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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-26-11, 04:00 PM   #1
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Born again newb, I'm going to stick to it this time

So I realized I've been on and off this forum for a few years. I think I originally signed up in 07 to lurk around and thats when I bought my Diamondback. Then in 09 I started to actually ride and came in here and introduced myself. Now its 2011, I'm a year out of school for the second time and my weight is up another 15 pounds. Over the last year and a half since being in school and finishing all I did was study and eat. Me and my ex were both in school so we ate a lot of fast food because of our schedules. Then once I graduated I was working 6-7 days a week and she was working full time too and with our schedules it was more of the same. Lots of whataburger and microwave chicken nuggets. haha. so now I'm pushing 270 and its really slowing me down. Something I do not like at my age (35) I really can't run without putting undue stress on my knees or pulling a calf muscle it seems and I just run out of breath with minimal activity. So I want to get back on my bike and start eating better. I've cut back on fast food big time, drinking more water and cutting out the sodas (my main vice along with something sweet before bedtime) and trying not to eat right before going to bed. And of course I'm getting my bikes back in tune to ride again. I'm putting my old Schwinn back together to ride since it was so smooth the few times I rode it before tearing it apart two years ago. Probably also log a few miles on my Transporter though I really want to sell it. So anyway, this time I am going to stick with it. I know I am too young to feel limited the way I am right now and I really dont like it at all. I've alway been a big guy but the last few years I've just been sluggish and the energy is gone. I've got to get my youth back! lol
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Old 04-26-11, 04:29 PM   #2
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Atta boy. Make slow changes so your old habits don't come rushing back.
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Old 04-26-11, 04:52 PM   #3
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Is your Transporter a Trek Transport?
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Old 04-26-11, 05:17 PM   #4
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its a diamondback transporter. Got it in 2007 I think. I've had it a while and the thing still looks new unfortunately
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Similar to you, I came here and made an intro about a year ago while I was laid off. Went back to work in June, and never really got back on the bike until this last weekend. I was at my heaviest while laid off. I lost about 32 pounds just by getting back to work, but I was still eating garbage and didn't really change any other habits. April 3rd I decided to start eating right and getting a handle on my life. Haven't had fast food in those 3 weeks (was mostly living on it), and only 1 soda (was drinking about 4 20 oz. bottles of mountain dew a day). Glad to say I'm down 10 lbs in that 3 weeks.

It's not been easy, old habits are hard to break, but not as hard as I thought either. Good luck, post back with some updates.
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Old 04-26-11, 11:14 PM   #6
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yeah I'm at the heaviest I've been my whole life. Once I started working I pretty wasnt doing anything other than working and eating and sleeping. Things got kinda bad with my girl and we broke up in Nov of last year. probably gained 10 pounds since then, just kinda sulking around the house to be brutally honest. I know a few years back I had a bit of health scare and I was drinking water and eating better and working out and I was down to around 225 or so and I felt great. But then I started feeling better, went back to school, got involved with a woman and it all went back downhill haha!
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Old 10-27-11, 12:40 PM   #7
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okay so I figured I'd update. Havent really ridden my bike much since april but I did make an honest change in lifestyle finally in august when I also went back to school. No more junk or fast food. Pretty much been drinking only water (was drinking multiple sodas a day) occasionally orange juice and skim milk with cereal or with breakfast. Dont eat as much as I used to, I've cut down my portions significantly without being hungry. Energy level has gone up, I feel great right now and hopefully with only get better. I need to make a conscious effort to really track or plan what I eat, as I've gotten better at eating better but mostly just off the cuff, not really planning meals or making sure I'm getting enough protein, etc. Have really only ridden my bike a couple times and my vintage scwhinn is still in pieces. I may be moving soon to a place where I can ride probably after work everyday or least when I'm not in school. Right now I'm working 5 days m-f, school t-w night, and clinic sat and sun 7a-7p so I dont get much time to ride, but I also have less time to veg around the house and snack so its been good for me. Have a couple friends who are into cycling and are wanting to ride with me so that will motivate me as well. But anyway, I'm down 29 pounds since august, clothes fit much better (if not loose) and the knees and joints dont hurt as much. Hoping to have the schwinn together tonight so I can ride it tomorrow after work for a bit. Going to build it back as a single speed and just use it to get back in the swing of things.
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Old 10-27-11, 02:19 PM   #8
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Why not ride it to work or to school?
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Old 10-27-11, 08:05 PM   #9
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well I'm not that into riding on the street yet, I live in houston and I feel like I'm going to get killed just about everyday in my car much less on a bike. Work is a tad far and school is in the medical center, even farther from where I live. I may keep my bike with me though once I get up and running because I work near some nice bike trails on TC Jester and there are plenty of places to ride around the medical center, just have to get some lights for night riding after class.
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Welcome back! I myself gave up cycling in 2005 due to a number of issues.

The bike didn't work as well as I wanted it to (the shifting sucked), I got stuck walking home 15 miles because I flatted and was not prepared tool-wise, and a variety of personal events culminated in me saying "screw it". Now I'm back with a vengeance. This time I'm prepared for bike breakage, and my bike shifts like a charm. It's all about eliminating what made me quit last time.
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Old 10-29-11, 06:21 AM   #11
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Good luck and welcome back! It sounds like you're making some positive changes. Hope the Schwinn goes back together well for you!
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