The Woes Continue..
After my initial fight with weight, bringing it down to 76kilos from 92kilos, I had started to think about the best way to keep it there. That is when buying a cycle and cycling to work came to my mind. After mulling over it for a while and after innumerable trips to various bike shops, I bought my first bicycle, a Hero Hawk. Initially, I cycled to work and slowly started long rides during weekends. Cycling helped me maintain the weight at 76 for the next two years. That journey is well documented here on my blog.
A New Wind..
This new found determination coincided with my registration to take part in TFN being accepted. Now, I had no option but to get out on the road and ride. This acted as a big motivator for me to wake up every day and get out of the door.
Initially, it was tough. Dedicating a couple of hours on a weekday, with the prospect of getting out of the door well before dawn, sweating it out on the road, rushing back home, rushing to get ready for office and rushing out to office, seemed a BIG hassle. I never thought that I would do it. Looking back it was more of a mental block than practical issues, may be. Because, once you decide that you need to do something and start doing it, you’d always find a way around the issues that will crop up or those that you imagined would crop up.
I started with biking only on a couple of weekdays in addition to the weekends. Typically it was Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some days I had company and on other days it was a solo spin into the morning breeze. Some days were better than the others but I was determined not to miss any ride day. Rain or shine was the guiding principle. In the process I discovered that the Bulldog actually loves riding in rain.
In July, most of the riding was alone and mostly at my slow and steady pace. Once in a while, I rode in the company of some beginner friends. In August and September however, the rides with other more experienced biking friends began to happen with an occasional ride that redlined my heart rate. Riding with them has not only kept me from being bored but also helped improve my biking in many ways.
As the rides became regular and as the miles kept piling on, I began to see improvement in my fitness. While previously, I had to move around gingerly with a sore body for the entire day after a long ride on a weekend, I now see no effects of it even as soon as an hour after the ride. I’ve observed that with improved fitness, I’m recovering quickly even from hard rides.
|Monthly Mileage for the year so far..Source DailyMile|
July mileage was 1329 km. Up from 522 in June. August a bit better at 1915 km while September continued the trend with 2022 km. In fact, the total mileage of the first six months was 3464 km while that of the past three months was 5266 km. 1802 km more than the first six months.
Quite predictably, as the miles began to pile up, I began to see improvement in my weight loss goals as well. Although I began tracking and logging weight from early February, I only got to see proper movement in the weight scale after I began to move. Since July.
Lost nearly 10 kilos since mid of June with only about 3 kilos of that being muscle mass and fat % coming down by about 6%.
|Weight over time.. You could see that it started moving only after July when I started moving 🙂|
Updating the post: Since many have asked how I got the fat% and other details, I thought it made sense to update it here. I bought a TANITA UM-073 Body Fat and Water Monitor in late Jan’11 to motivate myself to lose weight. Little did I remember that monitoring it alone does not help lose weight and that I have to do something about it. 🙂
I have surpassed my target of 72 kilos and I’m not complaining. I know I will not be able to keep up the mileage for long and I don’t intend to do so as well. It will only be till December. But I also know that I will keep riding regularly and continue my Yoga and may be running to keep the weight from going back past my target(around 72kgs). The lesson that I need to remember is to keep doing some sort of workout every day and watch what I put in my mouth. I know I will be alright as long as I remember and follow it.
I thank many of my ride partners who rode with me, slowed down for me at times, pushed me for better at other times, gave me useful tips, encouraged me, motivated me during these past three months and continue to do so. I also thank many who have offered me encouragement and guided me with the intent to see me do well.
Most importantly, I thank my dear wife who not only puts up with my craziness but also encourages me and takes care of me. And of course my trusted work horse, the Bulldog.
The weight saga continues… and like life, its a journey.