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Clydes for Life?

Old 09-22-08, 02:54 PM
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Clydes for Life?

After lurking around a bit I see a huge number of guys that are dropping a ton of weight so I was just wondering how many are Clydes for life once they meet their peak of fitness?

I have been north of 200lbs. since I was 20, now 30 and carrying a few extra lbs. I like to refer to as "sympathy weight" from my wife's recent pregnancy. But even at my best conditioning I stay at around 202 thanks to a healthy appetite and manual labor that puts quite a bit of muscle on my frame, being 6'2" probably lends to a clyde lifestyle too. I plan to be back at peak condition by my annual spring half-marathon in April where I'll be going for my first full 26.2.

So how many of you guys are living the clyde life for good? And if you are looking to move below the 200 mark how far have you come and where is your end goal? Go ahead brag a bit you deserve it.


Thanks in advance,
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I've been kind of stuck at 205 since January of this year. I probably should be down around 185, but I can maintain a nice balance of diet and exercise here. (Read: Drink way too much beer and ride my bike way too much )

I've actually found that when I maintain a healthy diet and lay off the biking for a bit, I'll occasionally drop below 200. Once I get back on the bike, it'll get back up over 200. I've been slacking off on my calorie counting, so I'm sure there's a good explanation for it. Can't tell what it is that I'm losing though- fat or muscle.
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Yeah, I am with you. I prefer to talk kilos to pounds - I was under 90 before I got married and before we moved to USA. Here my weight fluctuates all the way to 235 pounds, with minimum american weight being 211. Conclusion - I will always be a clyde, there is nothing short of starving myself to make a difference.

But I can be very fit clyde, due to all the biking
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I guess another question I have is how much off-bike training does everyone do? I use every chance I get to get out of the house and away from the family for a bit of me time so I am usually riding to the gym after the kids go to bed and running every other day with a nice long ride on the weekend. Anyone else lift as much as they ride, or as often?

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I'm a Clyde for life....over 6', heavy bone structure and stuck around 211-215.
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I'll never see the slim side of 250#. So yeah, I'm a lifer.
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Never again! Last time I was under 200, I was 20 y/o. Now 45. Been riding for nearly 13 years now. Usually at 240. About 4 years ago, I decided to watch everything I ate while concentrating on climbing. I hardly ate any bad stuff. Didn't touch fastfoods for a couple of years. Kept the weight off for about 3 years but just too tough cause I'm an eater! I dropped down to 220 (actually 218). I can still climb but not like I did at 220 lbs. I do plan to drop back down when I get back the "Eye of The Tiger" for some future rides, possibly double centuries.

7300 miles in one year, 23 centuries and no junk food. Best I could do at 6'1 was 218! (Man, I gotta get my butt back in gear!)
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Senior year of high school weighed 205, played tailback and cornerback. Second biggest player on the team and second fastest. 34 years old now. Since March I have dropped from 340 to 280. Another 60lbs and I'll be at my goal of 220lbs. Yeah I'll always be a clyde.
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Originally Posted by JKing View Post
I guess another question I have is how much off-bike training does everyone do? I use every chance I get to get out of the house and away from the family for a bit of me time so I am usually riding to the gym after the kids go to bed and running every other day with a nice long ride on the weekend. Anyone else lift as much as they ride, or as often?

Josh
Swim, lift, ride, walk, stretch - a total of about 3 hours per day. I am at 215 right now, almost 69 years old, so I guess one might say "for life."
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Started riding to get fit.
Lost 25 lbs as an extra benefit.
I eat for energy.
Seem to be stuck at 203 lbs.
I am not on any diet.
7660 miles so far this year.
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Originally Posted by Askel View Post
I've been kind of stuck at 205 since January of this year.
I can understand that. Back in 2005, I got my 6'-2" frame down from 240 to 170 (168, but who's counting? ) I kept it off for a while but then it started to creep back on. In January of this year I weighed about 205 myself. Work got very hectic and my job went away. Luckily my manager found another spot for me. The new job is going pretty well, and because it is much closer to home than the last job I decided to ride. I figured it would be a great way to lose weight. It didn't work. Before I knew it I was pushing 215. The peak came after a 3-week business trip followed by a 2-1/2-week vacation. When I got home, I was up to 221. And I felt it.

Some people call themselves big-boned while others say they're really not overweight or obese like their BMI suggests because they have a muscular build. People tell me that I still look pretty good at 220, but *I* recognize that I'm naturally a skinny runt, and my body doesn't like the extra weight. I'm back on my blood pressure meds (after getting off them in 2005 when I was skinny), and I can just tell when the BP is getting too high.

When I got back home from vacation in July, I had already resolved to restart my South Beach Diet (that helped me lose the weight in 2005), but my plans were accelerated when we found out our fridge died while we were gone. Since I had to restock anyway, I just did so with South Beach Diet in mind and began on July 27. Then on Labor Day weekend I ran across a great deal on a new bike. The new hybrid rides a lot better than my old road-ish bike. I really love riding the bike, more so than the old one. In fact, I hop on and do 20-30 miles several times a week, just for the heck of it. When I had another business trip recently, it was killing me that I couldn't ride. Since getting back on Friday I've probably put 70 miles on the bike which is pretty good for me.

Having said all that.... I have to admit that I shouldn't be posting to this section of the forum because as of today, I am no longer 200+; At my weigh-in this morning I was at exactly 200 lb. Another 20 more pounds and I'll try to maintain that weight for the long term.
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I started eating better and started riding and went up to near 220 assuming it was muscle mass development in my legs, then dropped to around 206. I still have a few around the middle to lose and that will come soon enough as long as I don't get my winter coat.
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Originally Posted by JKing View Post
So how many of you guys are living the clyde life for good?
6' 6", 248 pounds.

