Yesterday I had an awesome workout day: 25 miles on the bike, followed by a 3 mile run. It was amazing. Then I went and ruined it all this morning at Cracker Barrel where I consumed just over 1,000 calories at breakfast. Damn those evil biscuits!
Now I’m thinking about riding my bike on the trainer tonight for another 25 - 30 miles to burn off some of those biscuits!
The exterior of my possible future coffee bar.
It’s definitely french cafe-ish in appearance, which makes it look classy and sophisticated. And it has that sweet outdoor seating area off of Main Street like a small pocket park.
This place will be the shit if I get it!
Ran some miles and baked this beautiful sourdough loaf this morning.
A week ago, I began tracking my food intake on the Lose It app. And it’s amazing how different how much you think you eat and how much you actually eat can be.
One of the things I’ve realized is how much I snack between meals. A few spoonfuls of almond butter here, half an avocado there, a handful of cashews or trail mix, and before you know it, you’ve consumed the equivalent of an extra meal (or two) throughout the day. And because you’re doing a little at a time, you fool yourself into thinking your eating is “not that bad”. Combine that with sitting in front of a desk for 9+ hours a day and it is no wonder we gain weight.
My running has been spot-on for the past few weeks. And tracking my food has helped tremendously with motivation. It’s a daily game, where I try to keep my daily intake under my recommended calorie budget. And I am much more aware of what I shove into my mouth.
I will be the proud owner of a new coffee/espresso bar before the end of the year.
The City of Harrisonburg has a visitor’s center with an adjoining space that has a small kitchen and seating area that they want to lease. The pastry chef who leased it from them passed away unexpectedly in July so they desperately want somebody else to take over space, which is pretty much perfect for what I need.
It has a full kitchen, with refrigerator and freezer. Plenty of counter space to put all my espresso/coffee equipment. And there is also a refrigerated pastry display. And all tables and chairs, including patio tables and chairs, are included. It is connected to the visitor’s center, which gets 800+ visitors a week, and it is also on Main Street, right in the center of town, which gets a ton of pedestrian traffic. And utilities are included. The investment on my part would be minimal: less than $5,000 if I want to use my existing espresso equipment. Upgrading to a new expresso machine would set me back an additional $9,000 - $15,000, depending on model, which would still be considered very inexpensive for a new coffee bar.
All I need to do now is finish my business plan and submit my proposal to The City before the end of October. If I am chosen, I could be up and running by December 1st.
Freshly baked, naturally leavened sourdough. Mmmm.
My birthday trip/vacation is off to a great start…
Tonight’s workout: 20 miles on this beauty while watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I skipped my run yesterday because everything from my waist down was (and still is) sore from Sunday’s trail run.