Monday, February 16, 2015

Recommitting to My Goals

There are a lot of excuses.  But no good reasons.  I've let my goals and focus on why I ride my bike and why I want to improve my health fall by the wayside.  Last summer I hit an important milestone towards my goals when I completed my first 1000K brevet around Lake Ontario.   It was a very satisfying accomplishment.  I'd trained hard. My weight was down to 240 lbs and falling.  Then I went home and lost focus.  Now I'm up to 264.6 lbs by this morning's scale.  My mileage since December, 2014 has been a pittance.

So today 2/16/2015,  I'm recommitting to the following goals:

1) Get my weight down under 200 lbs.
2) Complete my first 1200K grand randonnee.  I'm signed up for the Taste of Carolina 1200K in October, 2015.

To achieve these, I'm going to implement the following habits and keep track.

1) Log my calories consumed and expended daily using MyFitnessPal.  MFP recommends 1970 calories per day net to loose 1 lb per week.
2) Log my weight weekly.
3) Limit alcohol to two servings per week.  This is a big reduction from current habit of ~ 2 servings per day.
4) Limit caffeine to two cups of coffee per day or equivalent. *
5) Exercise by bike or other means for at least 1 hour per day 5 days per week.
6) Update this blog daily to share my progress.

* I originally stated this goal as 1 cup. But my morning habit is 16 oz in one large mug. It was/is my intent to limit my caffeine for now to this single large serving each day.  But I realize it's more meaningful to describe that as 2 cups.


  1. Well done Mike of reaffirming your commitment. I don't know how you do that sort of mileage! I look forward to reading about your progress. Good luck.