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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 10-24-13, 06:47 PM   #1
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Plateaus! Ugh!! and double ugh!!!

I think my max weight was something like 265-270 a couple years ago. It's been a slog to get down to my current weight of 220. I'm not a calorie counter, a serious dieter or an fan of exercise for the sake of exercise. As a matter of fact, I don't like to "exercise" but I do enjoy riding (most of the time).

But I've hit the dreaded PLATEAU. Not an ounce of weight loss in about two months. And that's frustrating.

Part of the frustration is knowing that, while I'm eating a bit "smarter " and rarely indulge in fatty food binges like I used to, my current riding "schedule" makes me want to eat more to fuel myself. And the cycle continues... Eat, gain a pound or two, ride and get hungry, ride again, eat less and feel underfed&undernourished, lose 1-2or3 pounds, rinse repeat.

This is mostly a rant, not a search for advice or even a plea for encouragement. It's my alternative to heading to the fridge for comfort food - which used to be one of my favorite things in life.

If it was daytime, I'd go riding again despite having done 40 miles already today.
And it's going to be somewhat unseasonably chilly and breezy tomorrow (not the normal environment for a Southern boy) but I'm going to ride anyway.

Oh well. Cold temp => core must burn more calories to generate heat => riding in the wind same same => hopefully lose another ounce or two at least. That's the theory at least.

Anyone seen my full-fingered gloves? I know I put them away in April. I just don't know where.
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Old 10-24-13, 07:31 PM   #2
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"There are no limits. There are only plateaus." - Bruce Lee

Relevance to your rant is for you to decide.
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Old 10-24-13, 10:38 PM   #3
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switching it up is the best way to break through them. If not a different activity then ride a different style then normal. If you mash on hills, then spin up them and vise versa. If you ride 40miles at decent pace, try to ride 10 of those miles at a higher pace, 1-2mph pending fitness level.
Rule #10 // It never gets easier, you just go faster.
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I hit 100lbs down two weeks ago and have been holding there. It happened to come when the weather has been changing, lots of colder weather and rain. My main riding partner dropped off as well. So I'm just not putting in the miles lately. I'm going to sit on this plateau for a bit and see how it goes in a couple of weeks.
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Though you're not necessarily seeking any feedback, I'll second what jsigone recommended. Plateaus typically call for a "drastic" short-term shake up to your routine. It also might be that your body has become too accustomed to the caloric intake needed to simply maintain your current weight over the last couple of months.

Here's some encouragement too for good measure: you've done an amazing job so far losing 45-50lbs, keep strong and focused and your weight shedding days will have to return at some point!
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Drastic change? Like the 16 ounce Ribeye and potatoes last night along with the earlier shrimp, marinated mushrooms, lamb chops, and salad for appetizers drastic? Oh, how about the mile high piled up peanut butter pie for dessert? That was just to die for! Not a drinker either, but those few drafts were pretty darn good too. Hey, when the boss is buying, the diet goes right out the window for the night

It was certainly a drastic change from what I've been doing. And an hour later when I got home, I certainly suffered for it, or at least everyone within scent range suffered for it, hehehe.
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