This particular road started for me back on Sept 19th, 2009.
That was my first post on the Bike forums C/A sub-forum. At that point in time, I weighed 378 pounds (from an all time high of 419lbs). I hadn't been on any form of bicycle in some 30 odd-years. My over-all health was pretty bad, and my heart DR insisted that I get my left knee replaced ASAP or I may not finish the year above ground.
Most of my beginnings can be found in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...gery-and-More!
Fast forward to today; This marks 30 days in a row under 300 pounds~! This morning I weighed 292.4lbs.
Due to many joint issues, I am now riding a recumbent trike (TerraTrike Rover), so I spend most of my time lately over in the trike forum of http://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...splay.php?f=13 (BROL).
This truly was a year of firsts for me:
First non-surgical year since 2002
First time under 300 pounds since 1981
First metric century
First imperial century
First year over 1,000 miles (1720 YTD)
There have been and will be others that have achieved great life changes through cycling, and I am one more~! I have easily lost and regained literally hundreds of pounds over the years, but this is more of a life-change than any 'diet' ever was. The big difference for me is that this has been all about simply getting more healthy and active, and the weight loss has been a slow by-product of me getting more healthy.
As of this summer, I no longer need to see my heart DR. Quite a change from weekly visits back in 2009.
I am not at the end of the road, and I honestly hope I do not see it for many years. BF, and many of the people here have been a great help to me. I will always be a 'Clyde', and most likely I will continue to ride slowly, but I wish to acknowledge that it was BF that first gave me hope, and helped me to start riding again after so many years.
So a heartfelt "Thank You" to BF members past and present :-)
A photo back in April, 2010:
A photo taken April, 2010 on my first 15+ mile ride with another BF member:
A photo from June, 2012: