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Old 05-11-08, 01:38 AM   #2126
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23 years old....been in top shape all my life from swimming

started biking...went from 180 to 170...yay!

but its all muscle i lost in my upper body...boo!
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Old 05-20-08, 03:10 PM   #2127
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before and afters, still want to drop another 40

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Old 05-21-08, 10:59 PM   #2128
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1.5 months ago I was at 235 lbs. however my ideal weight is 175-180 lbs. I'm now down to 217 lbs. so I'm on my way to my current goal of 180 lbs. My strategy has been to completely change the way I eat by starting to eat according to the philosophy of the Zone Diet, weight training 3 days per week, riding the bikes at the gym for 30 minutes, and cycle commuting approximately 6 miles to work daily 3 miles both ways. Cycling as an adult is new to me and I'm 45-years-old. I my longest ride so far without stopping is 7 miles and I'm loving it so much that even though I just spent $600 on a commuter bike I'm seriously considering buying another more serious road bike my goal is to join a bike club and become a serious cyclist.
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Old 05-22-08, 10:31 AM   #2129
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before and afters, still want to drop another 40

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that big guy behind you on the bike is checkin you out.

Grats, godd job.
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Old 05-22-08, 10:34 AM   #2130
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Old 05-22-08, 11:25 AM   #2131
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1.5 months ago I was at 235 lbs. however my ideal weight is 175-180 lbs. I'm now down to 217 lbs. so I'm on my way to my current goal of 180 lbs. My strategy has been to completely change the way I eat by starting to eat according to the philosophy of the Zone Diet, weight training 3 days per week, riding the bikes at the gym for 30 minutes, and cycle commuting approximately 6 miles to work daily 3 miles both ways. Cycling as an adult is new to me and I'm 45-years-old. I my longest ride so far without stopping is 7 miles and I'm loving it so much that even though I just spent $600 on a commuter bike I'm seriously considering buying another more serious road bike my goal is to join a bike club and become a serious cyclist.
Congratulations. Sounds like good progress. Keep at it and before long that 7 miles will be 100 miles
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Old 05-26-08, 09:59 AM   #2132
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Well I lost around 5-10 pounds recently, but not due to biking. We were trying to find a new apartment and with all of the stress of that, added with tax season, etc.....then I got the flu. So When all was said and done I was down to about 210lbs. I'm going to shoot for 180, see how I look and feel and go from there.

The main thing people need to realize is that you still have to eat. Starvation is not the way to do it, and you're usually in a worse condition in the end than when you started. Lose too much weight too quickly and your body starts feeding on your muscles. The key is eating the right foods. You'd be surprised how much food you actually have to eat when you're eating right.


Determining your Basal Metabolic Rate

Scroll about half way down the page to where it says:
First Step: Calculating Your Basal Metabolic Rate
This article is from a bodybuilding website, but pay no attention to that. Eating the right foods transcends all sports. It' a real good article about consuming the right amount of calories in a day. Yes it is a little biased towards weightlifting, but the information is there.
The author says to lose weight, take your final BMR(Basal Metabolic Rate) and shave off 20% of it. It's not an exact science though. People with faster or slower metabolisms will have to adjust it a little bit.


Hope this article helps.
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Old 05-27-08, 07:36 AM   #2133
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250 -> 175 between October 1999 and April 2000... Been 170-180 ever since.
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Old 05-27-08, 12:02 PM   #2134
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250 -> 175 between October 1999 and April 2000... Been 170-180 ever since.
Nice work!!
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i weighed 240 about a year 1/2 ago. i started riding frequently and now include 1 century ride a week. i am currently at 189 and have not been able to go any lower. my goal is 170, i do spinning class m-w-f, weight and pilates t-thur. cautious of what i eat and very weary of supplements. Any tips?
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Old 06-02-08, 10:01 AM   #2136
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End of May report...

4/30/07 - 220 lbs
5/31/07 - 220 lbs
6/30/07 - 215 lbs
7/31/07 - 210 lbs
8/31/07 - 208 lbs
9/30/07 - 205 lbs
10/31/07 - 204 lbs
11/30/07 - 200 lbs
12/31/07 - 197
1/31/08 - 194
2/29/08 - 189
3/31/08 - 186
4/30/08 - 182
5/31//08 - 178

Bought some more new cloths. The large size shirts I bought last month are now a bit to baggy for my liking. Found another brand that is a little more sculpted looking. Also bought some cargo shorts for our vacation coming up. Waist size 32 (last dockers I bought were 34's). I'm not a clothes shopper, but I have to admit that it's a lot less tedious task when stuff fits well and looks good hanging on my frame.

8 more pounds to my goal/re-evaluation weight. Summer travels are going to play a little havoc with my eating habits in June. Disney for a week. But if I can be sane I might be able to still pick off a couple more pounds in June!
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Old 06-03-08, 02:56 AM   #2137
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Determining your Basal Metabolic Rate

Scroll about half way down the page to where it says:
First Step: Calculating Your Basal Metabolic Rate
This article is from a bodybuilding website, but pay no attention to that. Eating the right foods transcends all sports. It' a real good article about consuming the right amount of calories in a day. Yes it is a little biased towards weightlifting, but the information is there.
The author says to lose weight, take your final BMR(Basal Metabolic Rate) and shave off 20% of it. It's not an exact science though. People with faster or slower metabolisms will have to adjust it a little bit.


