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    Double Dippers or Yo Yos

    Anyone out there lose a lot of weight, then gain it back?

    How are you dealing with it? Do you go back to what worked for you the first time? Do you try something new?

    My story:
    Although I'm not as Clydely as some of the people on this board. But I have an issue I need to deal with.

    I knew I was not healthy and going in the wrong direction. Then in late 2004 I decided to do something about it. A friend of mine had done the South Beach Diet and had success, so I read up on in and started the diet on January 1, 2005. I was spectacularly successful, losing 70 lb., going from a 30+ BMI down to less than 22, right in the middle of the "Normal Weight" category on the government's BMI site.

    But I went too far. I was 6'-2", 168 lb., and didn't feel healthy because I was too skinny. I purposely put some weight back on, and then stopped. But I didn't really stop. After several years of relatively slow weight gain, I'm flirting with the 230s again. Ugh.

    I started riding my bicycle again in 2008, after I realized I needed to do something about my weight and fitness. In some senses, I feel more healthy. I can ride my bike 30, 40, 50 miles without it wiping me out. But I STILL have this gut and weigh more than I should. I'm currently about 225. I know I don't want to go all the way back to 168, and riding the bike may have added some muscle to my core, but my middle is still too round and I know I should lose about 30 lb.

    But it just won't come off.

    I've considered trying SBD again, but I don't think it's practical for two reasons: 1. with my riding, I think I need the carbs that SBD discourages, at least some of the time. The problem is that I have trouble turning off the carbing when I don't need them. And, 2. I've gone from a family of 4 where we all eat meat to a family of two with a vegetarian. My sons have pretty much moved out (one still in college), and my wife no longer eats meat. So SBD cooking just doesn't jive with my family situation.

    So that leaves me in this situation: I'm exercising (riding the bike) much more than I did when I lost the big chunk of weight in 2005. That is good. I don't really see going back to what worked for me before (South Beach Diet). That is bad. Going forward, what can I do that will help me lose the weight?

    I think one of the things I liked about SBD was that it was very structured, so my food decisions weren't being made by me, but by the plan. I saw that the plan worked, and turned control over to it. The bad part about that, though, is when I got away from the plan, I lost the healthy habits.

    I think what I need is a way to make better decisions about food. Going vegetarian is an option, since my wife already is (actually, she's technically a pescatarian who still eats some fish, and also eats dairy). I was leaning that way going into the summer, but when my some came home from college, meat crept back in.

    I could try to minimize carbs as in the past, and reward myself for riding by saving beer for the ride days when I can burn the carbs in it (sounds bad, I know).

    I could join Weight Watchers which would give me that structure again. Maybe that's just the same but different compared to SBD. I have a friend who had great success with WW. But even if I lose the weight, will I be able to maintain it if I go back off WW? I do good losing weight on a plan, but I'd rather develop healthy eating as a lifestyle and not follow a plan for the rest of my life.

    Anyone else out there deal with weight loss, then a reversal? How do you get back into the groove?
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I lost about 50 pounds when I was in my late 20s/early 30s, but bottomed out about 212. Then over the following 25 years I steadily gained until I was 304. I lost about 50 of that by trying to stay moderately active (read: regular walking) and through portion control, but that only got me so far, and I gained about 20 of it back. Then my wife and I joined WW, and in the 16 months since then I've gone from 270 to 190. I still need to lose another 20 to 25 pounds, if possible, and I'm working towards it, though the going at this point is understandably slow.

    Besides the fact that the program has worked for me, it also makes practical sense to me as a cyclist and sometimes athlete-wannabe. It teaches basic, no-nonsense nutrition, so you know you're not cutting out any one type of food, the lack of which could otherwise have a deleterious effect on your ability to ride and continue to improve. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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    I was overweight all my life. Like many fat people, I made unserious attempts to change myself over the years. I was 400 some pounds in December 2005 when I had my wake up call. A year later I was 275 and learning to ride a bike. Six months after that I reached 240, which might have been all I could lose - goal was 225, and I had a lot of loose skin. I gained a little back over the winter of 2007-2008, but not a lot. I was about 260 during my trips from Pittsburgh to DC in 2008.

