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  1. #2451
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    Happy for you Racoonbeast...........if ranting and raving about other's choices helped you succeed... well then, you know whatever works

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    Quote Originally Posted by racoonbeast View Post
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    The first rule that I believe to be absolutely true: Forget "dieting". By that I mean any regimen that caused me to eat unnaturally for me. Yes, I would lose weight. And I would put it back on, and probably more, when I was through. I finally came to the realization that eating more calories than I burned meant that I gained weight, and eating less meant that I lost. It is no more complicated than that for me. ... I firmly believe that there is no magic bullet. Calories consumed in relationship to calories burned is an undefeatable law of nature, in my opinion. So, my mission was to develop an eating plan that I could stay one forever.

    The other important part of weight loss, and maintenance, is regular exercise. Another big problem for me. I categorically, and with no reservation hate "exercise". I can not just sit and do anything for the sole purpose of doing it. I have a long history of gym memberships paid for, and not used for more than a few weeks to prove it. I know that I should do it, I wish that I could, but after beating my head on that wall for more years than I want to admit, I had to come to grips with the fact that I can't, and accept that. Yes, if I were to follow my own advise and stick with it long enough to "condition" my mind, I probably could. But the concept is just so abhorrent to me that I can never make it that far. Kudos to those who can do this. I can't.

    So, my challenge was to arrive at a healthy eating plan that I could stick with forever, and "condition" (or brainwash) myself into causing it to be my expectation. I studied nutrition extensively, with the help of my wife, a veteran nurse. I stopped eating meat, or most animal by-products. I replace that food group with beans, legumes, the very high protein grain called quinoa, and my one concession to animal by products, a serving of low fat yogurt daily. We need an adequate amount of protein daily, and it needs to be a complete protein. Some of it has to come from animal products to round out our requirement. I mainly eat vegetables, fruit, and whole, unprocessed grains. I do not eat processed, refined sugar in any form. A treat for me is a can of nice sweet beets. I do not consume alcoholic beverages in any form, at all, ever. I cap my intake at 1200 calories a day. I am never hungry. You would be amazed how much broccoli you have to eat to get to 1200 calories worth. In this plan, I am at the point that I literally can eat as much as I want on any given day. I eat just once a day in the middle of the day. I never could eat breakfast, and my former habit was to eat a light lunch so as not to get sleepy at work, and gorge myself at supper, the worst time of the day to do that if weight is a concern. I now eat my big meal around mid-day, with an apple or an orange, and a cup of low fat yogurt in the evening for supper. There are days when I have to stuff something down my throat that I probably would not have eaten, just to make sure that I get my 1200 calories. I know that eating only once a day is not recommended, but I had to go with what works for me. I will be the first to tell you that in the beginning, this regimen really sucked. But I knew that if I stayed at it long enough, it would become my habit and expectation. These days, where I used to crave M+M's, I now crave green beans. I could no more eat an M+M than the neighbor's cat.

    I then had to address the regular exercise problem. In order for it to work, I knew that it had to be something that I considered fun. If I thought that I was doing it for exercise, I wouldn't do it. It took a while for me to arrive at the right activity. One day, out of the blue, I remembered how much I used to enjoy riding a bicycle when I was a kid. I had not been on one, or thought about one for probably fifty years. I have a bad back, so I didn't know if I could do it or not. I borrowed my grandson's bike for an afternoon, and was absolutely hooked when I returned it. I came here and eagerly gobbled up all of the vast knowledge available here that I could process, and pretty soon knew what I wanted for a bike. And yes, a year later, experience had honed my taste and I sought and bought another bike to compliment the first one and fill in the voids of the additional things that I wanted to do on a bike that the first one was not good at. I love my bikes and look forward to my daily ride. Sometimes on the pavement with my hybrid, and sometimes on dirt roads and slightly rough trails with my mountain bike. This way I do not get bored with my routine.

    So, to bring this long epistle to a close (sorry for the length), I beat this problem just by realizing that the key to success or failure laid between my ears. It was not what I did, but how I looked at what I did. I had to strip away the B.S. and become nakedly honest with myself. It was not about what I should do, what I wished that I could do, or what someone else thought would work for me. It was about being real honest with myself about who I was, what I was and was not capable of doing, and working with what I had in a way that would end in accomplishing my goals. It was about baring my soul to myself, and accepting what I saw staring back at me. The key to my success was knowing that we are a critter that is capable of reprogramming our software, and knew that if I stuck with what I decided long enough, it would become what I expected and wanted. In my case, I was right. I will never eat any differently than I do, except add some more calories daily when I reach my goal weight, and never stop loving and riding my bikes. It took will power in the beginning, but I knew that every day that passed put me closer to my goal of accepting and desiring my current lifestyle.
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    Great post!

    And congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaam4ever View Post
    Finally got over the hump, checked in at 174 everyday this week. I've still been averaging 140 miles per week for the past month and even bumped it up to 180 for a few weeks. The trick to the weightloos has been cutting alcohol, small dinners and lots of steady riding.

    I've been fighting some light chest congestions so the riding has hit a new low but still have plenty of strength and hope to recover for a club ride this weekend.
    So following last summer's "over the hump", I realized I hit a wall. the congestion did not improve and I really suffered in August and developed bronchitis, again in September and tore my right calf muscle in October making a come back. Anyway it took me until March to try regular riding again partly being lazy, partly a new job and partly a house move. It's easy to make excuses, but either way limited riding was involved.

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJL View Post
    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.
    Exercising before eating is always hotly debated. Studies show one thing then studies show another. I personally like to exercise before eating as long as what I am doing is an hour or less. Bumping up to that hour or longer and I'm getting to where it would have held me back.

    Either way.... if you feel it is working for you then it is. I think it works for me.
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    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.

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    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...

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    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.

    But anyway...

    Quote Originally Posted by southernbelle View Post
    I'm new to this. All of it. Riding, training, the whole 9 yards. I weigh in a little over 200 pounds now. I want to get down to about 140, maybe a little less. I have read quiye a few folks say they experienced 'over training symptoms.' Are these symptoms the same for everyone, or does everyone experience different symptoms? I don't know how hard to push myself at first to avoid that. My husband and I want to take off on long distance touring, but I'm not physically ready. My brain says lets go, but my pants size says otherwise. Advice would be great. What is the best food to eat/avoid while pushing myself? I can do tons of research, but the best advice comes from those that have experienced it.
    Regarding overtraining: Maybe. For most of us mortals who don't earn a paycheck or scholarship based on athletic ability, it's really not gonna happen. At least, not overtraining. What could happen is that, if you do one kind of exercising a lot, your body will get accustomed to that particular activity and begin to work more efficiently -- meaning that you'll actually expend less effort in the same amount of time.

    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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