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11-05-12, 12:54 PM
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Posted By tony_merlino

I haven't been around for a while, and just...

I haven't been around for a while, and just happened to see this thread. I've been having that feeling now for a couple of months. It happens when I stand up suddenly. I haven't actually lost...
09-10-12, 10:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,449
Posted By tony_merlino

I don't know about enablers, but I do know that...

I don't know about enablers, but I do know that it's a constant battle with people (significant people - ones I care about) who tell me that I've gotten "too skinny", that "people my age need some...
08-29-12, 12:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

I guess I do the same - I don't usually have the...

I guess I do the same - I don't usually have the time to read all of every thread. The thing is, if a thread gets to be a few pages long, the chances are the OP's questions or concerns have already...
08-29-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 987
Posted By tony_merlino

I've dropped from about 228 to 150ish since the...

I've dropped from about 228 to 150ish since the beginning of the year. I'll turn 60 this November. It wasn't hard, but it did take paying attention and not making exceptions. Now, the keeping it...
08-29-12, 07:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 987
Posted By tony_merlino

It sounds like you're on the right track. Keep...

It sounds like you're on the right track. Keep it up! I wish you the best.
08-27-12, 08:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

Thanks for the response, Tom.

Thanks for the response, Tom.
08-27-12, 07:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

Welcome! I'm not all that crazy about cake, or...

Welcome! I'm not all that crazy about cake, or pie. Unless it's pizza.
08-27-12, 03:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

I had to put cake (and pie) on the "never eat"...

I had to put cake (and pie) on the "never eat" list. Along with pizza. sigh. But it does feel good to be down almost 80 lbs since January, and have a BMI of about 23 for the first time in many...
08-27-12, 02:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

I guess you either like it or you don't. I AM...

I guess you either like it or you don't. I AM used to it - this format is similar to what was originally used on usenet mailing lists back in the 1980s, before someone invented threaded readers. ...
08-27-12, 02:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

I've been around for almost a year, and I'm not...

I've been around for almost a year, and I'm not about to be driven off. One of the risks of sharing an idea is that some people won't like it, others will attack it and you for presenting it. I'm a...
08-27-12, 01:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

There are pros and cons to each format. Some...

There are pros and cons to each format. Some forum software gives the reader the option to choose the format they see the threads in, so you can choose sequential or threaded or even hybrid.
...
08-27-12, 01:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

I guess antibody duty then. OK - takes all...

I guess antibody duty then. OK - takes all kinds, I guess. Have a great day!
08-27-12, 01:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

Hmmm. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. So what...

Hmmm. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. So what did I do to piss you off? Or are you just having a bad day? Are you on official antibody duty?
08-27-12, 12:48 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,788
Posted By tony_merlino

An off-topic observation

This isn't specific to C&As, but I probably participate most here, so I put it here. (I've been really busy the last few weeks, and haven't participated much anywhere...)

One thing I'd always...
08-27-12, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,232
Posted By tony_merlino

So, you're not actually losing weight, you're...

So, you're not actually losing weight, you're converting more fat to muscle, as I understand it. So, if you're adding muscle mass and want to still maintain the same amount of body fat (not...
08-24-12, 01:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,196
Posted By tony_merlino

After fighting the battle of the bulge for nearly...

After fighting the battle of the bulge for nearly 45 years, playing yo-yo in a range of 90 lbs, I finally figured out that overeating was an addictive behavior for me, and needed to be dealt with...
07-20-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By tony_merlino

I sing other stuff as well, sometimes at the top...

I sing other stuff as well, sometimes at the top of my lungs. This embarrasses my riding companion no end, which makes me wish I could sing louder. I've been riding a lot in Monmouth County, where...
07-20-12, 07:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By tony_merlino

I could write a lot about what I did (and what I...

I could write a lot about what I did (and what I plan to do to keep the weight off), but it's really close to the approach in The Hacker's Diet (http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/www/hackdiet.html) by...
07-19-12, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By tony_merlino

You bet, Goldfinch! As well as support one...

You bet, Goldfinch! As well as support one another in between. Losing the weight was easy. This is the tough part...
07-19-12, 01:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,533
Posted By tony_merlino

I can see where all the above makes sense for a...

I can see where all the above makes sense for a particular set of goals. Those goals aren't mine, though. I just want to enjoy riding a bike, and use it to get and stay healthy. For that, both...
07-19-12, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By tony_merlino

I can think of one surefire way, but you might...

I can think of one surefire way, but you might not like it - it's kind of drastic...
07-19-12, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By tony_merlino

I hear you. But, if you've been on this seesaw...

I hear you. But, if you've been on this seesaw for as many years as I have, you'd know that the first day you see your goal weight on the scale is way too early to start posing for "Mission...
07-19-12, 10:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By tony_merlino

Arrived, maybe, I think ...

I started my weight loss & fitness program at the beginning of this year, pretty much as a New Years resolution that I actually planned for almost a month before the actual start date. (A month I...
07-19-12, 10:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By tony_merlino

I don't listen to music while riding, but I...

I don't listen to music while riding, but I sometimes sing, and sometimes what I sing is Celtic/Irish inspired music. A favorite, (courtesy of Isaac Asimov), is to sing, to the tune of "The Irish...
07-19-12, 09:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,533
Posted By tony_merlino

Years ago I used to aim for more distance, with...

Years ago I used to aim for more distance, with increasing average speed. I also aimed for more hill-climbing ability, which I'm not sure is totally related to either ... I'd have to think about it....
07-17-12, 07:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,020
Posted By tony_merlino

I have similar issues (neck & shoulders), but I...

I have similar issues (neck & shoulders), but I was able to modify my old road bike so that it's comfortable now. And it has a VERY short head tube. The fix involved:

- New stem (I went with an...
07-16-12, 04:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,651
Posted By tony_merlino

Sorry - it's a famous exchange from a Sherlock...

