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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 02-28-07, 01:43 PM   #1
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Another one bites the dust! :D

Woo-hoo! Went from 230 pounds in early Nov.'06 to 198 pounds this morning!

When I started loosing weight my original goal was to get below 200 by the end of February.

I am officially Clydesdale Emeritus!
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Whoa, congrats!

It's a long way away for me, but who knows, maybe I'll get there.
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Woo-hoo! Went from 230 pounds in early Nov.'06 to 198 pounds this morning!

When I started loosing weight my original goal was to get below 200 by the end of February.

I am officially Clydesdale Emeritus!
Congrats! here's your certificate, save as and print!
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WOW. That is a lot of weight lost in a short period of time. That must've taken some dedication. Great work!
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excellent and congrats
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Thanks for the certificate, Tom. Now I just need to get a frame!

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WOW. That is a lot of weight lost in a short period of time. That must've taken some dedication. Great work!
Thanks. I even amazed myself, especially since I did most of it during the Thanksgiving/Christmas seasons.
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Congrats man..... I need to drop bad......
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Congrats! I am only a few months behind ya! 6'3" and just weighed in at 217 this morning...

Can you share your schedule? Particuarly diet?
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Can you share your schedule? Particuarly diet?
I can't tell my diet without telling my story, so here goes...

When people would say they were on such-and-such diet, I often joked I was on a see-food diet. I pretty much ate what I wanted when I wanted. I never went crazy, like a whole pizza or anything, but mainly it was taking seconds when I had already consumed my calorie needs for the day. Or snacking between meals and at night. So over the course of 10 years in middle-agedom I gained 40-45 pounds, slowly, but surely. I consumed way more than my body needed.

Then I decided to take up cycling again last fall and purchased a new road bike. The first rides out my knees were hitting my potbelly at the top of my pedal stroke. That was pretty gross. I couldn't be in denial any more. I finally faced the fact that I ate way more than my body used. I finally decided to do something about my weight. Also, I had just signed up for the Houston-to-Austin MS150 in April, a 180-mile bike ride. I knew if I lost a lot of weight it would make this ride so much easier. So the MS150 actually became part of my motivation to finally lose weight as well. My desire to help people with MS came full circle and ended up helping me before I even raised my first dollar.

I started eating moderate portion sizes (no second helpings), and eating healthier -- including more water and salads (a tip I got from my brother who had just lost 50 pounds the previous year). I pretty much cut out soda, or empty calories, as my wife calls it, and I stopped going to Mickey D's, LJS, and Taco Bell for an occasional lunch. If I ate lunch out at all it was to pick up a $1.55 side salad from Chick-fil-a to eat with the apple and water bottle I brought from home. I still put on the ranch or caesar dressing (I can't stand fat-free crap) so enjoyed what I ate, but just went easy on the dressing. I never knew I would like eating salad so much! If going out to dinner, I would order a dinner salad, with shrimp or fajita meat on it. Much healthier than my usual faire.

Before the new bike, I never really cared to loose weight. Oh, I talked about it that it would be nice, but the flesh really is weak, especially when the donut shop in the same block as my work has half-price donuts from 12noon-1pm. I would joke with my co-workers -- who knew I was walking over to get a donut -- that I was "going out to get some exercise," as if walking 60 seconds to go buy a donut was a good thing. And 20 cents for a delicious, chocolate-covered donut ... you gotta be stupid to pass up a deal like that! But the joke was on me as my belly got bigger and bigger. I went cold turkey on doing that sort of thing. No more candy bars hidden in the desk drawer, either. Walgreens 4/$1 sales be darned!

So that is what has worked for me. Healthier eating and eating moderate portions.

I want to point out that I still eat pretty much what I want, including desserts. If I am at party with lots of desserts, instead of taking 3-4 of them, I pick one, and that is it. I now eat in moderation -- adequate portion sizes for my body.

Plus, before I got virtually no exercise. Now I am getting a lot of exercise with my biking. Combined with eating healthier, I feel so much better physically and mentally. My wife really likes the fact I have lost so much weight. Plus I can't believe the comments I have gotten from others, like my dental hygenist. I was surprised that here is someone I only see once every six months, but she noticed right away and commented about my weight loss. I guess those are the people who notice it the most, the ones who don't see you every day.

And I have finally noticed it too. I have read the "different clothes sizes" threads on this forum, and now I am living it. Most of my pants are too loose, and the ones that were too tight fit fine again. I'm going to have to see a tailor, but will wait until I bottom out, which I am planning to be at 190.

I can hardly believe it myself that I have lost all this weight. I share my story with the hopes it will help someone else. You have got to change your eating habits. If not, you are not going to see a change in your weight. I don't think the cycling has helped my weight loss as much as my change in eating habits has. So don't think because you bike for 1 hour and go 12 miles that you should go get the 3 enchillada dinner and eat two baskets of chips. The way I look at it, I make the choice to eat healthy, and change my eating habits to loose weight, and then any exercise I do is just "icing on the cake," as far as my weight loss is concerned.

Good luck to those of you also trying to shed a few pounds!
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Thanks for the story!

I basically need to do the same thing...cut down my portions is the most important. I generally eat pretty good...no junk food, one soda a week, and chicken sandwiches generally for lunch and never have fries.

As I get older the Beer consumption has gone down too...my last few years of college the Beer & Pizza diet is what gave me my pooch.

Every summer I get riding again and loose about 10 or so pounds. This year I am starting much earlier and have set actual goals like you...hoping to follow what you did! Under 200 by June baby!

