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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 09-25-09, 05:34 PM   #1
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OK, I get it, I need to count calories if I'm serious about weight loss....

I dropped from ~270lbs to 233 lbs in 50 weeks by eating less ice cream and drinking wine instead of beer. I also rode my bike regularly, commuting and MTB'ing. I was stuck at 233, even worse, I thought I was 223...my scale was off by 10lbs.

A co-worker told me about calariecounter.com, all I can say is WOW. I was eating ~3500 calories a day and with exercise and my baseline daily burn, I was zero sum, maintaining 233lbs. Hmmm, makes sense to my engineer mind. So I joined the building heath club, $10 one-time fee, elipicycles, treadmills, bikes, Universal. Now I'm eating ~2200 cals a day and burning 1000-2500 cals a day in exercise. Calculates out to about -10,000 cals per week, I've lost 4-5 lbs in the last 2 weeks. If 3500 cals = 1 lbs of fat, I'm losing right at what the Mayo site says I should.

I'm 6-2, 228lbs and now I really believe I can weight 190lbs, I am determined to make my goal. I have given up all the bad stuff, no sugars, deserts, alcohol until I'm 190lbs.

I didn't even think about doing this until I started lurking here, you guys are great!
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I am 6'3" and my ultimate goal is under 190 also. Thanks for the reminder!!

Good luck with your goal!!!
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keep up the good work.. i am 280 and getting into riding now. my problem is my appetite is to great.
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I started at 231 and am down to 196, at 6'2". My goal isn't a particular weight but elimination of the remaining roll around my middle. Seems once I got below 200, my will power has waned a bit. Winter is going to be the real challenge.
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Glad to hear it's working for you. Keep riding!
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Awesome! Keep it up.

I did something similar when my weight didn't move when I thought it should've. I removed all high fructose corn syrup from my diet. (read 6 pepsi's a day) 150 calx6=900 calories, just Pepsi alone every day.

5'7" 226# at the start, now 14 weeks later I'm 210 and the trend is definitely going down.

I'm with ya. I'm going to keep going until I get back to 165 where I felt good at so many years ago.
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...My goal isn't a particular weight....
My goal is to have a "Healthy Weight" rating on my BMI. That's 195lbs, -5lbs for margin is 190lbs.
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Awesome! Keep it up.

I did something similar when my weight didn't move when I thought it should've. I removed all high fructose corn syrup from my diet. (read 6 pepsi's a day) 150 calx6=900 calories, just Pepsi alone every day.

5'7" 226# at the start, now 14 weeks later I'm 210 and the trend is definitely going down.

I'm with ya. I'm going to keep going until I get back to 165 where I felt good at so many years ago.
I'm the same height as you. Started the loosing at 210. At 145 after 9 months and holding. You can do it!
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A co-worker told me about calariecounter.com, all I can say is WOW.
I am looking for a good calorie counting site but I can't find that site. Is it:

http://caloriecount.about.com/
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http://www.thecaloriecounter.com/
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Keep up the good work guys! I'm 5'9' @ 180 now down from 210. Shooting for 165 or less by Christmas. Determination is the key, failure isn't an option.
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I've seen the promised land, and it is worth it.

I'm 6'-2" also. I lost from 240 to 170... then gained some back and am currently at 210. I'd like to get in just under 190. I was amazed at how well I felt at that weight. Go for it; you won't regret it.
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sorry, I wasn't clear, it's http://caloriecount.about.com/

Lots of foods and exercise/activies in the database.
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Another forum member had posted about www.fitday.com on my one thread and I gotta admit it is an awesome site to help keep track of everything.

Keep up the good work.
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I, am 5' 11" 242.5lbs, I have been as high as 335lbs when in my 20s. My goal is 185lbs this was my weight when I was 22yrs. I started this year riding at 270lbs. I am a bit concerned about the winter but I am detemined to suceed. ECB1
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I figured out the calorie counting thing a couple months ago and have lost about 20 pounds doing it. The exercise isn't as important as the overall math. If you have a smart phone, look up a counting app for it. I use http://www.loseit.com/ on my iPhone. I always have the phone, so it's easy to take it out after eating and record what I've had. It helps keep me honest.
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+1 on Lose It if you have iPhone or Touch. Years - decades really - stuck over 265 and now at 246 down from 294 in mid-may. Exercised a lot the past 5 years and would lose in summer - when really active - and put it all back on in winter. Constant see-saw from 265 -295 and higher. Really confident will be able to keep weight off and get down to goal weight sometime next spring. Goal is 204 which at my height is the upper-limit of normal on BMI scale and a weight I actually was at age 21 briefly during my Basic Officer Course.
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No, you really don't. You can if you want, and if it works for you. But for many it's tedious and difficult to maintain.

