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    Newbie with weight loss as a goal

    Just ordered my bike and have a goal of dropping pounds and inches while building my body back to a healthier me.
    Current weight 320 pounds, 50 inch waist, diabetes, high blood pressure, high colesteral, one heart attack and three stents installed. Will be 63 in December and want to be around for a looooong time more.
    You folks are an inspiration to me!!!

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    TTNC,

    Welcome! As a fellow heart attack survivor (MI at 44 and I'm now 53) I can tell you this is the best I've felt in at least 20 years and I've only been cycling 7 weeks.

    Have lots of fun with your bike!

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    Welcome to the board and "just keep pedaling", weight will melt off with time and consistency

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    There is not much to it except to try. Don't push or over exert yourself. Just make sure you are comfortable and enjoy it.

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    And don't tell yourself "wow I biked a lot, I deserve a treat" or you will undo the goodness. I only lose weight cycling when I'm counting calories.
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    Welcome, TTNC, and have fun out there on the bike. Don't be shy about posting with questions, comments or what-have-you.
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    Welcome to the herd. Good on ya for getting to work on living! A lot of us have gone / are going through the same kinds of life changes. Glad to have you with us along for the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TTNC View Post
    Just ordered my bike and have a goal of dropping pounds and inches while building my body back to a healthier me.
    Current weight 320 pounds, 50 inch waist, diabetes, high blood pressure, high colesteral, one heart attack and three stents installed. Will be 63 in December and want to be around for a looooong time more.
    You folks are an inspiration to me!!!
    Congrats and lets see a link to what your getting ...

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    magohn, my new bike is not an expensive bike, just a comfortable rider with 21 speeds. Here is a link to what it will look like and the specs.
    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/com...ti-classic-11/
    Mine is the 19" frame, not that I am tall, just that the knees do not work correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Welcome, TTNC, and have fun out there on the bike. Don't be shy about posting with questions, comments or what-have-you.
    I used to live about 70 miles north of Indy in a small town called Peru. Wife was born and raised there. We moved to the flatlands of NC in 94 and only get back there for visits. Will be heading there in July '11 for 45th class reunion.

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    When will you be getting your bike?
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    Cant beat a "comfort" bike - looks like a winner. I ride a road-bike but as the winter nights draw in Im wondering if I should invest in something similar for the dark and dangerous nights. Nothing like riding a road-bike in the dark and hitting a few hundred fallen pine-cones from last night storm

    Congrats - you will love it!

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    45th class reunion. I used to think that kinda talk was for old guys. Now I am one. I returned to riding and better health for the past 14 months. It has been a journey and a ton of fun. I have some much more of my life back in my control. I used to surrender everything to age and just not feeling good. I feel better and "look better" than I have in years. Enjoy the journey. This place and training and Nutrition have been very helpful to me.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    Welcome TTNC, this is a great place to hang out and learn. I stop in every day or two and have been really inspired by the posters that are on a similar journey. Enjoy your new bike and the ride!!

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    Just called and I can pick it up tomorrow (first day of the rest of my life). Of course it is supposed to rain all day, but Friday looks like a sunny day.

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    magohn, what I will really love is to be able to post substantial weigh loss figures like a lot of the people on here do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTNC View Post
    magohn, what I will really love is to be able to post substantial weigh loss figures like a lot of the people on here do.
    That will come for sure - its a simple formula - just keep biking! I hope I have got through my "lack of motivation" period as I have now been cycling 3-4 times a week (short runs in the work-week and a long run at the weekend) since February. I have a simple mind-trick, set a schedule and keep to it. Obviously things happen in life that lend us to change plans but on a scheduled biking day, I have taught myself to not think about why I dont want to ride because "Im tired" etc. If I dont think about it, I cant talk myself out of it too easily

    Somebody posted here a while back "Ive never been disappointed that I went for a ride, only when I did not" - if its only for 20 mins - get out there - its a lot of fun

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    Bike is here, adjusting it to fit me and test riding in the rain. Cannot believe bikes come without kickstands. Gonna have to get one cause I ain't laying this one down when I'm not riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTNC View Post
    magohn, what I will really love is to be able to post substantial weigh loss figures like a lot of the people on here do.
    Weight loss is rather simple math I-O=C where:

    I is calories In this is what you eat, the ideal is to eat foods that have the highest nutritional load per calorie, remember that processing often reduces the nutritional value and increases the calories, so you want to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Avoid things like Sodas which have no natural state, but are just liquid chemicals, this includes the artificially sweetened ones....

    O is calories Out this is what you do, the more active you are the more calories that you use, remember the 15 minute rule, if you can walk there in less then 15 minutes, walk, if you can't walk, but can ride there in less then 15 minutes then ride, only drive the car if you can't walk or ride in 15 minutes or less.

    C is Change is there are 3,500 calories in 1 pound or 7,700 calories in 1 kilogram an ideal weight loss to shoot for is around 1lb (~ kg) per week, that means that you should shoot for having a calories Out about 500 greater then calories In.

    As for rain, it doesn't always stop you from riding, you just need to put fenders on your bike, dress properly and ride on....

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    TTNC welcome. Enjoy the bike. Take pics of you and your bike. You will want to remember what the "old" you looked like in a few months when you are pounds lighter.

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    Welcome TTNC! I'm sporting 3 stents myself. Take it slow, don't burn yourself out or expect miracles, and the changes will come. Definitely take a picture - you won't believe how much better you look and feel in a few months!
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