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    February 1,2005 Started a new job, we have a giant scale for weighing motors for cars. Hoped on and tapped out at 450lbs. I totally freaked out!!!
    Immediatly cut out everything but water, less quantity intake of food, more water, no sugars, less carbs, no fried, just healthier foods in general.
    Also it helped that i started working instead of sittign on my butt for 3 months after i got laid off!!

    Well as of today 2/25/05 I am down to 414lbs and i havent even started excersizing yet!
    I am getting a bike this weekend and joining a gym i the next week or so!!

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    That is awesome Big Lug! Congrats on the weight loss already. Once you start exercising you will be amazed at how fast the weight starts coming off.

    Hope you have been saving some money for new clothes, you are going to be needing them.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Like low cell said in his post, Awesome job! I like the motor thing in the sig. line too! Let's all get supercharged! WWW.TOURDEPANTS.COM
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachisageek
    Thanks for the tips guys. I'll try that. I guess I should be drinking about four of my water bottles per day, now that I understand a little better how much I should be drinking, I can shoot for my goal. I'm hoping that increasing water intake will increase lbs lost.
    You can add WATER to your FitDay.com Journal to track it if you haven't done so yet.

    Also, I assume you have been checked by your doctor for diabetes. If not. Get'r done!

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    Big Lug, good for you!

    Slow and steady is the best advice I can give. Be careful to avoid injury. See your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to exercise and that have no underlying issues that could be a problem.

    After that, HAVE FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
    You can add WATER to your FitDay.com Journal to track it if you haven't done so yet.

    Also, I assume you have been checked by your doctor for diabetes. If not. Get'r done!

    Zin
    Oh man, I pray its not diabetes. I'm 21 years old! But yeah, I've been meeting with a nutritionist for a while now and we might do the test.

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    Zach.

    No need to get alarmed. Constant thirst is a symptom of diabetes. Thats why I think you should have the blood test to see. Its far better to know and treat it, than to ignore it. Just get it check out. I've been able to reverse it. No longer on meds. My body is now processing glucose normally again. Your on the right track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
    Zach.

    No need to get alarmed. Constant thirst is a symptom of diabetes. Thats why I think you should have the blood test to see. Its far better to know and treat it, than to ignore it. Just get it check out. I've been able to reverse it. No longer on meds. My body is now processing glucose normally again. Your on the right track.
    Thanks for the concern, it is really appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachisageek
    Thanks for the concern, it is really appreciated.
    Hey, no problem! This thread is for those of us on this journey to walk together. To help one another. And, to watch out for one another.

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    Well it has been a few days since I checked in. I worked out tonight for the first time since Thursday of last week. Good and bad news. My eating has gone up, but my weight has stayed exactly the same. So I just need to keep myself in the gym and make good choices still.
    Max: 304
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    You guys ever try working out first thing in the morning before you eat? Supposedly it burns fat more.

    I used to do this when I had a weight problem.

    I'd get on my tradmill first thing in the morning. It seems to curb your appetite also.

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    Not to jack this thread, but from my understanding one of the best things to do is a small amount of food in the morning and then working out. The food jump starts your metabolism and working out will burn that plus some fat if you're looking to lose weight.

    Not to mention that it kicks your day into gear well. Hardest part is just getting up to do it, but I find it helps a lot especially on gym days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunkty14
    Not to jack this thread, but from my understanding one of the best things to do is a small amount of food in the morning and then working out. The food jump starts your metabolism and working out will burn that plus some fat if you're looking to lose weight.

    Not to mention that it kicks your day into gear well. Hardest part is just getting up to do it, but I find it helps a lot especially on gym days.
    If you were doing high intensity exercise that would be ok.

    It just that food causes your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin causes fat cells to resist releasing fat.

    I would walk on my treadmill for about an hour at relatively low intensity in the fasting state. It really seemed to get me burning fat. I ate right after the treadmill workout.

    Then in the evening I'd lift weights.

    That's just how I did it. I'm not saying other methods don't work.
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    Hi everyone, I am a 43 yrs old male and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (bone cancer)a little over a year ago. Have been through many chemos and a stem cell transplant and still getting chemo injections in 21 day cycles. Before I found out about the cancer I was 5'8 175lbs now I am 5'6 235 lbs, height lose due to effects of MM on bones, weight gain due to extreme fatigue and no exercise at all.

    Now I am finally feeling better and needing to do some exercise and to lose the weight I gained. Starting to eat right again and I am buying a new bike and going start riding for exercise, swimming and riding are the only things the doctors will ok.
    I am going buy one of those dreaded dept store mtb bikes for now and when I get 200lb or under get a higher end bike. Its going to be all road riding to start with anyway,so I won't be beating it to death. So a couple of questions

    What is a good starting point on riding as far as distances and speeds?
    How often a week? I can ride everyday,I'm not working now.
    Where can I find info on a exercise/weight loss cycling program?

