Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday October 29th, 2009 - Awards Results

I got to bed late last night and I forgot to post the results from the Guggenheim Art Awards. We didn't win, but we got a standing ovation when our work (my dad's) was shown as a nominee. Like Cheri said, "It's film fetish." I think someone else wrote that, but I like it. My dad's work just continues to get accolades. It's a very exciting time! Again, he's missing out. RIP.

The other nominees for the "Solo Exhibition of the Year, Gallery" were an exhibition of Picasso (!!!), Cindy Sherman (who's a very well known conceptual photographer who actually was up at Buffalo and apparently knew paul when she was a student), and Piero Manzoni (an italian conceptual artist). This was out of a pool of thousands of world wide exhibitions! Huge honor, but Manzoni won the award. We are working on some very exciting projects right now including a permanent film installation at the Hishorn Museum in Wash DC (the Hishorn is the contemporary art museum for the Smithsonian). Out of the many current screenings one stands out. Eco Umberto has chosen two of our films (Sears Catalogue and Word Movie) to be shown during his lecture at the Louvre in Paris on the 13th of November. How cool is that?!!! The louvre!

Today was consumed with business and I didn't make it to the gym. The snow is already melting so I'm sure the gym will be open tomorrow. Night!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday October 28th, 2009 - Art Awards

The Art Awards at the Guggenheim NYC are tomorrow night. I'm completely giddy with excitement. If you didn't already know, I'm the executor of my late father's Estate (Paul Sharits) which means that I manage his growing film and art career. Of course, that means I have very good friends in the art business that try to keep me on track. My art dealer in NYC, Greene Naftali Gallery, held an exhibition last Spring that included a four projector 16mm film installation of "Shutter Interface." The tasteful and professional exhibition of my father's art and the film work won international acclaim and was nominated for "Solo Exhibition of the Year, Gallery." He is already well known in the art and film community, but this award may elevate his work even more. We already screen films in every major museum in the world like the Whitney, Albright Knox, Burchfield Penny, MoMa, the Louvre, Pompidou, and the list goes on, but this may... I don't know, but it would be real cool. His work is genius and I wish he was here to see all of these accolades.

Today, we got snowed in. They already closed the schools for tomorrow. We have about 18 inches now and the winter storm warning is on until 6pm tomorrow. The gym is closed due to snow, so I thought I would go for a long walk, but it was too slick. Maybe the slush will freeze and make it easier to walk tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27th, 2009 - Stranded

My car is in the shop and I felt like I was stranded today, but I really had nowhere to go except for the gym. All I did was work around the house and puppy sit. My cousin has the most aggressive little dog. She's worse than a baby. She chews on everything all the time including our dog Tatum who is the best behaved dog on the planet. I don't know how Tatum puts up with it. Someday she's going to snap and bite that little @$#%. I jest; "Lelanie" can also be the cutest little puppy... when she's asleep!

I should have taken the dogs for a walk, but I wasn't sure if Lelanie would just take off on me. Tonight there is a winter storm warning for Jefferson County Colorado until Thursday 6pm. We should get 8-12 inches tonight. This is the normal start of the snow season. Just before Halloween. We shall see if going to the gym is a good idea tomorrow. However, walking through snow is good exercise. Try something everyday!

Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26th, 2009 - Study Time

So I have a winter to study up on 14er mountain climbing. Fortunately, this being Colorado, there are ample resources to prepare me for a summer of hiking in the Rockies. I also need to beef up my hiking equipment. I'll need a real backpack with camping gear and the works. Cheri's only requirement, aside from the obvious, is that I buy a "personal locator beacon." We were just listening to an NPR (National Public Radio) story about people abusing these GPS emergency locators, but I would only use it if one of us got so injured we absolutely could not continue. I'm not too concerned with training for the road bike tours because I ride a lot anyway, but I will need to take shorter hiking trips this winter to get used to the equipment, cold weather, and to train to go beyond my current limitations. The weather can be unpredictable at elevations higher than 14,000 feet. Prep for the worst.

