That's right! I just got on my scale today and weighed in at 182 lbs. 2 1/2 years ago, I weighed 282 and was very sedentary. I finally got fed up with being fat and decided it was past time to do something about it. A lot of people I talk to ask me how I did it, and they look incredulous when I tell them that I started eating right and exercising. They seem to think that there must be some kind of magic pill necessary to lose weight.
But here's proof that there's not; I haven't taken a single weight-loss drug or tried any "fad" diets. I simply started eating right and exercising. I switched to diet soda and water instead of sugar soda and juice. I stopped buying snacks of any kind (Doritos are my biggest enemy!); if they're in the house, I'll eat them! (I did ease into this by buying block cheese as a snack for a while. The "trick" is that I can't eat that much cheese by itself before I'm tired of it! ) Most importantly, I stopped eating until I was full and instead stopped before I was full. It was difficult to leave food on my plate, but I learned to think of it as saving it for leftovers.
I had in mind an ultimate goal of losing 100 lbs, but I started with setting a shorter-term goal of 10 lbs. at a time and gave myself a realistic timeframe to do it (1-2 months). I kept track of my weight nearly every day on my computer. Seeing the downward trend on that graph is very motivating for me. If it starts to slow down or go up, I get motivated to try a little harder.
I got to 230 after about a year, and I stayed there (+/- 10 lbs) for another year.
At the start of this summer, I met up with a highschool friend (my highschool prom date, actually ). She had lost a lot of weight since I knew her, and she was starting to train for a century ride in September. So I thought, "Why not?" and starting riding my bike too. At first I could barely handle a 1/2 mile ride without being completely dead and having to sit for half an hour in front of the air conditioner to recover! Now I'm doing a 45-mile RT commute twice a week plus 50+ miles on the weekend and more when I can find time. (You don't have to ride that much to lose weight, but you may not be able to help it; it's addicting! )
So if you're trying to lose weight by biking, you can do it! If I can lose 100 lbs, you can make your goal too. Start eating less and riding your bike more. It's that simple. I now have a heightened appreciation for all the out-of-shape bikers I see struggling up the hills; I hope everyone gives them encouragement when they see them.
And for those of you who have lost weight, I give you a well-deserved congratulations!