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    It's been a while

    The last time I posted here I had dropped from 280 lbs to around 205, could ride 60 miles and had just purchased a new Surly LHT. That was about 4 years or so ago. Since then I was injured a couple of times, my wife passed away suddenly from a brain tumor and my eating became out of control. The Surly is in the garage covered in dust and cob webs. I now weigh 256 lbs.

    I recently became engaged to a wonderful woman and that caused me to start thinking. I never want her to have to go through what I went through with my late wife. Since the path I was currently on seemed to make that almost inevitable, I decided I really needed to make a change.

    I have begun really paying attention to my diet again. I've gone back to eating healthy and making every calorie count from a nutrition standpoint (except for the 2oz of Jim Beam I allow myself each evening!) Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to do for exercise. I was planning on walking but it takes too long to burn meaningful calories. I could start running again but that's how I got hurt those times. What the heck? I've got an $1100 almost new bicycle sitting in the garage! Let's get that thing out again.

    Okay, I admit that it's not out yet but it will be this weekend. It's so hot here right now my early rides will be confined to loops in the neighborhood early in the morning before work. I know this is going to hurt bad the first few rides but I've started from scratch before, I can do it again.

    So why did I come on this forum and start spewing this little story? I don't really know but sometimes it feels good to just get things off your chest. I loved this forum before and I really hope it will be motivating to me again. I really want to be around for a lot of years for my new wife. Oh, and I really want to look great in my tux come April!

    Joe

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    It will be easier this time (at least thats what I told myself) because you have done it before.

    You know the drill, get out there and go!

    Let us know how its going, and chime back in anytime

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    Welcome back. I dont "know you" as Ive only been around regularly since 2010 but we all seem to have a common theme. A workmate of mine recently came into work on a Surly - looks like a well-made bike

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    Congrats! Good luck and have fun
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    Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
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    Headwinds are hills dipped in evil!

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