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Anybody else getting fat over the winter???(20 posts)

Anybody else getting fat over the winter???PaulCL
Dec 2, 2002 8:09 AM
Like me.

The weather has pretty much halted my outdoor riding since around mid October. I've done about 7-8 spinning sessions and another 4-5 roller sesssions, plus twice a week weight room workouts. But, the fat is loading on. Geez. I weighed myself on Sunday morning at a whopping 198! Up from my 185lb riding weight.

Its' amazing how many calories riding burns. Or to turn it around, its' amazing how quickly the calories that go into my mouth go to my gut when I'm not burning them up on long rides. By using one of those online calorie counters, I guess that I would burn +/- 3000 calories on a 70 mile ride. When you eliminate that weekly calorie burn, it all goes to the gut.

Time to diet. Now pass me that salad.....
Dec 2, 2002 8:31 AM
Look at the math. During the summer, I would get in 3 good weekday rides and 2 long weekend rides. That's a lot of calories burned. And I was replacing them in a sensible manner and my weight was in check.

Now that the winter is here, I am lucky to get in 2 weekday rides and 1 weekend ride. They are much shorter due to cold weather and shorter daylight. I don't think I have adjusted my caloric intake accordingly, hence a few extra pounds.

I think my workouts since October have allowed me to maintain aerobic conditioning and not much else.
Halloween to Easter is the calorie season.MB1
Dec 2, 2002 11:22 AM
It is amazing how much high calorie food is available during the calorie season. Candy, pies and cakes, eggnog, gravy on everything, fruitcake and lots of big family and friends get togethers.

Your only hope is to really watch what you eat. Don't necessarily skip all the fun but be aware of what you are doing and keep your total calorie intake resonable.

Or do what we do and just ride lots. ;-)
I'm with youJL
Dec 2, 2002 8:37 AM
on this one. I haven't eliminated the outside riding yet, just not as frequently. With the mileage SERIOUSLY reduced, the scale says I'm up 10 lbs. and holding, but I'm not "showing" in the mirror, like last year. The pants do fit a little tighter around the waist, though. It happened really quick IMO, and it's certainly motivation to get moving.

Time to reduce the portion sizes to "normal" human portions and do more cross-training when I can't ride.

tough time of year to lose weightPaulCL
Dec 2, 2002 9:34 AM
I've eaten the same amount as before but packed on 13lbs. Ouch.

In all fairness, I am always at my heaviest just after Thanksgiving. I guess reality hits me in the face about eating vs. working out habits. I just have to learn to push away from the table.

Time to eat less, eat better, drink more water. I know the lbs will drop off fast. Only problem is that I wanted to ride at 180lb this spring vs. normal I have 18lbs to lose !! No Christmas cookies for me.
Input should change with your output. no prob 4 me (nm)Spunout
Dec 2, 2002 8:38 AM
I just try to limit my losses (gains!)look271
Dec 2, 2002 8:55 AM
As long as I keep the overage at 10 lbs or less, I don't worry too much. It is a somewhat natural thing to put on weight in the winter. I just try not to get too flabby. It is probably a good thing for you. I maintain aerobic conditioning and add some strength training. A soon as the weather warms up, those 10 extra lbs will drop before you know it!
re: Anybody else getting fat over the winter???tmotz
Dec 2, 2002 10:24 AM
Started back into cycling early Spring at 258 lbs. worked down to 230 lbs. but shot up to 246 lbs.Time to get things under control or I'll end up bigger then I started at.
Dec 2, 2002 10:29 AM
I'm up to about 205...usually weigh in at around 195 in prime riding season. I like to eat and drink well and am not riding as much plus I've been hitting the weights more and bulking up a bit in my upper body. Did get some great rides in over thanksgiving though!
The curse of a seasonal sportKristin
Dec 2, 2002 10:47 AM
Several choices:

1. Eat less during the off season (that's no fun--its the best season to eat)

2. Keep the same activity level in the winter (find other sports)...but if you grind way all summer on the bike, your body likely needs some downtime.

3. Reduce the number of hours you ride in the summer so you don't need a winter "break", then balance that with other wintertime activities.

