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Old 06-26-08, 11:48 AM   #2151
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Well, been commuting for a month now, but have missed some days. I am down about 8lbs to 242, from 250 (also, I am 5'11''). I have a 10 mile commute each way, and I have been trying to cap my calorie intaketo make sure that I am running a net deficit. Also, I have eliminated soda drinks and as much processed stuff as possible. My primary goal is sub-225, ideally 210 by the end of the year.
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Old 06-27-08, 06:42 AM   #2152
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I finally got re-motivated to continue my weight loss and break the wall I hit this winter. I've started a rewards based diet where I get a sticker for every day without sweets. When the choice comes down to chocolate or a new bra, I'm all for flaunting my less flabby body in new underwear.

So far I've lost about 6 lbs in June. I'm reaching my barrier now so I'm getting a little nervous I won't be able to overcome it yet again but I'm just going to keep marching, one day of sensible eating at a time.
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Old 07-07-08, 02:22 PM   #2153
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This morning I'm down to 183! It's just dropping off.
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Old 07-09-08, 04:57 PM   #2154
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A week ago - 5'5" and 143.6

Today 138.6

Goal is 125. And then I'll buy a shiny new 16 lb bike. New me + new bike will weigh less than old me alone.
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Old 07-11-08, 05:24 PM   #2155
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Congrats on the loss you two!

I'm down by 5kg / 12 lbs since June now. Broke my first goal of going below 85kg (~186lbs), yay! Still more to lose but for now I'm happy happy.
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Old 07-12-08, 08:23 AM   #2156
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Good Morning,

So today I am going to start coming down to my goal of 13% body fat.

I weigh in right now at 210lbs or so
My Body Fat is 18%

squat 165
deadlift 120
dumbell bench 55

here will be my routine

monday: upper body/ afternoon ride
tuesday: lower body/ afternoon ride
wednesday: 2 hour afternoon ride
thurday: upper body/ afternoon ride
friday: lower body/ afternoon ride
saturday: 2 hour morning ride
sunday: Zzz Zzzz Zzzzz


Wish Me Luck... I will keep track of everything
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Old 07-22-08, 10:01 PM   #2157
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Hey Mr. Wright (says one Wright to another!) Funny thing is most of my family (the Wrights) live in Cali... but anyways.

As of yesterday I weighed in at 264.8 lbs. That makes 60.2 lbs lost since August of 2007. Only another 65 to go...

I must say, biking has really helped get things rolling (pun intended!). We changed our eating to B3 FREE starting in August... didn't lose much weight. Started watching portion sizes in November (too much of a good thing is still too much) weight started moving downward. Added walking to my schedule through the winter/spring and that brought me to the sub 300 group. But last month when I added cycling things have steadily been moving down. Even when the scale stops I've noticed the clothes fitting looser.

The other bonus is the cycling is one more thing my son and I do together - and since he's hitting the preteen years hopefully it's instilling good exercise habits at a crucial time in his life. (I never had that... I was a book worm at his age.)

Anyways, I've enjoyed the forum and positive encouragement everyone offers up.

Keep up the good work (or keep down the bad weight..... whichever way you want to view it! )

Cheers...
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Old 07-26-08, 08:42 AM   #2158
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Here was my story:

About a year and a half ago (maybe more), I was 19, 5'8" and about 185 pounds. I had a size 34 in the pants and 17 at the neck. I wasn't too unhealthy, but everyday I looked at the mirror, I was really disappointed in myself and the belly that I had. I sometimes went to gyms to work out, but I hate routines and that wasn't an exception. I would stop after a week or two, with no apparent changes. I did lose weight every summer, but that was because I wouldn't eat as much and sweat everything out, only to gain it back in the winter.

In April 07, I got a mountain bike from Costco and started riding, not even thinking much about the weight. I was pretty slow at first (4 miles seemed like a lot then), but gradually I went from 4 miles to 10 miles to 20 miles, 40 miles etc. etc. I then got a road bike and successfully finished two centuries that summer, while having 60 mile rides on the weekend being the norm.

I also noticed that all of my clothes were bigger on me. I couldn't fit into my good suit or any of my pants correctly anymore (and I had a lot!). I weighed myself, and as of last month, I weighed about 155 pounds, had a BFP of about 10% and was a size 30 at the waist and 14.5 at the neck. I can fit into kid's dress shirts. On top of that, I had a six pack going for me, and my arms and legs looked amazingly tone without lifting a single weight.

The only problem I had was that everyone thought I was starving myself to death...oh well.
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Old 07-26-08, 08:46 AM   #2159
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The other bonus is the cycling is one more thing my son and I do together - and since he's hitting the preteen years hopefully it's instilling good exercise habits at a crucial time in his life. (I never had that... I was a book worm at his age.)
Congratulations on your success!

