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Old 02-03-09, 05:41 PM
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i'm 100lbs overweight, i'm very out of shape.
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Old 02-03-09, 05:49 PM
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Could someone direct me to a good diet to stick with to cut weight (healthy, not bodybuilder cut weight) while training? I am still at 15% body fat and want to be able to be at 180 by summer (205ish now)
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Old 02-03-09, 05:51 PM
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Weight watchers works very well for me, lost 50 lbs since august. It is true what they say though it is a lifestyle change. The points thing may seem confusing at first but after a couple weeks it is a snap. It is healthy and it works, can't ask for more than that.
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire View Post
Could someone direct me to a good diet to stick with to cut weight (healthy, not bodybuilder cut weight) while training? I am still at 15% body fat and want to be able to be at 180 by summer (205ish now)
You are almostly exactly the same weight and BF as me. What are you eating now? Training (cycling, gym)? Those would be the 2 things we'd need to know to help devise a reasonable, REAL meal plan for you that is actually sustainable.
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Peak fitness was back in 1999-2001 while racing at a high level in club rowing events.


Then...
86kg, sub 7min 2k ergo time, top 5% VO2 max testing, 198bpm max HR, racing against guys who had/now have Olympic medals.

Now...
98kg, 7.25 2k ergo time, pathetic running 'beep test' result and VO2 Max estimate
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Old 02-03-09, 08:30 PM
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i'm 26 now. i dont think i have seen 200 since middle school 13 years ago or so. but over the last three years i have come to be in the best shape of my life last september. i was down to 238 from 300+ since high school and college. this is the first winter since getting back into cycling that riding in the winter hasnt really happened. in the winter i MTB instead of road and the trails have averaged in the range of "hike a bike". so everytime the snow finally drops below 3 inches on the trails we get another 6 inches like today. since november i have gained almost 30 pounds. for the last month i have felt like total crap. i just got a 3 month membership at the local gym so i can get ready for the spring. im feeling a little bit better now that i once again have something to plan my life around.

it still sucks knowing that i will be working to get back to where i was, instead of where i want to be. but at least i am going back in the right direction
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Old 02-03-09, 08:44 PM
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Late 1970's/early 1980's: 4:24 miler, 2:32 marathoner (did three under 2:40); this was probably my peak for aerobic endurance. I slowed down during junior and senior years in college and first working years, but still found time to run 4-6 miles a few times per week. Also rode a bicycle during school years and occasionally during my first working years.

Late 1980s/early 1990's: Had always been into backpacking, but ramped it up to mountain climbing. Eventaully did Aconcagua, Denali, the Volcanos in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Central Mexico. Also tons of climbs in the Sierra Nevada Mtns and the Oregon/Washington Cascade Mtns. Good overall conditioning at this time, as I was doing soem weightlifting (for conditioning) and could still run a mile in under 5:00 minutes. During this time I was also riding a bike as local transportation and for workouts.

Today: Can run 4-5 miles at around 7:30/mile pace, but mix running with 20-40 mile bike rides. Still go on multiday hiking and 'peakbaggng' trips, but I'm not into the epic suffering you have to endure on higher, colder mountains like those listed above.
 
Old 02-03-09, 09:41 PM
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When I was 40, I jogged regularly to train for a nine-day backpacking trek through Yosemite National Park. I got down to 172 pounds for that trip. Now just a few weeks away from 58, I'm at 213 pounds. Cycling has taken the place of running.
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Old 02-03-09, 10:22 PM
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I would say best, early fall 1993 when I was down to about 180lbs, worst was 2004 when I was around 260lbs, since I have been somewhere in between, right now at about the winter level around 220, by end of summer will be around 200. Just got a trainer, so I expect the rules to change
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Old 02-04-09, 08:42 AM
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Worst was about a year and a half ago. 28 years old, 6' 2", 245 lbs. I'd gotten doored a couple of years before and was kind of afraid of riding much more than my usual 4 mile round-trip commute. But I was getting depressed and mentally 250 lbs was a warning to me that I was headed down a road I didn't want to go down. So I decided to take up a friend of mine on an offer to try out his gym. They do a bit of a fitness test and I couldn't do more than 3 push-ups 0 pull-ups. That was November of 07.

As it stands I'm at about 215 lbs (but I'm positive my body fat % is a lot lower than it was.O) I can now do somewhere around 30 push-ups in one go and 22 kipping pull-ups (vs. dead hang.) Vertical jump is about 42 (up from 36" in June.) I can run a just-over 5 minute mile (or maybe just under 5 minutes, my record is 5:06 but the route we use at my gym is more like 1.125 or 1.25 miles.) All in all I've gained a lot of upper body strength. Just trying to stick with working out and riding. I think my peak cardio conditioning was last August right around the time I road in the D2R2 randonee in Deerfield, Massachusetts (my first century.)

Really most of this progress is a product of joining a local Crossfit gym. It's crazy stuff but it will get you in shape right quick.
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Old 02-04-09, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
Weight watchers works very well for me,
When I was doing weight watchers, I did fairly ok with it as well. I gave it up because it was costing me too much, and I was the only guy in the program. Not a big deal with that, but I got tired of everything being female oriented. They had a contest, win a $10,000 wardrobe! Seriously, what am I going to do with 10k in clothes?? I think they are missing a large segment of the market by not catering to guys.

