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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 11-01-08, 08:23 AM   #1
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How long have you been losing weight and/or riding?

I just though of this because yesterday was my one year anniversary of beginning my weight loss. I'm down about 67 lbs. However, it's only been a bit over six months since I bought a bike.

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It's been an up and down battle, but I seriously kicked into gear this year and have worked off 20+ pounds and covered a bit more than 1000 miles. Half with my husky for company and half solo. Dog gained 3 pounds in solid muscle.
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Started riding at 260 lbs 13 yearsa go. After being taunted by a couple of 150 lb friends on some mtn climbs, I decide to train my butt off. I just wanted to take them to school and kick their arses. I watched my diet and really pushed myself while riding. Dropped down to 218 lbs (the pic). I increased my mileage from 4,000 to 7,300.

Needless to say, I own them now!.........Well, they won't ride with me anymore so I got comfy and put some weight back on. Ride with the wife now so I don't push myself like I did. Back up to 245. When I find someone that I want to punish, I'll start training again!

I don't ride to lose weight, just staying healthy. My belief is that too many cyclists think too much into the scientific view of losing weight. Counting calories, heartrate, eating carb to protein ratios. I say eat sensible and punish your arse while riding up some big mtn climbs. The weight will fall off. Not many people willing to do the hard work. They'd rather sit around and read about the studies and and scientific theories!

About 3 years ago after some hard work! Now I'm just lazy!
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I started at the very end of April. I've lost 47 pounds to date. Ridden 2640 miles.
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I haven't used biking as weight loss. I have used my life style change and biking is one part of my life style change. I changed eating habits, exercise habits, reading and TV habits. More time on my feet and less time on my ARSE, as Mr. Beans calls it.
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Old 11-01-08, 09:37 AM   #6
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I just though of this because yesterday was my one year anniversary of beginning my weight loss. I'm down about 67 lbs. However, it's only been a bit over six months since I bought a bike.

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Congratulations on the weight loss.

My anniversary is December 21, 2005, when I was hospitalized with a suspected heart attack. It was a false alarm, thank God. But it was the last straw. Laying in the cardiac ward, having blood drawn every two hours - this was my future unless I decided to change it. I was 400 pounds, give or take a few. I've made changes, and continue to make changes, to my lifestyle. I was down more than 150 pounds, although I've put some back on.

My cycling anniversary is December 24, 2006. I took my first bike ride, never having learned as a child. One mile, one crash when a mailbox jumped in front of me ( PA doesn't have a leash law for mailboxes), and my first crisis in cycling - the chain came off and I thought I'd wrecked the bike. Good times!
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Congratulations on your accomplishment.
I started getting serious about diet and excercise (riding) in May of 2008.
Started at 335 lbs now 298 - broke the 300 mark just yesterday.
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So I lost an indeterminate amount of weight last year, had my bike stolen, gained a bunch of it back.

Got a new bike this spring, and am down maybe 20 pounds.
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I started at the very end of April. I've lost 47 pounds to date. Ridden 2640 miles.
I started riding about the same time, but I've only ridden about 1700 miles. That's awesome.
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I haven't used biking as weight loss. I have used my life style change and biking is one part of my life style change. I changed eating habits, exercise habits, reading and TV habits. More time on my feet and less time on my ARSE, as Mr. Beans calls it.
Oh, exactly. Like I said, the lifestyle change (and weight loss) started before I bought a bike. The bike just gives me a means to exercise that isn't boring. I've also found I can ride to work now.
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Congratulations on the weight loss.

My anniversary is December 21, 2005, when I was hospitalized with a suspected heart attack. It was a false alarm, thank God. But it was the last straw. Laying in the cardiac ward, having blood drawn every two hours - this was my future unless I decided to change it. I was 400 pounds, give or take a few. I've made changes, and continue to make changes, to my lifestyle. I was down more than 150 pounds, although I've put some back on.

My cycling anniversary is December 24, 2006. I took my first bike ride, never having learned as a child. One mile, one crash when a mailbox jumped in front of me ( PA doesn't have a leash law for mailboxes), and my first crisis in cycling - the chain came off and I thought I'd wrecked the bike. Good times!
That is an incredible achievement! Congrats to you!

Luckily I had ridden a bike a lot until I turned 16, and the magic of the automobile pulled me away from bikes. I didn't have to learn to ride, and I already knew to look out for the unleashed mailboxes.
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Started July 1st 2008. I had a physical the end of June and found out that my blood glucose was really
high. Have made major changes in my lifesyle, no more cookies, doughnuts,and alcohol. Weight is down
to 217 ( was 260) and am hoping to be below 200 by the end of the year. I am really not sure how many miles I have ridden, will try to keep track this month,but I walk 3 miles every night plus sit-ups and
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Oh, exactly. Like I said, the lifestyle change (and weight loss) started before I bought a bike. The bike just gives me a means to exercise that isn't boring. I've also found I can ride to work now.
My problem was that I coached sports for my two lovely daughters and never made time for myself to get in shape. I made the change and can probably swim farther now than I could 25+ years ago in high school. I don't think I am any better on my bicycle as far as distance goes, but maybe I am a little better there. I was a basketball and baseball player in high school, so I was always in somewhat decent shape, but was never a runner and now I can run 5 miles without dying. :-)
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Back in '85 at 245 I started riding. I actually got down to 160 after three or four years. Unfortunately, real life intruded and I stopped in '91.

Last October, at 268, with (controlled by two medications) high blood pressure and a diagnosis of diabetes, I started lifting and doing some walking. I started riding again September 1st. I'm now down to 190, and I've ridden slightly over 750 miles in the last two months.

