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    The last few stubborn pounds...

    Since about mid-May, I have lost 30 lbs. I am 5'11" and down to 207 lbs.

    The first 20 or so lbs came off without paying too much attention to what I ate. Just my 5.1 mile commute (each way) on my ill-fitting Walmart mountain bike turned commuter. I even won a weight loss contest at work. That was June 30th, so it worked out to 22 lbs gone in about 6 weeks. Winning that contest was my first major goal.

    The weight continued to come off slowly. By this time I was paying more attention what I ate and had completely cut out sweets (not much of a sweet tooth anyway). On July 12th, down to 215, I rewarded myself and bought a properly fitting Specialized Allez Sport. A rocket compared to the other bike, more efficient and faster. Maybe too efficient.

    At the same time I spent $900 on a bike and accessories, I thought I should quit smoking to help me pay for it. I have actually been mostly successful with that. I've cheated for a few beer-fueled campfires. I seem to have been able to manage the oral fixation with fruit and lots of water so I don't really think not smoking has caused me to eat more.

    I got down to 210. The next week 210. The week after that, 210. My second major goal is to get below 200, as is the goal of many other visitors to this particular subforum.

    So I upped my mileage to 14-18 miles per day. I have also been watching my intake to the calorie (side note: I have found out that I eat WAY TOO MUCH SODIUM despite never adding salt to anything...working on that too).

    I have finally starting losing again this week, down to 207. My final goal is to get down to ~180 by the end of October when commuting will be shelved for the winter (and maintain that).

    But MAN, the last 10 lbs before 200 have been STUBBORN! I'll get there. Has anyone else had a similar experience as they've approached a goal weight?

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    Yes. it gets harder as you approach you "ideal" weight, partly because you have to adjust to changes in your base metabolic rate. As you get lighter, you need less food to maintain your new weight.

    The biggest thing, though, is that you have given up smoking. Congrats for that. It is even more important than losing the weight and certainly more important than losing the last few pounds above 180. And the fact that you have managed to continue losing weight while giving up smoking is a real achievement, most people fail at that point.

    Don't expect to maintain a weight loss of 10lbs per month; in fact don't try. You'll be better off in the long run losing the next 25 lbs at about half that rate, it'll give you time to adjust gradually to a level of exercise, and eating habits, that you can sustain indefinitely in order to keep the weight off. People who lose the weight very fast have a tendency to gain some of it back very fast, too.
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    I made it today! Thanks to those of you here who have encouraged and inspired.

    The reflection in the scale is my hand and my camera phone so don't think it's anything else


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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post

    The reflection in the scale is my hand and my camera phone so don't think it's anything else

    And to think I was about to be impressed you could cast a shadow

    Congrats on getting below 200. I'm 13 lbs away myself.

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    congrats man, good work.

    I still have a fair bit of work to do before I hit that target.
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    Insert Sam & Dave tape into 8-track player...

    "HOLD ON, I'M COMIN'! HOLD ON, I'M COMIN'"

    I'm a 21 year old Blues Brothers fan, currently weighing in at about 205.

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    Final goal accomplished!



    Well final besides maintaining it. Since I've changed my eating habits completely over the past few months, I think I'll be OK.

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    That's pretty darned awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    Final goal accomplished!



    Well final besides maintaining it. Since I've changed my eating habits completely over the past few months, I think I'll be OK.
    Damn. Congrats. I got down to 199, now I'm pushing 220.

    My goal is 175.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Damn. Congrats. I got down to 199, now I'm pushing 220.

    My goal is 175.
    Good luck! That unknown spider on your blog from late Sept is a garden spider.

    Edit:
    more specifically...
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia

    reasonably common here in WI
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