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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 08-10-08, 03:38 PM   #1
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Calorie questions and the weight loss home stretch challenge

Well... I'm now down 35 pounds since April. Today I am 215, starting out at 250. Age is 62, height is 5'10".
I'm biking as much as I can... typically 80-110 miles a week, with time squeezed away from two jobs, family and other responsibilities.
I am also watching my diet. Trying to consume no more than a net of 1,600 a day (which, with the calories burned from biking, is really more like 2500 gross).
Wonder how other losing Clydes are doing it?
And like others, I see skin that is pretty loose.
I'm also starting to worry about winter and the forced time off the bike. I have an elliptical trainer I'll use during the winter and plan to add weight workouts come fall.
My first goal is to be under 200 by end of '08... then to 180 by summer of '09. But these last 15 pounds are coming off much slower now.
This is the best I've done in decades.... but I can't stop now. Wonder how others are doing it and whether I need to adjust anything.
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Old 08-10-08, 03:50 PM   #2
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I Started On Feb.6 2008 At 380 Lbs. I'm Now At 277 Lbs. I'm On A All Organic Diet And I Try To Ride Every Other Day About 10-15 Miles Other Than That I Work In The Hvac Industry So Needless To So It Gets A Little Hot At Work. I Hate All The Loose Skin I'll Start Weight Training When The Weather Starts To Cool. I Loss Alot Of Weight Fast But It Now Slowed To About 1 Or 2 Lbs. Every Two Weeks. I Hope To Loose Another 50 Lbs Before Next Year.
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Old 08-10-08, 04:25 PM   #3
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congrats!

As for me, I started biking in late May, and started overhauling my diet in late June.

I am 5'11"
started at 250lbs, and I am now down to 230lbs.

I bike to and from work every day, 10 miles each way. I also try to fit in an additional 20 or 30 miles per week by stretching the home leg of my commute, and riding on a weekend day, as well as short errands.

I have been using fitday.com to monitor my calorie and dietary intake, and I try to stay within 1800-2200 calories consumed. with my activities and exercise, this can sometimes equate to a 2000 calorie deficit per day, though it is usually a bit less. I average about 3lbs lost per week.

Skin not too loose, just around my gut, which has shrunk a lot. I feel better all around, and love biking now.
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Old 08-10-08, 05:10 PM   #4
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Ok - It' s the bee - I am down 30 pounds since April with about 50-65 to go. Though with all this riding I may have a bunch of muscle and end up only losing like 50 more . So I am here on the weight loss plane for a while...And when I am not losing any more it's still all about a way of life. So once I reach my goal the eating does not really change - more like the body levels off. So hopefully I will have a new way of eating by then that becomes my way of eating...if that makes any sense.


Anyway - I do not see biking as my form of exercise (80+ miles this weekend - so I am sure it is exercise...) Really I hit the gym 3 to 5 times per week - do 10 minutes on the revolving staircase (hardest exercise I have found including bike rides up hills I can climb), elliptical 40 minutes with a workout on my ipod from itrain.com and then the pushups (see Pushup thread) and weights...so I say start seeng the bike as extra - and hit the elliptical now so it becomes the habit. A few extra workout won't hurt. I know you are really busy - but maybe while watching the news.... Just my 2 cents.... Insurance plan for winter...takes 3 weeks for something to become a habit....


Anyway Great job - and great post!

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Old 08-10-08, 07:01 PM   #5
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Forgot to mention my winter plans: keep biking to work as long as the road are clear. I understand that there will be less opportunity, however, so I plan on supplementing it with regular gym visits. My wife and I joined a new gym that opens in September that has a nice pool, basketball courts, and a lot of equipment. It is on my commute, and offers a lot more than the free gym at work. I can bike there in no time, so it is good that way as well. It was worth it to try, since they were running a big discount for 'charter' members-those who sign up before it opens-the discount was almost 50% and is permanent.

I can't wait to start playing basketball again, tbh, and my wife loves swimming.
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Old 08-11-08, 07:40 AM   #6
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Using the standard definition of "net", a net of 1600 calories a day = an excess of 1600 calories a day. This cannot be true, since you state that you are losing weight. I think you need to check your numbers.
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Old 08-11-08, 10:31 AM   #7
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I have limited myself to 1,600 calories a day.
If I exercise for 85 minutes - as on this morning's ride - that's about 953 calories burned, based on calorieking.com stats (which is more conservative than my Garmin Edge 705 which puts the burned calories at about 1,200).
Add 953 to 1,600 and I have a total of 2,500 calories I can eat today, the 953 are bonus calories.
I used to use fitday. But even though its $40 a year, Calorieking.com is, to me, much more helpful. I write down everything I eat and every minute of exercise.
That way, I have no excuses and know, at any given time, what I can have and still stay within the 1,600 limit... which has me losing between 1 and 2 pounds a week. Plus it has trained me about nutrition and just what's in my food.
Like the AA folks, one day at a time applies to Clydes, too.
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Old 08-12-08, 12:28 PM   #8
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Been a cyclist right along... just started riding more (my 4 mile RT commute wasn't really cutting the mustard). I'm 6'2", 28 years old and started out at 245 lbs in November when I started doing Crossfit http://crossfitboston.squarespace.com/
I cut most of the sugar out of my diet (no soda and very few sugary drinks, including fruit juice) and cut back on the carbohydrates in general. I'm down 35lbs (which definitely doesn't account for gained muscle mass) and hoping to get sub 200 lbs. Haven't been tracking my caloric intake just exercising like mad (gym 3-5 times a week, riding for transportation every weekday and for fun 2-4 times a week) and changing my eating habits for the better. I think I've plateaued too but I'm not entirely sure, I would definitely like to take off another 10-15 lbs.
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Old 08-13-08, 04:21 PM   #9
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Jan 1 I was around 260. After beginning a workout routine and restricting my calories to around 1600-1750, I was able to drop 50 pounds in 4 months. As of last week, I've really been pushing myself on the bike. I've completed 2 of the hardest as well as longest rides I've ever been on. This week I've gone a total of 62 miles. I've also celebrated my 34 birthday yesterday (Aug 12). I've never felt so alive! My goal was to be at 195 but after getting down to my current weight of 208 I just had to challenge myself to do better. So my new goal is 180-185 I haven't weighed that little since puberty hahaha. I've been fat all my life, but now I'm just a little over weight!!! Only 23 pounds to go!
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Old 08-14-08, 03:31 AM   #10
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I'm inspired by the efforts and results discussed by you all. I've starting putting my 55 year old body, with back issues, into pedal motion and have seen a shift from 6'/310 to 295 in a couple months. Now I'm encouraged and looking for a better bike.

I hope to regain the joy I had with riding and that this motivation develops into an aim. Goalsetting for me right now is that simple...to enjoy motion. (big shift from recent movement patterns/non-movement) Results will follow.

Thanks for posting your experience...it is fuel for the fire!
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