I haven’t updated the 100five50 in quite some time. So, here’s the scoop for anyone who doesn’t know what that little code may be…
About 15 months ago I was slightly adequately overweight. I was weighing in at about 245. I was thinking my ideal weight was about 200 to 210. Well, instead of trying WeightWatchers again (which really does work), I decided to try eating smart and actually exercising, instead of losing weight just by dieting.
So I started to walk.
I cut my carbs in half.
After several weeks I started to ride my bike instead of walking.
I tried to keep my carbs cut in half, though my appetite grew rapidly because of the riding.
I started all of this the day after Memorial Day 2009 and ended it (approximately 100 days later) on the day before Labor Day. I weighed in at about 205. About 40 lbs. I looked a lot different and felt pretty good too.
Over the next few months I probably gained about 7-8 back, I believe by the New Year I was doing pretty well, weighing around 215 and still biking. However, I worked my backside during the Holidays, not by riding, but by sitting. I did the majority of my writing for the 2010 YMV’s during the December and January time period. I know that this was the beginning of the end for me. The good news, I didn’t let anything get out of control… sure, I was back up to 225 by Memorial Day this year, but I’d say that a lot of that had to do with the lack of ability to exercise during a busy spring break time period. The last two weeks of May I didn’t care what I ate, knowing I was about to launch the 100five50 again (100 days, five days of exercise per week and 50% of my normal carbs).
This summer has really been a battle. I have done FANTASTIC when it comes to the riding. But I have done HORRIBLE when it comes to the food. I think the better name for my routine this summer is 100six100. I think the only reason I am down on my weight is because I have kept the metabolism just slightly faster than my appetite. So, with just two weeks to go, I am sitting at 217 (ideally I want to be under 210 and stay under 21o).
Here are the stats this last week:
Exercise: Rode 6 times, for a total of 51.5 miles.
Carbs: Who cares? I ate a lot.
I am really going to try the 50% carb thing over these last two weeks to see what happens, I believe it will prove to me that cutting the carbs will make the difference, but it will be a solid test on ol’ will (not my son, rather, my mind).