    During 2008 I had a great deal of stress to deal with - a close personal friendship (with another poster here) ended in an ugly way, I befriended a coworker who took advantage of my good nature, I had to deal with harrassment in the workplace from a 'protected class' person I was training, and the economy tanked. I'd never dealt well with stress aside from medicating through food, and so I put on another 20-30 pounds in 2009. I reached 310 in 2010.

    With some help from Sayre Kulp, although he'll not accept responsibility, I dropped 30 pounds by December 2010. Then I hurt myself in both knees, and the months of inactivity and stress brought me back up to 310 by the time I went to Ohio. I'm slowly dropping again.

    Obviously I need to deal better with stress in all aspects of my life, find something to relieve it aside from food, and make better choices who I consider 'friend.'

    Just putting this out there. Thanks for listening.

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    I've lost over 100 lbs two different times in my life. I'm on my 3rd go around now. I've finally got it in my head that I'll be dieting the rest of my life, or at least cutting back on what I eat to keep the weight off. It kills me every time I think about putting all the weight back on.
    I have gone back to the same way that I lost weight before because I know it worked. Only this time I've added going to the gym 5 to 6 days a week and cycling.
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    Good responses all. Although only CraigB mentioned any specific program (WW), it sure helps to know I'm not the only one in this boat.

    I might add that it almost seems a little silly when I post here; I'm not really that overweight. But I still have a weight problem. My loss target may not be that large, but I think I still need some of the practical advice that this forum offers. Thanks, guys.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    A little or a lot, Doohickie, the root problems are pretty much the same. Anything we can do to share what's worked and what hasn't is beneficial to us all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    I was overweight all my life. Like many fat people, I made unserious attempts to change myself over the years. I was 400 some pounds in December 2005 when I had my wake up call. A year later I was 275 and learning to ride a bike. Six months after that I reached 240, which might have been all I could lose - goal was 225, and I had a lot of loose skin. I gained a little back over the winter of 2007-2008, but not a lot. I was about 260 during my trips from Pittsburgh to DC in 2008.

    During 2008 I had a great deal of stress to deal with - a close personal friendship (with another poster here) ended in an ugly way, I befriended a coworker who took advantage of my good nature, I had to deal with harrassment in the workplace from a 'protected class' person I was training, and the economy tanked. I'd never dealt well with stress aside from medicating through food, and so I put on another 20-30 pounds in 2009. I reached 310 in 2010.

    With some help from Sayre Kulp, although he'll not accept responsibility, I dropped 30 pounds by December 2010. Then I hurt myself in both knees, and the months of inactivity and stress brought me back up to 310 by the time I went to Ohio. I'm slowly dropping again.

    Obviously I need to deal better with stress in all aspects of my life, find something to relieve it aside from food, and make better choices who I consider 'friend.'

    Just putting this out there. Thanks for listening.
    Me, 400 pounds, May 2004 - on the left, next to the late Grandmaster Larry Evans.



    240-ish. July 2007, after a thirty-some mile ride in New Jersey.



    Me two weeks ago, 302 pounds:


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    Yep.. Peak weight back in 2007 was 255lb.. Diet and exercise and an awesome job (I was a trainee meteorologist being trained to forecast and being paid for it.. best year of my life) and I dropped to 196lb (I am 5'9")
    My mum got cancer and I started to travel a lot between Melbourne and Sydney to see her and travel a lot for work and started stacking on the stress and like many here medicating with food and more so with beer...
    Mum died in 2009, I took a job in the USA (escape route) My most recent peak was just before I left Aus in late 2009 at 230lb..

