Happy for you Racoonbeast...........if ranting and raving about other's choices helped you succeed... well then, you know whatever works
Happy for you Racoonbeast...........if ranting and raving about other's choices helped you succeed... well then, you know whatever works
So, I checked in at 193 lbs in February 2014 very unhappy and shocked, but at 187 yesterday. My goal is to get back to 174 or below by mid June.
The good news is I'm actually riding very strong despite being 13 pound heavier than last summer. I'm looking forward to some challenging and exciting rides ahead.
20?? Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO, 2008 Giant TCR Advanced, 2000 Trek 2300, 1995 Giant ATX 760
Just want to throw this out there - I read about exercising in the morning "before" you eat will help you burn calories and fat - So, I started commuting to work which is 15 miles (20 when bridge out) no coffee, no breakfast. I have my drug of choice coffee and oatmeal (sometimes donuts!) at work. I try and commute 2 - 3 rimes a week on top of my 40 mile rides and some mountain biking. This year I really noticed my pant sizes dropping - I usually go from (cough) 38 from my winter hibernation to 34 - this year my 34's are falling off my ass! 32's here I come. Anyway, I contribute this to my riding in the morning before I eat. The commute has some nice hills and it's a decent workout. I also feel this has led to being more fit in general and I have noticed my mph averages go up - less fatigue etc. Weight loss is good! 205 and dropping - was 242 this January.
Either way.... if you feel it is working for you then it is. I think it works for me.
Checking in at 240lbs. I've been trying to ride no less than 60 miles / week for a couple of weeks but I haven't consistently changed my intake so that I've had the dramatic loss that a lot of people see right off the bat. I'm working at getting rid of extra sugars and sweets and eating more healthfully in general... that's a hard ticket. However, I feel better than I have in a long time... with the exception of legs that seem to always be sore. (I'm sure that will fade with time).
I have all of a 1 mile commute and even when I run errands that's only about 10 miles any given day so I try to hit the local trail 2-3 times a week and my current record on the shorter of my 2 runs is 12.7mph average over 18 fairly flat miles. I have another route that takes me up hill one way and usually against the wind the other for 20 miles and I think I averaged about 10 on that one.
I'm currently on a 1999 Specialized hardrock fs with worn out Specialized Nimbus tires. Commuting miles are on pavement, trail miles are on chat / screenings.
i'm 6'0" weight 225 and have been trying to lose weight for a year now. Havent really been changing my diet though so its all self inflicted. just need to get on the bicycle more...
Long time no post --
Still in the mid-upper 180's. My last two PFTs and CFTs (military fitness tests) have been my highest ever. I suffered a mild, mild calf strain in late June and was back to normal within a week.
Here's the crazy thing: I don't think I've ridden my bike once this calendar year. Maybe a couple times last year, but that's about it. I don't really want to sell it as I put a lot of thought into building it (plus, the mish-mash of parts makes it harder to sell) and it's a rockin' bike that can't be replicated new for less than $3-4k.
Change the routine once in a while. Put in a couple recovery days each week, then take an easy week about every 4-6 weeks. Mix in some basic calisthenics, yoga, lifting, core, whatever. Take some dance lessons. Even pro athletes don't go full-bore all year long. They've learned how to pace themselves and build up their training on a schedule.
As far as what foods to eat -- a lot of people learn by trial and error. Dairy tends to be rough, though, from what I've heard. Bananas are one of the most common fruits in the pro peloton. The ultra-endurance athletes do some interesting things with their eating, working to achieve the effect of using their fat reserves for energy instead of rapid-burn glycogen and carbs/sugars. Myself, I just try to eat clean as often as possible. Unlike a few years ago, I crave veggies now -- I get antsy if I can't get my greens, reds, yellows, and purples.
So i am finishing off my first week riding a bike in almost 6 years with a day off given my legs are sore and since i work nights don't to overdue it before work. At the start of the week I was at 210 and i am 5'9", my current weight is 201.2. The first 3 days this week I only did 5 miles a day because I am really out of shape plus a road bike saddle hurts like hell at first. the next 3 days I did 10 miles. As for dieting I'm not a believer in them but I did change what I eat by eliminating fast food, soda, and cut back on processed sugars.
edit: I forgot to add my ideal goal would be under 170 and as far as current wight loss this year ive lost 29 pounds.
