One Year In

On October 31, 2007 I started weighing myself and making steps to change bad habits.  I knew then that it would be a long-term change.  What has changed in one year?

  • I’ve lost 67.4 lbs
  • I’ve been on a 60-mile bike ride
  • I can ride my bike to work (and do on an irregular basis)
  • I can tie my shoes without hurting myself
  • I like what I see in the mirror
  • I have a lot better muscle tone (mostly in the legs)
  • I’ve realized that “fat guy” is not a permanent state
  • I’ve spent way too much money on bike stuff
  • I now know that my goal weight is achievable (54 more lbs to go)
  • I’m not afraid of riding a bike in bad weather
  • People who haven’t seen me in a while are surprised at my appearance
  • My eating habits are much better now
  • I don’t drink soda
  • I drink much more water, and much less beer

I did all of this without any fancy diets, just sensible eating.  No drugs, surgery, or other short-cuts.

On October 31, 2009, I intend to write another post like this announcing that I’ve reached my goal weight of 175 lbs.

4 thoughts on “One Year In”

  1. Well done!

    …Just to mention something you probably already know… As you get lighter you get diminishing returns from riding. I started cycling when I was pushing 220 lbs. this summer. I began tracking weight and mileage in August. This table shows mileage vs. weight lost by month:

    Month kilometres lbs. lost
    Aug. ~473 8
    Sep. ~850 7
    Oct. ~953 6

    (fyi, I’m now at ~184 lbs, the target I’d set for myself was 180, so maybe if I can do 1000+ km this month I’ll be there in four weeks, lol.)

  2. I hadn’t considered the “lightening the load” aspect. Of course, my long-wheelbase recumbent, bags, lights, fenders, laptop, tools, clothes, and other sundry stuff weighs in at 70 lbs, so I’ve got that going for me 🙂

    I guess as I weigh less I’ll have to work to get faster.

  3. Wow.. 70 pounds of bike.. that must be fun on hills!

    So.. should I look for fitguy to open up next year?

  4. Well, the bike is only that weight with full commuting gear. My commute is relatively flat.

    If I ever ride a multi-day tour, I’ll have the weight to deal with, but speed won’t be a huge issue. Besides, I’m not too proud to get off the bike and push up hills when necessary.

    I really have no idea what I’ll do with I have a year to think about it though.

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