Name: Marc Nevin
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Time Cycling: 3 Years
Start Weight: 240 pounds
End Weight: 160 pounds
Reason for Cycling: I started cycling because I gave a peloton in our community gym a try, and I was hooked right away. It was only a short few months before I had a bike of my own and really got into it.
I have constantly struggled with my weight throughout my life. I have gone through phases where I would lose a little weight, but always ended up gaining it back (and more). My health suffered because of my weight, and I was not able to easily do all the things I wanted to do.
A major motivation for losing weight was to avoid worse health problems in the future. I wanted to get healthy so I could be around for my family. I decided that I wanted to finally get my weight under control, and I set a goal to lose 50 pounds in six months.
In August 2018, I took my first class on a Peloton. It was very difficult, but so fun to have the instructor telling me what to do instead of trying to do it myself. At first it felt like I would never be able to ride at the level the class was taught.
Once I had my own bike, I started riding at least six days a week (some weeks seven days). I was using the Peloton, and then took additional strength and yoga classes using the Peloton app. There were a number of challenges and earned badges inside Peloton that kept me motivated as I rode along with the community on social media.
I currently also have the Peloton Tread now, so I split my time between running and cycling. But I still have a steady cycling schedule of about three times a week. I hope to soon be able to get a road bike so that I can take my ability outside and see what I can do.
I also asked my partner to help me stay on track, and it was her support that truly allowed me to get to the other side. This included making diet changes.
In failed attempts in the past, I would focus on food I thought was “healthy,” or try to just straight up restrict. What has worked for me this time is just counting calories. As long as I am in a calorie deficit, then I lose weight.
I have found over time that a high-protein diet is best for me because it keeps me fuller with a lower daily calorie count. I have gotten used to healthier food, and now it’s what I prefer. I also used MyFitnessPal to track my food and help keep my eating in check with the exercise. Cycling created consistency that allowed me to also get consistency in my diet.
I have lost a total of 80 pounds since the start of my journey. My weight will go up and down sometimes, but I’m dedicated to losing another 10 pounds by June 2022.
Weight loss is a life changer. It makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. Finding cycling has truly changed my life. It was the key that unlocked my potential. And now I feel amazing and like the sky’s the limit on my fitness journey.
These three tips have made my cycling journey successful:
1. Stay consistent
Making a commitment to a cycling routine was an important piece to my success this far. For me, I had to plan out my schedule each week which made it easier for me to do.
2. Find perseverance
Cycling is a sport, and it is not an easy thing to do. If you are just starting out, it is going to be hard. You have to push through, and over time, these skills get easier and easier. An additional tip is that cycling will always be hard because as you get better, you will push to be better. There will always be a new “hard.”
3. Focus on whole-body care
I found that taking care of my full body helps improve my focus on cycling. Having a good diet, strength training, focusing on recovery and stretching are key additional categories to my personal success. You have to take care of yourself in order to grow in the sport.
Marc’s Must-Have Gear
→Apple Watch: I would not be as motivated without it. It tracks everything and allows me to see the progress I have made.
→Peloton Apparel: I love being connected to the Peloton community, and wearing the apparel makes me feel more connected.
→NipEaze: Chafing is real, and these really help avoid that.
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