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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 09-14-12, 08:58 PM   #1
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The "I'm no longer a Clydesdale/Athena" thread

I was snooping around the forum and was looking around the 200+ lbs riders threads. I was feeling pretty good about the weight loss plan I am on as I am no longer a Clydesdale. I am riding at 189 lbs right now and I am losing about 2 lbs a week on the diet plan I am currently using. I know a lot of 200+ riders are just large framed people who are healthy weight people, but there are some of us that are just overweight, trying to lose the extra pounds to be at a healthy weight.

I decided to start this thread where we can talk about what inspired us to jump on the bike and start losing the weight. Also to discuss the ways we lost it; diet, workouts, etc.

I am a diabetic and have regular doctor visits. I was looking at the BMI charts and realized my healthy weight is 165 lbs. I was 205 lbs at that time and a regular rider. I have a dream to compete and realized those guys are riding at around 150 lbs. So I decided to get on a diet and drop 40 lbs by this coming spring. I am following the plan created by Chris Powell, the guy behind Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. I bought his book called, 'Choose to Lose: The 7 Day Carb Cycle Solution'. So far, I have lost 16 lbs and have become a little faster on the bike. My average speeds have gone from 16.7 mph to 18.6 mph. Seeing these kind of results gives me hope that I will live my dream.

And so, I am no longer a Clydesdale.
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Old 09-14-12, 10:16 PM   #2
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I started at 220 pounds and I really didn't like looking at the scales. My pants were edging out to 38inches at the waist and I hated it. So I sold my motorcycle, upgraded my bike and started to ride predawn every single morning. Then I stopped using the scooter or the car and now I only ride my bikes where ever I go. I went from 220 pounds, 38 inch waist, dying at riding 10 miles to 185 pounds, 31.5 inch waist, riding 1200km a month or better. On Sundays I ride 150km every week. Now my wife/family get on my case for being too SKINNY not too fat. You can't win either way! I also increased my cruising pace to 30-37km/h and averaging 24-28km/h depending on the day and how I feel.

Never going back to the way I was! I can ride for 7 hours, play with the kids, walk up the local hill, and not feel it. My pulse rate has dropped to 60bpm resting, my blood pressure has dropped to almost 'athletic' levels, and I got my bmi down from 28 to 23-24. Oh yes, the energy I use everyday means I can eat a lot and still find it hard to keep weight on.
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Old 09-15-12, 07:42 AM   #3
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Started at 225. Had a heart attack on March 13th. Doc had me excersise to regain heart function. I ride when time and weather permit. Diet and watching what I eat I'm down to 185. And I have a little more I can lose . Maybe down to 175. But I'm happy where I am right now. I guess I'm a Clyde emeritus.

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Old 09-15-12, 07:52 AM   #4
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can't remember the last time I was under 200 lbs. the closest I got in any recent memory was 206 lbs in 2006. a personal trainer who gave me a free eval said my target should be 196. at 225 that's a far off goal, not really a goal cuz I don't really think I can achieve it, plus I'm not motivated to achieve it. I've never really been weight conscious, more like shape conscious. congrats on your achievement though!
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I will always be a Clyde! My best weight is 210, so I'll always qualify
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Old 09-15-12, 09:27 AM   #6
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I decided to start this thread where we can talk about what inspired us to jump on the bike and start losing the weight. Also to discuss the ways we lost it; diet, workouts, etc.
My motivation was I met a girl, thought she was out of my league about 8 years younger than I (hot!), turned out she totally wasn't, she's the most down to earth awesome nice person. In my Clydeness, I didn't have the confidence to make the pursuit. Now she's engaged to a guy far more dorky than I am, and he's like 14 years older than she is. I refuse to let that happen again. She'll always be the one that got away.

I started riding my new Allez Compact on August 9th, I've had 30 rides, all tracked starting in the 4 to 6 mile range and now I can do 25 miles in a day (that I know of) without the sit bones bugging me at all.

I didn't change my diet at all, in fact on Thursday we went to the Mongolian Buffet for lunch and I ate a little too much for lunch. Too much that I felt it in there the entire ride home, I still rode to work the next morning. Today I jumped on the scale and was shocked to see that from my max at 205 in late July I'm now down to 193, barely over 5 weeks later.

Like my fellow Sean, I plan to get close to 165. I think if I want to really cut out the bodyfat though I will have to do some diet changes, at least now I see some progress.

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My motivation was I met a girl, thought she was out of my league about 8 years younger than I (hot!), turned out she totally wasn't, she's the most down to earth awesome nice person. In my Clydeness, I didn't have the confidence to make the pursuit. Now she's engaged to a guy far more dorky than I am, and he's like 14 years older than she is. I refuse to let that happen again. She'll always be the one that got away.
Don't give up! You can beat up the guy and take the girl!
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Look folks feel bad posting here but I was once weighing 285lbs. Through the grace of God and a lot of sweat I am one of those 155lbs guys I've kept it off now for four years. Just want to say if I can Do anyone can. I was taking 21 different meds just to survive now I take none. I am 5'10" 155lbs waist 29". My first attempt exercising was 9 min on an elliptical and almost passed out. Centuries are not hard. and I can do 250 pushups without stopping. My best century was 4hours 45min solo. NEVER GIVE UP THE EFFORT IS WORTH THE REWARD. CYCLING HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
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Look folks feel bad posting here but I was once weighing 285lbs. Through the grace of God and a lot of sweat I am one of those 155lbs guys I've kept it off now for four years. Just want to say if I can Do anyone can. I was taking 21 different meds just to survive now I take none. I am 5'10" 155lbs waist 29". My first attempt exercising was 9 min on an elliptical and almost passed out. Centuries are not hard. and I can do 250 pushups without stopping. My best century was 4hours 45min solo. NEVER GIVE UP THE EFFORT IS WORTH THE REWARD. CYCLING HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
+1 Very encouraging testimony, thanks
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Ha! That is awesome! LMAO
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Look folks feel bad posting here but I was once weighing 285lbs. Through the grace of God and a lot of sweat I am one of those 155lbs guys I've kept it off now for four years. Just want to say if I can Do anyone can. I was taking 21 different meds just to survive now I take none. I am 5'10" 155lbs waist 29". My first attempt exercising was 9 min on an elliptical and almost passed out. Centuries are not hard. and I can do 250 pushups without stopping. My best century was 4hours 45min solo. NEVER GIVE UP THE EFFORT IS WORTH THE REWARD. CYCLING HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
That is so inspiring! God has been a driving factor in my cycling as well. I love to get out there for 40 or 50 miles and just talk to God or just witness the amazing land He has made. So Awesome!
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If you look at the very first pic in the Clydesdale Before and after thread, you'll find me.

580ish to now 206. I float between 199 and 205-206, as a rule now.
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