h e l l w e e k . c o m Home Blog Cycling is a big part of my life. But it's not everything. It's part of a larger lifestyle pattern that balances physical activity with diet, resolve, and a variety of other interests.
In 1983, I weighed in at a hefty 215 pounds. Friends and family teased me about my "TB" (twin bellies). In a state of desperation, I turned to the one athletic thing I did as a kid that I enjoyed: I dusted off my Viscount Aerospace GP bicycle, and went for a ride.
As most newbies will attest, the burning muscles are almost enough to make you swear off cycling. But I persisted.
And then I noticed something...I was beginning to lose weight.
With a little positive reinforcement, I began to examine other areas of my life. I started looking more closely at what I ate, and started limiting portions, and eliminating certain foods altogether. And more pounds melted off.
As with all good things, progress comes slowly. By our marriage in 1986, I was down to 170 pounds. More concentration and commitment helped me drop to 150 by 1989, and then ultimately down to the low-140s by 1991.
Now more aware than ever about what affected my weight and physical performance, I eliminated red meat in 1992, and then all fish and fowl in 1993. Weight control was no longer an issue. While averaging 15,000 miles per year on my bike, I actually had to look for calories to keep my fire stoked.
I have made cycling a part of my daily life. I hardly ever miss a day of riding, even if it is just to ride to work. And, riding to work is a great way to pad your annual mileage and make a statement at the same time. My kids know that I cycle whenever and wherever possible, and are growing up surrounded by a family focused on health and fitness.
I only wish that I had gotten started sooner.
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