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Old 06-27-04, 11:14 AM   #401
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Great news Bob!

How are you doing with the new tandem?


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Well, we have to take the tandem in to the LBS this week to get the front BB tighted back up. Both Coleen and ***** have taken to the stoker position quite well. We have really enjoyed the tandem.
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WoooooooHoooooo! 215lbs ! My doctor is going to be so happy with me next week when I see him! Hah! Take that Diabetes and cram it in your...

Congrats to you and everyone else that is getting healthy.

I just recently decided to get serious about cycling and getting in better shape. I weigh 200 right now and would to lose 15 to 20 pounds but more importantly I want to reduce my waist size by 4 to 6 inches.

I have a "sit at a computer all day" type of supervisor job and the stress that go with it. Cycling definately helps.
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Congrats to you and everyone else that is getting healthy.

I just recently decided to get serious about cycling and getting in better shape. I weigh 200 right now and would to lose 15 to 20 pounds but more importantly I want to reduce my waist size by 4 to 6 inches.

I have a "sit at a computer all day" type of supervisor job and the stress that go with it. Cycling definately helps.

Welcome to BikeForums!
I too have a "technology" job and spend way more time in front of a computer than I would like. I commute by bike to/from work almost daily. (unless I have to go out of town) I can attest the bike will help keep your marbles where they belong.

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Congratulations on the loss!! Feels good to do so. I just got back from 4 day no bike and beach and only gained 1/2 LB Feel great, it was hard watching my wife and daughter eat all the goodies, but I did not need or want it so I feel good that I did not gain after missing 3 workouts. Going out in the next hour for a 30 mi ride to enjoy myself

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Welcome to the forum. You guys are not alone, Sr Engineer and sit a a desk in from t of a PC all day long. MWF I goto the gym at lunch and hit the weights, T/Th I walk at lunch. Not much, but it helps. T,Th, Sa, Su I ride. I get ~ 100 mi wk. Helped me drop 24 lbs so far and lose 3" waist, 2" hips and lower my BP!
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Good going, John. I know what you mean about watching the wife and kids eat the goodies. I have that battle with my wife on a daily basis.
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Wow, I just found this thread.

1. What is your current weight?
310lb
2. What was your weight when you started?
340lb
3. What is your exercise routine? Include times, number of times per week etc.
Commute to work 12mi/day, plus lunchtime ride of 3-7miles.
4. What is your diet like?
So-so. My biggest problem was overeating so now I just cut back. I also have oatmeal for breakfast, frozen dinner lunch, and a good home cooked meal for dinner. Yogurt as an afternoon snack, and sometimes a small snack after dinner. Works well and is much less food. Under 2K calories/day.

History: Been a fat guy all my life. I'm 27/yo been married 3 years and have 2 kids from my wifes previous marriage, 8 and 11 years old. I reached my peak of 340lbs earlier this year and my wife got us both going on Pilates workouts. Then I got out my mart bike and started riding... to work and back and around.

When I was a teenager I had legs of steel and pedaled all over the place, but I was still fat. Its in my genes. My half brother is 14 y/o and weighs 290lbs! But, he has medical problems that are a contributing factor.

So, being sick and tired of being a tub-o-lard, I am getting off my butt and riding to work at least 2 days a week, if not more. Circumstances keep messing me up! But I plan on doing 5 days this week, no matter what.

On the weekends I do 30-40 mile rides.

Medical problems: Depression and high blood pressure. The high blood pressure is GONE. Depression takes 2 little pink pills every day to keep it at arms length. No amount of excersize will fix that, although if I could keep a continuous enorphine rush, I'd be ok

Thanks for this forum and this thread, I look forward to posting my own progress but especially watching everyone elses.

Take care!
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Bob, thanks! I did treat to a couple of ice creams for my daughter, 8 and thin. The wife got sorbet, me I got water. I really did not want anything. But they did sit up on the dune Jockeys Ridge NC, while I flew my stunk kites, 2 hrs Then a while of family frisbee . My daughter lasts ~ 15 min with her kite, but she has a ball. I do give my wife a hard time about the junk food, but she is VERY supportive of my losing weight and getting ride of my high bp.

RyKy Welcome and good luck with the loss. It takes time and you will hit plateaus that will drive you nuts! It sure gets to me some times and I want to just eat something deadly
On the frozen dinners, watch your salt. Most are loaded with sodium which is not good for hypertension. Taking BP meds now, but soon to get off if I keep up my improvements.
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<snip>But they did sit up on the dune Jockeys Ridge NC, while I flew my stunk kites, 2 hrs Then a while of family frisbee . My daughter lasts ~ 15 min with her kite, but she has a ball. <snip>
Hey! I have tried trick kites! What a blast! I am not very good at it, but man its fun!
Glad to hear you all had such a nice time.

