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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 06-23-08, 11:11 PM   #1
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Getting in shape.

I have only been commuting to work and back for about two weeks now and have made a lot of changes to my lifestyle. I have cut down on portions and stopped drinking soda (except for the occasional Sierra Mist).

In less than two weeks I have lost 14lbs (and most of that is immediate water weight) and am currently at 255lbs. My goal is to get down to 215 before winter starts.

I just wanted to start this thread so people can show their progress in getting healthy and getting in shape.
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I myself went from 115kg (250lbs) to now 89kg (194lbs) over a period of a year and a half. Take it slow, don't try to rush things. Keep cycling, try to avoid the munchies, drink a LOT(!!!) and you'll succeed

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I myself went from 115kg (250lbs) to now 89kg (194lbs) over a period of a year and a half. Take it slow, don't try to rush things. Keep cycling, try to avoid the munchies, drink a LOT(!!!) and you'll succeed

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Yea, I do drink a LOT! I drank a gallon of water just today (over a period of 24hrs that is) and lately I have been eating sandwiches (seeing how I do work at a sandwich shop) and threw away ALL of the chips in the cupboard at home.... I almost cried...
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I've transitioned from nacho cheese Doritos to plain corn chips with salsa to no chips over the last 6 months or so. That's was good for about 10 lbs. by itself!
You will be gaining muscle, so sometimes you won't feel like you're loosing that much, but the "inches" will still be dropping.
Since the weather has turned nice again, I'm starting to log more miles. The weight has stayed about the same for the last month, but that next notch on the belt has gotten easier to engage.
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Yea, I do drink a LOT! I drank a gallon of water just today (over a period of 24hrs that is) and lately I have been eating sandwiches (seeing how I do work at a sandwich shop) and threw away ALL of the chips in the cupboard at home.... I almost cried...
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?"
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"What would Ben do?"
The better question is "What wouldn't I do"?

Oh you meant the other Ben.

So let's see, it's taken a little over a year but I went from 245 to 207 after tonights racquetball game. I stopped drinking alcohol, stopped both diet and regular soda, quit smoking, and have cut out as much corn syrup as practically possible. My meals have become brutally boring with the same three meals for weeks on end. I find the less and less I look forward to meal time due to the monotony, the less and less I enjoy eating past when I feel full. I really think that is the key part, once you get over the love affair with food and begin to treat it for what it is the weight will come off. I've also become much more physically active between cycling, jogging, weight lifting, and now my new love of the only sport where it's great to have little blue balls. Granted I gradually added new activities to my list, but cycling was the first and it is still number one in my books.

Keep up the good work, even if your not loosing much weight your still becoming a healthier person.
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awesome! I am on the same journey-I started at 250, am at 242 right now, and am on my way to 210. I am putting a target of december 1 for the goal. I have been improving my diet, etc, over the last couple months, and I am now biking to work every day possible, 10 miles each way.
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So let's see, it's taken a little over a year but I went from 245 to 207 after tonights racquetball game. I stopped drinking alcohol, stopped both diet and regular soda, quit smoking, and have cut out as much corn syrup as practically possible. My meals have become brutally boring with the same three meals for weeks on end. I find the less and less I look forward to meal time due to the monotony, the less and less I enjoy eating past when I feel full. I really think that is the key part, once you get over the love affair with food and begin to treat it for what it is the weight will come off. I've also become much more physically active between cycling, jogging, weight lifting, and now my new love of the only sport where it's great to have little blue balls. Granted I gradually added new activities to my list, but cycling was the first and it is still number one in my books.
UGH, NO! No, no, no. Food should be joyous. Sucking the joy out of life is a terrible idea. Between March 2007 and March 2008 I went from 252 to 213 pounds. I am a hobby chef, my housemate is a hobby chef. We regularly fed 8-12 people 3-4 times a week during that entire period. We ate delicious and varied meals and managed to have a spectacular time without sucking the joy from life. We drank lots of wine, beer, and whatnot.

Now, that's not to say I didn't change my diet. I did. I cut way down on snacking, I had a piece of bread to mop up the sauce, not a half dozen pieces. I stopped getting seconds. I changed what I cooked to be a little healthier overall. Now, obviously, that kind of moderate change doesn't explain that kind of weight loss. I sold my car, started bike commuting, weekend riding, and doing basic fitness work at the gym for core strength.

