So, I have been commuting 10 miles each way 80% of the time since late May, and in the last 2 weeks or so, really buckled down on the diet, tracking the cals, etc, of EVERYTHING that went in my piehole, even the not so good stuff like beer, etc, and have forced myself to stay within 1800-2200 calories max per day.
I set weigh in day to be Monday. Back in May I started at around 250ish (I am 5'11"). Last Monday I was at 241.5. Today's weigh-in Got me under 240 at 237.5, for a drop of 4lbs in the past week!! That progress has been my best encouragement yet!
Funnily, I do not feel deprived at all on this cal count. I won't call it a diet, since it is not really a plan or group of target foods so much as just eating sensibly and regularly. I have eliminated chips and soda in general, but I still enjoy beer, and I had hot dogs and stuff this past weekend. It just all needs to be accounted for in the log. What I found is by not prohibiting anything, there really is less urge to 'cheat', and If I have the nibblies, I just eat something on hand like Kashi bars or something, since there isnt any junk in the house.
The steady riding during the week, and 1 additional ride on the weekend (I did 20 miles last night) on top of all my regular activities has proven a good burn for me, and is providing a calorie deficit that is much larger than it feels-around 2000/day, if you add up the poundage and split it over the week-this number lines up with my log and calculations as well, +-, so I know it is on.
Anyway, a long-winded post without much of a point, but I figured I would put my experiences out there, as I know that there are others on the same path as me.
My goal is to be at 210 by 12/1/2008, and I am going to try a short term push goal of getting under 230 by August 1. That is a stretch, but I go on vacation that day, and it would be a good milestone point.