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Bob,
Thanks. Stunk Kites are fun when you get the hang of things. I picked up that hook last year. I got ~ 10 kites now, trick, percision, low wind and high wind vented. I even have a web site with photo's of the kites. I have some I took at the beach of my 2 new ones that I need to add. Got a great shot of the masquerade in the sunset. Kites

I found a location down there that rents road bikes. Going to see if the cost is reasonable and I can get a setup that works for me, as I have a week at the beach last of August. Want to keep on schedule for riding. Not the best of locations as traffic is real heavy at times on those narrow beach roads. One guy had a good idea, had his mountian bike and was riding up the beach along the shore line on the hard packed sand.
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Congratulations... You are doing so well. Good to see everyone's good news and the new members on this thread.

I have been waiting on the rain to clear out so I can get back into riding to work. It has been raining for the past week… it has been the 2nd wettest month ever on record. Today the sun is out and not a moment too soon. I have gained five pounds! No more… Today I'm Eating less and Moving more!
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After losing 21 lbs in about 4 months, I decided to take a break. I was able to maintain my weight loss for several weeks.

Then, without trying, I lost 2 more pounds.

So, from January 16 at about 206 lbs and BMI > 30, I'm now 183 lbs and BMI of 27.5.

I countered the higher caloric intake of my maintenance period with higher levels of activity. I haven't had a week with less than 100 cycling miles in quite awhile. In fact two weeks ago I had ~ 160 miles, then ~110 last week, and I've already hit ~100 miles as of yesterday for this week.
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Hey WonderJaw! I can't believe the rain down there! My mom lives in Killeen, TX (my hometown)

Bradw, keep up the good work. ! I wish I could put on those kinds of miles. I normally get in between 50-100/wk.


I received great news from my doctor yesterday. My A1C was 5.4 and my BP was 100/70. I also asked to cut my diabetic meds in half (metformin)and he agreed! He also said that when I get down to 200#s I could probably stop taking the meds all together!

Hang in there everyone, the exercise and watching what you eat does make a HUGE difference. You just have to be patient and consistent with your efforts.

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Hi Wonker, Keep on plugging dude you will make it. My brother lives in Tyler when he is home and complains about the rain.

Bob, that is great news! I have the same goal, under 200 and I get off my BP meds. Yours is lower than mine, 113/73 this am. I avg 118/74 on vacation. I am on BP pills, Doivan HCL. Noticed the more we tried to do and the more tired I got my BP went up. I have noticed I do better doing some form of exercise every day to keep my BP down. The hard part right now is not slipping off the wagon and eating junk.
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I haven't had a week with less than 100 cycling miles in quite awhile. In fact two weeks ago I had ~ 160 miles, then ~110 last week, and I've already hit ~100 miles as of yesterday for this week.
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You are tearing it up man! I need a rest after around 80 miles. Just try to stay active… every little bit helps.


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Hey WonkerJaw! I can't believe the rain down there! My mom lives in Killeen, TX (my hometown)
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I've been through Killeen many times. I'm from the Panhandle but I live in Austin now… small world. Three weeks ago I was in Gatesville for a 100k ride.


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Hi Wonker, Keep on plugging dude you will make it. My brother lives in Tyler when he is home and complains about the rain.
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Tyler, TX. the "Rose Capitol" I have been there many times as well. The weather has finally let up and it is gorgeous! It is suppose to hold for the weekend. Right now I'm wishing I was out of this cubicle and outside.

I hope everyone has a long and safe weekend. Everyone is doing a good work with great results… don't go crazy. If y'all can do it… so can I. HAPPY 4th everyone!
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Wishing the same to everyone also.
Hit the weights and kites today. Hopefully I get to ride tomorrow.
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Okay, so I am new to the forum here and started back into biking the beginning of April. Am not doing the biking just to lose weight, but thought it would help. I am 6'5" and 255 lbs. After three months of riding (over 1,000 miles so far) I have noticed a change in my legs, but have lost just a few pounds. I am riding about 6 days per week. Any thoughts on when the weight will start to come off. I am not eating a ton of food or junk food, and am ingesting fewer calories than I used to.
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Hmmm....gbreetz...just read your note. I am wondering if you are eating enough.
I am no expert in weight loss but I know that if you are increasing your physical activity, you should not be decreasing your food intake too much. It can have the reverse effect. I have been increasing my riding, and initially did what you did - ingest fewer calories - and did not see a significant weight loss. Then I increased the number of meals I ate each day (still healthy meals and no junk food) and within a month, noticed a 5 lb weight loss. The following month it was 7 lbs.