Today I did make it to the gym, but I was kind of disappointed about how much my gimp wrist is going to hold me back. Basically, all I can do for now is the virtual bike (stationary). Today I rode for 45 minutes. Using the moderate incline mode, I rode 12.5 miles. I really wish you could glide for a little bit on the virtual bike, but nooo, you have to keep peddling or you stop. My car is in the shop tomorrow, so I can't make it to the gym. Hey, maybe I could ride my bike. LOL

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday October 25th, 2009 - Sore Toes

For the most part, I wasn't too sore from yesterday's hike except for my toes. I need to wear my stiffer hiking boots next time. They would have helped with the snow. I think I'll get a pair of those snow/ice spikes for my boots. I want to make hiking a regular routine even through the winter. Next Spring I want to climb my first 14er. Those are serious hiking trips up mountains here in Colorado with an elevation of 14,000 feet or higher. I believe there are about 54 peaks. I would like to climb them all. Maybe I can do 5 next summer and then like 10 a year after that.

This past summer went great. I made exercise goals and met them. For summer 2010, in addition to the 14er's, I'm going to road bike from the Bear Creek Reservoir to South Platte to Denver to Cherry Creek Reservoir to C-470 through Chatfield Reservoir around Northbound C-470 back to Bear Creek Reservoir. It's a 80 mile loop. I would also like to ride from Bear Creek to S Platte to Colorado Springs. It's 85 miles. My 34 mile ride from Morrison to Denver has become an easy routine. I think these goals are quite achievable. I would also like try some more mountain bike downhills (maybe I can get some wrist protectors :-). Today I weighed in at 320 so we are on our way again.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday October 24th, 2009 - Bouncing Back

Okay. I was probably a little too hard on myself. Losing lots of weight is hard, but you do need to stay on track. I swear you can struggle for a month to lose 10 pounds and gain it back in 10 days. Your body does actually go into survival mode. After significant weight loss, say 20 pounds, your body retains as many calories as possible. If given a little more time, your body will build it's defense with a few extra pounds. Personally I don't really mind staying the same weight for a month or so, but it drives me crazy to gain weight. Today, I took the first step towards more weight loss.

I was going to go to the gym and work myself silly, but I still have to accommodate my injured wrist. Instead of the gym, I convinced my wife and two of my boys to go hiking. We went about two hours into the Rocky Mountains to get to our trail head. It was beautiful weather and we proceeded to hike to the summit and back. It took 3 1/2 hours. It was difficult enough to wear all of us out. It felt great. My calorie consumption was down and my hydration and protein consumption was up. I'm sure tomorrow morning's weigh-in will be more rewarding. Now I need some good sleep. Well, maybe a shower first.

Friday October 23rd, 2009 - Set Back

This morning, Saturday the 24th, I weighed in at 321. That's up from a week ago when I weighed in at 313. Three things happened; I hurt my hand, I ate whatever I wanted as long as it was free of dairy and meat, and I got lazy. My hand still hurts, but mostly in the wrist now, so I can't ride outside until they take new x-rays in 1 1/2 weeks. I've added protein supplements to my diet which also adds significant calories. I could say that the week was so busy I didn't have time to workout, but I'm sure I could have found some time if I had been more motivated and used better time management. The protein, lack of calorie control, and absence of exercise has certainly allowed myself to gain some weight. Of course, it's quick weight and maybe partly due to water weight gain, but still I have to catch myself now and work it off.

I haven't really lost much weight since the end of August. I knew I was plateauing and I hoped I could start losing again, but I have to be happy to have made it through with relative stability. This weeks weight is not really a concern. Getting back into losing 10 pounds a month is a concern. I have to take it day by day like I was this past summer. If I can reach 300 pounds or a little less this year, I will have realized a 60 pound weight loss since April. I have to remember that I was 456 in November of 2007. I need to gain back my Obesity Warrior attitude. From today on I will return to the weight loss routine.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday October 21st 2009 - "12-21-2012"

Monday was a working day and Monday Night Football with the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. The Broncos played and won one of the most entertaining games I've seen. Of course, if SD had won my perception may have been different. But, the Broncos did win and they remain undefeated this season. 6-0 ! Yeah! And, I lost my Fantasy Football match by about 100 points. Who knew Tom Brady was going to lead New England to a 59 to 0 game?

