30 Days Of Biking, September 2011

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Last year, I biked 34 straight days. This year, I hope to surpass that. May even start early. I biked today to get my bike fixed, and I’m good to go.

Here are some photos of my attempt at biking every day in April…which was ended early due to a trip where I couldn’t bike.

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Jonah Hill!

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“It’s not fun,” Hill told the LA Times, referring to his weight loss efforts. “I wouldn’t say it’s the most fun endeavor I’ve ever took on in my life — but it’s important. And I’m enjoying it. If I eat something unhealthy now, I kind of feel a little weird and my body hurts.”

I love that quote. It was taken during an interview on the red carpet of an event, and it just came out in a 3 second span when asked about his weight loss. I’m not sure I’ve heard of a celebrity discuss their weight loss in such a way. I’d be really interested in knowing more about his weight loss, but I doubt there’s much more about it.

I was watching Jonah Hill in Accepted yesterday, actually, and couldn’t help but notice how large he was. In that movie, he was only 22 or 23 years old. That is unreal. So tonight, while watching the MTV Video Music Awards(don’t judge!), he appeared to announce an award. The dude has lost A TON OF WEIGHT. He claims he doesn’t know how much weight exactly, but I think it’s more than the 40 pounds that are estimated. I also think he’s full of shit when he says he doesn’t know how much he’s lost. I only say that because I know when I had some success, I jumped on that scale every day! That’s an aside, though, because it’s really great. It’s an inspiration. I’m not inspired by a lot, but Jonah Hill kicked ass here.

Speaking of inspiration, please help get Tony of The Anti-Jared to the top of the list for Top 50 Most Inspirational Healthy Tweeps.

It’s one thing to be a male blogger. It’s another thing to be a male blogger who blogs about stuff that doesn’t include sports, politics, history, cars, or anything traditionally manly. It’s also another thing to blog about weight loss without having work out charts, sponsored diets, and a support system that knows exactly what might help you, motivate, and guide you. Tony’s my MVP of weight loss bloggers. MVP doesn’t mean the best. It means the Most Valuable Player.  He’s a one man support system in a crowd of weight loss bloggers where men, by and large, aren’t there or don’t stick around.  This isn’t to say women can’t help and aren’t incredible. Everybody I link is fantastic in some way. In this instance, it’s just another voice that rings loud and clear and true.


Thursday starts the 4th 30 Days of Biking challenge. I did it last year, and will try to get it done this year as well. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s been a year. I’m traveling a LOT of weekends in September, but I will do my damnedest to bike every day. Money’s tight, so fixing my bike has had to wait. I’m hoping tomorrow to finally get it taken in.

Bike Stoppage

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I popped my back tire, so biking has stopped until I can get it fixed. Well, the flat has been fixed, but the tire is rubbing against the brake system, so I think I need to have the shop look at whether the rim is warped.


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I biked to MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. 7.35 miles round trip, Not too shabby. May have a pic up tomorrow.

2 days, done! Boom!

Get On Your Bike & Go

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9.5 Miles today, doing a very common route that I do when I’m just looking to get some miles in. When I got home, I realized I had reached 1,200 miles since 6/16/2010. Just a number for now, but that’s pretty cool regardless.

I’m hoping to post every day a photo of my travels.

You Can!

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Why not?

I’m planning on biking every day until I can’t…and for the foreseeable future, I don’t see any reason why I can’t go more than 2 months riding.

There could certainly be exceptions. There might be a day I go without riding…but I’m going to do whatever humanly possible to avoid that. If it means I only ride around the block, then so be it. I’m still riding. Distance isn’t important, the action is.

I’m also going to start running. Maybe it’ll start with jogging. Maybe I’ll jog 20 yards and then walk 60 yards. Doesn’t matter the distance, it matters that I’m pushing myself. It might start out as just twice a week.

I’m going to get into a habit of doing sit ups and pushups. I have never done either with any regularity, but I’ve always thought about it. I’m hoping to start tomorrow. It might be Tuesday.

Why not?

In my head, I’m thinking the first one is the easiest, the second is the toughest, and third is the least likely to be followed through. I’ve had each of these conversations in my head hundreds of times. Hasn’t anyone, looking to make permanent changes to their lifestyle, done the same?

It’s not a diet. It’s not working out, either. It’s just what I do. I’m a biker. I will be a runner. I will be a guy who does sit ups, pushups, and eventually other exercises that I’ve never heard of or don’t know how to do yet.

Why not?

There’s no good answer to ‘Why not?’.