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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 01-14-08, 10:23 AM   #51
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I am 6'. I am 55 don't care how I look anymore just want to be healthy and get up hills on my bike better.
6' and 190 lbs does not seem especially thin (depends on your builld). I think their perspective is somewhat slanted .

I am 5'10" with a fairly stocky build (48 chest & broad shoulders) and I weigh 196 right now and still am bigger than I want to be. I'm aiming for around 170 lbs.

Good job on your progress to date! Keep it up!

Since your body is a temple. It only makes sense to take good care of it

BTW. From your monicker I'm guessing you live in TN. Where do you pastor?
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I have a room mate who bakes cookies and I have a tuff time saying no. I do pretty good at limiting how many I have.
LOL...I have the same "problem" with my mom. She was visiting this weekend and she and my daughter made chocolate chip cookies. MMMM.....

Plus there was the Christmas fudge she always sends me home with.

No problem. I just ate on those things moderately and counted all the calories and worked out and ate other things accordingly. As of Saturday I am one pound lighter than I was when we left for Christamas on 12/22. So there were a couple weeks of a planned plateau in between .

Seriously though. sometimes it is a little hard. But it gets less hard the more I eat right. And I don't mind allowing myself a planned treat once in a while.
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Old 01-14-08, 12:34 PM   #53
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BTW. From your monicker I'm guessing you live in TN. Where do you pastor?

I pastor 5 mission churches in trailerr parks. They are missions of First Baptist Church of Powell, Tn. Powell is near Knoxville. We go in a park rent a trailor and start a church. I a team at each church so I move around and keep things going.
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Sounds like a cool ministry!

Was just wondering how close we were together. About 2/3 of a state away looks like

I sing in our church choir. (Peoples' Church in Franklin, TN). I really enjoy participating in that ministry.
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Old 01-15-08, 10:31 AM   #55
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About 3 hrs to Nashville. We should meet 1/2 way and ride sometime or I could come to franklin I am planing on riding the MS 150 this year.
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I've had to pull the "I'm sorry, my doctor has put me on a special diet" line. ("Quit eating junk" was actually more like what the doc said). I've heard others use the "Sorry, I have food allergies" excuse.

When I was 140# (5'7" girl) some people thought I might be anorexic. I was lean but solid, about 17% bodyfat, and eating plenty to fuel exercise. Saboteurs abounded including project leads that would find "reasons" why I would need to work late on short notice, causing me to miss workouts and healthy meals. The same people made some ugly comments when I "strayed" and my weight blossomed.
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Here is the problem, as I see it: We live in a society where 66% of the people are overweight. The food options are terrible: lots of sugar, animal products fill up 99% of all menus, and processed junk is our primary food staple. Exits along the Interstate are a vast fast-food wasteland.

Once someone breaks out of the mold, like losing a bunch of weight or becoming vegetarian, the other members of society instantly jump down their throats. Family members fear an illness or mental health issue, co-workers look at you funny while cracking wise behind your back, even close "friends" can no longer relate and think something must be amiss.

For a reality check: Even the rail-thin Obama is technically not underweight. He is supposedly at the upper limit of his BMI. Now, as a Clyde, I find that simply amazing.
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Old 02-12-09, 11:12 AM   #58
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Why do people keep pulling up threads that are over a year old?
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Ha, lol, I thought all these posts were from January of THIS year. Pays to notice the year.

Speaking of...welcome aboard TB.
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Bringing this thread back to life, because I read through it the other day and I'm interested in what people have to say now . . . especially people who were struggling with this problem back in 2007-2009.

It was odd . . . I read the thread the day before yesterday, I think, and then yesterday, my wife came home with "surprises" for everyone. Surprises from the Cookie Factory. My surprise was a monstrous cookie that I used to eat every time I could get away with it. They make these things by folding a 6" soft chocolate chip cookie over like a taco shell, then filling it up with this deadly icing that is literally slightly grainy with the amount of sugar in it . . . one of the things that got me started on healthier eating was the sensation of eating one of these things and feeling a flush run up to my scalp. The sugar rush literally made my skin hot . . . that can't be good.

Anyway, she knows I've been trying to give up those kinds of sweets, especially the crazy ones that seem to have no purpose except excess. She saw me eyeing it like a snake and immediately apologized. I ended up taking a small swipe of frosting with my finger and throwing the rest in the trash. I hated to do that, but she seemed to understand that I wasn't mad at her, I was just choosing not to eat it.
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My friends are very supportive.

My elderly fall and spring neighbors try to force food on me. You have lost enough!

My spouse is struggling with his own weight and sometimes sabotages me with treats. He pushes carbs on me too much. But he is a vegetarian and I no longer am, so there is that difficulty. He is also the cook in the house.

I wonder what became of the OP. He hasn't posted for several years. Is he thin? Did he gain his weight back? How many people who posted here in 2007 and 8 still here? How does their weight compare with that time period?
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Yes, it happens to me all the time, some people hold their weight differently. My goal was 200 but everyone kept telling me that would be to skinny for me, everybody but my doctor.
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Good point. I have always gotten the dreaded, "Oh, but you carry it so well!" comments. People mean well, and I know what they mean--I have wide shoulders, so if you don't see me from the side, they sort of have a point. But when everyone says that to you for years, you have to be exceptionally honest and good at self-criticism to see yourself as you are.

When I posted a picture of myself on another forum (nothing to do with fitness, really, but I wanted to be held accountable by my friends) and stated that I weighed 365(!) on the day it was taken, one person said only, "If that's really you at 365, Donnie, then you carry it amazingly well. You look great."
That was a really nice thing to say, but really not honest. At best, maybe it looked better than the average person thinks 365 "should" look on a person . . . but they knew I was posting it because I wanted to lose weight, and they had to know that no matter how it looked in a photo, 365 can't be a healthy weight.
If nothing else, diabetes and coronary disease don't take the width of your shoulders or your "stocky frame" into account! I don't think any of these people were consciously trying to sabotage me . . . . I think they wanted to be nice. And they have every right to be nice, but it means that I have to recognize their comments for what they are and not treat them as if they were giving me an honest critique. I have to supply my own honest critique.
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Become an Episcopalian or a Zoroasterist?
But . . . congrats on the loss!
I'm an Episcopalian, and we eat pretty well also. Can't speak for the Zoroastrians
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In my experience, people that say things like that and try to get you to eat what they eat have weight issues of their own.
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Still can't speak for the Zoaroastrians
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