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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 05-17-12, 02:00 PM   #1001
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Personally, it's overwhelming looking back on this, and it just feels great.
Very, very impressive!
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Old 05-17-12, 04:27 PM   #1002
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^ great job on the weight loss.
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Old 05-17-12, 10:07 PM   #1003
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Put this up in another weight loss forum, and figured I'd share here since this place has been such an inspiration to me over the past year. From 247lbs. to 177lbs. today. Personally, it's overwhelming looking back on this, and it just feels great.

Apart from me being cheeky and suggesting that you look like Tin Tin in the last photo, this is impressive stuff!
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Old 05-19-12, 11:35 AM   #1004
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Great work, Randy!

(and yes, totally Tin Tin)
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Old 05-20-12, 06:02 AM   #1005
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Here is the worst before I could find:



That's at about 460.

Here's me at the end of February picking up my new truck:



I'd guess I'm about 260 in that picture. I'm bouncing between 240 and 250 at the moment. Still a ways to go.
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Old 05-20-12, 03:18 PM   #1006
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Old 05-20-12, 03:26 PM   #1007
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Old 05-21-12, 06:27 AM   #1008
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Wow, great work guys. Incredible work, Jaki!
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Old 05-23-12, 05:46 PM   #1009
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Joined just to congratulate you guys (and ladies ) on the work.

Was googling cycling weightless and it lead me here eventually.

Inspirational is an understatement

Maybe in a few months i can post progress pics.
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Old 05-27-12, 09:37 PM   #1010
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I see all these ppl, making awsome progress. wow.. yall makes it look so easy and I know its not.. I'm new here, and have not been on a bike in years, I have 7 kids and have been wanting to get out there riding with them and loose a little weight along the way.

I see a lot of heavy riders, how hard was it to find a bike to fit you and or hold you. Im not a small guy myself. I stand at 6'6"+ and top over 400lb. yes Im a big guy, Since I stop working in Aug 2011 due to medical reason, I shot from 375 lb to about 420 lb.

I want to try to find a bike out there that I can ride without it falling part on me, but I'm not made of money either
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Old 06-01-12, 06:33 PM   #1011
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There is currently an HBO special airing in 4 parts called"Weight of the Nation." One of the things I found fascinating was that there (finally) seems to be some medical agreement about one thing with regard to exercise: Exercise is not a huge factor in weight loss (and I am not talking about people who bile 150 miles/day). Given that you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories to burn a pound of fat, and that an hour of moderate speed cycling burns 745 calories in a 205 lb person (the more you weigh, the more you burn), you have to pedal a LOT to lose a pound of fat. It is easier to create the deficit with restriction of caloric intake than to try to burn it off with exercise. But (and THIS was the interesting part) exercise plays a HUGE role in MAINTAINING weight loss. Those who diet and do not exercise on a regular basis do not maintain weight loss. And think about this for a bit: when you begin to exercise, you hurt. Most people avoid pain. So during the weight loss phase, they are overweight and out of shape. If they lose weight without exercising, they get lighter, but are STILL out of shape. Building muscle mass and cardiovascular strength through exercise (aerobic and anaerobic) not only helps you get in shape, muscle burns calories while you are resting or sleeping. The more muscle, the more calories you burn. I know people who have had gastric bypass surgery, and they have lost (in some cases) over 300 lbs. Those who do not exercise do not keep the weight off, even having had the surgery. So all in all, the exercise component seems to be the single most important factor in keeping the weight off.
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Old 06-01-12, 06:40 PM   #1012
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I am 47, been heavy or at least overweight since middle school. I have always hated "gyms" which up until last year was all I considered exercise. Been on every diet you can imagine, been between 280 high and now my current 218.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the only way I have achieved this weight, and the only way I will keep it or lose more, is exercise. A minimum of 5 days a week, hard, I mean come home tired, exercise.

Say what you want about studies, or diets, and that may be true for some folks, bit for me, the only thing that ever worked was a regular, difficult exercise program.
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Old 06-03-12, 06:50 PM   #1013
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Given that you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories to burn a pound of fat, and that an hour of moderate speed cycling burns 745 calories in a 205 lb person (the more you weigh, the more you burn), you have to pedal a LOT to lose a pound of fat.
I wish I had a good way to calculate calorie expenditure while riding. I just did 1hr 20 min ride, riding my butt off. My cycling computer (which knows my HR and my weight) says it was 1240 calories. DailyBurn says similar. I'm at 250. That number seems a bit high.

