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Old 10-06-06, 04:13 AM   #101
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Glad to see someone else enjoying cycling AND rugby. Had to take up the cycling to keep the weight down after I retired my tired and broken body from rugby. Still miss coming off the side of the scrum and smashing the 5/8 though.
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Ya, i've had to quit rugby because of a hip injury, but I plan on making a comeback.

Except at 130lbs I cant play prop or second row any more .
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Glad to see someone else enjoying cycling AND rugby. Had to take up the cycling to keep the weight down after I retired my tired and broken body from rugby. Still miss coming off the side of the scrum and smashing the 5/8 though.
make that three

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Here's me a couple of years ago at 255:

Last year at 193 or so. Never mind what I'm holding, it's not dirty! And the old
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Bloody shocking some of the before and after pics there.

I'm around the 280lb mark myself, just signed up with that traineo website, looks damn good! Hoping to actually see a real improvement now in that regard.

I recently had to purchase some jeans from a retailer specialising in large sized clothes. 46inch waist, 34 inch inside leg.

I used to have my belt done up to the 4th hole on the belt, its now on the sixth and too big for me, in fact walking in my jeans is uncomfortable as they fall down and are held up only by the size of my arse.

Need to make some extra holes in my belt I think, and record the inches lost maybe. definately easier than trying to measure my waist (different places every damn time).

Shall try and get a before picture up and may give the timelapse idea a try, certainly cant do any harm.

Thank you all of you for sharing your inspiration, and Tom im pretty sure your the guy I mentioned over on another forum and you came over to see us. Thanks for giving your time to come visit.
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Bloody shocking some of the before and after pics there.

I'm around the 280lb mark myself, just signed up with that traineo website, looks damn good! Hoping to actually see a real improvement now in that regard.

I recently had to purchase some jeans from a retailer specialising in large sized clothes. 46inch waist, 34 inch inside leg.

I used to have my belt done up to the 4th hole on the belt, its now on the sixth and too big for me, in fact walking in my jeans is uncomfortable as they fall down and are held up only by the size of my arse.

Need to make some extra holes in my belt I think, and record the inches lost maybe. definately easier than trying to measure my waist (different places every damn time).

Shall try and get a before picture up and may give the timelapse idea a try, certainly cant do any harm.

Thank you all of you for sharing your inspiration, and Tom im pretty sure your the guy I mentioned over on another forum and you came over to see us. Thanks for giving your time to come visit.
You're welcome, and yep, it was me!

We're looking forward to your pics and all of us onm the Clydes subforum wish you good fortune in your efforts. If I can ever be of help, feel free to contact me, on the main forum or PM, either way!
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I used to have my belt done up to the 4th hole on the belt, its now on the sixth and too big for me, in fact walking in my jeans is uncomfortable as they fall down and are held up only by the size of my arse.

Need to make some extra holes in my belt I think, and record the inches lost maybe. definately easier than trying to measure my waist (different places every damn time).
Here is my before and... during:

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First hole was at 48", newest hole is at 42". I'd like to loose 4" more (maybe 6".)

I bought a leather hole punch at Home Cheapo. More than paid for itself.
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WOW! you all are just AWESOME! what great inspiration for anyone... no matter whether they have to lose 10 or 100 pounds!

just a truly inspiring thread!!!! you all GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Well, I can't find my one truly FAT pic (6'2" ~290lbs), but if I can get it I'll post it.

In the meantime, here is a time lapse of several years, and several different builds, left to right, top to bottom:
July 99 265lbs
August 99 270lbs
November 03 220lbs
March 05 215lbs
September 06 190lbs
Currently 187ish...

End state goal is 170lbs, and to race at least at the CAT2 level. I had a bodybuilding phase from about 01 to 03 that you can sorta see in the running pic. The pic with the green shirt is about the time I really started to get into cycling, and the final pic is a close representation of me right now.

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Still plenty of work to do, but I've made some progress...

Partying in 04 at 365 and partying in 06 at 255lbs



Coffee, biking, working out, diet change. I've dropped 110lbs overall, but I've probably put on about 50lbs of muscle.
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Here's my before-and-during

Still a work in progress -- I have another 50 lbs. or so to go before I hit my goal weight.
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Still a work in progress -- I have another 50 lbs. or so to go before I hit my goal weight.
You may be a work in progress, it is VERY impressive progress! Nice job!
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Actually, a metaphor, shrunk to a thumbnail of my former self!

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So, just saw an ex tonight who I haven't seen in about 5 years. First thing she said - "Wow you look thin...er" Also had someone else compliment me this week at my dance studio too.

