Inertia and Ranges
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I finally talked myself into getting out of the house this morning. Since I retired I have a terrible time getting anything done in the morning. I love the freedom of the 1 hour breakfast and coffee BUT I have lots of things I'd like to get done. I woke up this morning and knew I should get some cardio in. I had planned on a bike ride. I finally got out on the bike but it wasn't until 10 AM and I was up at 7:30 (ok it does take 15 to 30 minutes to get the gear, sunscreen and tire inflation together but still ...) I did get a ride in, slightly longer than the last ride but I was in some brisk wind and I managed to get in the door just as the sky opened.
I like road biking because the scenery changes and I can stay on the bike for long periods. It also gives me a good chance to let my monkey brain wander. Amazingly, I was thinking about why Spark was so good for me and my thoughts were exactly repeated in the comments Nusl8t left while I was out on the bike - eerie. There is a discussion about calories while bike riding on one of my teams. I realized that what I loved about this approach IS the fact that I have a range and if I go over a bit I don't feel like a failure. It only means that I went over a bit. If I am under a bit I don't need to head to the kitchen. Both don't happen very much and they balance themselves out. If I'm in starvation mode after a long bike ride I don't worry about consuming an extra 100 to 200 calories since I know I burned much more than that. The caveat is that I am skeptical of the spark calories burned - today it says 700. Maybe it was that high but if I go over if I am truly hungry it won't be by that much.
My focus on protein seems to be helping me get into my range. I've snacked on low-fat string cheese and it seems to help. It also seems to help me get into my calcium range. I love the fact that I can look back at the nutrient graphs over time, see the food log for any point, and adjust what I am doing.