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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 06-04-09, 03:14 PM   #1
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From Clyde to Non Clyde (Photos)

Should have done this a long time ago. I'll actually attribute most of the drastic weight loss to running. I got into biking when I was "thinner" somewhat and without a doubt it's as much a staple as running is to me now. And I swear by yoga now as well. Yoga is the real deal.

Me at around 300 lbs. taken in 2003.



Me a few months ago.



And me without the bike garb.



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Old 06-04-09, 03:24 PM   #2
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Good job! You look awesome..
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Old 06-04-09, 03:26 PM   #3
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Dieting as well. 2000 cals per day net meaning if I run off 600 calories I can eat 2600. Usually I never eat back all the exercise calories though.

Right now I'm on 1750 net. My plan right now is to go from 190 to 180. I got to 190 and I've been maintaining about a year but have decided to go for "stick man".

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Crazy, great job!
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That's awesome - congratulations! How tall are you?
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Good work, congratulations!
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Hey Handsome - Awesome job!
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Man, that's amazing? Did ya have to give up beer/wine?

Congrats TrekJapan, great job.
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Old 06-04-09, 11:52 PM   #10
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I'm about 5'10" on a good day.

And to answer the question about beer.....Yes. I gave it up initially. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and really really got reamed by the doctor for basically everything. BP, Cholesterol, everything. He made me non-deployable (I'm a US Gov. employee with a mobility agreement. Non deployable means unemployed or transferred to a desk at HQ).

I gave up everything, got my health under control. Lost some weight, gooned up and yo-yo'd back up and about a year or so ago said FI and decided to play the game for real.

I did give up beer along the way a couple times. I've been 190 for quite some time and I drink on Friday's only and not every Friday but I factor it in. Today I ran 5 miles, did 4 utility bike rides, and walked 3 miles. I've eaten back only my exercise calories which means I could drink 2000 cals in alcohol and maintain. Not likely I can drink 2000 cals on an empty stomach. So I drink till I'm buzzed and go home. It's about meeting some buds for beers and going home early, not staying out all night for me.

If you want to lose and be done with give up the beers for a bit. I think I recall giving it up for 4-5 months once. Not much in the great scheme of things.

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wow man... i'd never put the before and after pics together as the same person...

awesome job... some real insperation... I need to get my arse working out and eating better again... i've managed to keep 30lbs off for over a year but realy thats nothing to write home about :-/
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Oh, thanks for the pics and the story! I'm sure that will be an inspiration for many.
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God i hope my wife doesn't see your post!!!
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You look great! So tell us about your running program. Did you start running at 300lbs or did you do something in between?. I used to be a runner but it is hard because of my weight causes much pain. Do you have any tips for Clydes starting a running program? How long did it take for you to get to your present weight? Did you diet at the same time?
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inspirational good job
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spikedog,

I started running shortly after the doctor got on me in I think 2003 or 2004. He wanted to put me on all kinds of medicine and I refused. Told him I was too fat and I'd fix it. He basically gave me the "yeah right" response.

He finally agreed to let me go 90 days without meds. After 30 days he calls me in and says he was irresponsible to let me leave and to come in for the scrips. I get in the office and I'm down like 35 lbs. or so and my numbers where were they were supposed to be.

At this point I had been swimming laps. What a hard thing that was. Not to swim laps but to take my shirt off at a Marine Corps pool. I swallowed my pride and let er all hang out and swam off 35 lbs. while eating 2000 calories daily and keeping a food log.

Right after this I went TAD to Pax River Maryland and I was staying in the BOQ and there was a ridiculous winter storm and I was basically stuck. So I'm bored to tears and there's a treadmill in the room next to me.

I've got no running shoes, no white socks and no work out gear. So I get in there, I'm 285 and I've got on black socks, boxers and a T shirt. And I ran a mile.

Did it the next day and the next and for a week in row.

Flew back home to Japan and decided to run outside. So I hit the track on base. I squeeze out a half mile before my chest almost pops and I turn crimson red.

Really really made me mad that I could only run a half mile in the real world and a mile on the treadmill. At that point I knew nothing about anything.

So I started running daily starting with a half mile and going just a little further every day. Next thing you know it was a mile, then two, then a 5K race.

The great thing was that I had some SUPER friends who really really supported me. Guys that were 15 minute 5K runners would run with me at lunch or before work. Poor guys.

Won a raffle at my very first 5K race in Iwakuni Japan and won a freaking CAR. That's right. I won a car at my first race.

