I did pretty well losing weight from 2007 to 2011. How? Mostly through tracking everything I ate, and exercise. The bicycle was only part of the exercise.
Since 2012, I’ve been horrible about my food and beer consumption. I’ve done short-lived half-measures to attempt to get back on track. This morning, January 1st, 2016, I weighed-in at 275.4 pounds. That’s unacceptable.
I’ve also wasted a ton of money on beer, and dining out. I need to be more responsible with everything I do.
2015 was a terrible year for my diet, exercise, and cycling. I rode my bike only 2,424.3 miles for the entire year. In comparison, I rode 5,502 miles in 2011. I haven’t regularly tracked my calories in years. I haven’t weighed regularly in months.
It’s a new year. This changes today. I will not drink beer at all during 2016. I will track everything I consume. I will track not just bike rides, but other exercise. I’ll make it a point to do “training rides” where I push myself faster, even if they are short rides.
My goals? Same as always. I want to lose 5 lbs a month until I reach a weight of 175. I want to ride longer rides (like I did in 2009-2011) without suffering. I want to get faster, fitter, and thinner.
I’ve almost spent as much time working on bikes in 2015 and riding them. I need to simplify.
I attempted to sell my Big Dummy, but I didn’t get any buyers. I’ve since disassembled it, to part it out – again no buyers. It’ll remain in pieces for the time being. It’s put away out of my way.
The recumbent needs work, and I really don’t enjoy riding it much anymore. It’s also put away in a non-rideable way.
The rSogn (now with drop bars again) is my primary bike. It has rack, fenders, dynohub lights, and can do nearly anything. My Space Horse is a fun lightweight single-speed. I may use this for the flatter training rides.
The Fargo has some drivetrain issues currently, but I intend to get it fixed when I have the money. The Fargo comes in handy for the awesome “middle of nowhere” rides we sometimes do.
The tandem is rideable, and I won’t be changing anything for a while. It’s almost never used now. I am a bit disappointed in Diane since she pretty much gave up on bicycles.
I still want something like a Disc Trucker, but I don’t have the funds for it.
Why haven’t I written since August? Good question. I’ve spent most of my online time on Google+. I’m cutting back there. I’ve also spent too much time on the couch with Netflix. I’m cutting back there too. Tim has complained that the bike blogs we follow have been going dark. I’m going to try and write more to fight the trend.
Physically, my body has been weird. My neck was better for quite a while, but I have other, new pains. In just the last week, the neck pain seems to be coming back, but I’ve decided to ignore it for a while. I want to wait at least five years before getting surgery. I’m hoping that a better diet, weight loss, and exercise can help the neck this time.
Stick around for more. I’ll be here.