4. Move somewhere warm and beautiful and ride till you die. At least you'll go with an twisted grin on your face.
I'll take option #4PaulCL
Dec 2, 2002 12:56 PM
But only under certain conditions:

1. I can find a job that pays me the same
2. #1 for my wife
3. I can convince my wife and kids
4. It is farther away from my wife's family,not closer
5. Nobody tells my wife that I typed #4

If I met all of those criteria, I'd move in a minute.

(just kidding about #4, my M-in-L is OK...the others...well we won't go into that...)
Brother, I've been overweight since Thanksgiving 2001.Sintesi
Dec 2, 2002 11:23 AM
Warning: This is nothing more than a repulsive whine.

I had a bad season and have been carrying 10-20 extra lbs all year. I no longer fit in my 32 pants and I hate the way I look in my shorts with the shirt off. I hate how I climb even worse. 2 years ago I was in my best shape since my late 20s and thought I was turning a corner and on into something special fitness wise. I laid off and got fat during the winter. I was feeling so good I figured what the hell, let myself go a little bit and catch up later. It was a good winter, lot of beer and rich meals and dessert. Then I had the knee problem in the early spring, it was followed by a very bad back problem that lasted all summer and I couldn't stand riding more than 25 miles at a time. The economy tanked, my wages froze, the rent went up and the bank account plummeted.

Well this is a new year. My SO has introduced me to yoga and I adjusted my position (at work as well as the bike) and it looks as though this back issue is behind me. I'm hitting the trainer at least 4 times a week and riding if the weather permits. I'm gong to keep it consistent for two months of solid base training and then ramp it up in Feb.. I'm on a mission this year to reclaim my pants.
yoga questionColnagoFE
Dec 2, 2002 1:31 PM
How has yoga helped you? Would you recommend it? Have been thinking about getting into something like that for cross training and injury prevnetion as well as stress relief.
yoga questionFez
Dec 2, 2002 2:28 PM
I'm not the original poster, but yoga has helped with flexibility and balance. I usually would only stretch a few muscles before and after rides, but yoga addresses the rest of the body.

One recommendation: do it on a recovery day. I used to go after a 35+ mile ride and would get a little tired if we were doing extended poses that worked the legs.

Don't expect much of an aerobic workout from yoga, but riding more than takes care of that.
second Yoga: I power yoga once per week, plus gym, rollers. nmSpunout
Dec 2, 2002 4:47 PM
I do very basic stuff.Sintesi
Dec 3, 2002 8:20 AM
My SO is much more into it than I, she does headstands and stuff, but I mostly focus on my legs and back. The nice thing about it is it's so easy and relatively painless compared to other forms of stretching I've used in the past. The focus is on relaxing the muscles and reducing the stress and less on being able to wrap your ankles around your head. I do these Cat and Cow poses, Baby poses that arch the back and bow it inwards; this emphasizes suppleness in the spine and torso. There are others (I forget the names) that twist the torso gently or rock the pelvis and there others that stretch the hamstrings (basically a figure 4 stretch). But here's the key as opposed to other stretching schemes I've tried and disliked in the past: You do not strain, you take your time (poses can last 3 minutes or more) and relax into the position. You visualize the problem areas relaxing and use your mind to make the region relax. I dont't really get into chanting and Breath of Fire crap tho. What can I say? It really seems to work for me and Yoga (this particular form of Kundalini) is a form of stretching that I can stick with. I hated stretching before. You can do those 3 minute stretches during commercials while watching TV. It doesn't have to be a big deal but proper Yoga (that my girl does) takes her an hour and a half for a routine.

Worth looking into if other forms of stretching aren't working for you. I would check out some beginner videos to start.
Sam Adams & peanuts winter diet have anything to do with it? nmJuanmoretime
Dec 2, 2002 12:42 PM
Petes Winter brew is pretty tasty stuff too (nm)ColnagoFE
Dec 2, 2002 1:33 PM
Dec 2, 2002 3:34 PM
I started out fat. :( Vow to lose 20 lbs before March, though. Wish me luck.
re: Anybody else getting fat over the winter???NewDayNewWay
Dec 2, 2002 5:59 PM
My wife bought a HUGE bag of M&Ms a few days ago. And I'm trying to lose 5 lbs over the winter to get ready for Spring riding! The problem is I love M&Ms! I can't stop eating them!!!