I didn't go to the gym on Monday or Tuesday because I wanted to talk to the orthopedic surgeon about my hand first. On Tuesday, I met with him. They took that ER cast off and told me that I had deep tissue contusions (bruises) and, due to the bruising pattern on my wrist, a possible fractured scaphoid bone. Apparently they can't tell for sure until it starts to heal. In two weeks I have to go back for some more X-Rays. Until then I have to immobilize it with a splint and ace bandage. I can take it off for showers and every once in a while he wanted me to move it around without lifting or squeezing anything.

Wednesday was museum day and I didn't get to workout. I should be fine for a workout tomorrow. I'll probably spend most of my time on the stationary bike. I don't want to lose any of the muscle I've built up to this point.

On the 13th of November Sony Pictures is releasing their new movie "2012." It appears to be a disaster movie. The Mayan calendar ends on 12-21-2012 and many other cultures also believe that this may be the end of time. Sure. I have the Mayan serpent eating it's own tail tattoo on my arm because, at least to me, it symbolizes the cycle of life. One end; one beginning. Others would say my tattoo is a direct symbol of the 12-21-2012 end. I have one friend who believes some great "life changing" event will happen then. Something like the Internet. If that's the case, I can't wait. I also read somewhere that there is a celestial alignment that only occurs every 25,000 years or so. Either way, I'm going to see the movie.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday October 17th, 2009 - No more pain pills

On Friday we got home from the ER around 2 am. I slept in on Saturday and I needed a few pain pills which basically wasted the day. Now that the swelling is down I can feel a little more pain and new bruises have appeared on my temple, arm, and both legs. I really hate the way pain pills make me feel so I just took some Tylenol today.

I'm curious about how much of a workout I can handle with the gimp arm. I wanted to go this morning, but I didn't feel well. Some of the general crash stiffness has set in, but my legs really are not that sore. I should be able to do all the weight machines that don't require my right hand grip. I can use the free weights to keep my left arm on track and make the most out of the virtual bike (stationary bike). I will probably try to hit the gym at least a little everyday until I can ride my bike or swim.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday the 16th, 2009 - Colorado Trail and a broken wrist

Yesterday, Friday, I went with Jeff on an epic mountain bike/hiking trip on the Colorado trail. Cheri had to drive us into the mountains towards Deckers. The trail head was about 1/4 mile south of the river junction where the North Platte and South Platte converge and then head east down to Denver. We started up the trail around 2:30pm. At first I thought the trail would go up a bit and then follow the river. My son said it wasn't a bad trail. Later, we would find out he had only been on a small part of the trail on the other side. The trail ended up being an expert mountain biking and an expert hiking trail. It was only 18 miles so I thought, what the hell, at the worst we could walk some of it.

After two hours we reached the first summit. We had biked and hiked continuous steep trails and switchbacks. The elevation at the base was 6,000 feet. The summit was just over 8,000 feet. The weather was absolutely perfect and the views were straight from post cardville. We had brought eight 28 ounce bottles of water and gatorade, a few bags of nuts, five protein bars, and layers of clothing in our backpacks. I really didn't think we would need all of that, but I was wrong and we were prepared.

On the second summit (markedly higher than the first) Jeff started to get altitude sick. He got a headache, nausea, fatigue, and very winded. The air was thin and we had been taxing our physical limits just to get up there. I told him to buckle up because there was simply no turning back. We were already at least 5 miles from any other people and on steep rocking terrain.

