Fitness

I'm in shape. Round is a shape....isn't it?
My New Year's Resolution was to lose 1 pound per week for the whole year. Halfway through, I am a few pounds behind schedule, but in the ballpark.

At 51, I’ve realized that my next decade or two can be healthy and robust, or weak and miserable, and my choices will play a major role in deciding the course they take. I had spent most of my life in good to excellent shape, but the 2002-2009 have seen a lot of eating and not much activity.

In January, I started with a healthier diet and a daily walking regimen, settling in at about 1 1/2 miles per day. Around the end of winter, I bought some dumbbells and combined light weight lifting with pushups, pullups and situps. In June, I dusted off my old mountain bike and hit the trail. Can you say slow? My legs are so dead, I can't even keep up a speed that makes me winded. I rode like the wind 20 years ago, hopefully I can get a piece of that back.

At my weight, an hour of vigorous riding burns the better part of 1000 Calories. I plan to do a one hour ride 3 or 4 times per week, so wish me luck melting the pounds away. I would really like to be in decent shape again.

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