Just over a year ago I was out on a group ride with Orenco Cyclery. With us that day was an amazingly experienced cyclist from the cycling haven of Arizona, currently out here in Oregon for a temporary assignment.
When you have a lot of fat to lose losing weight at first can seem easy. That was how it went for me with my first Diet Better Transformer. I actually completed this challenge in the first few months, and with a continuous flow of 4% challenges I was able to keep it off and then some by the end of the 6 months. To the left is my final weigh in, at nearly 20kg's lighter than when I began.
This past year I’ve gotten into cycling, and in order to help up my game I wanted to get a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) to see how I’m doing and to get a good grasp of how much effort I am putting in. I also run a 5k at least once a year, with that coming up I decided to go with the Wahoo TICKR X due to its ability to do both Bluetooth and ANT+, and that it should work with my Nexus 4 while I wait to purchase a cycling computer later this year.
As Mr. Money Mustache has done since he started his blog I am also putting out there our expenses for the past year. With this report I have gone through our year and moved some of our special purchase from our overflow budget area (retirement savings) to their respective budget categories to better reflect how much we actually spent and where the money went. During the year sometimes we would discuss a purchase that we wanted and would just categorize it as Retirement to spend the money from there. Towards the end of the year I stopped doing things like that and instead would move the allocated amount around. Our goal is to better understand where our money is going. We budget as a plan of where money will go, and to help restrain our impulses slightly, but it doesn’t control us entirely.
Wow, it has been quite some time since I made a blogpost. As it turns out writing a blog can be a lot of work, and trying to balance that with life, work, and cycling can be tough. Sometimes you just get burnt out while trying to pursue everything at once. That's essentially what happened to me, too much, too little time, a lot of stress. Though blogging can be a great way to get rid of that stress, it can also add to it. As my cycling got more serious I found it hard to make the time to write for this blog, and as the time went on every time I thought of writing it came a little easier to just put it aside, and the desire to write slowly dwindled.