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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 06-26-08, 10:12 AM   #26
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This week - dinner out every night - 2 glasses of wine - and not so good! I think it's time I gave up the wine during the week - and really tried not to eat out as much..hard to do with a new client/new job. So anyway - I wil go to sleep soon get out and hit the gym! Bike ride when I get home in 2 weeks...

OK...I can do it.. Must remember it's great to be on a plan and lose - but sometimes life intervenes and I may need to coast...

Drink a ton of water!

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Yeah, cutting wine out is something I know that helps - but it is hard to give up
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UGH, NO! No, no, no. Food should be joyous. Sucking the joy out of life is a terrible idea.
+1 It's so easy to eat healthy while still maintaining the taste and flavor. Salt, pepper, herbs and spices added to fresh food and vegetables can make food less boring and still be healthy.
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Old 06-26-08, 11:14 PM   #28
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I've not been on the bike much since the TX heat kicked up but I have been lifting regularly at the gym to get ready to train in jiu-jitsu this fall. I've stuck at 220-225, but I've lost a couple inches trading fat for muscle.
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last year i blew my lower back out, meaning 2 blown out disc and one crushed disc inbetween those two, and had to drop some flab. i was already about 15 lbs over weight, but then you throw in a couple months of being laid up.....35lbs overboard really quick. i have dropped 20lbs in the past 4 months by
biking everywhere and hitting the gym 3 days a week, consistently!, i watched what i ate, meaning i stopped eating the random sandwhich in the middle of the day. i also eat breakfast now. it is the most important meal of the day. anyway. my back still hurts, but losing the weight has done it a lot of good, not to mention got me back on a bike and i feel better.
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I've not been on the bike much since the TX heat kicked up but I have been lifting regularly at the gym to get ready to train in jiu-jitsu this fall. I've stuck at 220-225, but I've lost a couple inches trading fat for muscle.
What heat?

I've lost 12 lbs in 5 weeks. But, it takes a lot for me to lose weight after the initial drop, even with diet and exercise. I no longer purposely diet. As I increase my mileage, that seems to take care of itself. One very noticeable thing, though there's not a great difference in waist circumference, the pants are getting baggy in the hips.

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Old 07-01-08, 07:48 AM   #31
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I'm moving out of my current house here soon and tried on some old clothes that I found from my "freshman days" while packing and tried them on.... (dramatic music in the background) THEY FIT!
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Old 07-01-08, 08:09 AM   #32
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I'm moving out of my current house here soon and tried on some old clothes that I found from my "freshman days" while packing and tried them on.... (dramatic music in the background) THEY FIT!
Congratulations! I found stuff from the early 1990s, and they fit again. In fact, a shirt I bought in 1995 is now arguably too loose on me. When I was at my low weight of 242 last year, I weighed about what I did when I graduated high school, back in 1984.
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After an inital quick loss of 8 lbs, it has been a bit of a slog to keep it going. Still biking the same amount, and eating well, but also had a couple 'nights out' with friends that involved lotsa beer and pizza. However, I am back on the down slope, and if the scale is correct, I am just a hair below 240 this morning, and I know that I am also (re)building muscle in my legs.

My wife says that I look like I lost a ton of weight, too, and she is the most important judge.

Haven't taken my BP, but it has been steady at 110/80 for years, and was so at this year's physical.

I will, however, be really interested in my cholesterol, which, while trending in the right direction, was still a bit high.
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Yesterday I was stopped at a light when a kid in a car that had passed me earlier openned his door, looked at me and said, "You fast!" I had been going around 25 when they passed me so it was nice to get some unexpected encouragement for my hard work. I've moved to a tighter belt notch since riding this summer, I'm on the smallest one so hopefully a new belt will be in order by the end of summer, .
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Getting in shape:

1. Body composition - i.e., muscle/fat/bones ratios

2. Cardiovascular health

3. Muscular strength

4. Flexibility

5. Body chemistry - what you eat, cholesterol levels, BP, etc.

ALL are important.

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Old 07-01-08, 07:32 PM   #36
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I did too, but it was pretzels in my case. Pretzels are allegedly a 'healthy snack', so I used to fool myself by eating them instead of chips.

BTW, there's a poster to this board from Nebraska that's an inspiration to many people, including me. Sometimes when I'm tempted I stop myself and say, "What would Ben do?"
It depends on the pretzel, just how a bagel is good for you depending on what it's made from.
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Getting in shape:

1. Body composition - i.e., muscle/fat/bones ratios

2. Cardiovascular health

3. Muscular strength

4. Flexibility

5. Body chemistry - what you eat, cholesterol levels, BP, etc.

ALL are important.
I agree with you, it is not just about watching your weight go down. My reaction to your reply is as follows...