Anyway, I wander. I agree with you that their plan works well, if you stick to it.
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Old 02-04-09, 10:35 AM
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When I was doing weight watchers, I did fairly ok with it as well. I gave it up because it was costing me too much, and I was the only guy in the program. Not a big deal with that, but I got tired of everything being female oriented. They had a contest, win a $10,000 wardrobe! Seriously, what am I going to do with 10k in clothes?? I think they are missing a large segment of the market by not catering to guys.

Anyway, I wander. I agree with you that their plan works well, if you stick to it.
Frankly, 10K at Brooks Brothers will do me just fine, thank you.
 
Old 02-04-09, 01:40 PM
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Myabe the Brooks Brothers of old. Their clothes aren't impressive anymore. It is very sad to see them in outlet malls... A. Lincoln is turning in his grave.
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Old 02-04-09, 05:26 PM
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Round is a shape.

That said, however, just a bit less than a year ago, barely three months after buying my bike (and I hadn't ridden in about 30 years), I rode a metric half (Tour de Sewer). Couple months after that, I rode an imperial half (LA River Ride). Since last February, I've participated in something like 7 or 8 5K events; granted, they're mostly walked, but I'm doing them. It's not unusual for me to do a 5K on my treadmill at home on weekend mornings. At the gym it's not unusual for me to spend 65 minutes on the elliptical, which I start at level 3 and increase a level every 5-10 minutes, usually ending up about levels 13-15. I have two days each week on which I don't start work until noon, and on those days I usually spend 2 hours on either Radagast or Orion. Weekends often see me riding 10-45 miles both days.
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horrible pic of me mid/late december.


and round is DEFINITELY a shape!
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21 years old - 215 lbs, 10% BF, 6.5 min/mile, regular exercise was routine

30 years old - 275lbs, 26% BF, could run a mile if my son was tied up on railroad tracks 1 mile away, exercise not so routine...

As Bau mentioned, I'm in shape... just not the one I want to be in.

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Old 02-04-09, 07:48 PM
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horrible pic of me mid/late december.
How tall are you?
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5'10
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6', 280lbs. Last time I rode a century was 25 years ago.

I recently commited to riding 100 miles one way on Saturday and 100 miles back on Sunday, first week of June. I've started training on the stationary bike, 35km's a day.

Just bought a Sequoia Elite that i'll be riding once the snow melts . I figure if I get down to about 230 lbs I'll be more than fine given my build.
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I not sure when my best shape was, in my 40's when I was going to the gym daily and won the powerlifting contest at my first try, entered the DELMAC trip and completed a 300 mile ride or was it two years ago when i worked out regularly in the gym and completed the UGRR tour with Adventure cycling. I do know that I have to find a gym to go to build up my upper body strength and I know that despite the cold and the snow I can not afford to stop riding.
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Old 02-05-09, 04:29 AM
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Back when I was 30, I'd run 3 miles in 21.5 minutes while weighing in at 210 lbs. I'd bench 315. At age 42 I benched 330 but I don't think I could run like that anymore. If i had known about cycling then, I'm sure I could have set my best PR's back then. Now I'm just an old fat fahrt!

THAT WAS ME 15 YEARS AGO!


THIS IS ME TODAY!

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Old 02-07-09, 09:26 AM
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How out of shape

Remember the hole in Journey To The Center Of The Earth?
Well, I'm still waiting to reach the bottom (lol)
Wore a much younger mans clothes when I did 3 Red Zingers, one RAAM, handfull of RAGBRAIS and thought nothing of riding to Boston (from Buffalo) with little more than a change of clothes and a tarp.
However; being 66 and still able to put in several 'quick 30s' a week and having gotten a wee bit of my climbing groove back, I refuse to lament or complain.
I was:6'1 and 155 back then
6' and 216 now.
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Old 02-07-09, 11:33 AM
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I've been doing this for a week http://hundredpushups.com/ and already seeing an improvement in strength and I'm not really all that sore.
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My best shape was about age 36. 5'7", 140#, 17% BF. I was swimming about 24,000y/week. I could benchpress my body weight (freeweights). I blew one knee out age 34 (complete tear of ACL/PCL/LCL, stretched MCL, nerve damage) so most of my conditioning was upper body although I could slog-run 6 miles in an hour in pain the whole way (tried it once to see if I could do a 10K) and my abs/back were in great shape.

My worst shape was a few years ago at 48% BF. I was only attending a couple of workouts a month. Simple chores and just walking had me sweating and nauseous. Jan 2007 I decided I didn't want to continue down that death spiral, and that it was time to change my ways while I still had that choice.

Now at age 52 I am about halfway in shape. I would be happy to lose 60#. BF is about 35%. I took up cycling last summer and my lower body is in the best condition since I was in my teens. Cardiovascularly I am over halfway to where I was 15 years ago. I haven't been lifting weights much recently, but I am definitely not as strong as I would like to be. Still, I'm pretty strong compared to most girls.

Right now I'm on hiatus from the bike (handlebar palsy) but I am trying to compensate with spinning class a few times a week and I am increasing my time in the pool. I hate to lose ground regarding the improvements I've made.
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[QUOTE=nkfrench;8322327]I blew one knee out age 34.[QUOTE]
'Blew mine out at 34 also, trying to do a 2 handed dunk...planted and heard 'POP'! Sucked! Mine knees are still effed up. Still can throw down 1000watts for 20 though, want 1000watts for 30+.
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