I also agree with you here. When I was in those years, I was playing lots of baseball, but had horrible coaches that didn't instill any sort of real exercise regimen (one coach gave out Dove chocolate bars...AFTER EVERY PRACTICE!). As soon as I really started training seriously with a "real" coach, I got lazy and stopped playing for good. That's when I switched over to non-active activities (that were good for me too) like high school debate (changed my life), the arts, etc.

At this point, I look towards many of my fellow students who are eating like crazy and (many) people who are much older and very unhealthy. It seems that they have a connection...
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Old 07-26-08, 11:15 AM   #2160
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Down from ~185 in May to 176 this morning. That's from about 210 last April.

My original goals were 175 by Sept 1st and 170 by Oct 1st. Maybe it's time to set new goals!
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Old 07-26-08, 10:38 PM   #2161
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I'm starting on a weight loss goal of about 20 pounds right now! I started last week and I've already gone from 150 to 147! I started because I needed to lose the weight because I'm a speed swimmer and even though I'm perfectly normal weight for my short height of 5'6" I needed to lose a pretty good amount of weight before my school season starts up again. and i saw that my skinny a** friend was a biker and ate like you wouldn't belive so I decided to try biking! I'm loving it other than I'm in Clearwater, Florida so its not a bike friendly town at all! at least 20 people have tried to run me over already...so a few miles a day around in big circles at about 20+mph and 1 meal a day and it's working pretty well so far!
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Old 07-28-08, 07:27 AM   #2162
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175lbs by Oct 31st

Hi All,

I am 6'2'' and 195 lbs (as of July 7th 2008). My goal is to reach 175 lbs by Oct 31st and maintain it through the tough NE winter season.

I am fairly active in various land/water based sports. So my plan is to spend more time outdoors for next 3 months. In diet i am focusing on controlling portions and avoiding late night eating.

Biking 100+ miles/week, goal to increase it to 200miles/week. I can not commute to work using bike so its mostly evenings and weekends.

Run - 5 miles/week

Climb 2000 stairs & one Weekend Hike/week.
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Old 08-02-08, 01:42 PM   #2163
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down 30lbs in the past 5 weeks
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Old 08-03-08, 09:07 PM   #2164
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I'm dangerously close to the Clydesdale Emeritus status. 202 lbs as of Saturday this weekend.
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Old 08-05-08, 07:36 AM   #2165
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I"ve lost 36 pounds so far this year.
I've done some biking off-and-on for several years, but I've gradually gained weight. At the end of 2006, I turned 50, decided it was time to loose some weight, thought turning 50 would be a good time to set some goals. Then came reality, one of my most stressful years ever. Mother passed away in February. Then from April to November, 3 daughters were married. Dad also remarried. I packed on about 20 pounds, hitting an all-time high weight of 245. I felt miserable. Clothes were fitting too tight. Didn't even feel like getting on bike. I did drop back to 238, but seemed stuck there. I'm 5'6".
Went to doctor this spring. No major problems, but most my minor problems related to weight. Time to get serious. Dr suggested, "Maybe time to give you a bit of a jump-start, don't like to do this, but let's try some diet drugs". Gave me phentermine, but cautioned, "Only going to try this for one month, then come back and see me. If you don't cut down on food and start exercising, when I take you off this, you'll gain 20 more pounds. If goes ok, can try it for 3 months".
Well, I've been on the meds for 2 1/2 months. This morning I weighed 209, so I'm down 36 pounds from my high this spring, and I feel better than I have in years. I really need to loose another 36 pounds or more.
I'm loving biking again. Commute to work most days (about 13.5 miles round trip, more when I take other routes). In July, got in 257 miles. A friend and I are planning a two week ride on the Missouri Katy Trail in September, riding down the trail, and back.
I am a bit anxious on what's going to happen in two weeks when I take a break from the phentermine. I've had my appetite under control for the first time ever. I know statistically, most people who go on diet pills, gain it back. I remember how terrible I felt at 245 lbs, hopefully that will be enough incentive to pound out the bike miles.
I've cut down my portion sizes, not eating until I'm full. Drinking lots of water. Cut out the afternoon "power pills" (more commonly known as M&M's.....lol).
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Old 08-07-08, 10:34 AM   #2166
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Hi, been on and off here a lot. I just got back on the bike again this summer after a 9 or 10 month lapse in activity. I had lost almost 70lbs just over a year ago while training for a TNT Century last year, but not long after that I started packing them on again. I ballooned back up to 268 from 209 when I did the Century.

Anyway, I finally got really pissed at myself again and started watching what I'm eating and hit the roads again. I've been doing this for a few weeks now and am down about 12lbs. I just got to remember to keep coming back here for motivation.