1. I have lowered my body fat composition down to 20%, which is good seeing how last year it was at 25%.

2. I have stopped using salt (but occasionally use Sea Salt)

3. I improved my max on my bench to 285lbs and improved my squat to 315lbs and can now do three sixty second planks in a row with only 10 sec rest.

4. Getting better at this, I stretch every time I get off my bike.

5. I have started to look at labels for how much sodium and how much saturated fat is in certain foods and have made changes in my main foods that I eat (I have not eaten chinese food in a MONTH!)
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I agree with you, it is not just about watching your weight go down. My reaction to your reply is as follows...

1. I have lowered my body fat composition down to 20%, which is good seeing how last year it was at 25%.

2. I have stopped using salt (but occasionally use Sea Salt)

3. I improved my max on my bench to 285lbs and improved my squat to 315lbs and can now do three sixty second planks in a row with only 10 sec rest.

4. Getting better at this, I stretch every time I get off my bike.

5. I have started to look at labels for how much sodium and how much saturated fat is in certain foods and have made changes in my main foods that I eat (I have not eaten chinese food in a MONTH!)
WOW - that's impressive! Good stuff.

Keep it up.
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Basically being new at the whole biking thing, I can't say that it's had an affect yet. But I'm sure it will

I did start the year right over 300(303 if I remember right) Today I'm down to 268. Biggest things for me so far was the push to get out and walk more, averaging 4 miles a trip 4-5 times a week. I also cut out the soda and ice tea. I cut my snacking down alot. Actually no desire to snack like I did.

I still eat most of the same foods, not the best. But I can't give up some of my favorites. I am trying to re-learn my eating habits. Cutting portions,and not having to clean my plate each time. Some of this I learned from the Paul McKenna special that was on TLC a few months back.

I am kind of proud of myself. Picked up my bike friday, only rode a mile before it rained. Saturday and Sunday I did around 3.5 miles each day. Yesterday(monday) I upped to 5.2 miles, purposely doing 3 hills. Today(tuesday) I rode to the next town, 13.55 miles round trip. Can't say it was non-stop, I took a few breaks. But I set a goal for the day and made it.

This section of Bike Forums is a big motivation for me.
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I've been at it a few weeks now. My clothes are already getting looser, and people comment that I look like I've lost weight. I logged 25 miles on Sunday, my longest ride yet. Hills are getting easier and my endurance keeps getting better. I've cut out all the sugar I can find in my diet, no soda anymore and almost all red meat. I've lost 2 pounds. My next step is going to be lifting, much more mileage and as little calorie intake as I can manage and still function mentally. My goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year. Yes, I'm having a bad attitude day.
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Basically being new at the whole biking thing, I can't say that it's had an affect yet. But I'm sure it will

I did start the year right over 300(303 if I remember right) Today I'm down to 268. Biggest things for me so far was the push to get out and walk more, averaging 4 miles a trip 4-5 times a week. I also cut out the soda and ice tea. I cut my snacking down alot. Actually no desire to snack like I did.

I still eat most of the same foods, not the best. But I can't give up some of my favorites. I am trying to re-learn my eating habits. Cutting portions,and not having to clean my plate each time. Some of this I learned from the Paul McKenna special that was on TLC a few months back.

I am kind of proud of myself. Picked up my bike friday, only rode a mile before it rained. Saturday and Sunday I did around 3.5 miles each day. Yesterday(monday) I upped to 5.2 miles, purposely doing 3 hills. Today(tuesday) I rode to the next town, 13.55 miles round trip. Can't say it was non-stop, I took a few breaks. But I set a goal for the day and made it.

This section of Bike Forums is a big motivation for me.
I am glad to hear that in some way we have motivated you even more than you have motivated yourself, keep it up and so will I.
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Yesterday I was stopped at a light when a kid in a car that had passed me earlier openned his door, looked at me and said, "You fast!" I had been going around 25 when they passed me so it was nice to get some unexpected encouragement for my hard work. I've moved to a tighter belt notch since riding this summer, I'm on the smallest one so hopefully a new belt will be in order by the end of summer, .
This story made me grin yesterday when I read it, so imagine my joy at having a similar story to tell today...

On the way in to work today, and as I made the turn into the last road on my way to work (about a mile of straight-ish quiet-ish road, some skinny guy on a road bike coming the opposite way made the same turn a few seconds before I did. I decided I'd try and catch him then keep up for the hell of it. 3/4 of a mile later (at a steady 21/22 mph) he looks behind to turn right (in the UK, so we drive on the left), sees me, does a double take, smiles, waves and makes the turn.

I arrived at work somewhat surprised at having a) kept up, and b) broken a sweat, which I've not really done on my commute for a couple of months which in itself is encouraging...
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