    Ok now the tough question, and I know everyone has their opinions, but is there any difference in the quality of Mongoose,Schwinn,Micargi,and even the Honda and Jeep bikes. They all have bikes with dual suspension and upright riding positions, some with disc brakes.I know they are not the top of the line, but for right now they will get me riding and fit the budget,around $200. (6500.00 a month in medical bills puts a crimp in the bike budget),so everyone chime in on you opinions on which is better than the others. Oh yeah and a used higher end bike is not a option, neither of the 2 LBS has anything used in that price range or even a new one.

    Sorry for the long winded post.

    Thanks in advance for any help and ideas.

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    I say any thing that fits you well for the bike. As far as distance goes... I began by riding until I was almost tired and then turning around. This allows you to push yourself slightly, without overdoing it. See my website for encouragement! WWW.TOURDEPANTS.COM Ritz.
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    On choosing a bike in the $200 range do not get anything that has rear suspension or disc brakes. They are going to be pretty much worthless plus they will have even lower quality components.

    The rear suspension on a cheap bike bounces you around like crazy. This takes a lot of power away from the cranks.

    Other than that just go out and ride. Ride a mile or two and then turn around. If you feel up to it do the loop again. Just don't get too far away from your house on the first few rides until you get a feel for everything. You don't want to burn out on it by wearing yourself out the first ride or two.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Ditto on the suspension. In that price range, avoid suspension - especially dual suspension. The shocks are basically just springs, and only serve to sap your energy, and only make it harder to ride. If you're riding roads, shocks shouldn't be necessary anyway. Disc brakes at that price are also too good to be true. Conventional brakes work fine unless you're doing extreme descents or swamp riding or something. The theme seems to be: Try to find something without a lot of bells and whistles, because at that price they are gimmicks, not to say you can't get a very decent and usable bike though.

    Of the brands you mentioned, I would prefer Schwinn, but I don't have any hard evidence to support that.
    Bring the pain.

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    One other thing to consider... Check with some of the bike shops before you go department store buying. Both of my local shops have some used bikes from time to time. A good bike that is used is still way better than some of the WalMart bikes. Also, most local shops will adjust the bike for free for a few months and can give you set-up advice.

    Hope your recovery goes well...

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    I think I have decided on an Iron Horse Maverick Sport. I can get it for $209. I have a 2 mile loop planned out to ride. It has some small hills and all smooth new pavement and low traffic. If I go further from the house there are Killer hills that I need to stay away from right now.

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    Congrats on your decisions, and your dedication to your health and recovery! I looked that bike up, you'll probably get lots of miles on it

    To make riding more pleasant, I suggest replacing the knobby tires with slick ones. If you still want a cushy ride, use larger slick ones, you'll still notice a big difference. I run big balloon (26x2.125) slick tires on my mountain bike, that thing rides like a dream. See the commuting forum for lots of good hints on running a mountain bike on the road Slick tires are the #1 suggestion though.

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    Well the weight is still coming off. Soda free for about six weeks now and I have lost around 24 lbs. I came in at 278.1, but I haven't eaten much today, so I recorded it at 280. Keep it up guys, all it takes is some dedication to eating right and working out 3-4 times per week!

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    I posted a message and lost it ... dern it!

    Was hoping I could get in on the weight loss club here! Just got me a bike so it's all new to me. I was advised to post on this forum so that I wouldn't lose out on much more advice and encouragement that I can gain here.

    I need to lose about 60 pounds. I'm not looking to just lose weight, I want to be healthy. I enjoy riding my bike, but don't know all the ins and outs and secrets of losing weight by riding one.

    Any advice you all can give me would be great. I've gotten some great advice on the Introduction thread from some of you already.

    I will gladly report what I'm doing and how my progress is coming along. I certainly need the support. I lost 70 pounds 7 years ago by running/jogging/lifting weights, but riding will allow me to be doing something active with my husband and my children ... and my sister and her son.

    Thanks for letting me in here !!

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    Welcome TLL!

    Now that you have your bike, I think the best advice I can give you is simply, ride. Ride daily. Watch your food intake. Most of all, ENJOY riding.

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    Hey Y'all! Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you're here and you might like my site for family oriented weight loss as well. WWW.TOURDEPANTS.COM Watch what you eat, ride your bike and drink lots of water. Have fun doing it too, or you will lose intrest and give up. We don't want to be doing any of that!
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    I think I overdid it today. Oops. I did my longest ride ever (~17 miles, I know its not much) plus some riding earlier in the day, and weight lifting tonight. But I am at 278.5. That means I have lost about 25 lbs now. Woot Woot.

    It felt really good to get out and do a long ride today. I haven't ridden that much since last fall.

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