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    That's amazing, Hi565. I probably wasn't in the 160's when I was a freshman in high school.

    The surgery creeps me out. One of the biggest spurs for me was going to have my hernia checked and having the surgeon give me pamphlets for their bariatric program. I just hadn't thought of myself as being so fat that people would think I needed surgery to fix it. I thought of myself as "a big guy." I knew I carried a lot of fat, but I figured I was big and strong. But there's just not much difference between a very strong 200-pounder and a very strong 400-pounder where it counts, truth be told.
    On the other hand, I have a good friend in one of my shooting groups, great guy, history teacher, works part time in a *** shop and leads a WWII re-enactor's group. But he weighed over 500 lbs. the year before last on a MUCH smaller frame than mine. He was huge and appeared to be approaching total roundness. He had the surgery.
    Now he has a lot of loose skin around his midsection that still gives him a pudgy appearance, but he's getting there, and he's a shadow of his former self. His heart numbers are all better, and he doesn't use a C-Pap to breathe at night anymore. His life was literally coming to an end before the surgery.
    Yes, maybe he could have done without, but who knows? He knew the risks and he chose to take them. But I don't think I could do it. I don't think I'll have to. I feel like the things I'm doing now, I can do for as long as my health holds out. And once you did it, you could never undo that fact. You could never go back and make it so that you didn't give up and take the easy way out.
    That's for people who don't absolutely need it, though. I don't think I absolutely needed it. I needed what Magnuson said in Heft on Wheels: I needed to have my ass kicked.

    I swam in the lake with my sons yesterday, and it was fantastic. I can really feel the difference, and it's not just the weight lost. My endurance is way up and I don't have the aerobic death swimming used to give me.
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    I love dropping in here every once in a while just to keep myself motivated. I figure it's about time to introduce myself and share my tale.

    Ever since high school I've been a bit chubby. When I went to college it got a little out of control. The Summer before my senior year I was up to 218 pounds (at 5'11"). My father is well over 300 pounds, so I knew I had to get a handle on things. I went on a diet and dropped down to 185 pounds. When I got back to school my old habits returned and I went back up to 210 again.

    I hit the diet again and returned to 185. Even at 185 I wanted to lose more weight but I just couldn't. My diet consisted of eating no junk and hitting the gym 3x a week after work. The problem? I love junk and I hate the gym. 185 became 190. 190 became 195. 195 became 205.

    In May I decided to try riding my bike to work. It's a 12 mile ride, and I just wanted to prove to myself I could do it. It was never meant to be a means to weightloss, but I quickly realized it could be. Since that day I have driven my car to work two, maybe three times. For the first 2-3 months I was just biking and making tiny changes to my diet. This was sufficient to get me back down to 185. Ah 185 - always my nemesis.

    I tried to put a tighter grip on my diet. But I was still weighing in at 185. After reading this thread again a little over a week ago I made two changes that have helped me shatter the 185 pound barrier. First, I signed up for an account at FitnessJournal.org. It's the best $20 I've ever spent. I log my miles. I log my food. Everything. The miles are easy - I love logging that stuff. But logging my food keeps me honest. The second major change was not eating anything after 8:00PM. Sure, I've already broken this rule once or twice, but it's a good guidline. I weighed in this morning at 181 pounds.

    My goal is to get to 175 and then re-evaluate where I am. My Tanita digital scale is going to arrive this week. I'm excited because I'll be able to measure body fat and get more accurate weight measurements, but I'm a bit apprehensive because I feel like it might way me a couple of pounds heavier than my cheap-o analog scale does. Who knows, maybe it will have the opposite effect! Either way, I just hae to remind myself that I've still lost the same ammount of weight either way. We'll see I guess...

    175 By October 17th is the goal. Now that I'm by the 185lb plateau, it should be a cinch! I hope to arrive ahead of schedule!

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    Hi everyone…
    Well I figured I should post my latest run at my weight goal… it's not pretty. I spoke too soon when I'd said I was ready to start again. I work for a state agency and we are finely into the interim. No more crazy hours and eating whatever you can find if you have time to find something. Today I start at 274 lbs. A bit of a shocker when I found out that I gained 10 pounds over the last month. But looking back I have not shown any restraint if at all. So, today I rode my bike in for work and I brought my lunch. Rome wasn't built in a day.