Take a look at this (no affiliation to me): http://www.nosdiet.com/

It works for some....it clearly worked for the guy who created it (look at his before/after pics). There is a book - but everythign you need to know is there on his website for free.
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The title of the tread used the word [b]I[/b] not we

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No, you really don't. You can if you want, and if it works for you. But for many it's tedious and difficult to maintain....
Yes I do. This format fits my engineer's brain perfectly and holds me accountable. As a few others have mentioned, losing weight in the summer is easy, I am very active. It's the winter that has me and my doctor worried. I have to prevent the dreaded yo-yo this winter and counting calories looks like the ticket for me.
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Yes I do. This format fits my engineer's brain perfectly and holds me accountable. As a few others have mentioned, losing weight in the summer is easy, I am very active. It's the winter that has me and my doctor worried. I have to prevent the dreaded yo-yo this winter and counting calories looks like the ticket for me.
take up a winter hobby... XC skiing is great so is snow shoeing.. does your gym offer spinning classes they will kick your butt

some cycling clubs also have weekly spinerval sessions.. do you own a trainer yet?
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I use the Keyoe diet & exercise software. Around $40 for both the desktop and phone installs together, they do symmetrical updates when sync'd, and the software does periodic checks to update the food database with new items.
I just broke into the 220s this weekend (228) from a start weight of 255.
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take up a winter hobby... XC skiing is great so is snow shoeing.. does your gym offer spinning classes they will kick your butt

some cycling clubs also have weekly spinerval sessions.. do you own a trainer yet?
XC sking in Chicago is hit or miss, also not possible for me on weekdays and requires an equipment purchase. I'm not interested in spending money to try lose weight. I have joined the building health club (as noted above, one time $10 fee for the access card). I'm not interested in joining a regular gym with classes and the like, I doubt I'll use it. I don't want to start spending a bunch of money, I just want to lose weight. Calorie counting is free and works for me, riding my bike is free and it's my hobby. I have found that a healthy diet is saving me money on food.

My plan for the late Fall/Winter/early Spring is riding my bike when possible (some years are better than others in Chicago), Thai Chi class and the free health club. Combine that with calorie counting and I should make my goal of 190lbs before next summer (-35lbs)
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I am 6'3" and my ultimate goal is under 190 also. Thanks for the reminder!!
At one point 30-yrs ago I was 300 lbs and managed to lose almost a hundred pounds. I ran a lot of marathons and did triathlons (that's what got me into cycling) but even at 60 miles a week of running couldn't get below 215lbs. Someone suggested I have my lean body weight measured. I went to a pool and they weighed me in it and did the calculation and told me that at zero percent fat (at which a person dies) my weight was 190. So, at 215 lbs I was only about 13 percent! For a guy 6'3" that was pretty darn good.

So, my words of advice are that before you go setting huge goals for yourself please go have your lean body mass measured and then choose a reasonable goal.

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I've been to the doctor, she agrees with my goal (to be at the highest end of healthy BMI). If I hit 10% body fat before I hit 190lbs, I'll be able to tell...right now it's not an issue
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I think you should stick with the calorie counting and riding the bike outside when the weather is nice and getting rollers so you can use the bike to train and exercise when the weather is bad or it is too cold out. I plan on getting rollers in the near future. I am also down 2 pounds since friday and I have been counting calories and riding bike and playing tennis.
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So, my words of advice are that before you go setting huge goals for yourself please go have your lean body mass measured and then choose a reasonable goal.

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My goal is 207-ish, which based on current measurements will put me at right around 10%. It's a reasonable goal, IMO; puts me at a very competitive power::weight ratio for my LD rides without putting me into that scary low bodyfat percentage where I'd have to worry a lot about endurance performance over a 24 - 40 hour event.
Back as a wee youngster I was under 5%, and I could feel the performance issues if I didn't fuel properly, even on something as minimal as 11 hours in the saddle.
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