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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 05-01-13, 05:31 AM   #1
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Zoxe - Clyde Emeritus

I'm not sure if Tom is still doing the Clyde Emeritus certificates, but I'm happy to announce that I now qualify. Weigh in this morning was 198.6. At 6'2" I'll always be a borderline clyde, but with luck and continued perseverance, I'll make height my only qualification.

Stats:
Start 2008 : 283 lb
January 2nd 2013: 237.6 lb
Today: 198.6 lb
Pants size: 44 (2008), 38 loose fit (Jan), 36 reg (today)
Shirt: 2XL/3XL (2008), 1XL (jan), L (today)

I've posted my story here and there over the years, but here's a recap:

In June of '08, my brother got married and the pictures were eye opening when they came back. I didn't consider myself "fat" but the pictures of me in the tux didn't lie. I was 283 lb and change. I joined this forum in 2008, shortly after we got our bikes (me: Giant Cypress, her: Giant Revive DX).

I lost weight naturally over the course of the next couple years. No specific diet, although we were "eating better" and smaller portions. We did a dozen or so charity events (local rides, plus Tour de Cure) and my first Sprint Tri in 2010. We also bought 10 acres of woods, and chores are helping keep me in shape. I dropped 50 lbs over 2-3 yrs and settled out at 235. I would hover at 230/235 for the next 18mo while I biked, completed a few 5k runs, and 2 more Sprint Tris (2011, 2012). During this time, I lost size, but not weight, as my shoulders and legs firmed up.

At the start of 2013, I wrote down that I wanted to lose 20lbs by my birthday (October). So I started keeping a log of all my cardio. I started off well and lost 5 lbs in January.

In late January, I had my annual physical and bloodwork came back a little ugly -- high cholesterol. Doc gave me "the speech" and challenged me to lose 30 lbs or go on meds for life. I decided that I had to try, since I'd already committed to losing weight anyway.

After trying myfitnesspal and not liking it, I went with South Beach (the doc's recommended plan for guys like me). I'm not a fan of "diets" and had intended to do the 2 week intro just so I could tell the Doc that I tried it and it didn't work. But the weight came off, and I'm generally able to live within the guidelines.

After the initial rush of water weight, the pounds have been coming off 1-2 lbs per week. I've talked to the doc (but not gone back for bloodwork yet) and he'd like to see me stabilize at 195 long term.

With the late spring here, I don't have as many road miles as I wanted, but did spend the winter in the pool and on the spin bike. This season I am signed up for a 200k bike tour, an Olympic Aquabike (Triathlon w/o the Run), and later in the season a Half-Ironman distance Aquabike.

For many years, I never thought I'd get under 200 lbs. I figured at best I'd bottom out at 220 ... and to be honest I was reasonably happy at 235. But I've bought 1 new jersey that fits my new size better and I'm looking forward to some event pictures without my gut pushing over the top of my bibs.

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Old 05-01-13, 05:37 AM   #2
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Fantastic!

Hey, I'm in Indy right now. I see scads of cyclists every day (I guess we're near the terminus of the monon trail up here in Carmel)
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Old 05-01-13, 05:42 AM   #3
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Fantastic!

Hey, I'm in Indy right now. I see scads of cyclists every day (I guess we're near the terminus of the monon trail up here in Carmel)
That's a great area for bikes. Indy has slowly become a biker town -- I see groups out riding every Sat/Sun and I live in the boonies 1 1/2 counties from Indy proper. The weather right now is FANTASTIC for biking after a late-ish start on the season. I'm dying to get out on the road, but I pushed off painting the house last fall so I could ride and I'm paying the price now. (But if I get it done, maybe I can get some miles in next week...).


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When I lost my first 50, nobody hardly noticed. 235 was my wedding weight and most people (inlaws and coworkers) had never known me to be any smaller. When I went for Easter dinner, I had lost 25 lbs and literally had people whispering as I walked past and asking me if "I was okay." My family, on the other hand, remembered me being a bean pole in HS and college and said: "wow, you look great, and you look like your prom picture from 20 years ago."

It's all perspective, I guess.
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Old 05-01-13, 07:39 AM   #4
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My first ride on a Bike Trail was a CraigB Clyde Ride on the Monon. Made me realize my avatar was apt.
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Great job!

Did you find 200 was a tough one mentally to get through?
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Nicely done, Sir!

It's likely that fluctuations may take you a bit over 200. If so, it doesn't matter. Just keep doing what you're doing eating/fitness wise and don't worry about the number too much.
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Great job!

Did you find 200 was a tough one mentally to get through?
Honestly, not really. I plateaued a few times over the past many weeks. 220 was a hard floor for awhile. Then it was 208 for whatever reason. I've been 202/205 for the past couple weeks and knew it was just a matter of time to break under 200.
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Nicely done, Sir!

It's likely that fluctuations may take you a bit over 200. If so, it doesn't matter. Just keep doing what you're doing eating/fitness wise and don't worry about the number too much.
Yah, most important thing is for me to get my chol numbers back in the green. I am also on meds for Gout, and am hopeful I can get off of that one too.

Doc was happy with my initial goal of 205 (from 237) and suggested 195 as a long term median weight. I didn't expect to go under 200 before my chol recheck, but I'll take it.

Day in and day out, it's pretty easy for me to eat clean. However, last week I did 4d of business travel under ideal circumstances (I was by myself, i.e. no peer pressure and no one to compromise with for eateries) and I still put on a few temporary pounds. I didn't eat bad, but I was in the car or on an airplane for the bulk of the 4d and didn't have much chance to hit the hotel fitness room.
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Way to go. You can be recognized for your accomplishment W/O the cert. Fantastic...
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I was already a Clyde Emeritus when I joined Bike Forums.

I wish there was a way that I could become a 50+ Emeritus.
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Old 05-02-13, 05:26 AM   #11
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AWESOME! I hope to be there someday.
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Old 05-02-13, 06:52 AM   #12
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Ta daaaaaaa!

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Old 05-02-13, 02:35 PM   #13
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I'll still do the certificates, just someone needs to PM me to let me know when someone hits the milestone, as I haven''t had the time to participate as much in C&A as I used to. Being King sometimes sucks! It entails responsibilities, ya iknow, and more responsibility than privilege, I can assure you.
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Yaaay!!!!

Thanks Tom!
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good job! good luck on the maintenance!
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good job! good luck on the maintenance!
I hear that!

Cholesterol recheck is tomorrow. I'm hoping for good numbers.

And then I might allow myself a piece of friggin' pizza.

But no, I don't intend to rebound. If nothing else, I've got too much invested in new clothes to go back.
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Quick follow-up....

I'm 197 and change today. Happily bumping along at under 200, despite a friend's wedding last weekend involving much beer and pizza.

The cholesterol recheck could have gone better -- I was actually up a tad. I was eating 2 eggs for breakfast every morning as part of the (doctor recommended) diet plan. Nurse/Doc didn't tell me I couldn't have eggs, so I went with it. So now I go back in 2-3 mo for ANOTHER recheck before I get medicated.

My gout numbers (uric acid level) is down. I attempted to go off my meds, but within a few days started having symptoms again and went back on. So much for that idea.

I'm not bummed -- I still get compliments daily about my weight, and have quickly become the office "expert" in weight loss from 3-4 folks wanting to lose 20-30 lb. When I tell them my story, they get less interested.
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