I took a ride around Bear Creek Lake Park recently. Nothing too long – sort of meandering, doubling back in places, trying new routes, etc – I ended up at about 13 miles. Anyway, I frequently enter the park near the main entrance, then follow the bike path around and go up Mt. Carbon before dropping down into the golf course. I did that same ride for the first time after losing about 20 lbs. Wow! I didn’t speed up it, but Mt. Carbon felt much easier carrying 20 lbs less baggage than before. And, Strava showed this as my quickest time up, dropping about 50 seconds off my previous personal best (not that I try for PB’s, I just ride). And this was after hardly riding since February. I don’t know why, but I’m a little surprised at how much difference it made. I’m sure some of it had to do with the running I’ve been doing, but that hasn’t been all that much either – between 10 and 15 miles per week. That’s barely one run for a “real” runner! No, I think that the biggest difference was from the weight loss. It’s just so much easier to haul 225 lbs up a hill than 250. And that right there is motivation. I feel great, I think I look better, I have more energy AND my rides are improving. I’m excited to see how much better things can get.
So, if anyone actually reads this and is trying to lose some weight, all I can say is keep going! Keep learning and trying new things until you find out what works for you and then keep it up. It took me a couple of years to hit upon my “eat more, exercise less” approach, and I’m seeing the benefits now. If I can do it, so can you.