As regular readers know, I average riding my bike around 20 miles a day. That results in about an 800 calorie burn per day. I currently weigh between 150 and 155 pounds, so I have no desire to lose any more weight. I have maintained this weight for about a year.
This morning I had a brunch date with my daughter who just turned 17. I walked the dog early and then had my morning smoothie. After wrapping up Kate’s birthday gift I set off to see her. We had a wonderful brunch at a pancake place not far from her home. I got to have my favorite pecan waffles and ate every bite.
After the half hour drive home, I had to walk the dog again. But, logistics began to set in for me. This is Sunday, NFL football day, and I had just gotten home after noon. It was time for the first game to start and I hadn’t even been able to watch any of the pregame talk shows. The temp was in the 40s which is nice weather for riding a bike, but it was overcast and there were gusting winds. I decided to watch some football and maybe take the bike out at halftime.
Long story short, I got sucked into the incredible rockem-sockem Packers-Giants game and by the time that ended it was dark out. I don’t ride after dark. Also, I had felt low energy all day. I honestly don’t think it was the pancakes.
So, it was late afternoon and I hadn’t gotten a bike ride in. I managed to walk poochie a couple of miles but that only amounts to 200 calories.
On a normal day my snacks include an apple, apple turnover, pizza bread, a banana, tamari-roasted pepitas and a small Hershey bar with almonds. I can have all these and not gain weight because of the calorie burn. I like to snack and am accustomed to it. Today, I had to cut back drastically. No pizza bread, apple turnover or any of the various kettle chips I usually enjoy. I also substituted my pancake brunch for my normal post-ride brunch.
It wasn’t the worst hardship. I had a big workout on Friday along with a lot of miles on the bike. My body might have been ready for a break. So, I had a day with minimal exercise and some rested muscles.
I look forward to riding and snacking tomorrow. I hope you also make sure you balance your eating with your exercise.