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Building muscle mass and cardiovascular strength through exercise (aerobic and anaerobic) not only helps you get in shape, muscle burns calories while you are resting or sleeping. The more muscle, the more calories you burn.
That is something that I take issue with.

Every pound of muscle that you add only burns an extra 5 calories per pound per day. Every pound of fat you lose was already burning 2 calories per pound per day. So while this is technically true it's been overstated by folks. It helps, sure, but not much.

The diet I've done emphasizes both. Calorie restriction (obviously) and a minimum of 2000 calories of physical activity a week. And it makes sense - 2000 calories adds to the deficit quite nicely.
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Old 06-07-12, 09:19 PM   #1014
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No before picture... maybe I can find one and post it later. I'm 56 years old and a little over two months ago I stepped on the scale and I heard it sigh... I looked closely at the number down below my toes...it said 259. The next day I pulled my old Raleigh Touring 18 (her name is Rosetta - after Sister Rosetta Tharpe) out of the shed and this evening after a ride I stepped on the scale to a wonderful sight. I heard less of a sigh and the number was - 234. Quite frankly - it brought a momentary tear to my eye. 25 pounds. I haven't weighed 235 in quite a while, A little more than three years ago I did see 235, but that was due to a run in with a deer that I had on my motorcycle. Other than that it's been more than 20 years since I've weighed in under 240. I have no real plan. I just ride as much as I can (at least 15-20 miles a day with a day off once a week) and eat less. I have cut out sodas. Occasionally I'll reward myself with a 12 oz Coke.

You guys are truly inspirational. I'm pulling for each and every one of you.

Good fitness and weight loss vibrations to you.

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Old 06-09-12, 11:19 AM   #1015
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These are just "Before" pics. weight was 443 or thereabouts. The guy getting married is my oldest son, and the two young children are my youngest son and my daughter. My son is about 6'4" tall, I am just a tad taller than him.
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Old 06-09-12, 12:15 PM   #1016
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Love the ponytail.
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Old 06-09-12, 08:39 PM   #1017
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It's a year longer now. I am part Native American, part American gone native.
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Old 06-09-12, 08:46 PM   #1018
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JakiChan, you look GREAT! How long have you been on this particular weight loss quest?
BTW, I have the same water heater that is attached to the wall behind you.
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Old 06-10-12, 10:28 PM   #1019
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JakiChan, you look GREAT! How long have you been on this particular weight loss quest?
I started it 2/1/2010.

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The biggest differnce i see with these photos is the first photo you looked unhappy, in the second one you look happy and you have the convadence to take the photo you self and with dam good reason .

Just remmember while you are aiming for that last 50 to look at this picture and remember you have already won.
Yes, I was miserable, I hated how I looked and felt. Now I feel like my old self again, and I'm down another 15 pounds since the last update I did.
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Old 06-17-12, 07:20 PM   #1021
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Congrats Fuish!!! You look great. Keep up the good work.
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Old 06-19-12, 12:04 PM   #1022
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It is easier to create the deficit with restriction of caloric intake than to try to burn it off with exercise.
There's a saying among people who've lost lots of weight: you cannot out-exercise a bad diet.
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Old 06-30-12, 09:01 PM   #1023
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From the end of last year, to this month. No clue on weight, but down from a 44 to a 36 on my jeans.
And I can now enjoy life with my daughter, instead of enjoying snacks with my daughter.
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Not the type to post pictures of myself online, but hopefully they can be a catalyst for someone.

Over 2 years ago I sprained my ankle horribly playing basketball. A great physical therapist said what no other doctor could say, "you really need to lose some weight."

Started with running and gym, then biking, and now I am hooked on triathlon. I told myself I would take an after picture after I saw 199 on the scale. Today was the day.

Before: 272


Now: 199 (goal weight is 185)
Awesome stuff. Congratulations!
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Old 07-03-12, 07:47 AM   #1025
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Me in 2005 at about 340#


Me a few weeks ago at 285# and still shrinking.



And yes the cigs have been gone for almost 4 years.
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