For anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time, you know I’ve had a battle with the bulge for some time. In 2007 I successfully took down 50 lbs in a serious effort to eat better and take in more exercise. It was during that time that I developed my love for cycling as it was the only form of exercise I could really get into…and it all took off from there. Last year, I got a little lazy, especially towards the end of the year, and put back on 10-12 of those pounds, and just cruised through the holidays. Sadly, during this last part of the journey, I haven’t put up as much of a fight as I should have, or as I wished I had. Well, I’m happy to say, I’m back, and now with a vengeance!
My legs have been feeling very heavy these days. I mean, they *are* heavy for sure…they make up a good part of the mass that I’m rolling around with, but lately, they feel especially heavy. On my ride with Tyler on Monday, I could not get anything working right, and was just a slug. Today the sun is shining and beautiful, but as I’m kicking around here during work, my legs just feel heavy. Like I could chop-them-off-and-put-them-on-the-back-of-an-Xtracycle-as-cargo kind of heavy. I’m not sure what’s up….
No real post here today, except to say that I’m going to try out one of the options on my fitness list from the other day, and am going with my wife to a yoga class tonight. I’ve watched a few episodes of Yoga For Life this week that we DVR’d, but we’re gonna try it for real tonight. Most of the poses sound either tough – like the Warrior Pose, or majestic like the Eagle Pose, or elegant like the Goddess Pose, but I couldn’t find anything like a Buddha Gut Pose, so I could be in trouble.
I’ll let you know how it goes. And unless something goes wrong, cyclocross book review tomorrow as well. Peace.
I’ve already mentioned some general goals for 2009, two of them being losing more weight and racing cross when the season comes back around. The losing weight thing I know how to do – to a certain extent. In 2007 I dropped 50 lbs and can do the caloric crunch again to drop some additional weight. Mix that with drinking enough water, not eating after dinner and exercising regularly, and I know I *can* pick it back up and lose the rest of my goal weight for the year. Just gotta do it.
There are a lot of reasons for wanting to drop weight. Despite hitting my 50 lb goal, I’m still officially obese….egads. Dropping the next 20-30 will get me into a healthier place not just for the upcoming cross season, but riding in general and overall lifestyle. The difference before the 50 lbs to where I’m at now is unbelievable already, and the past two years on the bike, for me, have been phenomenal. And yet, there’s more to do….