Lose weight, get fit, eat right, ride better – it’s what most of us want. It’s what I want. At the surface, each of these things appears simple. And they are at only two words each. But when you start to peel back the layers none of them are and it’ll feel like your hands are tied. If they were easy to accomplish we wouldn’t see the problems we face today with obesity, increased dependency on medications, or rising health care costs due to problems like heart disease and diabetes. If it was easy to lose weight, get fit, eat right, or ride better – everyone would do it.
The truth is – It’s not easy
How many of you have tried to lose weight before and failed? I know I have. Multiple times. Or I would lose it only to gain it (and sometimes more) back. Same goes for my riding. I’ve made great gains only to lose them when I slack off and lose fitness.
It can be FRUSTRATING!!
As I mentioned, it’s not easy when we start to look deeper into what it takes to lose weight, get fit, ride better, or eat right. Some of the stuff you’ll have to consider might be:
- How much riding per week? Hours or miles?
- How many carbs per day?
- What kinds of carbs and when?
- Making sure you drink enough water each day.
- Fueling properly on the bike.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Which exercises to perform.
- Do you need to do intervals?
- How do you get the proper balance of protein, carbs and fat?
- How can you simplify eating right?
- Do you go paleo?
- And the list goes on and on.
Throw in other factors like age, gender, medical history, etc. and you can easily become stupified. No wonder losing weight and getting fit can be hard to do.
So, what prompted this post? My lackluster performance last month is a huge contributing factor. I have found myself becoming frustrated with my failed attempts at losing weight and getting better as a cyclist. I am making improvement on the bike but I know I can make more. Especially if I can lose 100 pounds of fat. I imagine there are some of you out there that are just like me and are getting tired of not making gains.
It’s time for a change and we’re going to do it together
I’m going to start a series of posts where we look at all of the questions, above as well as many others, and how best to accomplish them. We’re going to set some simple goals together and see if we can’t accomplish them. Together. Maybe we’ll inspire each other.