How did I get here – part 2…
So, how do you ride your bike hundreds of miles and not lost a substantial amount of weight, and only marginally improve your overall fitness and health?
The biggest mistake – eating too much. Especially too much bad stuff.
See, my whole theory was that all I needed to do was be as active as I’d been the last time I was relatively skinny, changing nothing else, and I’d automagically lose 50 lbs. But I wasn’t even quite there yet. I was still thinking that my problem was what I was doing (or not doing) and not what I was eating. So, my next stop was a pretty good little book called Buff Dad.
I’m still not that sure how I ended up buying this book. The best I can figure is that I was seeking advice online and came across a review that made this sound like the greatest fitness book every written. At that point I most clearly identified myself as “Dad” and I liked the sound of “Buff Dad.” So I bought it. And here’s the thing. That turned out, actually, to be an excellent decision. The first thing Buff Dad taught me – getting stronger will make you fitter, and getting fitter will help you lose weight. And here’s the thing, this book also planted the seed in my mind that the best any exercise program can ever do is to help you lose weight. Exercise will not do the job all by itself.
I spent several months getting up a bit earlier every morning, going out to he garage and doing my Buff Dad workout, which consisted of a handful of complex resistance exercises. The key word here is “complex.” I wasn’t lifting a lot of weight. I was maxed out at this point with a 10 LB dumbbell in each hand. But it was a lot more than I had been lifting, and the specific moves – squats, lunges, single-leg deadlifts – were very difficult for me, even with such tiny weights in my hands.
More importantly, I started to put in the effort to learn about the proper way to fuel my body to maximize these workout results. Buff Dad is not a book about nutrition, but it touched on it enough to make me realize I needed to seek out more information. As I made my way through many, many fitness blogs and websites I started to learn about caloric needs and caloric deficits. Suddenly I became not surprised that I hadn’t lost more weight on my cycling spree, but rather stunned that I’d lost any weight at all.