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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 06-29-12, 08:47 AM   #1
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BF clydesdale in velonews

I havent been around much lately so I dont know if he still posts here but Ernest was a BFer for at least a little while.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/...r-world_226368
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Old 06-29-12, 09:22 AM   #2
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“I was scared,” Gagnon said. “I had to do something. My doctor was trying to push me into a bypass, but I really had an issue with changing my anatomy to fix an over-eating or weight disorder. I was tired of being scared of everything and scared of people.”


Kudos to this guy. I've known people who got the bypass and put it all back on. The problem is that forcing yourself to make wise choices through surgery will never be a good substitute for learning to make wise choices.
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Old 06-29-12, 09:29 AM   #3
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wow what a story - that inspired me. thanks for posting the link
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theyres an education process with the surgery and support group for after it but a lot of people dont follow it
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Inspiring and the last couple of sentences says it all
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The problem is that forcing yourself to make wise choices through surgery will never be a good substitute for learning to make wise choices.
I disagree with this. As a whole, people with bypasses have better long term results that people who simply diet. Doesn't mean any particular individual can't succeed or fail but if you are morbidly obese your odds are better with the bypass.
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I disagree with this. As a whole, people with bypasses have better long term results that people who simply diet. Doesn't mean any particular individual can't succeed or fail but if you are morbidly obese your odds are better with the bypass.
I guess it depends on what kind of surgery one has.

"Obesity Surgery Doubles The Risk For Alcoholism" -- medicaldaily.com

"Obesity surgery may significantly increase the risk of alcohol abuse, according to a new study.

"Researchers found that patients who had undergone gastric bypass surgery had double the risk for excessive drinking two years after the operation, compared with patients who had a less dramatic weight-loss operation."
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Cool story. He's lost a clyde in weight already! It's just awesome that he had the courage to get on the bike in the first place.
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This was impressive, but what I thought was more impressive is these fit cyclists helping him start out...well done by all
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This was impressive, but what I thought was more impressive is these fit cyclists helping him start out...well done by all
I agree. Not that what he's done isn't noteworthy, inspiring or worth celebrating, but around here (the C/A group of BF) it isn't unheard of. The help from fit fellow cyclists is what I find remarkable. While I don't personally know any fit roadies who would show out-and-out visible disdain for riders like him, I don't know many who would show that kind of patience either. Kudos to everyone involved.
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