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.
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.