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    Quote Originally Posted by nanners1955 View Post
    Thanks for answering! I do eat alot of veggies (we have a CSA)but cant go without meat. Mostly chicken and turkey. I have done some spinning, but trying to get used to the trainer my husband bought me for Christmas. I have got to say, love being able to sit on my own bike with my own seat. I work with the trainer an hour a week and am lifting weights for homework twice a week and doing the elliptical and/or the bike twice a week. This just started on 1/1. Congrats on being 70 still riding a century!
    Oh boy do I know what you mean about the meat. I have both high blood pressure and pretty high cholesterol. I eat beef, in quantities that I don't think is a lot but it probably is.

    A huge problem I have is... We raise beef in the family! My father-in-law raises beef. It is all grass fed and rotationally grazed of which you can read both that it is much better or not a whole lot different than corn fed. He does have a masters degree in agronomy and has been into farming (he's not a farmer in the sense that he has a farm, but has always grown his own food) and I do trust him when he says it is much better than store bought packed in and force fed corn beef.

    I've got about 20 rib-eyes and 30 t-bones sitting in the freezer that I didn't pay a dime for. How the heck am I suppose to sit down and eat a plate of horrid rabbit food with that sitting in the freezer, LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Oh boy do I know what you mean about the meat. I have both high blood pressure and pretty high cholesterol. I eat beef, in quantities that I don't think is a lot but it probably is.

    A huge problem I have is... We raise beef in the family! My father-in-law raises beef. It is all grass fed and rotationally grazed of which you can read both that it is much better or not a whole lot different than corn fed. He does have a masters degree in agronomy and has been into farming (he's not a farmer in the sense that he has a farm, but has always grown his own food) and I do trust him when he says it is much better than store bought packed in and force fed corn beef.

    I've got about 20 rib-eyes and 30 t-bones sitting in the freezer that I didn't pay a dime for. How the heck am I suppose to sit down and eat a plate of horrid rabbit food with that sitting in the freezer, LOL.
    Well I would be eating some of that. I know those cuts are higher in fat but should be lower than the store. And grass fed is so good! Nothing wrong with cooking a piece up and using it with a pile of sauteed veggies. Just in smaller amounts. Or a roasted root veggie soup or a bunch of peppers, mushrooms and onions. I am eating 4 oz of proten, not always meat based, 5 times a day in small meals. Very little bread, no pasta. As much veggies and fruit as I feel I need. Lifting weights 3 times a week with some cardio after weights on days that I do both. Looking right now like it will be a 5 lb weight loss this week. I will see Monday. I only made it halfway thru the week last week as far as eating. This week I think I will make it the whole week. But I hurt my knee some only weights. Little cardio. Gonna try the trainer later

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    I'm 55, 6'1" and 235. Heaviest I've been and what used to be easy to drop 5, 10, 15 lbs----is now most difficult.

    Took up riding my 1995 Trek hybrid and changing how I eat and drink. Went out and bought a new hybrid and dedicating myself to get under 200 lbs. This forum is good motivation!
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    WOW, this is a great thread. My heaviest was 280lbs. I am now 260. I have a picture at home and will need to upload when I dig it up. I have been riding about 500 miles per year doing most trails with my mountain bike. I have been taking the slow and steady approach to weight loss. The first year I fell 10 lbs, then I put the weight back on in winter. Last year I lost 20 lbs and have been keeping it off. I just purchased a road bike and decided to step up my game to do 1,000 miles. Will keep you posted on how my year/rides go.

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    Hi Tom, I'm a friend of Siu Blue, sorry to hear of your recent health troubles, hope things work out. I will post some pics as soon as I find some old ones (i'm sure Siu has some from past events we've attended), but I have dropped 49 pounds in the last few months on a complete shift in lifestyle, from 256 to 207 tonight and I'm 43. Look forwards to hanging out on this forum more thanks.

