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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 11-06-10, 10:19 AM   #1
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Belated Introduction

I really appreciate this forum and all the good people who participate here. I've been reading extensively and posting occasionally for a while now, but I've never given the personal details that invite relationships. The posters that I enjoy the most do often share those details, and it's time for me to start.

I rode for pleasure as a child through high school, but mostly stopped after that and sold or gave away my bikes slowly as time went on (I still regret the loss of a 1936 Elgin balloon tire cruiser and a 1984 Miyata Team. Hopefully they are on the road somewhere, and not in a landfill.)

I steadily got fatter and fatter for the next 17 years and topped out in 2008 at 309lbs (I'm 5'9") despite my physical job and vegetarian diet. That year I moved from Illinois to California and started doing much less physical, but more rewarding, work. I gained 30 pounds in less than a year and finally decided to make some real changes.

I bought a hybrid and started riding to work, and found that I loved being on a bicycle now as much as I had loved it twenty years ago. Later I bought a road bike and started joining the Saturday shop rides at my LBS. The pounds began to come off.

I've had a goal of riding a century and picked out three different ones to be the first in the last two years, but health problems have interfered each time. I will do a century, and more, but it'll be a while yet.

Three months ago my fiancee started a liver cleansing diet of mostly fresh, all vegan foods. I joined her, and the pounds really began to come off. I went from 275 to 235 in two months.

I'm off the bike and most other exercise due to a herniated disc at the moment, and my weight isn't changing right now, but I'm getting better and hoping to be back on track by January. I'm also really enjoying my new almost vegan diet and don't plan to go back.

Some goals of mine currently are:

- a final weight of around 170lbs - I'm flexible here because I don't really know what is under this fat and what I might add in muscle along the way.

- a century ride - I don't intend to stop there, but it's a landmark I haven't reached, so that's the current target

- a half Iron distance triathlon - next summer. My longest run to date is about 6 miles, so I have a lot of work to do before then

So that's something about me. If you got this far, thank you for being interested enough to spend your time with me.
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Old 11-06-10, 10:27 AM   #2
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Good Intro.
What are you doing for your back?
I have 2 herniated disc's and the road riding forward position has corrected the pain from the disc's.
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Old 11-06-10, 10:32 AM   #3
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Good Intro.
What are you doing for your back?
I have 2 herniated disc's and the road riding forward position has corrected the pain from the disc's.
Thank you.

Rght now I'm doing PT, ice, and drugs. I'm walking with a cane. They tell me the pain should go a way over time. I need to do a lot of core work, yoga and so on for the rest of my life.

I hope to start riding at least a little bit before the end of the month.

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Old 11-07-10, 10:52 PM   #5
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Hi, nice to meet you. Sounds like you've made a lot of progress. Good luck with the back.
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Welcome, Boyd.

Did you set a time to finish in for the century? I'm told it doesn't count unless you do. :-)
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Welcome, Boyd.

Did you set a time to finish in for the century? I'm told it doesn't count unless you do. :-)
Thank you for the chuckle, Historian; it started my morning just right. I think I'll stay ridiculous and successful, at least for the first time.
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Good intro. Nice to know something about you.
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Hi Boyd. Congrats on the weightloss success. Hopefully your back issues will heal up quickly - riding is just getting good around here in my opinion (when it's not raining anyway).

I don't know if you're familiar with ACTC (actc.org), but I believe every spring they do a club ride called Chauncy's Century. It's a nice flat century that's perfect for a first timer. They don't set any speed records, but it's usually a nice supportive group and it makes for a fun ride as long as you're not in a terrible hurry.
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Hi Boyd. Congrats on the weightloss success. Hopefully your back issues will heal up quickly - riding is just getting good around here in my opinion (when it's not raining anyway).

I don't know if you're familiar with ACTC (actc.org), but I believe every spring they do a club ride called Chauncy's Century. It's a nice flat century that's perfect for a first timer. They don't set any speed records, but it's usually a nice supportive group and it makes for a fun ride as long as you're not in a terrible hurry.
I've heard of ACTC and looked at their ride list in the newsletter, but haven't gone on any rides with them. That does sound like the right kind of ride for me. When I'm in a hurry I just get dropped a little later in the day.

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Three months ago my fiancee started a liver cleansing diet of mostly fresh, all vegan foods. I joined her, and the pounds really began to come off. I went from 275 to 235 in two months.

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That is some MASSIVE loss in 2 months! I pretty much gave up most dairy and wheat about 2 weeks ago, and find I am less "hungry" and have lost 10-12lbs over that time. Mostly staying to protein but will allow some occasional carbs but not to excess. Tried a "protein diet" once and the lbs dropped fast, but was always tired and lethargic. Now more of a "modified protein" diet. Seems to work. I bet you are getting some of that as well on the vegan thing.
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That is some MASSIVE loss in 2 months! I pretty much gave up most dairy and wheat about 2 weeks ago, and find I am less "hungry" and have lost 10-12lbs over that time. Mostly staying to protein but will allow some occasional carbs but not to excess. Tried a "protein diet" once and the lbs dropped fast, but was always tired and lethargic. Now more of a "modified protein" diet. Seems to work. I bet you are getting some of that as well on the vegan thing.
Thank you! I still have a long way to go, but I feel really good about how I've done so far. I can wear clothes that have been in storage for years, and I can buy clothes at regular stores (or could, if I could afford to buy new clothes) instead of the Big&Tall.

I didn't mention specifically that the new diet is also free of flour and processed sugar. That's probably responsible for most of my weight loss so far. I am much less hungry than I was before. One of my friends has a theory that I was always hungry before because I wasn't getting the nutrition I needed. Now that I am eating more nutrient-dense foods I don't need the "go eat now" signals anymore. I don't know if that's the explanation or not, but it's at least plausible.

Last night I ate dinner with friends and had brown rice and cooked potatoes, a big dose of carbs. This morning I was craving bread and cookies. It seems related to me.

I'm not more tired or lethargic than before, but I'm not getting much exercise while I recover from the herniated disc, so I don't have really good comparable data points yet.
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