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    Howdy all!
    I'm not sure exactly what to say, but I'm feeling inspired by this thread. I just got my bike yesterday, and am really looking forward to riding. I used to ride quite a bit in high school. I didn't get my driver's license until I was a senior, so I commuted to work and school on my 1985 Peugeot 12 speed. I loved that bike. I kept it in my bedroom until I went to college.

    I always managed my weight pretty well through sports. When I was single, I played softball, basketball, and vollleyball each one night per week, year-round. I maintained an even 190lbs. At 6' tall, I had some "love handles", but I was happy with it. When I got married, sports took a back seat, and I had to drop volleyball. At least my wife played softball with me.

    In May 2000, I broke my right ankle and two bones in my right foot playing basketball. One of the bones was a weight bearing bone, so no walking boot for me! After I got the cast off, I still couldn't use it at all. I used crutches for another month after that. I had a severe limp for several months beyond that. During the two and a half months of cast and crutches, all I did was lay around. Consequently, I gained 30 pounds in those 10 weeks.

    I never really lost that weight, but gradually my ankle gained strength (I started walking, worked up to 3 miles when I quit). I started playing basketball and softball again, and was slowly shedding weight. I was about 220lbs in November 2002 when I broke my left elbow (radial head fracture), again playing basketball. The weight shot right back up to 230. I decided that I had to give up basketball after that one. Fortunately, I was able to regain full extension in my elbow.

    After almost two years of moping (although I did enjoy watching my children grow), I met a friend that was a road cyclist. Hearing him talk with passion and enthusiasm about his sport brought back memories of my teenage years on my Peugeot. After a month of thinking about it, I decided to take up cycling. There was only one problem; no bike! With my wife pregant with child #3, I had to figure out how to find a good bicycle without sending my wife into labor with sticker-shock.

    After a month of research and scouring the Dallas/Ft Worth metro area, I found my bike. I used the "forgiveness is easier than permission" route and bought a new 2003 Giant OCR2 (note: I do not recommend this method of buying things when dealing with a pregnant spouse). The store had it sitting in its warehouse, still in the box. They gave me a substantial discount on it to get rid of it.

    So now I have a bike! Still have to get shoes, though (my wife is gonna love that). I have the perfect place to ride until I'm comfortable on the roads. I live next door to the Texas Motor Speedway. The service road that circles the Speedway is almost exactly 5 miles. It's very lightly travelled, except on race weekends, but I avoid it like the plague then anyway.

    I hope to be posting my own shrinking weight here shortly. Thanks for keeping this thread going.

    *EDIT* I want to state for the record, that my choice of forum username has nothing to do with any certain professional cyclist. It is my middle name, and will be the name of my first-born son (when ever he arrives). I took it as my email address 5 years ago, and see no reason to change it now.

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    I am glad i found this forum I like what I have been reading I am 5'7 and a hefty 268 I brought a hybrid because i felt I was too heavy for a road bike but one day I will get one. I went riding every weekend summer last week I did the MSbike tour a 20miler and next week I am doing the MSbike tour a 30 miler and the weekend after that for my 40th birthday i am going to do a 25mile tour I figured that between working out and riding I would really like to reach my goal weight of 175 by next winter(or sooner) thanks for all your post...Also changed my diet to include more fruits and veggies and less junk food

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance_Work
    In May 2000, I broke my right ankle and two bones in my right foot playing basketball... November 2002 when I broke my left elbow (radial head fracture).
    Still have to get shoes, though (my wife is gonna love that).
    All I can say is... 1. Be sure and wear a helmet 2. It's like a band-aid... rip it all off... one time. There is no point in going through the same pain twice. 3. Welcome to BikeForums

    Quote Originally Posted by bxbikerguy
    I am glad i found this forum...
    You have found a great support group. Questions, advice, and even encouragement can be found here. Be sure and share (post) your success... call it synergy, karma, or whatever. It's contagious! Welcome to BikeForums

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    WonkerJaw,
    I do have a helmet, a pair of cycling shorts, and a tire pump. I bought those during the month long search for my bike.

    I can't wait to start riding myself. Hopefully, I'll get some shoes today or tomorrow.

