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.