So I've not been making yuuuuge progress the last two weeks - sort of maintaining a few pounds down..but pool season is right around the corner, so time to buckle down again. I got rid of my "spinning" bike (a Marcy) and upgraded to a Livestrong LS6.0R Recumbent bike. I get enough upright riding on my mountain bike and tri-bike, and I honestly just want to sit and watch TV and do my ride in an easily accessible fashion.
I picked this thing up off Craiglist - they are usually around $700..and I spotted this ad up in one of the ritzy areas of town listed for $300. I sent the guy an e-mail and told him I could be there in an hour with $150 and lift it into my car myself and he took the deal. It is barely used at all, functions perfectly, and is really nice. I did read some reviews that state the mesh seatback will probably eventually break, but I'll engineer something better. The thing is super quiet, has all kinds of profiles (mountains, flats, weight loss, heart rate maximizer, "Tour" mode, etc..). I got it moved up to my bedroom yesterday (that was a workout in itself!) and did a 30 minute weight loss profile, which was a nice way to start. It will track stats, watts, miles ridden, calories burned, has a heart rate monitor, etc...I really like it way better than the spinning bike and has the distinct advantage of the fact I won't get run down by a teen that is texting.
And for added incentive - I came up with the "Sand Bucket Challenge". So this was an idea I got a few weeks ago while I was at the grocery store. I was picking up some cat litter for our indoor cats, and I don't know if you've ever lifted one of those tubs of litter, but they weigh 35-40 lbs.! So I hadn't gotten a cart, and I'm hauling this 40 lbs. (18 kg. for you more enlightened species) bucket up to the front of the store and I plop it down on the counter, and I look at the weight listed on the bottom of the bucket. Tidy Cats - 40 lbs. And I think to myself - I'm 50 pounds overweight. Essentially, I'm carting the equivalent of this bucket of cat litter around with me - all the time! That was sort of like an "aha" moment...I gotta get this train down to 190 lbs...
So now, I have a "Sand Bucket Challenge" in my bathroom (hopefully the cats don't mistake it for a litter box...) and it is full of 40 lbs. of sand. As I drop each pound, I get to scoop out 1 lb. of sand. The goal is simple - empty the bucket..! It is a nice visual representation of the goal. I suppose I could use 40 lbs. of pig fat or something even more appropriate, but the smell after a couple months..err...we'll stick with sand. I know it is kind of stupid and trite, but it is actually a kind of cool thing to see the bucket emptying. It seems to be working for me.