December to February activity

The first 3 months activity, September, October and November, were summarised in the post earlier. This is a summary of December, January and February. At the beginning last September I weighed about 17 stone, By the end of the first 3 months I was down to 15 stone 10 lbs. Now, at the end of February, I am down to 14 stone 12 lbs. Weight loss has been quite a bit slower therefore but this period covers Christmas and the New Year. In fact I put on about 3 pounds over December. In addition my riding on the road has reduced quite a bit, perhaps not surprising given it is winter. On the whole I am pleased with my progress and I am on target to get below 14 stone in another 3 months, the end of May, when I will probably take delivery of a new Chris Hoy road bike.

December:
12 x turbo sessions total minutes 380
1 road ride 11 miles
End weight 15 stone 10 lb

January:
14 x turbo sessions total minutes 425
2 road rides total 13 miles
End weight 15 stone 5 lb

February:
11 x turbo sessions total minutes 355
4 road rides total 41 miles
End weight 14 stone 12 lb

Following a rough calculation I did in an earlier post I decided it would be interesting to calculate each month’s weight loss as a percentage due to exercise and to calorie reduced diet. On the basis that 1 lb loss is the equivalent of a 3,500 calorie deficit it is possible to use the calories burnt figure given by a combination of my Polar HR monitor and the Garmin ride calculator to calculate weight loss due to exercise and this as a percentage of the total loss over each month. The figures for the months I have the data for are:

November: Total loss 6 lb, loss due to exercise 2.25 lb or 37% (exercise calories = 7861)

December: Total gain(!) 3 lb, loss due to exercise 1.1 lb, presumably the gain would have been 4.1 lb without the exercise  (exercise calories = 3987)

January: Total loss 5 lb, loss due to exercise 1.48 lb or 30%  (exercise calories = 5185)

February: Total loss 7 lb, loss due to exercise 1.7 lb or 24% (exercise calories 6,079)

December included the festive season of course and equivalent to a 2 week break in exercise. It looks like a pattern is emerging of 7 lb loss per 3 months with about 25%-30% dues to cycling. My weight at the end of February is 14 stone 12 lb so by the end of May I could be down to 13 stone 5 lb. This would amount to a total loss of 4 stone since July last year.

5 thoughts on “December to February activity

  1. Well done Terry, that seems like good progress to me.
    The LCAG intermediate rides will be resuming on Sunday the 14th of April with a 25 mile ride to Wetherby and back. Hopefully you will be able to join us for that.

  2. Thanks Brian. I certainly intend to come along on the 14th for the first inermediate ride. Sounds like it should be fairly flat!

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  4. have you tried calorie-counting? My mom is a dibaitec and needs to loose major pounds… her Dr. suggested calorie-counting (it’s been three months and she has lost 40 pounds!!)… search calorie counters on google (or yahoo) and you can type in a food… and it will give you the amount of calories in that food! I would suggest cutting your calorie intake down to a maximum of 1500 calories per day… it isn’t easy… but tell yourself ‘this is a lifestyle choice’. also record your calories on a notebook or computer… it will help you!GOOD LUCK! Was this answer helpful?

    • Thanks David. It is a helpful answer. This post was made in March 2013. If you look at the post for November 2014 you will see I discovered MyFitnessPal and started counting calories. Now I’m down to 12 stone 10 lbs, a loss of 5 stone (70 pounds but this has taken 3 years! I’ve done it very steadily as I wanted it to be a permanent lifestyle change based on exercise and good nutrition as well as calorie control. Thanks for your interest. http://terrywassall.org/blogs/rouleur/2014/11/28/27-months-activity-report/

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