After a break we started down the backside of the mountain. The trail was narrow and very challenging, but we were able to ride some of it. We would come to these rocky inclines where we had to hike and carry our bikes. At this point we were about seven miles into the trail and I hit a rock. The trail was fairly steep and the ground and rocks were loose. In order to control your decent you pretty much needed to keep your brakes full on. I came up and over a small hill and jumped one rock only to hit the second large rock. It happened pretty fast, but I remember flying over my bike and hitting the rocks with my helmet first and rolling from my belly to my back. When I stopped my bike was on top of me and I was kissing dirt. My helmet and my backpack saved me. I did a quick inventory and found that I wasn't really hurt and my bike was in one piece. When I got back on the bike I realized my thumb was broken and my wrist hurt. Nonetheless, I started to ride to catch up to Jeff. It was very painful to brake with my right hand. We rode several more miles before the trail got nasty and my hand hurt too much to keep riding. From that point on we had to walk our bikes up and down insane obstacles. At one point, we had to carry our bikes down a long series of boulders that ranged from two to three feet drops. By now it was dark.

Our only light was from my son's cell phone. We hiked in the dark with our bikes for about five miles. Finally, when I was to about to call it a night and camp, we reached the Waterton Canyon trail and we knew we were maybe a mile from the dirt road. We made it to the care taker's house and called Cheri (other than being a flash light, our cell phones were useless). This was a gated trail so Cheri had to call the sheriff. When they reached us around 11:30pm, we were still relatively warm, dry, hydrated, and just starting to get hungry. When we told the Sergent where we had come from, her mouth dropped and she was amazed. Even she said that was an insanely difficult trail. If I hadn't been in such good shape, I never would have made it. My 18 year old was completely spent. Other than my hand and some blisters, I was okay.

When they dropped us off at Cheri's van, I realized my head hurt pretty bad, so the sheriff escorted us to the emergency room. They gave my head a CAT scan and x-rayed my hand. If I had a concussion it was mild. My thumb and wrist were bruised, swollen, and fractured. They put a partial cast on my hand and sent me home with pain pills. Now that the swelling has gone down it hurts more. On Monday or Tuesday after all the swelling has gone down, they will re-examine it and put a full cast on it. When we finally got home it was 2am.

My workouts will have to be adjusted, but I can still ride the virtual bike and work on some of the weight machines. Other than the hand and a sore neck, I'm not much more sore than I am after a long road bike ride. If I can get my butt out of bed early enough, I'll try to hit the gym before the football games. I weighed 313 this morning. Finally, more progress.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15th, 2009 - Protein

I had my quarterly oncologist appointment. All of my functions (liver, kidneys, ect) are fine, except, of course, my platelet count. Regardless of diet and exercise, I still hover between 70-80,000. Normal low count is 150,000 and high count is 450,000 (I think pregnant women get to 450). Nonetheless, it's better than last March's 34,000 count. They still do not know why I have a low platelet count, but at least I don't have cancer. My platelet count and past physical history place me in the high risk category. The doctor was impressed that I had lost 30 pounds from our last visit roughly 75 days ago. That pretty much matches my records. This morning I weighed 315. Worst case scenario, I lose 25 pounds before my next visit in January.

Somehow I got onto a protein campaign today. I was reading about how much your muscles scream for protein during and after hard workouts. I know I've been eating well, but I wasn't sure how many grams of protein I was getting. I figured out that I was getting maybe 150 or less grams per day. I eat my beans, nuts, soy, and, less often, tofu, but it is clearly not enough. I calculated that a man my size with a fairly extreme exercise routine should be getting at least 300 grams per day. The standard calculation for people with normal active life styles is 1/2 gram per body weight pound, however, muscle builders need 1.15 g/lbs/day. I put myself at the 1 gram/lbs/day, so I needed to find protein supplements. I found that the best source is a protein shake, but the ones I found at the vitamin store had whey or milk and they were very expensive. I checked out the local grocery store and found a vegan mix (100% Soy) for less money. Each two scoop serving has 31 g protein. My plan is to drink 4 or 5 of those drinks a day and a high protein bar when I workout and 2 when I ride. Your body can only absorb about 40 grams in any one sitting, so I have to basically eat protein during and between meals and push water. The powered drink has the consistency of cement, so I'm sure I need tons of water just to get that sludge through me. Combined with a protein conscious vegan diet, I think I can hit my daily requirements. I hope it allows me to increase my weights and riding distance or time. For an omnivore reference, a good 16 ounce steak is about 120 grams protein. You probably eat too much protein and unused protein turns to fat.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 14th, 2009 - Matthew Buckingham

First, I felt better this morning. No H1N1. LOL. I also missed the gym again. I hope tomorrow is sunny so I can make the Denver ride. All guilt is washed away after that trek.

