
After calculating the BMR, you have to multiply it with the appropriate activity multiplier. This determines the exact calorie requirements of a man. The Activity Multiplier is:
  • 1.2 (for those who do little or no exercise)
  • 1.375 (for those who do light exercise/sports 1-3 days a week)
  • 1.55 (for those who do moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days a week)
  • 1.725 (for those who do hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week)
Lets say my Activity Multiplier is 1.6. My caloric requirement is 4260 per day and if I want to lose 6.6 pounds this week, I need to burn 6,350 calories per day. For example, on Saturday I rode my bike for a hard two hours. My burn rate that day was 7,871 and my intake was good, thus I lost some weight. Today I burned 4,751 so I may have lost a tiny bit of weight. Tomorrow, my burn rate should be around 10,000. If I can maintain a productive week I should be down to 320 by Sunday. That is, of course, if I don't over eat.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday August 9th, 2009 "Motivation"

Yesterday I weighed in at 330. This morning I weighed in at 328.4, but I still felt super bloated. I took one of my Furosemide pills (lasix or water pill) this morning and by the afternoon I had urinated more than 3 pounds of water weight. I really feel like these antibiotics they gave me to keep infection away from my surgical site are sapping me of energy and endurance. I did make it to the gym, but working out was lack luster. Maybe that's why you start feeling good after you have given up meat. No extra antibiotics in your system. I have about another week of these antibiotics. Yuck.

I think that staying motivated and committed to a healthy managed diet and exercise is the key to long term success. Fad diets and diet support groups only work as long as you stick to them. For most people, especially obese people, it is hard to stick to the diet for life. It's not like you can achieve a goal and then stop. You'll eventually gain the weight back plus some. It's very important that you remain accountable to someone or something other than yourself. For me, I am accountable to this blog and the family around me.

I also like to set long term goals and the plan to reach them. I have an image of a fit and healthy 200 pound Chris in July 2010. In order to get there, I need to lose 20 pounds in July (done!) and 15 pounds per month for the next 4 months and then 10 pounds per month for the following 7 months. If I remain on schedule, I should be 285 pounds when I fly out to New York City for the Art Awards. Of course, I would be cool losing more weight as long as I stick to the "managed" healthy plan.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday August 8th, 2009 Chatfield

I remembered to weigh myself this morning. It was what I suspected. Two days of eating too much vegan food led to a setback. I weighed 330. Now, I know it's quick weight and probably more water retention than anything else, but it's not weight loss. Today, I tried to jump back on the band wagon. I controlled my calorie intake better and struggled to ride 20 miles. I will still try to workout with weights and ride tomorrow, but I have ridden 106 miles already this week. Definitely need to lift weights.

I felt terrible during today's ride. I don't know if it was the previous over eating or these nasty antibiotics they gave me after the surgery I had on Tuesday. Either way, today's bike ride was a struggle from the first mile on. I thought I could work through it, but by the time we hit 20 miles, I was spent and it was getting dark, so I called in the calvary (my wife) to come pick us up. I need a shower and my bed. For the record, we rode from Bear Creek Reservoir down the BC trail to the South Platte River (south bound) to Chatfield Reservoir to Kipling and C-470 before I wimped out.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday August 7th, 2009 Machiavelli

This is odd, but probably intentional; I didn't write down today's weight. I probably gained weight since I ate too much good healthy food. Restaurants are horrible. The portions are so huge that you over eat even if you have only eaten half of the plate. How many times do you fill up on appetizers, bread, or chips and salsa and then you try to eat the main course and you end up wobbling out of the restaurant so full you feel sick? Last night, we had a great Italian dinner with our friends from NYC, Jay and Carol, and I ate too much. Guilty! Tonight after the lecture we attended, my wife and I went to one of our favorite Syrian restaurants and over ate... again! Guilty, guilty, guilty! I'm really going to have to ride far and hard this weekend.

Two things: First, the Greene Naftali Gallery exhibition of my late father's work attracted lots of attention and accolades. So much so that the exhibition itself has been nominated for the "Solo Show of the Year, Gallery" category in the First Annual Arts Awards presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NYC. The Art Awards celebrates select individuals, exhibitions, and projects that have made a significant impact on the field of contemporary art during the past year. The awards ceremony is on October 29, 2009. This is not only a celebration in Paul's work, but also recognition for a spectacular exhibition that was made possible by the hard work of my friends Carol, Jay, Andrew L., Tony C., and the staff of the Gallery. The Sharits and Romeo families are indebted to you.

Second; tonight, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) held lectures on Machiavelli and Molecular Gastronomy (the inventive science of food preparation). Cheri and I were lucky enough to get into the sold out lectures. I particularly liked the Machiavellian lecture because International Relations and the Middle East Conflict is what I studied at Buffalo State College and The University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies. Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian philosopher, writer, and politician. His view on politics could be described as cynical, but a better description would be "realist." He didn't write about world's that could be, he wrote about the world that is. Many people villanize his work, but he understood that human nature allowed for good and evil at the same time. Perhaps the worst thing is to try to be good all the time. While I don't condone Iran's "election," I do believe that Machiavelli would have understood the Supreme Leader's (Ali Khamenei) decision to use force to stop the protests. He believed in a strong republic and, at the same time, understood that there is a time and a place for tyranny. I like to say that he believed in kicking ass and taking names later.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday August 6th, 2009 NYC visitors

This morning I weighed in at 326. I have this weird thing that no one has been able to explain about water retention, so I don't worry about the fluctuating weight. Besides it's normal to bounce around the scale to an extent. On one of my days off I'll take a lasix pill and shed the water weight. I have to be sure not to use the pills when I'm riding the bike because it will increase my risk for heat exhaustion. Today I rode 12 miles on the more challenging Bear Creek Reservoir ride. It was sunny and hot. I broke my time record by about 4 minutes.

