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    Well, I've been reading this thread for a few weeks now, and finally decided this thread could help me reach my goal by being accountable.

    I am 32 years old and about a month ago bought a Trek 2100. I am totally addicted and haven't been this motivated to get back in shape for years. I want to lose about 60 lbs. In the past three weeks I have lost about 10 pounds. I have been riding 4 to 5 times a week.

    Everyones storys a very inspiring, and think this thread is a great thing!

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    My weight loss is going NOWHERE despite increased cycling and decreased eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterKat
    And if that doesn't work, here's the thumbnail.
    Oh baby!

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    Hey ya'll!

    I was off on an adventure over the weekend. I traveled to the bikejournal.com Frist Union gathering near Mena, Arkansas for a century ride. I posted a full report here .

    Man, it is amazing what you will do when the cycling bug grabs you! I lost a couple of pounds over the 5 days I was away.

    I'm attaching a photo of me in a paceline. I'm the third guy in the line.This photo was taken by "Kincannondale" of bj.com fame. You can view his Friday night ride photo documentation of the event at his club site here. Keep an eye on his site as he will be posting the Saturday century photos soon.

    I am now movitivated to cycle more. Train more. Group ride more! I had a great time! There is nothing like getting motivated by such a great event!


    EDIT: I've also been motivated to get a new bike! A friend of mine is hot on the trail for a 2005 Jamis for me. The old Bainchi is just not suited for the type of riding I am trying to do. I'll keep it for my commuter and of course touring bike.
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    Bob,
    Looks like you had a great time, I was wondering where you had disappeared to. You will have to post a pic of your new bike when it arrives!
    "Methinks my own soul is a bright invisible green" H. Thoreau

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    Hey Kat!

    I had a life changing experience! I really had a great time. It was physically hard challenging. I had the worst ashma attack of my life which knocked me out of the ride at the Metric Century point. I was pretty dissappointed. But a trip to the hospital would have been much worse.

    I will post a pic of the new ride when I finally get it. We are just in the initial research on them. I know it will almost certianly be a Jamis. The guy in front of me in the paceline photo is riding a Jamis Comet. Its a sweet bike! Its only around 17lbs!

    The adventure was fun, but I am glad to be home. Even with the winter weather on the way Thursday.

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    Long time lurker here. As of August, I weighed 250Lbs. For the past 10 years, my weight has fluctuated between 240-260. I've always hated riding the fine line of the Coast Guard's weight limits, even though I always hid it well (6'4").

    I took biking back up while attending the CPO Academy in Petaluma, CA, this past August. Exercise is a large part of the curriculum, and what better a way to start a new "habit". It was easy to get going again - it's some beautiful country! I've always liked to bike, but I usually only rode during patrol breaks.

    As of this week, I'm down to 230 - the least I've weighed in years. My eventual goal is 200-205. I've been riding between 100-150 miles a week, a little over 20 miles a day, 5 days a week. Most of it's on base, since there's only one road and one direction to ride from here! Of course it's flat, but I've ridden into some decent wind for a good workout (Karl, Jeanne). I'm addicted riding now and actually miss going out on my off-days.

    My biggest challenge coming up will be during deployments - I'm stationed on a ship which is gone about 200 days a year, 70 days at a time. All you can eat, fat laden food is usually served. I'm going to try to keep in shape by using the stairmaster machines we have on board. The positive side is that I get to ride in many different Caribbean countries - Curacao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Tortola, Grand Cayman, lovely Guantanamo Bay, ETC. Unfortunately these breaks are only a couple days long, a couple weeks apart.

    Bob - I think I've worked you more than a few times over the past few years in various contests.

    -Dave

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    Hey Dave! Congrats on the weight loss! Good luck keeping it in hand while on ship! I wonder if they would allow you to ride around the main deck? (can you tell I don't know much about ships?)

    Your call is VERY familure! I would not be supprised if we have worked many times in the contests! I know for sure that I'll be looking for your call this contest season!

    73, Bob

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    Hi Bob - I could probably ride around the flight deck, but the helicopter tie downs would make it very tricky 500 laps would probably equal 1 mile. I'm considering a trainer, but it's a pain to get my bike from where I have to store it, up to the main deck.

    I worked you for sure while I was in Guam in the late 90's - I see we had a QSO while I was KH2/N2NL. Honestly, I don't really keep a log per say while stateside, however I've been really active primarily in the CW NAQP and Sprints, ending up in the top 10 a few times. I'll probably end up operating the WWCW contest as N2NL/MM from somewhere in Zone 7 or 9.

    Anyway, back to biking - I'm going for an evening ride since it's about 10 degrees cooler. In addition to losing 30 more pounds, I'm working toward a MTB century - from MM 0 in Key West all the way up the Keys.

    73, Dave
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    Bob congrats! Glad you enjoyed the ride.
    Dave, welcome to the forum. Riding gets addicting. I have been riding in the rain and will probably have to ride through a lite rain today for my ride.

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    I lost 50 pounds on Atkins and I heard all the stories about gaining it back. Then something amazing happened ... I started exercising and because I was 50# lighter I could actually stick with it. I now routinely take two or three spinning classes a week as well as several long rides on the weekends. I no longer follow an Atkins regiment since I have an outlet for my carbs .... exercise. I feel great and have not gained back a pound.

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    I can't believe I did it! But I did. I talked it over with Coleen (my lovely supportive wife) and it was decided to go for it!

    I ordered my first NEW bike! No, not another used bike. A brand spanking new one!