I went to work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA) and kind of stayed there for the rest of the day into the evening. There was an interesting artist opening an exhibition tonight and his work with perceptions of time and his use of film looped installations intrigued me. I introduced myself to Matthew Buckingham before things got crazy and we had a chance to talk. He actually got to see the Paul Sharits exhibition at the Greene Naftali Gallery in NYC. How cool is that! He's a fan of my dad's work and I love his work, particularly Cultural Follower. The video piece displayed a 30 minute attempt to interview birds in Central Park. While that was hilarious, the text or meaning behind the piece was really about the adaptation of wildlife to urban life and the different perceptions between time periods and/or cultures. Each piece in the exhibition provokes thought and introspection into your personal perception of time in terms of historical significance. If you are in Denver, I highly recommend this exhibition.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October 13th, 2009 - Sore throat

What is up? Didn't I have a sick day last month? I woke up in the middle of the night with blocked nasal passages. That presents a special problem for me since I use a C-Pap. I had to use saline then Afrin. In the morning, I had sinus issues and a sore throat. My wife always reminds me that I have a diminished immune system, but, after all the good living habits, I reject that. But, it seems to be true. I bet I caught it from the gym. I try to sanitize my machines and I wash after basketball, but there's still too many shared surfaces like the door handles ect... I hope it goes away tonight.

I had an opportunity to hit the gym in this afternoon, but then I got a call from Cheri's office asking me if I could bring in son number 2 for a cleaning. If all goes well, I should have time after work tomorrow. Oh yeah, I weighed 315.6 today.

And now for something completely different... I'm a political science freak. In reference to the Nobel Peace Prize, I suggested to someone that Woodrow Wilson was one of the best presidents of the 20th Century. I was thinking about lowering tariffs, reforming business and banks, and his promotion of the Treaty of Versailles (the Republican Senate refused to ratify the act which angered Wilson and the European allies). Of course, he declared war on Germany in WWI, but he helped end it to. That is what earned him the peace prize. Somehow I coincided the Espionage and Sedition Act to FDR and the internment of Japanese Americans, but I spaced out that the Act was the Espionage Act of 1917. Duh! Wilson promoted the Act making it illegal to dissent from support of the war because he thought it would be bad for moral. It ended up being like a Chaney witch hunt. Clearly not a shining beacon for Wilson. However, if you can find one "political" leader in the history of man that didn't screw something up, let me know.

Monday, October 12, 2009

October 12th, 2009 Rock-tober!

I weighed 316 this morning. Losing slowly, but losing. I had a blood draw this morning. It kind of messed up my morning, so I didn't make it to the gym.

I had to stay around the house to see if Cheri was going to get off early. We had tickets to the Colorado Rockies' (Pro-baseball) playoff game. It was a blast. There was a pop fly with two outs in the ninth inning and the right fielder missed it by 10 feet. That would have ended the game, but they let Philli back in and they won. Rockies season is over. Good thing the Broncos are winning.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday October 11th, 2009 Broncos Win Again!

Not much happened today except watching football and the new "Dexter." The Broncos won their hardest team yet, so that's all good. No one really gave Denver a chance and now they are 5-0.

One thing did occur to me. Back in 1993, I was in pretty good shape. Lifting weights and playing pick up basketball as much as I possibly could. I was maybe 235, but I didn't really look that fat. Anyway, back to the point, all around, legs, torso, and arms, I feel stronger than ever and I'm vegan. I guess I'm just dispelling my own mental picture a weak skinny vegan. Maybe it's just me. I like being vegan; it's something that makes you a little less boring at parties.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday October 10th, 2009 - Extreme Workout

I forgot to weigh myself this morning. I did, however, make it to the gym and worked out for an hour and a half. My weights were 10-20 pounds heavier than normal and I did 4 sets of ten. My routine was just shy of an hour, so I went and played basketball for a half hour. My hoops aren't bad, but I did notice that it was much easier to run around the court. Feels good. I came back into the weight room and considered riding the virtual bike. It was 38 degrees out and lots of ice patches on the trails, so I couldn't very well ride outside today.

