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Tue, January 3, 2012

...and so it begins

This feels like a Monday.
This feels like a new week.
This feels like a new year.
...and so it begins.

After the college bowl games whether or not all the Christmas cookies and candy are gone (they're not by the way) I immediately go into cold-turkey mode when it comes to eating.

Gone are the days of slamming cookies, chocolates, chips, dips and all the fun stuff that I only eat from Thanksgiving to New Year's. No more.

For the past decade I've seen the same pattern, although it is harder to achieve the goal each year. I put on about 8-10 pounds from my riding weight over the holidays, but lose it as I start to once again work out and eat smarter at the start of the new year.

Notice I only said eat smarter. This is no diet really. It's just a change in lifestyle back to being active and not routinely eating unhealthy but tasty things. It's a slow process losing this weight and getting back into shape. And it's always funny how difficult it is to start each year.

Like today...
A whopping stretching session with 15 sit ups and 5 push ups as a preamble to 30 minutes riding on the trainer at a simple and steady pace.

You have to start somewhere, then track your progress. So for the months of January and February it becomes "Weigh-In Wednesday" when we see how things went the previous week.

Last year I actually failed for the first time. The goal was to drop 10 pounds by March. I dropped eight and then just sort of got stuck there. I think it is more difficult to lose the weight with each passing year. Rather than doing a separate riding blog this season I think I'll just post riding stories here throughout 2012.

We'll see how it goes this year.
All I know is that I've just entered the most-boring and dull time of year for me. The next two months are tough, and March is no peach either. At least I have the Packers and the NFL playoffs to soften the blow through the Super Bowl on the first weekend of Feb.


Later.
 

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