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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 04-27-09, 10:00 PM   #1
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This is me, not where I want to be.

This is a current photo of me, as of today I weigh 516.2 lbs. That is down 4lbs from last week. I haven't found my bike yet but it is calling my name I plan to keep this post going with my progress and I am glad for any support or inspiration everyone has to offer. Because of this forum I know not only can it be done but it has been done.
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Old 04-27-09, 10:06 PM   #2
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We'll all be glad to help you along in your journey. You're right, it CAN be done.

By the way, here's a hint. Take a monthly pic, and look over a time span. Over about 5-6 months, you'll start to see a noticeable change, andf that's a huge motivator.

A word of warning, though.....

As time goes on, you will hit slowdowns and plateaus......don't let them discourage you. It happens to all of us.

You can go from this:


To this, though:
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Old 04-27-09, 10:07 PM   #3
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Well done. You've started down the path. Way to go, and remember that there are folks here to talk with whenever you need to. Sometimes they're even entertaining.
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Good point about the plateau, I dropped about 20kg then stopped and stayed there for a few months (admittedly I hadn't really changed what I was eating), I now seem to be going again and have lost another 5kg in the last month or so.

Don't get discouraged. It's easy to lose heart, think it's all useless and revert to your bad habits, but stick with it, it is worth it.
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Congatulations on making the decison of a lifetime.Please do keep us posted on your progress, even if it's a zero weight loss but still working at it. Remeber we didn't get this way over night and it will take a while to reach our goals. The important thing is that from here on out, you are headed in the right direction.We've heard from Tom, now we need Ben. Where the heck has he been, besides training for the death race on gravel roads, that is?Don['t hesitate to ask any questions you come up with concerning anything. Not that we'll know all the answers, but I bet we can help steer you to the right resources.Welcome to the forum!
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Old 04-29-09, 07:31 AM   #6
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You made the decision. That's the biggest huddle you will have to jump over. Now its just tracking what you eat, eating better stuff, and moving more. Just get up every day and make better choices on eating, lifestyle, and exercise. Take one day at a time.

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I would suggest that you start walking 30 min a day, even if you have to sit and take a break for a 1 or 2 minutes. This will help start your endurance, but also get your schedule use to have a time slot where you will be riding later. Also, you can START TODAY. Good luck

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Yes, welcome! keep us informed of your progress. Like dbikingman says walking is also good, its not all cycling take it when you can get it and good luck with your new direction
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most definitely, My legs were really sore this morning so I just walked for about 2.50 miles. That felt pretty good too. Change it up. But the bike sure is fun is it not.
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Yeah I do walk 2 miles EVERY day @4mph at the gym then I do some circuit training. I just got my bike and am going to start riding it back and fourth to the gym approx 4 miles each way. I will post my bike in the next couple of days. Its not much but I am so glad I got it.
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It has been 2 years for me and 100LB's
2 years and 100 lbs lost with pics!!!

I did 70 lbsin a year and a half just cutting back on portions and thinking about each piece of food that went into my mouth and hit huge platue that seemed like it would never break but them joined Weight Watchers and lost the last 30 in 10 weeks with there program which helps not only with weight los but the intire lifestyle change that I needed. What I noticed after joining is that I was not eating enough food to burn fat the stored fat and now it seems like I eat more than I ever did on the last diet bit Im consistanly loosing weight every week!!! Join the Watchers and stay for the meetings I find mine insperational and everyone that works there is a liftime member which means they have been in a situation like yours and know the obstacles that you will face and are there to help!!!
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I'm glad you're hear. You and everyone else keep me motivated. I was 475 a few months back, I weighed in today at 454. I'm glad to be back on a bike and I'm glad you are too. Keep up the good work and keep posting.
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Old 04-29-09, 11:53 PM   #13
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Takingcontrol - congrats on taking your first steps on a different path!
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Old 04-30-09, 01:41 AM   #14
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Good luck, Takingcontrol. There are a lot of good people here to offer advice, answer questions and help motivate.
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Old 04-30-09, 07:01 AM   #15
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Taking Control, no dissing on your bike allowed! The moment you commited to riding it. it became the best bike in the world.
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Old 05-02-09, 08:39 PM   #16
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My new baby

This is a pic of my new joy... my first in 15 years
Got it from this place that does some customization just for their shop http://www.citybikes.coop/citybike.html
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Old 05-02-09, 08:46 PM   #17
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Bike looks great, keep it maintained and it should serve you well. I might suggest getting a back up as a broken bike is the best excuse not to ride.
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Old 05-02-09, 08:56 PM   #18
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lol sounds good..... uhhh it will have to wait a few months cause I is poe. Maybey i will have some extra money after the start of fall term.
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takingcontrol, first of all, glad to see you here and starting to ride. I noticed in another post that you will be going to OSU. Will you live in Corvallis, or are you driving from farther away? If you have privacy concerns, send me a PM, I knows some places around there to ride if you are interested.
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no privacy issues I live in Independence and would love to hear from you
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Independence has some nice places to ride, I often ride up to the Buena Vista area for some of my rides.
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Old 05-03-09, 11:19 AM   #22
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Well I did it my first goal with my new bike was to ride the 4 miles to the gym, walk my two miles on the treadmill then ride the four miles home and I did no problems except I now know that I need some sort of bike shorts. Can u say uncomfortable lol but other then my fingers going a little numb all went well. I think doing cardio everyday for three weeks before attempting this helped ALOT. I had no breathing problems whatsoever. anyway weigh in is tomorrow (hoping for 6) I will post how much I lost this last week then
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Good place to buy bigger shorts that fit right. http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ Congrats on the progress.
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A bigger seat may help more than shorts, it will distribute the load over a wider area. Save your other seat as you'll be needing it again soon.
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I think it is the shorts, when I say uncomfortable I mean my underwear crawling places it has no business being the seat feels fine for the distances i am riding atm
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