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Old 02-11-09, 01:33 PM   #2226
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I have lost 10 pounds since Jan 12, 2009. I am trying to get to 170, and I hit 195 today! I was hoping to be at my goal by June 1, but I may be there sooner. I

I got serious about it Feb 2nd.

I have set a goal for a 500 mile month.
I changed my riding route. I commute 15 miles each way. It used to be six miles.
I am doing the hundredpushups.com and twohundredsitups.com plans.
I have dumbbells and do arm and upper body routines, (although it is interferring with my pushups, I think).
I walk a mile twice a day.
I am tracking everything I eat on Fitday, staying around 1800-2000 calories per day.

There really is something to keeping a food diary. Knowing the true "cost" of eating something like doughnuts, in relation to how many miles you would have to ride to work it off, has merit.

Every pound lost is more motivation to keep going. I am really excited, because I am tired of dabbling with dieting and such and complaining about not seeing results. Ride more, eat less. It's really true for me.

I'll post updates soon.
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Old 02-21-09, 09:27 PM   #2227
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In the last year and a bit I've taken up cycling, changed my eating / lifestyle habits and dropped 47.5lbs. But, the last several months I've been fairly lax about things, and though I haven't gained any weight, I've well and truly plateaued.

Here I publicly declare my intention to kick my ass into gear and lose the the last 15lbs to take me to my "weight goal". It'd be nice to have this accomplished by the end of May / first of June.

I'll try to post weekly updates to keep myself on track. Thanks for all the inspiration.
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Old 02-24-09, 09:10 AM   #2228
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Its not Weight; its Fat!

After all these years of trying to lose weight why do we still refer to it as weight?

Weight is GOOD.

Water is good, grey matter is good, muscle is good, bone density is good, blood volume is good, plasma is good, lymph is good.

The THING we are trying to minimize is.... FAT. Fat, fat, fat.

If we are to make any progress in this area, we need to start being honest about it with ourslelves in word and deed.

Look at the fat. Small amounts of non-hydrogenated fat are good. Otherwise you do not need it.

Here's a great way of getting fiber:

Make haystacks with All Bran instead of coconut.

Put the All-Bran in a mixing bowl in the oven with VERY small amts of semi-sweet choclate at very low temp, then mix it up and dump it out onto a cookie sheet or brownie pan and form small stacks.

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Old 02-24-09, 05:06 PM   #2229
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I started my 'fat' loss yesterday. Weighed in at 261.8 and want to lose 2 lbs a week. Watching my % body fat as well. Want to reach 12% by summer's end.

I too found fitday.com and will start using that tomorrow. Looks like a great way to journal.

Will keep people posted to keep motivated.

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Old 03-03-09, 10:07 AM   #2230
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Hi all. It's good to see some other people trying to lose weight.

I started my weight loss challenge last month. I weighed in at 231.5 on January 27th. Currently at 219 as of this morning. My primary goal is 210 and secondary goal is 200. I challenged a friend and fellow biker to lose weight with me. We post our weights and weight loss on our blogs for all to see. It's good motivation to know when you want to overeat that you'll have to explain why you didn't lose any weight this week to your blog readers. With any luck I'll be down to my primary goal weight by the end of March.

I use the program iWatchr on my ipod touch to track what I eat and use Plus3Network.com to track my activity. Plus3Network is pretty cool since they give money to charity for every mile you walk/run/bike. If anyone uses a different or better program to track their food intake on their Ipod touch or iphone I'd love to hear about it.

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Old 03-12-09, 07:21 AM   #2231
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Check my sig. I already feel so much better and have incorporated cycling, tennis, and running into my training.
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Old 03-12-09, 09:45 AM   #2232
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The latest...

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
6/30/08 - 178
7/31/08 - 176
8/31/08 - 174
9/30/208 - 173
10/31/08 - 170
2/28/09 - 167

170 was my intitial goal for re-evaluation. GOAL ATTAINED! As of October I wasn't going to try to lose any more weight until Fall 09. However, due to travel an illness in December & January I wasn't able to start on the intensity training as early as I would have liked. So I used February to sort of build up a little base again and aimed to lose 3-4 more pounds by watching my calories. I was successful. I think I could probably stand to be 155-160 in the end. I am not going to worry about it until next fall. The intensity has started in March an I want to do my first race (and get scorched ) in May. Lot's of folks already think I'm too thin. They haven't seen me with my shirt off .

I enjoy coming back here and reading the struggles & successes. Keep it up!
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Old 03-12-09, 09:51 AM   #2233
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After all these years of trying to lose weight why do we still refer to it as weight?

