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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 05-14-11, 08:00 PM   #1
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Setting and reaching goals!

When I bought an $88 Wally mountain bike last May, 27th if it matters.
I was 64 years old, 290lbs, and unable to mow my yard. It took three
days, mow rest, mow rest. Wore out the starter rope on the mower.
The yard is 90'X180' BTW.

I had some goals in mind.

1: loose some weight.

2: mow the yard in a day.

3: feel better.

4: be able to ride 10 miles without stopping.

5: ride a couple thousand miles in a year.

6: Not have to pay the extra for large size clothes.

Today:

I weight just under 220lbs.

I can mow, trim, rake the yard in under three hours.

I feel like a million dollars.

I have ridden over fifteen miles non stop and over 100
miles in a day several time.

I am just short of 12,000 miles in the past year.

Yesterday I went to Wally Wally and got three pairs
of Wangler shorts and six FOL pocket T's and didn't
have to get the "XX" sizes, saved over ten dollars.

A few more lbs, I want to get below 200 by the end
of summer.

Reach for the stars.
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Old 05-14-11, 08:09 PM   #2
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I can mow, trim, rake the yard in under three hours.
When will you be over to do my yard?

Keep up the good work. Now if only you would share your secret. To the motivation part.
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Old 05-14-11, 08:17 PM   #3
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All motivation means is keeping at it, even when you screw up. Just get back at it again. With luck, eventually you have new habits and forcing yourself into good behavior won't so difficult. That is The Secret.

Excellent job BHOFM, you and others here are always so inspiring.
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Old 05-14-11, 08:21 PM   #4
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There is no secret. You just have to want to do it. Not tomorrow,
today! Talking about don't do nothing! The first few weeks it ain't
no fun. Once I even started to take the bike back and walk home.

I did adjust my eating, very much so. Big breakfast, lite lunch, nice dinner.
No snacks, no sodas, no candy, pizza on rare occasions, no ice cream.
It is not what you eat, it is how much you eat.

BTW, I don't feel 65 years old, last year I did!
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Awesome--your approach is very inspirational in it's simplicity. Good work!
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All motivation means is keeping at it, even when you screw up. Just get back at it again. With luck, eventually you have new habits and forcing yourself into good behavior won't so difficult. That is The Secret.

Excellent job BHOFM, you and others here are always so inspiring.
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Thanks for sharing. You Motivator. :-)
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Old 05-15-11, 06:39 AM   #8
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Nice...enjoy your new lease on life.
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congrats on reaching those goals.
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Great Job

You probably added 20 more years to you life as well.
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This really is motivating. I haven't been my goal weight since probably middle school or high school and I keep asking myself how I'm going to do it.

Guess I just have to DO it.

Thank you for your post!!
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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Sounds like you've had some fun, too.
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When I bought an $88 Wally mountain bike last May...

Today:...
I am just short of 12,000 miles in the past year.
First off congrats on the great accomplishment of shedding weight and getting in shape. Nothing feels better.

Now my question - did put 12,000 on a wally world bike or did the wally world bike fall apart after a couple thousand miles or so?
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