So how did I celebrate? 12 mile bikeride followed by pastrami at Katz's. Yeah, I'm spineless...but planning on doing another 10 tonight followed by a lot of construction (plus another 12 miles) tomorrow and 50-100 miles on Sunday. I figure it'll even out by the weekend. Plus that sandwich never tasted so good!
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For the guys that have lost a lot of weight, what would you eat on a daily basis? I am currently 294 lbs and have put on 10 lbs this summer, which I am positive is all muscle. I ran a 5k this summer, did 2 biathlons (km swim, 5k run), ride my bike to work every once in awhile, lift weights several days a week and surf regularly. I am training for my first triathlon ever in December. But I can't lose weight. I know it is my diet, but I have changed it drastically and still can't lose weight. I know it is possible, as you guys have clearly shown in this thread, but what is your secret!
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For the guys that have lost a lot of weight, what would you eat on a daily basis? I am currently 294 lbs and have put on 10 lbs this summer, which I am positive is all muscle. I ran a 5k this summer, did 2 biathlons (km swim, 5k run), ride my bike to work every once in awhile, lift weights several days a week and surf regularly. I am training for my first triathlon ever in December. But I can't lose weight. I know it is my diet, but I have changed it drastically and still can't lose weight. I know it is possible, as you guys have clearly shown in this thread, but what is your secret!
Keep your caloric intake below your activity level.

Sounds a lot easier than it is though! You just need to get enough calories to stave off the bonk and consume about 1.5 grms of protein/Kg body mass to prevent too much loss of lean body mass. You WILL lose some, but can prevent a significant amount of muscle loss by providing the protein necessary for metabolic activity. On a high protein, low carb diet, it is important though to keep up the hydration or you can risk the kidneys.

There are several resources you can use to compute your caloric burn and hold the intake just below what you need for maintenance. Supplement with a good multivitamin and keep the calcium and potassium levels normal as well. (DO NOT overload with potassium though...cardiac damage can result! Your Dr can give you a lot more info on this than you will reliably get from a forum!)

Here's a simple calculator:
http://www.wvda.org/calcs/sport.html

and here's one that is a bit more technical, but cycling specific:
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Here and here should also help a bit too!
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For the guys that have lost a lot of weight, what would you eat on a daily basis? I am currently 294 lbs and have put on 10 lbs this summer, which I am positive is all muscle. I ran a 5k this summer, did 2 biathlons (km swim, 5k run), ride my bike to work every once in awhile, lift weights several days a week and surf regularly. I am training for my first triathlon ever in December. But I can't lose weight. I know it is my diet, but I have changed it drastically and still can't lose weight. I know it is possible, as you guys have clearly shown in this thread, but what is your secret!
Weight loss is all about taking in less calories than you burn. What YOU need to figure out is what type of food plan you can be consistent with and maintain for a protracted period of time. It is all about eating less and moving more. Whatever YOUR program ends being it needs to work for YOU it also needs to be something that you can do day in and day out and not feel "terribly" deprived.

Because we all like to eat it is natural to miss some foods, be sure to build into your plan a way you can get some of the things you like to eat. May sure you figure out a way to add to your plan a way to "Cheat" within the rules (maybe once a month you let yourself go out to dinner and order desert but the other 30 days you don't). The goal here is to get your thought processes off the fact that you are limiting yourself.

Don't try to make too many changes too fast if you do it is very likely you won't stick with any of them. Change one or two things, stick with those changes until they become a habit then add the next series of changes you want to make.

I would suggest not changing your diet to all new foods to help you lose weight at least not in the beginning. You still need to eat foods that you like or you won't stick with this for the lifetime it will take. My suggestion to you would be to figure out how many calories a day you want to eat (I would guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 - 2000 should be your target) then plan your days around that. You need to figure out the eating pattern that works for you and makes you feel satisfied.

I would suggest journaling your food, write down EVERYTHING you put in your mouth track its calories make sure your being as good as you think you are. Over time this will become fairly easy. Try and make sure the food your eating have some value to your body (in case your curious Twinkies and Doritos are something we can all live without )

Exercise is GREAT for a persons physical well being, but it is not the path to serious weight loss. Exercise is also key to keeping weight off.

I had posted the blurb below on another weight loss forum you may find it of some interest

I have a decent sized data set stored in my profile in our elliptical (1 years worth). It keeps track of time, mileage and calories. I recorded the mileage and calories every time I reset my profile I did not keep track of elapsed time. Using the stored data I would like to throw our some numbers you folks might find enlightening.

Miles = 2000
Calories Burned = 250701
Calories per mile = 125
Average speed = 7.5 to 8 minute miles
Total "pounds" burned = 71
Pounds per week = 1.35
Hours per pound = 5.13
Miles per pound = 28

To burn a pound I need to be working out at 80 - 85% of my max heart rate, between a 7 and 8 minute mile for just over 5 hours to burn a pound! Just think about that! It is SO much easier not to eat the food than it is to burn it off.
As you can see from those numbers exercise can assist weight loss but the primary driver needs to come from our food consumption. I don't know about you but I would much rather skip the Cookie Dough Blizzard than spend an hour and 20 minutes on my elliptical .

