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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.

View Poll Results: What prompted you to begin your weight loss journey?
Severe medical problem (required hospitalization) 3 6.98%
Encouraged by your doctor 7 16.28%
Encouraged by someone who was concerned about your weight (friend/family) 5 11.63%
Inspired by someone else's success (celebrity, friend, internet story) 4 9.30%
New Years Resolution 0 0%
Nothing specific, just wanted to look/feel better 12 27.91%
I am not and was not trying to lose weight, I'm happy with being a Clyde/Athena 5 11.63%
Other (specify below) 16 37.21%
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Old 09-27-11, 03:41 AM   #26
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Mine was a routine DR visit. I was in for something unrelated, and I got on the scale and it read 296. I decided that I needed to make a change. Luckily, my company was starting a Naturally Slim program in a few weeks as a healthy employee initiative. I applied, was accepted, and lost 31 pounds on that.

Then got laid off, put 15 back on due to depression and such. Got back on the horse and lost down to 249, got laid off a year and a half later, put 10 back on, and after a month of hammering it I've dropped that again. Scale today said 249.2
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Old 09-27-11, 05:00 AM   #27
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I got tired of telling my patients, "You'd be better off if you lost some weight."

"I know it can be hard," I'd continue as I patted my thighs, acknowledging that I wasn't practicing what I was preaching.

I had see-sawed before, and always gained the weight back with interest, so at that point my goal was just to hold steady. I was also telling my patients that quick weight-loss supplements and medications didn't work (or didn't work safely), "because if they did, would I look like this?"

Then I started seeing outcomes data on weight-loss surgery. Not just the studies that show that people who had surgery lost weight, but ones that addressed the more important question: do people who have the surgery live longer than weight-matched peers who didn't have surgery? When the studies started saying that surgery helps keep you from dying early, I started scouting out local surgeons.
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Old 09-27-11, 05:24 AM   #28
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Teaching my culinary students about healthy cooking.... a fat chef teaching healthy cooking. Ha.

I need to focus on my eating and continue excersising. My eating is horrible since I moved. Kinda sucks. Sugar is tough for me too. Back and ankles are hurting and need to figure it out.
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