I just registered after lurking for a couple of weeks. I love this forum.
It fits me so perfectly. Im 61 and last May 2011 I discovered I had the beginnings of diabetes. My blood sugar was 160 to 190 all day long for 3 days running. At the time
I weighed 352 and drank a lot (about 10 beers a day) with no exercise. Very miserable
basically just waiting to die.
The blood sugar thing scared me so I switched to low glycemic index foods for a week.
That helped a little but the blood sugar remained high 140 to 180. So I quit drinking
and ordered a stationary recumbent bike. After it arrived I started riding on the low setting 5 mins a day every other day because I was very worried about injuring my
tendons and not being able to ride.
Very quickly the weight started to come off and my blood sugar returned to normal
over the course of a month or two; at the same time I increased my riding in small increments. In August I ordered a terratrike rover and it arrived in Sept. I thought it would be the answer to all my problems but I forgot to include the weight factor.
Any slight incline had me really straining. But I persevered and gradually build up my distance while still using the stationary bike as warm up for walking and riding outdoors.
Now its Nov 2011 and I weigh 275 and I'm excited to be alive! Yippeee!
Reading this forum has made a big difference to me; the success stories of people like me and the incredible recoveries convinced me that I can also get to normal weight
(which would be about 170 for me I'm 5'8") and most importantly ride a regular bike again. So this week I dusted off my Rivendell Romulus and started riding again - what a treat.
Thanks again to all of you for sharing your stories and for making this site.