Hi, Adventurers! After boldly proclaiming my weight loss and fitness goals a month ago, I decided that it was high time for an update.
So, let’s start with some of the cold, hard stats and take it from there. So, far I’ve lost just over 5 pounds and 2% body fat. According to my BioSignature Modulation caliper measurements, my insulin resistance has decreased, my testosterone levels have increased, and my body is slowly changing into a fat-burning, rather than fat-storing mechanism. For the last month, I have been supplementing a fairly low-carb diet (damn you, beer!) with four grams of fish oil three times a day, 2 grams of Zinc three times a day, and 2-4 grams of magnesium before bed. That’s a lot of tablets to ingest. And sometimes I forget to take all my supplements with lunch. Oops.
But, more importantly, I feel great! I’m sleeping better, eating better, and just completed my longest bike ride ever—36 miles—last week. I take such pride in that accomplishment! Even two months ago, I couldn’t imagine biking that far.
Three weeks ago, I started personal training twice a week with Kevin Kieras at RallySport in Boulder. He’s a strapping 27-year-old mountain bike enthusiast, who loves music and plays guitar. What I love about his style is that he’s not pushing me to the edge of my limits at every session. A previous trainer of mine used to make me run suicides until I could barely stand. I hated this. So. Much. With Kevin, we’re working smart, not needlessly hard. I’m always sore the next day after circuit training, but not miserable.
My husband and I have started biking together in preparation for our big ride, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, on Labor Day. Currently, we’re doing one 30+ mile ride a week. We have been renting road bikes for the past month. But, starting this week, we’re getting our new bikes and will start cycling more often.
This is crazy to admit as an editor of Women’s Adventure, but until a month ago, I had never even been on a road bike before. I was scared to death of the commitment I had made to complete a 50 mile gravel grinder, because trying to approach major hills on my old 10-speed 1983 Miyata cruiser felt impossible! I was huffing and puffing and struggling with all my might on inclines. That struggle practically disappears on a 20-speed road bike with great gearing. You can handle anything on a good bike!
I tried ladies bikes by Specialized, Trek, and Surly. Ultimately, I’m getting a Liv/Giant TCX-W cyclocross bike, because it can transistion well from road to dirt and gravel. The hardest part of a long ride for me is that my arms and hands fall asleep, and I get saddle soreness. Of course, by mile 20, my body starts to tire and I slow down.
We now have only three weeks to go. This weekend, I’m headed to a women’s fitness camp in Winter Park, CO, where I plan on covering some major miles on my bike.
Getting Out of My Comfort Zone
A few weeks ago, I tried something scary and new. I was invited to participate in an Adult Invitational at Woodward at Copper. If you’re not familiar with Woodward, it’s ski/snowboard, BMX, and skateboard terrain park training facility (there are several locations accross the country). You can practice jumps and tricks indoors on trampolines and by riding roller skis or snowboards into foam pits. They run popular summer camp programs for kids, but Copper Mountain is starting to promote programs for adults.
Me and a group of journalists spent two days on the snow (yes, there was still snow at Copper in July) and indoors hurling ourselves in foam pits. Let me just tell you that the ultimate exercise (that should be added to any crossfit gym) is pulling yourself out of a foam pit. Wow. Killer.
Doing so many frightening, adreneline-spiked activities over the course of two days was a completely foreign experience. In fact, at the end of the last day, I was almost in tears. I had pushed so much and so far out of my comfort zone that my emotional state was weak.
Do I ever want to do this again? No. Mid-30s’ is a little late to start jumping on skis, thank you very much. Am I happy I did it? Yes. It was a huge challenge and it pushed me to my edge emotionally and physically.
Where I Need Improvement
First of all, thank you to all the women who have friended me on MyFitnessPal.com. Secondly, my apologies for being so terrible about tracking my food intake. I feel like I’ve let myself and others down in this area, and I know that my progress would be more significant if I was tracking daily. Therefore, I’m renewing my commitment to using this great tool starting today.
I’ll be back with an update in a few weeks!