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Old 02-09-09, 09:32 AM   #1
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I'm too fat...

yes, that's right. I said it. College was mean to me, and (like an idiot) I started to eat school food instead of packing my lunch. Another teacher and I both gained 10 lbs just by doing that!

So anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is that I now have a resolution...

I've long ago decided to try year-round bike commuting, but now that it's warmer, I can start doing this seriously, instead of 2-3 times a week. Today was day 1. We're taking it a day at a time, and hopefully, by next August, I'll be down 35-40 lbs, and will be back at my high school fighting weight.

This summer, I hope to work at a camp that I usually work at, and it's good for a 10-20 lb weight loss (no kidding), and by doing a 19 mile/day commute, longer rides on the weekends, and upper-body weight exercises, I think it's completely doable.

So, I'm telling you guys, because I need some accountability, and if I tell people, even if they don't harp on me, it'll keep me motivated to prove that I CAN do it.

BTW, just as a number, I'm going for 35 lbs by August 1, and 40 lbs by September 1.

oof.

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Good luck! With a commute that long I doubt you'll have any trouble. I've actually gained about 20 pounds since I started bike commuting.
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Good luck! With a commute that long I doubt you'll have any trouble. I've actually gained about 20 pounds since I started bike commuting.
LL, put down the Coco Puffs and get back to work.
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I'm almost under 200. I got on the pneumonia diet, though...
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I'm almost under 200. I got on the pneumonia diet, though...
you look like a skinny in previous pics
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I need to lose about 5 lbs around my gut. It would be nice to replace them with about 10-15 lbs of muscle though.

*considering taking up bodybuilding someday*
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I eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch, thank you very much.
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Good luck with it. Maybe post this to the Clydesdale forum? I know you'd get encouragement there.

I'm 6'6", 250 pounds. Last year I did 8 centuries and a double. This year I'm doing at least a half dozen centuries, just as many 200k, a couple 300k and a 400k.
If you can finish in the alloted time, you're not too fat.
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I'm 6'6", 250 pounds.
and hairy if memory serves me right.

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and hairy if memory serves me right.
A little less on top, and a well-styled handlebar moustache; but that pix is mostly right.
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yes, that's right. I said it. College was mean to me, and (like an idiot) I started to eat school food instead of packing my lunch. Another teacher and I both gained 10 lbs just by doing that!

So anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is that I now have a resolution...

I've long ago decided to try year-round bike commuting, but now that it's warmer, I can start doing this seriously, instead of 2-3 times a week. Today was day 1. We're taking it a day at a time, and hopefully, by next August, I'll be down 35-40 lbs, and will be back at my high school fighting weight.

This summer, I hope to work at a camp that I usually work at, and it's good for a 10-20 lb weight loss (no kidding), and by doing a 19 mile/day commute, longer rides on the weekends, and upper-body weight exercises, I think it's completely doable.

So, I'm telling you guys, because I need some accountability, and if I tell people, even if they don't harp on me, it'll keep me motivated to prove that I CAN do it.

BTW, just as a number, I'm going for 35 lbs by August 1, and 40 lbs by September 1.

oof.

Good luck! Take a look at the Training and Nutrition forums to get good pointers that might help you in achieving your goals. I personally lost 30 pounds from cycling, and have been able to keep it off for two years now with a much better diet.
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Who isn't?
Depending on "what for", I'm not...

Randonneuring, body double for Brad Garrett: Not too fat.
Swimwear model, ultralight pilot: Way too fat.

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i weighed myself this morning pre dump. 1 kg lighter than last week. that's like an upgrade from 105 to dura ace.
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Ride faster, eat less.

I'm down to 178 - was 195 two months ago. Went back to Japanese macrobiotics and the weight is dropping fast. I want to get to 165 for the summer climbing rides.

Also, stopped riding pointless long miles and joined a big club with racers and asst'd 'A' types. Now it's about avg.MPH and pounding hills all the time.

