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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 06-05-10, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hi and heres my story so far...

Hey everyone! So I just assumed that I was FAT. Now I’m a Clydesdale. Cool! I used to be a competitive swimmer and cycled for cross training. Always very active, then I fell in love, got married and had a couple of step kids and then one of my own. Piled on the weight once the sedentary lifestyle started.

So, as of the beginning of 2010 I was 5’9”, 40, 301 lbs., diabetic, sleep apnea, grumpy and tired. I bought myself a bike 2 years ago because I was going to get back into biking after a 15 year hiatus. And it sat in the garage for…2 years. Go figure. At the beginning of the year my diabetes was totally out of control. My glucose levels were anywhere from 200 to just over 500 a few times and on medication and insulin to boot. I finally convinced my primary care doc. to give me a referral to an endocrinologist and I can happily say that things are starting to turn around. He told me that I am insulin resistant. My pancreas produces more than enough insulin, but my body won’t use any of it. After a number of tests and blood workups, and a visit to the nutritionist, I am on a 1600 cal a day diet and for exercise…the bike!

As of today I am down to 264 lbs, the highest my glucose has been in two weeks is 285, (I am off all medications for the time being) I only get up once or twice in the night to pee, and I have so much energy that at times I feel like going out for a second ride in the evening. I started riding in earnest in April. Im lucky that I live very near a very large park that is bicycle friendly and a rail/trail that can take you almost all of the way across the county.

My bike is a 2008 Specialized Tricross Comp. I wanted something more road friendly than my old Trek 970 mountain bike, yet still able to take some of the gravel roads in northern Macomb County, MI. Im averaging about 85-95 miles a week at 12 mph. Still exploring the trails and parks and getting routes together.

It would be great to hear from other diabetic riders, trade war stories, and if anyone rides the Macomb-Orchard trail or Stoney Creek Metropark drop me a line. Maybe get together for a ride someday.

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Dan, Great News . After my Accident I gained a ton of weight and they say I was a borderline diabetic. Needless to say I dropped all sugars and started riding. I dropped a ton of weight and no medication. I was also on medicine for my heart. Now I am on no medication. I am however becoming sedentary. I am starting to ride again after 2 years . Good on you my friend.
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Welcome, Dan! I'm always inspired by stories like your's where people get off the meds by riding and getting fitter. It's a constant reminder for me to keep riding. My story was high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and borderline glucose. Docs wanted to put me on medication. I started riding and was able to get everything under control. Going on 3 years now. Keep it up!!
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Thanks for the welcome. Took the day off from riding today. My sit bones are killing me, think I need to invest in a better pair of shorts, hopefully not a new saddle. I do back to the doctors in two weeks. Hope to get a modification to the diet, and some good news about my insulin resistance.

Congrats to both of you for getting off the meds!
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UPDATE---I went for my first follow up appt. with the Endocrinologist today. So far so good. Lost 20 pounds since my first visit and 4.5 inches around the middle. According to the Doc I am way ahead of schedule. He loves the fact that I am cycling my way down from a fatty to a not so fatty. Glucose levels are down 30 points as well. F.U. Diabetes!
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UPDATE---I went for my first follow up appt. with the Endocrinologist today. So far so good. Lost 20 pounds since my first visit and 4.5 inches around the middle. According to the Doc I am way ahead of schedule. He loves the fact that I am cycling my way down from a fatty to a not so fatty. Glucose levels are down 30 points as well. F.U. Diabetes!
That is GREAT!!!
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Welcome and congratulations! Keep it up!
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