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Old 10-08-10, 01:34 AM
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Just wanted to vent/*****/complain about myself

Last winter I topped 220. That sucked. I got on the bike and started riding. I got to about 210, got pneumonia and stopped riding. I did not keep to my strict(ish) diet but tried to live with the "take home" messages of smaller portions and more whole foods. I noticed thought, that by late spring I was 230. Summer came and I became more active in general. Specifically, I started getting out hiking/geocaching. I found that to be great exercise and I am DEFINATELY stronger than I was before BUT, even though I was burning 1600 calories in a single outing, I stayed at 230. Crap. Really. So, a few weeks ago I started to ramp up my cycling again. I am not at the "place" where I was right before I was sick but you would think that between hiking 10-20 miles a week AND biking 20-30 miles a week I wouldn't STILL be 230 pounds! What's going to happen when I get snowed in this year? Am I just going to explode?
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There's no reason to stop cycling just cause its winter. Go get an old mtb off craigslist, get some fenders for it, and go ride the sucker! Just need some warm clothes and you're good to go!

I was knocking at 220 lbs the beginning of this year. Started commuting 26 mi round trip 3 to 4 days a week. Now I'm 187 lbs and still coming down.

You can do it. Just got to find the right combination. Keep your head up!
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Or if you don't feel like fooling with a gym, buy one of those indoor magnetic bike trainers.
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Start a food journal, you might be surprised to see what you're eating these days. I bought a coffee and a donut out of habit yesterday and I'm not riding nearly enough to cheat a little bit. Especially with the impending christmas season we could probably all be more vigilant. I know I've let myself go.

I was down to around 200 in the spring, but since I stopped the 20k daily minimum rides, I've really started to pack it on the mid-section. I should hop on the bike for a ride now. I hate getting down on myself because it's way more counter-productive than just accepting that the past is set and trying to move on with now and the future.
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No offense but 20 miles a week isn't much when it comes to cycling for weight loss. If I use cycling to lose weight, I do atleast 150 per week, that includes lot of climbing, maybe 10 ours per week on the bike.

20 miles is about an hour and 10 minutes on the bike. That's not much per week if you plan to lose weight through cycling.
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Yeah, Beanz nailed it. You gotta do around 30-40 mins 4-5x a week of exercise that gets your heart in the fat burning/weight loss zone. If you don't have a HRM, just make sure you're at an effort where you can hold a conversation w/o sucking wind. Eat right and make sure you burn more than you take in.
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Originally Posted by clasher
Start a food journal
Definitely helpful. Sometimes you don't even realize how much you eat. Also, write down why you're eating.
I found that if I don't keep a watchful eye on myself, I can chuck down an extra 1000 calories per day in boredom eating and "just picking at stuff" while cooking.
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what you eat is the MOST important part....I have earned this the hard way. If you cant ride then definetly write down what you eat you will be so surprised as to how you will catch yourself and not eat the wrong stuff.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
No offense but 20 miles a week isn't much when it comes to cycling for weight loss. If I use cycling to lose weight, I do atleast 150 per week, that includes lot of climbing, maybe 10 ours per week on the bike.

20 miles is about an hour and 10 minutes on the bike. That's not much per week if you plan to lose weight through cycling.
I DO understand your position but it did NOT take into account the hours and hours I spend hiking as well, mostly with a thirty pound pack on my back. Time is the enemy (and a little ADD). I guess there is no other real equation though: more activity+less food = skinnier me.
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Originally Posted by Pwnt
There's no reason to stop cycling just cause its winter. Go get an old mtb off craigslist, get some fenders for it, and go ride the sucker! Just need some warm clothes and you're good to go!...Keep your head up!
HA! I picked up an old 820 for just that! Sadly, it was in very good shape and saw me through several bouts of road-bike down time and became my favorite grocery-getter/errand bike and is the bike that pulls my kid's trailer. In short I fell in love with it and set it up nice for general use. I guess that I could get ANOTHER one!
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy
I DO understand your position but it did NOT take into account the hours and hours I spend hiking
You asked and it's not working! But IMO, hiking is a low impact not a high impact high rpm heart pumping exercise. Now if you were talking trailrunning....
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Lose-It is a free ipod touch/iphone app and online now I think program to track calories and exercise. I lost and kept off ~60 pounds over 16 months.

Give it a go
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I find that I need to ride about 300 miles a month to lose weight (without altering my diet). This is in addition to my gym workouts. I second the opinion on getting an indoor trainer. They are awesome!! I have a Kurt Kinetic and a few Spinerval DVDs. They kick your arse when the weather is too bad to ride outside.
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy
Last winter I topped 220. That sucked. I got on the bike and started riding. I got to about 210, got pneumonia and stopped riding. I did not keep to my strict(ish) diet but tried to live with the "take home" messages of smaller portions and more whole foods. I noticed thought, that by late spring I was 230. Summer came and I became more active in general. Specifically, I started getting out hiking/geocaching. I found that to be great exercise and I am DEFINATELY stronger than I was before BUT, even though I was burning 1600 calories in a single outing, I stayed at 230. Crap. Really. So, a few weeks ago I started to ramp up my cycling again. I am not at the "place" where I was right before I was sick but you would think that between hiking 10-20 miles a week AND biking 20-30 miles a week I wouldn't STILL be 230 pounds! What's going to happen when I get snowed in this year? Am I just going to explode?
Your fooling yourself into the "it's not my fault" mantra that is turning America into a nation of obese sick people. Weight is a combination of diet and exercise, it's a simple formula, Input (what you eat) - Output (what you do) = Change. More on this later.

There is no reason for snow to stop outdoor activity. You just need to do it rework how you do it.

Hiking -- get a pair of snowshoes, they actually increase the amount of workout your doing -- so that isn't a problem. I used to HATE winter, until I decided one year that I would not allow the weather to defeat me. I've done some nice hiking in weather that would scare many people. You can always make yourself comfortable in cold, just need to adjust clothing....

Cycling -- two solutions here:

1) Get a bike that can accommodate some big-a** knobby snow tires, best if it has an internal gear hub or single speed, dérailleur gearing tends to freeze up, giving you a single speed anyway....
2) Get a trainer or a set of rollers, set them up in the basement, put some good tunes on the stereo and crank it -- both ways.... If you need set up an old TV down there and a cheap DVD player, get a couple of training DVD's and you can get a good base in, so that in the spring, when other riders are just coming out of hibernation, your already ready to do 50 miles at a stretch..... Don't think a trainer is easy, it's a much harder workout then road riding is. Some bike computers can attach to the rear wheel, and you can get a good cadence and smooth pedalling by spring.

Now I mentioned the weight formula earlier, I-O=C this is the simple part, there are roughly 7700 calories in a kg of fat. It needs a little work, get a notepad, write down EVERYTHING that you consume, then go to one of the journal sites and type it all in, add your hikes and rides and you will soon see where the problem is, too much eating, not enough doing.
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