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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 10-10-08, 06:22 PM   #1
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When did you start to notice?

When did you really start to notice your weight loss? Today we made a trip to REI to pick up a few things (frame pump, cable puller, pedal wrench, tire lever) and they had a full length mirror sitting in one of the sections. I walked by it and really noticed for the first time how much weight I've lost. That's very motivating!

So I'm down 42 pounds as of yesterday morning, that's 5 inches or so around my waist. I started this journey in late April. Today is the first time it really sunk in. We don't have any mirrors like that here at the house, so I haven't had a good look until today.

When did you really notice?

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Old 10-10-08, 06:24 PM   #2
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After Two Months.
A neighbor saw me and said WOW!
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Old 10-10-08, 06:55 PM   #3
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I lost 25 lbs during the past winter and when I dug out my shorts in May they were loose on me!

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Old 10-10-08, 08:41 PM   #4
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When I was in college a couple of God-botherers came over to the house early on Saturday. They woke me up and I pulled on some jeans to go downstairs and open the door. While I was standing there trying to be polite I had to keep hitching up my pants. At some point I forgot about it, shortly thereafter, my pants fell down around my knees.
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Old 10-10-08, 08:47 PM   #5
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I woke up one morning, and reached out an arm to turn off the alarm...and my arm looked slim. Cool!!
Way too many hobbies...
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Old 10-10-08, 10:12 PM   #6
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After the first two weeks - 16 or so pounds lost - my underwear didn't fit properly.

Other people didn't start noticing my weight loss until I'd dropped 40 pounds or so.
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Old 10-11-08, 08:06 AM   #7
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I had some people start noticing after 15-20 pounds, and it has been a steady stream since then. I have now lost 70 pounds and people are still coming up to me for the first time and asking me if I have lost weight. The strange thing is that my firends here have never known me when I was not huge. I was over 300 pounds when I moved here 7 years ago.

There have been a few times when it hits me that I have lost weight. A few months ago, my wedding ring fell off for the first time. Last night my wife was editing some home video from Christmas last year. I looked at it and could not believe that I was that huge 9 months ago.
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Old 10-11-08, 08:25 AM   #8
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When the scale read what my driver's license said
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Old 10-11-08, 08:54 AM   #9
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When the scale read what my driver's license said
That's the funny thing about drivers licences, many of them include a weight, but the renewal application doesn't include a column to update that weight, so it reads the same now as it did when you first got your licence.... I do notice that the Ontario drivers licence does not include the weight, not sure whether this will be added to the enhanced drivers licence they are bringing out or not......
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Old 10-11-08, 09:04 AM   #10
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When I modified my diet. Over the past 3 years I rode 10,000 miles and never lost a single pound. Only when I started watching my serving sizes and intake (with Fitday) did things change. I have lost 25 pounds in the past 2 months.

It takes exercise AND diet. Biking alone wont do it.
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Old 10-11-08, 10:44 AM   #11
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When I get on the scale? My problem is about 20 - 30 pounds of fat, it has been in and out so often, I am sure those lard cells are having continuous de javu. Keeping off dinners and biking usually gets me lower, but trip back to Prague - beer with my buddies and the food from my mom - easily tips the scale again.
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Old 10-11-08, 11:18 AM   #12
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My first two months produced almost no weight loss. I noticed that I was slimming, but my scale wouldn't budge. I found that I was eating healthy snacks to support the extra calories needed, the furnace needed fuel.

The second and third month provided a 18 Lbs weight loss.

Most of my cloths are now very loose fitting. More importantantly, I maintain a much stronger metabolism and I feel great!

When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
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Old 10-11-08, 11:43 AM   #13
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It was about 6 month ago at a LBS. I had lost about 70 lbs that year but it still had not sunk in. Just for laughs I tried on a cycling jersey. I knew it would look soooo bad. I put it on, looked in the mirror. It looked pretty darn good. However I still needed to ask a sales person if they thought it fit me. I guess To many years of weighting >250 lbs had mess with my body image. I am still getting use to being 185lbs.
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Old 10-11-08, 03:19 PM   #14
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When I had to get rid of most all of my clothes because they didn't fit any more.
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Old 10-11-08, 08:54 PM   #15
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I found some tee shirts that actually fit halfway decently for a woman my size--I'm pear-shaped, and most plus-sized clothing is for apple-shaped people, so the shirts hang uncomfortably off my shoulders if they're big enough for my hips. When I got back to work after a vacation of slightly more than a week, 5 people commented that I look like I've lost weight. And that came not long after Beanz asked if I'd lost weight. A touch over 40 pounds gone now.
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Old 10-11-08, 09:02 PM   #16
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When I had to get rid of most all of my clothes because they didn't fit any more.
For me that came at the 60 and 120 pound lost marks. My waist went from a 60 to a 46. My local Goodwill stores got some very hefty donations in 2006 and 2007.
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Old 10-11-08, 09:37 PM   #17
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When my wife looked over at me in bed and said "you're half the man you were 6 months ago....and I like it".
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Old 10-12-08, 06:30 PM   #18
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To give you an example of how fat I was... The first people to really notice my weight loss where the employees at the bagel place and the pizza place. Ha! Only took a bout a year of work for that. Four years later, and now I get smiles from girls, and not the disgusted "what the #### are you looking at" look...

Best decision I've ever made in life!
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