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    Welcome bxbikerguy & Lance_Work!

    WJ is right. This is the place to be! Great people, great inspiration!

    Now, go out and ride!

    EDIT:Hey, W.J.! What the heck is that in your avatar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT

    EDIT:Hey, W.J.! What the heck is that in your avatar?
    My guess: the front end of a good-sized catfish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bxbikerguy
    I am glad i found this forum I like what I have been reading I am 5'7 and a hefty 268 I brought a hybrid because i felt I was too heavy for a road bike but one day I will get one.
    If it makes any difference, I was 5'11" and 265 when I started this Spring...and went straight to a road bike ('04 Marin Portofino). Now I'm down to 225 and just finished my first Century. Keep up the good work!

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    Well, at 5'11'' 263 I am a tad heavier than I should be. I started biking a little over a year ago as a way to lose weight and it has now become an obsesion (biking not weight loss). I took some spinning classes ( 3 a week to be exact) and found it a great way to lose weight and lower the heart rate, I dropped my resting heart rate by nearly 20bpm. When the wife got pregnant back came the weight and I no longer have the gym that offers spinning, so I just picked up a CycleOps trainer and hook up for a ride when I get done with my commute. I ride at night since my commute is only a 2.5 miles round trip. Thanks to the link to The Bike Journal I now have a great way to keep track of my rides and success. Hope to post a lot, and good luck to everyone!

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    Welcome Special K!

    Stick to it. Don't forget to come back to this thread often for motivation (kick in the pants) when needed.

    We have a Tuesday night chat session over on Bike Journal. Would love to see you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PainTrain
    My guess: the front end of a good-sized catfish.
    Ick!

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    I must give up comfort food! Since it's Friday (and was a long week), I had my favorite take-out meal, some wine, and dessert. The take-out itself is rather healthy (from a vegetarian restaurant), but I realized I HAVE to stop 'comforting' myself with food and drink! Wine, dessert - the calories add up. I have to find another way to relax on the weekends! Does anyone else struggle with this?

    -Grad Student

    P.S. I love this thread! I wish it was its own forum!

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    Hey GradStudent,
    I think many of us have to contend with comfort food issues. I know I sure do. Especially this time of year. During the summer I am able to get out and ride. Play ball with the kids. Take a walk with the wife. Anything but eat. But this time of year, I am like a bear. Its time to eat and get ready to hibernate.

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    i'm 28, 5'-9.5" i weighed 195 in january, i weighed 165 by about june. since then i've just been losing fat and gaining muscle, no weight change. i quit drinking a 6-pack everynight, i bought a kona, started yoga classes, started weight training, and prepared all my meals at home, from scratch.
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    Okay, I'm 6'2", when I started riding hard last year, I weighted about 230 (the most I've ever weighted); I'm now at 197.

    My goal is to get down to 165, with 8-10% body fat. Any speical suggestions on how to achieve that ellusive body fat total?? I just signed up for a gym and took my first spinning class...which went ok, no problems.

    I did notice that my peak working heart rate fluctuated from about 170-189, and when the cool down started, it was back down to 150. I'm 37 years old, so this seems rather high. I asked the instructor if I should be worried about this. She said that it just indicates that I can sustain high anaerobic periods of work (we were working mostly on hills).

    Does that sound right???

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    I'm by no means an expert.....but when I'm mashing gears as hard as I can, I usually can get up to and average 170-175BPM. I can sustain this for a few minutes at most. When I'm working hard, I average about 150 BPM over a 1.5 hour ride. I wouldn't think your range is abnormal - but again, I'm by no means an expert.

    I'm more than 1/2 way to my goal of a sub-200lb weight. I'm 33 and 6'4". Mid July I was 250, and I'm down around 222 at the moment. I've been riding between 130-180 miles a week on my MTB. The real test will begin next month when I deploy to sea for 7 weeks, to see if I can keep the weight off without the ability to ride. It looks though like I'll get the opportunity to ride in a couple countries new to me (I bring the bike along - but we're usually rolling too much to safely use a trainer).