Weight is GOOD.

Water is good, grey matter is good, muscle is good, bone density is good, blood volume is good, plasma is good, lymph is good.

The THING we are trying to minimize is.... FAT. Fat, fat, fat.

If we are to make any progress in this area, we need to start being honest about it with ourslelves in word and deed.

Look at the fat. Small amounts of non-hydrogenated fat are good. Otherwise you do not need it.

Here's a great way of getting fiber:

Make haystacks with All Bran instead of coconut.

Put the All-Bran in a mixing bowl in the oven with VERY small amts of semi-sweet choclate at very low temp, then mix it up and dump it out onto a cookie sheet or brownie pan and form small stacks.

Ciao,



Mike S.
Hmmm...I seem to remember reading something the other day that active endurance athletes should aim to have about 30% of their calories from fat. About 16% protien and the rest carbs. That ratio has worked pretty well for me. Although I admit I could be more healthy on the TYPES of fat that I consume .

Be careful not to eat too little fat. That isn't good for you either. Healthy fats are essential to the bodies processes. All in balance and moderation. And of course, everyone's body is different so take internet advice with a grain or two of salt.
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Old 03-16-09, 11:04 PM   #2234
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I've lost 5lbs since my last post here, and despite a teeny little chocolate lapse this evening, have been doing well and feeling good. Only 4 more lbs to my goal, and then a bit of a game to see if I can lose another 5 lbs by the end of the summer ...

Also stronger in my core and arms, which is a good thing.

Yay! for spring.
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Old 03-17-09, 02:27 PM   #2235
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Old 03-17-09, 07:36 PM   #2236
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Hello Everybody!

I have been lurking on this thread for over a week now. Reading the posts have done a lot to inspire me to join and become part of this thread.

I am 40 yrs old last year, 5'5 and currently tipping the scale at 200 lbs. I am very ashamed of how much weight I have gained. In June of last year I was 165 lbs. I got the news that my job was closing and moving to Germany. In the time it took for me to transfer to another department, I gained 20-25 lbs in 3 months! Now, it seems that I dont have any energy for anything other than eating. I eat so much that I keep a constant "full" and bloated feeling. I feel awful.

I have tried running, but at my weight now, its too challenging. Walking is ok, but not challenging enough. I bought a brand new Giant Sedona bike last month. It doesnt sound as fancy as what some of you have, but I usually get my bikes from Walmart! I have been waiting for this Chicago weather to break so I could get out and ride. I havent rode for years -- I mean since childhood. I also bought one of those computer gadgets that tell your miles, calories, fat burned and all that fancy stuff. Got a helmet and gloves and I am READY!

Today, we hit a fabulous 72 degrees! I couldnt wait to bust out of work to ride. Got my gear all adjusted and my calorie counter set up and off I went! I rode for 20 mins, 2.6 miles and burned 115 calories.

I AM SO SORE!! I look at what some of you have for goals in miles each week or month and wonder how the heck some of you ride 16 miles a ride!

Needless to say, I am encouraged by all of you. I hope to feed off of your knowledge and daily sucesses. I will be honest and say that I am not focused on my eating habits right now. It has been so long since I've riding a bike that I get nervous when a car passes me by or I have to turn a corner. When I become more comfortable with and form the habit of riding, I will challenge my eating habits.

Great and much future success to all of you!

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Old 03-17-09, 10:25 PM   #2237
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I have been working out now since July 14th '08. I started out at 330lbs. As of about a month and half ago I am around 260-270 range. I really slacked off on going to the gym and watching what I eat so I wasnt losing anymore. I pretty much just started going to the gym 3-4 times a week and eating better. I started pushing pretty hard at the gym again last week and I am right at 260 now. I have been looking at getting into riding bikes and I think that I am gonna be picking up a Fuji Absolute 4.0 this week. If i really enjoy riding then I plan on getting a mountain bike as well to be able to ride trails as well.
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Old 03-18-09, 07:54 AM   #2238
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Don't know what I am doing

I am a former runner who is no longer allowed to run. I started to ride last year and enjoyed it but I don't know what I am doing. How much I should be trying to ride (day/week) for weight loss. Should I try to ride so many minuets a day or is it best to set a distance goal. Is there a target speed I should be riding at? I am not training to race, I need to take off about 25 lbs.
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Old 03-20-09, 08:29 AM   #2239
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Just an update. Down to 148. Wow do those shorts not fit. Started riding in June 2008. My max weight was 178 back in Jan 2008. Holding fairly steady at 148 for couple weeks. nice to have the spouse notice the lack of me. Kudo's to all of you for getting the FAT off as JohnScott noted. More to loose in 2009!
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Old 03-22-09, 07:13 PM   #2240
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Just an update. Down to 148. Wow do those shorts not fit. Started riding in June 2008. My max weight was 178 back in Jan 2008. Holding fairly steady at 148 for couple weeks. nice to have the spouse notice the lack of me. Kudo's to all of you for getting the FAT off as JohnScott noted. More to loose in 2009!
Why do you want to lose more weight? Are you racing? Losing 30 pounds is a considerable achievement and 148 pounds seems like a fairly low weight for all but the very shortest men.

