When I’m not riding or dreaming of riding, I like to read blogs from other cyclists. I’m not sure whether I’m just a cycling junkie, or something of a voyeur in nature, but I find it fascinating to get a glimpse of how others are embracing this sport and activity that I so love. One of the blogs that has caught my interest of late is Biking To Live, which is chronicling Bryan’s efforts to lose weight and change his life through cycling.
Good for him!
It always encourages me to see someone make a committment to better themselves, and I think one of the most significant improvements a person can make is to lose weight and get healthy. The quality of your life is just so much better when you’re lean and fit. At the ripe old age of 50, I’m always blown away when I see someone so overweight and out of shape that they just look and act old, especially when I know they are younger than I am. I mean, come on! At this point in life, I feel better than I ever have and it’s no wonder. I’m in the best physical condition that I’ve ever been.
The thing that has gotten me to this point is that Pam and I have developed a lifestyle based on physical activity and decent choices. The interesting thing about doing so is that at some point along the way, my body changed and now craves lots of hard physical activity and decent meals. If I don’t get a workout in, my mood turns foul and I’m probably not much fun to be around. Likewise, if I don’t eat the right kinds of food, I get all out of kilter and my stomach starts rebelling. That’s not much fun…..
So…what am I really talking about in terms of lifestyle? Well, here is what my week is looking like exercise wise:Saturday – Ran 8 miles (4 w/ Pam and 4 alone) Sunday – Rest Monday – Lifted weights 1 hour, commuted by bike 18 mile round trip Tuesday – Ran 3.25 miles w/ Pam, commuted by bike 18 mile round trip Wednesday – Lifted weights 1 hour, commuted by bike…may be about 15 or 22 miles total, depending on whether I catch a ride home from church tonight w/ Pam. Thursday – Run at least 5k, commute by bike Friday – Lift weights 1 hour, commute by bike
I try to not get too regimented or structured in my exercise patterns. I never really train for a particular event, but I will run an occasional 5k race or organized bike ride. I mostly go by how I feel, and try to mix it up quite a bit. I never have two days in a row that look exactly alike so my body has time to recover. Also, this is pretty typical of winter. When summer gets here, I stop running and pick up quite a few more bicycle miles.
Our eating pattern is something else that has evolved over time. Right now, we eat a lot of chicken, turkey and fish, with salads, vegetables and brown rice. We have a Big Green Egg, so most the meat we eat is grilled. It’s amazing what you can do with a little charcoal and lots of spices! My breakfasts usually consist of an egg white and ham burrito with yogurt and milk. The one thing I need to do need to changed is the amount of Dr. Pepper I drink. I’m addicted to that stuff!
So there you have it. A little insight into my life. Yea, I know it’s not worth much, but it’s all you get for today. Now jump on over to Bryan’s and drop him a note of encouragement!