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Location: Gainesville, FL
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Originally Posted by scotsman
Hello, I started April 4 2006 at 286lb. On November 24 2006 I WAS down to 222lb. Then the holidays hit and now I just weighed and I gained back 16lb. Anyone else have this kind of trouble? I know a big part of my gain was not riding or walking enough in the colder weather. ( and could not say no to holiday goodies).Does anyone here have this problem in the winter months? And how do you counter the lack of outdoor exercise. ( I live in a rural small town, no indoor exercise facility close ). I love this forum it is what motivated me in the first place. Iam retired and 59 years old.
First off, congrats on the weight you HAVE taken off between April 2006 and today; by my accounting that's nearly 50lbs, which is fantastic!!
Now, I hate cold weather too, so I can sympathize with you. It's 53F outside right now, which might be warm for you guys up north, but we're walking around in mucklucks and parkas here in Florida..
One thing you can do to get that "workout" indoors is to invest in a good quality trainer. Personally, I have a cyclops fluid2 and am happy as can be; others recommend the Kurt Kinetic. A trainer will set you back about $250-300, but it allows you to ride your bike in the comfort of your own house.
When I do "trainer night," I set it up in front of the TV and pop in a movie I hadn't seen yet (Monday night I watched "A History of Violence"). The movie helps keep your mind off the exercise.
A few other suggestions for using the trainer:
1. Put a yoga mat on the floor, with a full size towel on top of the mat. This will absorb the sweat and keep it from getting into the rug/flooring underneath.
2. You can use a phone book instead of a riser block.
3. Use a smaller hand towel over the top tube to absorb sweat as it pours off of you.
4. Setup a fan to help cool you down.