I guess it's time I do this...
As my post count says, I've been a regular on BF for a while now, yet I've only ever made 3 posts in the clyde forum. Probably just to keep the fact that I a clyde out of my mind. I've read things in this forum, but tend to hang out in C&V, and commuting, and occasionally the Tandem forum. I guess it's time I make my introduction, and acknowledge this to myself and this supportive commune that is BikeForums.
My name is Gene Richardson. I'm 20 years old. I live in a hilly little area of North Carolina called Zebulon. I work at Satans superstore. And I weigh about 245, up from my weight even earlier this year of 230.
I'm tired of it. I'm tired of walking around feeling self-concious of my rolls. Of feeling self-concious when riding my bike for being such a hefty guy on a "dainty" little road bike.
This past week or so I've had some revelations. I've actually started counting the calories I take in for the most part, counting my soda intake, and making observations and correlations between what I do and how I feel.
None of it was new to me, but most of it was unknown. I simply ate, drank my Dr. Pepper, and went about my day. I know I eat too much, and I know that I drink too much soda, but it just never hit me about how MUCH.
Changing the way I eat is gonna be the longest running challenge. But, tonight I realized how much sugar is in the soda I consume on a daily basis. Working at Wal-Mart is a difficult place to lose weight, especially when one works in frozen foods and is surrounded by pictures of good looking food all day. It usually doesn't bother me, and most of the time I barely pay attention to what I'm putting up. But it only adds to the difficulty of attempting to lose weight. And being having soda shoved at me every which way doesn't make matters easier. I, on an average day, consume about 80oz of Dr. Pepper (almost exclusively). That's 1000k/cal and 264g of sugar. That astounds me. I'm suprised I haven't gotten a kidney stone *knocks on wood*.
I know that's only one of many hurdles I have to do to reach my goal weight of 175. It's not too much, I know I can do it. And I want to do it by next halloween (so I can pull of a costume I want to wear).
I've been doing research into developing an excercise routine, and to get off my lazy butt over the winter (besides commuting and work) I'm finally biting the bullet and buying myself rollers next week so I can ride, train, and improve all aspects of my form over the winter, so the next road cycling season I'm in good condition to go out and ride for hours on end like I enjoy doing so much.
I'll appreciate any and all comments, compliments, tips, and even criticisms. I need the support, and I need the push.
Thanks for reading.