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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 08-12-12, 08:20 PM   #1
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I'm starting to struggle.

I'm starting to struggle a little. When I was a kid I went to Randy Hundley's baseball camp. I actually met earnie banks... Didn't know who he was. He was signing mitts and balls. I didn't have him sign mine.

Anyway we did this drill where you stick both arms out to the side, parallel to the ground. Super easy. Then you kind of spun your arms in really small circles. Easy!

A couple of minutes of this drill and we would be groaning and complaining because we couldn't keep our arms in the air anymore. We'd do morning warm ups, and near the end of the training, the trainer would get a big smile on his face and snap his arms out to the sides and we'd all groan loudly. I may have cried.

The first 9 weeks of changing my diet and exercise were like the first 30 seconds of the arm drill. A little tiring, but really easy.

I'm finding that I'm starting to crack in small ways. Missing a day of food tracking. A few days without riding, although that was due to mechanical problems.

Not being able to resist eating the fruity pebbles "rice crispy treats" that we're for My son, but he didn't like. I ate mashed potatoes and corn tonight.

I justified the corn and potatoes by saying its part of what makes summer great and in order for this to be a real permanent lifestyle change, I have to allow myself those pleasures.

While this is 100% true, I'm worried that I'm just finding ways to justify bad eating.

Tomorrow I get back to basics. Also I've bought a book called Foundation: redefine your core, conquer back pain, and move with confidence. It's a system for strengthening those back and leg muscles that get really weak sitting and slouching all day. Also, those muscles that get ignored while slumped on a bike.

I'll ride 30 miles and my legs have 30 more in them, but my lower back is done.

I'm hoping that adding something new to the routine as well as re-asserting the good habits I've developed, I'll get back on track.

When I was young, I said I'd never let myself weigh more than 275 pounds. I've got 15 pounds to lose before I get DOWN to that weight. My goal is to change that goal to at least 225 pounds - then ill decide if being sub 200 is something that I can realistically do.

I'm not going to wash out this early.

Anyone have success stories for reasserting your weight loss and fitness?
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Old 08-12-12, 08:49 PM   #2
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I'm starting to struggle.

Hang in there. It's a marathon not a sprint. I too find I am struggling of late. Don't let a slip become a complete backslide to point of giving up.
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Old 08-12-12, 08:53 PM   #3
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I've gone from 265 down to 180. It has taken me 18 months to accomplish and more than a few times during this period I've fallen off the wagon. I just start at it again the next day. I've found that changing a lifetime of bad eating habits isn't easy, but it does get easier as time goes by, just hang in there as persistence pays off.

P.S. Nothing wrong with corn, or potatoes for that matter. I just have to get to them them before all the butter, sour cream and milk is added.
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Old 08-12-12, 10:05 PM   #5
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There's nothing wrong with corn or potatoes, it's everything else that you're eating that has tons of refined sugar or HFCS in it.

A couple of years ago my doctor put me on a no processed sugar, no flour diet. Basically, it's like the paleolithic diet that is popular with some people now. It took a couple of weeks for my body to make the adjustment and for the sugar cravings to go away, but when that happened, WOW. My energy level increased substantially.

Because I wasn't consuming processed sugar, my body avoided the peaks & valleys of artificially-boosted energy levels (it's when your blood sugar drops that you start craving more sugar, and by eating more sugar you set yourself up for another drop in blood sugar), and instead my body became a steady, strong, energy-producing machine.

In order to do this, you have to be able and willing to cook almost every meal - there is no more fast food, processed food, pizzas, or soft drinks. That alone is a deal-breaker for most people, but they will never know what they are missing. Every time you have a soft drink or chocolate/sugar snack to "pick you up'" you are only perpetuating the cycle, setting yourself up for a bigger fall, and building a bigger wall to climb before you can break yourself and your body (because the body will crave sugar even when your mind says it doesn't want it) of the refined sugar addiction & cravings.

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Old 08-12-12, 10:33 PM   #6
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I really was doing well with avoiding sugar. That's why I was upset about the starches. But yea, the past week I've allowed myself a sugar packet or two into my coffee. A little less water than usual. Just a little bit. But I'm finding the sugar carving creeping back. So I've got to re-dedicate myself and stop allowing myself the small slips because they seem to compound into worse things.

I cook most of what I eat, and when I can't, I'm choosing much more differently than in the past. Very little bread or potatoes. Soup, salad, lean meats... It's just extra frustrating when you know what you're doing and you're still allowing yourself to screw it up.

I pick up my new wheel next week. Hopefully the 36 spoke custom wheel stops my spoke snapping problem as of late and keeps me on the road.
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Hang in there and keep doing it. I have a feeling your new wheel is going to inspire you to ride, ride, ride.

For what it's worth, I'm doing a similar food plan as MadCityCyclist. I'm having good success, and support from my wife is really important. Also, my biggest weakness is actually Diet Pepsi / Diet Coke (have loved them both for a long time). Not having to give that up helps a lot - I have a diet soda for a treat when the kids get ice cream. Diet soda is not good for you, but I suppose if you have to have a weakness, there are worse ones.

Keep after it, you can do it.
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Not sure what you are drinking, but what kills me is diet soda and diet flavored water drinks. If my kids weren't grown I'd probably be that oddball who would trade one of their kids for a Diet Dr Pepper if I was flat broke

Here is what I have found:

When I drink artificially sweet drinks, I get hungry. Every single of of the sweeteners used isn't supposed to cause an insulin reaction, but for me, it does.

Here is today's example:

Got up at 5:30, showered and had to head out. Was dragging a bit so bought a Diet DP. Then another and then a third. I'm about halfway through my day and I'm already at my usual 5pm calorie consumed count.

Yesterday was completely different. Got up at 6, putted around the house a bit, worked for about 5 hours and left for a 14 mile bike ride at 5 with the same calorie intake as today at 1pm.

My usual day is right at 1500 calories so I lose between 2.5 and 3 pounds a week. I find that I slip up a bit on diet drinks and average about 2 per week.

If drinks aren't your issue, something is. You have to figure out what that trigger is for you. It may be a consumption item or it may just be in your head. Good thing is that both of those can be overcome if you are ready for it.

Meals used to be an issue for me but I worked out a system to make it super simple.... I make mine and my wife's dinners each week on Sunday. All 6 days done in advance and when we get home we pop the baggies in the microwave and are set. No more excuses about working 60-80 hours a week and being too tired to cook.

I'd sit down and really look at what you are doing. Keep in mind though.... Focus on one win at a time. Each play moves the ball down field.

You can do it!
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