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    That's right! Rome was not built in a day. I'm at 285 and reading the South Beach book. I suppose to have any real effect I'll have to actually do what it says. I need to buy some very different grocerys first, so it'll have to wait at least 'til payday. I'll keep Y'all posted. Anyone use this eating plan yet? It sounds doable. Peace, Ritz.

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    I haven't given up yet!
    Don, that's great, 100lbs. I'm still trying for 5 lbs. It's been 3 weeks and nothing. You sound like your having a great time in your life. The benefits to getting physically isn't just losing weight, it's how great it makes you feel about life.

    Since I've read all the past posts I feel like I know you guys. I think I've become a little addicted to this site. I can't wait for the next post.

    Good Luck to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritz
    Don, 100 pounds is awesome! Keep up the good work, and continue to be an inspiration. We are all proud of you! Hi565, you go boyeeee! I think the last time I was 161 pounds I was in junior high school!
    thanks, its been huge for me. Ive always been the "fat" kid or the kid who ahd the extra weight. Now im not toned (well my legs are starting to lol) but i need to start hitting up the sit ups and I think that will change in no time
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    That's amazing, Hi565. I probably wasn't in the 160's when I was a freshman in high school.
    thanks.
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    AMA,Welcome aboard! Make yourself at home. Peace, Ritz.

    Hey, wasn't I just 262 pounds the other day? (A couple of months ago.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritz
    That's right! Rome was not built in a day. I'm at 285 and reading the South Beach book. I suppose to have any real effect I'll have to actually do what it says.
    Do yourself a big favor. Forget about southbeach or Atkins or any "diets". They don't really work and most (those two in particular) can even be dangerous.

    Pick up "Eat To Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
    http://www.drfuhrman.com

    It's not really a "diet" but a change of lifestyle just to start eating the right way so that not only do you lose weight (and fairly rapidly), but you do so safely and permenantly. He has some articles on his website that explain why Atkins and Southbeach are dangerous (at least at high level) and more info in the book. But its not just about losing weight, but about eating to prevent heart disease, cancer, etc....

    It really is the "real deal". I'm not trying to bash what you chose (Southbeach), its just that I believe what this guy has written and it can actually be dangerous.

    The Atkins Cancer Revolution
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article2.aspx


    South Beach Diet -- The Latest Wave in Unsafe Diet Books
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article3.aspx
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    Thanks K.T. I know that what you are saying is only to help me. I found what Dr, Fuhrman had to say to be very interesting. At this point I'm kind of leary of all those "Diets" too. I haven't actually implemented the South Beach plan yet, I'm still reading the book, so worst case scenerio...I'm out the six bucks it cost. I guess I just need to use my noodle and eat healthy foods, and get some excercise. Less refined stuff, and more of the things God made. I doubt that HE would steer me wrong. I suppose we are all looking for someone to spell it out for us, when indeed, all we need to do is enlist a little common sense. Thanks Bud! Peace, Ritz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritz
    I guess I just need to use my noodle and eat healthy foods, and get some excercise. Less refined stuff, and more of the things God made. I doubt that HE would steer me wrong. I suppose we are all looking for someone to spell it out for us, when indeed, all we need to do is enlist a little common sense. Thanks Bud! Peace, Ritz.

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    That's EXACTLY what the book is all about ...and he (Dr. Fuhrman) does spell it all out for you. It's funny.....I find myself really getting my EYES OPENED, but at the same time, most of the stuff he's saying is common sense stuff we "really" knew all along.
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    Just wanted to report that my wife has hit 259.
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    Don, please pass along a "You go, girl!"

    I stepped on the scale this morning and am down another 2 lbs. to 241. Damn, I wish winter wasn't looming just over the horizon!

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    I'm a scale addict… and I'm trying not to step on the scales but once a week. But so far so good this week… I rode 40 miles and have eaten pretty well. This weekend is going to be hard… going out of town for a wedding… wish me luck. Have a good weekend everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
    Just wanted to report that my wife has hit 259.
    Way to go, Mrs. Gwinn!!!


