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Meanwhile, I gained back the weight I lost because I just gave up on eating better. Haven't been exercising as often, either. I really fell off the wagon. I'm back up to around 240 lbs.

But I've also been stressed and depressed in the last few months. Best I can describe it as is "functionally depressed." I'm still going to work, but that's pretty much it. I'm finding no joy in anything.
 
Another Lazy Sunday -- 50.5 miles (80.5km) Somehow the day took a lot longer than planned. Part of it, of course, is doing something besides just "stay on the bike, keep pedaling"; and part of it was just being slow(er than normal).
 
I was more than halfway through today's ride when I starting thinking "boy, my right pedal feels really odd, I wonder what's wrong?" I look down and realize that it's nearly broken in half. There was enough of it left that I was able to get home without having to throw up the white flag and call for a ride. Unfortunately, it does mean no big rides until I get it fixed. I was hoping to get a sense of how hard touring would be by doing another long ride tomorrow, but that's going to have to wait.

62.8 miles (101 km) today
 
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So, I've been wearing the same pants...I figure they aren't worn out, and why buy new jeans if I'm still losing weight. Well, I sent out some pictures from Irish music last Sunday and someone really didn't like how baggy my jeans were. So they got me some. 32" waist and they fit! they're even a little loose.
I don't think I've worn 32" jeans since the 1990s

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I had a good ride yesterday in spite of discovering a problem 1 mile from my destination:
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The only alternative to bridge would have been a 60-mile detour, which, considering I was already 50 miles into the day, was not a viable option. It was a relatively ambitious day for me, just not that ambitious.

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Since I had to change plans, I went looking for birds in the middle of nowhere:
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Short day today -- 19.7 miles (31.7km), about half of that while being rained on

I made a rookie mistake and relied on the rain predictions without double checking the radar before I left.
 
I biked about 16 KM today. Filmed the whole ride, but I tried something new this time.

I would get off my bike at certain points, set up the camera in different spots, film myself biking past, then turn around to retrieve the camera.

I've seen other cyclists with GoPros do it, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'll put the footage together tonight and see how it turned out.
 
Well done!
In the meantime, despite having a week where I went bouldering, biked to work twice (2x23km x2 = 92km , I know it's not exactly evilmike numbers but still), did HIIT 2x for 45 minutes and did separate exercises every day, and didn't drink alcohol, eat any snacks or any desserts, I'm still stuck at 88kgs (~194lbs), up 15 kgs (~33lbs) from last year.
I've been trying to lose weight for 4-5 weeks now and have absolutely 0 to show for it, except that the weight gain at least seems to have leveled off a bit.
It's not that I want to get back down to my wedding weight, but I'd like to at least look somewhat in shape and get back down to somewhere around 80kgs (~175lbs). That shouldn't be this damn hard.
 
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Well done!
In the meantime, despite having a week where I went bouldering, biked to work twice (2x23km x2 = 96km , I know it's not exactly evilmike numbers but still), did HIIT 2x for 45 minutes and did separate exercises every day, and didn't drink alcohol, eat any snacks or any desserts, I'm still stuck at 88kgs (~194lbs), up 15 kgs (~33lbs) from last year.
I've been trying to lose weight for 4-5 weeks now and have absolutely 0 to show for it, except that the weight gain at least seems to have leveled off a bit.
It's not that I want to get back down to my wedding weight, but I'd like to at least look somewhat in shape and get back down to somewhere around 80kgs (~175lbs). That shouldn't be this damn hard.
Hey now, getting out on the bike at all means that you are doing great!
 
Well done!
In the meantime, despite having a week where I went bouldering, biked to work twice (2x23km x2 = 92km , I know it's not exactly evilmike numbers but still), did HIIT 2x for 45 minutes and did separate exercises every day, and didn't drink alcohol, eat any snacks or any desserts, I'm still stuck at 88kgs (~194lbs), up 15 kgs (~33lbs) from last year.
I've been trying to lose weight for 4-5 weeks now and have absolutely 0 to show for it, except that the weight gain at least seems to have leveled off a bit.
It's not that I want to get back down to my wedding weight, but I'd like to at least look somewhat in shape and get back down to somewhere around 80kgs (~175lbs). That shouldn't be this damn hard.
If you're exercising every day, I can promise you're losing fat and gaining muscle. Which will look like stagnation or weight gain, because muscle weighs more than fat. Just keep at it. It's not a fast process. Even with chemical help, it's taken me like what, a year, to get here?
 
Yup! If you are actively exercising and not just cutting calories, the number on the scale will mean far less than just something as simple as a waist measurement. If you want to see noticeable progress, I recommend taking a picture of yourself on a regular basis to compare to, because it's really hard to notice when you see yourself every day.
 
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