I bitched and moaned a bit about gaining weight over the last 18 months. I’ve made half-hearted attempts to get back on track. Today, I’m getting serious.
My weight goals:
- Get back down under 200lbs by March 2012
- Get to my goal weight of 175lbs by September 2012
- Maintain my weight between 175 and 180 indefinitely
How will I achieve these goals? I will:
- Get back to tracking everything I consume
- Drink beer only for special, social occasions
- Quit going out to eat alone
- Quit eating at my desk at home or at work – especially snacks
- Severely limit carbohydrate consumption, especially sugars and grains, except on days with big bike rides
- Visit coffee shops less often, I drink my coffee black, but coffee shops have very little I can eat
- Look into a support group, such as Overeaters Anonymous – I’ll ditch it if I see little value
I have some physical goals also:
- Gain some upper-body strength
- Through diet or supplements, reduce inflammation – this should help my neck and other areas
Somebody asked if I was starting this at the first of the year. No, it started TODAY. I’m not waiting. Here’s my food list for the day (don’t worry, I won’t be posting this all the time):
Bowl of chili
Spaghetti w/meat sauce – serving was a little too big
Almonds – serving was a little too big
You’ll notice I’m not counting calories. I think what I eat, and the amount of it is more important than an inaccurate calorie count. I’m also not measuring stuff closely, but relying on common sense. Portion sizes will be a challenge.
I also have some bicycle goals:
- Complete a ten-day tour next year
- Participate in at least one race next year (I’ll be racing Gravel Grovel this Saturday, but I mean another race)
- Get faster so I can keep up and have company during a Populaire/Brevet
- Buy a lighter road bike set up “Brevet” style
- Buy a mountain bike and try to avoid breaking any bones
- Ride one century per month next year
I’m 40 years old. I’m in better shape now that when I was 35, but things have been heading downhill again. I think that losing weight, eating better, and getting stronger will help my mental and physical well-being. I may even see improvement in my neck, which is important as I can feel the inflammation returning. I’m terrified of going back in for another epidural.
So, this “project”, over four years in, is being reset.