Last edited by stormking1; 09-28-14 at 11:17 AM.
The last several years I have rung in the New Year at 190 - 195 and then worked my way back down to 180 or so through will power, smart diet but no serious exercise. This year (I'm 53), no dice. Mid March, about 198. Bought a mountain bike. Thought I was going to explode. Stuck with it. By June/July down to mid 180s, riding maybe 50 miles a week. Doubled that starting some time in August, now 173 (165 would be perfect). Bought a road bike in September. And I thought I was all done with drop bars. Nothin' doing! I love the road bike. Crap weather now approaches with crap for daylight and holiday food not too far away. I can't face going to back to flabbiness... will be setting up a rowing machine this week for some indoor cross training.
Calories in. Calories out. That's the way to do it! Happy to hear so many success stories using the same basic formula. Doesn't REALLY matter what you do. Just find something you can consistently do that creates a calorie deficit. Some people can cut out food no problem (that was me, though I surprised myself), others can follow a tough workout routine no problem. Or both. Just do what creates a deficit.
Started at 342. 225 now! Woohoo! Still going.
Still poking downward. Am I cheating when I weigh myself in only my skivvies? Clothes weigh three pounds? Gawd.
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Posted: 02-28-15, 10:37 AM in the Calorie Tracking thread: Calorie Tracking Websites
10 days on MyFitnessPal ... 2.5 kg down. Finally!!
When/if I reach 5 kg down, I may add in a few more calories to slow the decrease a little.
Posted: 03-16-15, 09:34 AM
26 days on MyFitnessPal ... 5 kg down.
And that included dealing with a dinner with friends last night and my birthday the weekend before. Lots of cycling to burn the calories!
A few additional comments about this ...
1) One thing all this tracking is forcing me to do is to really think about what I select to eat. For example, if I'm hungry, and I've got 100 spare calories I can consume, I want something with a bit of staying power ... I don't want something sweet which will spike my blood sugar and make me even more hungry 30 min later. I've also discovered that I don't want cashews ... 100 calories worth of cashews is 13 cashews and 13 cashews does absolutely nothing to ward off hunger.
2) I am really paying attention to labels and serving sizes and the calorie content of foods. I had a pretty good idea about most already, but one food item has surprised me a little bit ... pears. Pears are higher in calories than I thought. I also thought a tin of tuna was about the same number of calories as a tin of chicken. It's not. The chicken is less.
3) I'm not craving sweet stuff or "junk food" ... there's only one thing I am craving, and that's bread. Bread? Bread isn't something I usually eat much of. I rarely eat sandwiches, I'm not overly keen on places like Subway because the buns are too much bread, I don't eat bread with dinner ... I might have toast for breakfast on the weekends, but that's about it. And now, I feel like I could sit down and consume whole loaves of bread.
4) Weight loss does not happen in a nice neat downward sloping line. For the whole first week, I did everything I was supposed to do ... and nothing. Not a gram. Then I lost a couple grams, but so what, I do that all the time. And suddenly 10 days in, I was down 2.5 kg. And there I stayed for another week. Then I lost a couple grams and gained a couple grams, and lost a couple grams ... and I started to feel quite frustrated ... and suddenly I was down 5 kg.
Posted: 04-01-15, 01:30 PM in the Calorie Tracking thread Calorie Tracking Websites
7 kg ... 15.5 lbs ... down!!
It took a little while to get going, but once it did, it has actually come off quite quickly. In fact, I'm debating about raising my calorie maxium just a little bit to slow things down a touch.
All I did was to eat fewer calories than I burn.
I have eaten quite a variety of food in that time ... heavy on the veggies and grains. But I even ate half a small cheesecake a few weeks ago.
Oh, and today ... for the first time ... I can actually see a little bit of a difference.
Posted: 04-25-15, 11:46 AM
10 kg down using nothing but the CI<CO diet.
In the past, I've usually quit tracking after 3 weeks because the tracking sites have been that much of a pain to work with, but MFP is quite easy to use. I've been impressed.