    I finally hit the 330 mark the other day. I don't know why the even (10's) numbers are milestones, but it feels so good to get down to the next one.
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    279 Today! More to follow. Keep up the good work all! Peace, Ritz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite
    Way to go, Mrs. Gwinn!!!


    I finally hit the 330 mark the other day. I don't know why the even (10's) numbers are milestones, but it feels so good to get down to the next one.
    I've noticed that as well. It always seems to be my next goal. Congrats everyone on your successes!!!

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    WAY TO GO MRS. GWINN! How inspiring! My wife just hit 250lbs yesterday! She is now down 13lbs this year! WHOO HOO!
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    Well, I turned 39 on August 24. One of my promises to myself is that I'd get more active here on this thread again. It has helped myself and so many others over the years.

    There are so many new screen names that I am not familiar with. If nobody minds, I'd like to re-introduce myself to everyone and give a little history. (If you do mind, just post such and I will remove this post)
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    I've never been very physically active. Back in Jr. High and High school I was not allowed to play football due to bad knees. I think that doctor's decision back then set the tone in my life for many years.

    Time warp to 2002. My wife had been diagnosed with diabetes. 6 months later, she convinces me to get myself checked out. Sure enough. I was diagnosed with diabetes as well. I weighed in at 340#s. Smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Drank a 12 pack of Coca-Cola a day. Had a job that kept me sitting at a desk. The shock of the diagnosis was profound. I changed my eating habits. Making healthy choices.
    Fade into 2003. Summer. I get out the old mountain bike. Start riding the local trails with or kids. Rode 5 miles! WhooHoo! Start riding it to work now and then. Gradually built up to riding almost daily with the kids over the summer. Actually looked forward to riding after work. What great family time! By the end of summer 2003, I was down to 260#s. I spend fall and early winter reading BikeForums. Learning all that I can about bike commuting. About the health benefits of cycling. All I can get my hands on! Started scouring the thrift stores for an old bike to use for winter commuting. BINGO! Found a couple. Set them up with racks and panniers. Spend the rest of winter commuting on days that were not to cold and snowy.
    Spring into 2004. As the weather warms I get more days of bike commuting to work. By mid spring I am riding to work daily. 13 mile round trip. I am really digging riding my bike. Found an old 10 speed and begin riding longer and more serious miles. Ride my first century on that old 10 speed. Got much more involved with the great people at Bike Journal.com. Attended BikeJournal.com's FIRST UNION in Oklahoma. An experience that changed my life. I am now completely hooked on cycling. My weight was now down to 215#s. In October I purchased my first modern road bike. I ended 2004 with 2705 total miles. I got a bit laxed over the winter of 2004-2005. Gained back 15#s topping out at 230#s.
    Dawn of 2005. Disappointed in the weight gain I purchased a trainer. Begin riding in doors. Drop the weight back down to 220#s pretty quickly. Riding pretty steady over this spring and summer. Still hanging right at 220#s. Stalled. Stuck. Nearly 3000 miles under my belt for this year so far. Still stalled. Stuck. I recently began resistance training again. I am looking at taking up some light running as a cross training tool. My body has become efficient at cycling. Need to through something new at it to get the weight loss moving again. Even with the additional weight I am a much better cyclist than at the end of last year. Average speeds are way up. I can now pull a paceline at over 20MPH. Muscles are becoming more defined. Still have this darn gut. I recently purchased a set of rollers for use this winter. Also some cycle training DVDs. I have committed to riding the Tripe ByPass in Colorado next year. (big step outside of my comfort zone)
    Now comes today. August 27, 2005. Today I will ride for 20 miles. Today is the day I break 3000 miles for this year. My goal for this year is 4500 miles. Today is the day I try to reconnect with everyone on this thread. I need to refocus on the weight loss. I need to rededicate myself to the end game. I need you. I will achieve my mileage goal for the year. My weight loss goal is already blown. This is my attempt to gain the perspective needed to achieve my new adjusted weight goal for 2005. 195#s by the end of the year.

