Do any of you have weightloss success stories which you'd like to share with the rest of us?
I'm currently 5'6" and 130 lbs. I range from about 115 lbs toward the end of the summer season and as high as 135 lbs late in the winter season. If I can get up to 135 lbs that's good. I like to start my heavy cycling season a little bit above 130 lbs so I don't lose too much over the summer.
Back quite a number of years ago, I was 170 lbs, which for my height, was quite overweight. The day I stepped on the scale and saw that number I nearly wept! I had no idea I had gained so much weight. Then and there, I devoted myself to at least an hour a day of exercise - weightlifting and cardio (exercise bike, and some outdoor cycling). I also started watching what I was eating, and cutting back on unnecessary calories. It wasn't long before I was down to 145 lbs.
Then I sat at 145 lbs for years, desperately trying to lose a bit more. I tried diets - they didn't work - I actually GAINED weight when I dieted. I thought I was exercising a lot (still about an hour a day), and couldn't figure out what the matter was.
Gradually though, I began increasing the amount of exercise I was doing, while still eating whatever I wanted. I started racing and doing centuries every year, and my mileages crept up from 1000 miles a year ... to about 3000 miles a year ... and then to about 5000 miles a year (and even more in the last couple years) ... and gradually my weight started dropping off!! By 1998, I was down to a comfortable 125 lbs and I've stayed roughly there (slight fluctuation for summer and winter, see above) ever since. I'm not racing anymore, but the long distance riding I do is doing a great job of weight control.
There was one winter in there though, where my weight shot up to 150 lbs. Using long distance cycling, and training for long distance events, I was able to bring it back under control again. The next winter I wondered if a similar thing would happen ... see what happens is that I'm so used to eating 3000+ calories a day to support the amount of energy I burn, that when my cycling drops off in the winter, and I still eat that amount, I gain weight. As it happened, the next winter I suffered a very bad burn and was stuck in a chair for 3 months. I couldn't get up to grab snacks in the evenings, I could barely get up to feed myself at all ... and I didn't gain weight that winter. I used those principles the next winter - cut the snacks!!
I've discovered there are three main "foods" which cause me to start gaining weight in the winter:
- sugared drinks - I drink these in the summer for extra energy when I ride, but have to cut them out in the winter.
- costco muffins - you know those HUGE muffins sold at places like costco and superstore - each one is 700-800 calories!! Great for a long distance brevet, bad for sitting in front of the computer in the middle of winter.
- microwave popcorn - I would consume a whole bag of the stuff in one sitting, then I discovered that it is also 700-800 calories per bag, and out it went!
So, let's hear YOUR success stories!!