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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-14-15, 10:17 AM   #1
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Weight loss and keeping it off

There was a thread regarding sort of a weight loss competition but not sure if it took place. While I'm not sure the completion would make sense since there isn't any real way to validate it but was thinking what are your thoughts on starting a monthly weight loss goal thread similar to the thread on monthly riding.

My thinking is if we commit publicly, at least on this forum, while most of us don't know eachother, we could maybe motivate ourselves to try and stay focused especially during the winter months. I had lost 75 pounds this summer and gained 25 back in the last month so I am reaching here. Trying to find motivation again. I am weak

Any takers?
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Old 12-14-15, 10:27 AM   #2
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good luck.
My motivation in kept up by reading this forum, the experiences of other folks.
I lost my weight over 2 years ago and have kept it off. I weigh each morning and keep a log of it.
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Old 12-14-15, 10:55 AM   #3
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I feel your pain! I've lost 110 pounds in the last year and a half (350 to 240). I've been really concerned about the winter months. So far I've also been weighing each morning and watching my intake and riding as time and weather permits. MyFitness pal has helped with calorie intake and when eating out, I try to look ahead at their menu and plan a light meal. It's a hard row to hoe as they say.
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I have 2 motivators to keep my weight in check . A full length minor with words : what is your excuse " . a weight scale with words across the top : can you handle the truth " .
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I have 2 motivators to keep my weight in check . A full length minor with words : what is your excuse " . a weight scale with words across the top : can you handle the truth " .
I need to get a scale that is accurate. I purchased one from Costco it's an electronic weight watchers model but it varies 5-7 pounds depending how you step on it.
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I need to get a scale that is accurate. I purchased one from Costco it's an electronic weight watchers model but it varies 5-7 pounds depending how you step on it.
Withings scales are precise (vary by less than a pound) and interface with their web back-end so it's easy to follow trends via their web site, Android/Iphone apps, and third party training applications.
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Withings scales are precise (vary by less than a pound) and interface with their web back-end so it's easy to follow trends via their web site, Android/Iphone apps, and third party training applications.
any particular model that would be better suited for me. Unfortunately I need one that goes up to 330-350 unless I go back wards from my current 322
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any particular model that would be better suited for me. Unfortunately I need one that goes up to 330-350 unless I go back wards from my current 322
WS-30 which just does weight.

The manual says it works to 180kg which is 397 pounds.

I have the WS-50 which also estimates body fat off impedance and measures heart rate. While knowing both those things is useful, the fat estimate often isn't directionally accurate and heart rate adds or misses beats. With more fat a tape measure works better, with less a mirror so you can see muscle definition and vascularity.

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Ive had my withings scale for over a year. love it. I love to see the graphs on my iphone its pretty motivating and I can easily see the weeks and months I didnt exercise and think yup thats when you did this... and remember the times I did exercise and see the numbers go really down. huge motivator for me. "Thanks Withings!" lol

I also have the Withings blood pressure monitor. It worked with the older 13 prong phone, but had to get a 13 prong to flash connector for my new phone. Sometimes it works and sometimes not.

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I'm new, this is my first post here. I'm 69 years old. Since I retired about seven years ago, I ballooned to 340 lbs.
I joined the "Move program" at my local VA hospital back in April of this year. I learned to keep a journal of what I eat, and eat healthier. I go to the fitness center at the hospital to work out, and I bought a entry level Schwinn hybrid bike.
So far I've dropped down to 282 lbs.
I'm only able to ride 8-10 miles a day. But as my weight drops it becomes easier. I'm starting to enjoy my daily rides, and I'm increasing my distance, and speed. My goal is to get below 200 lbs. I plan to continue and to improve my cycling adventure. Eventually getting a better bike to maintain my weight.
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The best way for me has just been that scale every morning; if I'm doing something wrong, I see it the next morning
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I have found for me, the best way to keep my weight in check, or to lose more is to log what I eat. I still eat what ever I want, but simply keep the calories capped. Have went from 235 to 205 in the last 8 months. I use my fitness pal to track caloric intake.
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I use myfitnesspal, tomorrow should be day 600 :-)
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I get my motivation from remembering what the surgeon who fused my spine told me: " I can fix your spine, but if you don't get down to your ideal weight you will need surgery again (failed back syndrome-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failed_back_syndrome ) and the rest of your life will be both miserable and short. It has so far been working I weigh less now than I have in decades. But I know rapid weight loss seldom lasts and need to take it slow and easy.
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Find an accountability partner. Actually that's something I desperately need and think would help me a lot. Find someone who you are going to text your weight to once a week, no matter what. Share tips, work out together, etc. Whatever. If I were forced to tell someone every week no matter what, what my weight was; I think that would be a big motivator. Or even post it publicly, like your plan here!

