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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 08-28-13, 11:06 PM   #1
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Back to school + Summer ending = less riding = slower weight loss

I'm back to school this week, and unfortunately that means summer is winding down, the cold temps are coming, which means less riding which means slower weight loss.

I have a difficult time eating less, and healthy-er foods, so the cycling is important to maintain my calorie deficit.
I'm considering commuting 2 days a week to school. I'm in a very difficult and competitve program so I study 7 days a week and work weekends.
I'm hoping to get a gym membership and do a spin class, as well as using my own personal trainer at home. I have some dumbells I can use at home too. Also- the gym has a hot tub +1 +1 +1

I hope to maintain my weight loss progress (historically, I put nearly all of my weight back on during the winter - 10 or 15 pounds)
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I know where you are coming from, I have had the same thoughts about the upcoming football season, holidays, and short days. I have just accepted the fact that I very well gain a couple of pounds back, but I'm going to try very hard not to. The main word I have been using through my weight lose journey is, "sustainability". Every change I make I ask myself, "Is this something I can live with for the rest of my life?". I'm not going to be eating salad at the tailgate party but I can make better choices, choices I can live with. So no seconds at Thanksgiving, a smaller piece of pie, a few less beers, more time in the gym and less on the bike, and so on. So yes winter is tough, but we are in this for the long haul and have to make choices we can live with.
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Old 08-30-13, 11:38 AM   #3
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I don't ride in increment weather, so winters are usually tough for me regarding getting into shape. This year I'm thinking about joining a gym for some spin classes(which should help with my bike riding next year) or buying a trainer for my bike so I can ride indoors. I usually dislike pedaling or running in place but it's safer than riding on ice and snow. I should be OK with my regular-ish riding routine until early to mid November though... Autumn is usually the time I get exercise from hiking, I love seeing the leaves change colors and when the leaves start to fall off the trees it usually makes for some really good waterfall sights.
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Old 08-30-13, 12:11 PM   #4
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I recommend a trainer

I get to a point in the winter where I LOVE riding my trainer ... because I'm bored, it helps deal with the stress of work and I can just kind of go hang out in the pain cave for a bit (I usually do an interval training program over 5-8 weeks).

Put the headphones in, turn the volume up and ride for an hour or two ...

I'm considering getting the Sufferfest videos this year and really turning up the wick to get ready for 2014.

Conversely, I get to a point in winter where I HATE riding my trainer too and can't wait to get back outdoors.
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