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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 02-14-09, 09:27 AM   #1
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Who were the fat kids?

Ok, who among us were fat kids? I read a lot of stories on this forum along the lines of "I gained 1XX pounds once I got married/got injured/left high school/left college/left the Marines/Air Force/Army/Navy/bowling league/Mennonite Bible Study Group/ etc....". Am I the only one who was fat, seriously fat, since childhood?

In my own case, I was pushing "husky" sizes hard even before my voice changed. When I hit 242 pounds back in the summer of 2007, I was almost exactly the weight I'd been when I graduated high school 23 years before. Except I had more muscle in 2007 than in 1984.

Am I the only 'lifer' here?
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Old 02-14-09, 09:41 AM   #2
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Count me in on that one.Lost a ton of weight in the late 70's with the "Stillman quick weght loss diet" .Gained it back and then some over the years
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I was overweight since the day I was born. Day 1 of my life started at 14lbs, 7 oz.

The only time of the year I was ever close to being fit was soccer season, but I would gain it all back after the season.

I don't remember how much I weighed when I graduated, but I think I might weigh less now than I did my senior year.
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I was a fat kid too. I lost most of it in high school. Wieghed about 190 when I graduated (6' tall). Got married at 23 and about 215. Gained steadily since then. Last year I turned 41 and broke 280. That is what brought me here and to biking.
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I gained weight the summer I turned 12 and never looked back... oh wait, that's not good. I broke my ankle early in the summer and stayed indoors eating cookies, watching soap operas for the rest of the summer. It was a very slippery slope down and I kept gaining weight each year.
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I was only fat in school when I was injured. I was always riding a bicycle or playing sports of some kind. I wish I would have been the book worm and had the memory that others have.
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Old 02-14-09, 11:00 AM   #7
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I was only fat in school when I was injured. I was always riding a bicycle or playing sports of some kind. I wish I would have been the book worm and had the memory that others have.
Hmm, I was the bookworm who should have been riding a bike or playing sports.
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I have always been bigger myself!!! Always active and always big... some of us are just lucky! LOL
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Hmm, I was the bookworm who should have been riding a bike or playing sports.
I think I should have been working harder on my education and using more of my brain. I wish I had the memory that some people have. My wife is very good with details, and that is where I am usually lacking.
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I was average build as a kid. I wasn't athletic, wasn't completely skinny, either. When I was in college, I did a lot of walking. Then got out of college, started work at a desk, and put on the weight. It's been a challenge every since. I think the heaviest I've been was maybe 285 or so.
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Sorry ... skinny kid here. Couldn't gain a pound if I wanted to.

Was that way through college, then ... something switched off!

Now I'm working off the extra pounds like everyone else.
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I weighted 260 when I graduated high school. Went off to college and realized I couldn't afford to eat. That in addition to having a kidney stone and being in too much pain to eat for a good month I got down to 160. Once I started making money and was able to eat again I got back up to 210. I've been steadily working it off again. I'm back down to 185ish. Lost it since christmas.
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Never played sports at all, my father discouraged it.

I weighed in at 225 lbs when I graduated high school... 255 after my first year of college. That "used" to be my high weight, now I'm 276 lbs after the military and marriage.

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Old 02-14-09, 02:40 PM   #14
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Funny, I was a tall skinny kid. My grandmothers were always telling me I was too darn thin and pushing food at me. When I discovered BEER in college, is when I started putting weight on. 6'-4" 210 lbs the day I joined the Army. Same height, but 175 lbs when I shipped out to the 25th Infantry Division in 1975 after basic and AIT. Steady weight gain after leaving the military in 1981, lots of diets since then, finally hit a high of 290 some years ago when I was living away from the wife and family. Got down to 246 after a summer with TOPS and some careful diets. Now back to 284, and on a no carb, low fat, high protein diet and hoping to see 240 again. Would certainly help my cycling if I could lose 45 lbs!

