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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 08-23-07, 03:23 PM   #1
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Rebounded....again!


So I was almost ready to graduate from here....went from 240 --> 210....then after a month of over eating and barely riding I am 235....sigh...NOT AGAIN!
This is my third round going from 240 ish to 190 ish and back in the last 7 years...this can't be good for me... bummed out and don't even wanna ride...
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Get your butt in the saddle! Take hold and start slogging again. Setbacks do happen and all we can do is start again, Bro! Don't beat yourself up about it......do something about it instead. The choice is yours.
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Quick go out and ride before you break 240 I yoyo'ed when I stopped riding after moving to a different state big time. Gained 80lbs in <6 months. After 3 years of maintaining it said screw it and back on the bike commuting and gaining a little ground.
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i know exactly what youre talking about. my roller coaster ride has looked like this:

from 240, down to 200, up to 270, down to 235, up to 255, and now im down to 225.

im gonna make it back to 200 and damnit im gonna stay there. im too young to be out of shape.
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Yeah thanks guys...I knew I'd find some support over here!
I guess I can be thankful that I didn't rebound higher than where I started.

I knew I was fattening up so I did the ostrich thing and stayed off the scale for a month till my wife came back from her weeks of travel and forced me onto the scale to face reality...

as Whitesnakes says: Here I go again!
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Hey man, I'm with you. I was stuck around the same range for the better part of a month, being lazy and not riding as much (or as hard!) due to any number of things. And.. not caring about what I ate. Now I'm making headway again, and it feels great.

Just remember how good it feels to ride the bike, and don't let go.

Oh, and wlecome back!
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The only way you can fail is if you give up. Glad you're back on track
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Thanks! I'll take it off, thats a promise.
Right now I'm in the wallowing mode...and food just looks so freakin good...
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Sometimes it's good to make sure you at least take the bike around the block every day. Chances are, somewhere in that block, you'll remember how fun it is and want to go further...
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The best advice I can give you (as a PT) is to be consistent. Weight loss shouldn’t be a task. It should happen because your enjoying what you do. It’s a complete lifestyle change, not just a diet and exercise that your dread doing. Join a cycling club if you haven’t already and cut out any soda, coffee and juice – should be drinking water all the time and only those others once in a while. Cut out processed food and stick to natural foods.. fruit, veg, meat.
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Thanks! I'll take it off, thats a promise.
Right now I'm in the wallowing mode...and food just looks so freakin good...
This reminds me of one late night a couple months ago. I was driving home from a friend's house, and almost stopped at a fast food restaurant for a snack. I was kind of where you are, in that it sounded GOOD. I thought about it, then thought of my bike, my goals... and answered myself with, "Why would you even consider eating that??" So I came home and went to bed.

The other thing that helps me is to think of the calories in food as portions of a pound of fat. For example, if you get a 2000 calorie value meal somewhere, that's almost 2/3 of a pound of fat (1 pound = 3500 excess calories)! Makes that food seem a little less appetizing.

Hang in there, don't quit... you'll get to your goal, and it will get easier! Union is right that however you lose weight has to be something you can live with. It's not a short term change, it's a forever change, and it's sometimes difficult, but it doesn't' have to be painful.
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Geez, I wish I had the will power anymore. Schedules and deadlines do take a toll and by the time I get home to an empty house, I don't feel like cooking to be sure. If I could only switch my full time job for my part time job and the hours I could have at the Bike Shop, I could be set! I've only got about 6-8 years before I can make that reality....
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So I was almost ready to graduate from here....went from 240 --> 210....then after a month of over eating and barely riding I am 235....sigh...NOT AGAIN!
This is my third round going from 240 ish to 190 ish and back in the last 7 years...this can't be good for me... bummed out and don't even wanna ride...
rant over

Stop thinking about your weight and start working on athletic goals
-- if you think about training as your goal then you will never have to worry about your weight and the exertion will help regulate your diet for you. Its not that hard to get back in shape after a month off, even though your diet must be really indulgent for you to pack on 25 lbs in a month-- just set a goal and work toward it-- not weight-wise, but sport-wise.

What is the most miles you have ever ridden in a week? Try to double it by then end of the month! That should keep your mind on the exercise and off of the scale!
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Great points for sure.

