As you can tell I'm new to the forums and I'm glad to see there's a Clydesdale section
So here's my story, I'm 37 and up until 7 years ago I had been an avid rider, but I've always been a big guy. In grammar school I had been lusting after a bikes like GT Pro-Performers and Mongoose Experts but being that I was almost 6' tall in the 6th grade my father opted to get me a Ross Mt Washington instead and I've been hooked on mountain bikes ever since.
In my early 20's I was riding 3-4 times a week, working a construction job, and training martial arts 3 nights a week but I ate like crap and beer was legal so I hovered around 300lbs but still kept up with the smaller guys on trails. Finally at 24 I had enough and got serious about my diet and in 9 months dropped from 325 to 205 and was on top of the world until I wrecked a motorcycle and had to have my ACL replaced.
During my rehab I made some life changing decisions, went back to school on crutches and got an associates degree but I was keeping the weight down and had only put on 15 pounds or so....fast forward a dozen years, two kids, and a cushy IT job with a corner office and the story changes.....
About two months ago I passed a kidney stone, first and hopefully the last one! So of course I was at the doctor the next day and they put me on a scale - 388lbs! I was shocked I figured I had crept back up over 300 but the extra 88lbs blew me away and scared the hell out of me at the same time but the doctor didn't say anything about it while I was there, he just took blood and referred me to a urologist.
A week later they call me up and tell me that the blood tests are back and that the doctor wants to see me. Not surprisingly he tells me that my sugars are high and my liver is agitated - bottom line, lose some weight by August or he is going to recommend lap band surgery.
So I immediately hit the diet hard, cutting back to 1500-1800 calories a day, dusted off the weights at home, and now as of 3 weeks ago I'm back on the bike, something I missed a whole lot more than I had realized and now I find this forum and I'm glad to see I'm not the only big guy out there hammering through woods!