That’s one more ride in the book for the week that I could have skipped just as easily. I’m beginning to believe that I don’t have the attention span for spinning – I never get bored riding but I’m at my wit’s end after ten minutes on a trainer. I have to work on that. In any event, this was my fastest spin yet. I’ve really gotta get a computer so I can track the distance and my speed properly.
A funny thing happened when I hit 40-years-old that is pertinent… I’ve been running for ten or eleven years now, I’m as fit as an ox (well, maybe something a touch smaller, but you get the point), I’ve passed every physical I’ve ever had with flying colors, my vitals are awesome and I’ve never felt better… But I still get that little nagging voice in the back of my head that says:
“You know what, son? You really shouldn’t be pushing this hard at your age”.
This is not one of those that I can brush off as usual, or at least I haven’t found the STFU that works yet. I keep hoping that over time that little jerk will give up.
If any of you out there have any info on combating this, please leave a comment.
There is a trick to watching what one eats but I really can’t give it to you because I don’t know what it is. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. My secret to staying svelte lies in the definition of what “want” is and it is not the same as the definition of “is”, but I’ll get to that in a moment. We all know that if one consumes more calories than one burns, one will gain weight – this is not rocket science. Where it gets ugly, at least for me, is when you have to figure out how many calories you burn in a day and then try to figure out how many calories are in what you eat…that is rocket science, or close enough for me to go the other way and just burn a bunch off and hope it all works out in the end. So far, so good.
Just for this post, I started to research this a little bit because I wanted to get an idea of what it means to count things up. I was really skinny when I was a young lad, then filled out after I quit drinking (at least a little bit). My weight jumped, but only after I quit smoking cigarettes and it did so quickly. In fact, I’d guess that I was actually overweight for maybe six months at the most and all I did to reverse that was to run three times a week which got me down to 171. The addition of cycling got me down to 158… That’s about all I know…
Alright, the research hasn’t helped much, perhaps because I’m searching for the wrong topics and that caused me to land on articles that border on utter stupidity, like this one, in which an Australian researcher comments on American obesity: “The food industry has done such a great job of marketing their products, making the food so tasty that it’s almost irresistible, pricing their products just right, and placing them everywhere, that it is very hard for the average person to resist temptation. Food is virtually everywhere, probably even in churches and funeral parlors.” [emphasis is mine]
You quite literally have to be an idiot to state (let alone believe) that food in America is “even in churches and funeral parlors”, so an intelligent person couldn’t possibly trust his results – they’ll obviously be skewed by his ideology…in fact, that use of the word “probably” in that sentence alone shows that this yahoo has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. Never mind the marketing and the tasty food comment – stinkin’ cardboard eating pansies. I would have to kick my own ass just for trying to blame obesity on marketing and making food too tasty. So the research is going out the door because I don’t have a day to devote to picking through the garbage.
Let’s just say that everything about my weight relies on the definition of “what I want”. If what I want is less than that which I need to maintain my weight, I’ll lose weight. If it’s more, I’ll gain. If I pay attention to what my body is telling my melon, I’ll end up maintaining my weight (this comes with risk, the more I become accustomed to eating, the more I’ll want). With that, there are some do’s and don’ts to this. I used to drink cola like it was going out of style. Four 2 liter bottles a week, minimum. I was stuck at 171 for the longest time – and one of the sure things that helped me drop that extra 13 beyond cycling was eliminating cola – or a minimum of 3,480 (empty) calories a week. As a treat, I splurge with 7-Up now. Otherwise, it’s water or flavored water now (man, that raspberry is some good H2O). I’ve also got a sweet tooth that I have to watch…when I’m down to 157 I can afford a few small bags of candy throughout the week, when I’m at 162 I can’t – it’s apples and bananas.