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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 02-19-11, 03:21 PM   #1
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It happened this morning...

I got up, did my morning bathroom stuff, and stepped on the home scale for my weekly Saturday "au naturale" weigh-in, prior to the clothed weigh-in at WW, and was amazed to see it read 199.5. I stepped off, thinking it must be a mistake, and when I stepped on a second time, it read 199.0. A third reading made it 2 out of 3 at 199.0.

I have no idea how or why on God's Green Earth this happened. I've not been able to resume any form of exercise for almost 3 weeks now, thanks to this flu crud. It's mostly gone - I feel fine - but a cough lingers, which limits any kind of even slightly elevated breathing. And while I've been struggling to eat responsibly in the meantime, I've been failing for the most part. My weekly weights have been fluctuating back and forth from about 208 to 210 or 211. Last Saturday was unexpectedly low at 208.5. Because of that, I fully expected to see 210 when I got on the scale today. I'm flummoxed. I didn't do anything yesterday to get dehydrated, unless you count the one beer I had with dinner last night. I had no reason to expect a loss of any kind this week, let alone one this large.

It was fun to see the face of the lady who weighed me at WW this morning. I'd never seen a triple-take before. Three times between the scale and her scratch pad and calculator. Finally she just looked at me and said, "what in the world did you do?" All I could say was I didn't know.

I don't expect this will be maintained. I'm going to work hard to see that it does, but I won't be the least surprised if this is some sort of anomaly, and I'm back to about 205 next week. But it sure is fun for today. I haven't been under 200 since early high school - something in excess of 40 years ago. And although I posted some time ago that I fully expected the heavens to open up and a choir of angels to sing when this day came, news flash - it didn't and they didn't. What's up with that? Can the universe be so uncaring?

The really sad thing about this is that when I started this push last April, I had promised myself a new road bike when I reached this point. Unfortunately, the economy, increasing health insurance premiums and my extended un/under-employment have effectively put the kibosh on that, and indefinitely to boot. Yes, making that kind of reward was an extreme, even radical thing to do, but that weight was also over 60 pounds in the future. I'd never had that kind of success at this before, so who knew it would actually happen? Be careful what you wish for, right? I did stop off at the men's wear section of Meijer this morning and get a new pair of cheap 38-inch jeans as a minor reward/celebration.

Now we'll see what next week brings. Like I said, I think this may be an anomaly, but even so, I don't think it's premature to offer huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone here who has helped me, with either words of support and encouragement, or simply inspiration in the form of their own stories of struggle and success. Whether the short term shows me straying north of 200 again or not, there's still more long-term work to be done, and I'll continue to need and utilize all the help I can get.
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Old 02-19-11, 03:26 PM   #2
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Fantastic!!! Way to go on the achievement!

Hopefully we'll see an upturn soon and your reward will follow!
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Old 02-19-11, 03:30 PM   #3
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Congrats! I had the exact opposite experience getting over (or under) the hump. I hovered around 200-205 for weeks! Keep it up...thanks to the diet changes I made thanks to a lot of the info here, I got down below 175 in Nov and have kept it off all winter.
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Old 02-19-11, 03:35 PM   #4
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CraigB that is awesome, I will one day see a sub 200lb weight too!
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Old 02-19-11, 05:06 PM   #5
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mega-congrats. would love to hear the full story from 300->200 when you have a chance. sounds like Weight Watchers was part of it? sorry if you have posted this earlier; I missed it

I started at exactly the same point and have the same goal in mind, but have beens stuck in the 260s for some time.

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Old 02-19-11, 05:12 PM   #6
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CraigB: So what are you doing posting here with us Clydes?


Is there a Hackney forum for you to post in?
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Old 02-19-11, 05:21 PM   #7
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Great Job!

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Old 02-19-11, 05:47 PM   #8
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That is awesome you have to feel great, can't wait to get there myself ............
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Congrats Craig. Even if you do end up going back above 200 next week I know you'll be back below it again soon.
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Congrats there, skinny boy! I'll be casting a mini-shadow myself one day!
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I got up, did my morning bathroom stuff, and stepped on the home scale for my weekly Saturday "au naturale" weigh-in, prior to the clothed weigh-in at WW, and was amazed to see it read 199.5. I stepped off, thinking it must be a mistake, and when I stepped on a second time, it read 199.0. A third reading made it 2 out of 3 at 199.0.

