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Up and Down with Weight

Old 08-09-14, 08:04 AM
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Up and Down with Weight

Standard problem. Lose ten pounds over summer, gain 15-20 during the winter. 5 years has seen me go from 190 (end of summer '09) to peak of 240 this Spring. I'm back down to under 230. But...

I hate these swings.

Things I've observed: winter diet too rich and high in carbs. Eat too much, exercise too little. Summer diet is lean, calorie intake low, exercise level very high.

Damn winter!
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Story of my life. But now that I live in Florida, it is actually reversed. Too hot in the summer so I stay in and snack.
Now I am trying to snack on better things like nuts and fruit.
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I have realized I will probably have to log my food in Myfitnesspal or something similar for the rest of my life, maybe.

50 lbs is 175,000 calories, over 6 mos that works out to 964 calories more in than you/I burn in a day, should not be terribly difficult to identify the culprits in that equation :-).

I wish when we start out we had an accurate way to record how those first few rides felt, it is SO easy to forget :-).....now I feel it in my legs, and am rarely "winded" until I start to get my heart rate up over 150.....and even then not gasping for breathe.

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Originally Posted by Willbird
I have realized I will probably have to log my food in Myfitnesspal or something similar for the rest of my life, maybe.

50 lbs is 175,000 calories, over 6 mos that works out to 964 calories more in than you/I burn in a day, should not be terribly difficult to identify the culprits in that equation :-).

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I use Myfitnesspal to track my weight and Calories and Mapmyfitness to track walk/jogging and biking mileage.. With a low calorie program mixed with Biking, walk/jogging, swimming, and lifting weights I've gone from 308.5 to 249.5 in a little over 4 months..

The tools work, of course they only work as well as the effort..

Good luck..
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Do you have a trainer. Over winter the trainer and Sufferfest videos were my best friend.
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Originally Posted by Willbird
I have realized I will probably have to log my food in Myfitnesspal or something similar for the rest of my life, maybe.

50 lbs is 175,000 calories, over 6 mos that works out to 964 calories more in than you/I burn in a day, should not be terribly difficult to identify the culprits in that equation :-).

I wish when we start out we had an accurate way to record how those first few rides felt, it is SO easy to forget :-).....now I feel it in my legs, and am rarely "winded" until I start to get my heart rate up over 150.....and even then not gasping for breathe.

Bill
I can easily eat 500 to 1000 too many calories per day in winter. In fact, I'm probably doing that much by noon.

It starts at work. Unlike summer when the break/coffee room is filled with baskets of fresh cucumber and tomatoes, in winter people bring in donuts--not the light little affairs you can inhale in three bites either, but they buy boxes of these rich 600-calorie monsters, big as a Whopper and filled with cream. Avoiding those on a 5 degree gloomy February day takes tremendous willpower.

Lunch gets worse. Instead of eating something light and nutritionous as I prepare for a long bike ride home, like I do during summer, I'll go for fatty crap--and lots of it--like pizza, burgers or spaghetti and meatballs covered in cheese.

2-3 servings at dinner, even if it's leaner and more nutritious than the junk food lunch, easily adds an extra 1000 calories to my summertime evening meal, which is usually one small plate of balanced food. All in all, 2000 extra calories during a typical winter day can disappear fast.

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Originally Posted by Pakiwi
Do you have a trainer. Over winter the trainer and Sufferfest videos were my best friend.
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Yes. One winter I actually used it. I got the weight down below 190 that year. It was actually fun. But...using it definitely takes commitment.
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What are your goals. Write them Down. Plan your week out even over winter. I really recommend the Sufferfest videos Cycling Training Videos: The Sufferfest and they are a great price.
I also signed up for trainer road which gives me detail about every trainer ride I do.
Are you serious about getting the weight down. I mean really serious, because if your not, it makes it easy to pick up that doughnut or to skip rides.
i know I have bad days and eat things I shouldn't, and days I don't ride but the dedication over the last 9 months has me down almost 30 lbs, off cholesterol medication and blood pressure is normal.
biking really helps the stress and I enjoy it.
I have a long way to go but lots of improvements since I took this seriously.
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Originally Posted by baron von trail
I can easily eat 500 to 1000 too many calories per day in winter. In fact, I'm probably doing that much by noon.

It starts at work. Unlike summer when the break/coffee room is filled with baskets of fresh cucumber and tomatoes, in winter people bring in donuts--not the light little affairs you can inhale in three bites either, but they buy boxes of these rich 600-calorie monsters, big as a Whopper and filled with cream. Avoiding those on a 5 degree gloomy February day takes tremendous willpower.

Lunch gets worse. Instead of eating something light and nutritionous as I prepare for a long bike ride home, like I do during summer, I'll go for fatty crap--and lots of it--like pizza, burgers or spaghetti and meatballs covered in cheese.

2-3 servings at dinner, even if it's leaner and more nutritious than the junk food lunch, easily adds an extra 1000 calories to my summertime evening meal, which is usually one small plate of balanced food. All in all, 2000 extra calories during a typical winter day can disappear fast.
I COULD do the same , and did, but have chosen to do otherwise
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Originally Posted by baron von trail
Yes. One winter I actually used it. I got the weight down below 190 that year. It was actually fun. But...using it definitely takes commitment.
It generally only takes 3 days of exercise to maintain fitness. SO if you can do all the losing of weight and getting fit in the summer, it doesn't take much to maintain it over the winter. Of course, that doesn't account for Christmas cookies.
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Originally Posted by Pakiwi
What are your goals. Write them Down. Plan your week out even over winter. I really recommend the Sufferfest videos Cycling Training Videos: The Sufferfest and they are a great price.
I also signed up for trainer road which gives me detail about every trainer ride I do.
Are you serious about getting the weight down. I mean really serious, because if your not, it makes it easy to pick up that doughnut or to skip rides.
i know I have bad days and eat things I shouldn't, and days I don't ride but the dedication over the last 9 months has me down almost 30 lbs, off cholesterol medication and blood pressure is normal.
biking really helps the stress and I enjoy it.
I have a long way to go but lots of improvements since I took this seriously.
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It's clearly a matter of resolve. As the next post illustrates, when referring to eating a 1000 too many calories per day.

Originally Posted by Willbird
I COULD do the same , and did, but have chosen to do otherwise
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Originally Posted by linnefaulk
It generally only takes 3 days of exercise to maintain fitness. SO if you can do all the losing of weight and getting fit in the summer, it doesn't take much to maintain it over the winter. Of course, that doesn't account for Christmas cookies.
I have a pretty decent exercise routine in winter, mostly vigorous hiking up and down hills for a minimum of an hour per day. It's not a 5000-calorie burn like a 6 hour bike ride at top speed, but it's enough to stay reasonably fit, albeit while getting heavy. I think adding three to four days of intervals for an hour on the trainer is probably in order though.

Problem is eating. I notice immediately that I eat much better starting in April, and start eating crap come November. It's like I have that fat-death disease depicted in the Helliconia Trilogy--the humans who survive eat ravenously before the onset of winter, which lasts like 2500 years. Their offspring then starve themselves when the long hot summer comes. It's like that for me. Come the dark gloom, and fatty high carb food suddenly looks good.

I need to find a balanced diet that works for me. Not easy.
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Originally Posted by baron von trail
Problem is eating.
Yup, that's why we're all here. Fitness is earned on the bike, weight control at the dinner table. For me there's surprisingly little cross over.
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I think genetics tell us to eat those foods to stay warm. But that was when we lived in caves.
Keep the bad food out of your house, take your lunch to work. Allow yourself to indulge occasionally.
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