The item yesterday on mall-walking presented a really clear example of a well-intentioned exercise outing possibly resulting in going overboard on calorie consumption. Since it all happened within an hour or so, it was very straight forward.
Consider this a variation on that theme.
A couple of years ago, I was counting up my bike riding miles. On November 28 I had a total of 3493 miles. I figured I was a cinch to reach my goal of 3500 miles for the year. There were two days left of November and the entire month of December. How could I miss getting another 7 miles?
Then came the snow and the ice and the freeze and winter’s winds. Chicago became Narnia under the spell of the White Witch. I looked out my window each morning and felt like a little kid who couldn’t go out and play.
At that point I was only weighing myself weekly so I didn’t catch on to what was happening for a while. The first week went by and I was unable to ride my bike. I gained 3 lbs. I didn’t take it too seriously because I know that water retention and elimination can through your weight off by a couple of pounds.
Another week of no riding passed, however, and I found that I was tipping the scales at 176 lbs, a gain of 6 lbs in two weeks. That’s not water weight. That’s a problem.
What was going on? Well, in retrospect it is pretty simple. Like the mall-walkers, I was out-eating my exercise or maybe more clearly I wasn’t exercising enough to balance my eating. Actually, I didn’t eat any more than usual, but I wasn’t riding my bike. So, the hole in my exercise routine had to be filled. I was packing on calories that normally would burn right off on a bike ride.
I started going to the health club at that point and doing cardio for a while every day and every other day adding weights to the workout. This filled in the hole in my exercise budget.
Long story short. I never got to ride again after November 28 and I fell short of my goal of 3500 miles.
On the positive side, I stopped packing on pounds and added some weight-bearing exercise to my routine.