Pardon me while I think out loud a bit. Feel free to join in with your own mindless blather if you care to.
I was sitting here taking a good hard long look at my ever present jelly roll. Given my age and quite a few other factors, jelly roll and I have gotten to know each other pretty well over the years. He has a strength and will of his own and after repeated attempts to beat him into submission he always finds a way to get off the mat. When I started riding bikes on a regular (strenuous) basis a few years back, I really thought I had him licked. I lost a great deal of his girth, if not a lot of weight overall, by riding my bike. Of course there came a time when I hit that plateau and quit losing, was just sort of holding my own. Even still, jelly was a lot smaller than he used to be.
Over the last year I have taken to recumbent trikes to the point that I won't ride the DF as primary choice any more. I have noted that riding the trike works my legs (specifically my quads) a heck of a lot more than the DF. It requires a lot more of me to get that bike down the road. I find that I use a lot more muscles across my abdomen, arms, and shoulders...or should I say I use them in a much different way to counteract "boom steer" and whatnot. To me it feels as if going down the road X number of miles on the 'bent wouldn't tire me out the same way on the DF unless it was twice the mileage.
..as I said, just ruminating...
So, we finished moving and I am getting in a bunch more miles, have quit eating the fast food, doing a lot more climbing. Where I am not getting any faster on the trike, the last ride I took on the DF was an easy 2.5mph average FASTER. But still, jelly persists, and I am gaining weight. I think I am building muscle in my legs and under jelly. It would sure explain the gain. It is strange to me that I feel like I am working harder, feel more tired out from the effort (more comfortable though) and in spite of that don't lose the weight the same way as while I ride the DF. I am guessing it simply comes down to hours in the saddle in spite of the perceived effort on my part.
It's all good though. I did my longest open road trike ride the other day, a day ride from here to a small town South and back which was just under 50 miles. It went a long way towards improving my confidence riding the trike. In my mind I still have this fear about riding the trike in places that I wouldn't hesitate on the DF. I have been playing with some new tactics on road positioning, while improving speed and strength, along with the proper application of lights and flags. Reading along with some of the cross country tourers on trikes has gone a long way towards alleviating those fears as well. After all, I know that the presence of them in my mind is a construct of jelly. He is a devious and deceitful trickster.