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    I'll post a now pic soon. I am currently 322lbs. Since I was 18 (I am 31 as of this past Friday) my weight has fluctuated quite a bit - at my best I was around 235, at my worst 340ish. I have a current long term goal of dropping 100lbs, and seeing all of the great successes you all have had reaffirms the idea that it is possible. I'll post progress pics over time, and am looking forward to interacting with everyone here on this great forum.

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    Had lost 70+ pounds after years of being heavy, kept it off for three years, but have put back on 15lbs after dealing with a couple of injuries. Hoping to get back to where I was (150 - 155lb) by the end of the summer, and add a bit more muscle. Back to eating pretty clean, and trying to focus more on balancing out my protein needs as a vegetarian. Also trying to ease back into being active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozzy127 View Post
    Hi Cozzy. Welcome to the board, and well done!
    Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.

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    angela2.jpgmy son and I -- me at almost 400 lbs..jpgMaking progress Starting 439 (in the second picture I am just under 400) First is now about a month ago, I am almost under 300. Four years of agonizing physical setbacks and a year after a car accident, still not a 100% Going to an MRI today to find out why my back is trashed. (l5 disk)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aint2nuts View Post
    angela2.jpgmy son and I -- me at almost 400 lbs..jpgMaking progress Starting 439 (in the second picture I am just under 400) First is now about a month ago, I am almost under 300. Four years of agonizing physical setbacks and a year after a car accident, still not a 100% Going to an MRI today to find out why my back is trashed. (l5 disk)
    Great job on losing that first 100+ pounds!!! As you continue you will get a lot of support here in CD&A. Welcome, and we're already proud of you. I hope your MRI shows something positive - -
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    I used to be 300+ pounds, riding a motorcycle. Now I'm about 215 racing a bicycle. I was as low as 200 for a while, but ... stupid beer.
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    Well I was too heavy to ride. I'm down 120 pounds and am ready to ride.

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    Love this thread! Great job everybody. Keep it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gruveb View Post
    I used to be 300+ pounds, riding a motorcycle. Now I'm about 215 racing a bicycle. I was as low as 200 for a while, but ... stupid beer.
    I do not believe there is such a thing as stupid beer. Congrats on the weight loss!

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    how many miles or an average were you doing per day?

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    dkmtr,
    Who are you asking?
    FWIW: I was doing about 500 miles per year. In Wisconsin that means 100 miles per month during the warmer months. Now I added training at the gym on a spinner. In 2014 I have 450+ miles on a spinner in the last three months and have a goal of doing 1,000 miles on my cycles this summer.

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    Inspiring folks. Keep up the good fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Yes I got an initial consult with a nutritionist a few months back. The diet certainly works although I don't think it is perfect. It leaves cravings in there, but I am not being 100% strict with it either. I break it every now and then, portions are not exact to the ones indicated and I usually eat more than told to. However I will start the really strict part next week for 2 weeks. I can hopefully lose 5 more pounds and be race ready for february.

    The nutritionist gave me a booklet of about 30-40 pages full of recipes, formulas, daily examples and explanations. I read some but it takes time adapting to it. She gave me a breakdown of I believe 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fat something like that. 2,100 to 2,300 cals a day that considering I workout 12-14hrs a week.

    Take in mind the diet is meant for someone who is looking to have 5% body fat. I think I am right below 10% but for race day I'd like to be at around 7-8%.

    I'll post a few more pics in a bit. I do get the "YOU LOOK SICK!" comment tons of times. I understand I kind of do but I do it to race. I won't stay like that forever because I think it is probably as unhealthy as being overweight. I do feel strong and fast though




    Doesn't help that it looks like I am on meth... I am not btw.

    Man, you do look SICK, as in F***ing AWESOME!! Very inspiring! It also gives me some hope that I can get somewhere close to that one day. I would be damn happy to get down to 10% BF.

