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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 07-02-11, 02:09 PM   #1
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I'm baaaaccckkkk . . . .

Hey!

I used to post on here pretty often. About 4 years ago, I picked up biking as a way to exercise, and hopefully lose a few pounds. With 40 rapidly approaching, I set up a pair of goals for myself:
> Get under 200 lbs (I was nearly 240 when I set this objective).
> Be able to bike 40 miles by the time I turned 40.

Well, I was able to do those. I felt great! I worked in a long ride of 57 miles, and got my weight down to about 195 for a while.

For a while . . .

I didn't completely quit riding, but I certainly was not pursuing 100 mile weeks any longer. The weight came back. With work stress and more time on the sofa instead of the saddle, I eventually got all the way back up over 240.

This year I decided to change that. I decided not to make firm goals for myself. For some reason, I think that once I "checked that box" it was easier to stop doing what got me to that point. I just decided I was going to try to lose some weight, and I was going to ride more. If I don't get in 100 miles, I don't sweat it (and I haven't gotten to 100 yet). If I don't lose a bunch of weight, that's OK, too.

It's working. I'm down about 25 pounds so far since February. And, I got in my longest ride of the year today at 51 miles. I've been a little embarrassed about coming back -- not exactly the model one should emulate. But, I got a lot of support here before, so I thought I'd pop in and say, "hi." This is a good board for info and inspiration.
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Old 07-02-11, 02:37 PM   #2
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Welcome back and congrats on the recent weight re-loss and on getting back on the bike again. Keep it up.
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Old 07-02-11, 02:40 PM   #3
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Welcome back and good job on the weight loss. Keep it up!

This is my favorite subforum here too. This is the friendliest group of people I have ever seen. In fact, I don't plan on leaving this forum when I reach my weight loss goal.
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Old 07-02-11, 02:46 PM   #4
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Welcome back! I think many of us have been on that rollercoaster, I know I have!! The main thing is you're getting back in the saddle, absolutely no reason to be embarrassed!
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Old 07-02-11, 02:55 PM   #5
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I've done the yo-yo before too, and I know how detrimental it can be to retrace your weight loss steps. However, it seems that once you make a firm decision on changing your lifestyle for the better, exercise more, and eat healthier, the battle is 2/3 the way over. All you have to do now is watch the weight melt away . I would say good luck, but I don't believe in it. Keep on track on you'll be 20 lbs lighter in no time
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Old 07-02-11, 03:27 PM   #6
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Howdy and welcome back to the forums! I know I have been on that roller coaster before, your amongst good folks here, I'll cheer ya as you go.
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Welcome back, troutbreath. You sound like you have some good ideas. Keep it up.
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Old 07-02-11, 05:11 PM   #8
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Hey!


It's working. I'm down about 25 pounds so far since February. And, I got in my longest ride of the year today at 51 miles. I've been a little embarrassed about coming back -- not exactly the model one should emulate. But, I got a lot of support here before, so I thought I'd pop in and say, "hi." This is a good board for info and inspiration.
Don't say that! You are well worth emulating. You didn't give up and got right back in the fight.

Way to go!
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Old 07-02-11, 06:09 PM   #9
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Welcome Back !! Great job on the weight loss, and just go out and enjoy the rides.
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