For us clydes who have perhaps more reasonable amounts to lose (I don't know about physiology and severity for people with 100+ pounds to lose, and can't claim to speak for them), there's no reason to do that.

I treat food for what it is. A necessary substance for survival. An excuse for social gathering. A source of great joy.

EDIT: I haven't lost (or gained weight) since March 2008 because of an injury and the sedentaryness that results. I just got back on my bike last week, and to the gym this week, so I should get back to shedding pounds in not so long.
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Congratulations on your weight loss, I hope you have recovered well from your injury and the return to bicycling goes smoothly.

Being a hobby chef you probably have a different point of view, but food is fuel, nothing more. You almost came to that conclusion yourself towards the end of your post then changed your mind. Food can be joyous but the question is should it? Clearly if we're overweight at some point along the line we have partaken in the joyous aspects a bit too much (barring the mini-hulks). We celebrate with feasts, we self medicate with food when we're upset, for some reason a cake is involved in nearly every social gathering etc, so in my opinion I would say the easiest way to clear this hurdle is to remove the joyousness from food and not life in general. It's apparent by your posts that food brings the joy into your life (you're a hobby chef after all and I am tempted to PM you for a potato salad recipe) and that's great, but your response assumes we all feel the same as you do.

Meh, it's late and my train of thought is still at the boarding the station.

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UGH, NO! No, no, no. Food should be joyous. Sucking the joy out of life is a terrible idea. Between March 2007 and March 2008 I went from 252 to 213 pounds. I am a hobby chef, my housemate is a hobby chef. We regularly fed 8-12 people 3-4 times a week during that entire period. We ate delicious and varied meals and managed to have a spectacular time without sucking the joy from life. We drank lots of wine, beer, and whatnot.

Now, that's not to say I didn't change my diet. I did. I cut way down on snacking, I had a piece of bread to mop up the sauce, not a half dozen pieces. I stopped getting seconds. I changed what I cooked to be a little healthier overall. Now, obviously, that kind of moderate change doesn't explain that kind of weight loss. I sold my car, started bike commuting, weekend riding, and doing basic fitness work at the gym for core strength.

For us clydes who have perhaps more reasonable amounts to lose (I don't know about physiology and severity for people with 100+ pounds to lose, and can't claim to speak for them), there's no reason to do that.

I treat food for what it is. A necessary substance for survival. An excuse for social gathering. A source of great joy.

EDIT: I haven't lost (or gained weight) since March 2008 because of an injury and the sedentaryness that results. I just got back on my bike last week, and to the gym this week, so I should get back to shedding pounds in not so long.
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Started about three weeks ago at 250, down to 238. Gotta watch it or I'll do like I've done before, gone from just biking, to running and biking. Then, for one reason or another, I stop and balloon up again. I'm really just a fat type A in a B body. At one time, I ran 5 miles five times a week, biked an hour a day, and did 25 milers on weekends. The fat dropped fast.

My goal is to get below 190, but I don't have a time table. At 59, I'm learning the best approach is long and slow rather than fast. Enjoy the ride. Started on my mountain bike, but the effort/pleasure thing wasn't there, so rebuilt my road bike. I'm up to 7-10 milers during the week and did an 18 last Sunday. I'll probably maintain that for until the weather cools down a bit, then move up the mileage.

As for food, its for taste. I love various tastes and textures. There's another place I need to slow down. Its taken me years to realize I eat faster than most, but spend the same time doing it, so eat more. And, I was the slowest eater in my family.
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Saw this post and wanted to join in on the fun! Started weight loss program 8 weeks ago, including investing in a road bike a week and a half ago. Started at 246lb, currently at 228, goal is 2lb per week for 20 total weeks. It's incredible how lifestyle changes as your mindset does! All I can think about on my way home is getting on the bike before it gets dark...

Keep up the great work everyone, and congrats to those who have hit their goals!
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I returned to cycling last September and was just over 250 the first of the year when I got serious about riding every day. Weighed in at 218 last Sunday. No major diet changes other than eating at least a piece of toast in the morning instead of skipping breakfast, I think a little more about what I eat and I drink more water. I feel like I'm eating more but 100 miles a week of riding allow me to get away with it.
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I have went from 261 to 210 since the first of the year. The bike has really really helped. I quit cigarettes to and have radically changed my eating habits.

