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Old 10-31-06, 12:31 PM
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Were you ever fat?

Or maybe you still are? Just wondering if weight or fitness issues played any role in your being carfree (or not being carfree).

Maybe being overweight encourages some people to be carfree, but actually discourages other people?
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I'm not, and I guess I'm not really old enough yet at 22 to have had the chance to become properly fat. At any rate, fitness issues are more of a welcome benefit to being carfree than a reason I had for switching. I'm 5'11" and weigh about 145lb. I might've hit 150lb at some point, but nothing over that.

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Old 10-31-06, 02:14 PM
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Today I'm 190lbs. Kaiser Permanente considers me "fat" and my doctor says I should be down around 175lbs. I'm trying but it's tough. I'm 52 and have always had a weight problem. Family heritage is Polish and Hungarian both are big eaters and I had problems with over-eating through-out my early years. I lost a lot of weight when I was in college since the cafateria food wasn't all that great and I rountinly missed meals due to some class scheduling conflicts. At my heaviest in 2000, I was 245lbs. My doctor at that time bluntly told me to lose some of the weight or risk a serious heart attack or stroke in the next 1-2 years. I discovered cycling in 2001 and it has been my sports love and passion since.
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Old 10-31-06, 03:06 PM
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No. But a friend only three years older (he was 53) died of a heart attack in his sleep. That was one of the factors.
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If I don't excercise, my weight creeps up. My heaviest was when I was 40 and I was about 270 lbs, I am 200 now. I figure I might get down to 190 (I am 6'2") or 185 at my lowest.

Cycling makes it easy to lose weight and keep it off.
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I'm at 180 from a high of 230, at 6"1. (that's 81 and 103 kilos and 185 cm in real units). Most of that has been in the last nine months. Some is the bike; most is probably the vegan diet, as my former diet was very heavy in cheeses, full milk yogurt, and the like. None of this has anything to do with my being car free, or my decision to become an enthusiastic rather than merely commuting biker. It was gettting an xtracycle that did that.
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Old 10-31-06, 03:19 PM
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yup! Still fat, but I've been slowly but surely losing weight over the last 3 years since I started riding due to health problems. I was alway carfree, but was considering getting a car at one point...

Since then I've seen just how wonderful of an alternative to public transit (and cars) cycling is, and it made me drop the idea of getting a car, at least as long as I am physically fit to walk and ride.
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Old 10-31-06, 04:17 PM
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I was up to 245 this last winter. dropped 25 pounds this summer. I feel very comfortable at 6'3" 220#.
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When I was just about to get out of highschool all I did was
drink beer and smoke pot. This was the 70's and that was a
standard, accepted teenage activity of that era.......I got disgusted
with myself becoming lazy, bloated up and all baby fattish
I gave up meat and started to run, play B-Ball and bike everywhere.....
I got in great shape and fortunately remained that way.
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I'm overweight despite my commute...my problem is I don't watch what I eat. But if I didn't bike I might be much heavier. 6' less a hair and 99kg...how's that for mismatched measures?
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I've never been overweight. I used to ride a LOT when I was in High School. I'm 5'8, and when I was 18 I was 116 lbs when I went into the Navy(Had to get a waiver for being 4 pounds under the minimum weight for my height!) 8 years later I was 126 lbs when I got out of the Navy. At my heaviest (6 months after a knee injury that made it difficult to walk, much less bike) I was 147 lbs. Now I've been back on the bike since mid-May, and I'm back down around 128 lbs.

Here's to bicycling!
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Originally Posted by Roody
Or maybe you still are? Just wondering if weight or fitness issues played any role in your being carfree (or not being carfree).

Maybe being overweight encourages some people to be carfree, but actually discourages other people?
My all-time highest weight was 173 lbs. I'm 6'0" so I guess that isn't too fat. Now I have to eat constantly to keep from dipping below 155 lbs.
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Old 11-01-06, 12:31 PM
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It's interesting to read the responses. This sure is a big issue for many people, including myself.

I'm 51, carfree at least half of my life, off and on. In 2000 I weighed about 325 and I had a heart attack. I started walking for exercise and for transportation, and eventually found it easy to be a carfree walker. I got down to 180, and started cycling, both for exercise and for faster transportation. But I still managed to gain back about 66 pounds by overeating "healthy" food. Now I have very gradually gotten my weight down to 201, with the intention of losing 25 more pounds over the next 12 months.

So weight control is not the main reason for me being carfree, but it is one of the reasons, and cycling (both transit and recreational) is my main form of exercise for fitness and weight loss.
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Old 11-01-06, 04:56 PM
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I graduated college at 5'11" and 165 lbs. I'm 205 now, but don't make me use that word.

One of my main reasons for biking (not to mention that other thread...) is to lose weight.
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Old 11-01-06, 05:39 PM
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Ditto for the college deal. I was hovering around 155/165, 6'1" and now I'm around 185. Being a jobless slacker might have something to do with it.
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Old 11-01-06, 08:13 PM
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I recall reading a few years ago that many health specialists felt 40 minutes of aerobic exercise was the minimum and that an hour or more was needed for losing weight. But for fear of discouraging people they had to stick, publicly, with the 20 minutes 3 times a week rule.

Realizing the improbability of me achieving this while working 9+ hours a day, commuting by car an additional 1.5 hours a day, and somehow getting to the gym I decided to transform my commute to meet my aerobic requirement.

