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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 09-15-12, 10:02 AM   #1
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Thank You Thank You Thank You

As of this morning I've lost about 38 pounds; my BP is 110 over 65; and my Resting HR is 41. Not a mistype, it's 41. A year ago, before I joined BF, I was obese and could barely walk up stairs or get out of chairs; nowadays I ride my bike like a crazy person, fly effortlessly up stairs, and can keep up with the Grandkids. I haven't felt this good in over ten years, back in those days when I was a gonzo bicyclist. In about 6 months I'll turn 60 and have no chronic disease issues, and am on no medications.

I still have over 25 pounds to lose to get to goal, but I'm very encouraged. I wanted to type a special "Thank You" note to my friends on the forums here. You all have been a great encouragement and inspiration and I hope we will continue our journeys to health together.

I've lost weight through Weight Watchers and Bicycling, with a lot of aerobic walking thrown in on the side; my main encouragement is my wife, who is also getting healthier and losing weight; and BF has been a wonderful support forum. So, "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!"
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Old 09-15-12, 10:07 AM   #2
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You should have a physical exam and have your doc check your thyroid functioning to assure that everything is okay. A resting heart rate of 41 can be concerning.
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Old 09-15-12, 10:15 AM   #3
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You should have a physical exam and have your doc check your thyroid functioning to assure that everything is okay. A resting heart rate of 41 can be concerning.
Already done. My rhr has always been very low when I'm fit. If I slow down on caffiene it's in the high 30s. Been this way my whole life
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My resting heart rate is better now than it was when I was in my 30's. I had a job that was very physical and maintained about 50-60 resting heart rate. It is now below 50, and my blood pressure went from stage 2 hypertension to pre-hypertension over the last year. Back then I ate whatever I wanted with lots of junk food. I still am far from perfect in what I eat, but have made a serious shift towards healthy.

It is amazing what cycling can do for you simply by sticking with it. Congratulations to you.
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Congrats!!!! Every drip of sweat pays off! Nice job!
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Great job and THANK YOU for the motivation
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Congratulations on your success. I just got back from my Weight Watchers meeting and recorded a small loss for a total of just over 55lbs. I love the bike......the best exercise yet. Looking forward to hearing about more of your successes.

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Nice job! I am right behind you!
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Great job! Keep up the good work.

I have lost 40 pounds this year through bicycling and lifestyle change. It feels so awesome.

BTW, you have the best username on BF in my opinion, Tractor Legs!
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BTW, you have the best username on BF in my opinion, Tractor Legs!
Hahaha! Thanks. My screen name is named after a hill in El Paso that we call Tractorlegs Hill (aka TransMountain Drive) which is about a 6 mile climb up to a mountain pass. Which, oddly enough, is right in the middle of El Paso, which is in a "U" shape around the end of a mountain range.
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BF should start a fund for starving fat guys... You health nuts who are saving so much on food bills and medical coverage can send your excess money to BF for a charge account whereby we normal people can get a free burger or bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken in an emergency, like when we haven't eaten anything for over 2 hours.

Either that, or save the extra coin, and buy yourself a new bike because N+1 rules.
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Congratulations! I'm right behind you - started at 265, down 34, and 31 to go. Doesn't it feel great to be fit again? I feel like I got about 10 years younger along the way too!
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Congratulations! I'm right behind you - started at 265, down 34, and 31 to go. Doesn't it feel great to be fit again? I feel like I got about 10 years younger along the way too!
+1 Yes it does, and congrats to you too!
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"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!"
You don't hear that kind of talk often enough. It's amazing the things we could be grateful for if we were wide awake. It sure beats whining.
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Here's "before" and "middle" pictures. No "after" picture yet because I still have 26 or 27 pounds to go until goal.
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Thank you! for the encouraging post. I'm down 36 lbs but have stalled in the last two weeks and I still have 40 lbs to go. The most exciting thing for me is how much easier it is to get up the hills at 243 than it was at 279 Can't wait to see what it's like under 220!
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Here's "before" and "middle" pictures. No "after" picture yet because I still have 26 or 27 pounds to go until goal.
That's what I'm attempting right now. Thanks for the inspiration.
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