Your an inspiration thanks for sharing and congrats again
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Congratulations !!!!
You are a true motivation

I'm psyched -- because I'm not too far behind you. I was 260 in November and now 222 and on a roll!!

Keep up the good work!
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I'm psyched -- because I'm not too far behind you. I was 260 in November and now 222 and on a roll!!
Now that is awesome! Keep it up.

For me loosing weight from 230 all the way down to 205 was pretty easy. I was at 205 before the end of January. But going from 205 to under 200 took over a month. I plateaued for a while, but seem to be back on the loosing track again. Which is why I like coming here, because each of you who lose weight are an inspiration.
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All right, I'm 275, have been riding pretty hard for the last month as I started TNT, but I've put on 4 pounds in that time. That said, I am at least 3 inches thinner around the middle.

When do the pounds start dropping off?

How far/long do you ride each day, and week?

Congratulations, by the way. I'm dripping with envy.
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Hallelujah!

When I got back on the saddle last April, I was 220-225.
I got below 200 a couple of months ago and it turned out to be fleeting.
So I kept at it, kept at it and 3-4 weeks ago found myself at 198.
I've stayed under 200 since.
For you to have accomplished that so quick is a testament to you.

Congrats! And I hope I can stay "down here" with you
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All right, I'm 275, have been riding pretty hard for the last month as I started TNT, but I've put on 4 pounds in that time. That said, I am at least 3 inches thinner around the middle.

When do the pounds start dropping off?

How far/long do you ride each day, and week?

Congratulations, by the way. I'm dripping with envy.
Brian,

I have been losing a steady 3-4lbs per week since January. I'm really watching what goes in, and riding around 50+ miles per week.
To get an idea what I have been doing you can look at this link
http://www.fitday.com/WebFit/PublicJ...ner=biggrizzly
I keep fairly good track of what I eat in the FitDay food journals, I find the calorie burn they calculate is lower than my Garmin 305 says I'm buring, so that is good too. But the weight loss doesn't lie.

Good Luck
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Congratulations!

Feels good, doesn't it?
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Now that is awesome! Keep it up.

For me loosing weight from 230 all the way down to 205 was pretty easy. I was at 205 before the end of January. But going from 205 to under 200 took over a month. I plateaued for a while, but seem to be back on the loosing track again. Which is why I like coming here, because each of you who lose weight are an inspiration.
That I can understand...

My weight loss went in three big chunks while my body adapted - 26x (between 260-265, I don't really know and don't really care) down to 230 went quick. I plateaued at 230 for a few months, then had a sudden drop to 210.

I stuck around 210 for a few months, then had a drop to 195.

Ever since the drop to 195 I've been losing about 1/2 to 1 pound a week, just cracked 189 this week. My original goal was "185" but now I'm thinking 175 is quite possible.

At this point I don't really diet, but I am a little more careful about what I put in the maw; for example, yesterday I had lunch at Chipotle and rather than having a burrito I just had a bowl (the burrito wrapper is 330 calories by itself). I try to avoid diet sodas (and sodas in general), sticking with unsweat tea, coffee, or water. I also try to eat a snack every 2-3 hours or so to keep the metabolism up, and ride an average of 1-1.5 hours a day (usually 4-5 days a week, with Saturday being about 3 hours, giving me the 7-10 hour average over the week).

At any rate, congrats on the good work!
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Congrats to you all.

Are you guys having your lean body mass and body fat percentage checked?
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Congrats and welcome to the Clydesdale Emeritus! About a year ago, I was 220 (a few years ago, 270!) and now I am under 190 and still moving down. Since I am nearly 6'2", I already am pleased. I will end up somewhere I think between 185 and 180.

Very good tips - and I think one of the best is that you had something you were doing it for. Keeps the mind focused and the stomach in control.

For those of you who get stuck at a level, this is my secret - big rides and don't eat too much more. It will crank up the weight loss, or it sure does for me.

I try to make it big enough that I just don't want to eat enough to make up for it. Don't consume a lot of super rich food - just good stuff. Make sure it is balanced - not just ice cream for example. Anytime my weight is moving enough for me, I do this. I also do it when I want a treat. The best treats nearby are across a mountain that is about 3,000 feet - I have to climb up the 3,000 feet elevation change and then go down about 2,000 on the other side. And, after I have by treat, I have to return.

Oh, and the road is almost pure rock, gravel - only about a mile of the whole thing is paved. I reward myself with a slice of pie and a nice scoop of icecream (and a couple of really good coffees - not the real rich type)

Totally guilt free indulgence. I do this, and I end up losing some weight anyway.

Oh, I haven't been having my fat percentage checked yet. I might worry about that if I get too low.
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Congratulations. I hope to join you there by early next month. My original goal was to be under 200 by my birthday, but here we are two weeks later and I still weigh in at 210 every morning.

It sounds like my story is similar to yours: it was really easy to get this far, but getting and staying below this level seems to be really difficult. Will power!
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Woo-hoo! Went from 230 pounds in early Nov.'06 to 198 pounds this morning!

When I started loosing weight my original goal was to get below 200 by the end of February.

I am officially Clydesdale Emeritus!
Congrats. How did you do it, I usually spend the winter going the other way
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As a graduate Clyde you are always welcome here!
Ditto, You've been a Clyde and I doubt you'll ever forget what it was like to be a big guy going up big hills.

Congrats, and pay us a visit from time to time.

PS. I'm not far behind you, if all goes well.
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