I'm aiming to get down to 215 with a reasonable shift in composition, which will put me down to 10-12% bodyfat. Even if I went down to an unhealthy single digit bodyfat percentage, I'd still be in the clydesdale category. I've embraced the fact that I'm a big, scary Sasquatch sized mofo. I've started hitting the weights again, along with watching my carb/protien/fat balance, and in the past 2 weeks I've lost 3 pounds and gone down a couple percentage points in bodyfat composition. If I can keep my bodyfat composition under 15%, I'll be happy with getting up to 225 again. I do a lot of long distance riding, so I don't want to get too big, because even muscle becomes extra weight to haul around.
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Old 09-22-08, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
Swim, lift, ride, walk, stretch - a total of about 3 hours per day. I am at 215 right now, almost 69 years old, so I guess one might say "for life."
Sounds like the good life.


Thanks for the responses guys.
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I am prob not a clyde for life if I can ever stop drinking the sodas. But I am fine with being around 205-215 at 6'2". Although scary thought is that when I graduated High School in 94 I weighed 145lbs at my same height. Damn I was skinny. Ideally I would like to be around 190.
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Been a Clyde since 1997, I don't see me leaving it completelyy.. My goal is to drop to 210 area!
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I am prob not a clyde for life if I can ever stop drinking the sodas. But I am fine with being around 205-215 at 6'2". Although scary thought is that when I graduated High School in 94 I weighed 145lbs at my same height. Damn I was skinny. Ideally I would like to be around 190.
diet soda, i lost my first 40 lbs basically just switching to that and stopping dessert 5 nights a week


oh, and i'll probably be hovering around 200 my whole life also. i've been atound 195 before, but that's when i was kind of sick. normal for me is about 200-202 (i'm 6'3")

i'd love to be 185 for a bit thought!
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Me? Probably a Clyde for Life but my goal is to get down to ~190, which I have not seen since my junior year in High School some 37 years ago (I'm 54 now). I've been over 200lbs since I was 18 but a lot of that has always been muscle mass. I played football and was an avid weight lifter for years (for fitness only).

But - I DO hope to break that trend and get back to the low 200's in a year which will require me losing ~100 lbs. As soon as I get the new bike, I'm going to hit it like there's no tomorrow. I've already been dieting, cutting way back on calories (still need to do better) and getting some exercise at least 3x a week.

My highest weight was 338. I was so heavy and out of breath I could not even bend over to tie my shoes. I got on the scales one day and it said, "One at a time, please!" So, I knew I had to do something. I've been on four meds for blood pressure and diabetes, both low grade but still higher than they should be, all due to the weight.

I'm at ~315 now and slowly but steadily dropping. It seems to have come off in increments of ~5lbs per plateau.

I am so happy I found this forum. All of you are inspirations. Good luck to everyone.
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I'm 6' 1", and I'm aiming at 210-225. My doctor and every trainer I'd ever met suggested an ideal weight for me in that range. I'm 275 now, back up from 242 last summer.
 
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Currently I am about 300 lbs. Over the adult years I have fluxed between 310 and 285. Floating as high as 337, as low as 267. If I ever get to 230 again(though I don't remember passing it the first time) I'll be giddy as a schoolgirl.

However, I realize that I will probably be dead for 6 years before my body ever gets below 200.
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I'm about 6'2" and have been around 250 for quite a while now. I don't think I look I look as heavy as I am, but I'm no weakling. I'm pretty sure if I hit the 215-220 weight, I'd probably be about light as I'll ever be. Like Tom and others, I think due to genes I'm probably just going to be bigger forever and I'm OK with that. I think I drank too much whole milk and threw too many hay bales as a kid...
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I'm a 6'4" farm raised Clyde. I was 6' in 8th grade. I came out of boot camp in the best shape of my life and I was 230 lbs. Thick bones, barrel chest and forever look like I'm carrying logs. I'll always be a Clyde.
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Any women enough out there daring enough to hop on the thread??? There's a ton of shame around being heavy for women - I think more so than men....as y'all are so willing to hop in and post about the weight.

For women the offical weight seems to be 150 to drop Athena status.. so when I got thin before my goal was 135 (I am 5 7) that was 10 years ago really ...so now I think 145 ought to be great - we shall see. In theory I started this latest wave of droppingoundage at about 221ish or so... now at aboiut 192... so I have long way to go. Javing started back on the travel schedule in Chicago I am finidng it tough - I am training people and they have a ton of candy around...so I need to be gentle with me - and be moderate - else I could feel deprived and binge. So it's a daily effort. Hopefully - I will leave Athena status offically next summer! But I still feel very excited baout having the 30+ pounds off - dropping sizes and fittin in the darn airplane seat alot better!
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Any women enough out there daring enough to hop on the thread??? There's a ton of shame around being heavy for women - I think more so than men....as y'all are so willing to hop in and post about the weight.
Yep! It's quite likely that I'm a permanent Athena... the last time my doctor told me what my ideal weight should be, it was around 140, but that was ten years ago. I'm about 180 right now. I seriously doubt if I will ever see the low side of 150 again, since I haven't been there since before university.

Fortunately, if my mother is any indication, I should be able to have a healthy heart, pancreas, etc. even if I have more fat on me than the BMI says I should (and I think the BMI is a crock of poo anyways, because the chart that determines whether you're normal, overweight, or obese doesn't even take gender into account).

Women especially should also keep in mind that height is a huge component to weight. Every inch of your height not only means you weigh as much more as is in that inch of your body, but your entire skeleton has to be denser to support extra height. I've been told that skeletal mass increases more sharply with height for women than it does for men.
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