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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 03-30-07, 04:54 PM   #1
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11 months ~ 102 lbs (and counting)

How's it going everyone. I hope this message doesn't come across as boasting/rude/or smug. Its just that I am very proud of myself and what I have been able to accomplish thus far.

The short story is...
That in May 2006 I weighed in @ 375 lbs!!
As of today 3/30/07 I weighed in @ 273 lbs
I didn't do any medical procedures, or take any miracle drug/supliment. I just started eating better and excersizing (riding my bike's)

Its quite an amazing feeling.

I can get into a longer, detailed story if anyone wants. But I'll wait until I get home on my computer, instead of typing on my Sidekick phone.

I wish everyone well, and good luck as you strive to loose weight. It was far from an easy task to undertake, but I, as well as my family & friends, am glad that I did it.

Oh yeah, and I'm 50 or so lbs off from my desired goal. So I plan to continue on my current path.
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Old 03-30-07, 05:16 PM   #2
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Brag away! It's an accomplishment! This is one if those things that helps others too, Phil, so no, none of us think it's ego driven, but just a need to share your success!
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Old 03-30-07, 05:45 PM   #3
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Go ahead and brag, we're here to support one another, not condem each other/
Please do post more details. Stories like yours (and many others, including Mr. Stormcrows) are what gives alot of people on here motivation and hope.
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Old 03-30-07, 05:51 PM   #4
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GREAT JOB! Can you tell us how many miles you rode? How old are you? What changes did you make in your diet?

I rode over 4,000 miles last year and lost only 10 pounds or so. I need your secrets.
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Old 03-30-07, 06:41 PM   #6
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Great Job! What kind of bike do you have?
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Old 03-30-07, 06:49 PM   #7
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Fantastic, excellent job. I have been stuck at 300 for a month now and it sucks. I weighed the same as you and started right around the same time. Do tell your path to 273.
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Nice job!

Feel free to toot your horn. I always like hearing success stories.
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Old 03-31-07, 09:29 AM   #9
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Good job, you have every reason to be proud. By all means give us all the gory details, you never know you might hold the secret to OUR sucess!
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wow. Thank you all for the compliments. For some reason or another I wasn't expecting that, but thank you all very much. Now that I am home in front of my computer I can lay it all out. If there is any further detail needed, be sure to let me know.

Some vitals about me. Well, I am 6'4" of Filipino descent, 28 years old. Living in southern california.

Since finding how much I have enjoyed riding bicycles, I have collected 7 different bikes. I started with a Specialized Rockhopper because I was doing mostly mtn biking. BUt I got discouraged with that bike because of the front suspension. Everytime I sat on it, the front suspension would sink well past 50%, so I had it swapped to a rigid fork. That made my riding and climbing a hell of a lot better, but going downhill was a real test on my arms and legs. But at that point I was really enjoying it.

I moved on to an old schwinn 10 speed that I quickly converted to single speed. But the old wheels were not up to holding my weight, So I had the wheel rebuilt with new spokes, and I haven't had a problem with that wheel since. I wanted to try fixed gear so I had another wheel built up and absolutely loved the way the fixed gear rode. Its a very connected feeling. But not wanting to give up the SS i picked up another old frame, and put the fixed wheel in there. The progression of bikes just goes on and on. I don't need so many bikes, but its fun to have choices of what to pick. Currently my main rides are a 2001 Giant TCR 1 with full ultegra groupo, my fixie, a fun little bianchi folding bike, and my mtn bike.

I'm not too sure how many miles I have ridden over the past months. But I can tell you that I commuted to work at least 3 days of the week. One way ride is 8 miles. and on the way home, I would go the long way home stretching my ride home to maybe 15 miles. If I wake up early enough, I take the long way to work as well, so my daily riding can be upwards of 30 miles. On the weekends, I try and get in at least 50 miles on one day, then a shorter 20 or so miles on the other. But lately I have not had much opportunity to do any of my riding due to other commitments. But I still watch my diet. One other thing that I did for riding/fun was critical mass rides, group rides and if anyone has ever heard of Midnightridazz rides. All just slow paced parties on wheels, but a mile is still a mile, plus its really fun.

The following is what my daily diet consists of. (I do most if not all of my shopping at Trader Joes)
Breakfast
soy flax flakes cereal - 1 cup
soy milk - 3/4 cup

snack
1 banana
handfull of almonds

lunch
handful of carrots, broccoli, cauliflower
2 slices whole wheat toast
1 can of tuna prepared with a little relish, dijon mustard, lemon juice (no mayo at all)
1/2 cup kidney beans with hotsauce

snack
small apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
10 whole wheat pretzel sticks

Dinner
THis is where I have some problems. Only because my wife is not eating the same as me, so what I may think is good and plenty, she does not. So I try to comprimise, but I try go with baked boneless skinless chicken with brown rice and vegetables. It really varies, but I would say that I eat a sensible dinner.

