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Slowly but Surely

Old 07-06-12, 12:21 PM
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Slowly but Surely

For the past 3 years, I have been telling myself that I need a new hobby because my previous hobbies were too expensive (Cars & Shooting). I've always been an active person even though i've been "bigger" throughout my life. In High School, I weighed around 320 pounds and stood 6'3". After graduating High School, I lost about 140 pounds (the hard way) as I play a lot of basketball and started doing more and more cardio. Now, 8 years after High School, I'm currently about 255 (down from 280 2.5 months ago) and have slowly been adding biking to my workout regime. I started about 3 weeks ago doing short distances (5-9 miles a day) just to get acclimated. Then I did a 22 mile loop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington twice in consecutive weeks.

This week, i've stepped it up a little bit doing 12 miles on Monday, 9 miles on Wednesday, and 21 miles yesterday. This may not sound like a lot to some people but keep in mind, I also workout 6 days a week, running at least 4.5 miles a day. I'm trying to get down to a about 220 which is when I was in my "prime" form. I know some of you may not care but I just had to let out this excitement since my wife doesn't really care. I'd love to start commuting daily on a bike as well.
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All of us care. That's why this forum exists.

Nice work on working on your fitness and weight goals, keep it up.
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Originally Posted by Ronius_Maximus
I also workout 6 days a week, running at least 4.5 miles a day. I'm trying to get down to a about 220 which is when I was in my "prime" form. I know some of you may not care but I just had to let out this excitement since my wife doesn't really care. I'd love to start commuting daily on a bike as well.
Taper or cut out the running and start commuting. Your body will thank you.

Otherwise, enjoy.
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Do the bicycle commuting! It makes things a regular routine and has many other benefits, like saving gas money. I started commuting in May and love it. It took a little while to get everything organized, but is now part of my regular routine. Give it a try once and see if it is for you.

Congratulations on the fitness & goals, as well.
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Welcome to the herd.

I would be careful in calling this a "cheaper" hobby. If I had my way, I'd have a bike for every day of the week and two for Sunday. It's easy to get pulled into N+1.
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and you live in a wonderful place to ride! Portland is amazing!
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Good job! Keep in mind that if you really want to loose weight, you really have to watch your calorie intake. It only takes one or two beers to make up for the calories you burnt during that 20 mile ride.
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Originally Posted by Ronius_Maximus
For the past 3 years, I have been telling myself that I need a new hobby because my previous hobbies were too expensive (Cars & Shooting). I've always been an active person even though i've been "bigger" throughout my life. In High School, I weighed around 320 pounds and stood 6'3". After graduating High School, I lost about 140 pounds (the hard way) as I play a lot of basketball and started doing more and more cardio. Now, 8 years after High School, I'm currently about 255 (down from 280 2.5 months ago) and have slowly been adding biking to my workout regime. I started about 3 weeks ago doing short distances (5-9 miles a day) just to get acclimated. Then I did a 22 mile loop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington twice in consecutive weeks.

This week, i've stepped it up a little bit doing 12 miles on Monday, 9 miles on Wednesday, and 21 miles yesterday. This may not sound like a lot to some people but keep in mind, I also workout 6 days a week, running at least 4.5 miles a day. I'm trying to get down to a about 220 which is when I was in my "prime" form. I know some of you may not care but I just had to let out this excitement since my wife doesn't really care. I'd love to start commuting daily on a bike as well.
Your previous hobbies were too expensive, so you take up cycling...

Good luck with that


(my cycling habit has ended up costing me several thousand dollars more than I had ever intended to spend on it)
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Good stuff, man! At least you traded 2 expensive hobbies for 1 expensive hobby.
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You guys are funny... So far its been fairly inexpensive. I've invested in some nice quality tools (Park, topeak, etc) and a bike repair stand already. I've purchased a few bikes as well for really cheap ($20-30) on craigslist to tear apart and put together with tune up. I'm the kind of person who likes to save money and do my own work as much as possible. As i've had to change a few parts I can see how this hobby can start to get expensive. I've already invested in some gatorskins for my road bike which were around $50 a piece (I usually pay $80 a tire for my car) and then their comes choosing a seat, pedals, clothing, nutrition, etc. but in the end at least my health benefits from this as well. With cars came several cuts, bruises, and scars. With shooting came all the lung exposure to gun powder, led, and who knows what else kind of toxins i'm breathing.
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Are you running 4.5 miles AND biking those miles you posted on the same day?
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Just a little note: Tools are investments; tires, like brake pads, bar tape, chains and cables are consumables.

The good thing is bikes are relatively straight forward, and relaxing to work on.

Now, on with your regularly scheduled programming.
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Originally Posted by vesteroid
Are you running 4.5 miles AND biking those miles you posted on the same day?
Yes, in the same day... I really like to push myself physically. What motivates me when i'm working out is a memory of when I played football during high school. I was probably 6'2" and around 320 pounds. Back then, the cheer leaders made a small banner on each of the football players lockers with our names and numbers on them. One day, I walked to my locker and people wrote "fat a**", "Call Jenny Craig", "Win games; Lose weight" and all sorts of negative comments about my weight. What striked me about this is that i'm a nice guy and didn't understand why people felt it was cool to point out the obvious in a rude manner. I bump into people all the time that don't even recognize me but now i'm just trying to maintain healthiness and stay active (all God willing).
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That's good man...so far I have been able to train o e or the other, never both on the same day. I think a few guys here do, such as hill pumper and maidenfan...maybe check with them for advice.
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Sometimes when I jog/trot I just do 1-2 miles and then immediately get on my bike for whatever I feel I have left in my tank. Tremendous workout.
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Ronius, You have done fantastically well with your weight loss and exercise regime.
Stick to your goals. Feel the accomplishment, and think well of yourself. It doesn't matter what others think or do. Feel good about yourself.
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Thank you everyone. The hospitality from this forum has been second to none and i've been apart of probably 20 forums.
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