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The psychology of fat

I'm fairly deep into phase two of summer; that's the part where I pay penance for travel and out of control eating. I teach a summer session course, while the rest of my time is mine. That time is usually invested into eating like a social pariah and putting in 2-4 hours of base exercise a day.

But here's the interesting part: This time around, I'm using the same tactics that worked in that past two summers but I'm not getting the results. Simply doing the calorie math (3500 cals = one pound) I should be dropping more weight. But in reality, I'm only down 7 pounds and 1% body fat over three (3) weeks of penance.

When I wrote Mind Over Diet,  the premise was that each of us needs to engage the content that is available, vet the facts, then decide on our own accord what the best plan will be. Engagement = knowledge = power.

So on this day, I'm circling back to more information, more pathways that might allow me to bust out of this plateau and reduce. Google+ …

Motorists and bicycles: A dangerous combination

I was doing a solo ride last night (actually, I was the last rider) on our Monday night loop out of Blowing Rock (NC) to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As usually occurs, motorists come up from behind and need to pass. I have determined there are three (3) types of motorists under these conditions:

1) Astute driver. In this instance he/she looks for gap, gives wide berth, and safely accelerates past.

2) Unskilled driver. This individual knows they need to get around and dart into the other lane, driving right at oncoming traffic.

3) No courage driver. This segment of motorist will idle right behind the rider for a mile or more, missing several safe passing opportunities. When they finally do go around, a backup of 5-10 cars are frustrated and freight train by, creating a cyclist's danger zone.

I bring this up because some angry words were shared between cyclists and motorists on a local Facebook page. I'm sorry that we sometimes delay your day, but it's a matter of trying to recr…