I opted off the virtual bike because I want to try for an early morning ride tomorrow and my MCL is inflamed so I wanted to give it one more day to heal. It should be warmer tomorrow. Then again, it's football day and I have a pretty good fantasy football line up, so I may just run up to the gym early and ride 10 miles and come back home to watch the games. Go Broncos; Go Webfreaks!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday October 9th, 2009 - Mom's Day

This morning I weighed in at 318, but I know that's primarily because I have this weird unexplained water retention thing. When I was in the hospital in November of 2007, they put me on an IV diuretic and I shed 50 pounds in one week. I know try to manage it with an occasional Flurisimide (Lasix) pill. I don't use the pill if I'm going to ride that day because I lose so much water during the trips and dehydration is an issue for me. I will probably take one tomorrow because I'm going to the gym. I still drink a lot of water on those days, but it still seems to flush the salt and toxins out of my body.

Today, I took my mother and Cheri to see the movie "Couples Retreat" and out to an early dinner. Due to my mom's wheelchair confinement (advanced Parkinson's), I can only take her once or twice a month when Cheri and I are able. Movie and a meal are a safe bet. Today was nice, but I did not make it to the gym. I feel guilty for missing one day.

Speaking of exercise, I may still have a lot of fat to shed, but I feel great. I'm in control of my body and I feel strong all over. It's nice to be in relatively good shape. I'm starting to look more like a football line backer than a couch potato. Even with out losing significant weight recently, my body measurements have gone down where I want them to and up where I like them to. It's kind of like all my fat is gravitating south around my waist. My fat areas used to be kind of hard and stiff, but now they are loose and squishy. Kind of gross and I hope my skin tightens up on it's own. It seems to be keeping pace.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday October 8th, 2009 Virtual Bike

I'm still hanging around the 317 mark. Like I said last night, I've corrected my habits back to what they were in August, so the weight should start to drop again. It was cold and wet outside today. Actually, it started snowing this evening. This was my riding day so I went to the gym and rode the virtual bike for 10 miles.

In case you don't know, the virtual bike has a flat screen in front of you that navigates whatever course you pick and gives you live stats. It even has moving clouds, horses, birds, and other riders. 10 miles on the course I took today should be worth 15 miles on the regular bike. Gruesome inclines and there is no coasting. The gym also had the Colorado Rockies game on a big screen right in front of me, so I watched some of the game. I'm so glad they held their lead. I have tickets to Sunday's playoff game, but it's going to be real cold.

This evening's dinner was hot tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Boy those sandwiches looked and smelled good. Of course, I didn't have any cream in my soup and I didn't eat the sandwiches. I did have dry toast and crackers. It was kind of funny because I drank a large glass of V-8 for a snack today. I might turn red. One last thing... I tried the new herbal "energy" supplements again and I drank water constantly and I didn't get a headache. That proves it. I was dehydrating myself.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday October 7th, 2009 - Hydrated!

Last night, I finally followed my own advise and went to bed at 9:30 pm, but I think 10 pm is a more realistic bedtime. I also didn't eat after dinner, nor, in the middle of the night. I also drank water and an iced tea and more water. I have drank 112 fluid ounces so far today. If I can drink 16 more ounces it will be a gallon. Watch, I'll get to bed on time and have to pee all night. However, I did not get a headache today.

My weight didn't change, but I'm getting into the good habits, so now I need to manage my caloric intake and the pounds will follow. I made it to the gym and worked out for an hour. I hope I can ride tomorrow, but I'm a little saddle sore. Uwe, too much info. Night.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday October 6th, 2009 - Dehydration

Last night I stayed up too late again and then, around 2 or 3 am, my wife woke me up to find out where my car remote was because my lights were flashing. I disconnected my audible alarm a long time ago because my car is sensitive and it kept waking neighbors up. Besides, it has Lojack (a small tracking devise to catch the thieves). Due to one of the side effects of one of my sleep meds, I was not able to fall back to sleep and I finally gave up and got a PBJ because I know it helps. Eating in the middle of the night is even worse than eating late at night because your metabolism sleeps too. In the morning I weighed in at 317. Bad, bad, bad.