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    The scale keeps on moving downward. I applaud everyone on this thread, I find it the most inspirational of all for keeping me motivated. I have had a cold for a bit, so haven't been on the bike for almost a week, but plan to be back in the saddle within the next day or two.
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    Man! I need to get off my bottom! Talk about motivational, this thread is awesome! I'm 5'11" and 265lbs. now (308lbs. at my heaviest) I ride a recumbent and tow my three year old son in a trailer. I used to commute twelve miles a day, but am a stay home dad now. Thanks for all the solidarity! I look forward to bringing updates to this thread soon.
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    I have lost 45 pounds in the last year. Surprisingly I was only biking during the last couple of pounds. Anyway, here's a pic.

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    I too have been on the roller coaster ride. I just turned 33 last week. From the age of 17-20, I was rowing competitively, lightweight fours, and weighed in at 72.5Kg's. Upto this past summer ('04), I was hovering between 85-92 Kg's. I could never beat the threshhold of 85K for long. This summer, a combination of better eating habits and exercise have helped me to lose the weight and keep it off. Reduce portion size, no eating after 8pm and less sweets (80%) and more protien with an eye on carbs. For exercise, its been aggresive trail riding (MTB-XC) for 45-60min covering 8-10km and weight training (circuit type) for 45-60min, helped me to drop down to 80K and MOST importantly, bring my body fat down from 25% to 18%. I am thrilled, especially when my wife admired the change !!.... and the clothes fit looser, hang better etc. Also, am fit enough run wherenever, whereever and stairs don't bother me anymore. It's a great feeling. As a reward, I upgraded my old Raleigh inferno SX to a Devinci Arrowhead !!

    I have one question, which I'd love to hear feedback on. What might one do for a change of training during winter months? I'm getting a little tired of the circuit training and longing for a little heavy alternating with 30-45 min cardio on machines. cheers,
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    When is it time to give away my "fat guy" clothes?

    I have a range of clothes from 36" (my current size) all the way up to 48".

    I seem to have an attachment to these clothes. Could it be that I hang on to them "just in case I balloon up again?" How do I get over this attachment? Or is it a fear? Or an excuse for a potential failure?

    Please. Share your experience.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Give them away fast. LOL. I recently found some old clothes in a box that I had out grown. They fit better than my now way to baggy large clothes. For some reason I'm stalling on buying new as I am not at my goal yet. In fact since I posted my 200 mark on Labor day I have been stuck at 200 since. I am thinking that the last 20-30 is maybe the hardest or at least slowest. the good news is this has become a way of life. Somewhere along the way I have started to look at food as fuel, not pleasure. Gotta fuel the ride.

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    Stannian, GOOD JOB!
    Everybody keep up the good work.

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    Hey Wonker Jaw, where's your Catfish?
    "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the de@d , you will be saved." Romans 10:9 NIV

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    I am 5'11" and was dressing out at 244lbs the heaviest I had ever been. I was getting to be a pain to tie my shoes and get out of the car. I decided that enough was enough and I began walking and started to pay attention to what I was eating. Over time I dropped down 20lbs and started running. That was good for about 10 more pounds but it was beating the fire out of my knees. I had this old Huffy MTB that I started riding to change things up. Can't say it was any fun in the beginning, that Huffy felt like I was dragging bricks around. I found a Giant MTB in someones garbage and fixed it up and starting riding it, sure was a lot better and lost a few more pounds to boot. Shortly after that I decided I needed a road bike but couldn't convince the wife I needed one. Well low and behold someone gave me a KHS Steve Howard somethingorother and it was off to the races. As of this morning I weighed in at a slimmer 200 lbs and I love to ride. Would like to drop 30 more but God, I just love peanut butter....

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    Hey, ive got a ? for anyone that cares to respond.

    My names Harrison, 13, living in Florida. I usually do 5-6 mile rides a day, sometimes more if i feel like it, although with school/Band/church/clubs, its extreemly hard to find a good 2-3 hours a day to ride, so i usually end up doing my rides from 8-10 at night. (Although i've heard this can mess up ones metabolism, which im looking into). I weigh about 197, (about 20 pounds overweight for someone my age and height- 6 feet). I am trying to lose weight, but it really doesnt seem to be working, i usually eat about 1500 calories a day. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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