I've not been on the bike much since the TX heat kicked up but I have been lifting regularly at the gym to get ready to train in jiu-jitsu this fall. I've stuck at 220-225, but I've lost a couple inches trading fat for muscle.
last year i blew my lower back out, meaning 2 blown out disc and one crushed disc inbetween those two, and had to drop some flab. i was already about 15 lbs over weight, but then you throw in a couple months of being laid up.....35lbs overboard really quick. i have dropped 20lbs in the past 4 months by
biking everywhere and hitting the gym 3 days a week, consistently!, i watched what i ate, meaning i stopped eating the random sandwhich in the middle of the day. i also eat breakfast now. it is the most important meal of the day. anyway. my back still hurts, but losing the weight has done it a lot of good, not to mention got me back on a bike and i feel better.
I've lost 12 lbs in 5 weeks. But, it takes a lot for me to lose weight after the initial drop, even with diet and exercise. I no longer purposely diet. As I increase my mileage, that seems to take care of itself. One very noticeable thing, though there's not a great difference in waist circumference, the pants are getting baggy in the hips.
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I'm moving out of my current house here soon and tried on some old clothes that I found from my "freshman days" while packing and tried them on.... (dramatic music in the background) THEY FIT!
After an inital quick loss of 8 lbs, it has been a bit of a slog to keep it going. Still biking the same amount, and eating well, but also had a couple 'nights out' with friends that involved lotsa beer and pizza. However, I am back on the down slope, and if the scale is correct, I am just a hair below 240 this morning, and I know that I am also (re)building muscle in my legs.
My wife says that I look like I lost a ton of weight, too, and she is the most important judge.
Haven't taken my BP, but it has been steady at 110/80 for years, and was so at this year's physical.
I will, however, be really interested in my cholesterol, which, while trending in the right direction, was still a bit high.
Yesterday I was stopped at a light when a kid in a car that had passed me earlier openned his door, looked at me and said, "You fast!" I had been going around 25 when they passed me so it was nice to get some unexpected encouragement for my hard work. I've moved to a tighter belt notch since riding this summer, I'm on the smallest one so hopefully a new belt will be in order by the end of summer, .
Getting in shape:
1. Body composition - i.e., muscle/fat/bones ratios
2. Cardiovascular health
3. Muscular strength
5. Body chemistry - what you eat, cholesterol levels, BP, etc.
ALL are important.
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1. I have lowered my body fat composition down to 20%, which is good seeing how last year it was at 25%.
2. I have stopped using salt (but occasionally use Sea Salt)
3. I improved my max on my bench to 285lbs and improved my squat to 315lbs and can now do three sixty second planks in a row with only 10 sec rest.
4. Getting better at this, I stretch every time I get off my bike.
5. I have started to look at labels for how much sodium and how much saturated fat is in certain foods and have made changes in my main foods that I eat (I have not eaten chinese food in a MONTH!)
Basically being new at the whole biking thing, I can't say that it's had an affect yet. But I'm sure it will
I did start the year right over 300(303 if I remember right) Today I'm down to 268. Biggest things for me so far was the push to get out and walk more, averaging 4 miles a trip 4-5 times a week. I also cut out the soda and ice tea. I cut my snacking down alot. Actually no desire to snack like I did.
I still eat most of the same foods, not the best. But I can't give up some of my favorites. I am trying to re-learn my eating habits. Cutting portions,and not having to clean my plate each time. Some of this I learned from the Paul McKenna special that was on TLC a few months back.
I am kind of proud of myself. Picked up my bike friday, only rode a mile before it rained. Saturday and Sunday I did around 3.5 miles each day. Yesterday(monday) I upped to 5.2 miles, purposely doing 3 hills. Today(tuesday) I rode to the next town, 13.55 miles round trip. Can't say it was non-stop, I took a few breaks. But I set a goal for the day and made it.
This section of Bike Forums is a big motivation for me.
I've been at it a few weeks now. My clothes are already getting looser, and people comment that I look like I've lost weight. I logged 25 miles on Sunday, my longest ride yet. Hills are getting easier and my endurance keeps getting better. I've cut out all the sugar I can find in my diet, no soda anymore and almost all red meat. I've lost 2 pounds. My next step is going to be lifting, much more mileage and as little calorie intake as I can manage and still function mentally. My goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year. Yes, I'm having a bad attitude day.
On the way in to work today, and as I made the turn into the last road on my way to work (about a mile of straight-ish quiet-ish road, some skinny guy on a road bike coming the opposite way made the same turn a few seconds before I did. I decided I'd try and catch him then keep up for the hell of it. 3/4 of a mile later (at a steady 21/22 mph) he looks behind to turn right (in the UK, so we drive on the left), sees me, does a double take, smiles, waves and makes the turn.
I arrived at work somewhat surprised at having a) kept up, and b) broken a sweat, which I've not really done on my commute for a couple of months which in itself is encouraging...