    Back on the weight loss wagon now (did a Dry July to kick it off...) down to 217lb REALLY need to lose it now, last "peak" came with terrible health consequences, very high BP, cholesterol, Gastric reflux (which felt like a heart attack, landed in ER)
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    BTW my wife does WW, really helps here... and helps me when she is doing it as we both watch our points...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclogenesis View Post
    Yep.. Peak weight back in 2007 was 255lb.. Diet and exercise and an awesome job (I was a trainee meteorologist being trained to forecast and being paid for it.. best year of my life) and I dropped to 196lb (I am 5'9")
    My mum got cancer and I started to travel a lot between Melbourne and Sydney to see her and travel a lot for work and started stacking on the stress and like many here medicating with food and more so with beer...
    Mum died in 2009, I took a job in the USA (escape route) My most recent peak was just before I left Aus in late 2009 at 230lb..

    Back on the weight loss wagon now (did a Dry July to kick it off...) down to 217lb REALLY need to lose it now, last "peak" came with terrible health consequences, very high BP, cholesterol, Gastric reflux (which felt like a heart attack, landed in ER)
    A lot of parallels there. I have to travel some with my job which is usually when the weight shows up. And yeah, I've been to the ER fearing I had a heart attack which turned out to be acid reflux. I think a dry month would be very beneficial to me. Maybe once my current stash of beer is consumed, it will be time to do it. That will be tough because the group I ride with does pub crawls. Then again, there are several people who don't drink that come along for the camaraderie and drink water or soda.

    Part of my problem currently is the acid reflux. It tends to get worse with increased weight, although the time I went to the ER was when I was at my low weight (we were on vacation and I ate some things I normally wouldn't... and because of the weight loss I was no longer medicating for the reflux).
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    Yep... The Dry Month was done both because I knew it would be hard and because I needed a trigger... I actually think drinking to much is a weight gain source not due to the calories but due to the impact the next day.. Most of my heavy nights were friday and saturday nights and curtailed my saturday and sunday rides... By going dry I no longer had hangover aborted rides... Dry July was a great success, and the first beer in August was SWEET!

    And yes.. the reflux sucked.. I really thought that was it, and I am only 33...
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    Yo-yo all the way here. I have done restrictive diets, followed by uncontrolled eating and weight gain, my entire life -- from the time I was around 13. I think it's a very common experience for women. You eat in a punitive way and lose a ton of weight quickly, then eventually you can't take it anymore and binge. I swore off the whole mess about five years ago after yet another WW experience, and resigned myself to being overweight but at least not eating-disordered. My only binging behavior has been in reaction to restrictive diets, I'm not "naturally" a binge eater.

    Two years or so ago, I found out about a plan called No S -- no eating between meals and no sweets during the week, treats if you want them on weekends. I have lost weight slowly, but kept it off and avoided binging and food obsession with that. I will NEVER do a full-on diet again -- they are disastrous for me! I have often wondered what my weight would be like now if I had never dieted.

    I'm trying to take the same approach with exercise. No punishing marathon workouts, no gym classes or boot camp or sweating on equipment just to beat my body into shape. I walk, bike, and just started paddling a kayak -- my goals are to do physical activity that is fun, useful (I walk or bike my errands instead of driving), or ideally both. And I don't try to push myself to exhaustion or map out a work-out schedule, my goal is to WANT to get out the door and go have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thalia View Post
    No punishing marathon workouts, no gym classes or boot camp or sweating on equipment just to beat my body into shape. I walk, bike, and just started paddling a kayak -- my goals are to do physical activity that is fun, useful (I walk or bike my errands instead of driving), or ideally both. And I don't try to push myself to exhaustion or map out a work-out schedule, my goal is to WANT to get out the door and go have fun!
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I weighed 90-95 pounds in college and grad school(early to late-1970s), which was a good weight for me. I slowly over 30 years put on nearly 70 pounds, with one blip. In about 1990 I got very ill, with a hormone imbalance. I couldn't eat anything and had to be fed through a tube. In two months I lost a huge amount of weight. I then got better. I became voraciously hungry, hunger like I have never imagined. I quickly put the weight back on again. And I was hungry for 10 years after that. It was very difficult to control the hunger. My docs all poo-poo'd my experience and I am still rather pissed about their denial of my experience.

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    Always been kind of on the chunky side; had a size 42 waist in high school at graduation. Never weighed myself at that time though. I was moderately active until graduation, doing casual cycling, but mostly Judo.

