Most of my activity is over on the Hybrid forum, but I've done some posting in the Clydesdale forum and thought I would share a personal acheivement.
I turned 47 in mid May 2014, was 5'10" and 230 pounds, had been diagnosed as a Type II Diabetic 2 years earlier, and finally decided to get serious and do something about my weight and medical condition. 25 years of soccer meant that a running plan was out of the question due to my knees (at least until I lost weight), so as I pulled into the garage after work one evening, I stared at my old steel frame Mongoose MTB. I gave it some mechanical love since it had been hanging from a hook for about 5 years, and started riding. 5 miles was a chore. After 2 weeks of pedalling that pig around, I purchased my 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 flat bar road bike/hybrid and started slowly increasing my distance and time in the saddle. I set a goal to be acheived by the end of August 2014 - I wanted to be able to ride 100 miles in one week.
Well, tonight I can cross that off my list. I just finished a 17 mile ride tonight that capped off 6 rides in 7 days for a total of 101 miles. I was able to cross that milestone off my list nearly 2 months early. I was a little worried about how I would do as the Texas heat cranked up for the summer. The last two evenings when I started my rides saw temperatures at 98 degrees around 7:30pm, but because the sun isn't beating down at that time of night, it's actually relatively comfortable.
Riding has been a true blessing. Since starting in mid-May, I've lost 15 pounds (230 down to 215), I've dropped my fasting blood glucose level by over 100 points, and am feeling significantly better about my present and future life and health. I want to be able to wean off my diabetes medication at some point and get down to 185 pounds. I believe I'm on my way!
I don't post much on the Clydesdale forum, but I spend a lot of time reading and being inspired by all of you. I hope my story can do that for others.