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    Weight Loss Goal Met, New Target Set

    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.

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    Excellent job!
    I just love setting goals and meeting them.

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    Great work, Dean!

    Just stick with the program, slow and steady, no matter what.
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    Thanks for your encouragement.

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    I completely agree with your Ride suggestion....


    1400 miles is great as well....congrads and good luck on the 25 more pounds to come....

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanp
    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.
    Every diet and weight loss book can be boiled down to just that
    Gratz on meeting your goals, and you have an appropriate avatar
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    I appreciate the support. The avatar is a little joke with my six year old daughter, for a while I had her believing that I was him. However I still look more like the character when he was working for the insurance company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie
    Excellent job!
    I just love setting goals and meeting them.
    if you don't have any goals you don't feel bad when you don't accomplish them! just kidding great job, the eating moderatly part is whats tough for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by deanp
    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.

    Dean Porter
    Dean,

    That's really cool news. Not only did you lose 50 pounds, but you lost it in a healthy way where you are very likely to keep it off.

    Good luck on your new goal.
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    Well done! Riding is such a mellow fat burning sport (for some of us) I love riding.

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    Good job, but do not be discouraged if the rate of your loss slows as you get closer to your 225 goal or a new goal after that. The closer you get to your ideal weight, the more slowly you lose. But, just keep at it. Any progress is better than no progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twobikes
    Good job, but do not be discouraged if the rate of your loss slows as you get closer to your 225 goal or a new goal after that. The closer you get to your ideal weight, the more slowly you lose. But, just keep at it. Any progress is better than no progress.
    This already happened. I was weighing 259 in Novemeber, and it took until now to finish off those next 10 pounds. I kept riding during the winter so I wouldn't rebound, and it worked. I maintained that weight until the spring when I could increase my miles, and the heat helps too. I will need to examine my diet a little more closley now to make the next goal. It has to be a lifestyle that I can maintain and enjoy.

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    Loser!!

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    Great story! Congratulations on your accomplishment (and more to come)!

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    Outstanding, congratz! like people said, that it slow no matter how long it takes, you don't want to get bored with your exercises.

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    From a guy who is struggling to do what you have done I extend a very deserving congratulations to you. Good luck on your next goal. You can do it!!!
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