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    Commute Recon-Son Came For Ride Too!

    My commute, the long way around, avoids most traffic and is on paved trails near a river. I wanted to go ride a portion of it to see how it is from the ground. My son wanted to come along, which made me happy. Unfortunately both of us need to lose weight, so this may be a perfect thing to get us active. We are going to a nutrition class this week as well, so we can learn to eat better and healthier.

    We had fun, and went about 6 miles.

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    Sounds good.

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    Yeah, I hope so. We have such poor eating habits that I am scared we can't change. It's gonna be tough.

    Another pic, further along the trail.

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    What a great way to spend time together.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SquatchBiker View Post
    Yeah, I hope so. We have such poor eating habits that I am scared we can't change. It's gonna be tough.

    Another pic, further along the trail.
    I'm sure you'll change if you want to, especially if you focus on eating healthy foods you actually like. For years I've kept weight reasonable simply by applying Elaine's "spongeworthy" approach. I'd look at what I was thinking of eating and think, "is it worth, what it's going to cost me to burn it off?" I'd only eat foods high in satisfaction and low in calories or fat. Or I'd eat smaller quantities of really good stuff (regardless of the calories) rather than lots of stuff that was less satisfying.

    If I really wanted anything I'd have some, if it wasn't special I'd pass and hold out for better (my cat does the same). After a day or two, I'd be in the habit, and find I could pass up anything not great, and work my way back to the lower end of my weight range. At my goal, life would be good and I'd relax the rules, but still pass up fair and hold out for good or better.

    I've been doing this for decades and am very cold blooded about it and can pass up just about anything when I think there's better out there (makes my family crazy). So it's not about depriving yourself of anything, just holding out for better. Anyway, Better, more flavorful food is usually more satisfying and you tend to eat less without trying.

    BTW- I don't know how you two are going to keep up the riding on that miserable bike trail. Aren't there any busy 4 lane concrete roads out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquatchBiker View Post
    I wanted to go ride a portion of it to see how it is from the ground. My son wanted to come along, which made me happy. Unfortunately both of us need to lose weight, so this may be a perfect thing to get us active. We are going to a nutrition class this week as well, so we can learn to eat better and healthier.

    We had fun, and went about 6 miles.
    Riding + nutrition class (should) = success.

    I'm not sure how old your son is, however, based on absolutely nothing, I'd guess he's in is early teens. Consider your weight loss a gift to him. You'll be around longer to share life with him...and maybe grandkids. Plus, if he sees you serious about it, hopefully he'll set good habits earlier in life. All good things!

    Please keep us updated on your progress.

    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    ...simply by applying Elaine's "spongeworthy" approach.
    THANK YOU! That is awesome! I'm using that from now on!!!! That's a perfect way to describe it!
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    Yeah, I figured riding along something like that would be more pleasurable than fighting traffic. The nutrition class was good, they gave us lots of tools and some very handy guides of what not to eat, what to eat in moderation and what to focus on. We're giving it a try.
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    I found my longer distance rides to be very helpful in breaking eating habits, as they kept me away from the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator for many hours at a time. It wasn’t long before I no longer needed a jolt of soda and could easily refrain from eating for several hours. I also found that I didn’t require as great a portion to feel comfortably full.

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