There are a lot of people on this board who have keep me motivated just by reading the posts. I feel better than I have in years.
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I myself went from 115kg (250lbs) to now 89kg (194lbs) over a period of a year and a half. Take it slow, don't try to rush things. Keep cycling, try to avoid the munchies, drink a LOT(!!!) and you'll succeed

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I got pretty excited when I read this. Now there's a diet I can do! Then I realized you meant water...
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I got pretty excited when I read this. Now there's a diet I can do! Then I realized you meant water...
My diet may be slower than his, but it works with the "3-pint rule" (it doesn't count if it's not more than 3 pints). I just made this rule up, but am fairly certain established medical literature can be forged and placed on the internet to support it.
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I have a goal to get under 100 (kilos not pounds) and into Lewis size 34 and stay there. Two more kilos to go.
Bike helps and also skipping dinner. Stopped the cream for my coffee and went down a kilo in month or so.
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I started in February '08 at 230lbs and now I'm down to 209lbs.
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OK - the token woman will chime in..I thought it would be good to be honest. Anout 2 months ago April 21 - I started a new plan...new food plan and going to the gym 5 days a week with 40 minutes doing an itread.com workout on the elliptical and some weights...lost 17.5 pounds with the last 3 weeks included about 13 Bike rides..yay got a bike and love it!

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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My story:

May 1, 2008: Weight 280 pounds. Blood pressure 154/102. All clothes fit tight, if at all. Running out of breath biking half mile down road. Wife says I'm wasting money on bike since I'll lose interest.

June 25, 2008 (today): Weight 246 pounds. Blood pressure 109/74. Most clothes fit, some fit too loose, can fit into clothes from high school (10 years ago). Now bike 20 miles on long days and 15 miles on light days. Commutes 28 miles to work at least once a week. Wife asks to get her a bike so she can join in.

Of course, I flipped my life upside down. I don't eat fatty processed food anymore. I drink only water, gatorade, juice, and green tea. I eat 90% vegetarian. I also make lunch the biggest meal o the day.
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208 from 220 (I'm 6'3" though). Cut ice cream and work snacks.
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I started the season around April 1st weighing 222 lbs. I’m currently at 213 lbs and have lost 2 inches from my stomach and an inch from my waist. I’m hoping to get under 200 by the end of the summer. In April and May I rode about 170 miles a month and for June I’m on track to be well over 300 miles for the month. My gains have been slow but I continue to add miles and climbing. Where I see the most improvement is the number of miles I can do in one ride. At the begging of the season 10 miles was a good ride, now I consider 40 miles to be a good ride.

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awesome! I am on the same journey-I started at 250, am at 242 right now, and am on my way to 210. I am putting a target of december 1 for the goal. I have been improving my diet, etc, over the last couple months, and I am now biking to work every day possible, 10 miles each way.
Nice! I commute to and that is how I log most of my miles! My ride to work is 14 miles round trip, but recently I have started doing "night rides" off the beaten path to avoid traffic (mainly drunk drivers), about two to three miles a night, nothing big... waiting until I get a road bike and then I will do some longer rides...
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I started the season around April 1st weighing 222 lbs. Iím currently at 213 lbs and have lost 2 inches from my stomach and an inch from my waist. Iím hoping to get under 200 by the end of the summer. In April and May I rode about 170 miles a month and for June Iím on track to be well over 300 miles for the month. My gains have been slow but I continue to add miles and climbing. Where I see the most improvement is the number of miles I can do in one ride. At the begging of the season 10 miles was a good ride, now I consider 40 miles to be a good ride.

Good Luck to you.
In two weeks I have logged a little over 160 miles and what I have noticed is that my commute to work is shortening in time and the hills are starting to get really easy. I am considering taking a longer route just to log more miles and make it for a longer ride.
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208 from 220 (I'm 6'3" though). Cut ice cream and work snacks.
I have not had a single sip of soda in over a month and haven't had chips and salsa in a really long time... ... sad but I feel accomplished and am proud of myself. My family and my girlfriend have actually told me that they are proud of me and that has really boosted my confidence and drove me to push harder than I ever have.
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A coworker from another department caught me pushing my bike through the door to our shop this morning and said "Dang you're gettin' skinny."
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