Otherwise, I would be sliding into organized group rides with chubbys in brightly colored jerseys.
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Also, stopped riding pointless long miles and joined a big club with racers and asst'd 'A' types. Now it's about avg.MPH and pounding hills all the time.

Those "pointless long miles" are what randonneuring is all about. Some of us still ride our bikes because it's fun, not because we're interested in a 2 hour hammer-fest followed by 4 hours of statistical analysis to determine where we can shave a few tenths of a second off our finish time.

Otherwise, I would be sliding into organized group rides with chubbys in brightly colored jerseys.

Oh noes! Heaven forbid someone should see you with them and think you're... one of them. When you and the rest of the hammer-fest 0% bodyfat crowd has bonked because you ran out of power gels and Perpetuem, one of us fat guys will throw you half a sandwich and a Pepsi as we ride past. Don't worry about it, we brought extras.

Om nom nom.
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sasquatch eats weenies for breakfast
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Sasquatch would eat roadies for breakfast, but he can only catch them on the downhills.
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High School fighting weight?

Man, if I went back to High School now...I'd kick all those pencilnecks asses.
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Man, if I went back to High School now...I'd kick all those pencilnecks asses.
hey! I was a pencil neck in HS...and if you kicked my ass, well, your car would be melted in the parking lot.....or landing in multiple parking lots.

And yes, I too am fat....5' 9" and 175
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And yes, I too am fat....5' 9" and 175
me too

5'6" and 180
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5'6" and 180
You're 5'6"?

Where's trsidn, let's see how tall he.... oh.. sorry..
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Who isn't?
not me, I'm probably not lean enough in muscle mass however.
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Also, stopped riding pointless long miles and joined a big club with racers and asst'd 'A' types. Now it's about avg.MPH and pounding hills all the time.

Those "pointless long miles" are what randonneuring is all about. Some of us still ride our bikes because it's fun, not because we're interested in a 2 hour hammer-fest followed by 4 hours of statistical analysis to determine where we can shave a few tenths of a second off our finish time.

Otherwise, I would be sliding into organized group rides with chubbys in brightly colored jerseys.

Oh noes! Heaven forbid someone should see you with them and think you're... one of them. When you and the rest of the hammer-fest 0% bodyfat crowd has bonked because you ran out of power gels and Perpetuem, one of us fat guys will throw you half a sandwich and a Pepsi as we ride past. Don't worry about it, we brought extras.

Om nom nom.
Hah, you guys kill me. My buds with the big mile routines are always the first to bring the stats out - it usually goes..." yeah, I'm at 1200 for the month...uh, yea I'm back into things. I'll be posting on Bike Journal...yadda, yadda." Always, always, wanna run their miles into the conversation first, then, when some weenies start yammering about their bikes and watts and such they start with the geek slams. Funny.

I get knocked now (by some local BF'ers) for wearing my club kit and trying to drop weight and having "expensive bike" bike etc, etc. Lame. Each his own...and the first thing I do to shut them up is ask them how fast that "mega-mile" (read: flat century) was that they've been yammering about all over the web boards.

Been there...done that. You non-racing, out-of-shape guys I dealt with for 20 years racing sailboats. Olympic classes and such forced me into thinking about 'going fast'. I love the detail of "FAST". Conditioning is just one part of it, albeit an important one in some of the smaller, more athletic, weight sensitive boats, like Lasers, Finns, Stars and such.

The folks who just sail around and, wouldn't know what a snappy, new, well-cut set of sails even looks like if they were drapped over their Volvo in the parking lot - are always the first ones to start the jibbing about the "go-fast" guys and all their obsessions. Makes me laugh. They go for that layed back, mellow, Jimmy Buffet vibe but, as soon as you blow by them to weather with a well-trimmed set of race sails and a good crew they always feel kinda pissed off about something. Sorta like dropping guys on the hills who climb like mailmen with 50 pounds of junk mail hanging off them. Ha.

"FAST" is fast. You know it when you see it and some of us make the choice to address the issue head on.

You cruise away and let me sweat the details...it's why I do it. It's all good.
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