    I lived a very restricted life at home; parents would lock food up at all times so when food was accidentally left available we would scarf it up as soon as we saw it. An ironic part of my youth was that my brother and my sister were both much skinnier than I was, but ate a lot more. Regardless, since I was heaviest I was always blamed for the missing food; so I became quite bitter about the situation and decided "well ****, if I'm going to get blamed for those cookies when they go missing, I may as well just eat them anyway", and thus began my comfort eating.

    Graduated in 1998, went to college. I would estimate my weight was around 250. The cafeteria was named "Gracies", but everyone called it "Greasies". Pizza, hamburgers, hot pockets galore. Anything fattening. No vegetables or fruits. I lost my frigging mind and ate to my hearts content; no longer constrained by anything I had no self control. I don't know how much I gained in those 5 years.

    Things got worse near the end; I started writing books, as well as going to school, as well as holding a job at a local department store. I was drinking 72 to 96 ounces of mountain dew every single day just to stay awake long enough to fit those three things in my schedule. I probably hit 400 by 2003, as a rough estimate.

    A girl came into my life then. I don't know why, but she seemed to be interested in me. I decided I needed to lose weight to seal the deal. Began walking on a treadmill every day. Got bored of being cooped up indoors. Started walking outside. Then in April 2004 I went to a concert in Toronto for the band Kraftwerk, who had released their album "Tour de France Soundtracks" in 2003 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France. I loved the album, I loved the concert. All the songs were about cycling, and that inspired me to get my old bicycle out of my parents shed and start cycling. I did *not* alter my diet in any way during this time, however.

    Did 1250 miles in 2004, and I dropped to around 360, but things went south with the girl. Decided to try dating other people, but those were even worse disasters. The end of 2004 was pretty disastrous for me emotionally and I stopped the exercise completely over the winter.

    In January 2005 I was flown out to Seattle to interview with Microsoft, as they were interested in me due to my 3rd book being directly related to their technology stack. After 2 days of interviews, everyone there said that they loved me and wanted nothing more than for me to go work there. I felt like this was a brand new life opening for me, so I was finally starting to feel good again... then they emailed me a week later and said that they decided to move in a different direction and I was not going to be hired.

    Crushed, I sunk into an even deeper depression than before; barely moved anymore. Only got out of bed to go to work really. Surprised I even had it in me to do that. Weight skyrockets to around 400 again. A few months later the first girl I mentioned comes back into my life and wants to get serious this time, so that partially buoys my esteem... but that was a stupid mistake. Took up cycling again, but that only lasted 600 miles before the relationship crashed and burned even worse than before and I stopped doing any exercise in October '05.

    January '06 rolls around and I notice I'm starting to get out of breath every time I walk up the stairs to my apartment. Weigh myself at 390, and my new years resolution becomes to lose weight. I buy an exercise bike and go crazy on that sucker. I can't remember why I didn't use my actual bicycle that year; might have been embarrassed by my size. Not sure. I was doing 6 hours a week at one point. I was not weighing myself at all during this time; I would go to the mall and use the scale outside of the health shop because I didn't want to buy a scale for fat people; so it was a pain to go weigh myself. December '06 comes, and I decide to weigh myself after the year of exercise (150 hours of intense cardio for the year)... and it comes up to 402 pounds. I GAINED 12 pounds... after all that exercise.

    My soul died right then and there. I kept up the exercise for another 3 weeks out of habit, but by the end of January '07 I had completely given up again. I said it wasn't worth it; after all that exercise I gained weight, this was futile. I was never going to be normal and that was that. I started binge eating around this time.

    2007 to 2010 is a blur. I worked my ass off at work; all I did was work and eat. Got lots of promotions (averaged 2 a year) but ignored everything else around me. In December 2009 my grandmother died; I'm not sure why but this inspired me to start eating healthier at the start of 2010. Only problem is, I half-assed it. I would buy low salt crackers, but then load them up with that spray cheese crap, thinking it was ok because the crackers were low salt. Lots of other examples; in my mind I was "eating good", but not really.

