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Today I celebrate.....

Old 10-01-14, 05:28 PM
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Today I celebrate.....

April 16,2014 I was given the diagnosis of being diabetic. My A1C was 6.4 or 6.5.... I forget exactly. They give me oral meds to take each evening. That night just before taking my first dose of meds I decided to try to tackle this with hard work and some discipline.
I weighed 282 lbs ( down from my all time high of 307) and decided to ride the town bike I had in my garage that had a grand total of 0.00 miles on it in three years. My wife and I set out and ride 1.9 miles and both of us were spent! Ok time to fast forward this a bit.

Sold the town bike.
Purchased a road bike -trek 1.1
Purchased a trek FX-7.3
Rode the heck out of them both.
Lost 46 lbs.
Traded the 1.1 on a Trek 4.5 Domane
Almost 1,200 miles later today I found out my A1C is 5.6
I am on the high end of normal!

Like all the other success stories here I just want to thank all for advice and inspiration that helped me fight this personal battle.
Tonight I suspend the usual ride for some pizza and a couple beers.

Tomorrow I ride again!

PS- my wife was extremely pissed when I refused to take the meds! Today she has lost 25 lbs riding her bike with me and her A1C is much better as well!
Sometimes it's a good thing to be bullheaded!
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Congratulations!!!!!!
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Congrats on your accomplishment !!
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Nice! Congrats!
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Thats great. Great you were able to influence your wife also.
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Wow, great job! I get so motivated when folks take action to make their lives better. Thanks for sharing!
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Huzzah...great success story
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Thats great. Great you were able to influence your wife also.
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From one moose to another, congrats!!
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Fantastic!
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I was on the verge of having to take those meds too, scared me to death really, especially when "all we need to do" hehe is "eat less".

Yes that can be complicated and difficult, but so is dealing with food induced type II :-).

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Congrats!


I didn't have a choice about taking the meds when I was diagnosed Feb 2014...I needed surgery for something else and they wouldn't do it until I was on the meds and the diabetes was controlled. I have lost 143 lbs and my most recent a1c was 5.0. So for me the meds were not a bad thing. I still need to lose another 100lbs, which I plan to do within the next 12 months.
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Congratulations.

My A1C went up from 6.3 to 7.1 in the last three months, but I quit taking Victoza along with the insulin and metformine and didn't increase my insulin. Instead I have been riding two or more times per week (put on 51 miles in September and will put on more this month). I am working to get off of the diabetes medications.

Thank you for your post as it encourages me.

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CONGRATS! Don't quit now...

I've never been diagnosed with diabetes, thankfully, and the horror stories I've heard about the medications causing undesirable side effects has given me more than enough motivation to keep doing what I'm doing.
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Originally Posted by MikeRides
CONGRATS! Don't quit now...
Thanks....... Your advice is the only way my program will work. My wife and I have tried very hard to make a complete lifestyle change.
We are both a work in progress and we support each other.

Thanks to all again and I look forward to reading many more success story's.
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Bam! Way to go!
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Not sure how I missed this a month ago but Congrats 1loosemoose! I rejoice in your accomplishment!
My success is similar to yours although it has taken me much longer.

Tough love time for those looking for inspiration; you can do it but it is not easy. Ride, ride lots, then ride some more. Watch what you eat. Simply riding lots and eating a balanced diet while not over eating will get you a long way. Tracking your calories while making wise nutrition choices (this is really a personal thing) plus getting lots of exercise, 10+ hours a week, will take you much farther faster on the road to better health. Exercise for better health, control diet for weight loss, the two work together. Either alone will just maintain your present condition. For most a mix of exercise is best to avoid burnout. I am one of the lucky ones in that I just love cycling and can't get enough. Burnout free for over three years. /lecture
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Congrats.
I went from 320 now at 257, with 225-235 as my end goal
decent food choices tracking calories with My Fitness Pal, and moving my fat ass
is getting it done.
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Originally Posted by rick458
Congrats.
I went from 320 now at 257, with 225-235 as my end goal
decent food choices tracking calories with My Fitness Pal, and moving my fat ass
is getting it done.
Amen and Amen!


thanks!
I am loving every mile and it only gets better when my wife comes along!
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Originally Posted by Black wallnut
Not sure how I missed this a month ago but Congrats 1loosemoose! I rejoice in your accomplishment!
My success is similar to yours although it has taken me much longer.

Tough love time for those looking for inspiration; you can do it but it is not easy. Ride, ride lots, then ride some more. Watch what you eat. Simply riding lots and eating a balanced diet while not over eating will get you a long way. Tracking your calories while making wise nutrition choices (this is really a personal thing) plus getting lots of exercise, 10+ hours a week, will take you much farther faster on the road to better health. Exercise for better health, control diet for weight loss, the two work together. Either alone will just maintain your present condition. For most a mix of exercise is best to avoid burnout. I am one of the lucky ones in that I just love cycling and can't get enough. Burnout free for over three years. /lecture

Thank you sir, I have read many posts from you and can only dream of the accomplishments you have! I pray that in three years I'm going as strong as you are! You have inspired me and I'm sure many others. Keep up the good work and good luck on your big ride coming up. I will be donating to your TDC funds regardless of how you do.
Thanks again.
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