When I go cycling, I have to ride for about an hour to get in a short route of 13 miles. Mid-sized routes of 20-30 miles take 1.5 - 2 hours. A challenging, "long ride" (40 miles +) would take at least 3-4 hours on a weekend.
When I put those time commitments up against my goal of 40 cycling miles per week (and look back at my heavy mileage months last fall), AND STILL SEE NO SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS, I think I have to make a change. It is also depressing to continue to miss my activity goals with an activity that requires me to leave the family so much.
In January, I started experimenting with some very simple cardio exercises that took only 30-45 minutes. I did a walk/jog for 30 minutes that was quite a workout for me. I did "steps" on one of those platforms in my house for 30-60 minutes...also a good workout. Both of these types of workouts took far less time than cycling (which means I could do them more often, even daily). But I only did them a few times, because I've been trying to chase the cycling mileage goal...and failing.
So, here is what I am considering:
- Take my cycling mileage goals off of my plan (at least for several months).
- Add a weekly goal of "cardio" hours (walking, jogging, steps, etc.) of approx 30-45 mins, 5-7 days per week.
- Add a nutritional component that might be as simple as "smaller portions" or maybe a calorie budget of 1,800 per day, drink lots of water, eat more fruits/veggies.
- Go cycling whenever I feel like it, especially with family and my friends...not as my main method of exercise. I'll likely still be going out at least once a week.
- Continue to ride in all scheduled cycling races (1 in March, 2 in April, and El Tour de Tucson in November). I believe that cycling will still be my best long-term hobby/exercise and want to keep the carrot in front of this horse.
- Finally, I wonder if it would be helpful for me to add my weight and a weekly weigh-in. I have not disclosed my weight so far on this site, because it is so personal and yes, embarrassing. Yet, would that disclosure somehow help me to be motivated?