Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beer Diet Update - after Week 1

The Great American Beer Diet Challenge is now a week old and it's time for the first update. As you recall last week, we have a total of 4 people competing to lose the greatest percentage of body weight from August 17th to October 11th. One person who can beat my % weight loss will win a 6-pack of Colorado microbrew from yours truly. So let's get down to details.

My exercise bike got put to use quite a bit last week as I got on the bike practically once or twice a day to burn some calories. I also did a few sessions of Aerobic exercises on my Wii Fit. My beer of choice during my work-outs was Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale. Definitely not a light weight brew by any means.

I exercised daily Sunday through Thursday and then took a couple days off to drive to Gunnison, CO to drop my daughter off at college. Most of my hard work Sunday through Thursday was negated on Friday and Saturday as I was forced to eat out for two solid days.

All was not lost, however. The process of carrying heavy boxes up a flight of stairs and moving my daughter's stuff into her apartment was a workout by itself. I even managed to help her roommate move in as well. And yes, I did cap off the apartment move-ins with a nice delicious Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale at a local restaurant. I think I sweated off a couple pounds to counter balance the extra calories I took in at the local restaurants.

I was soooo tempted to run inside the Gunnison Brewery while I was in town, but my wife and daughter had other plans for me. Running to the hardware and food stores kept me busy. It will have to wait (again) for another visit.

So enough excuses. How much did I weigh this morning? Drum roll please.......

191. There you have it. I lost a measly 1 pound this last week. But hey, a pound lost is a pound in the right direction! I figure I probably was down another pound or two before the weekend started but you gotta count every single day.

OK, now it's your turn Beerbuddha, James Spenser and A Beer Sort of Girl. Time to chime in and let us all know how you're doing. I fear I'm behind the progress of some of you at least. And for those of you just playing along at home, if you're joining in the fun yourself, tell us all what you are doing to lose weight and also what beer(s) you are enjoying along the way.

Related articles:
* Let the competition begin!
* The Great American Beer Diet Challenge
* The truth about calories and beer.