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Old 08-31-09, 03:13 PM
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I'm officially an Ex-Clydesdale

Long time lurker and have never posted here before but I have enjoyed reading the posts in this forum. Anyways here's my brief story.

On May 22, 2009 I went to the doctor for my annual physical I'm 51 years old and needless to say my Doctor was none to pleased with my Weight or Blood work. I am 6' 3" and my weight was 262 , Cholesterol was 277( Good cholesterol was 60) with high Triglycerides, Blood Pressure was 130/90, Fasting Blood Sugar was 130 My AC1 was 5.7% which is normal, i guess, I was told I had 90 days to lose weight or he was going to put me on medication. I told him I would lose the weight as I have a severe adversion to taking drugs. I saw my late parents take a myriad of different perscription drugs and vowed I would never do that.

Fast forward to August 31,2009 My official weight today at the Doc's was 199 , my BP was 110/70. I will get the results from the Blood work in a day or so and I'm praying to God the Blood Sugar and Cholesterol numbers have dropped accordingly.

I accomplished my weight loss by re-learning how to eat agian. My basic rule of thumb was if it doesn't rot or spoil I won't eat it. I learned what a portion of food was and it sounds funny but I actually learned to chew my food and not Inhale it. I eat 3 meals per day and 3 small snacks usually an apple or a few almonds. I began using a salad plate instead of a regular plate,it took about a week to adjust to the portion sizes. My breakfast food of choice is Steel Cut Oat or High Fiber Ceral with a Bananna. For Lunch I'll have a Salad with Chicken or Fish ( whatever I have left over from the previous night) and Balsamic Vinegar ( No Oil) . Dinner time is about 4 ounces of Fish or Chicken, Sweet Potato, Brown Rice or Lentils a vegetable and a salad. I have stayed away from Bread, Pasta and any High GI foods. Funny thing is I'm never hungry anymore I drink about a 1.5 gallons of H2O a day and I still drink beer, just not as much.

My excercise consisted of pedding my ass off on my Blue RC AL4. I have ridden 2500 milles since May 22averaging about 17 mph.

I try to ride 30 miles per day 6 days per week, the downside to this is I'm going thru a chain a month but it's been well worth the expense.

I haven't weighed under 200 since I dropped 40 pounds my freshman year in college( 33 years ago) and I was only under 200 for 2-3 months -tops, Think I'm going to try to get to 180 and see how I feel, Hey, it's not like I don't know how to gain weight , right Sorry I don't have any PICs but I can tell you I have lost 9 inches of my waist and went from a XXL Golf shirt to a Large. I havent been a Large since I was 15-16 years old???


Thanks for taking the time to read my story...Hopefully it will help some other Cldes struggling to lose the weight. Keep up the good fight and just keep peddling..

I will always be a Clydesdale at heart....just not in body size.
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Old 08-31-09, 03:17 PM
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Congratulations! That must feel great. Stick with the cycling and life style changes and you should add years to your life. Way to go!
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Outstanding story. I too am an ex Clyde and I remember distinctly the morning I got on the scale and it said 199 lbs. Twas a great day.

No doubt your story will be a great inspiration to many around here. Congratulations.

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Hey I wear a large! But ... I'm 5'8" (and a girl ).




CONGRATULATIONS!!!

How did you relearn to eat? Trial and error? Measuring?
You're awesome. Thanks for posting your story!
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I alway knew what a portion size was I just happened to choose to eat 3-5 portions of everything per meal. For me the Biggest Keyto Re Learning to eat was SLOWING DOWN and CHEWING every mouthful before I put more food in my mouth. It now takes me approximatly 1/2 hour to eat 4 ounces of Fish, 1/2 a Sweet Potato a portion of Vegetables and a Salad. In the past I would have demolished that in 3-5 minutes tops and I would have been looking for more food.
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Old 08-31-09, 07:05 PM
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Good Job sir:

Hope to join you one of these days.

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Good Job, Keep at it.
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Excellent work! I hope to make it out of clyde territory myself one day. Thanks for the inspiring post.
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Holy ****, 63 lbs in 4 months...incredible.....nice work!
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Excellent work, it's great to hear of your success. Stick around and post some!
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I agree what everyone else says, well done and maybe now you will keep posting seeing as your not a clyde anymore i also hope to join you some day, getting there at last slowly but surely
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The eating habit is a big issue for me....I have never broken the 6 years in the military of getting it down fast and back out on grinder, I haven't even tried slowing down but it sounds like I should, so my proclimation is.......From here on out I will work on eating slower, chewing my food and actually enjoying it. Thanks for the great suggestion
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Originally Posted by cohophysh View Post
The eating habit is a big issue for me....I have never broken the 6 years in the military of getting it down fast and back out on grinder, I haven't even tried slowing down but it sounds like I should, so my proclimation is.......From here on out I will work on eating slower, chewing my food and actually enjoying it. Thanks for the great suggestion
Slowing down and actually enjoying my food was HUGE for me after about a week it became second nature.
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On May 22, 2009 I went to the doctor for my annual physical I'm 51 years old and needless to say my Doctor was none to pleased with my Weight or Blood work. I am 6' 3" and my weight was 262 , Cholesterol was 277( Good cholesterol was 60) with high Triglycerides, Blood Pressure was 130/90, Fasting Blood Sugar was 130 My AC1 was 5.7% which is normal, i guess, I was told I had 90 days to lose weight or he was going to put me on medication. I told him I would lose the weight as I have a severe adversion to taking drugs. I saw my late parents take a myriad of different perscription drugs and vowed I would never do that.

