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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 01-14-09, 05:50 PM   #1
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Athena's are tough!

Well mine is anyway! As some may recall, my lovely wife trained for and completed a triathalon last fall, loosig 45 pounds in the process. She was motivated by her diagnosis of type two diabetes. Well, she had a doctor visit the other day, and he was pleased! He commented on her training and weight loss, told her to keep it up. Which she will. He also took her off of one of the two diabetes meds she was on. I'm so proud of her getting her blood sugar under control. She has worked hard on it. She is hoping to be able to ditch the other med some day. She is starting training for another tri soon, and has been re-motivated to work on more wieght loss. The Healthy Clyde thread from Mr. Beanz made me think of this, but I hate to hijack. Even from Beanz...
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Old 01-14-09, 05:57 PM   #2
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Wow! That's cool! Now that's an improvement in life, that's tough! I hope that I can be that tough if I'm ever slapped with the news! Heck, I wish I were that tough right now!
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Well mine is anyway! As some may recall, my lovely wife trained for and completed a triathalon last fall, loosig 45 pounds in the process. She was motivated by her diagnosis of type two diabetes. Well, she had a doctor visit the other day, and he was pleased! He commented on her training and weight loss, told her to keep it up. Which she will. He also took her off of one of the two diabetes meds she was on. I'm so proud of her getting her blood sugar under control. She has worked hard on it. She is hoping to be able to ditch the other med some day. She is starting training for another tri soon, and has been re-motivated to work on more wieght loss. The Healthy Clyde thread from Mr. Beanz made me think of this, but I hate to hijack. Even from Beanz...
1000 Congrats to your wife! My husband has been through similar trials. He was diagnosed with type 2 about 5 years ago. After we learned more (10 hours training with doctors & nutritionists), we found it appalling that his doctor 5 years prior told him he had "pre-diabetes" but did not give any instruction on what to eat, exercise, or how to take care of his condition. Today I'm so proud to say that he's been med-free for about 4 years, managing his type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise. He lost a total of about 60 lbs playing soccer at first, now cycling he keeps it off.

Your wife and my husband prove it can be done!

I'm struggling to follow in his footsteps.
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Old 01-14-09, 09:13 PM   #4
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Yes, they are tough. Hope you don't mind my including my Gina!....Back in 2000 Gina donated a kidney to a family member. In order to prep for the surgry, she trained on the bike. We did a century on the tandem the weekend before the surgery. That was her goal to get fit for the day in order to help her recovery.

She did the donation then within a week she was back on the bike. Only a couple of times up and down the block on her hybrid but she was on her way back. Her back muscles were cut for the removal which is more difficult than the recipient's part. She now has a 10 inch scar on her side. She returned toriding about a month after the surgery. About 3 months later, she was doing 40 mile rides. She did ease the pace for a while after some of the plumbing from the bladder and kidney were rerouted.

I did show this thread to Gina. She said "wow, I couldn't do that!". She says the discipline and determination your wife shows is much more difficult than just getting back on the bike to ride!

Well I think Gina is tough too!

She was bummed as a month or so after her surgery, the removal process turned to an orthoscopic procedure leaving only a one inch scar. This is her 10 incher!

Taken just a few minutes ago!
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Old 01-15-09, 04:31 PM   #5
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I think Gina's awsome.
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Here's to Gina!
My mother is a kidney-pancreas transplant recip. Two donors saved my mother's life.

If YOU are not an organ donor...why not?! :-)
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