    I hope that by sharing my story it may help some of you out with the quest you are in. For me, the sharing helps me to remember where I have been. To remember that all is possible.

    Thanks to everyone for helping each other out. Sticking together. Sorry for the long post.

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    Zin - Glad to have you back. I'm one of the new people here who in the last few months rediscovered cycling, a sport that I used to participate heavily in years ago. When I first hit the road again this year, it was a definite "Ah ha!!" moment ... I'd been spending my exercise time walking or on the treadmill, and was bored to tears. When I finally hopped on the bike again (taking my mountain bike out on the road), it was like a revelation. Wow. Exercise didn't have to be boring, and it didn't really require me to load the rack onto the car and drive the bike to a trail. All I needed to do was hop on the bike and ride out of the driveway. Duh. It's not like I'd never done this before. I used to road ride all the time but fell out of it 10 or 12 years ago.

    And so I've been riding my mtn bike on the road and shopping for a road bike. Actually, I just found and bought a road bike off eBay. It should be here midweek. It's a 2004 Cannondale R500 with Shimano 105 components all around. With luck, it will turn out to be what I'm expecting. (If not, it goes right back on eBay, and I go back to shopping.)

    Anyhow, I'm 47 and currently at 241, about 10 lbs down from my starting point at the beginning of July.

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    Congrats to all that have lost some lbs. Zin, your doing so well. As I said before the benefits to biking isn't just getting fit and losing weight. Now your spending more time with your family and enjoying it. Sometimes I concentrate so much on my heart rate, my cadence, my speed I forget what I really need. I need to be out there where it's peaceful (at least at 4:00am), and watch the sun rise knowing half the world is missing out on such an incredible site.

    OK, enogh of the mushy stuff. All my good wishes to all of you doesn't stop from thinking I'm going to quit the dieting thing. Over one month now and no change. I'm waiting for the pants to get bigger and the scale to move...nothing. Fitday is great it tell me my lifestyle cals. are 2500, I cycle and burn 700-1000 cals-= 3200 cal. I've been eating (very healthy, never at junk food) 1700 cal= 1500 cal deficit. I thought that was too much so two days ago I upper eating cals to 1900. Guess what, I gained 2 pounds.

    OK, got that off my chest. Thank you all for being here. I need to just read your posts and I get encouraged.

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    Hi Zin....a great idea. Maybe we should all introduce (or re-introduce) ourselves as there are so many new faces here.



    I am one of the new faces as well. My name is Chris (but most people call me KT). I liked to cycle a "little bit" back in college, but it didn't last long as my "route" over the school was so packed with cars I'd be sick with exhaust fumes. Then I moved out away from "right next to campus" and rode my bike for fun a little bit out and about the area. I thought it was a nice neighborhood, until 1 week later my bike is stolen.



    Ok...that was about 10-12 years ago, fast forward to 2004. I had always missed riding the bike and had many times "thought" about getting into biking and more serious than I had been. But all I had done all that time was "think" about it. Then a friend of mine around late 2003 (just after my mom died after gastric bypass surgery) asked me if I wanted to rent bikes and ride on the trail (Pinellas trail) on Saturday. I thought that sounded like fun, so said "sure".



    We get the bikes and I'm having trouble staying with her because she's soooooo slow. I literally was nearly falling over by trying to go at her speed. She finally told me to go on ahead, I didn't have to wait for her. So I took off. My "first ride" in 10 years took me 14 miles. I was so excited.....waaaaay exceeded my expectations, especially for a 350# guy. When I got back she really enjoyed it too, though she only had gone 4 miles and was vomiting now (LOL).



    We both decided we wanted to buy bikes and "get into cycling". Some preliminary research (consumer reports) told us that we really needed to get "good bikes" from a bike shop and not from x-Mart. So we both looked (I went through at least 15 bike shops trying bikes). Ironically, we both ended up with the same bike, Trek Navigator 300 (comfort).



    I first started riding on my own and did not get very far then....was never going more than 5 or 6 miles. Then I moved over to "this side" of the area and started riding with friends from work. I got into the routine of riding nearly every weekend, but that was it....only once per week. It really wasn't much helping me lose any weight.



