Wow, thanks for all the inspiration. Reading through this really is a must for anyone struggling to be inspired to get off their butts.
I'm 6ft, 37 years old and was 290 when I bought my bike three years ago. It's a cruiser 7 speed Townie and I have passed lots of road bikes with skinny people on them. I always get a funny look or even a rude look. I just yell, fat guy coming through and that makes every laugh.
My weight has gone up and down, but this morning I was 239 and looking forward to even smaller numbers.
I know what you mean. I've lost a chunk of weight, but I'm still 225. Fun to breeze past skinny people in Lycra on fancier bikes while I'm sitting mostly upright on a 7 speed comfort bike.
It's the same nonsense that ensures you never have a tailwind, only a headwind.
Originally Posted by LOF1
I am fairly heavy. And I love to ride. 9 times out of 10 when I ride people shout something from their cars. I simply do not care. I am doing what I want and riding a bicycle while they sit in their cars eating big macs.
I just got me a funny to some/sarcastic to others jersey and ride anyway as when I started I weighed 390 at 6'3" and now am weighing in at 370 pounds. I have been drinking more water, eating less, and making an effort to ride.
I'm a Noob to riding myself. Last time I rode I was probably 15 sum 25 ish years ago. Now, I wanted to get back into it. Hesitantly due to a fused back and neck. Which led to my weight gain (405 presently).
I was embarrassed, scared etc. But I did it. And I am continuing too do so, unfortunately maybe 2 times a week because my butt hurts to much to ride more. but it seems to be getting a bit better. So, hopefully ill go to 3 times a week. and walking on off days.
As far as rude teens or adults go, screw them. Because if you stick to it they'll feel like a ass when your down and taken there girls, positive thinking for the single guys.
I plan on being down at least 50 within a year. Hopefully more.
So with my rambling done get out and ride. And, do not care what people say or do. Your bettering yourself.
Great thread, only read a few pages plan on reading through the rest as I go.
I'm 38 years old and 6'3 330lbs. I've gained 50-60 lbs since leaving the Army due to hernated disks in my back.
I wish I could just say "Don't be embarrassed" and that would work. I've been as heavy as 360 and as skinny as 197 when I was in my early 20's. While in the military I was a pretty decent 250. I don't know if being in the Army for 10 years, being married for nine, or just being older has given me more confidence, but I just don't care what anyone else thinks. My wife loves me, my friends care about me not what I look like, and fat or not I was able to accomplish my missions in Iraq.
Only you can let yourself feel bad. Only time I feel ashamed is when I cave in at 0100 in the morning and eat some carbs, other than that as long as I'm trying (which I hadn't been for awhile, I was giving in a little to much pity for my injuries) I won't let anyone make me feel bad.
Now all that being said I will admit it's embarrasing when you break something due to weight, used to happen to me in the field all the time with cheap cots lol.
Well! Let's see... lost my job on January 1... "right-sized".
Just got my Cannondale Quick CX5 out for the first time. Only about a mile. Was a leeeetle winded! (It's been a while, and I'm 55 and about 260.)
I still HATE filling the tires with these tiny-**ed presta valves.
Weather ought to improve over the weekend - looking forward to a much longer ride!
As well, call it coincidence or irony or karma or what, but on November 1, I passed the twenty-five year milestone at work. For my gift I chose a Trek FX 7.4. Want to get it out soon, too.
Take care, all!
When I consider the judgment others may hold, I recall the old Fred Sanford joke -
Prudish woman: "You're a disgusting drunk"
Fred Sanford: "You're ugly"
Prudish woman: "You are still a disgusting drunk!!"
Fred Sanford: "I will be sober in the morning"
To all beginners, PLEASE be not ashamed. Should you ride past me, I may embarrass you because: My hat is off, I am saluting you, and all the thoughts I have and a few words come out are praises.
The emotional battles we fight are many, but after we win, those emotions seem so small.
I saw that guy with the Big Mac, he threw his trash at me when he was done, then his brother tried to run me off the road with his truck and flipped me the bird. but as he passed he exceeded the 25 mph Speed Limit, and this cop came out of nowhere and pulled him over, and watch out for my wife in her Prius, she will just run yur butt right over.
Originally Posted by NaturalFork
Folks can be very cruel! I was very embarrassed to start riding a bike. I weighed at my most 400 lbs. Got down to 350 then back to 368 in short time. Got down to 345 but then yoyo'd between 345 - 352. But still wanted a bike to help with my weight loss and fitness. Started looking last August but kept putting it off. Finally after getting control of my eating, losing a few lbs and gaining more confidence, bought my bike in mid April this year. So far have lost 13 lbs. I'm now down to 320!! I'm sure folks have made remarks and I've heard some snickering after passing(mainly from young folks), but I PROUDLY continue on!! THIS IS FOR ME, MY HEALTH AND LIFE! Don't care who laughs.
I am 29, about 250lbs and 5ft 10in tall, always been pretty big, not under 170lbs since 16. I have people yell and snicker but when I am on one of my bikes for the most part it is like meditation and I zone everything out noise wise. Some still slips through, mostly just the friendly hellos and waves. I guess my cheesy grin while cruising along mostly has that effect on people.
As a person who has never had a weight issue personally, I salute anyone and all of you for getting on a bike and going for it! Please be proud of yourselves!
I've lost a large amount of weight and built up much better fitness over the last two years, and in the process, I had to power through that awkwardness several times. Getting on a road bike when I weighed 350 lbs., going into a gym full of fit people when I couldn't do a single pushup or run the length of the building and working to failure in front of them . . . it sucks. There's no way around it. The awkward difficulty of doing something you aren't used to or good at already is inescapable.
Right now, I'm very comfortable in my gym; a new person can still look at me and see that I'm the biggest, heaviest person there, but they'll soon enough see me outworking people. It's easy to be comfortable when you know your place in the pack. But if I join an organized road group ride, I'll be in that same spot again, feeling awkward and wondering what everyone is thinking about me. I can hope it'll be a little easier now that I know that nobody is really going to think much about me for more than a moment here or there (seriously, everybody is thinking about herself) and also now that I know this feeling passes.
My wife is finally interested in getting a better bike so that she can ride with me. I don't think she'll end up on a road bike, but maybe a hybrid so we can keep up with each other on relaxed rides. She's gained a lot of weight in the last few years, even as I've lost it, and I know it's a big step for her to come to me and say she wants to ride with me. I know it's awkward for her and she's going to feel self-conscious and embarrassed. But I also know that if she can keep going for awhile, that will fade.
This was an especially meaningful comment. Sadly, I've known more than a few folks who seem to manage their weight without trying and who really can't conceive of the difficulty faced by those of us who must work at it. I've been floating around this forum for a couple of years, on-again, off-again just like my cycling. This time, I'm adding regular facebook updates in order to garner more positive reinforcement. It's good to know friends are cheering for you - it's great to know strangers are, too! :thumb:
Originally Posted by modelmartin
this is a really cool thread. Hang in there and do what is best for you. No matter what people will always have something to say, but heck, talk is cheap. Be encouraged and keep on, keeping on.