Do You Need Accountability?

This time every year most people have come up few resolutions and/or goals to try and change something about themselves during the upcoming year. Creating New Year Resolutions or goals have almost become trivial as almost everyone makes them and almost everyone fails to achieve them. If you’re like me you want to ride more and weigh less. Period. Why is it that so many of us fail to do just that? Like I said, most of us want to ride more and weigh less by the end of the year. Millions of people, literally, make the resolution or goal to lose weight during the year and most of them fail. Is it because they don’t know what to do? Maybe, but I bet that’s not it. Most of us, including myself, know what we need to do to lose weight. Eat Better Exercise More That’s really simplified but you know what I mean – cut out the sweets and alcohol; eat lean proteins; eat your veggies; move your body; etc. If it’s that easy, why do we fail? Accountability I think is this one of the big reasons we fail and it was the subject of a phone conversation yesterday between me and my good friend Victor over at Bicycle Lab. If you’re like me, your trying to accomplish the goals you set out to do by yourself. You probably don’t have a support group (other than perhaps a spouse – who are sometimes good at sabotaging our good intentions) that’s going to hold you accountable to do what’s necessary to meet your goals. You may not have...

Goodbye 2012; And Good Riddance

2012 had both ups and down. Well, probably more downs than ups (kinda like the stock market). Goals were missed, miles weren’t ridden, and weight wasn’t lost. I’m really starting to sound like a broken record aren’t I? I had a pretty decent year in 2011 and that lead me to create some pretty big goals for 2012. You can read about my 2012 goals here. I can say that I was 100% successful at not meeting any of those goals. Maybe that should count for something. Or maybe not. My mileage goal is the only one I made any real progress towards at 1457 miles. Ouch. Enough of wallowing in failed goals and missed opportunities. I’m here to say goodbye to 2012. Tomorrow starts a new year with new goals and new opportunities for better health. I’ll talk more about goals and such in another post. I’d like to hear how your 2012 went and what you’re planning for 2013. And, perhaps more importantly, who is riding tomorrow? I am. I’ll see you on the other...

Four Years Old and Counting…

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Biking to Live. It’s hard for me to believe that this blog actually made it this far before I pulled the plug. Lots of frustration and writer’s block have made me wonder about the merits of keeping this thing going. Every year the domain registration comes due at the beginning of April and I wonder if I should just let it expire. Every year I end up renewing it. Just like this year. Why do I renew it? A couple of reasons actually. First, Biking to Live has become a resource to people out there looking to start road cycling or use it to lose weight. While content the last two years has been lacking, the first two years of the blog saw quite a few articles written that are still read every day by visitors. Second, it’s my personal log to help hold me accountable as I try and lose these extra 100 pounds I’m carrying around. After four years I’m still trying to lose this weight but I think without the support I’ve received from you I would have given up a long time ago. Biking to Live continues to draw more visitors each year. The first year there were about 6000 of you. The second about 15000. The third around 26000 and this past year over 50000 visitors. Almost doubling the traffic each year which is awesome. The first three months of 2012 has seen a big increase in traffic with over 18000 visitors. I find those numbers hard to believe considering how infrequently I’ve posted lately. Here’s a snapshot...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – March 2012

It’s that time where I reflect back in my cycling and weight loss progress for the previous month. The month of February was really tough so I was hoping for great progress come March and that’s what I saw. I didn’t ride as much as I wanted to but I did ride further than the previous month. By far, the most progress was in my weight. Read on to see how much. Tale of the Scale Last month I didn’t lose any weight but I didn’t gain any either. I was really depressed about that. Looking back, I should have paid more attention to the fact that I didn’t gain any weight. I’m not always going to lose weight so I need to remember that. You should too. This month I more than made up for it though. I started the month at 275. By the end of March I was down to 268.5! A whopping 6.5 pound drop for the month! I think there were several contributing factors to the 6.5 pound loss. They are: Good eating. I really paid attention to what I ate last month. Although I didn’t log everything like I should have I was still able to keep on track. Good hydration. I’m terrible at drinking enough water and made a commitment to do my best in March. I even downloaded an app for my phone to help me and talked about hydration in a recent article. I was primed for weight loss. Not losing any weight last month set me up to have a big month. That combined with 1 and 2 above...

Do You Drink Enough Water?

This is kind of a two part question and answer because it should be taken in the context of both water for exercise and water for weight loss. Water can help with both and if you’re not drinking enough it’s easy to get discouraged or not perform at your best. I have to admit that I’ve never been good at drinking enough water. I would drink it while exercising but the bulk of my daily fluid intake was as either soft drinks (regular for years followed by years of the so-called ‘diet’ drinks) and coffee. I don’t think it would be inaccurate to say that I was chronically dehydrated from the age of 18 to 40. As a side note, I haven’t had a drink of soda since January 1st! Why didn’t I drink enough water? Mainly due to the taste. I didn’t like the taste of plain water except when I was exercising. And I wasn’t exercising very much. It wasn’t until last year, and again this month, that I really took a hard look at my water consumption and did something about it. Why is Water Consumption Good? A quick search of Google yields millions of results on why you should be drinking enough water each day. I’m not going to bore you by linking all of them here. Besides, that would take like forever. I will give you a few reasons why drinking water is good for you from an exercise and weight loss perspective. They are: Water accounts for up to 60% of our body weight and every system depends on water to function properly....
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