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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 06-01-13, 11:43 PM   #1
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Three years of being a non-Clyde, time to go to the dark side.

Today is the official day that I use as my anniversary of going under 200 pounds. I have now managed to stay under the Clyde weight for three years. I guess it is time except that I am skinny. In my head, I'm a big guy, but everyone else tells me different. So, with all things considered, it's time for me leave the Clydesdale fold and join the ranks of the skinny's for good. My time here has been wonderful, and I will drop back in from time to time to sing the praises of Mrs. Pumper as she tries to complete her journey, but I need move on. So with that said, a couple of pics of me at my all time high, and all time low weight. Enjoy, and keep up the good fight! Ride on!!!
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Old 06-02-13, 02:42 AM   #2
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Looking sharp. Great job!!!!
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Old 06-02-13, 04:21 AM   #3
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That's truly impressive. If you want more kudos, go post the pictures in the Road Cycling forum. It helps keep some of those guys grounded when they realise just what a role cycling can play in weight and fitness.
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Inspiration to us all. Keep it up.
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Wow! I love to hear when somebody's gone all the way from obese to normal (I'm guessing from the pictures). Great job!

On a subject we don't hear much about, any advice on the transition from weight loss to maintenance?
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I've got another one for you if you don't mind. I'm assuming one of your primary motivations for cycling was weight loss? If so, once you attained your target weight did it diminish your enjoyment of cycling any?

Thanks!
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Congrats! Very inspiring. I hope to be posting my own "before" and "after" pics someday. Great work!!!
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Congratulations!

Technically I've no longer been a Clyde for a couple of months, but I'm sticking around while I continue progress toward my goal weight, and because it's generally a friendly, supportive forum.
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Old 06-02-13, 10:32 PM   #9
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That's truly impressive. If you want more kudos, go post the pictures in the Road Cycling forum. It helps keep some of those guys grounded when they realise just what a role cycling can play in weight and fitness.
I am not actually looking for kudos, but just wanted to say goodbye ,and to thank the forum for all the help and support over the years.

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Wow! I love to hear when somebody's gone all the way from obese to normal (I'm guessing from the pictures). Great job!

On a subject we don't hear much about, any advice on the transition from weight loss to maintenance?
Funny you mention being normal, by BMI measurements, I'm still classified as overweight. Anyway, my method for maintaining weight is setting a maximum weight that I want, and going into weight loss mode if I get over that weight. My action weight is 182 pounds, at that point I cut down the calories and try to increase the amount of exercise until I get back under 180. I have found that my weight runs in between 175 and 180 depending on the time of year. I would like to see 170 someday, but I'm not going to sweat it at this point.

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I've got another one for you if you don't mind. I'm assuming one of your primary motivations for cycling was weight loss? If so, once you attained your target weight did it diminish your enjoyment of cycling any?

Thanks!
Actually I find that I enjoy biking more. I now have three bikes that I use. Each one I enjoy in a different way, but enjoy none the less. Also, I have ventured into running which really helps my riding, and is it's own sense of accomplishment that I have grown to love.
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by BMI measurements, I'm still classified as overweight.
Well, you're still welcome here fatty. I'm kidding, great job on your impending permanent skinniness.
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Can you give some complete day sample menus?
I'm gung-ho on the exercise, right now, but I know
I'm not eating right.
I'm 6'2, 235# and would like to be 199 or under.
Nice work and 180 would be incredible.

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Three years of being a non-Clyde, time to go to the dark side.

Like those great philosophers once said: You can check out but can never leave!

Congrats on the amazing accomplishments. Would live to have you hang out here when you can! It's not ALl about our size!
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Can you give some complete day sample menus?
I'm gung-ho on the exercise, right now, but I know
I'm not eating right.
I'm 6'2, 235# and would like to be 199 or under.
Nice work and 180 would be incredible.

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I'm not the OP, but to the extent you can, up the vegetables and fish (especially salmon) in your diet and get rid of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats. Chicken also works great for a protein. The big trick is avoiding the snacks or snacking healthy (like fruit). People who really make it work get it down to a science in terms of food prep and usually make all their stuff the preceding day, although it doesn't take a lot of time once you're accustomed to it.

You can usually get a relatively inexpensive consult with a dietician who can make you the outline of a plan that will work for you. Lots of certified trainers will also do it.
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Well done, OP, that is indeed inspirational! 3 years under and running... Keep 'we lit!
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Great photos but who is that fat guy?
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Congrats! I'm about 12 lbs from "graduating" from being a Clyde but even once I achieve my goal, I'm not leaving the C/A forum. I've found the C/A forum to be quite pleasant and plan on sticking around.

So is that the rule? Once we get under Clyde/Athena weight we're banished?
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Congrats! I'm about 12 lbs from "graduating" from being a Clyde but even once I achieve my goal, I'm not leaving the C/A forum. I've found the C/A forum to be quite pleasant and plan on sticking around.

So is that the rule? Once we get under Clyde/Athena weight we're banished?
I didn't leave and I haven't been Athena or overweight since 2011. Weight is an ongoing battle for me.
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I didn't leave and I haven't been Athena or overweight since 2011. Weight is an ongoing battle for me.
Well, just so everybody knows, after I reach my goal of under 200 lbs, I'm not leaving.
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I've been sub 200 for a few weeks now but I'm not leaving. I'm short, 5'7", so 200 is easier for me than some folks. I've got 40 more to go and this is the best place for me. If you look at the abysmal statistics for successful long term weight loss this forum is an amazing concentration of knowledge and success. OP is one of many awesome success stories.

I hang out in the 41s a bit but like Neil says "I'm too slow for the 41s". I'll never be cool enough for the Fixed Gear/ Single Speed culture.
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Today is the official day that I use as my anniversary of going under 200 pounds. I have now managed to stay under the Clyde weight for three years. I guess it is time except that I am skinny. In my head, I'm a big guy, but everyone else tells me different. So, with all things considered, it's time for me leave the Clydesdale fold and join the ranks of the skinny's for good. My time here has been wonderful, and I will drop back in from time to time to sing the praises of Mrs. Pumper as she tries to complete her journey, but I need move on. So with that said, a couple of pics of me at my all time high, and all time low weight. Enjoy, and keep up the good fight! Ride on!!!
Darn it --- what is it with this parallel universe crap ... you go ex-Clyde and I suddenly put on the weight you lost and re-enter the clyde category after being out of it for 6 months. Grrrr... lol

Either way, I fully intend to re-lose it. Just hit that barbecue season speedbump!

P.S. Stormcrowe ... are you out there? Still cycling?
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I want to thank all those who left congratulations and other positive post. It is part of what makes the Clyde forum the great experience that it is. I know that I am always welcome here, but I hope never to come back in any "official" weight status again. I was always more of a fat pony anyway at only 5'9", but I still have the mind and heart of a Clydesdale. That will never change.
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