    July 2010... I started feeling really strange. I convinced myself that I was having mini heart attacks. All month long I kept telling myself I needed to start exercising again. Finally, July 17th I climb on the exercise bike and pathetically pound out 30 minutes of exercise. I said to myself "ok, that's enough for this week, we'll do another 30 minutes next week!", and was actually proud of myself for doing that. Later on that day, I'm sitting on my ass playing on my computer, when I hear someone scream outside "HELP!!". The apartment below mine caught on fire. I got out safely, but the paramedics that answered the call insisted on checking everyone out afterwards. I tried to avoid this but I think they were concerned about me because they found me and insisted on checking me first. After not being able to find a blood pressure cuff that worked for over 10 minutes, they find a "fat dude" cuff in the other ambulance. If that wasn't embarrassing enough. When they finally do check my pressure, he says "holy ****". I was over 200. They insisted on taking me to the hospital, telling me that I was going to die. I keep telling them it's only high because I exercised a few hours ago, hoping that was the reason. They weren't buying it. Long story short, I had hypertension. Big wake up call for me.

    Bought a scale, started using the exercise bike. Weight was 457, 2 weeks after the incident when the scale arrived. I probably peaked at 460 or so, but I can't say for sure. The hospital nor my doctor had a scale that goes that high. Started eating right for real this time.

    A year later, I'm down 98 pounds as of today. This is the longest and the most loss I've ever sustained. All of my previous efforts were thwarted by what I like to call "The Three W's: Winter, Work, and Women". Well I've managed to make it through one of each of those this time. Winter came, I embraced it with open arms; bought nordic skis and ski'd my ass off all winter long. Work came; 2 major product releases in the last year. Didn't impact my exercise at all. In fact when it appeared that it might, I started bicycle commuting to make sure it wouldn't. A Woman came... March to June. I fell hard for her. She laughed at the idea of us being a couple after I bought her a $150 dinner. Was crushed, and my usual response is to binge eat. Not this time though. I moved my half-century goal from October to June, and forced myself to do 57 miles the very next day. So I'm feeling like my mental state is finally strong enough to handle these various setbacks without giving up for once.


    My only fear is that if I get hurt somehow. I can see that really putting a damper on my newfound success. So I've got to be careful and not take undue risks. I am addicted to this idea of me being 200 pounds right now. I need to do this. For the first time in my life I need something with every ounce of my being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    I am addicted to this idea of me being 200 pounds right now. I need to do this. For the first time in my life I need something with every ounce of my being.
    Do it.

    Do It.

    DO IT!

    Good story; I hope you make your goal! I'd be happy at 200 myself.

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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    The problem I have had, and from the original post it sounds like you do as well... I keep thinking of a diet as something you go on and off of. I'll go on a diet to get the weight down then come off it.... that just doesnt work. You need a plan that changes your diet forever. ...... forever.

    forever!

    I've been telling myself this for a little while now and its finally starting to sink in. Forever does not mean a misserable existance. It just means I need to plan and stay within a plan from now until the day I die. Yes, occasional excursions will happen, but they must be the rare exception.

    I dont know anything about south beach, or most of the fad diets, but they can only work if there is a completion phase that you continue until the end of time. If the diet as an end date, its a sure recipee for yo-yoism.

    just my $0.03 worth (inflation and all that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haff View Post
    The problem I have had, and from the original post it sounds like you do as well... I keep thinking of a diet as something you go on and off of. I'll go on a diet to get the weight down then come off it.... that just doesnt work. You need a plan that changes your diet forever. ...... forever.

    forever!

    I've been telling myself this for a little while now and its finally starting to sink in. Forever does not mean a misserable existance. It just means I need to plan and stay within a plan from now until the day I die. Yes, occasional excursions will happen, but they must be the rare exception.

    I dont know anything about south beach, or most of the fad diets, but they can only work if there is a completion phase that you continue until the end of time. If the diet as an end date, its a sure recipee for yo-yoism.

    just my $0.03 worth (inflation and all that)
    I failed at that aspect too. I failed to take my own advice that it's a lifestyle change, not a diet. After all, 400 pounds is a lifestyle too.