The sad thing ofcourse is I know this and have lived by this. I was seeing a nutritionist once a week and I was right in the zone, losing weight, feeling good, not feeling hungry at all. I thought I was in the clear and had a routine I could stick with for life.

I would have never eaten a double cheesburger from the dollar menu....just the thought would make me sick...then something happened in brain one day and the burgers started sounding/tasting great. (It's probably been 3-4 years since I've been to McDonalds)

That's kinda what makes this rebound all the more devastating.

I'm confused about what happened and how it came to this again...

I'll stop dwelling now and start taking some action. Just wanted to rant ;-)
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and cut out any soda, coffee and juice – should be drinking water all the time and only those others once in a while. Cut out processed food and stick to natural foods.. fruit, veg, meat.
The processed foods I understand. Soda I understand (even the diet stuff.) Juice makes sense because of the sugar... but even back in my weightlifting days, coffee was never on the no-no list. Heck, a lot of us would wash down that first stack of the day with a cup o' black java.
I think the key was that it's gotta be black coffee. No sugar, no creamer/milk. And just that one cup in the morning instead of walking around with an IV pole of espresso all day long.
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Great points for sure.

The sad thing ofcourse is I know this and have lived by this. I was seeing a nutritionist once a week and I was right in the zone, losing weight, feeling good, not feeling hungry at all. I thought I was in the clear and had a routine I could stick with for life.

I would have never eaten a double cheesburger from the dollar menu....just the thought would make me sick...then something happened in brain one day and the burgers started sounding/tasting great. (It's probably been 3-4 years since I've been to McDonalds)

That's kinda what makes this rebound all the more devastating.

I'm confused about what happened and how it came to this again...

I'll stop dwelling now and start taking some action. Just wanted to rant ;-)
That's such a good question, powerglide. Why do we switch from a manageable, even enjoyable, healthy lifestyle and revert to self-destructive habits? I know I've done the same thing, and I pray that next time it comes up, I'll be able to catch it before I've regained much, if any weight.

For me, I think it has to do with trying to fill up or cover up some hurt or emptiness. A twisted way of trying to nurture myself. Doesn't work very well, though.

Maybe you, also, need to be truly good to yourself. And make some healthy comfort food - something like soup.
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That's such a good question, powerglide. Why do we switch from a manageable, even enjoyable, healthy lifestyle and revert to self-destructive habits? I know I've done the same thing, and I pray that next time it comes up, I'll be able to catch it before I've regained much, if any weight.

For me, I think it has to do with trying to fill up or cover up some hurt or emptiness. A twisted way of trying to nurture myself. Doesn't work very well, though.

Maybe you, also, need to be truly good to yourself. And make some healthy comfort food - something like soup.
You nailed it Becky... it's largely psychological/emotional methinks. Looking back it has been a very rough time, and I have a tendency of running to food to fill that emptiness. Back when I was seeing a nutritionist, riding daily...I conveniently neglected to mention that I was also seeing a therapist. It was a great package of physical and emotional health. When I switched job locations I stopped with the therapy and the nutritionist...hmmm...
I'm weak!
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I disagree, you aren't weak......

You just need a little backup...and we all do! You aren't afraid to address your issues, you just lost your momentum for a while. If you were weak, you'd just be saying "I can't do it", and Brother, you ain't sayin' that at all!

Now get hold of those bootstraps and yank! Git r done!
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You nailed it Becky... it's largely psychological/emotional methinks. Looking back it has been a very rough time, and I have a tendency of running to food to fill that emptiness. Back when I was seeing a nutritionist, riding daily...I conveniently neglected to mention that I was also seeing a therapist. It was a great package of physical and emotional health. When I switched job locations I stopped with the therapy and the nutritionist...hmmm...
I'm weak!
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I'm weak!
It's not weakness... it's habits. You replaced old, self-defeating habits with something better, and had some help getting the new habits to stick. It takes a long time to get new habits become second nature. How long did you have the old habits--a long time, I'll bet. They're going to fight to stick around. Give 'em the boot, and get some help if if it makes it go more smoothly!
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You're not weak - you're still fighting, aren't you? That shows strength and determination. You'll succeed. Take what worked before, toss what didn't, keep learning and growing and you'll do fine.
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Soooooooo suportive up in here!! Thank you very much!!
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