Sunday, July 18, 2010

Why I can stay overweight even though I exercise...

Yesterday I did a 31-mile bike ride organized by a local club. The ride is not 31 straight miles, and it's in no way a race.  There is a set start point where you check in and get your map. The course is marked on the roads too, so if you don't want to try to ride a bike and read a map at the same time, you can just follow the marks. That's what I opted to do. People can ride fast, or amble along at a comfortable speed. The first snack stop was at 10-ish miles. There were packaged cookies (which I skipped), water, and fruit (which I sampled).  The second stop was just a stop for water, but we were asked not to use the water cooler to refill our water bottles, so I decided to just wait for the next stop five miles later and just took a rest break and ate half a Luna bar.  The next stop was lunch and then we had 10 miles back to the car.

I had a normal-sized lunch (I didn't trust the offered tacos not to upset my stomach so I just went for a peanut-butter sandwich) but after the bike ride, I was really hungry.  I logged my calories that night and realized that even with a 1500 calorie deficit from the ride, I had managed to go over my daily calories.

Yikes. After seeing that I had burned so many, I got a little too relaxed, I guess.

Why is it so much easier to take them in than to burn them?

The ride was fun. I would definitely do another one. The breaks really make the difference -- I felt like if I kept the pace easy and stopped every 10 miles, I could probably bike all day.  Not to say I wasn't happy to get off that seat. I have a new one on order that should be a lot more comfortable.


  1. I discovered long ago that I will never lose weight relying primarily on exercise, even if it's significant, intense, and frequent exercise. It just won't happen. Not for me anyway.

    Losing weight seems to be all about the food...and I guess I like that I no longer exercise "for extra points" but instead do it to get stronger, feel better, etc. You have this figured out too (I think you had this figured out before I did!). Activity for its own sake is a good thing :)

  2. That does sound like a lot of fun! Especially that you can go at your own pace!

    I run in to that problem with running. Even though I am burning calories, I still eat more than I should.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07