    (BTW does anyone use "Sick" in a positive way anymore? Or has that faded from fashion as a term? )
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    AWESOME JOB! Keep it up!! There's NO turning back!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I don't recall posting a before. I'm still working on it. My heaviest was 289. Yesterday I was 226.2.
    First pic is December 2011:
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    Last one 4-20 same pose, different bike. The changes are subtle.
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    Let's call this "before & during"....
    I started putting on weight around age 6 after having my tonsils out & have struggled all through my life. I've had success losing 70-125 lbs but couldn't keep it off. Last year, shortly after my 54th birthday I realized I don't have much more time to get this right. Lost my dad 13 yrs ago to congestive heart failure & my mom two years ago of the same.
    I didn't tell anybody what I was doing. Jan 2013 I just started eating a lot better & walking. Two months in, I got a treadmill. My weight was dropping slowly. June 2013 I started lifting weights & July 2013 I got a cheapo MTB at wally world. I alternated weights & biking.
    Jan 2013 my weight was 330lbs (5lbs short of my lifetime high). The photo on the left was taken in March 2013 at 312lbs. The photo on the right was taken 10/13 at 240lbs. I am currently at 221. Winters are hard for me, I have some female issues going on, I have hypothyroidism, blah, blah, blah. I keep losing/gaining the same 4lbs but now that I can get out & bike again I am confident this will help.
    I still have a long way to go to reach a "normal" weight but I'm pressing on & not going to give up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzcruzrides View Post
    Let's call this "before & during"....
    I started putting on weight around age 6 after having my tonsils out & have struggled all through my life. I've had success losing 70-125 lbs but couldn't keep it off. Last year, shortly after my 54th birthday I realized I don't have much more time to get this right. Lost my dad 13 yrs ago to congestive heart failure & my mom two years ago of the same.
    I didn't tell anybody what I was doing. Jan 2013 I just started eating a lot better & walking. Two months in, I got a treadmill. My weight was dropping slowly. June 2013 I started lifting weights & July 2013 I got a cheapo MTB at wally world. I alternated weights & biking.
    Jan 2013 my weight was 330lbs (5lbs short of my lifetime high). The photo on the left was taken in March 2013 at 312lbs. The photo on the right was taken 10/13 at 240lbs. I am currently at 221. Winters are hard for me, I have some female issues going on, I have hypothyroidism, blah, blah, blah. I keep losing/gaining the same 4lbs but now that I can get out & bike again I am confident this will help.
    I still have a long way to go to reach a "normal" weight but I'm pressing on & not going to give up!

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    Amazing! Those are dramatic pics, great job! You really came a long way in a short time. Thanks for sharing.

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    This thread is a freaking inspiration! Keep up the good work . Just today I quit my desk job and I think I will be pursuing a career trying to help others be healthy and get in shape! It is something that is fun to do and double whammy if I get to help others. Keep it coming boyz and gals!

    Pic from Yesterday's race. I am up 10 pounds since my peak but healthy still and actually riding a bit better. I was crossing that fine line between anemic and fit, weight wise

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzcruzrides View Post
    Let's call this "before & during"....
    I started putting on weight around age 6 after having my tonsils out & have struggled all through my life. I've had success losing 70-125 lbs but couldn't keep it off. Last year, shortly after my 54th birthday I realized I don't have much more time to get this right. Lost my dad 13 yrs ago to congestive heart failure & my mom two years ago of the same.
    I didn't tell anybody what I was doing. Jan 2013 I just started eating a lot better & walking. Two months in, I got a treadmill. My weight was dropping slowly. June 2013 I started lifting weights & July 2013 I got a cheapo MTB at wally world. I alternated weights & biking.
    Jan 2013 my weight was 330lbs (5lbs short of my lifetime high). The photo on the left was taken in March 2013 at 312lbs. The photo on the right was taken 10/13 at 240lbs. I am currently at 221. Winters are hard for me, I have some female issues going on, I have hypothyroidism, blah, blah, blah. I keep losing/gaining the same 4lbs but now that I can get out & bike again I am confident this will help.
    I still have a long way to go to reach a "normal" weight but I'm pressing on & not going to give up!

    beforeandnow10-18-13.jpg
    Another inspiration.
    Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.

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