I'm wondering if any of you who began cycling later in life (as opposed to continuing since you were much younger) have seen a noticeable change in your physical appearance. Not just weight loss leading to a smaller version of your previous shape, but the toning and re-shaping and muscle definition that results from consistent, regular physical exercise. I realize it takes years to get rid of the fat deposits that took years to pile on the hips, legs, belly and arms..... but is it really possible to get a leanish-looking body when you start getting serious in your 50s?
I used to diet when I was younger. Back then, exercise wasn't preached like it is now. Dieting leads to only a smaller version of the previous shape -- same bulges as before, just smaller. Physical activity + reasonable dietary changes lead to not only a smaller body, but a smoother appearance.
At 50+ I am still able to lose weight somewhat easily through moderate diet changes and moderate almost-daily exercise, but the fat distribution is different and it hangs on for dear life from the waist up. I'm wondering if I need to lower my expectations, or if the results will just take longer. I believe our appearance isn't as important as our overall health and fitness.... but for those moments when I do care, I'd just like to know. :)