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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 11-30-06, 08:21 AM   #1
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You have to have goals

OK, yesterday I got on the scale, and was not surprised. I was at a whopping 375lbs. Now that is with shoes, and clothing on, but never the less, it read 375.

So here are some goals that I have set.
1: I am going to loose 75lbs before this time next year (Very Doable)
2: This winter I am going to be on the bike at least 3 times per week for at least 1 hour per ride.
3: I am going to ride the Stavich trail once per month until I can do it without feeling like I am dead an hour after the ride (Doable)
4: I am going to finally ride the approximately 75 mile Loveland bike trail somewhere in August of 2007
5: If I don’t die completing No. 4 I would like to make the return trip the next day.

These are my goals for next year.
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Old 11-30-06, 09:51 AM   #2
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Glad you're checking in Mark. You were the first "other big guy" I met on BF when I started last year.

Good luck....

Let me also suggest something I've learned VERY STRONGLY in the last year or so. I heart about the book "Eat To Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman in the nutrition forum shortly after starting and remember somebody posting how it helped him lose 100 lbs.

I got the book and read it when I was about the same place you are. I was at about 375 lbs give or take a little. I didn't follow the principles to a "T", but I did modify my eating habits quite a bit and managed to get down to 307 lbs last year.

Unfortunately I've put a little back....was back up to about 334 or so when I realized how well I had done at least keeping much of the weight off even if I wasn't losing more. Anyway...I'm back on the path to eating right again and losing weight well again (just jumped on scale this morning and was about 324 lbs).

I guess my point is that its not "just" bike riding to lose weight.....I learned that eating right is a big part of it as well. I STRONGLY suggest reading "Eat To Live"....many things we are taught as "good nutrition" as kids are wrong, and that book teaches you what's right if it does nothing else.
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Old 11-30-06, 02:13 PM   #3
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best of luck to you!!

I started my diet/lifestyle 3 weeks ago. down from 262 to 247 already. hoping to get down to 200 by June 1, 2007. biking helps!!
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Old 11-30-06, 02:30 PM   #4
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Mark,

Those are some great goals, all are eminently doable!

If I might make a suggestion:

Set some concrete goals around the food aspects of reaching #1 on the list. Exercise is great for our overall health but it's really only a fractional component of weight loss. The primary component of weight loss and management is how much we eat. Setting goals around the input side of the equation will help you to meet and surpass your wildest expectations.


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


Good luck!

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Old 11-30-06, 03:59 PM   #5
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All good advice here, so I'll just chime in with some support! Good goals and emminently doable! You CAN do it!
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Old 11-30-06, 04:19 PM   #6
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Good for you man! I definitely agree that you NEED to have goals when considering losing weight, and it is inspiring to hear someone finally have enough and set down some for himself.
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Old 11-30-06, 07:02 PM   #7
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Glad you're checking in Mark. You were the first "other big guy" I met on BF when I started last year
Thanks. I kind of fell off last year after our union decided to go on strike. It has taken me a while to get myself twisted on tight again, but I am OK now.

I lost a lot of ground over the year, but I woke up the other day, and told myself (along with the world) that I AM BACK BABY!!

I was down to just under 300 last year, and blew it. Now I am back on track, and have a clear head.

I just want to take the time to say thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of me, and I will not let you down.

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Thanks. I kind of fell off last year after our union decided to go on strike. It has taken me a while to get myself twisted on tight again, but I am OK now.

I lost a lot of ground over the year, but I woke up the other day, and told myself (along with the world) that I AM BACK BABY!!

I was down to just under 300 last year, and blew it. Now I am back on track, and have a clear head.

I just want to take the time to say thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of me, and I will not let you down.

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Bigmark, Smallermark, Musclemark....it's all good! You're still you no matter what the physical shape. You'll just live longer if you are in better shape, and that's the goal!
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Old 11-30-06, 07:47 PM   #9
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My goal is to start commuting, and take fun rides on the weekends.

The larger goal is to do the Montauk century out on Long Island in May, and get sub-Clyde next year.

I'm currently 215-ish. I was at 220-ish earlier this year, got down to 207, had an issue that kept me off the bike and I've put some back on. Damn it. Just have to get back to it...

Goals are achievable if set the right way
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Old 11-30-06, 09:31 PM   #10
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Bigmark, those look great.

My goals are:

- Ride 4,000 miles for the year. I've actually never gone over 2,500 so far.
- Finish the 545-mile AIDS/Lifecycle ride.
- Run 300 miles (not a lot but I HATE to run)
- lose 30 lbs
- Ride at least twice EVERY week...I miss a lot of days
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Let me also suggest something I've learned VERY STRONGLY in the last year or so. I heart about the book "Eat To Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman in the nutrition forum shortly after starting and remember somebody posting how it helped him lose 100 lbs.
I just picked this book up... glad to see the good review. Thanks, KingTermite!

Good luck on your goals, Bigmark.

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Old 12-01-06, 08:27 AM   #12
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Bigmark, Smallermark, Musclemark....it's all good! You're still you no matter what the physical shape
What I am tired of is being the standard. I know last year I wrote this, but for everyone that does not know me. I am getting tired of people telling me “He is bigger than you”, or “He is smaller than you”. I am tired of standing out in the crowd. I would like to just blend it.

My niece told my brother in law the other day, “. . . he is the big guy that lives with Teri.” This kind of stuff is all the time, and the only way to make it any different is to change me. That is my largest most highest on the totem pole of goals for me. Like I said though, I am back, and I am in charge. The road for me is all down hill now, and I have a full set of steam.

My trainer is going to be delivered tonight, and I will have my cycling room setup by this time Sunday!

Sorry for all the chicken scratch, and thanks for listening.
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Old 12-01-06, 08:46 AM   #13
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Hi Bigmark,

I am sure you have heard this before - but just in case... Forget what other people say and their comparisons. You do it because you want it. Otherwise, after you are no longer being compared - what will be your motivation to stay smaller? Prepare yourself for that day - in many ways, it is harder. As you learned yourself, losing weight isn't the same as keeping it off.

Nice goals by the way.
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Old 12-01-06, 10:46 AM   #14
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Great goals! Make sure you get yourself on Tom's Spinner Miles db and Weight Loss db - I find it a great motivator.

Also don't get discouraged. There's been a few threads about trying to lose weight and it not happening (check my sig under Nutrition) which are good reads in case that scale needle doesn't go down or goes the wrong way for a few weeks.
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Old 12-01-06, 11:04 AM   #15
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Forget what other people say and their comparisons. You do it because you want it. Otherwise, after you are no longer being compared - what will be your motivation to stay smaller?
That is just one motivator, my main goal is to not take a dirt nap.
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Hi Bigmark,

I am sure you have heard this before - but just in case... Forget what other people say and their comparisons. You do it because you want it. Otherwise, after you are no longer being compared - what will be your motivation to stay smaller? Prepare yourself for that day - in many ways, it is harder. As you learned yourself, losing weight isn't the same as keeping it off.

Nice goals by the way.
Treedude! You sound like an Adlerian school psychologist!
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