One of the funny things that has happened over the last couple months is that we've ended up eating out a lot more than usual. First there was my birthday weekend, then we had friends visit on a couple weekends, then we visited friends over Easter. So it has been a bit of a challenge sticking to CI<CO while eating in restaurants. Fortunately some restaurants post their nutritional information so I could plan ahead. And otherwise, we just cycled and walked a lot to burn it off.
But the main thing CI<CO does for me is to get me to think about what I eat, rather than just shoveling it in.
Posted: 05-16-15, 11:54 AM in the Calorie Tracking thread: Calorie Tracking Websites
12 kg down ... CI<CO still works.
CICO means that calories in (what we consume) should be less calories out (what we burn). This can be accomplished in a number of ways:
-- A person can reduce the amount they eat, and not do much exercise
-- A person can eat the same amount as always, and burn it off with exercise
-- A person can do both ... reduce the amount the eat and increase the exercise.
All three methods work. I've done all three at different times of my life.
For years (mid-1990s to mid-2000s) I was very active, and ate a large amount of food, but would lose weight anyway. I actually struggled to keep my weight within a normal range. I kept dropping into the underweight range.
In 2011, heading into winter that year, my activity level dropped, so I just reduced the amount I ate, and I lost weight.
And this time I'm doing both ... reducing the amount I eat and increasing exercise.
About 6 months ago I went for a complete physical. When my Dr weighed me, she suggested that I might consider losing 10 kg. When I got my blood work results, my total cholesterol was 5.2 which wasn't high enough for her to be overly concerned ... she just suggested again that I try to lose weight.
I did! I started cycling and walking more. I cut back on my portion sizes. And I lost about 2 kg by the end of December. Not bad for the Christmas season. But January wasn't brilliant.
I had two separate cancer scares. I saw the specialist about the first on Dec 23, and was into surgery on Jan 12. Meanwhile on Jan 8, I received a call about the other ... could I come in for further testing and a biopsy on Jan 13. They wanted me in ASAP. Well, no, I couldn't ... I would be recovering from the first surgery, so I had to postpone the second one by a week.
And then I gained weight! Some of it may have been water weight because of the surgeries. Some of it may have been "stress weight" (too many calories). Some of it may have been because I couldn't exercise for quite a few weeks while I recovered. Whatever it was, when I stepped on the scale one day in mid-Feb, I decided I needed to take action and signed up with My Fitness Pal.
The week before last, I visited my Dr and while there, I asked to be weighed. She was a little bit surprised by that request but agreed. I stepped on the scale and then told her that I had been 10 kg heavier when I saw her last. She checked her records, and sure enough! She was delighted with my weight loss, and more than happy to send me for another cholesterol test.
I went to the lab on Monday, and on Tuesday my Dr rang me at work to tell me the good news. Overall cholesterol down from 5.2 to 4.2!! Bad cholesterol down, good cholesterol up! She was thrilled with the results.
And ... I don't have cancer either. The first shows vague preliminary tendencies toward the possible development of cancer, so I have to be monitored every 6 months, but the second was all clear.
16 weeks ago I embarked on a mission to lose some weight. When I started, I didn't have a set number in mind, but along the way I created a few little goals.
First up was to fit into my Ground Effects cycling jacket again. I accomplished that quite a few weeks ago and have been wearing it comfortably since.
Next was to get back into a "normal" BMI range. I was just up into the "overweight" range when I started. So I accomplished that a few weeks ago.
Then I had a two-option goal ... either lose as much weight as I could on a net 1250 cal diet by mid-June or lose a total of 15 kg. Whichever came first.
Today, I have successfully lost 15 kg (33 lbs) in 16 weeks.
I am taking a break from the diet side of things ... still planning to keep up the exercise ... for the next month-ish. And then I'll reassess the situation and decide what I want to do next.
One of the features of MyFitnessPal is that when you close your food diary for the day, a message pops up telling you that if everyday were like today, you'd weight ____ in 5 weeks. Obviously each day is different, every day is not going to be like today, so the number they give you has a good chance of being inaccurate, but the thing it did for me was to suggest that perhaps I could get down to a weight last seen in about 2007. So we'll see. Maybe I will!
