Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Body Work: Week Ten Journal and Summary

It feels undeniably lame to be posting nothing but food journals and exercise/weight updates, but this is what I need to be doing right now. There's poetry in my head, and other writing, and there are photos to be taken and photos already taken to be uploaded, and all sorts of other things. But this weight loss thing, this establishing of a new relationship with food is something I have needed to do for a long time, like maybe for the last 15 years, or since college, give or take. So the Moby Dick, the King Lear, the post I want to do about rocking Austen to sleep at night that I write a little bit of every night when I rock him to sleep, the pictures of my new commuting bike setup, it all has to wait a little while as I pour myself into this "me" project. 

That's what it is, isn't it? A project. Like learning to brew beer, or building a bicycle wheel or anything else. So where are we? It was another good week, with an overall weight loss of
a couple of pounds and a general feeling that I'm well on my way to meeting my goals on time. Here's the breakdown:

Week 10 Summary:

Goal: Lose 30 pounds, from 224.17 pounds down to 194.17 pounds by the week of June 1, 2011, calculated using 7-day average weight.

Average Weight:  201.83 pounds, down 2.6 pounds from 204.43 pounds last week.
Average Body Fat: 25.99%, down .48% from  26.47% last week.

Weeks until Goal:  7
Progress toward Goal: 22.34 pounds out of 30 total to lose; 74.4% of goal.
Pounds to Lose: 7.66
Pounds to Lose/Week to Meet Goal: 1.1

Total Exercise:
240 minutes on the rollers, the same amount of cardiovascular exercise as last week’s 240 minutes- but in a harder gear. Back to adding time this week, hopefully.

Day 64:
Monday, April 11, 2011. 205.8 pounds, 26.7% Body Fat.

60 minutes on the rollers. It took me the first twenty minutes to get up over 150, then 155-160 for the rest of the ride. A little pain on the outside of my right knee, not sure what that’s about...

The usual oatmeal and salad with an apple for lunch. Two little cheese breadsticks, three slices of thick-crust extra cheese pepperoni pizza, a sweet potato and two cups of steamed broccoli, chocolate brownie for dessert.

Day 65:
Tuesday, April 12, 2011. 204 pounds, 26.3% Body Fat.

60 minutes on the rollers, a quick ramp to 155BPM and then between there and 160 for the whole hour. Putting on a smaller cog has added enough resistance to keep it interesting.

Oatmeal, salad, apple. The oatmeal and salad have nuts and cranberries, the salad also has gogonzola and dressing, the apple is unadorned. Two slices of the same pizza from last night, with two and a half cups of sauteed summer squash, tomatoes, onions, green peppers and mushrooms. A brownie with a scoop of mint chip ice cream. Water to drink.

Day 66:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011. 202.8 pounds, 26.3% Body Fat.


Oatmeal in the morning, a sweet potato for lunch. Dinner was ½ pound of grilled beef with condiments on half of a Portugese sweet muffin, three cups of broccoli, and another sweet potato. Brownie and ice cream for dessert like last night.

Day 67:
Thursday, April 14, 2011. 201.8 pounds, 26.0% Body Fat

60 minutes on the rollers. 10 minutes to get up to 165 BPM, then between there and 170 for the rest of the ride.

Half a cup of pumpkin flax cereal with a quarter cup of milk. A sweet potato for lunch. Two cups of black beans with garlic, onions, green peppers and olive oil, half a cup of Greek yogurt, three servings of tortilla chips (about 400 calories there), half a tomato. A brownie with a half-cup of icecream for dessert. 6 ounces of Altbier and six ounces of honey Kolsch.

Day 68:
Friday, April 15, 2011. 200.4 pounds, 25.7% Body Fat.

60 minutes on the rollers, very similar to last night in terms of heart rate

Oatmeal for breakfast, a sweet potato for lunch. Three slices of pepperoni and mushroom pizza and 3 inches of an italian sub for dinner, 12 ounces of beer, a chocolate cupcake for dessert.

Day 69:
Saturday, April 16, 2011. 197.4 pounds, 25.7% Body Fat.


Food: Two strips of bacon and two slices of buttered toast with jam, two fried eggs. Two grilled chicken thighs and six ounces of steak. A few handfuls of potato chips and popcorn with hummus. six 10 ounce beers. Several espresso beans (chocolate coated) and three cadbury mini-eggs. Three chocolate cupcakes.

Daily Stuff:

Day 70:
Sunday, April 17, 2011. 200.6 pounds, 25.8% Body Fat


One whole wheat waffle with maple syrup and two strips of bacon. Two slices of pepperoni/mushroom pizza. A couple handfuls of potato chips, corn chips, and crackers, guacamole (1/2 cup, let’s say). 6 ounces Honey Kolsch. Black Coffee. Three scrambled eggs, two slices of toast with butter and blueberry jam. Some mini eggs and chocolate coated espresso beans.