    I ordered from a friends bike shop a 2005 Jamis Quest. I attached a photo of the 2004 model. The 2005 is Blue and silver. It also has different wheels. It should be in the bike shop next Friday. Then not sure how long to get it built up and to me. I may meet the shop owner in Glaceir National Park for its maiden voyage on the Going to the Sun Road. The shop is about 200 miles away in Canada. Man, you just gotta love the exchange rate.

    What does this have to do with weight loss? EVERYTHING! It is my weight loss and change in my lifestyle that makes this possible.

    I am going to be training harder than ever. On my "big ride" last weekend, I found out that I still have a lot of conditioning to do. I also found out that my cycling goals are well within my grasp this next year!

    I am posting here mainly because of the supportive nature in the Weight Loss Club. We all know the ups and downs associated with our ambitions. I just wanted to share an "up" moment with everyone!

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    Bob,
    Congratulations on everything! You are where everyone wants to be. The new ride is a much deserved reward. New "bod" and a new "ride" victory must be twice as sweet!

    So are you training for compositions yet?

    Congratulations again,
    W.J.

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    Hey WJ! Thanks man. It feels really good to have the additional motivation of the new bike! It is very sweet! Not only is the new ride cool, but my friend that owns the bike shop emailed me to let me know that Jamis told him that I'll be the first 2005 Jamis Quest owner in North America! How cool is that? They don't even have the '05s on the web yet!
    Can you tell I'm excited?

    As for training for "compositions?," I know my gramar is not the best, but geez!

    If I do get to come to Texas next summer, we'll get to have a great ride!

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    Congratulations on your ride and your lovely new bike!

    My big announcement...I've lost a whopping 1.5lbs! LOL! Not too earth shattering, but it has restored my faith in the system. Well, let's hope this keeps up. 6.5 more to go until November 6.

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    Holy Cow! All I can say, it was Friday and my evil twin was seen at my computer. How did he miss that? He should stop relying on the computer to check his grammar and spelling! Lazy bum!

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    juf2m, just keep at it. The Kg's will come off. Just enjoy the journey.

    WonderJaw, I didn't know you had a twin? Obviously you got all the brains.

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    In July, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high glucose ... dropped my road bike on its gears, and instead of fixing the 20-year relic, bought a new bike. I've been on it practically every day since then. Rode so much in the heat of summer that the valve cap MELTED and ruined the valve so bad I had to get a new inner tube. I lost about two clothing sizes - went from a women's size 12 to an 8. At 44, I feel great and am going to get my blood checked again to see where my numbers are. I've been biking since I'm a kid. It's "my sport" and I love it. It's a fabulous way to reduce. Prior to biking all the time, I was doing exercise videos, walking, going to the gym, but with the bike, I can really build the intensity and go for a long duration outside, where I love to be. I prefer "natural exercise" (being outdoors) versus being cooped up in a gym or in front of the VCR/DVD player, althought I am rebounding on a trampoline as a filler (if I get rained out of a long ride, or just want to supplement activity). I prefer activities that can really get my heart rate up while I'm having fun and feeling free - and that's ON THE BIKE!

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    Wow, sounds like everyone is making great progress! I'm wondering how most people measure their 'weight loss' - I've been hesitant to weigh myself too often because I've heard it can fluctuate a couple pounds either way because of water, etc. What do you do to measure your progress in small increments?

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    I weigh in only on Sunday mornings. I have a digital scale so if you don't stand in the same place 2 times in a row, it can give a couple pounds difference. I've traced my feet on the scale so I know exactly where to place them every week.

    I'm only down 10 lbs. but my schedule doesn't let me ride as often as I would like.
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    I'm a Sunday morning weigh'r myself. I'm actually up 3lbs. (give or take) Clothes are fitting looser so I'm guessing that some of it is muscle gain. (I hope)

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    Hey Bob - Nice new ride!

    I weigh myself daily - in the morning when I wake up, and after bike rides. It's always hot and humid down here, so I like to see after riding how much water weight I may have lost, to make sure I am properly hydrating.

    There are those who believe in weighing only once a week. I am not one of those. I understand that weight fluctuates from day to day, and keep that in consideration. I'd hate to be working hard on a diet, exercising regularly, and excited to see my weight at the end of the week, only to see a higher number or something less than expected. When I weigh myself daily, I may not see much of a difference until I look back at my log and notice the pounds are dropping off.

    I completed two goals this past weekend: my first metric century (on a MTB at that), and the first time I've weighed less than 230lbs in over 10 years. Next milestones include an imperial century, and breaking the 220 barrier.

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    Thanks for the tips, everyone! I think I'll start weighing myself every morning, that way I'll get to know the usual range for me. (Then hopefully it will slowly start dropping!)

    Congrats on your first metric century, Dave. On a mountain bike!! Way to go. Will you be using a road bike for your 100-mile century goal?

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    Nope - MTB all the way. I really can't afford a new bike at this moment, and I like the sturdier frame. The roads here aren't bad, but aren't the greatest either. With a MTB, I don't have to worry as much about potholes. I do run slicks which evens the score quite a bit.

    A note on daily weighing - your weight WILL fluctuate a lot. Just keep that in mind. Mine varies 3-4 pounds through the day. I keep a log (bike log with a column to record weight), and even though I might not think I'm losing anything, looking back a couple weeks at my records shows otherwise.

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    Hey Dave! I can't wait to get my hands on the new bike! I hope I have enough nice weather to enjoy it! I'm putting up a new tower right now, hope to have it up this weekend at the latest.

    I think I'll start weighing every morning. I can record it on my Bike Journal . It will be interesting to see what things look like over time.

    EDIT: Forgot to say CONGRATS on your Metric! The full century will be a breeze too. Just have fun!

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