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I almost forgot to post this! Ended out week 2 last week thus will be going into week 3 this week. Had to do an exhaustion test yesterday and I gave out at 19 so I’ll be using that as my start number for week three. Here’s the updated chart!

Push Up Chart Week 2

Check out One Hundred Push Ups if you are interested in joining this challenge.

This song is great motiviation to me and I especially like the chorus:

I look up to the sky
and now the world is mine
I’ve known it all my life
I made it, I made it!
I used to dream about, the life I’m living now
I know that there’s no doubt.
I made it, I made it!

What is it about numbers that create such milestones of accomplishment? If you really think about it, a number is just a number, but there’s something alluring about a round number that’s higher than any other number you achieved in the past. Today I hit two round numbers, I have now lost 120 lbs and I rode the bike for 20 miles.

The bike ride was supposed to be an easy ride, nothing to major and not too far. I was a bit worn out yesterday so I figured it would be safer to just ease back into things and not overdue it. Yea, apparently that’s not how my brain works. Once I over shot my goal for the day I decided to just go for it and hit my goal for the weekend. I’m working on getting ready for a 25 mile ride on June 27th, which will actually equal a bit over 30 once I add in travel distance to and from the event. See, I have no way to haul my bike by car so I have to bike there first and home again.

I rambled down my favorite Rock Island trail and debated heading over to Jamiaca North but I just didn’t feel like tackling the hill up Old Cheney for the trip home. I ended up at Densmore Park, where Rock Island ends, and then looping back towards home. Since I decided to go for my 20, I ran up Billy Wolff and back and then finished out with a second half loop up and down Rock Island and a very tired ride back home.

Break on Rock Island

Rock Island Trail - Overlooking Star City Shoes/HWY 2

Break on Billy Wolff Trail

Billy Wolff Trail at the Intersection of Normal Blvd and South Street

Intersection of Bill Wolff and Rock Island Trail

Shelter at the Intersection of the Billy Wolff and Rock Island Trails

During the last 4 or 5 miles I was really fighting to keep going. My whole body was starting to hurt and I was debating between keeping going and just dumping the bike and laying beside the trail in the grass, hoping no one ran me over. So the last part of the trip was a mix of internal pep talk, whining and arguing. Part of me convinced I was going to die and the other part that wanted that 20. I’m so glad the drive outweighed the whining.

So maybe there’s nothing extra magical about 20 miles vs say 22.3 or 19.1 or etc, but it still seems meaningful to me and motivation to keep going. Now let’s just hope when I wake up tomorrow morning that I don’t regret it.

One of the things I never really considered when I started my new healthy lifestyle was that I’d end up having piles of clothes that no longer fit – in a good way. So today marked the second time that I hauled everything out of the closet and dresser and divided it up between what fits and what doesn’t. All the clothes that don’t fit or won’t be worn again are piled into bags and donated at my local Goodwill. Below is a picture of today’s haul:

Bags of Donated Clothes

Another big change in clothing is that I no longer have to shop at specialty stores or order from catalogs. I can actually go into a store like Target or Walmart and not only find clothes that fit but also have choices. I once made the comment that the best part of all my weight loss is that I no longer have to shop at Catherine’s. There was only one woman there that was nice and overall shopping there was a horrible experience. Once you hit a certain size though, you are left with little options.

Yesterday I got a catalog in the mail from MiB Collection and when I looked at their sizing, I realized that I could only fit their smallest size and only about half the catalog even came in that size. My biggest rant about plus sized clothing is the cost once you hit a certain size, prices just skyrocket. I have some nice pants that costs me over $50 because my option were that limited. My clothing budget is breathing a sigh of relief now and so am I.

Work today, well the last few days actually, has been a bit more stressful than I’d like. Things just stopped working correctly and I spent a lot of time troubleshooting problems that were keeping me from getting projects going. But I made it to the weekend and I’m still alive!

Tonight I ended up going out and playing mini golf, impromptu, and it was a lot of fun. We didn’t keep score but I felt like I was doing a lot better than I did the last time I played. Also, I won a free game of golf by getting the ball into the hole on the “19th hole”, so that was awesome!

I rode the bike to work and home today and while the ride in was fine, the ride home was tiring because it was pretty warm and I was hauling the laptop on my back. I tried a different route home just to make things more interesting but I’m not sure how often I’d go that way. It involved a lot of riding on some pretty bad sidewalks but I was also tired so that didn’t help.

The best accomplishment? I was so going to stop for ice cream on my way home but didn’t because I didn’t need those calories. Win!

I’m ready to embrace the weekend – are you?

Well it looks like we made it a month, right? It’s been a bumpy one but I think I’m hitting my groove again. Yesterday was a bit off nutrition wise but it was only one day and life moves on, sometimes faster than we want!

The week in numbers:

Weight Chart

Today’s Weight: 263.0 lbs
Weekly Change: – 4 lbs
Total Change: + 0.36 lbs

Total Distance Traveled (biking and walking): 78.74 miles
Total Cardio Time: 266.13 minutes

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Getting back on track and totally taking names along the way. Woo!

