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Are you at peace with your Clydesdale/Athena ness?

Old 10-10-11, 06:32 PM
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Are you at peace with your Clydesdale/Athena ness?

After sort of fighting it for a number of years, and approaching age 72yo next month, I have come to be at peace with my "Clydesdaleness" and I am just accepting it.

I could stand to lose 10-20 pounds, but I have decided I will remain stable at about 212lbs, which I have done for the last year or so. I got down to 199, but that was after surgery, and, to be honest, my digestion was not doing what it ought to do (or perhaps too much of it), and after I recovered, I shot back up to 210.

I feel OK, because I do a lot of weight lifting and resistance training, and carry a lot of muscle. I also swim and walk, in addition to my bicycling about 125 miles per week. My cholesterol and BP are great.

So, are you at peace, or are you currently "fighting the battle?" Or, perhaps because of your natural size, you are a Clyde or Athena simply because of that.

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I am at peace at 220-225, depending on what fast-food place I eat at day before. Hitting 200 at 43 seems way to hard and coming down from 250 I am happy. Riding the bike pretty much lets me eat anything without going over 225.

I am a clyde for life and happy.

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Hell no.
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Nah, I want to be 185ish. Primarily so I have 30 fewer pounds to drag up the hills.
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I may get below 200# again, but I doubt I'll ever be below 6'.

I'm OK with that.
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I'm just fine with being a Clyde. I'm 6'3" and no dieting will fix that. So, whether I'm 300 or 230, it doesn't matter. I'm 259 this morning... So, it just doesn't matter. Hi, I'm Roger, I'm a Clyde.
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I'm well over 6 feet tall and built like a linebacker. Let's face facts - I'm never gonna be one of those 150 pound roadies. But that doesn't mean I'm complacent either. I pride myself on being a clydesdale. I'm big, but strong and determined. I can compete with those 150 pound roadies (well, some of them at least) and in order to continue doing that, I'm always working to strengthen my body and gain every edge I can. But I'm also realistic about my expectations as well.
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Nope. My "natural size" needs to be below 181 lbs. It's the last goal I need to meet to be "minimum military fit" (30 pushups/3 pullups/45 situps/5k run in less than 29 min/181lbs) and I will get there before 40. I have 5 years to go, so it's a long term plan. The fun starts when I start working towards "navy seal fit"
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ok with being a clysdale but not happy with the number and come to realize i will always be fighting that and thats ok. it is what it is.
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I've come to terms with it. I ride 300-400 miles per month, don't drink alcohol or sodas, eat sensibly, and my weight stays at 235. I always wonder, however, what I would be like if I got liposuction to get rid of this belly, but that ain't gonna happen, so enjoy being a Clydesdale.
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir
Hell no.
^^^^ This.

Even though I'm "only" 210, I hate being over 200 lbs. At the beginning of this year I weighed 255 and decided to do something about being fat. So, back on the bike, better eating and now I'm 45 lbs lighter but still not happy. When I get to less than 200, then I'll start to think about being at peace with my weight.
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Most days I'm okay with it.. but occasionally I have a downer day and can't cope. That day was yesterday for me. A friend had taken a photo of me standing in a room with other people from behind. When compared with other people and how big my butt was... it was a total kick in the teeth.

It's not the weight.. it's the size. It's having a butt the size of Texas

Most days when I look down I don't see a huge butt. It's on the back side! I see decent arms and legs, a flatish tummy... seeing myself from that angle just..... stinks.
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No, because I was only an Athena by weight.
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Yes and no. I'm 6'2" and don't plan to shrink anytime soon. But I am not happy with my 218 lbs. At the same height I once went from 265 lbs. to 175 lbs. I have more muscle mass than I did then, so I doubt I will ever get back down to that territory and probably would not want to. But I can and should get back to at least 200 lbs.
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Just like Popeye the sailor says........"I yam what I yam".

No worries here............
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No. At only 5'-10" and without the muscle mass of an NFL linebacker, there's no getting around the fact that I'm still fat. I see it in the mirror every day.

All the medical data suggests an "ideal" weight for me is around 165 to 170. I may not get there, but I'm going to try for it until one of three things happens: 1) I lose enough of the fat that's still on my upper body that I'm not ashamed to be seen without a shirt on, 2) I reach an interim weight that triggers some sort of psychological epiphany that makes me satisfied with where I am, or 3) I actually do get there.
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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk
I am at peace at 220-225, depending on what fast-food place I eat at day before. Hitting 200 at 43 seems way to hard and coming down from 250 I am happy. Riding the bike pretty much lets me eat anything without going over 225.
You weigh about the same as me and I just turned 49. And NO, I am not content. I want to get down to 190, but I'm willing to take my time doing it. If it takes 6 months or a year, that's fine with me.
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No, I'm not satisifed being a clyde. 2.5 years ago, I weighed 262 lbs at 5'11". This morning I weighed 203 lbs. I no longer am in the obese range on the BMI chart, but I'm still overweight. I can look in the mirror and tell I still have more to lose. I'd like to weigh somewhere in the 170-175 range.
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...and you'll get there, I bet.
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Originally Posted by Rona
Most days when I look down I don't see a huge butt.
You say that as if it were a bad thing.

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Originally Posted by RichardGlover
You say that as if it were a bad thing.
X2

I am no where near at peace with my size. I may never get to that ideal weight all the medical charts say, I'm 6 feet with a large frame. My goal is to get a CAAD10 Rival, but the deal I made with myself was that I wouldn't get it until I was 10 pounds under the clyde mark. I want that bike!
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I'm 6 foot tall with a large frame and have always had some sort of activity. That being said, I'm not thrilled with my weight at 242 right now, but as a clyde, I'm fine. I'd like to see 215-225lbs. and a bit more muscle mass and less belly. I think the health charts would have me at 185, but I'm not sure I'd look healthy with my frame at that weight.
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I'm 6' tall and I have a pretty big frame. My goal is to be a muscular 200-210lbs. i'll be comfortable in the lower clyde range.

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My goal is 175, so I'll always be an Athena, esp at 5' 10".

But I not all right with being so MUCH of an Athena right now. I've lost some weight, and have more to go.
Everyday is a fight. So I keep on fighting.
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At 16 I was 6 feet tall, welcome to the Clyde world. At 28 I was 6'1 and 210 lbs while doing a ton of hardcore exercise. 20 years later at 48, carrying extra weight does not bug me at all. If it did, I'd give up cycling and return to a world of hardcore exercise which IMO was far more demanding than cycling. But even then, I would never be able to leave Clyde status.

20 years ago....210 lbs


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