2012 Cycling and Weight Loss Goals

I’m not sure why I’ve put this post off but I have. I’ve actually been thinking about and planning my goals for 2012 for several weeks now but never got around to actually writing a post. Maybe it was the 10-12 hour days I’ve been working that has something to do with it. Maybe I was just lazy. My wife would say I was procrastinating. She knows me very well. Originally this post was going to be very detailed to show you the plan behind the goals but a moment of sanity hit me and I decided to split into two posts. This one where I tell you what my goals for 2012 are and another to show you my training plan for 2012. If you follow me on Twitter you might have caught a sneak peek I posted. There will be no long explanations here trying to describe my reasoning behind these goals other than the fact that in order for me to lose this freaking weight I need to ride. In no particular order, here are my 2012 cycling and weight loss goals: Ride 5000 miles. Lose 30 pounds. Ride a century. Ride 500 miles in a month. As I said earlier, I have a more detailed post coming that will explain my 2012 training plan so look for it soon. How many of you have set your goals for the year? If you have what are they? If not, what are you waiting for? Photoc:...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – September 2011

Welcome to the September 2011 Cycling and Weight Loss Report. I do these reports once a month so you can follow along in my progress towards losing weight with cycling. More importantly I want these posts to help inspire you to battle the bulge. You can see what I’m doing, what’s working for me, what isn’t, the challenges I’m facing, and what I’m struggling with. Through it all we’ll both be better for it. The month of September was another hard (i.e. I struggled) month but it started out great with me completing an organized ride on September 10th called The Patriots Memorial Ride. You can read my ride report here. About three days after that ride I started to not feel so good. I’m hesitant to say I was ‘sick’ but my body didn’t feel right at all. There was no way I could ride but I did manage to keep my eating under control. Somewhat. As the month of September moved along I began to feel better and was able to get more mileage on the bike the last couple of weeks. My eating on the other hand hasn’t been super. I have kept it under control but it could be improved so much. I’m sure you can relate. Without further rambling, here’s the breakdown for this month. Tale of the Scale My goal from last month was to get to 264.5 pounds on the scale in September. That number was never in jeapordy as I basically held steady in the 269-270 range. My final weight on September 30th was 270.5 so I actually gained 1.5 pounds...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – August 2011

Welcome to my Cycling and Weight Loss Report for August 2011. If you remember, I started these monthly posts last month (that makes this report #2) in order to update you on my progress as I use road cycling to win the battle of the bulge. It helps hold me accountable, provides inpspiration to those trying to lose weight, and gives you some insight into my weight loss and cycling goals, methods, failures, and successes. Here we go! Tale of the Scale My starting weight for this month was 269 pounds and I set a goal to lose four pounds in August. I fell way short of that goal. On August 31st I tipped the scales at 268.5. That’s a half-pound loss for August. Dissappointing? Yes. For some reason, the first couple of weeks of August I was in a serious funk. I didn’t want to ride, slide on and off my eating plan, and was struggling with motivation. I knew I wasn’t holding up my end of the bargain but was having a hard time getting out of the rut I was in. I had fallen off the wagon. That’s when I exchanged some emails with Kelli, my nutritionist, and she gave me some great advice. Read about that advice here. After that things improved but it was too late for me to make any signifiant gains (losses?) in the weight department. Lesson learned. On the Bike Like I said, the first couple of weeks in August I struggled on the bike too. The first week of August I rode a whopping 45 miles. The second week saw...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – July 2011

Welcome to my July 2011 Cycling and Weight Loss Report! This is the first of a series of reports I’ll be posting each month summarizing my weight loss and cycling progress. I want to keep you updated on how the pounds are coming off, highlight things that are working for me both on and off the bike, and share whatever else may be of importance. Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t started this before now. Tale of the Scale Almost exactly a month ago I made a July Weight Loss Goals post where I told you I wanted to see the 250s on the scale or the low 260s at a minimum. I didn’t come close to seeing the 250s. Or the low 260s. I may have been a little over ambitious. On July 1st I weighed 273.5, hit a low weight for the month of 268 on July 16th (probably due to water loss from a hard ride) and finished the month at 269 on July 31st. Overall that’s a total weight loss of 4.5 pounds for the month. That’s a loss of about 1.13 pounds per week. A weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week is considered healthy so I think I did pretty good. Hitting that 269 on July 31st couldn’t have made me feel better. On the Bike I have to admit that my mileage as of late has been pretty disappointing. For some reason I’ve battled motivation early in the morning. I haven’t had a problem with that before but wonder if it may be due to not getting enough sleep. I have...

July Weight Loss Goals

It’s about 8:30 in the evening as I sit here writing this post. The Stage 4 replay of the Tour de France is on TV and I can’t wait to see the finish [again]. You see, I already watched it on Eurosport at work this morning (don’t tell my boss!). The finish was so good though that I had to watch it again tonight. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I had my feet up while lounging in my soul-crushing cubicle. I had the stream running, head phones on, and was working intensely while I listened to a great race. Anytime the announcers got excited I would switch over and check out the action. Ok ‘intensely’ may be too strong a word. About this time I get an email from Kelli at Apex Nutrition. She commented on my current weight (it spiked over the weekend), told me my food intake for the day was great, and asked me what my goals were for this week. And for July. She always asks me what my goals are for the week but this is the first time she’s asked for my goals for the month. And it got me to thinking. I hit the reply button and tapped out a response. Here’s a shortened version: For this week: Stay strict on the eating plan and hydration just like I’ve been doing so I can get back down to the 271 range by the end of the week. For July: I would like to see 250s on the scale. Low 260s at a minimum. Her question has prompted me to write...

New Phase of Training Started

With my century attempt behind me, I took about a week off the bike to rest up but it’s time to get started again. This gives me the perfect opportunity to start a interval training program I’ve been wanting to do for a while that’s specifically put together to help people, like me, who need to lose a lot of weight. Summer is starting to settle in here in North Florida with it getting into the mid-to-upper 90s everyday. That means it’s hot which makes me happy I do my riding in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sticky as a sticky bun at 5:30 AM but it beats sweltering heat. Speaking of riding in the morning, with the school year drawing to a close daughter #2 is done with high school except for graduating which means I can sleep in until 5 AM before getting up to ride. I may hit the snooze once, or twice, but I don’t have to be rolling now until about 5:30 AM. That’s a great time of morning as the eastern horizon is just starting to get light this time of year and by the time I’m done with an hour ride it’s getting downright bright out. Makes me not feel like a vampire so much. With a full six or seven months of great cycling left I decided to get started on a 15-week interval training program I’ve been wanting to do. It comes from Selene Yeagers book Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike (review coming soon) and is...
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