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    Great story Mithrandir. The really big deal with me this time is time itself. In other attempts I was thinking 6 month time frames. When I started the journey this time I told myself " I'll give this 2 years and if I'm not where I want to be I'll give it 2 more years." I've surpassed the original goal and lowered my "ideal weight" by 15 lbs. I'll give this 2 years and if I'm not where I want to be I'll give it 2 more years. On a certain level I know it'll never end but I still need a carrot out there to keep me focused.

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    I really did view my 2005 South Beach Diet as a change of habit "forever." I kept away from carbs religiously for several years. It was my first experience with dieting, though, and I think I did make some mistakes. First of all, I read the SBD book cover-to-cover when I started, but when I got to my low weight, I should have gone back and reviewed Phase III (Maintenance). I followed Phases I and II religiously, but by the time I hit my low weight I thought I knew everything I needed to know. Oops. And my "forever" commitment to SBD makes much less sense now than it did when I was following it in 2005 due to my lifestyle changes (now an empty nester with a vegetarian wife).

    Part of what I'm trying to do is identify what to try next. SBD worked well for me then, but isn't right for me now.

    I think the things I could do that would have the biggest impact are: NO food after dinner (and dessert, if any). I think the late-night stuff is the worst for putting pounds on. And also I need to monitor my diet better when I'm business travel. More salads, less ribs.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I don't think I could do a low-carb diet with how much exercise I do a week now. 15-20 hours a week... no/low carbs would kill me.

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    Yeah, that too.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Mithrandir - WOW that is quite the tale you presented there brother. I hear ya on the three W's. They can kill a guy if you can't deal with stress. Going back to school for me was killer. I had to back off the grad schooling cause it was just ruining my health. Couldn't find time to do homework, actual work, and have 2 seconds of social life in the day, let alone 45 minutes of gym time. I just wish I could do it, but I don't think its in the cards for me. I'm going to try again this fall, but I'm hesistant.
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    Even since starting this thread I've yo-yoed. We celebrated my son's birthday last weekend by taking him to a Japanese steak house (where they cook at your table). Got solidly back over 230 again . However, I've been riding every night lately and I've already lost the weight I gained that night and then some, back to the mid-220s. Sometimes when I do business travel or otherwise over-indulge, I'll put on a few pounds, then lose it again in a couple days.

    It's getting dark (and therefore cooling off) earlier now, so I'm going out to ride right after dinner. Probably a good idea; it puts a hard mark on the end of eating for the day. Did 28 miles last night, the last 5 of which I was running on empty. There is a significant hill about a half mile from my house... I was totally gassed before the hill but got up out of the saddle and attacked it with vigor. (There's really no other option since I was riding my single speed.) I was totally spent at the top, but the rest of the ride was flat anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Even since starting this thread I've yo-yoed. We celebrated my son's birthday last weekend by taking him to a Japanese steak house (where they cook at your table). Got solidly back over 230 again . However, I've been riding every night lately and I've already lost the weight I gained that night and then some, back to the mid-220s. Sometimes when I do business travel or otherwise over-indulge, I'll put on a few pounds, then lose it again in a couple days.

    It's getting dark (and therefore cooling off) earlier now, so I'm going out to ride right after dinner. Probably a good idea; it puts a hard mark on the end of eating for the day. Did 28 miles last night, the last 5 of which I was running on empty. There is a significant hill about a half mile from my house... I was totally gassed before the hill but got up out of the saddle and attacked it with vigor. (There's really no other option since I was riding my single speed.) I was totally spent at the top, but the rest of the ride was flat anyway.

    Any weight fluctuations that occur that quickly are going to be variations of water weight, and not truly indicative of your "fat weight". All it takes is more salt than you're used to and you can easily suck up 5-6 pounds in a day. Or exercise like a madman, forget to rehydrate, and lose 12 pounds in a day. It's all just water, however, and it shouldn't get you down, nor get your spirits skyrocketing. A true yo-yo is only detectable over months.

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