Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - This is me, not where I want to be.
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04-27-09, 11:00 PM
This is a current photo of me, as of today I weigh 516.2 lbs. That is down 4lbs from last week. I haven't found my bike yet but it is calling my name I plan to keep this post going with my progress and I am glad for any support or inspiration everyone has to offer. Because of this forum I know not only can it be done but it has been done. :thumb:
04-27-09, 11:06 PM
We'll all be glad to help you along in your journey. You're right, it CAN be done. :D
By the way, here's a hint. Take a monthly pic, and look over a time span. Over about 5-6 months, you'll start to see a noticeable change, andf that's a huge motivator. :D
A word of warning, though.....
As time goes on, you will hit slowdowns and plateaus......don't let them discourage you. It happens to all of us.
You can go from this:
To this, though:
04-27-09, 11:07 PM
Well done. You've started down the path. Way to go, and remember that there are folks here to talk with whenever you need to. Sometimes they're even entertaining.
04-29-09, 03:35 AM
Good point about the plateau, I dropped about 20kg then stopped and stayed there for a few months (admittedly I hadn't really changed what I was eating), I now seem to be going again and have lost another 5kg in the last month or so.
Don't get discouraged. It's easy to lose heart, think it's all useless and revert to your bad habits, but stick with it, it is worth it.
04-29-09, 06:04 AM
Congatulations on making the decison of a lifetime.Please do keep us posted on your progress, even if it's a zero weight loss but still working at it. Remeber we didn't get this way over night and it will take a while to reach our goals. The important thing is that from here on out, you are headed in the right direction.We've heard from Tom, now we need Ben. Where the heck has he been, besides training for the death race on gravel roads, that is?Don['t hesitate to ask any questions you come up with concerning anything. Not that we'll know all the answers, but I bet we can help steer you to the right resources.Welcome to the forum!
Jerry in So IL
04-29-09, 08:31 AM
You made the decision. That's the biggest huddle you will have to jump over. Now its just tracking what you eat, eating better stuff, and moving more. Just get up every day and make better choices on eating, lifestyle, and exercise. Take one day at a time.
04-29-09, 10:48 AM
I would suggest that you start walking 30 min a day, even if you have to sit and take a break for a 1 or 2 minutes. This will help start your endurance, but also get your schedule use to have a time slot where you will be riding later. Also, you can START TODAY. Good luck
Welcome to the herd.
04-29-09, 04:21 PM
Yes, welcome! keep us informed of your progress. Like dbikingman says walking is also good, its not all cycling:) take it when you can get it;) and good luck with your new direction:)
04-29-09, 04:23 PM
most definitely, My legs were really sore this morning so I just walked for about 2.50 miles. That felt pretty good too. Change it up. But the bike sure is fun is it not.
04-29-09, 11:19 PM
Yeah I do walk 2 miles EVERY day @4mph at the gym then I do some circuit training. I just got my bike and am going to start riding it back and fourth to the gym approx 4 miles each way. I will post my bike in the next couple of days. Its not much but I am so glad I got it.
04-29-09, 11:39 PM
It has been 2 years for me and 100LB's
I did 70 lbsin a year and a half just cutting back on portions and thinking about each piece of food that went into my mouth and hit huge platue that seemed like it would never break but them joined Weight Watchers and lost the last 30 in 10 weeks with there program which helps not only with weight los but the intire lifestyle change that I needed. What I noticed after joining is that I was not eating enough food to burn fat the stored fat and now it seems like I eat more than I ever did on the last diet bit Im consistanly loosing weight every week!!! Join the Watchers and stay for the meetings I find mine insperational and everyone that works there is a liftime member which means they have been in a situation like yours and know the obstacles that you will face and are there to help!!!
04-30-09, 12:28 AM
I'm glad you're hear. You and everyone else keep me motivated. I was 475 a few months back, I weighed in today at 454. I'm glad to be back on a bike and I'm glad you are too. Keep up the good work and keep posting.
04-30-09, 12:53 AM
Takingcontrol - congrats on taking your first steps on a different path!
Good luck, Takingcontrol. There are a lot of good people here to offer advice, answer questions and help motivate.
04-30-09, 08:01 AM
Taking Control, no dissing on your bike allowed! The moment you commited to riding it. it became the best bike in the world.:thumb:
05-02-09, 09:39 PM
This is a pic of my new joy... my first in 15 years :love:
Got it from this place that does some customization just for their shop http://www.citybikes.coop/citybike.html
05-02-09, 09:46 PM
Bike looks great, keep it maintained and it should serve you well. I might suggest getting a back up as a broken bike is the best excuse not to ride.
05-02-09, 09:56 PM
lol sounds good..... uhhh it will have to wait a few months cause I is poe. Maybey i will have some extra money after the start of fall term.
05-02-09, 10:43 PM
takingcontrol, first of all, glad to see you here and starting to ride. I noticed in another post that you will be going to OSU. Will you live in Corvallis, or are you driving from farther away? If you have privacy concerns, send me a PM, I knows some places around there to ride if you are interested.