I was 135 in college (years ago) and 185 when I started commuting in Sept. 08. I am down to nearly 170 now and while 155-160 seems like a healthy goal for me, going back to the low end of the recommended weight zone doesn't seem desirable, for me at least. So I am just curious what your motivation is. I guess my own interests are to raise fitness, build muscle, and lower fat.
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Old 03-28-09, 11:58 PM   #2241
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Just an update...been losing pretty well lately. I started last year at 326 (6'3") and weighed in today at 262. Just 32 to go!
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Old 04-03-09, 02:05 PM   #2242
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Any recommened supplements to help with burning the fat a little faster?

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Old 04-03-09, 02:57 PM   #2243
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Yeah...

An extra half hour on the bike in the aerobic zone

Not trying to be a smart alec. Just watch out for the weightloss supplement stuff. Not alway safe and probably nothing a little less food or a little more exercise couldn't do.
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Old 04-08-09, 08:40 AM   #2244
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Fat Reduction

Congrats to all who wanted to lose weight and did!

I gained 1 lb. and am racing as strong as, or stronger than, I ever have.

I think the 1 lb. is muscle, water and glycogen.

Anyone ever check out StLBiking.com? Saint Louis, MO.



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Old 04-09-09, 08:21 PM   #2245
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I'm down 20 lbs ride 30 mile on Saturday and 20 on Sunday but during the week I try for a total of 25 miles. One thing I noticed also is I could eat just about whatever I wonted with reason and still lose weight. This is a great diet plan for me.
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Old 04-17-09, 09:22 AM   #2246
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Virtually immoble for several months due to a severe knee injury suffered during a hocky game this winter and the subsequent surgery. Ballooned up to 269 from 230. Recently purchased my first bike in about 20 years (Giant XTC) and started riding in the evenings after work. No idea how many miles, but usually a couple of hours every night riding fire roads and cow trails. Weighed in this morning @ 255. Started to watch my eating on April 6, started riding @ night on Monday.

Congrat's to all you LOSERS (of weight that is)
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Old 04-25-09, 10:41 AM   #2247
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I was at 140lbs and went to 105lbs in 6 months. =)
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Old 04-28-09, 11:49 AM   #2248
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Two years ago, I lost 50 pounds in three months. Eating better, playing lacrosse for 2 hours a day, and not drinking took me from 228 to 178 on graduation day.

Now, as a result of college, my inability to resist temptations and occasional consumption of alcohol, I gained all the weight back and then some. I've lost about 10 pounds in a month but with a little extra motivation and hopefully getting a road bike (I've rode a Trek 4300 mountain bike) I hope to be down to 200 by the end of July and even lighter when school resumes on September 8th.

I'd like to thank everyone in advance for their support. I know I can do it.

And thanks for everyone's personal stories of weight loss. I'll keep you updated.
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Old 05-11-09, 04:04 PM   #2249
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I've been overweight for quite sometime. It wasn't till this year when I really started getting back into cycling and been riding whenever I get a chance. On Apr 6 I decided to weigh myself after having noticed a big drop in my weight. I love it when you look every day and notice nothing and one day you wake up and see a a huge difference. Since then I've lost about 26 pounds. I've been riding about about 10-15 miles per day everyday and watching my diet.

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Old 05-12-09, 03:25 PM   #2250
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right now i have been training for just over 4 months and have lost a total of 30 lbs, seems like i have hit a slow point but that has happened on and off the past few months. started at 230 am at 200 right now. getting ready to go to spin right now. my workouts right now consist of
monday swim 3500 yards
tuesday spin for one hour
wednesday swim 3500 yards
thursday run 3 miles
friday swim 3500 yards then elliptical for 30 minutes
saturday 30 mile bike ride then run 3 miles
sundays are a crap shoot sometimes i ride like 12 miles on the bike sometimes i take it off

diet
breakfast is cereal
banana or apple snack
lunch can be anything
banana snack
dinner can be anything

i try to keep my meals somewhat sensible though for lunch or dinner
no sodas only water
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