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Old 05-01-07, 04:29 PM
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Yahoo and Yeehaw I'm down 20 lbs since Feb. did on weight watchers and riding a little bit. I'm one of those wusses that doesnt ride in the rain in the dark which pretty much rules out commuting for me any time between Nov. and Late March here in the P.N.W. but I feel better and look better and now that the weather is getting nicer and the days getting longer and I have been able to commute at least 3 days a week. I look forward to losing the next 15. It hasn't really been that hard to do I watched my portions and almost completely cut out cheese and no fast food or junk food. I'm hardly ever hungry cause I eat a little bit about every 2 to 4 hours so I don't get that ravenous hunger. What are some of your sucess stories out there.
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Old 05-01-07, 04:35 PM
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Stringbreaker,
Great job I am doing the same thing as you. Since 1/6/07 I have lost 37.4 pounds on WW and started riding again about 2 months ago. I agree its mainly portion control and making some better choices. Great job and remember its a life change not a temporary fix. No need to have to loose the same weight again. I have another 20 or so to go.

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Old 05-01-07, 04:38 PM
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Good deal! I dropped about 15 pounds since Jan 1. Unlike you, I commuted the whole time, and didn't follow an organized weight loss plan. (Fenders, lights, rain gear helps)

I'm certainly quicker on the hills now - part from the weight loss, part from power increase. I'd love to drop some more and get that emaciated death camp look, but I'm not motivated enough, and the more I ride, the more I want to eat.
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Old 05-01-07, 04:41 PM
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hey me too! i gained quite a bit of weight in college, i just graduated in may, and was pretty uncomfortable with my weight where it was. (i was up to 203.6lbs). I started weight watchers on 1/26/07 and as of monday (4/30) i was down to 176 for a total of 27.6 pounds lost. it's a helluva lot cheaper to save weight on the bike this way than spending lots of cash on super light parts! portion control is a huge part of it, along with eating only when you are hungry. that was my biggest problem...i would just nibble on junk food when i was bored. i still eat what i want, i just watch how much of it i eat. i feel much better now with my weight down where it is. i think i'm going to try to maintain my weight between 170-175.
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Old 05-01-07, 04:59 PM
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great job! bet you feel awesome!
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Old 05-01-07, 05:07 PM
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good job you guys! cycling seems like a great way to drop the pounds. i've lost 50 since high school, kept it off for years, and now i'm a pretty skinny guy at 5'10" 155 lbs...
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Old 05-01-07, 05:27 PM
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Nice job folks!
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Great job man.I was 195lbs in December '05, and by July I was 160. After gaining some weight over the off-season, I'm down to 155lbs. Hoping to get down to at least 145lbs by late May..
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Old 05-01-07, 05:33 PM
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Way to go!!! Congratulations.
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Ive lost about 20 pounds since jan 1 07 also. AGe: 21 Height: 6' 183lbs down to 163. I used the abs diet which really works and then just a lot of rowing. ive since stopped rowing since i started biking. Great job though
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Well I'm soon to be 54 and I can tell ya that those pounds come off a lot slower than they go on at this stage of my life. I think I'll be happy at 165 but that may change. I want to get down to a 32 inch waist pant thats my goal

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I envy your opportunity to lose weight.
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Originally Posted by stringbreaker
Well I'm soon to be 54 and I can tell ya that those pounds come off a lot slower than they go on at this stage of my life. I think I'll be happy at 165 but that may change. I want to get down to a 32 inch waist pant thats my goal
+1. I'm 49, and I've actually gained about 5 pounds since I started cycling again last summer. Then again, I was in good shape when I started, and my thighs are ballooning out, my quads are getting defined and my waist is about the same size, so maybe I'm adding muscle mass. Would like to lose an inch or two around the middle, though.
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used to lift a lot and be fat for football. 4 years ago from april 20-august 1st i went from 230 to 175. 55LBS!!!. the beginning of that season i started out doing10-15 mile rides. by that fall i was riding between 250-400 miles a week! never rode before that now im a 22 year old 5'10 inch tall 162lbs cycling machine. people just couldnt figure out how i did and i told them all to buy a road bike. its certainly an amazing sport with great benefits. i fell in love the moment i lost 1 lb. but i have also lost weight in my wallet. im gonna guess ive spent $12,000 dollars in the 4 year since then. but i love it!!!!
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Old 05-02-07, 06:20 AM
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26 pounds in 2.5 months, yay!

Daily commuting with no junk foods whatsoever. Lot's of fruit, veg, brown stuff (bread, pasta, rice).

Feels great to go from 200 to 174 pounds, and counting!

I would imagine WW would really help because when you start it's really hard to figure out what foods to eat, it would be nice to have it done for you

Problem is, when you stop WW you might balloon?
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Originally Posted by aprilia4life
26 pounds in 2.5 months, yay!

Daily commuting with no junk foods whatsoever. Lot's of fruit, veg, brown stuff (bread, pasta, rice).

Feels great to go from 200 to 174 pounds, and counting!

I would imagine WW would really help because when you start it's really hard to figure out what foods to eat, it would be nice to have it done for you

Problem is, when you stop WW you might balloon?

The thing with WW is that they don't tell you what to eat for the most part. They do "require" that you drink at least 6 cups of water a day, have 3 tsp of a healthy oil, and two servings of FF milk or yogurt a day. But other than that, you go by the points calculator. You get a certain number of points in a day based on your current weight and activity level. The points are based on fat, calories and fiber. Fat and calories raise the points, fiber lowers it. It basically tricks you into eating low fat high fiber foods. Most veggies are 0 points. So if you are hungry you do have things you can eat if you run out of points for the day.

Once you reach goal weight, you increase the number of points you eat in a day until you are maintaining your weight for a month. Then you go on "lifetime" which is free. You can then opt to weigh in once a month. As long as you stay no heavier than 2 lbs of goal weight you go to WW for free for the rest of your life(if you want.) Most people choose a goal weight that is still on the heavy side of normal for them so that they can lose more weight than goal and still have a nice cushion when it comes to weighing in that month. Additionally, you get to reach lifetime sooner which is free.
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exactly what slowandsteady said. Its not like Jenny Craig where you buy the Jenny food its food you prepare yourself and it teaches you what and how to eat. A person can buy WW foods which is another source of income for them they have snacks and even those smartones frozen meal which I found surprisingly good. I don't eat them a lot but I have a few in the freezer at work in case I want a change and 2 or 3 at home but I might eat them once or twice a week if that. I eat a lot of turkey and fruits and veggies also oatmeal for breakfast with a yogurt. When you find out what the size of a true serving of something is it will amaze you at how we over eat in this country and don't even realize it. Its working for me and I'm staying with it.
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