I thought I was doing great until very recently--the last time I weighed in at the gym (and frankly, the last time I set foot in...) was in December of 2012, and I was 235... I got re-motivated recently, started riding my bikes a bit more, and then finally bought a home scale. The numbers don't lie: 240. Hmmm. I guess I was heavier than I thought. My previous all-time high has been 254 or so (for comparison, I was 185 when I got out of boot camp and 200 when I married all those long years ago...).
So its time to stop lying to myself and accept that although I can kid myself into a bad diet, I can't cycle my way out of it. My food intake has to change. No more Pho for lunch (almost everyday ), no more 4 tortillas at a sitting, zero pastas (don't even like 'em... lol), and more riding.
I've been commuting to work at least 3 days a week (6.5 miles or so each way), and am shooting for 5 days. It's very possible, and I just have to lose the excuses for driving the truck in..
I've been riding when I get home (with the fam--towing my 4 year old), and on weekends. I'm going to start charting my rides on Strava, and keeping a log of food intake/ride details.
And I will ride more...
We took the kids out to pedal our new favorite local loop yesterday (around the Puddingstone reservoir/park, out to the airport, and then home), and had a blast. We used to truck the bikes in to the park, then ride around, but this time we left from our front door! It was so cool! I had a great time training (in my mind) for my Clyde assault on GMR (towing 80+ lbs is good, me thinks... lol!!), and it was a good "get to know her bike" session for the wife. Speaking of which, she's still a bit spooked by her new road bike. It's twitchier and she's much less confident on it than she was on her Cannondale Bad Boy.
Any tips from the ladies (or gents) a to how I can help her get comfortable on it? I mounted up a set of Tioga Sure Foot 8 pedals (platforms with pins) because she absolutely refuses to even consider clipless (and I can't really blame her). I know she needs more saddle time, and that the confidence will grow. I mean, it kind of kills her joy--she is an absolute animal on the climbs, but rides the brakes ( ) all the way down any descent...
Thanks for letting me share, and for the motivation!!!