When I retired, around 10 years ago, I promised myself I would ride my bike at least 2000 miles a year. I have always loved riding and felt that this would be very pleasurable not to mention a help on weight control. The 2000 miles a year seemed like a wonderful long distance to a guy who had ridden after work and on weekends and vacations. I have kept the promise and expanded it. One of the things about being retired is that you have more time to pursue your joys. The joy of cycling has become a big pursuit for me.
Last year I logged 4777 miles and managed just under 3500 the year before. The point of all this is that cycling at that pace adds up. For some reason I have been highly motivated to ride this year. Even with the dog in the front carrier. I keep a daily log of my mileage and at the end of the year, I get my new calendar and copy down my individual rides on the new year dates, so I can compare my progress week by week. So, far this year, I am over 1000 miles ahead of last year’s pace on this date.
I think the additional riding started to add up in the last few months as I have actually lost over 10 lbs since we started the blog in March. I had such an ingrained habit of watching my diet and not overindulging that as I ratcheted up my cycling, I was ratcheting down my body weight.
The Lose It! program is a great help in tracking consumption as well as calorie burn. Unfortunately, I had continued to aim for BELOW my body weight requirements. Nothing like taking an excellent tool and using it incorrectly!
Last week, my weight had fallen to 154 lbs which was really the lowest I have been since high school. It was nice to wear 30 inch waist pants, but I would have preferred to have a few more pounds on my old bones.
For the past week, I have made a concerted effort to consume more. Besides my usually healthy fare of Black and Tan Rice and my wonderful High Fiber Parfait, I have added a small amount of apple pie and chocolate to kick up my calories.
I gained a pound this week. Good news. Maybe I finally have the handle on this weight control thing. It is fascinating that John and I are going in different directions at this time. For years, we have commiserated with each other about our various ‘plateaus’ and sticking points in our respective battles of the bulge.
Writing blog items has focused my mind on healthy activity and eating and suddenly I am not fighting the battle of the bulge any more.