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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 07-21-08, 08:18 AM   #1
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Making progress!!

So, I have been commuting 10 miles each way 80% of the time since late May, and in the last 2 weeks or so, really buckled down on the diet, tracking the cals, etc, of EVERYTHING that went in my piehole, even the not so good stuff like beer, etc, and have forced myself to stay within 1800-2200 calories max per day.

I set weigh in day to be Monday. Back in May I started at around 250ish (I am 5'11"). Last Monday I was at 241.5. Today's weigh-in Got me under 240 at 237.5, for a drop of 4lbs in the past week!! That progress has been my best encouragement yet!

Funnily, I do not feel deprived at all on this cal count. I won't call it a diet, since it is not really a plan or group of target foods so much as just eating sensibly and regularly. I have eliminated chips and soda in general, but I still enjoy beer, and I had hot dogs and stuff this past weekend. It just all needs to be accounted for in the log. What I found is by not prohibiting anything, there really is less urge to 'cheat', and If I have the nibblies, I just eat something on hand like Kashi bars or something, since there isnt any junk in the house.

The steady riding during the week, and 1 additional ride on the weekend (I did 20 miles last night) on top of all my regular activities has proven a good burn for me, and is providing a calorie deficit that is much larger than it feels-around 2000/day, if you add up the poundage and split it over the week-this number lines up with my log and calculations as well, +-, so I know it is on.

Anyway, a long-winded post without much of a point, but I figured I would put my experiences out there, as I know that there are others on the same path as me.

My goal is to be at 210 by 12/1/2008, and I am going to try a short term push goal of getting under 230 by August 1. That is a stretch, but I go on vacation that day, and it would be a good milestone point.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:23 AM   #2
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So, I have been commuting 10 miles each way 80% of the time since late May, and in the last 2 weeks or so, really buckled down on the diet, tracking the cals, etc, of EVERYTHING that went in my piehole, even the not so good stuff like beer, etc, and have forced myself to stay within 1800-2200 calories max per day.

I set weigh in day to be Monday. Back in May I started at around 250ish (I am 5'11"). Last Monday I was at 241.5. Today's weigh-in Got me under 240 at 237.5, for a drop of 4lbs in the past week!! That progress has been my best encouragement yet!

Funnily, I do not feel deprived at all on this cal count. I won't call it a diet, since it is not really a plan or group of target foods so much as just eating sensibly and regularly. I have eliminated chips and soda in general, but I still enjoy beer, and I had hot dogs and stuff this past weekend. It just all needs to be accounted for in the log. What I found is by not prohibiting anything, there really is less urge to 'cheat', and If I have the nibblies, I just eat something on hand like Kashi bars or something, since there isnt any junk in the house.

The steady riding during the week, and 1 additional ride on the weekend (I did 20 miles last night) on top of all my regular activities has proven a good burn for me, and is providing a calorie deficit that is much larger than it feels-around 2000/day, if you add up the poundage and split it over the week-this number lines up with my log and calculations as well, +-, so I know it is on.

Anyway, a long-winded post without much of a point, but I figured I would put my experiences out there, as I know that there are others on the same path as me.

My goal is to be at 210 by 12/1/2008, and I am going to try a short term push goal of getting under 230 by August 1. That is a stretch, but I go on vacation that day, and it would be a good milestone point.
I disagree. It's not a long winded or pointless post at all. I'm glad to read it, and I'm sure others will take encouragement from your progress.
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Old 07-21-08, 03:34 PM   #3
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This is my first post here after lurking for the last week or so, but I had to say that I agree with The Historian.

My wife and I just "rediscovered" biking in our early 30s. Although we started on it as something fun to do together, we were both pretty excited about finding a fun way of getting some much needed exercise. I gained 10lbs after changing jobs earlier this year, putting me at 285. I took 5 of that off through diet and walking at lunch.