Fast forward to August 31,2009 My official weight today at the Doc's was 199 , my BP was 110/70. I will get the results from the Blood work in a day or so and I'm praying to God the Blood Sugar and Cholesterol numbers have dropped accordingly.
That is awesome! I also started riding again in may of this year...weight 235. I don't know about my cholesteral or blood work. Today I was on the scale and weighed 190. I have been commuting 20 miles to work for the last 3 months and riding 20-40 miles on the weekends. I also learned how to eat healthy like you. When I go to the grocery I stay on the perimeter of the store where all the good food is. I am even looking forward to winter riding....nothing will keep me off my bike! I'm doing my first century in 8 days....can't wait. Enough about me...GOOD JOB and never stop pedaling!
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Very inspiring story

I am 40, 6', 250 lbs and I just ordered a new bike, it should be here in another week. I had to get a new one as the old one was a bit too small and I got back aches everytime I rode it.

I have moved recently and where I am now has a nice road that is mostly flat with little rise and falls, about 5 miles on there is a steep climb for about a mile, and I am going to tackle those along with my regular 10 miles flat ride on the weekends.

I am setting up a lil gym in my garage and will suppliment my riding with some regular weight lifting.

I havent been below 200 in about 20 years, I was a steady 220 for about 10-12 years but steadily crept up to 250 now.

Dunno my blood workup, have an appointment to go get all that done, so I monitor everything over the next 6-12 months
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Ahem.....Save and print this. You earned it.


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Went from clydesdale to skinny-ish in six months. January 2009 I was 6'1" and 205lb. Today I am 172lb. And I'm a genuinly large boned guy. Cut out fried food, fast food, and only snack on veggies and beans. Less than 20g of fat per day, usually less than 10g. Generally less than 1000 calories a day. Freaked the F*&k out of a friend who hadn't seen me in seven months. Being able to rock out on hill sprints is priceless. I'm a slow metabolism guy and finally came to terms with it. I can have a single slice of pizza or a burger once a week, but eating the way "normal" people get to will never work for me. I finally get that, and eat exactly what my body needs, nothing more. And I've learned to slowly savor whole foods and grains with lots of savory seasoning.
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Generally less than 1000 calories a day.
This seems awfully low (dangerously low).
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Originally Posted by Greg_R View Post
This seems awfully low (dangerously low).
Nope, unless I'm working out a ton, it's what my body maintains weight at. And I make sure they aren't empty calories. This is what my body tolerates. Not all metabolisms are created equally. Fact is I have more energy than ever. Yesterday:
Macro Bento Box:
Calories 640
Fat 3.5
Carb 118
Fiber 6
Sugars 2
Protein 15

Chick Peas
Calories 200
Fat 0
Carb 40
Fiber 14
Sugars 2
Protein 6

Corn
Calories 140
Fat 2
Carb 26
Fiber 6
Sugars 8
Protein 2

V8
Calories 70
Fat 0
Carb 15
Fiber 3
Sugars 12
Protein 3

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I have read a couple of articles on caloric restriction. It's pretty interesting. The reason I read it was because I was unknowingly doing it. I generally get around 1000 to 1200 a day. I wasn't trying to cut that many out...it's just hard to eat a lot of calories when you eat really good, clean, fresh food. I suggest everyone do a google on caloric restriction and the paleozoic diet ( this is what i follow ). You would be suprised as to how little calories you need to "survive".
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UPDATE.

I received my Blood work numbers from my Doctor today and needless to say I am Estatic.

Fasting Blood Sugar- 82 down from 130
AC1 5.4 down from 5.7
Cholesterol 203 down from 277
Triglycerides 103 down from over 200, anything less than 150 is considered good
HDL Good Cholesterol 91 up from 60, this is from peddling my ass off. Anything over 40 is good.
LDL Bad Cholesterol 91 can't remember what it was but anything under 100 is considered good.

9/04/2009 weight 195. I'm officially down 67 pounds in 105 days
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+1. As with everything, moderation. Yesterday, the girls next door grilled me two small burgers with romaine lettuce, tomato, onions, catchup, and mustard, which I followed with a few slices of stinky runny cheese with Cars crackeres, and a sh*t ton of light beers. Those were yesterdays meals. But, right now, I can't wait till the bodega opens so I can savor a can of chick peas with siracha. I could down a bag of chips, but the beans taste better and make my body happy. It's a lifestyle choice. I'm a total foodie, and enjoy good meals notable chefs cook me from time to time. But, I enjoy being thinner and the beautiful women who notice, more. There are people who thrive on 2000 calories a day. I'm never going to be that guy. Realizing that, and living as such, has been life changing. Radically. I'm not trying to be preachy. I'm a big guy, and always will be. I'll always have a gut. It's how I'm big bone built. I'll never be a skinny hipster. These days it's just about being healthy, will power, smoking more cigarettes than I should, drinking more than I should, looking ten years younger than I am, and enjoying skinny hipsterettes. The latter isn't a small pay off for the food will power.
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PS- I hit 171lb this afternoon. That pound took the better part of a month to lose. If I was starving myself it would have taken a day or two.
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