Mon-friday I stick with the above diet. On the weekends, I cannot stick with it since my schedule always varies, but I tend to eat less on the weekends, and less frequently, but not always the "right" kinds of foods.

The other thing that I do on a weekly basis is monitor my weight. Every friday, I take a walk to my shipping department and jump up on the pallet scale. Its a big digital scale that weighs our pallets before shipping. From that I guage my progressive weight loss. It has been fun to see as much as a 12 lb loss from the week before.

Thats pretty much what I have done, and done it consistantly. I started a food journal, but since I now eat the same foods mon-fri I stopped. With my diet above, I am not hungry and I eat through the entire day. If I did my calorie counting correctly, my breakfast through the last snack is somewhere around 1500 calories, then the dinner comes in which varies in calories.
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Well, Phil, you've done a great job and I think you will turn out to be a valuable member of our little community! We all have something to contribute, and you'll mesh right in!
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wow. Thank you all for the compliments. For some reason or another I wasn't expecting that, but thank you all very much. Now that I am home in front of my computer I can lay it all out. If there is any further detail needed, be sure to let me know.

Some vitals about me. Well, I am 6'4" of Filipino descent, 28 years old. Living in southern california.

Since finding how much I have enjoyed riding bicycles, I have collected 7 different bikes. I started with a Specialized Rockhopper because I was doing mostly mtn biking. BUt I got discouraged with that bike because of the front suspension. Everytime I sat on it, the front suspension would sink well past 50%, so I had it swapped to a rigid fork. That made my riding and climbing a hell of a lot better, but going downhill was a real test on my arms and legs. But at that point I was really enjoying it.

I moved on to an old schwinn 10 speed that I quickly converted to single speed. But the old wheels were not up to holding my weight, So I had the wheel rebuilt with new spokes, and I haven't had a problem with that wheel since. I wanted to try fixed gear so I had another wheel built up and absolutely loved the way the fixed gear rode. Its a very connected feeling. But not wanting to give up the SS i picked up another old frame, and put the fixed wheel in there. The progression of bikes just goes on and on. I don't need so many bikes, but its fun to have choices of what to pick. Currently my main rides are a 2001 Giant TCR 1 with full ultegra groupo, my fixie, a fun little bianchi folding bike, and my mtn bike.

I'm not too sure how many miles I have ridden over the past months. But I can tell you that I commuted to work at least 3 days of the week. One way ride is 8 miles. and on the way home, I would go the long way home stretching my ride home to maybe 15 miles. If I wake up early enough, I take the long way to work as well, so my daily riding can be upwards of 30 miles. On the weekends, I try and get in at least 50 miles on one day, then a shorter 20 or so miles on the other. But lately I have not had much opportunity to do any of my riding due to other commitments. But I still watch my diet. One other thing that I did for riding/fun was critical mass rides, group rides and if anyone has ever heard of Midnightridazz rides. All just slow paced parties on wheels, but a mile is still a mile, plus its really fun.

The following is what my daily diet consists of. (I do most if not all of my shopping at Trader Joes)
Breakfast
soy flax flakes cereal - 1 cup
soy milk - 3/4 cup

snack
1 banana
handfull of almonds

lunch
handful of carrots, broccoli, cauliflower
2 slices whole wheat toast
1 can of tuna prepared with a little relish, dijon mustard, lemon juice (no mayo at all)
1/2 cup kidney beans with hotsauce

snack
small apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
10 whole wheat pretzel sticks

Dinner
THis is where I have some problems. Only because my wife is not eating the same as me, so what I may think is good and plenty, she does not. So I try to comprimise, but I try go with baked boneless skinless chicken with brown rice and vegetables. It really varies, but I would say that I eat a sensible dinner.

Mon-friday I stick with the above diet. On the weekends, I cannot stick with it since my schedule always varies, but I tend to eat less on the weekends, and less frequently, but not always the "right" kinds of foods.

The other thing that I do on a weekly basis is monitor my weight. Every friday, I take a walk to my shipping department and jump up on the pallet scale. Its a big digital scale that weighs our pallets before shipping. From that I guage my progressive weight loss. It has been fun to see as much as a 12 lb loss from the week before.

Thats pretty much what I have done, and done it consistantly. I started a food journal, but since I now eat the same foods mon-fri I stopped. With my diet above, I am not hungry and I eat through the entire day. If I did my calorie counting correctly, my breakfast through the last snack is somewhere around 1500 calories, then the dinner comes in which varies in calories.
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Old 03-31-07, 08:04 PM   #12
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Great job! Pretty soon we will have to change your name to little boy phil.
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