    That went on for about 1 1/2 years, until early this summer. My friend that had bought the bike stopped riding after about 3 rides. At one point (probably early this year) I'd guess I was even up to around 370#.



    Then around March, same friend decided she was going to California for vacation with another friend of hers. Her friend, who was into biking a little, wanted to do this 20 mile tour guided bike ride from vineyard to vineyard. She wanted to do the ride and asked me if I could ride with her to help her get back into "riding shape".



    That was the catalyst to get me going. In order to help her, I started riding with her about 3 or 4 times a week and have been doing so ever since. She has since done her ride and now riding much less again, but I am still going 3 to 4 times per week. The more I went, the more the need was driven and I was working on my speed and distance. Last weekend I set a new personal best with 30 miles.



    I have a new riding partner, which now gives me 3 (2 "occasional" and 1 "regular) riding partners. If all goes well I try to ride at least twice during weekdays (around 15-20 miles each), and at least once or twice on weekend (Sat is long ride and Sun, if go, a reovery ride).



    I got down to around 350# a month or two ago. Then from another post in here, I started reading "Eat To Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It's a wonderful book. It's not a diet but just straight up nutrition which teaches you how to eat right. So I've really got my diet going 100x better in the last month or two and have now dropped to about 330#. I'll turn 35 next month....would be nice to hit 320# for my birthday.
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    All right, fine, I give up. I will read Eat to Live.

    I fixed up my wife's old Murray MTB today using the upgraded tires, saddle, etc. from my old Huffy. I took it for a ride around the block to make sure everything was tight and right, and I couldn't believe how bad it felt! But it'll be enough for her to try riding for awhile, and then I think she'll end up on a hybrid or a fitness bike. I don't think she'll want a road bike, but then I didn't think I wanted one, either. I bought a better computer for mine, so I'll put the old one on hers, and we'll see if she gets nerdy about mileage and speed.
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    Whoa, wait a minute, Don — Just how bad was that Murray given that moving parts from your Huffy was an upgrade? I mean, we've seen the picture of the Huffy....

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    I am new to the forum. Lots of inspiring posts on this thread. That's great. I am also new to cycling. I bought a Trek 1000c this past year. I started riding about a week ago . . . I put on 70 miles. I used to be a long-distance runner . . . lots of marathons and injuries that came with that.

    What first attracted me to cycling is there is an 85 year old man in my spinning class who does century rides every weekend. He said he was sendentary and out of shape until he was in his 60's. He is in great shape now (like Jack Lalane) and no injuries. I love that. I love that outside of the sucking wind that I do on hills, I feel really good after the rides.

    I lost 30 pounds a few years ago and have kept it off. I still have 20 to go. I'm hoping cycling and counting healthy calories will take me there by 2006.

    Keep up the great work. A body in motion is a beautiful thing
    Sandy
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    Welcome aboard Sandy, and welcome back Zin, it's good to see you here again my friend. 278 pounds today! Peace, Ritz.

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    Help! I'd like to join the party. I'm 39 years old, 5'8" 185# and frightened by my weight gain of about a half a pound every month. I have gone from a size 16 to an 18 in the past 6 months...yikes...bad trend. I have aunts that are in the 300# range, and I really dont want to go there...my joints wont tolerate it. I already have a bad hip. I am inspired by the stories here. About 1.5 months ago I got a Gary Fisher Utopia that I've been adjusting over the past month...added bar ends and padding to the handlebars to reduce wrist pain and hand numbness. Today my hubby and I managed to cycle the local greenway...about 12 miles....took us 3 hours, as we stopped at the far end and drank some gatorade and read the Sunday paper. We've never biked that far before and we are thrilled we made it. I realize that is trivial compared to most of the distances mentioned in this forum. I'll look for that book you mentioned, and might just sign up for that fitnesslog website.
    I think the hardest thing will be keeping up the healthy patterns when fatigue, stress, temptation, depression, bad weather, work responsibilities creep in. I hope that your forum will be an antidote to those challenges.

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