Hope this article helps.
That DID help. If only to confirm what I was already guesstimating about calories burned etc. I assumed I was killing about 3900 calories a day, that page made it 3883 - and I've been working to sucking in about 3000-3100 a day so i can lose the spare tyre, which was also confirmed by it. So thanks very much!

Now if someone could take that bottle of Jack Daniels away from me during the evil weekend slumps, this'd go a LOT quicker... Still, I've lost about 14lbs in 5 weeks, which is a target I set, and am happy sticking to.

thanks again.

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Old 06-03-08, 08:38 AM   #2138
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That DID help. If only to confirm what I was already guesstimating about calories burned etc. I assumed I was killing about 3900 calories a day, that page made it 3883 - and I've been working to sucking in about 3000-3100 a day so i can lose the spare tyre, which was also confirmed by it. So thanks very much!

Now if someone could take that bottle of Jack Daniels away from me during the evil weekend slumps, this'd go a LOT quicker... Still, I've lost about 14lbs in 5 weeks, which is a target I set, and am happy sticking to.

thanks again.

John
Congrats on the progress!

Put that bottle down mister!

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Old 06-14-08, 05:43 AM   #2139
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I started riding again on February 24, 2008 and I weighed 229.6lbs. Right now I weigh 209.8lbs for a lose of 19.8 lbs so far this year. My first goal is get below 200lbs, then from there I'd like to see if I can make it down to 175-180 range.

I found sparkpeople about 5-6 weeks ago and it has helped me lose 9.8 lbs. Before that I stalled after the initial 10.
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Old 06-16-08, 01:45 PM   #2140
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Congrats on the loss!!
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Old 06-21-08, 05:18 AM   #2141
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In Oct 2007 I weighed in at my heaviest ever - 204 lbs. As of 20 Jun I was down to 166.8 lbs. The way I did it was (1) cut out all soda (which actually helped alot) (2) started running everyday (was soon up to running 20-25 miles a week) and (3) started watching what I ate and counting calories. Went from a waist size of 38 down to a 33, now I'm slowing building up my new wardrode.
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I'm at 270 at the moment. I'm eating salads,walk the treadmill and bike around the block unassisted and go for 30 mile one way runs with my engine bicycle. I do get some cardio on that for I pedal without engine about 20% of the ride there and back.
Hopefully in time when I lose enough,maybe by next spring I can try that 30 miler unassisted.Or at least bring up that percentage.
Meat I think is my Achilles heel. I hear your body only needs meat once a week.
I came off a quintuple last year so the doc tells me not to go too far. Sometimes it's hard not to for after I eat what I'm supposed to,a good walk or an unassisted bike ride takes away the hunger pains.
Water does that too. Lots of water.
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Old 06-23-08, 10:15 AM   #2143
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10 months ago, I was at 180 and could barely ride 5miles without dying. Thanks to some riding and other sports and not being completely blind to what i eat, I'm now maintaining at 142. For 5'10, I don't think I should get too much lower than that. This site was really helpful in getting me started on watching what I ate and making the committment to exercise more.
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Hi all!

Just weighing in my own victory.

Was 340 lbs last September. As of December, I was 315, and as of today, I'm at 265 lbs. 75 lbs in 9 months. I'm shooting for 100 lbs in 12 months. Wish me luck!
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That big dude is me now. Wow. It's possible. So possible.
THANKS for sharing!!
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Old 06-25-08, 09:12 AM   #2146
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Last year I decided to start cycling and wanted to get into shape. I'm 6'5" and I was 312 then. I got down to 290, but I didn't really get into cycling until late in the summer. I tried to ride through the winter, but the combination of cold & dark prevented me from riding a lot. I went for a while on the trainer, but gave up on it as well. At the end of the winter, I stepped on a scale and registered at 326lbs. This was not what I wanted to see. I had to buy all new clothes a size up and was not thrilled about not being able to buy anything in a regular store.

So I got back on the bike as soon as the weather cooperated and now more since DST came back in my favor. I've also started commuting to work by bike a few days a week.

This morning I hit 301lbs. Down 25, and now I'm starting to feel and look like I should. For whatever reason, 8 of those lbs has come off just since Sunday. My ultimate goal is about 230lbs, but I don't really have specific number, I just want to be in better shape. 275 is the next milestone I'm looking forward to.

The diet end of it is the hardest for me, but with the hot weather, I do lose some of my ravenous appetite thankfully. I hope I can keep this going and find a way to make it through next winter without a serious lapse again.
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About 3 months ago I got on the scale. 205. Ugh. I've never weighed that much. It was so much of a shock I went and did something about it.

I cut intake down, though kept eating the same stuff. And I started riding again. Yesterday morning I was down to 186. No idea when the weight loss will stop. I could stand to lose 20 or 30 more.
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Lost fourteen pounds in a little over two weeks and am continuing to drop. I am cutting back a little on the training and eating a bit more seeing how I am losing weight too fast, but my goal is to get down from 255 to 215 by the fall season. Wish me luck.
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woot! Got on the scale this morning at 299.8! Goodbye 300. Really odd week, my weight seems to be just falling off at the moment. It'll plateau soon and I'll have to start working hard for it again.
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Good job guys!!

Keep it up!!
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