05-02-09, 10:44 PM
no privacy issues :) I live in Independence and would love to hear from you
05-02-09, 11:02 PM
Independence has some nice places to ride, I often ride up to the Buena Vista area for some of my rides. :)
05-03-09, 12:19 PM
Well I did it :thumb: my first goal with my new bike was to ride the 4 miles to the gym, walk my two miles on the treadmill then ride the four miles home and I did:) no problems except I now know that I need some sort of bike shorts. Can u say uncomfortable lol but other then my fingers going a little numb all went well. I think doing cardio everyday for three weeks before attempting this helped ALOT. I had no breathing problems whatsoever. anyway weigh in is tomorrow (hoping for 6) I will post how much I lost this last week then :D
Good place to buy bigger shorts that fit right. http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ Congrats on the progress.
05-03-09, 12:35 PM
A bigger seat may help more than shorts, it will distribute the load over a wider area. Save your other seat as you'll be needing it again soon.
05-03-09, 12:41 PM
I think it is the shorts, when I say uncomfortable I mean my underwear crawling places it has no business being the seat feels fine for the distances i am riding atm
05-03-09, 12:49 PM
I was thinking about this video when I saw your post, I think it might interest you.
05-03-09, 01:31 PM
That was a great video, Thanks for linking it. I need to find out how he is doing and if he has continued his journey.
05-03-09, 01:34 PM
He teaches at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design(MIAD). Maybe you can find more there.
05-04-09, 09:56 PM
Well today was the day, I went for my weekly weigh in. now last week when i spoke to my doctor I told him that I felt we could lower my calories and he felt that that was OK so we dropped them down to 2600 per day. Now i know this sounds like a lot but for those that have read my earlier post know that I am a SUPER CLYDE so this is a reasonable amount. As usual I went to the gym everyday and walked my two miles, and this week I also had my new bike (cheer) :love: to ride. I racked up 20 miles on it wish I fell is pretty good for not having had a bike in 15 years. So finally bake to the weight, I went in expecting 4lbs and hoping for 6lbs.....I will just have to be happy with 9.8lbs!!!!!! I was so stoked I had them weigh me again and it was the same the second time, I couldn't believe it. So Cheers all and thanks for you continuing support and I will be here all week :)~
05-04-09, 09:59 PM
Disregard the typos in the last post umm I'm an engineering major not an English major. :(
05-04-09, 10:40 PM
Big ups on the weigh in!
Awesome, keep your eyes on the goal. Success breeds success
05-05-09, 10:30 AM
That is awesome TC Keep it up.
+1 on the congrats...keep up the good work... I am not a clyde but need to lose some for health reasons too... and reading something like this motivates me too.
Don't worry bout the grammar.................peace
05-05-09, 11:00 AM
Good luck on your journey..
Good job man keep it up. I started at 600 lbs just over 10 months ago. I didn't start biking until January (tried once in september but the hills killed me, even the small ones). I just went from my trek mountain bike to a klein road bike yesterday. You can get their it just takes dedication and lots of effort. I still have 70 or so lbs before I get near goal but lots of exercise including biking, will get me there. So can you.
05-05-09, 11:40 AM
wow posit what is your goal weight? My max was 606lbs and I am currently at 506lbs 20 of that in the last 3 weeks. ( the other came off without me being serious just a diet here and there for a couple of years) my goal is to get under 300 and to have the ability to do a century.
05-05-09, 01:31 PM
Well done on your weight loss. long may it continue;)
05-05-09, 01:53 PM
Woot!!! It's so great just being able to watch those numbers roll down and knowing the only way you'll ever see it so high again is if you literally jump on the scale. Congrats!
You can call 300lbs a goal for now, but I'm betting that with your attitude you'll be joing us "ex-clydes" sooner or later (and probabaly sooner).
My goal weight right now is 240. I'll see where I feel at that point. I am doing a sprint triathlon July 26th and I hope to be around 260-270 for that, but that is stretching.
I didn't bike often until I was around 370, I admire you trying it at 500+. Where I live its all hills so it was a lot of walking with the bike. Now every hill is a challenge I can usually beat.
05-08-09, 01:34 PM
Well i got the under liner for my shorts http://store.aerotechdesigns.com/meunbiun.html and went for my 8 mile ride today with no problems. thanks for the tip epcolt.
05-11-09, 07:55 PM
Ok, sorry for not posting for a few days. I have been babysitting my nephews (ages 5 and 7). Anyway great news, 7.8lbs lost this week :D. I haven't been able to ride as much as I would like (only have put 30 miles on the bike) but as soon as my mom gets back to take the boys I hope to try and do 30 a week. This bike seems to be holding up to my hefty 1/4 tonnage (wait.... 498.9 this week) OMG im under a quarter ton in I don't know how long woot. only 275 more to go at 7lbs per week that is ummm carry the four .... 9.8 months :thumb: Have fun everyone- cheers
05-11-09, 07:57 PM
Congrats! First big milestone down!
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