My favorite place to eat out in Lincoln is Sam and Louie’s so when Ross suggested we go bike there for food I was totally willing. I learned that from my house, to the Pine Lake Sam and Louie’s and home again is about 16 miles. The weather was actually pretty nice for riding and I was able to enjoy my dinner knowing that I had at least got some exercise getting there and back home. The downside, we learned, was that there are no bike racks at either little strip mall at 14th and Pine Lake. We ended up locking our bikes to a railing on the back side of the building, pictured here:

bike locked upMore places should consider getting bike racks – especially if your place of business is on or near a bike path. The best part was that even the bike shop didn’t have a bike rack.

I went in to see Dr. Swanson today at Nebraska Orthopeadic and Sports Medicine to get another opinion on my foot problem – well really I saw his awesome PA, Austin Young first. We went over everything and talked about the different things I had tried, what stretches I was doing, was I wearing inserts, etc etc. He went over the MRI and the X-rays and finally brought Dr. Swanson in to try and develop a treatment plan. He, the PA, hadn’t dealt with anyone that had the issues I appear to have after a cortisone injection. Dr. Swanson examined me and we talked some too and it sounds like surgery is the next option on the table since everything else failed. Right now I am scheduled to go in on June 29th to have a few things done.

The list is as follows (all on the left side):

  • Strayer procedure – this is basically a gastrocnemius slide, or even more basic, they make the calf muscle longer
  • Partial plantar fascia release – cutting away part of the ligament on the bottom of the foot
  • Excision of calcaneal spur – shaving off some of the heel spur
  • Release baxters nerve – release one of the nerves that might be entrapped by the swelling

The procedure is outpatient and I’ll be in a non-weight bearing splint for 2 weeks before moving to a walking boot/cast for another month. He has down no PT at this time so I’m not sure what the long term recovery plan really is.

The good thing though, is that I will still be able to do Trail Trek on the 27th, which I’m really excited for – 25 mile bike ride!

Today the weather was beautiful and it seems like we are working our way into summer already. It was warm, humid and really windy. I was meeting a friend this afternoon for lunch and a movie and I picked Don and Millie’s which is a 50s/60s burger and shake place. I have been craving a burger from there for a long, long time now – like over a year, so I decided that I would get one if I got up early and went for a bike ride beforehand.

I did not wake up as early as I wanted and then ended up chatting with my landlord about the bike and other things before I was able to leave. The good part though, is I did end up getting in an hour long ride even if I didn’t get as far as I had mapped out. Biking out into the wind was a chore and I learned a lot about just how much dirt and small rocks wind can move. Watching a debris cloud coming your way and being helpless is an interesting experience.

I ended up taking old trusty Rock Island trail and just after I came up the “death upramp” off 27th and Capital Parkway I found out the trail was closed around the zoo. They apparently had an event that morning and were using the trail all the way around so my only option was to turn around and go back. I took the by pass route and picked Rock Island back up on the other side of A street. Thankfully the trail was open for the trip home.

Trail Marker and Bike

I rode Rock Island out until it met up with the Helen Boosalis trail and rode that to almost 40th before turning around and heading back home. I wanted to make it out past 56th to the end of the trail but I just didn’t have enough time. The ride back went a lot smoother and I was able to get some nice speed going. The best part of the ride was passing the guy in full bike racing gear on his nice racing bike. He had passed me earlier when I was going pretty slow but then I caught some speed and just went for it. That was awesome!

On the ride home, the worst problem I had was coming around from Rock Island to Billy Wolff, I hit a patched asphalt spot and the handlebar jarred into my thumb/wrist and that was pretty painful. Pain shot up to my elbow and I ended up riding mostly one handed until I got home. Doing the old advil/ice, etc and hoping it gets better – I had already cracked this wrist on the brake pull about two weeks ago and it was still sore from that.

After I got back from the ride, cleaned up and picked up my friend Susan, I got my Don and Millie’s fix. I went with a cheeseburger topped with only tomatoes and lettuce. I’ve all but given up on condiments – too much sugar in most and I’m not a fan of mustard. I also paired this with a chocolate shake because the make a really great shake. Since I go there maybe once a year or less, I’m not too worried about it.

Don and Millie's Lunch

We were supposed to go see a movie but got the starting time wrong and ended up missing it at two different locations. Ended up going to Scheels instead where I got this awesome Life is Good shirt:

Life is Good Bike Shirt

After Scheels we got our Starbucks fix (*innocent whistle*) and then hit Joyride Bikes so my friend could show me the bike she was getting and so I could look around and stuff. I ended up picking up a nice pair of cycling gloves with added padding that I hope will help with my wrist jarring problem. Susan told me I had to get them in pink so that’s what they are. I also tried on some cycling shoes and I loved them, most supportive shoes I’ve had on in a long time, so I may have to get a pair.

I also test rode a Specialized Ariel (green and black) and it was really nice. I haven’t ridden a bike with front tire suspension before so that was a little odd. My friend’s husband ended up coming and they bought Globe Caramels, very nice bikes. I can’t wait to get out and go riding with them some time.

I have been doing the one hundred push up challenge for a couple weeks and originally I started doing wall push ups in part because of my knee but also because they were easier in generally. On Sunday I decided to see if I could do modified push ups and since I could do a few without pain, I re-did my intial test and started over. So this was week one and I was squarely in column one.

Today I achieved a max out of 12 and can’t wait to see how I do next week. I’m loving this plan and also can’t wait to move to full push-ups eventually. If you ever wanted to get in shape to do push ups, this is the program to do!

Now here’s a chart of my progress:

Push Up Chart Week 1

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Age: 36
Height: 5'8"
Total Weight Lost: 46lbs

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