Then I trained for and did a mini triathlon. I came in third to last. Did the biking part with a POS walmart mountain bike. The two guys that finished after me were goofing around wearing costumes and stuff so for all intensive purposes I came in last. BUT I FINISHED and I never stopped.

Got in the car that day with my wife and broke down and cried like a little girl. The fat guy that was near death (according to the doctor) just ran a mini triathlon and finished it.

Then I moved to CA and trained for an ran a half marathon. After the half marathon I decided to give myself a break and promptly gained about 35 or 40 lbs.

Went back to Japan and a GOOD FRIEND (seriously) told me one night over beers what an a**hole idiot numbskull I was for whipping myself into shape and letting myself get fat again.

Everytime I see the guy which isn't all that much I thank him for that speech. Right around the same time my father died. I could tell you medically why he died but he basically died of death by fork. He wasn't big and fat but he never ate right in his whole life. German Dutch. Fried bologna sandwiches for lunch for 30 years.

So I woke up from my slumber and got busy. And I have to accept the fact that I can never allow myself to slack again. I have to work at it and now I'm positively addicted to running, biking and yoga. I can count on one hand the number of days I haven't exercised at all period in the last year.

Sorry so long but I'm very passionate about this journey. I learned more about me along the way than I wanted and not all of it was good.

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Cool. Tell it like it is. I have found running to be the best way to lose weight but at my size, I have to watch injuries. I swim now. It is good exercise but nothing like running. I once was a running maniac. Would love to get there again.

But you have to start somewhere. You are living proof.
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I think swimming is probably the best of all worlds and I think when I swim regularly I lose weight faster and pick up tone quick as well. I'm not swimming that much these days. I literally have a pool right across the street from me at work. When I get stressed or bored I walk across the street and swim laps. Also I go on days when it's pouring down rain as well. Funny. Nobody comes to the outdoor pool when it's raining. What the heck? You're getting wet anyway.

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Should have done this a long time ago. I'll actually attribute most of the drastic weight loss to running. I got into biking when I was "thinner" somewhat and without a doubt it's as much a staple as running is to me now. And I swear by yoga now as well. Yoga is the real deal.
Let me add my congratulations. I too cycle, about 70 mile /week in winter and variably up to almost 200/week in nice weather, and do yoga. I find that they are quite complimentary, though I think of cycling as the real deal . I find if I don't cycle for a few days, I can't perform some of my extreme positions. IMO yoga improves my core body strength, breathing, and what I think of as my "energy management."

BTW, I learned yoga through a book, Richard Hittleman's Yoga 28 Day Excercise Plan. He shows you about 20 or so positions over 28 days then provides a three day cycle of the positions. I try to do it daily. I find it effective - I can do a headstand - though I suppose I am a dilettante. Instead of a special yoga mat and soothing music, I do it on a carpet listening to talk shows.
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Wow, that's great and inspirational.. I got a scare about 7 years ago and have been altering course like a super tanker not a frigate ever since. Mostly runner training for first full marathon after running two halfs and some 8s and 10s - biking is my cross training.

Logging, for me, has been the best thing. Use iphone app Lose It! so I can log as I eat rather than at end of day. Makes all the difference. Even at goal weight I will be a Clyde still (at 6'4" tough to be under 200). I now realize that the changes I am making have to be permanent rather than health vacation from an unhealthy lifetsyle.
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Great job and great story to boot! What kind of yoga did you start out with? Did you take classes or watch DVD's?

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I'm a little taller, but about the same build. I lost 50 a couple years ago and most of it has crept back.
Doc said she was going to have to up my BP meds...that got me back on the bike. I'm down to around 280. I have to REALLY focus to drop lower than that. I know I can do it. I've done it before....and now we have inspirations like you.
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V,

I've no idea what yoga it is. It's called "Yoga Flow" and it's a free class offered at the gym on the military base here. Definitely one of the perks of working at a military base as a civilian is access to the gym and all its programs for free.

As far as what discipline the yoga is I'm not really sure. I know I can usually only go twice a week because the pain the next morning is a kicker. Good pain. Not bad pain.

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Congrats! Tom, I think we need a certificate!
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I got a certificate a long time ago. I announced my non Clyde status here some time back and Tom hooked me up. I lurk here quite a bit still and chime in every once in a while.

While not technically a Clyde I can relate to you guys and gals probably better than the super road biker crowd.

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