Sorry - it's a famous exchange from a Sherlock Holmes story. I was thinking about what happened to the lawn mower.
07-16-12, 12:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,877
Posted By tony_merlino

I think this attitude is inversely proportional...

I think this attitude is inversely proportional to the number of accidents you've had. I love riding my bike. But I'm not so crazy about going over 50 mph on it anymore.
07-16-12, 12:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,877
Posted By tony_merlino

In the days when I wasn't so chicken, I would...

In the days when I wasn't so chicken, I would pedal as hard as I could in my biggest gear at the beginning of a descent, to help out the acceleration due to gravity. And then, as another poster...
07-16-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,651
Posted By tony_merlino

"I will call your attention to the curious...

"I will call your attention to the curious incident of the dog in the night time." "But the dog did nothing in the night time!" "That is the curious incident..."
07-16-12, 07:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,651
Posted By tony_merlino

I had a number of bikes stolen (including my...

I had a number of bikes stolen (including my first Bianchi...) back in the 1960s and 70's, when I still lived in New York.

Despite that, (or maybe because of that), I still just use a cheap...
07-13-12, 10:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,791
Posted By tony_merlino

It's funny you bring this up now. I sit with a...

It's funny you bring this up now. I sit with a sangha on Sunday mornings, and afterwards we have a "practice circle", where we talk about things related to our practice. Just this past Sunday, the...
07-13-12, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By tony_merlino

Is the cream a girl thing? I've never used it,...

Is the cream a girl thing? I've never used it, and I've never had any trouble that it could help with - at least I don't think so. What's it supposed to do, anyway?
07-10-12, 09:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 981
Posted By tony_merlino

The cold thing is true, but isn't bad - at least...

The cold thing is true, but isn't bad - at least not now it isn't. Last summer, I had the air turned down to 72 degrees most of the time, and sometimes lower. Now, I've barely used it (except for...
07-06-12, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By tony_merlino

Goldfinch, how deep are your drops? One solution...

Goldfinch, how deep are your drops? One solution that would be kind to your neck AND let you go faster is shallow drops. That would let you ride on the hoods or even the tops at a level comfortable...
07-06-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By tony_merlino

My own experience is that it changes an...

My own experience is that it changes an appreciable amount, with physical condition, weight, age and with how used to riding you are. My ideal has changed a number of times in the last year. I'd...
07-06-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,616
Posted By tony_merlino

The way I discovered BF and C&A specifically was...

The way I discovered BF and C&A specifically was as a result of a Google search that I did after suffering what I thought was a heart attack. It turned out to be exactly the problem you described -...
07-04-12, 07:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,071
Posted By tony_merlino

A cassata cake for my sister's birthday. I...

A cassata cake for my sister's birthday. I bungied it to the rear rack, which turned out not to be such a good idea... There may be some things best not carried on a bicycle.
07-02-12, 04:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,341
Posted By tony_merlino

Now you're talking! WARNING: tinkering with...

Now you're talking! WARNING: tinkering with bikes is highly addictive...
06-28-12, 12:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 988
Posted By tony_merlino

Except for a short period after a year of old...

Except for a short period after a year of old Atkins level one, (which was NOT recommended, even at that time - but I was 25, and nobody could tell me anything...), I have never had any trouble with...
06-28-12, 10:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,225
Posted By tony_merlino

It's the combination of heat and humidity. Would...

It's the combination of heat and humidity. Would it be possible to ride at night or the very early morning? In any case, you DO get used to it. Just as there was a ramp-up of your capabilities in...
06-28-12, 07:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 988
Posted By tony_merlino

I've been mulling this statement, and am still...

I've been mulling this statement, and am still having trouble figuring it out. (Unless it's meant to be tongue-in-cheek...) "I've grown complacent in doing what I've been doing because it's been...
06-27-12, 06:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,405
Posted By tony_merlino

I've been converted to the "pro fit" school. ...

I've been converted to the "pro fit" school. I've got a large Rubbermaid tub full of saddles that I've tried and had to replace. But, as part of a fit, they use a "butt-o-meter" (I don't know what...
06-27-12, 06:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,042
Posted By tony_merlino

This thread makes me wonder if there wouldn't be...

This thread makes me wonder if there wouldn't be a market for cycling shorts that accept a "disposable chamois"... If I were making them, I'd give away the shorts, but make the attachment system...
06-26-12, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By tony_merlino

I've been on a 1200 calorie/day diet since the...

I've been on a 1200 calorie/day diet since the beginning of the year, and so far I've lost 64 lbs with it, so no - I haven't eaten any of that stuff since New Years. But what I'm saying here is that...
06-26-12, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 988
Posted By tony_merlino

I've done the ketosis thing - at age 25 or so, I...

I've done the ketosis thing - at age 25 or so, I stayed on level one of the old Atkins diet for almost a year. I never found that it impaired my energy or endurance. (Of course, I WAS 25 at the...
06-26-12, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By tony_merlino

Yes - that's exactly me, including the...

Yes - that's exactly me, including the spreadsheets, etc. I intend to keep up the spreadsheets, but more important is to really internalize the "never eat" list. I did that once before, and was...
06-26-12, 11:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By tony_merlino

As I get closer to the "maintenance" part of my...

As I get closer to the "maintenance" part of my diet/lifestyle/whatever program, I think about this more and more. Technically, I've only been obese about 3 times in my life, each time for maybe a...
06-25-12, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,294
Posted By tony_merlino

I ordered it this morning. I'll post a review to...

I ordered it this morning. I'll post a review to Amazon. Maybe their customer review feature is really what passes for "customer service", except in cases like this, where nobody has posted a...
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