I have no idea how or why on God's Green Earth this happened. I've not been able to resume any form of exercise for almost 3 weeks now, thanks to this flu crud. It's mostly gone - I feel fine - but a cough lingers, which limits any kind of even slightly elevated breathing. And while I've been struggling to eat responsibly in the meantime, I've been failing for the most part. My weekly weights have been fluctuating back and forth from about 208 to 210 or 211. Last Saturday was unexpectedly low at 208.5. Because of that, I fully expected to see 210 when I got on the scale today. I'm flummoxed. I didn't do anything yesterday to get dehydrated, unless you count the one beer I had with dinner last night. I had no reason to expect a loss of any kind this week, let alone one this large.

It was fun to see the face of the lady who weighed me at WW this morning. I'd never seen a triple-take before. Three times between the scale and her scratch pad and calculator. Finally she just looked at me and said, "what in the world did you do?" All I could say was I didn't know.

I don't expect this will be maintained. I'm going to work hard to see that it does, but I won't be the least surprised if this is some sort of anomaly, and I'm back to about 205 next week. But it sure is fun for today. I haven't been under 200 since early high school - something in excess of 40 years ago. And although I posted some time ago that I fully expected the heavens to open up and a choir of angels to sing when this day came, news flash - it didn't and they didn't. What's up with that? Can the universe be so uncaring?

The really sad thing about this is that when I started this push last April, I had promised myself a new road bike when I reached this point. Unfortunately, the economy, increasing health insurance premiums and my extended un/under-employment have effectively put the kibosh on that, and indefinitely to boot. Yes, making that kind of reward was an extreme, even radical thing to do, but that weight was also over 60 pounds in the future. I'd never had that kind of success at this before, so who knew it would actually happen? Be careful what you wish for, right? I did stop off at the men's wear section of Meijer this morning and get a new pair of cheap 38-inch jeans as a minor reward/celebration.

Now we'll see what next week brings. Like I said, I think this may be an anomaly, but even so, I don't think it's premature to offer huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone here who has helped me, with either words of support and encouragement, or simply inspiration in the form of their own stories of struggle and success. Whether the short term shows me straying north of 200 again or not, there's still more long-term work to be done, and I'll continue to need and utilize all the help I can get.
Not to rain on your parade but illness brings stress and stress can cause the release of many catabolic chemicals driving down muscle mass and also weight. Furthermore the inactivity combined with the stress increases this effect. So I say this to suggest that should you pick up a few pounds as you start doing more exercising, don't be discouraged. It may be a sign of health .
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Old 02-19-11, 07:48 PM   #13
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WAY TO GO! I'm so happy for you, you stuck with it and adjusted as need be. Great inspiration for us all. Thanks for sharing!

btw do we refer to you as His Emeritus Craig, or Mr Emeritus Craig, or..... ?

psst. you're not going anywhere are you?
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Old 02-19-11, 08:21 PM   #14
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Congratulations. Whether you stay below 200 or not, you've done a great job and should be proud!
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Well done, sir! Awesome job.
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Congrats on a major accomplishment!!
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For 60 pounds, I don't think that kind of reward is extreme. That is a LOT of work and not something that happens overnight. Congratulations!

I'm sorry to hear the economy has robbed you of the reward.
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Wow, heck with the new bike, you got a new bod!
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Wow, heck with the new bike, you got a new bod!
Ah, if only the new bod came with new skin.

Thanks, everyone. After taking in a little more fluids than typical for me yesterday, my curiosity got the better of me this morning and I got on the scale again, which I normally only do once a week. I was at 201. So my stay in non-clydedom was brief, but I can deal with that. I fully expect that once I'm healthy again I may rebound a bit more - I won't be surprised to see it climb to 205 or so before it starts descending again, and I'll be OK with that. Then again, maybe it won't go up that much. We'll see.

Now if I could just ditch this stupid cough and get back to exercising.

And no, I'm not going anywhere.
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Perfectly normal, i only count the lows as weight loss, it's nothing for me to hit a new low then the next day weight 3-4-5 lbs more, then after a week or so i'll hit another low then back up.
remember everything that goes in that doesn't come right back out is weight on the scales

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Darn it Craig, here I was thinking I was catching up with you

Seriously though well done that's a great achievement!! I will now have to redouble my efforts
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I'm just shooting to get under the 300 mark this summer... Congrats man! that is great!!!
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Awesome.

Now go drink plenty of fluids to get rehydrated after being sick.
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Congrats! I recall a line from "The Devil Wears Prada" when one of the characters says "I'm a stomach flu away from my goal weight" (or something like that -- I'm terrible at quoting movie lines from memory).

Get better soon!
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