Well it wasn’t as long a road back as I thought. Went in for a check up in December at around 270 pounds. Doc said the blood pressure was through the roof; 140 something over 100 something. Said I need to quit acting like a d**n kid and start taking better care of myself. Put me on a low dose blood pressure medication and sent me in for a stress test – was having some weird pains. Anyway, after the stress test and heart pictures said all was OK, I started to use the treadmill and stationary bike at work in January after the holidays.
Spent January and February working out 3 or 4 days per week – riding about 10 miles 3 times per week on the stationary bike and walking a couple miles on the treadmill. March 7th I dusted off the Trek 850, aired up the road tires and rode 10 chilly miles…snow on the ground etc. I slowly worked up to 30, 40, 50 and on and on to riding basically 100 miles per week since the third week in May – got 157 miles two weeks ago, road 70 miles on the bike path in 4 hours and 50 minutes or so - sorry, had to gloat about that - my wife didn't seem as excited as I was about the time:>)
I was shooting for 199 pounds by Thanks Giving but had better success at weight loss then I anticipated…I hit 199 pounds yesterday morning. I only took the BP meds for 2 months and my BP has averaged 117 over 72 for the last two months. I'll probably level off somewhere around 190-195 and see how that feels, I am 5'11" and graduated from High School at around 190 and pretty fit.
In the mean time I've bought a Trek Hybrid, took the classic Bianchi road bike out of mothballs (after I hit 220 pounds) and have totaled 1730.6 miles on the three since March 7th.
Just thought I would share my story and encourage those that have hit the proverbial wall to stay at it. I struggled for many years with my weight and finally had success, if I can do it...well you know. The bikes were only part of the over all regime, but they played the key part - fun exercise. Reading the postings on this web site nightly before bed time was a tool I used to stay motivated and I’d like to thank you all for that - I feel like I know half of you personally. Though I will obviously still frequent the Clyde forum and other forums on the site, I thought I'd stop by and wish you all happy trails.