This morning, I did ride my road bike down to Hudson Gardens (23 miles round trip). It was about 40 degrees when I left and not much warmer on the way back. I prefer the cold because you can layer up. I usually carry a backpack so I can lose the layers when I need to. About an hour after I returned, I got another headache. Not bad, just annoying. I went online to see if I wasn't getting enough protein or whatever, but the sites I went to said it was most likely dehydration or excessive amounts of soy. I seriously doubt the soy thing, but the dehydration was true. In the cold weather you just don't get that thirsty on the road. I clearly didn't drink enough water on the trip. I did try to rehydrate once I was home, but I already had the headache. When it was hot out, I used to drink a bunch of water prior to the long trips and I drank 56 ounces of water on the trip AND one or two Gatorades. Today, I barely drank 16 ounces on a 23 mile trip. Duh! I need to watch the dehydration.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday October 5th, 2009 Monday Night Football

First of all, I won my first Fantasy Football match up (game) ever. I'm a rookie so I'm fairly happy to be 1-3-0. Already making trades to cover Eli Manning's injury. Watching the Broncos win their 4th game (4-0-0) was too much fun. Watching Bret Favre win against GB on Monday night football was also great. Historic.

I made it to the gym and worked out with weights today. I also made a comparison of the last few month exercise routines. In August, I swam 2 miles (66 laps), lifted weights 4 1/2 hours, rode my road bike for 334 miles, played two hours of basketball, and moved heavy furniture for about 6 hours. Pretty damn good. In September, I rode 180 miles on the road bike and worked out with weights 10 times. So far this month I'm at 34 miles on the bike and 1 hour lifting weights. As it becomes colder, I'll have to ride less, but swim more.

Sunday October 3rd, 2009 - Bronco Sunday

This morning I weighed in at 316.9. I am having trouble containing my late night munchies. My breakfast, lunch, and even dinner are okay. It is after dinner that I enjoy desert and, if I am up past 11pm, I have a peanut butter and jelly. I know this is causing my plateau and I know how to fix it. Simply go to sleep at 10pm and get up at 6:30am. The rest of my habits are fine. Eating vegan and exercising are probably the only reason I have not started gaining weight, but they are not passports to overeating.

I think this is the hardest part about dieting; trying to climb off a plateau or stop gaining weight after a successful run at losing weight. Normally, this would be the time I start gaining the weight back and could go as far as to gaining an extra five or ten pounds through the holidays. This is what I call the yoYO effect. You lose; you gain; and you gain just a little more. That is how most people become morbidly or super morbidly obese. BUT, I am not going to do that. I have come way too far to be satisfied now.

This being Monday lunch time, I should say that I did not go to the gym on Sunday because I was still sore and it was football day. As I conclude this Sunday post on Monday, I am on my way to the gym.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday October 3rd, 2009 - Garbonzo's

My weight was 316 again. I have to pick it up if I'm going to be successful this month. While exercise alone won't make you lose a ton of weight, exercise does make you feel healthy, stronger, and it really encourages me to try harder with the calories. There is no secret. No magic pill. It's just watching your calories and making healthy food choices. I've had some luck with the low calorie frozen food meals before and I'm sure Weight Watcher's works because it replaces high calorie food with low calorie food. Simple. The problem with those programs is that they become expensive and once most people reach their "20" pound goal, they go right back to the normal eating habits. In a year or so they will have to do it again. The problem for obese people is that they go on these diets and lose 60 pounds and fall off the wagon and soon find themselves 70 pounds heavier. It's a vicious blow to your metabolism and your psychological well being. It's how fat people eventually turn into morbidly obese people. I know I've said all this before, but it's true. Now, I hear about more and more bariatric surgery recipients gaining back their weight because they expand their stomachs back out. The only real solution is to change the way you look at food. At least for me the vegan diet works and I'm eating better. Getting healthier and feeling great. The thing that I have drilled into my head is that being vegan is for the rest of my life because I want to enjoy the rest of my nice long life. I want to live to 100, but the way I was going I would have been lucky to make it to 50.