I'm off the beta blocker and my metformin prescription was cut in half a couple months ago. I'm expecting to be totally off the metformin at my next checkup, and hopefully off the remaining BP medication also.
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[QUOTE=The Historian;7773395] One mile, one crash when a mailbox jumped in front of me QUOTE]

You were supposed to yield. Inanimate objects always have the right of way.

Back to the OP, I lost 120 pounds in a year and a half of biking and counting calories. In the year and a half since, I put 3 pounds back on, but it's all muscle, I'm sure.
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You were supposed to yield. Inanimate objects always have the right of way.
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Joined the Y in August 2007. Bought the bike in December 2007. Without putting a tremendous effort into it (not nearly as much as I should be!!), I'm down 40 lbs overall, and not sure how much in inches in assorted places.
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Joined the Y in August 2007. Bought the bike in December 2007. Without putting a tremendous effort into it (not nearly as much as I should be!!), I'm down 40 lbs overall, and not sure how much in inches in assorted places.
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This past Christmas my extended family was sitting around complaining about being overweight (because most of us are). I finally decided that enough was enough. I had tried to lose weight a few times over the last 5 years, but it was always by just trying to eat less. That would work for a few weeks. I would take off 10-15 pounds, and then I would put 20-25. This time I decided that there had to be some exercise involved. I love playing sports, but family life and my job do not allow for a whole lot of organized sports activities. So I decided that the only solo exercise I had ever actually enjoyed was riding a bike. So January 1, 2008 I got the old mountain bike out of the garage. I bundled up and went and rode 3 miles. I thought I was going to die, but then later that week I did it again, and the next week I did it again and again, and then pretty much an average of three times a week every since then. The distances are much longer now, and the speeds are much faster, but the enjoyment just keeps getting better. In the last 10 months I have gone from 329 to 255. I had wanted to get to 225 this year, but that is not going to happen. I think that 245 will be much more realistic. I would like to get down to 200 eventually, but I have already done what I started out to do. I just wanted to be able to reengage in life. I did not want to need to shop at big and tall stores, or not be able to fit in theatre seats or any of the other things that come along with being obese. I also wanted to be able to do stuff with my kids whenever they wanted. Last week I played soccer with them for 45 minutes and they were the ones asking for a break.

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I just though of this because yesterday was my one year anniversary of beginning my weight loss. I'm down about 67 lbs. However, it's only been a bit over six months since I bought a bike.

How about you?
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Rode as kid then strictly as commuter/student for 2yrs after HS - weighed 140+ 1990. Since then I've peaked at 224lbs. Car died in Jul 2007 and have been car free ever since. Have lost 25lbs with minimal exercise and dieting. Also, the only biking I did until this year was commuting/errands/shopping.
Now I'm trying to do more recreational riding and recently finished a metric century. My diet is terrible because I eat too much of the wrong things and for the wrong reasons.
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Rode a lot in my 20s, then started again after my daughter was born 4 years ago.

Did a year of MTB, often with her in tow, then bought a cross bike. Now ride about 2000-2500 miles a year.

I'm 6'3. When i started i was 240, then fell to 220 or so and now hover around 230. I'm pleased with my fitness, resting BP and the like, and have a lot of muscle i didn't.

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Was close to 250 in June. Started riding in July and picked up a new road bike in early August. So in 4 months I am over 1,500 miles and down 25+ pounds. Next year I will make it to less than 200. The less I weigh, the easier it becomes.
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August 2006 I was 388.
As of this morning (nov 2 2008) I am 313.

I will be sub 300 by Thanksgiving.

I had about 12 months of active weightloss in those 2 years, and 12 months of maintaining, mostly the cold weather months. I HATE treadmills, and only had access to an indoor track for 3 months of that time. I've bought more cold weather gear this past week than I had in the whole past two years so this winter I won't be kept from being outside, even if I cant be on the bike.

I just bought the bike a month and a half ago, and I can most definitely tell the difference already. The weight hasn't come of much faster, but it definitely moving. The legs are stronger, and the belly a little smaller.
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I had peaked at a bit over 250 in September '07. As I approached my 48th birthday, I decided to give my mostly unused MTB to my older son as he had outgrown his bike. I was averaging maybe 10 miles a years between the age of 18 and 48 so figured he could use the bike more than I.

I found an old MTB on Craig's List for $40 and decided I'd pick it up so I'd have a bike for the couple of times a year my family dragged me out for a ride. It needed a lot of work so I started working on it. Hadn't wrenched on a bike since I was a kid but it turned out that I still enjoyed it. Started taking the bike on short test rides to check out my work and rediscovered how much fun riding was. The "test rides" got longer and more frequent and my wife started coming along.

500 miles later I was approaching the end of the year, was riding 5 - 10 miles most days and had lost some weight. I didn't intend to make a lifestyle change, it just happened. A few months into 2008, I was riding further and going weeks without a day out of the saddle. I was saving for a new MTB when I was given an old Schwinn road bike (a '77, the same year I graduated high school).

It felt wierd at first but I really liked the feel of the road bike. Picked up an old Schwinn for my wife and we started doing more distance. The money I was saving for a new MTB went to a new road bike (entry-level Schwinn but it introduced me to modern componentry). Then I bought my wife a new road bike and the miles started increasing. I'm now over 3,000 miles for 2008, lost over 30 lbs. since I returned to cycling, commuting to work most days and working to average 100 miles a week.

My wife and kids have always been in much better shape than I. We went on a camping trip last month that involved a lot of hiking. To my surprise, I had to slow down for them! I'm at 220 lbs. (a weight I hadn't seen since my early 20s), 6' 1" (I actually stand an inch taller than I was a year ago) and feel great. My weight loss has leveled off but that's OK with me. I'm riding for how it makes me feel, not what the scales read.
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