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Old 02-14-09, 02:48 PM   #15
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I was born fat.
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Not me, in my case I did gain weight after I got out of the service. I was super active and played all sports in school and was always doing something. Some days, I might have football and swim practice the same day or baseball and tennis. My Mom never had to worry about me getting into trouble, although I did, cause she new I was always at some type of practice or a game. We had a huge board for my brother and me to post game day or event day items for my Mom to pick and choose what she was going to attend.
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Old 02-14-09, 05:22 PM   #17
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yes i was fat at birth fat at school and a purty big ol boy now. i also wore big coke bottle glasses and wore hand me down thrift store clothes. as you can imagine i was not the most popular kid growing up.......
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Old 02-14-09, 05:22 PM   #18
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I always thought I was fat, but looking at pictures now, I was almost too skinny. I guess that's what you get for growing up in the "Twiggy" era. When I graduated high school I was about 123. I remember specifically because I wanted to join the air force and they told me I had to get to 112 before they would sign me up. I gained all this weight married to my first husband., lost it after the divorce then gained it all back with husband 2.0. Hmm... I think I'm seeing a trend here! Husbands are fattening! Who knew?
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Yeah, I was born 10#9oz and was a "chubby" kid. I liked being active but couldn't run worth ****. I remember being on a diet in 4th grade and being one of the first girls > 100#. I had several times where I lost a significant amount of weight:
* 9th grade lost 30# on the IceCream-Sandwich-Lunch diet (pocketing the leftover 30c school lunch money)
* Age 35 lost 100# as a Masters swimmer / low-fat, high-carb diet, achieved ideal weight lifetime first age 36.
* Age 50 lost 100# as a Masters swimmer / low-fat, high-carb diet plus health problems
Obviously some serious relapses in between. I am still working on the Age 50 streak.
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I was chubby as a young kid, but I was a skinny teenager. I bulked up some muscle mass at 16 through 18, then started gaining weight (fat) in my early 20s. My weight settled at around 300 lbs when I was in my mid-30s. I started losing weight October 2007, bought a bicycle in April 2008, and I have been weighing in at just under 210 for the last few days.
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I was 270, my freshman year of HS, but it was A SOLID 270. Then, I was benching 350, and playing football. Tossing hay bales and other farm work all through the Summer will build the muscle, I can guarantee ya! Especially if you're working for an Amish farmer.

Cool aspect about it: At 14 and 15, I was getting a bucket of beer with lunch, just like the other men. If you do a mans work, you got a mans drink, and Amish Hombrewed beer is spectacular!
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That is awesome!
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I wasn't really born fat, but I did steadily gain weight from about 3rd grade on... It was tough being a fat kid. I remember the first time I was called a fat kid like it was yesterday - where I was, what I was doing and who said it...one of those traumatizing memories you just never forget.

That was the past though....I studied hard in school and didn't really do much for sports, dating, all the good stuff. It wasn't until I was about 25 when I decided to change. Now, I feel better, more confidence, great job, and decent looks to boot. Just reliving all that I missed over those years, except this time I'm not missing out.

To anyone out there reading this who is on the cusp of changing their life....do it!
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I'm not real proud of the story I'm about to tell but here it goes. Now don't bad mouth my parents, there great and the best parents anyone could ask for great role models and very loving. When I was 12 years old they got in a very bad accident and I went to live with my aunt and uncle both of whom smoked like chimney's as well as both my cousins who were 1 and 3 years older than I. Well I just followed suit and was smoking full time by the time I was 12.5 years old. Did a great job of hiding that from my parents when I finally came home, at my peak I was at two packs a day, that's 25 in a pack in Canada plus a few cigars. My sisters lived with my grandparents during this time, 4 months, and they we're both very christian and no smoking there. My parents didn't even know I smoked till I was like 15 and by then I had graduated to pot as well. Up till then I had remained fairly active although slightly over wieght, then I just said screw it and stopped doing everything for like 6 years. 305lbs at age 21. Finally got off the drugs then but smoked till I was 35. As said before my parents were great I was just an idiot. After drugs I went to booze, you could say I have an addictive personality. I was always a big guy and kinda used all th evices to hide from it. Now I'm pretty happy with life, sure I still have the odd drink, like 2 or 3 a month but cycling is my new drug of choice!
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I think I should have been working harder on my education and using more of my brain. I wish I had the memory that some people have. My wife is very good with details, and that is where I am usually lacking.
I have a friend with two doctorates who has one of the worst short-term memories I've come across in a healthy fellow. He's also one of the most detailed note-takes I've ever met. There's only so much you can do with what you are given. You need to develop ways to work around what you don't have.
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