Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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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!