My name is John. And I've big big all of my life. Since about the 3rd grade. I was over 250lbs in the 8th grade, and in September of 2013 I made the decision to be healthy. I did a ton of research on how to lose weight the gimmick-free way, in a way that would radically change my lifestyle. I didn't want to diet, I wanted to change. I discovered a lot about how calories work and how weight loss works. Realized the metabolism isn't as varied as Dr. Oz and related ilk make it sound; and that I could lose weight!
Around September 20th, I was ready to start. I emptied out my house of food. Threw basically everything away. The "sunk cost" fallacy is a fallacy that says keeping something simply because you've already bought it is a bad reason to keep something. If it doesn't add value, get rid of it. That's was an important 'step one' because it also meant I didn't need to finish my plate, or eat unhealthy foods just because they were given to me. I only needed to put into my body what helped me reached my goal. Period. No cheat days, no excuses. After taking a couple garbage bags worth of fried and processed foods and replacing them with fresh veggies, lean meats (chicken and salmon mostly), and tossing out all of the bags of sugar I used to make my 3-cups-of-sugar-per-gallon-of-tea sweet tea. I also bought two scaled, one for my food, and one for me (A wii fit balance board, actually, for me). Stepped on and I was at 341 pounds.
This morning, I was at 228 pounds. I lost most of that weight between September 2013 and May 2014. Over the summer we moved and I had a lot going on and I got really bad about not excercising and not keeping track of my food. At all. I still don't eat unhealthy foods, but I wasn't keeping a close eye on it. I didn't gain, but I didn't lose. Actually, I consider that a victory. It means my lifestyle change worked! I was at about 240 then and am now down to 228.
I'm wanting to get into bicycling to improve my overall fitness. And I'm looking for suggestions. My last bike was a mountain bike as a kid. I have NO idea where to start. Gear and clothing, a bike, what do I need? I want something comfortable, and I want to ride on the road (at this point, not a lot of interest in off-road riding). And of course, the goal here is fitness. I live just outside of a small town on a curvy 30mph road with varying hills, 3 miles from my office and about 5 miles from a park. So there's no need, at this point, to haul the bike. If that matters.
I am really into long distance motorcycle riding, and I know I love being out and exploring roads. Though I won't be doing the 400+ mile days I do on my motorcycle; I think I'd like to do some of that back roads riding under my own power!
Thanks guys and gals!