I was a 300+ guy last year. Down to 220. Hopefully down to my usual 185 by the end of the year. I recently started cycling again and fell in love with it all over again.
Trying to educate myself more and more on how to properly do it and get the most out of it.
You guys are so inspirational. Three months ago I decided to get a bike and get back into shape. I'm 5'8 and 260lbs x_x. I discovered that I love biking and the burn it gives. Nothing more fun than going down hills only to climb them again. I also added 3 days of weight lifting a week. At first I could not do 4 miles without my legs being almost dead and all out of breath. Now I do 150+ miles every week. I'm down to 215 now, and am thinking of adding a bit of running into my routine. The only problem is I work 60+ hours a week standing for about 59 of those hours. It didn't stop me from biking so I won't let it stop me from running, planing on doing 8 - 12 miles a week of running mixed with the biking and weight lifting. I'm gonna crush this overweight thing once and for all, hope everyone else here does it too.
And then, mid-June ... I went on holidays.
While I was gone, I ate whatever I wanted to eat, and lots of it. But I also exercised a whole lot. In 3 weeks, I cycled about 390 km, including riding a century one day (161 km = 100 miles). I walked about 64 km, including a 9.5 km hike to the top of a mountain. And I went sea kayaking!
Losing the weight prior to going on holiday allowed me to do those things much more easily than I would have if I had not lost the weight.
I hoped I would not gain more than 5 kg, and I estimated that I might gain 2.5 kg, which would be all right.
The day after I arrived home, I had gained 2.5 kg, but the next day I dropped 0.5 kg, and the following day I dropped 0.6 kg ... so I think some of that was flight-induced water retention. By the end of the first week back, I was only 0.5 kg higher than I had been before the holiday, and by the end of the second week I was back to where I left off.
I've got a new goal now ... the end of September. I'll reassess the situation then.
But going on holiday and taking a break from calorie counting was OK. It did probably help that I was very active ... and that I got right back into it when I returned.
BTW ... I made a few interesting discoveries when I was on holiday ...
1) We don't have good donuts in Australia, so one of the things I enjoy when I go to Canada is eating donuts. The first one I had was a Krispy Kreme donut, and WOW was it ever sweet!! Like sickly sweet. I know on other occasions, I've packed away a whole pile of them and thought nothing of it ... this time I could only manage 2. But the Tim Hortons donuts were really good ... as always.
2) There are no dill pickle potato chips in Australia, so that's another thing I go for when I get to Canada. But this time, I could barely finish the bag because while I like the flavour, they were so incredibly salty. Normally, I might go through 2 or 3 bags, this time I ate the one bag and that was it.
In the 4 months prior to this trip, I have faithfully stuck to CI<CO, and in order to do that, I cut out most (but definitely not all) sweet treats. I also did not touch potato chips in all that time because they tend to be a trigger food for me. Generally speaking, I ate a reasonably healthy diet ....... and it seems to have changed my taste palate. While on holiday, I found myself craving veggies of all things!!
Update ... 1 month after returning home, I'm down 2 more kg. So in total, I've lost 17 kg so far.
I have lost 42 lb (19 kg) in the past 6 months. I am getting closer to my Randonneuring weight!!
Just in the last couple weeks, I've started climbing the stairs to my floor at work several times a day. First week I did that (5 flights, 3 times a day), my quads were sore. But this past week was OK. I'm upping it to 4 times a day next week, and hopefully to 5 times a day the following week. I figure that might help build some strength in my legs for climbing. Considering when I started, I looked like I needed medical attention by the time I got to the top, now I'm jogging up the first few flights and just slowing a bit as I get to the top.
I've also been riding my trainer doing commercial intervals whenever I can ... it's winter here, so I'm only riding outside on weekends. I've been very busy with uni so sometimes lately I haven't been able to do much, but it's better than nothing.
And we do try to include hills or speed work now on most of our weekend rides.
my spouse and I are trying to lose weight. we invested in bicycles (really good) and we decided to do an hour a day. slow and steady since we are just first starting.... any advice on what we should do is it possible to lose weight this way
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And if you'd like, read through my posts in this thread (Weight Loss Club) from the top of the page, starting with Post 2463. That's the process I've been through.