Here are some links you might find helpful:

Calorie Need Calculator : http://www2.vhi.ie/topic/calneed
Food Tracking Journal : www.fitday.com
Weight loss support forum : http://boards.webmd.com/webx?50@103....2D.3@.5987f41f
Calories burned calculator : http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.html

Be careful with that last link. I don't suggest people try to balance their activity verses there intake on a daily basis. What I mean is don't decide you can eat more because you did an extra 10 miles on the bike (Obvious exceptions are if you plan to ride a century or something like that) figure out what your daily average caloric needs are and always try to eat to that level regardless of your activity level. I set my daily caloric target at my basil level for my TARGET weight and ate to that calorie level.

Controlled caloric intake and moderate exercise will do wonders.

Good Luck!

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Weight loss is all about taking in less calories than you burn. What YOU need to figure out is what type of food plan you can be consistent with and maintain for a protracted period of time. It is all about eating less and moving more. Whatever YOUR program ends being it needs to work for YOU it also needs to be something that you can do day in and day out and not feel "terribly" deprived.

Because we all like to eat it is natural to miss some foods, be sure to build into your plan a way you can get some of the things you like to eat. May sure you figure out a way to add to your plan a way to "Cheat" within the rules (maybe once a month you let yourself go out to dinner and order desert but the other 30 days you don't). The goal here is to get your thought processes off the fact that you are limiting yourself.

Don't try to make too many changes too fast if you do it is very likely you won't stick with any of them. Change one or two things, stick with those changes until they become a habit then add the next series of changes you want to make.

I would suggest not changing your diet to all new foods to help you lose weight at least not in the beginning. You still need to eat foods that you like or you won't stick with this for the lifetime it will take. My suggestion to you would be to figure out how many calories a day you want to eat (I would guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 - 2000 should be your target) then plan your days around that. You need to figure out the eating pattern that works for you and makes you feel satisfied.

I would suggest journaling your food, write down EVERYTHING you put in your mouth track its calories make sure your being as good as you think you are. Over time this will become fairly easy. Try and make sure the food your eating have some value to your body (in case your curious Twinkies and Doritos are something we can all live without )

Exercise is GREAT for a persons physical well being, but it is not the path to serious weight loss. Exercise is also key to keeping weight off.

I had posted the blurb below on another weight loss forum you may find it of some interest

I have a decent sized data set stored in my profile in our elliptical (1 years worth). It keeps track of time, mileage and calories. I recorded the mileage and calories every time I reset my profile I did not keep track of elapsed time. Using the stored data I would like to throw our some numbers you folks might find enlightening.

Miles = 2000
Calories Burned = 250701
Calories per mile = 125
Average speed = 7.5 to 8 minute miles
Total "pounds" burned = 71
Pounds per week = 1.35
Hours per pound = 5.13
Miles per pound = 28

To burn a pound I need to be working out at 80 - 85% of my max heart rate, between a 7 and 8 minute mile for just over 5 hours to burn a pound! Just think about that! It is SO much easier not to eat the food than it is to burn it off.
As you can see from those numbers exercise can assist weight loss but the primary driver needs to come from our food consumption. I don't know about you but I would much rather skip the Cookie Dough Blizzard than spend an hour and 20 minutes on my elliptical .

Here are some links you might find helpful:

Calorie Need Calculator : http://www2.vhi.ie/topic/calneed
Food Tracking Journal : www.fitday.com
Weight loss support forum : http://boards.webmd.com/webx?50@103....2D.3@.5987f41f
Calories burned calculator : http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.html

Be careful with that last link. I don't suggest people try to balance their activity verses there intake on a daily basis. What I mean is don't decide you can eat more because you did an extra 10 miles on the bike (Obvious exceptions are if you plan to ride a century or something like that) figure out what your daily average caloric needs are and always try to eat to that level regardless of your activity level. I set me daily caloric target at my basil level for my TARGET weight and ate to that calorie level.

Controlled caloric intake and moderate exercise will do wonders.

Good Luck!
BETTER explanation of what I was trying to say! Thanks Mike!
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Methinks this thread needs some bumpage. I would post some pics but, as my sig shows, it's been a rough year Ah well, at least my motivation is back. 230 by the end of the summer or die
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These are my before shots. I was 360 plus when these were taken in July 2006. I have lost over 50 pounds since then.

Good luck everyone!

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Old 01-31-07, 12:24 AM   #125
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My avatar is a good approximation of what I look like now. I'll post a new one around RAGBRAI time.
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