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View Poll Results: Do you ride to eat or eat to ride?
Ride to eat 16 22.22%
Eat to ride 14 19.44%
Both 36 50.00%
Neither 6 8.33%
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Old 07-13-09, 02:05 PM   #1
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Do you eat to ride or ride to eat?

I guess I'm feeling a little guilty about having lectured someone about their diet while I was hiding a Big Texas Cinnamon Roll in my pocket. I won't lie to you, it tasted good. I'll remember that during the next hill jam.
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Old 07-13-09, 02:08 PM   #2
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Now weighing less than 150Lbs again (Hoora) I don't have a problem with food. So where's my cinnamon roll? Not even a pic of it so I can see what the Texan version is.
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I guess I'm feeling a little guilty about having lectured someone about their diet while I was hiding a Big Texas Cinnamon Roll in my pocket. I won't lie to you, it tasted good. I'll remember that during the next hill jam.
Anything with the word Texas used as an adjective is large. Add big in front of Texas, and one has to think it was the size of a dinner plate.
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I've gone from food-is-fun to food-is-fuel. I was 250 lbs, now I'm 210 and dropping.
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Ever since I got the good advice in the forums to keep a food diary Ive been doing better with my food issues not a diary yet but much better attention to eating and when/;Im still going to do the diary for many good reasons./Kenneth
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As a former 235lb'er, now 150 lbs, it's become eat to ride. That was almost 20 years ago. Although I did jump up a bit for a number of years while my daughters were younger and I had more parenting responsibility, I'm back down , have been for 3yrs, and work hard between my cycling and diet to stay there.
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Old 07-13-09, 03:44 PM   #7
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After the cancer battle sucked 50 lbs. off of me I have finally regained 15 and I'm liking the look and feel of 165 lbs. a lot more than I did 200. At this point I have no desire to eat the amounts I once did, but I'm starting to pay more attention to what I eat. I'm making the transition from desperately trying to consume as many calories as I could manage to eating enough of the right foods to keep me healthy without gaining much more.
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I like pie.
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Pie is a major food group. I try not to waste my calories while still enjoying the things I like.
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As a former 235lb'er, now 150 lbs, it's become eat to ride. That was almost 20 years ago. Although I did jump up a bit for a number of years while my daughters were younger and I had more parenting responsibility, I'm back down , have been for 3yrs, and work hard between my cycling and diet to stay there.
That's fantastic!

From 223 to 183 here, and I watch what I eat pretty carefully. Eat to ride, run, swim, and live for sure.
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I eat to ride for the most part - feeling good is better than food tastes. Having said that; I do enjoy pizza or a good TexMex feed a couple of times a month.
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Eat to ride, especially at this time of year. When my weight gets too low I start getting hungry every 2 hours and eat like a bottomless 14 year old. On Saturday I rode to a local beach and ate a tube of gorp, a good sized sandwich, string cheese, carrots, a cup of coffee, an ice cream bar, a veggie hotdog loaded with onions, and a decked out burger over a period of a few hours- and wanted more. Normally eat healthier stuff, but what the hey... this was beach cuisine!

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Old 07-13-09, 06:40 PM   #13
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I eat for the same reason that I ride....I enjoy it.

I currently weigh in the mid 190's, not down where I should be but not bothered by my weight.
I do respect those of you who have the discipline to keep your weight under control though.
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I was at 245 now at 208. I eat what I want and gradually lose a pound or two a month. i am really thinking about worrying more about my diet till I get below 200 lbs.
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I do respect those of you who have the discipline to keep your weight under control though.
Thanks, but it was fear of drug (BP & cholesterol) dependency that originally pushed me to lose the weight. When I became an older parent, wanted to be around to at least see my daughters finish college and send them on their way prepared to cope with life before I sent them on their way. It's all about the proper motivation...
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I thought I was riding to lose weight; but it has only made me hungry. With what I've been eating, I'm afraid if I stop riding I'll blow up. Currently in a 244 pound state of balance.
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Some of you guys are really inspirational. I'm feeling like that cinnamon roll was not worth it.
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Anything with the word Texas used as an adjective is large.
Sometimes it means that it is covered in BBQ sauce.
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Well I voted neither but I will say that since I have started riding I have lost 25lbs. I have broken into the 170's , 179 last count.
I eat better only because I feel better and I think it all goes together. I still eat pretty much anything( well maybe not fried stuff ) but not as much.
I would gobble down that cinnamon bun in a heartbeat after a long ride!!!
Drink tons of water these days as well. Cut out the sodas all together.
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There may be a line missing on the poll..............or it could be me.

I ride to ride.
I eat to eat.
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Old 07-14-09, 06:20 AM   #22
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There may be a line missing on the poll..............or it could be me.

I ride to ride.
I eat to eat.
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When I have used the bike as a fitness tool in the past - riding becomes a job at some point and I get bored with it.

I eat to eat. I enjoy food and drink.
I ride because I enjoy riding.
I sometimes have to remember to eat on a long ride so I have the energy to complete the ride so sometimes I eat to ride.
But I never ride to eat - that would make biking a job!
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I know this has been brought up before but here goes and related to the poll.

Last week was my best of the year in mileage terms. 238 miles. After a hard century ride I weighed my self the next day and had gained 4 pounds! I know I ate after the ride and maybe a bit more than normal but yikes not that much. What gives?
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Anything with the word Texas used as an adjective is large. Add big in front of Texas, and one has to think it was the size of a dinner plate.
no no not a dinner 'plate' that's a belt buckle down there. something big in Texas must be really big.

as for the eat to ride/ride to eat.... dropped 30 pounds. no I have to eat all the time just to keep up with the riding otherwise I'll disappear.
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I guess that I eat to ride. I had to attend a work related meeting this evening and had two hours to kill after work. The little devil on my shoulder kept saying how good a Chinese Buffet would be but the little "hill climber" on the other shoulder kept saying to go to Subway. Well, after much consideration I went to Subway and purchased a footlong oat bread sub, ate 1/2, and saved the other half for lunch tomorrow. I think over the past 2.5 years I've made the same choice many times, which helped to keep the 39 lbs I lost from coming back.
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