Thanks for listening...
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Old 08-11-08, 05:51 PM   #2167
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Hi,
First post here but I have been lurking for a little while. You guys are great inspirations! I'm 5'11" 190 looking to lose some pounds. I have always hated biking but recently I rented a road bike and o boy its a whole new world! I am buying my bike in the next few days, can't wait. My goal is to get to around 150. I have tried running but it is really not for me. In the few days I rented my bike I went from 4 miles on my first ride to 30 miles just 3 days later and I had a lot left in me. I'm a 33 in the waist and I wouldn't mind dropping down a couple sizes. I will surely keep you guys updated!
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Old 08-11-08, 08:59 PM   #2168
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I'm new here also, and wanting to start losing some of my 200 or so (I'm not getting on that scale right now) pounds....I'm only 5'2", so my target is about 125 or so...even 130 would be great

I was given an old (don't laugh) Huffy touring bike that looks like it is at least 20 years old. It rattles a bit at higher speeds, but everything seems to work, and I'm not complaining about something I got for free

I am going to *try* to make a habit of riding around town daily...it helps that I don't have a car. We'll see....you all inspire me

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Old 08-16-08, 06:22 AM   #2169
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I had such a great summer last year and now again this year for almost 30lbs total. However now I can feel autumn 'settling in my bones'. I just crave food all the time and am finding it difficult to stay committed. Not motivated to exercise. It was the same last year, all went well until the autumn then at most I was able to maintain my weight.

I clearly need to go out and ride my bike now rather than sit here and wallow in self pity.
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Old 08-17-08, 06:15 PM   #2170
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Hi, been on and off here a lot. I just got back on the bike again this summer after a 9 or 10 month lapse in activity. I had lost almost 70lbs just over a year ago while training for a TNT Century last year, but not long after that I started packing them on again. I ballooned back up to 268 from 209 when I did the Century.

Anyway, I finally got really pissed at myself again and started watching what I'm eating and hit the roads again. I've been doing this for a few weeks now and am down about 12lbs. I just got to remember to keep coming back here for motivation.

Thanks for listening...
This is maybe the toughest situation and it's one that so many of us can relate to. You worked really hard to get those pounds off, and then it's so damn easy to put them back on. But at least you know you can lose it, right?
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Old 08-20-08, 02:26 PM   #2171
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Down to 170 as of this morning. The plan is working!
I hope I'll have more posts like this into spring.
Good lord, I am embarrassed that I was ever that fat!!!

I'm down to 147 now, over a year and a half later. My FINAL goal is another 10 pounds to 137; only then will I consider myself lean, but I'll never be "finished" with my fitness goals.

Oh, and I fly up hills now! Go katie, go katie, go katie...
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Old 08-21-08, 06:24 PM   #2172
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I need some help.
I am so frustrated.

My original weight 4 weeks ago was 226 lbs. I'm 50 yrs old, 5' 11".
I've been eating basically 4 egg whites , with chopped onions, and peppers for breakfast, with a small fruit.
I have a lettuce salad, topped with no more than 3 slices of fresh turkey, or a single grilled chicken cutlet, with a drop of olive oil and red vinegar for lunch.
My dinner is either a 4 oz piece of fish with grilled veggies, and / or salad greens with olive oil and vinegar.

I ride 3 nights a week for for 30-45 minutes, with a constant pulse rate in the 75%-80% range.

It's been 4 weeks, and I have lost a total of 1 pound! YES, 1 pound.

How much more can I do?

I'm disgusted with myself, and ready for a container of ice cream. I'm ready to throw in the towel.

Any idea why this is happening?
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Old 08-22-08, 07:44 AM   #2173
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hey Anthony - I feel your frustration, we've all been there.

Simply explained: You're either eating too much or exercising too little if you want your weight loss to come faster. Are there calories sneaking into your diet that you're not counting? That's hardly a lot of food in your list there. Maybe you could bump up the calorie count with protein, AND bump up the exercise levels with a weight training routine 2x a week?

What I'm saying is... try kicking EVERYTHING up a notch, your workouts AND your calorie count, keeping to the "clean" calories in your list: veggies, lean meats, maybe some oatmeal for breakfast, whole-food type stuff.

I lost 20 pounds in.... <drumroll please>.... 20 months. So a pound-a-month rate is frustratingly, agonizingly slow, I know.
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Old 08-22-08, 08:18 AM   #2174
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Hey Anthony. It ain't all about the scale. Do you feel more fit? Are your pants fitting a little better? It isn't unusual to not lose weight for a while and lose fat while gaining muscle mass. Just be patient and keep doing the right stuff. It will eventually show up on the scale. Again though, the scale ain't a that important.

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Old 08-22-08, 08:20 AM   #2175
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Nice job Katie.

Go katie...go katie...

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