Rambling. Sorry. Today I had a mild headache before I was going to leave for the gym so I laid down for a minute and fell asleep. The mild headache went away without Tylenol, so I do think it was the new supplement. I can live without it. It was mostly green tea and other stimulant herbs. It was not an appetite suppressant. You know I hate those. Short and dangerous solution to a life problem. I called today's post Garbonzo's because I had another delicious Lebanese pita sandwich. However, this time I ate half of it for lunch and the other half for dinner. I was glad I had the left over because the family had French Dip (sandwiches made with thinly sliced beef cooked in French onion soup and served on a sandwich roll with provalone cheese and such. Not exactly vegan.)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday October 2nd, 2009 - "Sicko"

This morning I weighed 316.6 pounds. It was also cold... for this time of year. The perfect time to try out some of my cool weather cycling clothes. When I left to Denver it was about 40 degrees. I was layered up just a bit, but the thermal jersey I had worked great. It was such a nice ride. Silently slicing through the cool air. The only sound was the leaves giving out beneath me. I was a poetic ride. Overall, it was 34 miles round trip and it was warmer on my way back. Very nice ride. Last night I was up late reading my cycling magazine and I read about proper nutrition on a long bike ride. They said to start sipping water five miles into the trip and don't stop. A mouth full here and there. I also ate a small but nutritious breakfast of granola and a banana. Halfway into my trip I ate a granola/power bar. I ate another one after 8 miles or so. Even though it was cold I still drank two bottles of water. I may want to supplement my liquids with a gatorade like I used to. I had a better trip. I got another bad headache when I got home. I'm sure something in my new supplement isn't working for me. I'm not going to take it for a week and see if I get any more headaches. Tomorrow I'll hit the gym.

This evening I watched Micheal Moore's documentary "Sicko" about health care in America. I know his films. They usually make me mad. Not at him, but at our government and lack of activism from our society. This was no different. It made me sick to see how profitable the health insurance companies were getting and how bad our health care is compared to other countries. Not only did he travel the horror stories of American care, but he traveled to Canada, France, and England to see how horrible universal health care was. It was sick. People get better health care for free. Well, they pay taxes. So do we. He showed people that had been rejected care by their insurance and I started feeling lucky. My insurance is great. I mean, I pay the premiums (about half of most), copays ($25.00), and I meat my deductibles. Since I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, I have never been denied health care in anyway. I go to the best specialists. I go to the best hospitals. I routinely have MRI, Cat scans, PET scans, blood draws; everything and my insurance representatives are like friends. So why is my insurance so nice. I spend about $38K a year on my families health care, but they pay way more for my care and they are always nice and supportive. They help me find the very best physicians available. Why is my insurance so nice? Cheri told me the secret. My health insurance is Rocky Mountain Health Plans made accessible to us through the Colorado Dental Association. Guess what??? They are a non-profit cooperative! President Obama uses it as the example of coops. I really didn't know. OMG! Everyone should get this kind of health care insurance. Even better, have the government help you pay for it. Charge me more taxes. Going into medical debt is far worse. Imagine the financial damage a car accident could do to your family and imagine what people without health insurance do. What do they do??? It's sad that Cuba has universal health care and they are poor. What's wrong with us? If you haven't seen Sicko, you should. Then you will want change.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rocktober 1st, 2009 - Fresh Start

This morning I weighed in at 316.5 pounds. Let the race begin to 299! I was puppy sitting and doing beginning of the month bills in the morning. I tried to get to the gym later in the afternoon, but by the time I had time I also had a headache and I was very sleepy. I think it may be the new supplement I started. I'll have to keep track and see if that's it. It's supposed to warm up tomorrow, so I may try a bike ride.