I started writing here to document my weight loss. I lost 100 lbs. That seems so long ago (2007-2009). I got into riding a bike in April of 2008. I started thinking about living car-free.
In 2010, while married to Kristy, we moved out of Charlestown, and into Louisville. I’m still living in that house. This allowed me to not drive. I kept my truck, as Kristy liked it, and we took trips in it. When Kristy and I split in 2011, I sold the truck and I’ve lived without a car since.
Living in Loo-evil has meant I’m too close to bars, restaurants, and coffee shops for my own good. I can quickly ride from work or home, in normal clothes, to a bar. I can stumble home drunk from a bar. While convenient, my beer consumption skyrocketed.
I’ve gained 60 lbs since moving into town. My transportation rides were immediately shorter. I still did a lot of long pleasure rides, but those tailed off as my neck flared up again, then even more as I gained weight and lost fitness. In January I had planned to severely limit my beer, but then I tore my achilles and spent a lot of time stuck at home.
I’ve suffered depression for a long time. The initial weight loss helped with that tremendously. Gaining back a good portion of that weight does not help. Alcohol does not help.
I made up my mind to give up drinking a few days ago. That takes effect today.
Diane and I went out to two bars last night as a “last hurrah”. I didn’t get drunk, but I certainly drank enough beer to add to depression and weight gain.
There’s no more beer in the house. There are two bottles of wine, but I’m not tempted by that, and they’re Diane’s anyway.
So, things are re-starting. I’ve already been tracking my consumption with MyFitnessPal. The mobile app is rather handy. My food consumption is a little high right now, but cutting out the beer should lead to weight loss. Once I’ve got “not drinking” as a habit, I’ll work harder on the food. (I say as I munch on some cookies).
I’ve got happier days on this blog to look back at. I have a wonderfully researched email from Simon on Google+ about depression issues and how he’s fought them.
I want to do 60-80 mile gravel rides again. I want to pound up and down the hills on Eastern Parkway on my single-speed again. I want to feel like a cyclist again.
Will I change my goals? My main goals have been to be happier, healthier, and 175 lbs. The lowest weight I’ve managed since starting this has been about 197. That would be much better than the 260 I’m at today. I’m still going to aim for 175, even if it’s un-achievable. This will hopefully prevent me from getting complacent again.
If I can be more active, not drink, and weigh less, that will go a long way toward happier and healthier.
Although they won’t work by themselves, I have spent some money on “incentives” to ride more nice rides. I also have a plan for a bigger incentive for when I’ve lost some weight (and when I can afford it).