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So how is your weight doing with the new riding season

Old 06-24-13, 07:40 AM
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So how is your weight doing with the new riding season

With the really late riding season starting for me this year, I was starting to get an aero belly for riding my bents. So far Im down about 15 pounds. Now I am only slightly aero, but climb hills better.

I get tickled with some cyclist that sweat grams of weight on componets on their bikes, when they can take pounds off of themselves.
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Old 06-24-13, 07:53 AM
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Woo Hoo! Somebody finally asked a question that I can answer in the positive.

I started Weight Watchers on Wednesday. Wednesday! I'm down 3 pounds as if this morning. That's enough to take me from the obese level on the weight chart to merely overweight. So far I'm finding the program much easier to keep than I had expected. It's still kind of early returns but I think this is a program that I can live with long term. I'll tell you this much, my consumption of fruits and vegetables is way up.
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I put on 20 pounds over the winter ... ouch but so far this spring ive lost 18
so not bad

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I'm happy that I finally hit my goal weight after what . . . 12 years of making slow progress. Now lets see if I can maintain it.

No surprise that I climb a lot faster (and easier) at 155 then I did at 180! Rode the Grand Tour Double Century last Saturday (Highland route) and my new lower weight made the climbs (esp. Potrero, Grimes and Dennison) much easier.
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Old 06-24-13, 08:30 AM
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Congratulations Rick. You have given me hope that I can eventually get to my goal weight. Thanks

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Old 06-24-13, 09:03 AM
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This is the most frustrating part of cycling for me. I dropped about 6-7 lbs the first 6 weeks of riding. But, according to my scale I've gained 3 lbs back. I have no idea why. My calories are down and my activity is up. In normal person parameters (as opposed to cyclists) people tell me I look great, I feel great and my pants fit looser than ever. But, the scale tells me I'm losing the battle. I just can't figure it out. If it wasn't for cycling I'd be very happy with my body. Carrying an extra 10-15 lbs up a hill is a bummer.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I just can't figure it out. If it wasn't for cycling I'd be very happy with my body.
Bruce19,

Keep in mind that muscle is much heavier than fat. As you get in better shape, i.e. stronger, you will build muscle and lose fat. I have a scale that gives me body fat percentage (not sure how super-accurate it is though) and I when I see less body fat I'm not so disgusted about putting on a pound or two (of, hopefully, muscle).

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January and I was pushing 155 and with the weather not being good For cycling it was down the gym.I wanted to get below 150 but ideal weight would be about 140. 2 months ago and- got the 150- rides became more frequent but I have kept up spinning at the gym and I am now hovering between 140 and 144.

Now if I could only lose that Paunch I reckon 130 could be within range- but that may be many spinning classes too far.
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Old 06-24-13, 12:13 PM
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Currently at "fighting weight", 160 pounds. Gained 8 pounds over Christmas/New Year and have been working it down. Took a while.
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Started year at 190 lb, now 182-3 lb, goal is 170 lb but I've never made it below 180 lb no matter how much riding, dieting, etc I do.
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I'm 5' 9", started at 215 last year with a low carb diet. This year, after adding cycling and kayaking, I'm down to 191. The goal is 185- getting damn close now. The thing that works for me about low carb is that I like the foods and don't miss sugar, pasta and potatoes too much. My cholesterol was 215 before, now it's 175- after eating bacon, hamburger, butter...it's really surprising.
I've taken to eating about 40 grams of carbs before a ride, it gives me a "passing gear".
My faults are that I still drink too much damn beer, even though it's lite, it still has a few carbs. Oh well, nobody's perfect.
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Old 06-24-13, 03:12 PM
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Too early to say. I had a broken arm and just started riding again last week.
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Getting there, still drinking beer and not riding enough. Down from 193 to 180. would like to see 172.
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I am hoping my renewed biking habit will help reduce my weight. I have been in a stall for many years due to taking care of my parents, and I am glad I did that for them, and now time to get back to me. I did weight watchers for 18 months, and I believe in their program, and I may go back, it just got a little crazy with the dogs, and I missed a lot of meetings, but I did get my first 10% loss with them. I really haven't gained since stopping their program, but I really haven't lost either. One day at a time.

Good luck to all trying to lose, it is a challenge sometimes, especially with middle age stress.

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Old 06-24-13, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
This is the most frustrating part of cycling for me. I dropped about 6-7 lbs the first 6 weeks of riding. But, according to my scale I've gained 3 lbs back. I have no idea why. My calories are down and my activity is up. In normal person parameters (as opposed to cyclists) people tell me I look great, I feel great and my pants fit looser than ever. But, the scale tells me I'm losing the battle. I just can't figure it out. If it wasn't for cycling I'd be very happy with my body. Carrying an extra 10-15 lbs up a hill is a bummer.
How often do you weight yourself?

I've found that hard, longer rides mean I retain fluids for several days afterwards, and my weight goes up accordingly. I think age has an influence on
the fluid retention side.

For those of us on the other side of the globe, it's winter. We don't get out in the evenings like we do in summer, and we are in a medium-term pack-up mode ready to move states. I am trying to keep weight controlled by eating lots of vegetables and fruit, but the ice cream seems to get in the way.

We also had a "short" summer this year, having spent December and January in the North American winter.
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Probably breaking even. Should be losing. Oh well.
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My weight is doing just fine and my weight thanks you. However, I do not thank my weight.

Adjusted to it in Colorado!
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Spent the last 13 yrs at 197-205 lbs by jumping rope, playing slo pitch softball, and doing short rides on MTB and hybrid. Ok, but just a little heavier than i desired. Got back on the road bike last July. 11 mo later I'm pleasantly shocked by getting down to the upper 180s for the last month! Did't think it was possible to get that close to my former racing weight of 180-185 of the 1980s/1990s. I attribute it to staying very consistent all year and riding tough hills with authority.
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Cycling season year round. Had trouble controlling the eating for the first half of the year. At least I didn't gain. Now back to loosing and actually looking forward to hills.
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Old 06-24-13, 09:34 PM
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Hanging at a steady 170 plus or minus 3 as I have been for the past 4 years. Right where I want to be.
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Up 4 or 5 pounds since January, about the same amount that I lost over the holidays last year. I think it's mostly beer calories so I'm not real thrilled with it.
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Up some lbs over the winter. Mucho business travel has crimped my riding, but I'm back in the saddle now. At 6', 200 lbs I've got 180 lbs on my bucket list.
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I started out last year at 352, yesterday I stepped on the scale and saw 292. That is down 10 from about 2-3 weeks ago. I started riding this year at the end of March, first of April. I live 0.7 miles from my office and for the first week I was exausted just riding to and from each day. March I was 323 so the biking is helping a lot. The past few days I have been sitting out because of rain, I miss it.
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I started out last year at 352, yesterday I stepped on the scale and saw 292. That is down 10 from about 2-3 weeks ago. I started riding this year at the end of March, first of April. I live 0.7 miles from my office and for the first week I was exausted just riding to and from each day. March I was 323 so the biking is helping a lot. The past few days I have been sitting out because of rain, I miss it.
Good job.

My weight is fairly steady. Actually, I'm a few pounds more than Winter. I ride year round. Actually had to start eating more because I got down to 136 in December or January. Right now I hover between 141~143lbs(I'm 5'7"). I'd like to be hovering more between 139 ~ 142 more consistently.

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down about 10# since Christmas - except for 3 hours of yoga most weeks, no major aerobic exercise unfortunately. I guess my eating is coming more under control. 195 down to about 183, now!
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