I'm hoping to take much more off before a Hawaiian cruise next April. Posts like this encourage those thoughts, please keep it up.
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Good job, and thanks for posting. I like the encouraging posts. One of the main reasons I hang out here.
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Old 07-21-08, 07:15 PM   #5
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Great job woo hoo. Very inspiring. I think we are on the same non-Diet. I am a woman - and do not write my food down - only because I have a history if being compulsive with food and dieting - so writing it down makes me focus on food - and I need to not do that...but I travel Mon - Thursday and try and watch what I eat so I can lose weight.
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Good job dude. I am basically in the EXACT same boat as you (height, weight, and I started biking again this March too). I hope you reach your goals.
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I did not know 'funnily' was a word until just now.


Good job on the weight loss. Keep it up!
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That's some solid progress. Just remember that a rough goal is to not lose more than 1% of your body weight per week consistently, that can lead to some nutritional imbalances and can send you into ketosis.

Still, rock on, man!
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Thx for the feedback folks! I hope to be able to keep up the good progress.

Regarding the % loss per week, I am aware of this, and I am going to be monitoring/modifying as necessary. I don't want to lose to quickly in any event, as that type of swing only tends to swing 'the other way' at some point. Rather, I would like a steady, predictable, and repeatable process. The 4lbs in a week was a bit of a surprise to me, but I think that it also had to do with my body evening out a bit after modifying the diet a bit, specifically w/ sodium and water, etc, as well as a 'busier than normal' week of activity and exercise.
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Good deal. I ride in about 5 miles one way, 3ish times a week now due to my wife's schedule. 1800-2200 sounds like a good place to be (Its where I hang out in, at 279), though online maintenance calculators can sometimes be maddeningly frustrating. A lot of what ive read suggests that 'dieting' is a road to failure and than you can eat anything, provided you just keep track of it, an burn accordingly. That is somewhat of a generalization, but for those non-dieticians among us, I think it works. I weigh daily ish, keep track of the rolling average, and track calories as much as possible with DailyPlate.com or something like that. I use actual menus if I can get them from FF places, that is a HUGE help. As long as my calories stay in a range, and my average weight keeps going down, im doing okay. REM up to 10lbs ish of you can be water at a time, and another couple of lbs of 'other stuff' so even scale weight can be misleading unless you have lots of data to look at.

ON a progress note, here is my BF from June to present. Anything in the green range signifies a measurement consistent with lowering BF. The Blue line is the Average, and the green ticks at the bottom are actual measurements.
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Good deal. I ride in about 5 miles one way, 3ish times a week now due to my wife's schedule. 1800-2200 sounds like a good place to be (Its where I hang out in, at 279), though online maintenance calculators can sometimes be maddeningly frustrating. A lot of what ive read suggests that 'dieting' is a road to failure and than you can eat anything, provided you just keep track of it, an burn accordingly. That is somewhat of a generalization, but for those non-dieticians among us, I think it works. I weigh daily ish, keep track of the rolling average, and track calories as much as possible with DailyPlate.com or something like that. I use actual menus if I can get them from FF places, that is a HUGE help. As long as my calories stay in a range, and my average weight keeps going down, im doing okay. REM up to 10lbs ish of you can be water at a time, and another couple of lbs of 'other stuff' so even scale weight can be misleading unless you have lots of data to look at.

ON a progress note, here is my BF from June to present. Anything in the green range signifies a measurement consistent with lowering BF. The Blue line is the Average, and the green ticks at the bottom are actual measurements.
Agreed on the diet comments. I don't want to start eliminating anything-that implies 'temporary'. This is going to be how I conduct myself for hopefully as long as I am on the right side of the grass. Sensible consumption FTW!

How are you measuring your BF?
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That's great! Keep it up.
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I use the Army tape method. It's not great, but it's standardized at least. Three measurements of the neck and three measurements of the abdomen, then plug them in to a predefined formula. It runs within 5% for about an 80% section of the population, and is prone to error depending on who is doing it. If you standardize as much of it as you can, e.g. you doing the taping the same way every time, you can alleviate some of the error out of it. Its a tracking metric, nothing more. I tape myself, figure up my BF and then plug it into physicsdiet.com.

http://550cord.com/products/info.asp?ProductID=7 - the Army calc, and APFT calculator (just to see what a he man I'm not anymore!)

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