I think that when I decreased my calories (in the hopes I would lose weight) but was cycling increasing distances, my body must have thought it was not getting enough and started to go into a "starvation mode" as some call it so I guess I ended up retaining water/calories or whatever. Not sure how it works.

I am 5'6 and 160 lbs - trying to get down to 120-130 lbs.

I would also suggest that you alternate your bike route so your body doesn't get used to the same hills and terrain, if you are not doing so already. Or try adding some sprints into your rides. Anything to throw your body off and make it have to work a bit harder = more calories burned.

I hope this helps a bit. Don't get discouraged. I was exactly where you are a few months ago and it was so frustrating. Now it's exciting to see the weight finally come offf.

Good luck !
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I am doing the loss program, but I dropped my intake to 2000 cal a day and ride 100 miles a week. You may need to decrease the quanity you are comsuming to drop some weight. When I logged what I was eating, I was consuming ~ 3000 per day. I need 2400 to maintian my goal weight so I reduced to 2000/day and that is working. I started in April and have lost 27 lbs and 3+" in the waist.
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Nice work everyone! Some impressive stories here...

I'm 5'8" - I weighed in at 242 at the end of April. Thanks to my bike and heartrate monitor, I'm down to 220. Hoping to see 199 by November (can't remember the last time my weight didn't start with a 2!).
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My weight loss has plateaued. Talking to a friend who's a sports sci guru, he reckons I need to up my cal intake. At 1900-2300 for my activity level, my body is going into starvation mode and holding onto fat.

The other thing he recommends is mixing up my riding - I've been doing the same distance daily at the same pace for 2 months now - I should intro intervals and some long slow "base mile" days into my weekly cycle (npi).
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RandyMcD, you're about where I'm at and are going to where I have been. I'm 6', 236 lbs. right now. Two years ago during the Spring, I decided I wanted to be in the best shape ever for my 30th birthday. I was 210 then. After a month of good eating and regular, HR-monitored exercise, I got to 199. What a great feeling!

Unfortunately, I plateaued at that same time and went on vacation the very next week. Worked out in our timeshare's exercise room, but I took in a bunch of cals. That was all it took.

That last two years, especially the winters, I've been very sedentary. Computer programming job for 8-12 hours a day. Then come home and sit in front of another PC. I hit 240 a little over a month ago and decided that that was it.

I got a new elliptical machine (I cannot recommend these highly enough) so I would have something at home to work up a lather on. And I bought a new bike. On just the elliptical machine alone and calorie counting, I've lost those first four pounds in a month. I'm picking up my bike from the LBS tomorrow, and I'm going out for a 30-40 miler. As long as the biblical proportions of rain don't come down here like they have been.

I'll be ready for the plateau this time. And I'm not stopping until I hit my target weight of 180 (175 if I can squeeze it out healthily).

I remember that plateau. I was wondering what the heck was going on. I was doing everything the same. I even upped my time and effort on the elliptical machine. It was very discouraging. I don't know much about the physiology behind it, but I would definitely say I needed to mix up my routine. I'm going to invest in a trainer and/or some rollers this fall so I don't depend solely on the elliptical machine over the winter.
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I can. 8th Grade! Size 42" waist! Now 214lbs and a 36" waist!
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I started dieting in May and began training for the MS150 about a month ago. I'm 6'2" and have gone from 245 down to 223. My diet has consisted of healthier carbs, cutting out junk, and eating normal size meals. I've been riding three or four times a week both on and off road. My rides vary from 15 to 45 miles a day.
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I hit a goal this weekend! I started my diet/exercise program 18 April. I was 228 lbs with high blood pressure (165/100 ). I started cutting back my food to 2000 cal a day and riding 4 times a week. I hit 199 Saturday , that is the lowest I have been since 11/01. I am now riding 100 mi per week and hitting the gym on my off days. I still have another 24 more to go to hit my target mark of 175. I feel like I am making progress. I feel better and should get a good report Tuesday when I go to the Doc.
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Just wondering is you guys have room for a bariatric patient. I make no bones about my desicion and feel it saved my life. It would be nice to have a "support" thread that is about cycling, weight loss, and doesn't look down on me for my choice.
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