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Two Months In & Loving It

Old 09-02-16, 09:12 AM
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Two Months In & Loving It

Had really let myself go & was ready to do something about it. Hitting 315 pounds & stRting to have a lot of lower back pain was not good at 41 yrs old (not good at any age). Knew I needed to start moving to reinforce cleaning up the diet. Thought bicycling would be a good low impact activity & decided to take the plunge. My nephew who bikes was very emphatic in telling me to not buy a box store bike. Took that advice & decided to hit my LBS that is 60 miles away in Waco. Did not want to spend too much as I was not sure how I would take to bicycling. Ended up with Giant Escape 3 hybrid which as less than $400 & definitely entry level. Test road it & with a few adjustments felt comfortable to ride.

Took my first ride with my 9 yr old daughter & 11 yr old son that July 1, & we went 3.9 miles. It went as well as you would expect for a fat sedentary guy. But I remained consistent & got out & rode 4-5 days every week. A lot of those rides with my wife & kiddos who absolutely love riding. Gradually I have built up my miles & did a 26 mile ride last weekend with my son who got a Fuji road bike for his birthday. My daughter has done several 10-15 mile rides as well with me on her new smaller MB. I am enjoying riding & have learned a lot lurking in these forums. I hit 279 miles last month (454 miles since July 1) & feeling stronger all the time as I consistently log miles in the saddle. Have changed over to clipless pedals & am so glad I did.

We don't have huge hills in my area but there are plenty to make most of my rides interesting. Amazed how fast with consistent riding the miles & ride fitness have progressed. Most rides are now in the 10-20 mile range with longer rides on weekends.

To date I have lost 28 pounds by cleaning up my diet. Definitely not starving myself just making better food decisions. Cut out the fast foods & moderation have been key for me. Trying to make gradual changes that will stick & can sustain for a life time.

Looking forward to signing up for my first ride event in the coming months as I continue to progress. Also, excited to buy my first road bike sometime next year.

Just want to finish with a big thanks to all you others that have gone before & share all the great info for us newbies to soak up. Riding with a smile.
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Old 09-02-16, 09:28 AM
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AWESOME!!! Keep it up!
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Old 09-02-16, 09:31 AM
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That's fantastic! Enjoy your rides!
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Old 09-02-16, 11:19 AM
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Yeah, way to go!
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Old 09-02-16, 01:38 PM
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That is excellent! I'm jealous. My daughter hates bicycles.
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Great job! It's not easy, but so worth it! I love it when the kids come out riding with me. Especially my daughter. She loves talking about everything when she and I go riding!
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TX_Chris: Please continue to contribute to this forum with fresh observations from a successful beginner.
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Great job! It's not easy, but so worth it! I love it when the kids come out riding with me. Especially my daughter. She loves talking about everything when she and I go riding!
Some rides my daughter talks my head off & some rides she pushes herself & just focuses on riding. Either way they are great times spent together.
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Awesome! I haven't gone as far as 3 miles yet as I'm building up (today was my second bike ride!). I am just trying to get the feel of the bike. I've lost 20 lbs in the last couple months and it really is a boost of confidence. Since you mentioned back pain, something you might also want to look into is mobility exercises, things like yoga, or RogLaw.com's "how to move like a ninja in 5 minutes per day". I have a history of back pain and those things have really helped me as well although movement in general helps.
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I am also 2 months in. Weight loss sort of plateaued the last 2 weeks, but another inch dropped from my belly.
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Had really let myself go & was ready to do something about it. Hitting 315 pounds & stRting to have a lot of lower back pain was not good at 41 yrs old (not good at any age). Knew I needed to start moving to reinforce cleaning up the diet. Thought bicycling would be a good low impact activity & decided to take the plunge. My nephew who bikes was very emphatic in telling me to not buy a box store bike. Took that advice & decided to hit my LBS that is 60 miles away in Waco. Did not want to spend too much as I was not sure how I would take to bicycling. Ended up with Giant Escape 3 hybrid which as less than $400 & definitely entry level. Test road it & with a few adjustments felt comfortable to ride.

Took my first ride with my 9 yr old daughter & 11 yr old son that July 1, & we went 3.9 miles. It went as well as you would expect for a fat sedentary guy. But I remained consistent & got out & rode 4-5 days every week. A lot of those rides with my wife & kiddos who absolutely love riding. Gradually I have built up my miles & did a 26 mile ride last weekend with my son who got a Fuji road bike for his birthday. My daughter has done several 10-15 mile rides as well with me on her new smaller MB. I am enjoying riding & have learned a lot lurking in these forums. I hit 279 miles last month (454 miles since July 1) & feeling stronger all the time as I consistently log miles in the saddle. Have changed over to clipless pedals & am so glad I did.

We don't have huge hills in my area but there are plenty to make most of my rides interesting. Amazed how fast with consistent riding the miles & ride fitness have progressed. Most rides are now in the 10-20 mile range with longer rides on weekends.

To date I have lost 28 pounds by cleaning up my diet. Definitely not starving myself just making better food decisions. Cut out the fast foods & moderation have been key for me. Trying to make gradual changes that will stick & can sustain for a life time.

Looking forward to signing up for my first ride event in the coming months as I continue to progress. Also, excited to buy my first road bike sometime next year.

Just want to finish with a big thanks to all you others that have gone before & share all the great info for us newbies to soak up. Riding with a smile.
Great start. Keep it up. And remember these times if, or when you start to lose motivation (which will happen eventually).
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TX_Chris: great beginning and I hope you continue to love riding.
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