I'm between 5'8" and 5'9" and weigh 210 lbs. Most of my visible flab is, like with many men, around my midsection. Damn those microbrews anyway!
My goal, starting from April 1 and running through June 30, is to lose 30 lbs. I got a good deal on a 2005 Specialized Allez Sport that was gathering dust on the LBS's showroom floor. Today and tomorrow I'll be using the 20% off coupon (which you get if you purchase a bike from this shop) for a few accessories. So, I'm almost good to go.
Regarding diet, my wife and I are preparing to implement the South Beach Diet, which was developed by a well-respected cardiologist in Florida. My own doctor, who doesn't recommend "diets", says that the SBD is a good "nutrition plan".
Regarding riding and such, I realized just how out of shape I am cardiovascularly last night when I rode my new bike home from the LBS, a distance of approximately 3 miles (maybe less). So, I'm not going to go out and start riding 10 mile days right away.
For those of you in the medical field, I have a question. When I rode my bike home last night, I worked my heart and lungs pretty danged hard--harder than I've worked them in a few years, I believe. I noticed, after I got home, that my upper chest seemed to develop some light congestion and a feeling of "tightness". I had to clear my throat often, like when you get a chest cold and develop phlegm. What's up with that? I've noticed this effect almost my whole life any time I really tax myself cardiovascularly. Now, I just had my annual physical and no obvious signs of heart disease were found. My blood work did reveal that my bad cholesterol is a bit high and my good cholesterol is a bit low. But other than that, no anomalous results. Any thoughts?
Anyway, this is my starting point.