Get Surly, Lose Weight: Another "Burn Fat Not Oil" Success Story
After being complimented by some female friends I bumped into on the street today, I just had to check... sure enough, I've dropped 15 lbs. and one and a half pant sizes since getting my fixed gear Surly Cross-Check back in April and going very car-light. Sorry for gushing, but I'm jazzed!
Amazing what towing little kids in a Wike trailer with a fixed gear will do... sure beats the crap out of loafing around in a minivan
Yeah, I just talked to one of my college cycling buddies today. He had a terrible job, was on the road a lot and ate mostly fast food. Last summer he had gained a ton of weight and his doctor said that he was on the road to diabetes, heart disease, etc.
Now he's at home more, eating well and pulling the kids around Minneapolis on a Burly trailer. I think he said he lost 23 lbs or so! What's more, his kids love the trailer rides!
Thanks for the kind words. I was doing something similar to what's described above - driving 90+ miles a day, eating poorly, not exercising much if at all. Left that job and got one here in town and now I am eating somewhat more healthy but using my bike for roughly 95% of my transport needs. On the weekends we are often car-free, Memorial Day weekend we did over 60 miles of riding (all towing the trailer) and had a great time.
When I started I was hovering around 250, now I'm down to 235 and feel like I'm on a downward trend. At 6'3" and a large frame, my goal is a fit 220. I won't be ripped or anything like it at that weight, but it'll be an enormous improvement over where I was.
I've cut out soda and other sweetened drinks and do only water and my beloved coffee during the day. Cut out the beer & wine except for the weekly date night with the wife (which we ride to on bicycles). Finding that as I get healthier, healthier food becomes more appealing. Mostly eat chicken, rarely have red meat unless it's a burger (and then maybe once every two weeks). So I'm definitely not eating rabbit food by any means.
The commute is only 3 miles RT (15 miles per work week), but I usually get in another 15 or more on the weekends, towing the trailer. That is a hell of a workout with fixed gear! LOL Will be finishing up the Xtracycle conversion this weekend which will A) give me gears B) almost completely eliminate our need for a car for most local family trips.
Overall, this is the healthiest lifestyle I've lived so far, and I love it!
Congratulations! "Burn fat not oil" is inspirational- I'll have to remember it while doing errands on my bike or on foot. It's an untappped national resource so hopefully more people will start doing it.