Last May I started riding again after many years away from the sport. My weight and physical condition were not going in the right directions. I was just over 300 hundred pounds and in my mid-forties. When I started riding again I was like many people who have posted similar stories here, gasping for air to struggle through a 5 mile ride. It was my hope to get back down to 250 pounds, which today I accomplished. I've ridden just over 1400 miles so far this year, with hopefully many more to come. I was to able to get my blood pressure back under control and my doctor took me off my medication for that. My cholesterol is looking good and I might be able to stop taking that medication soon also. It hasn't been completely easy, but also it hasn't been that hard. Like a million other people have said, get some exercise and eat moderately and it is amazing what will happen. For anyone else struggling through the first few months of a similar goal I offer you very simple advice, ride. Ride as often as you can and go as far as your conditioning will take you. Try to go to the next corner, or climb the hill a little faster, you will likely surprise yourself.
I was surprised how much of me there still is after losing over fifty pounds, so the journey continues. My new goal is 225, which I haven't seen in twenty years.
I would also like to thank the BikeForums community for all the advice, tips, encourgement and shared stories that I have found here.