The Continuing Voyages of the Starship ‘Bicycle Trainer’

As I mentioned a while back, I picked up a bike trainer in the hopes of becoming more active. At the same time, I started tracking my food intake more carefully, trying to make sure I was running a reasonable daily calorie deficit.

Surprisingly, I’ve stuck with this pretty well over the last six weeks, and it’s been working pretty well. Since I started, I have lost just over 12 pounds, and as of yesterday’s weigh-in, I’ve reached my lowest recorded weight of my adult life. That’s pretty neat.

While I’ve had some sustained initial success, there’s still a long way to go. I’d like to drop at least 20 – 25 more pounds over the coming months. I’m not going to be pushing things and try to do it too quickly… this is more of a long term goal. Right now, I’m probably about 20-25 pounds lighter than I was when I first moved to Pittsburgh, but it’s hard to say, as I used to be pretty vehemently anti-scale.

So why the recent push? I don’t know, but it’d be nice to really be not just in a healthy weight range (which I’m still a bit above), but to be actually nice and fit. Also, as silly as this sounds, I’m trying to get down into ‘interview shape’. As I’ll be outlining later, I’m currently in a job search. At a conference in April I’ll be doing a number of screening interviews, and I’m very aware that how I look will be almost as important as what I say in getting to the next step. That sounds really ridiculous, but I’m also pretty sure it’s true. At any rate, it’s a good motivator moving me towards a healthy goal.

There’s lots more to say about life in general these days, but we’ll leave those things for another post.

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