Monday, June 01, 2009

One Year of Biking & Weight Loss

The Nomad Will WanderRiding Solo by the Beach in Stratford (5/30/2009)One year ago today, I started on a project. I had looked in the mirror and realized that my body was severely out of shape. I had noticed that I ran out of breath while climbing stairs, and that I was buying larger and larger clothes. I finally stepped onto a scale June 1, 2008 and saw that I weighed in at 285 lbs. That was far higher than I had ever weighed-in before. It was time for a change. I combined many different tricks from different weight-loss plans, bought a bicycle, and resolved to start anew. First thing, weigh every day. Second thing, write down my weight and everything I ate every day. My first bike ride was about 2 miles down by the river in Shelton.

So how did I do in that year? Not bad! A few changes worthy of note:
1. Weight Loss (77 lbs): June 1, 2008 - 285, June 1, 2009 - 208.
2. Clothing Sizes: June 1, 2008 - Size 48 waist, June 1, 2009 - size 38 waist
3. Miles Ridden: June 1, 2008 - 0 miles, June 1, 2009 - 437.69 miles ridden

One Year Weight Loss Graph - Monthly

What's next? Not sure, although the "diet" is not over. The plan is that this is not a "diet plan" but a lifestyle change. I am hoping to stay here as long as possible, or improve. My next goal is to hit 205 lbs. And to ride in an official (charity) ride for 20 miles or more, this year. We'll see how it goes from there.


"Nick" said...

Again, WOW. You are an inspiration all of us on lifestyle change, whether it is weight, eating, drinking, whatever, it is possible!

Congrats, and as always, still here for you!

shadowmom1 said...

I found a great "before" picture of me in 2002, 80 pounds ago. When you maintain for a long time, it is easy to forget where you came from. Documenting your journey will keep these images before you so you will not get so discouraged. Those plateaus can be dispiriting, but we persevere through them.

Congrats on your success. I know that it will be for the long term, as your attitude was right going into it and is still there.

CRCHAIR said...

I love you!!! Keep up the good work.

Ron said...

That beard was heavier than I thought.

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