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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 05-17-14, 04:04 PM   #26
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I laughed when i read that; I was around 225 when I joined bike forums and am 184 now. Constantly on top of it, otherwise it comes right back (plus some more).
I get peer pressure at work to indulge. "But you're skinny now! You should enjoy it!"

Then my family says, "But it's a Holiday!" or "But you're on vacation!"

Eerrrr... what? That's what caused the problem to begin with. There is ALWAYS a reason to chow down.

I find that I have to be constantly vigilant and stay with my meal plan, each and every day. I gain 5 lbs by driving past a pizza hut. Whether you're on vacation, or if it's a holiday, or just because it's been a crappy day at work... stick to your guns.

PS: The one day I do indulge, within reason, is the day or two before an event/Triathlon/whatever.
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Old 05-18-14, 12:25 AM   #27
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I was just commenting to my wife today how quickly 2000 calories gets eaten up, and how much I've come to depend on biking and running to 'earn' enough calories.

Definitely have to stick to your guns. For me that means no wheat, doesn't seem to matter how carefully I'm being with calories, as soon as I add wheat back I stop loosing weight.

For the OP, I don't think you ever stop thinking of yourself as a Clyde. I'm at a healthy weight for the first time in 15 years, and I know how quickly it comes back if I loose focus. Plus whether you're 180 or 220, some of the best info I've gleaned from bike forums has come from C/A.

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Old 05-18-14, 02:12 AM   #28
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Yep, congratulations. But that's a short order. The long order will come after next winter and whether you have been able to keep the weight below 200, or whether you will succumb and end up back over the threshhold.

I started at at 228lbs just before Christmas 2012. I have steadily reduced my weight, although I haven't been riding as much as I would have liked -- moving to another state, getting a new job and settling in a new location have interfered with that. I plateaued at 205lbs for a while, then I joined a gym with a pool, started swimming and treadmill running, a bit of rowing and light weights, and I soon moved down under 200, and am currently around 190lbs. But it takes only a lazy weekend and a bit of overeating, and I am on the upward, short-term trend again.

Much of my progress has been based on controlling my portion size. I still eat pretty well what I want, but not as much of it. And that's a habit that is going to have to stay with me if I am to continue the long-term downward trend with my target at least 187lb and preferably 176.
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Hmmm....interesting idea. And I've been hoping to achieve that goal for the past few years. As it turns out, "hoping" doesn't get you there.
What if I click my heal three times and repeat: "There's no weight like 184.......There's no weight like 184......"?
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Old 05-19-14, 06:35 AM   #30
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Hi guys, I'm 5'9.5 and had been 220. I started going to the gym to get myself down a few pounds. While I had a lot of muscle gains, I wasn't dropping much weight. Hundreds of miles of bicycling later, I'm finally consistently below 200, at 195 (in the mornings). I'm hoping to find my highschool weight of 180 or 170 sometime down the road. Does this mean I'm no longer a clydesdale?
YOu can do what I did when I went under 200 pounds...ride even more and continue posting on these boards.
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You will be still welcome here. I'm less than that now and nobody has shown me the door (at least for being under weight)
Yeah, but you're on probation.
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Yeah, but you're on probation.
WaddHeck I do this(!) time...

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Run Profile | Keedy Dr. near Keedysville | Times and Records | Strava

Only need to shave off 1 min per mile off that
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WaddHeck I do this(!) time...

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Only need to shave off 1 min per mile off that
This is a CYCLING FORUM, SIR! How many times do i have to tell you!

Crikey. Running is for crazy people.

Great - now your double secret probation is out of the bag.
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This is a CYCLING FORUM, SIR! How many times do i have to tell you!
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Guilty but it's helped me get back some of my pFTP. FTP still is sucking hind teet but oh well. Paltry FTP will be my middle name

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Great - now your double secret probation is out of the bag.
Well done Dean Wormer however(!) I did not dump the truck load of fizzies into the swim meet. Had no part in that...

Now the Halloween deal with the under britches....
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This is a CYCLING FORUM, SIR! How many times do i have to tell you!

Crikey. Running is for crazy people.

Great - now your double secret probation is out of the bag.
OK - I rode 39.8 miles on the bike tonight

Garmin connect reports:

Avg Power - Yes, it's average for an old lady in a walker.
NP - you suck! There ain't enough there to pull a sick person off a chamber pot.

TSS - 170
Avg Speed -

Elevation gain - any flatter and it'd be all downhill!

Aerobic decoupling - Yes, at that power it's as decoupled as a train missing a caboose.

Happy now?
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I was just commenting to my wife today how quickly 2000 calories gets eaten up, and how much I've come to depend on biking and running to 'earn' enough calories.

Definitely have to stick to your guns. For me that means no wheat, doesn't seem to matter how carefully I'm being with calories, as soon as I add wheat back I stop loosing weight.

For the OP, I don't think you ever stop thinking of yourself as a Clyde. I'm at a healthy weight for the first time in 15 years, and I know how quickly it comes back if I loose focus. Plus whether you're 180 or 220, some of the best info I've gleaned from bike forums has come from C/A.
I have dropped 30 pounds, without trying. WHEAT or Gluten messed up my digestion. Bad.
Now I'm 202.5 and back on my bike!
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Old 05-23-14, 08:38 AM   #37
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I do agree that C/A is probably the most cheerful sub-section on encouraging weight loss : )! Perhaps one of the funniest sections to read through as well HA. Time to Lurk Ride and Post more.
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Yes, I agree.
I was 250 when I started here, now at 202. Inching down slowly.
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