"Celebrate good times. COME ON! There's a party going on around here..."
I tell you, in some ways I haven't given it a ton of thought -not obsessing or anything- until I read this post: One Year Ago
OK, the story: Last April I got a bike (then I got another bike this April. that's it) after getting fat on the couch for 20 years. I mean, I met my wife at 145 (OK, I was 27. Things are different when you're 27) and over the years -after I quit riding and after I quit smoking- I'd watch the number climb. It went something like this: "OK, I'm not going over 165". I'd hit 170. "OK, I'm not going over 175" 180. No way am I gonna weigh 190 pounds" 195. 200 was my panic point. I've hit 195 before but never more than that. Ha! 200... 205... 210... 215... all the way up to 225 lbs. On my 5'10" frame. Alright, my dad was big ol' Nebraska farm boy and he weighed 220 but he was 6'4". 225 on my frame was a heart attack about to happen. My blood pressure was intractable (and I was on a boatload of meds). My resting pulse was, like, 75-80 BPM. I was a mess. Then I got my Kaitai.
I finally worked my way (my weight? ) down to 200. Then -TADA!- I got under 200. 199, in fact. But I'd kind of bounce over and under a bit. Then it started staying under 200 all the time. Even after 10 days in Manhattan. With my Jewish in-laws (we Jews love to eat. It's a culture based on food. To the older generation of Jews, a fat belly is a sign of prosperity. I'm not of the old generation. I see things a little differently). Then I got to 195 and it would bounce around that number. Then it stayed under 195. Today, I hit 193. My next goal (after getting under 200) is to get in the 180s. That is now in sight, just 4 pounds away. I'm going to do it! After that, I'd like to get to 180. If Boonen can ride at 180, so can I.
And it's all down to the bikes. Did 100 miles a month last year, got the LeMond and now I do 200 miles a month. I haven't drastically cut back my food intake, I've just spent as much time as I can on my bike. OK, not as much as I can. I can do more but I do have a day job and a life to live. And NOW I have a much better chance *to* live it. Next, I'll start cutting my dinner portions down a bit.
Sing the hossanahs, sing the praises. Can I get a witness? Cycling is the BOMB, baby
Oh, my resting pulse now? 57 or so. My BP (at home) is 125/75 (or lower). After a ride it's 110/60. My pants size has gone from a 42 to a 40 to 38 (and is getting close to 36. Soon). The lower threshold on my HRM is set to 125. I never used to hear it beep once I started pedalling. Even at an easy cruise. Now, it gets harder and harder to get it over 110 unless I start pushing a little. Then, it doesn't take much of a climb to get it up to 160bpm so let's not get too carried away.