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....

If It Was Easy, Everybody Would Do It

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...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – February 2012

Another month has come and gone so it’s time for my monthly report on my cycling and weight loss. I wasn’t too thrilled about writing this post because I’m not happy with my February results. At all. In short I feel like I totally failed last month. Especially on the weight loss front. Last month my goals were simple – lose 3 pounds, ride 390 miles, and start core training. I failed at all three. The only thing I did accomplish was not having a soft drink bringing my total to 60 days without one. Tale of the Scale I was all over the place on the scale last month but I started out great. A couple weeks into February I was down to 272 and already achieving my 3 pound weight loss goal when everything exploded. It seemed like overnight that I shot up to 277, struggled to get back down to 275 and then hung out there for a week. I finished the month at 275 which meant I didn’t lose anything. On the bright side I guess you could say that I didn’t gain anything either. In the Gym I continued working out twice a week in the gym by lifting weights. The workout is still focusing on the legs with only two chest exercises. Since February was the second month of lifting the sets and reps changed from 2×12 in January to 4×8. This let me increase the weight to continue building strength. I can really tell the difference in my thighs as they are rock hard but I’ve always had very strong legs. Starting...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – January 2012

I basically stopped doing these monthly reports when I dropped off the face of the planet in October last year. They’re good posts though because they help me plot my progress, reassess goals, and let you know what’s going on. And, just maybe, they’ll inspire a few folks too. So, I decided to start them again and with January now over it’s time to look back. After posting my 2012 goals, my emphasis in January was simply to get back into the habits of riding and eating right. Having not ridden much since October 2011 I wanted to slowly get back on the bike so I didn’t injure myself or get myself so sore I became discouraged. It’s all about taking it slow and short when getting back on the bike after a long lay off. And after gaining some weight back I needed to re-focus on eating right, taking my lunch to work (i.e. not eating out), and so on. I think I was successful in getting back into the routine of those habits. I got some good training miles in and cleaned up how I was eating. I still ate out more than I wanted to but the last couple of weeks I’ve been very good. One of the things I’m most proud of this month is not having any soft drinks. I gave up regular soft drinks a long time ago but diet drinks aren’t any better. Especially when trying to lose weight and eat healthy. I had cut way back on the diet drinks last year but had never totally given them up. I did...

Final Review: BTB 910 Sunglasses

I haven’t posted a review in a while and it’s high-time I got this particular one done. BTB Sunglasses sent me a pair of their 910s about five months ago to review and they’re probably wondering where it (the review) is. Or maybe they’re wondering where I am. Well, here it is. My sincere apologies to BTB for taking so long. For complete disclosure, BTB Sunglasses sent me the 910s free of charge. I’ve worn the 910s about 15 times now while riding so I think I’ve got a pretty good idea about how they work and what I like/don’t like. Back in my ‘in for review’ post, I mentioned that the BTB 910s come with some pretty impressive specs that include HD Lens Technology, complete UVA/UVB protection, and ballistic rated lenses. Like most guys, I think the ‘ballistic’ part is the coolest as evident in the following video. I don’t know how many shotgun wielding cyclist-haters you’ll see while out riding but that’s cool as heck. It says something for the durability. Can they be ridden in? The thing you probably want to know more than anything though is if they’re any good for riding. In a word, yes. Like I said above, I’ve ridden in these sunglasses about 15 times now and have experienced zero problems with them. The frames are well made (out of a material called Grilamid TR90 – the link goes to a tech document for all the geeks out there) and have a good form fit. The temple pieces are attached to the frame using screws – not some cheap plastic connection. The...

I’m the Shop Wheel Sucker

My last group ride with the guys from the local shop was in October. I wanted to ride in November and December but something always got in the way – getting sick, the holidays, family obligations, etc. A couple of weeks ago I tried to make it to a ride and realized halfway there that I had forgot my helmet. It just wasn’t meant to be. I wouldn’t be denied this past Saturday though. On Friday I made sure everything was ready and in one spot so all I had to do was throw my stuff in the car. I was so prepared that I had plenty of time to wait at the shop while everyone else showed up. I had heard that for the winter rides fewer riders showed up and that was the case as we left with only about ten of us. The weather was going to be nice though with highs near 75F in the afternoon. After our customary 3-4 mile warm-up I came to the quick realization that I had waited too long to get back out here. I was hurting already and it wasn’t going to get easier. As we crossed over a bridge I pulled off my trademark move – the stealth slide back to the B group. Except I was already leading the B group. So I just stayed where I was. Three of us made up the group including the shop owner who drove a relentless pace when in the lead. Two other guys joined us that broke off from the A group so five of us ended up settling...
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