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Monday, May 30, 2005

I thought since I couldn't sleep................

Since I couldn't sleep, I thought I'd tell you about my ride yesterday. It wasn't all that long, but it was noteworthy because I rode without supplementary oxygen! I rode a circuit of a bit over a mile without my oxygen on and I didn't experience any chest pain or severe shortness of breath. My heart rate only hit 128, but that's a good cardio burn range. I could tell that I was dropping in oxygen saturation by the time I got home, but the fact is that in March this year; this wouldn't even have been possible! I couldn't even walk 50 feet WITH SUPPLEMENTARY OXYGEN AT THE RATE OF 10 LITERS and more than 50 feet I had to use that wheelchair I've mentioned a few times! I am currently using oxygen at 4 liters daytime and 6 at night along with a BiPAP because I have sleep apnea, not uncommon if you're overweight. Well, that was the high point of yesterday, so I guess I'll try to get some sleep now. Good night all!

Saturday, May 28, 2005

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(in a good way!)

It just occurred to me! March 11th to today is 2 months and 18 days, or roughly 2.6 months! That means I am losing an average of 52.3 pounds a month ,+or- a little! I hope this continues although I know it will slow down eventually! This is truly a "Red Letter Day"!(Pardon the pun! I/E The font color)

Are there any mountain bikers visiting my Blog?

If any of you reading my blog are from the mountain bike forum, feel free to post in the comments on this post! You don't have to register as you can post in anonomous mode! Let's have a roll call! Other cyclists are also welcome to do this too! I'd like to get a health/recreation forum going here and this seems as good an opportunity as any!

WOW! I surprised myself!

I surprised myself by losing another bunch of weight! I have now lost a cumulative total of 136 pounds! This felt good. I am still cycling, unfortunately; I caught my first case of road rash in years yesterday. Some JACKASS in a huge black Lincoln Navigator ran me off the road yesterday on my bicycle by paying more attention to his cellphone than his driving. I picked up some gravel in my arm and a mild sprain, luckily as I could have been hurt a lot worse! I'll tell ya, I'm sure stiff and sore this morning! It's not going to put me off cycling though, as it's such a good exercise! Well, gotta run! See you all later this week!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Still Shrinking! Hoooah!

I weighed in this morning and to my great pleasure, I can annonuce a 119 pound cumulative loss of weight! That puts me at 462 pounds! WooHoo!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

My last weigh in, late posting as I've been busy!

114 pounds down as of last Saturday! I'm late posting as I have been trail riding. I've been riding the "Wabash Heritage Trail" trying to get out to Battleground, Indiana. This is a dirt trail and requires more effort than a paved trail, therefore more challenging! The scenery is also better as it goes along the Wabash River and Burnett's Creek. One of the best points is that there is a colony of Beavers about 3 miles north of town on the west bank of the Wabash. They are fun to watch and it's worth the ride just for that! My oxygen supplementation needs are down as well, getting by on 4-6 liters of oxygen depending on activity level. I'm down from 10 liters! Well, TTFN, my next weigh in is Saturday. I'm also riding the Cattail and the Great Northwestern Greenway this weekend. Look for me out there and if you see me, feel free to say hi!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Just a little update and a THANK YOU!

To start with, a thank you to Joyce, "The Bike Lady"! I am now the proud owner of a wonderful Royce Union "Gibralter" Mountain Bike! If you are reading my Blog in Layette, IN; I highly recommend her used bikes! She rebuilds and reconditions old and newer bikes and sells them for a reasonable price! So if you are in the market, post a comment here and I'll get the email. Leave an email address and I'll let you know what she has available and how to find her! By the way, she has a Trek racer identical to Lance Armstrongs bike that he rode in the Toure de France! This is a $1000.00+ bike and she has it for $125.00 (I'm not kidding!) I haven't been able to finish the ride I was talking about, but I WILL get out to Hadley Lake yet! If you are riding the West Lafayette trail system, keep your eye open! You might see me! I'll be the fat guy riding the Royce Union! My wife will be with me riding an adult three wheeler (She lost her right inner ear due to cancer and consequently can't balance a bike, but she's still out there riding! BRAVO for her! I'm damn proud of her!) Well, TTFN! I'll see ya Saturday after my weigh in!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Another side effect of rapid weight loss!

I've lost nearly a foot of waistline! 10 inches total! I don't know why I'm surprised that 110 lbs = 10 inches but I was, pleasantly! Well, gotta run, going cycling after my breakfast. If you are wondereing, Breakfast is one oz of meat and one egg! And it fills me up! Amazing!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Good Morning, Everyone!

110 Pounds down now! I still am doing well, my wife and myself are prepping for a ride out to Hadley Lake on the Cattail Trail and the Northwest Greenway Trail in West Lafayette around Purdue University this week. This will be about 15 miles on paved trails with varied terrain. Quite a challenge for me! I hope I can finish the ride first time! If not, I'll keep at it until I do! The only major obstacle, other than endurance; is if I can carry enough oxygen for the trip. Yes, I am still on oxygen therapy, without it my O2 saturation drops down into the 80% range still. That doesn't leave a lot of reserve oxygen in the bloodstream and under conditions of physical activity, can have adverse effects on my physical performance! I can carry a single E cylinder which currently lasts me around 2 1/2 hours if I am careful to keep the flow rate to minimum requirements. Wish me good fortune!

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