...other things. All training and nutrition related of course.
I've already decided on what my New Years Resolution is going to be: Get back into the sort of shape i was in during the summer between High School and College. Its going to involve a lot of work, of course, as i am no where near the shape i was then. That summer i rade 1500 miles from London to Rome, complete with panniers et al. Suprisingly, despite burning off around 6,000 calories and only perhaps eating 5,000 i didnt lose any weight, though my figure/form was slightly more gaunt looking (in the face) and my legs were more defined. I'm a pretty skinny looking guy, and putting on any sort of muscle has always seemed to be a problem for me. Putting on fat, on the other hand, hasnt. It all goes to my gut (which now slightly protrudes over my belt when i am sitting). So, my new years resolution is to get back in shaped.
Now, i know why i'm turning into a tub of lard. All through HS, i played Soccer for HS in the Fall, and for a traveling club outside of school in the Fall and Spring, with a little indoor soccer during the winter (and PE at school, though i did the bare minimum). In the Spring, it was distance runner on the track, though reoccuring knee injury took me from running the mile and 2 mile to running the 800M and the 4x400 B-Team. I was nothign special...60 seconds was my best 400M time, and 2:14 was my best 800M time. I no longer partake in either of these sports, now a senior at college, though i do play intramural soccer for the 1 week it takes place during (not so happy about that, but what can i do?) and then indoor soccer in the spring.
I'm currently entering the last week of the semester before winter break, and have lots of work to do of course, but i fully plan on returning to school in January as a new man, at least in mind-set and work ethic. I realise what i eat will have to change, and that might be hard for me to kick as i dont eat healthy. I currently eat (depending what day it is) a cheese-calzone or 2 slices of cheese pizza for lunch along with a 22oz gatorade. For dinner, its usually some sort of pasta, a salad, and a PBJ sandwich along with a glass of chocolate milk. I think improving my lunch will help me somewhat.
But my main point of this thread is to ask you what the best way to shed some weight while building up some endurance, strength, and muscle.
I havent ridden my bike more then perhaps 200 miles this season (Spring 06-Fall 06) mainly due to an ankle injury i suffered in April that prevented me from being able to walk for a month. I couldnt put any weight on my foot or anything. They thought i might have torn the ligaments holding the two leg bones together in the ankle, but i ended up tearing a ligament and a tendon on the outside of my ankle instead. Pretty severe injury, but i opted not to go through surgery to fix it and let nature take its course. Currently, 8 months later, i'm still suffering from the injury. Stiff ankle, painful at times, not as flexible as it was, still slightly swollen in appearance (scar tissue most likely), etc. I have to wear an ankle brace when i partake in any sport other then cycling. When i started to cycle post-injury, at the top of each peddle stroke it was slightly painful/uncomfortable due to the angle as the ankle was not used to it. Its much better now, but still prevents me from performing at my best. Since i've lost some motor function with it, an all out sprint will eventually send me flat on my face. Being incapable of doing much for the first 3 months of the summer, physical therapy helped a little but i've still put on around 5lbs of weight due to lack of excersise.
I'm now around 5'10", and 155lbs or so. Might be closer to 160 at this point, but thats about a 30lb difference from what i weighed in High School. Of course, i think i've grown a bit and put on some muscle weight, but i'd like to lost between 10-15 lbs between now and the cycling season in March. I plan on playing racquetball with my room mate (though am more likely to get injured doing this as he has a tendancy to hit me with the ball more often then not - i'll hit him in the head with it next time he hits me) though i am not sure how my ankle will hold up playing that sport.
In addition to trying to eating more healthy (have yet to finalise my schedule so dont know if i'll have 30 mins to eat lunch - the calzone is faster then waiting in line for a sandwich) i'll also drag my ass to the gym on the other side of campus. My question regarding this is what sort of excersises should i be doing to lose weight, build endurance and strength?