The second realization I achieved was that, in order to be able to commute every day, I needed to live closer to work. This following the principal that exercise every day was better for general health than a lot of exercise on just a few days a week.

So I moved into city and within a short walk of a Metro station. Now my commute is 10 miles one-way by bike. This gives me a total of 80 minutes a day of exercise. And if bad weather intervenes I can always just hop on Metro. Since a car was no longer necessary to get me to/from work and being that keeping a car in the city is ridiculously expensive I got rid of it.

So my path to car-free was driven by a desire to lead a more healthier life style.
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Old 11-02-06, 09:02 AM
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I started college at my lowest adult weight of 185lbs. I finished my freshman year at about 210lbs. Since then I've never been below 200 or above 220. At 6'2" I guess I'm fat.
One of my reasons for commuting is for exercise but not necesarily to lose weight. I havn't really lost any weight because I eat to make up the difference. But I do enjoy cycling and eating (and beer) so it all works out.
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Originally Posted by lancerob
God Bless You Roody,

It is nice to hear that a person whom has faced such challenges in life chose a path less travelled and triumphed as a result. I have a very ggod friend that was just diagnosed as type 2 diabetic. He registered blood sugar levels of 300+ at multiple testings. I am trying to get him into biking. I hope he will give it a try. Have fun and stay healthy my brother.

P.S. U of Michigan is currently ranked # 2 in the national college football rankings... Where is State?
Thanks, Lance. I forgot to mention that i'm a type 2 Diabetic also. The reason I forgot is that my blood sugars are now ALWAYS normal due to exercise, healthier eating, and weight loss. Some people won't be as lucky as me, but many will.
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Old 11-02-06, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Slow Train
I recall reading a few years ago that many health specialists felt 40 minutes of aerobic exercise was the minimum and that an hour or more was needed for losing weight. But for fear of discouraging people they had to stick, publicly, with the 20 minutes 3 times a week rule.

Realizing the improbability of me achieving this while working 9+ hours a day, commuting by car an additional 1.5 hours a day, and somehow getting to the gym I decided to transform my commute to meet my aerobic requirement.

The second realization I achieved was that, in order to be able to commute every day, I needed to live closer to work. This following the principal that exercise every day was better for general health than a lot of exercise on just a few days a week.

So I moved into city and within a short walk of a Metro station. Now my commute is 10 miles one-way by bike. This gives me a total of 80 minutes a day of exercise. And if bad weather intervenes I can always just hop on Metro. Since a car was no longer necessary to get me to/from work and being that keeping a car in the city is ridiculously expensive I got rid of it.

So my path to car-free was driven by a desire to lead a more healthier life style
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Thanks, slow train. This is exactly what I was wondering about--whether fitness was a "primary motivator" for some people becoming carfree or carlite. Like you, one thing I discovered was that the best way to find time for exercise was to combine it with my commute to work. I ride only 4 miles to work, but the round trip alone provides me with more than 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise, while driving would take nearly as long.

BTW, based on my extensive reading about fitness: 20 minutes/3 times a week will provide the absolute minimum exercise, but even this small amount will reduce heart disease, hypertension and diabetes for many people. 30 minutes/6-7 days a week is good for maintaining health. 60 minutes/6-7 days is a good level for optimum health for many people. For those of us with chronic weight problems, many will do best with at least 90 minutes/6-7 days a week. The last one is my target, and I've figured out ways to acheive it almost every week of the year.
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Old 11-02-06, 12:36 PM
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Jumping in late here. I've always been car-free, but cycling (vs. public transit) is certainly motivated, in part, by a wish to remain fit and at an acceptable weight.
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I gained maybe five pounds in college, but grabbed another 10-20 during a very depressing year of slackerhood after college before I grabbed a bike 5 months ago. currently I'm down to 230, I'd guess i've got another 30 to go.

For the record I'm still in the middle of slackerhood until someone starts hiring bachelor physicists with bad math grades...or until I train for something else.
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At 5'6", a few years ago I topped out at 204. I had finished college and gotten an office job. I'd come home and sit on the couch, watch tv and eat a lot until I went to bed. The wife and I joined Weight Watchers and I lost over 30 pounds by watching what I ate and exercizing (mostly walking). Now I commute by bike and walk from one shopping center to the next. Bike commuting allows me to eat what I want. I no longer exercise because I eat a lot, I eat because I exercise.
Now i've been between 170 & 175 for at least a year and I can still enjoy Thanksgiving, which is good for my mental health, too.

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I don't look fat but I'm slightly above what my ideal weight is for my height.
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Two year ago before I started biking everywhere I was 245 pounds and couldn't do a full push-up at that time I was at 40% body fat. I'm down to 235 today and aproximatly 20% body fat. I bike everywhere in any season, I'm a wilderness guide in the summer leading "at risk" youth on canoe trips and I'm currently training in russian martial arts, I can do 100 burpees in 8 minutes, chin-ups, pull-ups, dips and of course real push-ups. Cycling started me out but most of the exercise I get now is from training, I also do yoga now, I can press my face into my knees standing with straight legs and without pulling with my arms.
Cycling is a great start, but supplemental strength and flexibility training is key.
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Old 12-01-06, 07:23 PM
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Bizarre metabolism. Hyperactive, 52 years old, built like a popsicle stick and not much taller. 105 lbs. Never gain more than a pound or two each winter, and sometimes get too lean in the summertime so I'm starved and eat like a horse. Thought I had thyroid problems for awhile but doctor says no. It may sound great, but it isn't so great when you have to eat all the time while riding.
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