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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 12-08-06, 10:23 PM   #1
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Hello -- New Clydesdale

Hello everyone! I'm 26 years old, 6' 6" tall and to be honest I have no idea what I weigh. I know I was a good 365# at my heaviest weight -- that said, I wanted to make a change. I have always been a big man, but never did I weigh so much before and not actually even want to look at myself -- food really became my comfort after those things in life we all go through. For some it's alcohol, gambling, etc., but for me it was food.

I bought a Specialized Hardrock Pro (Mountain Bike) back in August of this year and have been on it, and now my stationary pretty much every day since -- save for about 5 days. When I first started out it was miserable. I went on a public bike trail near my office at the end of the work day and maybe did 5 miles at first. Over time I worked it up to about 13 or so before the season got too wet and cold to continue. It's a hilly ride so I still got wore out.

Since then I have been doing daily 40 minute rides on my stationary. I certainly don't enjoy it as much as being outside, but I am sticking with it.

I have felt lots of progress. I even managed to get into a new belt that I couldn't even connect the 2 ends on by at least 4 inches when I started.

Even still it gets really frustrating. The one thing different for me this time is that when I have gotten frustrated I haven't quit. I'm not dieting this time. I decided that this is a life long commitment for me. My eating habits have changed drastically since I started, and it's almost been a natural process.

I have set some goals in all this, but they're longer term. I refuse to weigh myself until I have given myself at least one full year of this. I know some might call this a dangerous move, but it's worked for me for 4 full months. I would be satisfied with just being under 300# again, which I feel is an attainable goal.

With all that out there I do hope this can be a place for support and motivation. I also hope it will be a wealth of information for me. When I started I was just a fat guy trying to lose some weight. I'm still doing that now, but it's turning into a hobby that I am passionate about.

When I do lose all of this weight I plan to go to Alaska for a little additional soul searching. That's my chosen tangible reward to myself in all of this.

Thanks for listening!
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Old 12-08-06, 10:30 PM   #2
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Welcome!!! Sounds like a great plan and you're on the right track!

Check out the links in my sig, plenty of good resources and questions you'll probably have starting off. Keep riding!
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Old 12-08-06, 11:38 PM   #3
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Old 12-09-06, 12:09 AM   #4
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Old 12-09-06, 05:27 AM   #5
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Old 12-09-06, 06:07 AM   #6
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Welcome to the boards!

I wonder i f it is difficult to live in Milwaukee with all that beer and sausage around.
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Old 12-09-06, 07:07 AM   #7
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Welcome! Hope you enjoy many miles and smiles. Weight loss is an on going battle. You've made a wise decision in making cycling a lifestyle change instead of just a hobby. You're much more likely to stick with it this way. Congrats!!! Wish you the best. JB
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Old 12-11-06, 02:14 PM   #8
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Hi Trans...

Way to go - you're determination is admirable!! You could make Alaska part of the journey and not just the goal. I've now crossed North America twice since I started cycling in 2002 and I'm 6'3" and started as 295 lbs. I've lost about 40 lbs and have another 25 to go. You could read my journals at: www.crazyguyonabike.com/msnyder. Just scroll down thru the bio and click on the journal you want. "Doin' the Dempster" is the latest.
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Old 12-11-06, 03:38 PM   #9
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I've driven a truck up the Dempster, and saw a guy on a bike my last trip up there. I want to ride the Dempster up to Inuvik, myself sometime, along with all the other roads on the planet! . That must have really sucked when the rack broke!
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Old 12-11-06, 03:41 PM   #10
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Very good job. The thing is that you are on something that works for you. It really doesn't matter what any of us thinks. If it works for you then it is all good. I have been on low carb for about six months. I here all the time how all I am doing is kiiling myself with that kind of eating. But I have lost 51lbs, all my blood work is below normal, my blood pressure is below normal, and most of all, my Type II diabetes is completely under control with no medication. I couldn't ask for anything more.
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