A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more


The Week Begins, After a Really Good Weekend

The Monday After

Me, On the 50 mile ride this weekend

Me, On the 50 mile ride this weekend

There was a time, a long, long time ago when I might ride 60-70 miles in a weekend. I certainly rode well over 100 miles in a week many times.

It has been a long time since I have ridden so far in a weekend.

I did it this weekend.

I few weeks ago I had a 60 mile weekend. This weekend I had a 70 mile weekend and I feel wonderful

On Saturday I rode 52 miles (as mentioned) and yesterday I did an easy 18+ to keep the legs limber.

I expected to be a little leg-weary today. I wasn’t. I feel great! The legs feel normal. I was up and down stairs today with no sense of stress or effort.

This is progress!

It was a Super Weekend

After weeks of cold and wet and dismal weather, we had a wonderful weekend. Bright sunshine, morning chill giving way to 70-degree afternoons. The Saturday ride started out chilly but soon warmed nicely and with little wind we were all able to enjoy a good spring ride. That afternoon we grilled dinner and ate on the deck.

On Sunday, Missus and I went out and did some shopping and enjoyed each other’s company. We shopped at a little gourmet grocery store and picked up a baguette, some roasted eggplant, some corn and bean salsa, some salmon….

I went for the 18 mile ride after we came home and when I returned I smoked the salmon and we had roasted vegetables and the salmon with the salsa and the roasted eggplant for dinner. Dessert was fresh pineapple.

Somewhere in all this Missus and I went shopping and bought flowers for the front of the house and I planted marigolds, posies and a variety of daisies along the fence.

The Younger and I spent some time together kidding around and playing with the dogs. The Older one spent time with us on the porch as I planted the flowers…

All in all? I couldn’t ask for a better weekend.

That Ain’t so Much…

I was told recently that losing 100+ pounds was not much of an accomplishment. It was the opinion of he who made the statement that losing 100 pounds seemed easy to him because he had lost 15 pounds “like nothing, so 100 pounds Ain’t Much”…


To each their own.

It has been a big deal to me.

Just thought I would mention it.

I Don’t Stand Out!

Someone took a handful of pictures of the ride on Saturday and posted them on Facebook. Nice pictures of a fun ride on a beautiful day. I am in three or four of the pictures.

Here is what stood out to me about the pictures I am in: I don’t stand out.

I don’t stand out. Let that sink in for a second.

When you are 100+ pounds overweight you stand out. You are the focus of every photograph. Even standing in the back, hiding behind three or four skinny people, you stand out.

I have stood out in pictures for so many years…. In pictures of family events. In pictures of a casual get-together. In candid shots. In formal shots. I stood out.

In these pictures I stand out to me because I don’t stand out. I look like I belong. I look “normal”. I look unexceptional. I look like everyone else on the ride. I am wearing my cycling tights and my cold weather jersey and I look just like everyone else on the ride.

Later in the pictures I have taken off the cold weather jersey and I have on my regular short-sleeved jersey and I looks just like everyone else.

I don’t stand out.

I am still letting that sink in.

This Week

The Five-Boro Bike Tour is next Sunday. I will spend this week staying healthy and preparing for the ride. I MIGHT get in an evening ride this week if the schedule and the weather permits. Mostly I will stretch, walk, rest and eat right.

And I will stay away from anyone who sneezes or coughs.

I hope to get to the High School field and do some bleacher-sets because I really need to build leg-strength. I don’t seem to have regained all I lost after the knee injury and I am REALLY struggling with hill climbs on my bike…

SO that is the plan. Stay in one piece for the week…

Wish me luck



A Day of Triumphs

A great ride on a wonderful day

A great ride on a wonderful day

Great Day

The weather has finally turned in our favor here in New Jersey. A morning temperature in the mid-50’s gave way to a wonderful 70 degree noon. I went on a club ride today. 52 miles through the rolling hills of Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. Franklin Lakes to Denville and back again.

By the time we had reached the midway point in Denville I needed to shed my cycling jacket and get down to just the jersey. It was fun to realize than I could roll up the jacket and ties the sleeves around my waist.

I can’t say that I rode great. I rode well for the most part but I am still struggling with hills. I need to build my leg strength. Practice. The only way to do it.

The feeling of the sun on my face and the warm air over me as I rode was nearly intoxicating.

A great group of about thirty riders did the ride and it was truly a fun group. Chatter as we rode, jokes, singing. It was fun.

Though I am a little disappointed with my struggled on the hills I take great satisfaction at not having to walk any up any. I rode them all, slow yes, but I rode them.

We stopped at a little café-bakery-coffee shop in Denville by the name of Mara’s. Tables outside. Sunshine, conversation, a blueberry scone…

A GREAT day.

52 miles.

My Weight

My weight had spiked recently. Not sure why. My calorie counts tell me I was on target but the weight still jumped to 207+ lbs. Scary. I redoubled my efforts. Watched the salt intake. Reduced the calories. Increased the veggies, decreased the carbohydrates. I am back around 201 lbs.

steady steady steady

steady steady steady

I am sure as I sit here right now, just a few hours after dinner and after our snack of fresh pineapple, that I am probably around 205 lbs but this will drop overnight. The important thing is that I recognized the bad trend and made corrections to reverse the trend immediately. I didn’t wait. I acted.

The cycling today certainly will pay dividends. As will the thirty mile ride I want to try tomorrow. Burn the calories and don’t replace them all and you will lose weight…

Today I am at about a 2500 calories deficit. This is good. Ride 50+ miles and you will burn some serious calories.


One year ago today I weighed 250.6 lbs. Today I am 201.2 Lbs. WOW. Even at that I had lost over 50 pounds.

I was riding. I was eating better. The weight was coming down very quickly. I was exactly four months in to my Journey. I had lost 55 lbs… I still had so far to go.

Looking back now I can see just how fast, dramatic even, the weight loss was. 55 pounds in exactly 4 months. YIKES.

The rest of the weight would come, has come off.

I was riding my bike then too. I may have ridden that day. I don’t remember. I know I was depressed that I was unable to get signed up for the 5-boro bike tour. I am doing it this year, one week from tomorrow.

I had ridden a 22 mile ride with my friend KG a few weeks earlier. I was getting there. And to think I had only started the Journey four months earlier.

So here I am today. Sixteen months in to the never-ending Journey. I rode 52 miles today. This is the longest ride I have done since the Ride-4-Autism last June when my friend NI had to help push me up a couple of hills. I finished the ride. It was hard but I did it. KG was on the ride. She rode great and finished ahead of NI and me. Well, we did miss a turn… OK, I MISSED THE TURN…

This is the longest ride I have done since I tore up my knee last June. The knees were fine. I now just have to build up the legs.

Next weekend I will do the 40+ mile tour in NYC. I did the ride in 2010. I am much stronger now. Much lighter now.

16 months now in to my Journey.

I am upset that I struggle so with the hills. I am bothered that I am still working on building up my legs.

Then I realize that it was one year ago that I still had 50 pounds to go to reach 200. It was only 16 months ago that I looked at the fat man in the mirror and said “you have to go now”.


I like who I see in the mirror now.