It’s fitting that I’m writing a post titled “Wake Up?” at 3:00am somehow… It is interesting laying in bed on a January night with the window open listening to a thunderstorm. A few days ago temperatures were in the teens. Tonight it’s 55F.
I didn’t ride the recumbent today (yesterday?). This became important later.
I rode the Big Dummy. I had my doctor appointment with my new family doctor. I like my new doctor. He’s nice, competent, and is honest. He pointed out that my overeating and drinking are not only working against my weight loss effort (what weight loss effort?), but are adding to my depression.
So anyway, I met up with Tim again after work for our hour-long spin that we often do on Mondays. As we rode more, my neck hurt worse. It probably wouldn’t have been an issue on the ‘bent. When we were nearing the end, I headed back on Payne St rather than following him back to his car on Mellwood Ave. I wanted to cut the ride short.
I could have/should have went home. Instead I stopped for food and beer. I had my laptop with me so I made use of the free wi-fi and posted about my gastronomical disaster on BikeForums.
I went to bed after getting home. I woke up in the middle of the night and looked at my post on BikeForums. Apparently many people are supporting me and want me to continue the weight loss. There’s a bit of “tough love” including from some strangers. :)
The BikeForums post, the discussion with Tim while riding, and my doctor’s advice are all ganging up on me. It is time to make a change. Sure I lost 100lbs in 2007-2008. Since then I’ve either held steady or gained. I’m up 30lbs from my lowest weight. I don’t want to be The Fat Guy anymore.
The neck pain has mostly ended long rides, but I can change that by riding the recumbent. I just have to push myself out there and I will ride. I miss disappearing for a day with the bike and a camera. I can still do it.
I’m not spending any large amounts of money on bike stuff for a bit. Long-term, I don’t know what bike(s) I’ll be riding. I have one bike that I can ride a lot now, even with my neck issue. It really doesn’t need anything other than maybe better lights, but I’ll use what I have for now. The last time I spent money on that bike (upgraded brakes) I barely rode it for months because my neck improved. Not that I’m complaining…
I need to make some major dietary changes, but I’m not writing out new rules here right now. I’ve done that a few times recently and failed each time. I’m going to make some changes now, but the changes are more minor and less strict. I’ll figure out more later. I will start riding more immediately also.
There’s also the issue of Robin. We tend to go out to eat every day. She wants to make changes too, so maybe it’s time. Overall, I think she eats better than I do. We’ll need to figure out social activities that don’t involve copious consumption of calories.