I've been trying to find such a partner myself! I think it'll really help.
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I get my motivation from remembering what the surgeon who fused my spine told me: " I can fix your spine, but if you don't get down to your ideal weight you will need surgery again (failed back syndrome-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failed_back_syndrome ) and the rest of your life will be both miserable and short. It has so far been working I weigh less now than I have in decades. But I know rapid weight loss seldom lasts and need to take it slow and easy.
Rapid weight loss doesn't last because it often involves someone doubling down and going all-in and then finally getting burnt out and not sustaining it.

Fast or slow, do what's sustainable. If you, honestly, can sustain what's helping you lose weight (working out, restricting calories, whatever) then keep doing it!
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Find an accountability partner. Actually that's something I desperately need and think would help me a lot. Find someone who you are going to text your weight to once a week, no matter what. Share tips, work out together, etc. Whatever. If I were forced to tell someone every week no matter what, what my weight was; I think that would be a big motivator. Or even post it publicly, like your plan here!

I've been trying to find such a partner myself! I think it'll really help.
well let's start the new monthly weight loss goal beginning January 1. With weekly check in on Sunday's, using the strava calander as a guide for week beginning and end. Monday-Sunday. We can try it for a month and see if anyone wants to participate. I will post my start weight and loss goal.
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well let's start the new monthly weight loss goal beginning January 1. With weekly check in on Sunday's, using the strava calander as a guide for week beginning and end. Monday-Sunday. We can try it for a month and see if anyone wants to participate. I will post my start weight and loss goal.
Works for me.
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well let's start the new monthly weight loss goal beginning January 1. With weekly check in on Sunday's, using the strava calander as a guide for week beginning and end. Monday-Sunday. We can try it for a month and see if anyone wants to participate. I will post my start weight and loss goal.
I'm in.
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It can be easy though, once the 'group' gets pretty big, for people to kind of get lost in the noise.

What do you all think of 'pairing up' once we get the thread going? Making sure that someone, somewhere, is watching out for your 'responses', makes sure to give you encouragement, etc.
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Ok, I'm in. Just ordered my Whithings scale, put the right pedals on my bikes, and am gathering my courage/motivation/etc. Let's do this.

I'm back at a no-lie 243 lbs. Want to be at 210 by summer.

OK, maybe a white lie. i'd better wait until the scale comes in before I post my "true" weight.
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Ok, I'm in. Just ordered my Whithings scale, put the right pedals on my bikes, and am gathering my courage/motivation/etc. Let's do this.

I'm back at a no-lie 243 lbs. Want to be at 210 by summer.

OK, maybe a white lie. i'd better wait until the scale comes in before I post my "true" weight.
I think using the same scale all the time is important.

As crazy as it sounds, one of the most accurate scales you can buy is a Wii balance board. They are super accurate, even on carpet, etc. And very precise. Of course you need a Wii or a Wii U as well. But that along with the "Wii Fit" game keeps track of your weight and everything, it's pretty neat.
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It can be easy though, once the 'group' gets pretty big, for people to kind of get lost in the noise.

What do you all think of 'pairing up' once we get the thread going? Making sure that someone, somewhere, is watching out for your 'responses', makes sure to give you encouragement, etc.
sounds like a great idea.
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I'm in.
Awesome. I'm looking forward to losing.
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Placed my withings order right now also. I can use a scale at the doctor office January first for an official start weight. If the scale doesn't arrive by then.

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