The rest of my day was spent with my good friends Jay and Carol from the Greene Naftali Gallery in NYC. We actually went to Casa Bonita. The food may not be the greatest, but the whole experience is amazing. We also looked over some of my art collection and finished the day at a nice Italian restaurant with the rest of the family. It was a very pleasant meal. Over all it was very nice to meet Carol in person and to see Jay again. There is a very special event in NYC in October that we simply have to attend. More on that later.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday August 5th, 2009 "Basketball"

What a busy day! I slept in a little to try to recover from the last two day's bike marathon's. I know that some time soon I will consider 35 miles to be a piece of cake, but not today. After I finished some art correspondence's (one part of my day job), I took my son's car to get the tires rotated and his oil changed. I know, he could have done it himself, but I like being able to do little favors for him. Then I took my car to get detailed (twice a year event) and got a hair cut. I finally made it to the gym and worked out for an hour and played basketball with my oldest son for another hour. It was one of those "moments." This morning I weighed in at 323.8. I apparently lost some of that water weight. I have already ridden 85 miles on my bike this week and I plan on hitting the trails Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. That should put me over 130 miles for the week. I'm getting a little addicted to the bike "rush." Tomorrow, two of my friends from my favorite gallery, Greene Naftali Gallery NYC, will arrive for a two day stint here in Denver. We will review the year in art as well as checking out my current art collection. I'm going to force J to ride the Bear Creek trail.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 4th, 2009 Melanoma surgery

The melanoma surgery went fine. I had just returned from my ride to downtown and I nearly fell asleep on the table. The road rash I got from my bike trip hurts worse than the surgery site.

No more swimming until September. I will make up for it by increasing my lifting and bike rides. This morning I was still a little bloated from all of the water I drank after yesterday's trip around downtown, but I still weighed in at 326.8. DW and I made the downtown trip today, but didn't ride around downtown so it was only 34 miles. I drank two big bottles of water and two gatorades and still lost two pounds on the ride. It was real hot and sunny today. I will probably just lift weights tomorrow and give my body a little repair time before I hit the trail again.

My new goal for August is to lift weights 4 times a week and to ride a minimum of 100 miles per week. That should keep my weight loss going. If your serious about weight loss, get serious about your lifetime diet and exercise your butt off... literally. The vegan diet is working for me. Simple rules; if it comes from an animal, don't eat or drink it.

I figured out my workouts from Wednesday the 29th to today (one week) and I rode 104 miles, swam 5 miles (165 laps), and lifted weights for three hours.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August 3rd, 2009 Downtown Denver ride

Yesterday, when I thought I lost too much weight in one day, I drank gallons of water in case I was dehydrated. This morning my ankles were swollen so I know I was retaining water. My weight this morning was 328.9 (up from yesterday's 327). I ate fine vegan foods yesterday and today. By the way, Tokyo Joe's has an incredible dish called the Boulder something. It's brown rice with steamed vegetables and grilled tofu. I had peanut sauce on it and it was great! I was only able to eat about 1/4 of it, so my wife got a treat.

This morning Greg and I headed out for a ride to Denver, but I had some technical difficulties on my road bike and had to run into Mojo Wheels. Greg and I went back home and decided to start all over. We rode down the Bear Creek trail from Morrison to the Plate trail to downtown Denver and cruised around for a while. It was late so we took the light rail back to Englewood, but we still rode for about 40 miles today. Tomorrow morning my friend DW and I will recreate the Denver loop. I have the melanoma surgery in the afternoon, so we kind of have to hustle. We're both on road bikes so that shouldn't be a problem. Tomorrow's ride should be more than 50 miles.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August 2nd, 2009 Family BBQ

Today was a good day. I weighed in at 327.0 this morning. Yesterday's wedding didn't have anything vegan, so I kind of lived off of vegan power bars and a "real" peanut butter and agave nectar sandwich. I shouldn't have lost 2.6 pounds in one day, so I must have been dehydrated or my workout from Friday still had my metabolism in high gear. Needless to say, I tried to eat better and drink more water today. This morning I enjoyed a nice long two mile swim and an hour with the weights. Tomorrow morning, I hope to take a nice long ride on my road bike.

We went to a family BBQ with relatives from out of town today and my lovely aunt made me some vegan potato salad. It was real good. So, I ate corn chips with salsa, the potato salad, some slices of tomato, ice water, and lots of watermelon. I can survive a BBQ with cheese burgers and hot dogs. I really wanted to take a hamburger and hold it to my nose and take a big sniff. My name is Chris and I'm a vegan. The first step is admitting it. LOL

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 1st, 2009 Henry's Wedding

Today was my younger brother Henry's wedding to the beautiful and charming Angie. It was a great and very sweet wedding. I can't remember a wedding as fun as this one was. I am so happy to have Angela as my "official" sister in law. We love her deeply.

As a result of the wedding, I did not workout today. But, before the wedding, I did get my favorite road bike out of storage and into the shop. It's ready tomorrow and I can't wait to take a spin. I weighed in at 329.6 pounds this morning, thus, meeting my fantastic goal of a 20 pound July weight loss. I'm in the groove with my vegan diet and my workout routine, so I will set my August goal for another 20 pounds. Again, I believe that bariatric surgery literally saves lives, but I have found something that is working better for me and something I can dedicate myself to for life. I will lose this weight and I will regain my health. I want to live for a very long time.