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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 08-13-09, 07:36 PM   #1
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Sorry to leave all of you...



Actually, I know I haven't posted much in this forum, but I have been impressed with all the inspirational stories. Being 6'4", falling into the Clyde category was easy for me. Throughout college I was about 220 until having that number creep up to 245 as a software developer. Hours in front of the computer and takeout food didn't seem to benefit my health, oddly enough.

A couple of years ago I got an entry-level Scattante bike from Performance (R-560) but did not start to put in any serious mileage until about a year ago. Since then, I have put in more and more miles and switched to a healthier, more balanced diet (and more moderate portions!). Sure enough, those pounds slowly but surely disappeared. Over 45 pounds lost. I haven't been this light since sometime before college. I feel much better in general, no more heartburn and I have a hobby that I really enjoy as well.

So, I'm sad I'm not officially allowed in this club any more..but hey, that was the goal!
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Old 08-13-09, 07:41 PM   #2
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Congrats on the weight loss!

Technically the Tri definition of "Clyde" is over 200 lbs or over 6 feet tall, so you get a pass on hanging out. Besides, Emeritus status still has full membership privileges.
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Old 08-13-09, 07:47 PM   #3
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Or you could consider yourself an honorary Clydesdale. But, credit to txvintage, "Emeritus" is an even better term.

In any case, congratulations and good job!
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Awesome job!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-09, 08:13 PM   #6
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Thank you Tom and all of you for the kind words! I dig the Emeritus title.
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nice...I'm not far behind weighed in today at 204lb I am also 6'4.

good work!

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You're welcome. You earned it. I came up with the Emertus Certificates a long tie ago as a small recognition of the intense effort and dedication it takes to hit a goal. I als try to award certificates for significant milestones along the way.
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Nice work! 6'4" under 200really is an accomplishment, Keep up the good work!
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Nice work! 6'4" under 200really is an accomplishment, Keep up the good work!
Thanks! I intend to keep it there too!
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Old 08-14-09, 02:04 AM   #12
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Thanks! I intend to keep it there too!
any before/after pics?

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Old 08-14-09, 03:38 AM   #13
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any before/after pics?

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Good question! A couple of photos scrounged up at 2:30 in the morning..

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Old 08-14-09, 03:41 AM   #14
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nice...I'm not far behind weighed in today at 204lb I am also 6'4.

good work!

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What weight did you start at? Any weight that you are aiming for?
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Congratulations. That's a wonderful achievement.
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Wow rallison, that is great! Congrats to you!
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I'm not sorry to see you go at all!

Excellent work, and enjoy your accomplishment (but don't actually leave, ok?).
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Good question! A couple of photos scrounged up at 2:30 in the morning..

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wow pretty noticeable difference!, especially in your face

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What weight did you start at? Any weight that you are aiming for?
Started at 219lb and currently at 203,(as of today) shooting for 185-190. then going to start doing P90X and get some lean muscle going...I've done quite a bit of cross-fit and P90X before...it's no joke!

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Congratulations!

Stories such as yours are one reason I come to this forum. I need the inspiration to keep going on my journey to below-200lbs. Keep coming back, if for no other reason than to give encouragement to people like me who struggle to lose weight and keep it off.
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Congratulations! It's a good feeling, knowing you've accomplished such a goal.
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Is the pond behind you with all the lilly pads located in Seoul?
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Yes, nicely done!
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Congrats. I am down from 266 to 252...a long way to go. Great inspiration for me.
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Started at 219lb and currently at 203,(as of today) shooting for 185-190. then going to start doing P90X and get some lean muscle going...I've done quite a bit of cross-fit and P90X before...it's no joke!

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Is the cross-fit basically a form of cross-training?
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Congratulations! Thanks for posting your inspirational story.
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