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Old 11-16-12, 09:45 AM
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Gaging interest. Bikeforums biggest loser club..

Gaging interest to see if any more folks on here would be interested in joining a forum weight loss contest. I really need to lose about 20 lbs and think it would be a cool way to do it while checking ourselves weekly. We could do a weekly weigh in like on Mondays. Wether you think you need to lose 5 or 30 lbs or just maintain weight during the Holidays. What do you guys think ? Anyone in ?
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Sounds like a good idea but you might want to check in on the Clydesdales forum? FYI I also noticed that jsut riding does not do it, either you have to push past and use an insnae amout of calories or rides or really change it up to shock your body as in other sports as well.
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gauging.
I hope your contribution to this forum is as fullfilling to you as it is interesting and beneficial to the rest of us.
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Found a different way to lose weight this year. I had a hidden health problem that messed up my appetite.
In the spring I got a tetanus shot and found an old wound on my left hand that never healed well. I treated that
properly with antibiotic cream.

Tetanus and anaerobic bacteria rob you of minerals and can cause voracious hunger. After the therapy my appetite
settled down and I felt a little stronger. I also use Epsom salt mainly for foot baths a few times per week. This
is supposed to get Mg into the system through the skin and avoids the problem of strategic food choices.

Over the Fall season I lost 8 LBS without doing much different, except riding the same rides smoother and slower (more
likely to burn fat). Going from 184->176 LBS was a huge welcome surprise.

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Old 11-16-12, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Genaro View Post
I hope your contribution to this forum is as fullfilling to you as it is interesting and beneficial to the rest of us.
She totally missed whether.

Whats the world coming too wen you cant even start a post about loosing wate without ppl jumping all over u.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
loosing wate
*Wait

Good idea Genaro. This might be the motivation I've been needing, looking for, wanting, avoiding, so on and so forth.
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Heck, I'll join in but I think just maintaining my current wait [sic] will be a huge win over the holidays.
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Originally Posted by Genaro View Post
Wether you think you need to lose 5 or 30 lbs or just maintain weight during the Holidays. What do you guys think ? Anyone in ?
i guess i can join with the maintain thing... but i just weighed myself right now and im still ~3lbs under my ideal cycling weight.
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Old 11-17-12, 11:17 AM
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I have the perfect training program. I work 20 miles from my house. I ride my bike to work everyday. I take my lunch and snacks with me. I take no money and have no other resources to get food. I burn around 2000 calories on the bike. Thats about how much food I bring. At the end of the day I have no choice on whether to ride or not, I have to get home.
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I have the perfect training program. I work 20 miles from my house. I ride my bike to work everyday. I take my lunch and snacks with me. I take no money and have no other resources to get food. I burn around 2000 calories on the bike. That's about how much food I bring. At the end of the day I have no choice on whether to ride or not, I have to get home.
You're a better man than I am, but I have some excuses. For example, I start early (like 6:00 a.m.) or finish late (like 10:00 p.m.), and I would need to ride some really bicycle-unfriendly roads to/from work (like Lambert Road). But kudos to you just the same. Prolly passed you on SART and never knew...

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Funny, but she self-identifies as a grammar cop, and in her defense, many decent browsers do spell-checking these days.

Regarding the weight loss contest, wouldn't you need a carrot for that? In other words, some incentive? My biggest problem with weight loss is that I inevitably end up celebrating my loss by putting on a few pounds.
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Condorita is a GRAMMAR cop... she's out of her jurisdiction correcting spelling.

Regarding Lambert - what part? I ride on that thing a lot between First (in Whittier) and say, State College. I've taken it all the way till it turns into Carbon Canyon, and except for the bit right by the 57, where I actually rode on the sidewalk, it seems OK to me. West of first it gets a little narrow and high speed for my taste so I typically divert north into friendly hills.
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I ride SART from Wier Cyn rd to 17th street Santa Ana, then cut across Hazard Ave all the way to Golden West. I leave at 12noon everyday and ride home around 1030 pm.
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I ride SART from Wier Cyn rd to 17th street Santa Ana, then cut across Hazard Ave all the way to Golden West. I leave at 12noon everyday and ride home around 1030 pm.
That is commitment. Do you ride at 10:30 pm with lights on SART, or do you go "stealth" without lights?

What about when it rains?

Ever flat in the dark?
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
Regarding Lambert - what part? I ride on that thing a lot between First (in Whittier) and say, State College. I've taken it all the way till it turns into Carbon Canyon, and except for the bit right by the 57, where I actually rode on the sidewalk, it seems OK to me. West of first it gets a little narrow and high speed for my taste so I typically divert north into friendly hills.
Yeah, Lambert is not bike friendly at all for various stretches, including the ones you mention. Many people drive well above the speed limit during the rush hour. You can jump on the Greenway trail to avoid it between Mills and points west. But I absolutely don't care to ride it for commuting purposes. Too risky. Likewise with Whittier Blvd.
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I hear you - I use the GWT to get to the SGRT unless I'm riding particularly early. Whittier is OK from about Santa Gertrudes East. but west of there they shoehorn 3 lanes into 2 lanes' worth of space and it's hazardous. I do ride both of them pretty often east of First Ave though.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
That is commitment. Do you ride at 10:30 pm with lights on SART, or do you go "stealth" without lights?

What about when it rains?

Ever flat in the dark?
If it's no raining when I leave, I ride in, but do carry rain gear. I have a good light and two tail lights.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
You're a better man than I am, but I have some excuses. For example, I start early (like 6:00 a.m.) or finish late (like 10:00 p.m.), and I would need to ride some really bicycle-unfriendly roads to/from work (like Lambert Road). But kudos to you just the same. Prolly passed you on SART and never knew...

Funny, but she self-identifies as a grammar cop, and in her defense, many decent browsers do spell-checking these days.

Regarding the weight loss contest, wouldn't you need a carrot for that? In other words, some incentive? My biggest problem with weight loss is that I inevitably end up celebrating my loss by putting on a few pounds.
I think the incentive is the results. Weight loss which will equate to better health, fitness, cycling, climbing etc etc
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I think the incentive is the results. Weight loss which will equate to better health, fitness, cycling, climbing etc etc
This particular incentive seems to wear off in time as you adapt to the new you. And then you start to eat a bit more. You might not even notice. And a bit more. And then you are overweight again. Weight loss is simple--eat less. Weight loss and maintenance is hard--continuing to eat less than your body demands into the indefinite future.

I lost a third of my body weight. Over the past few months I put on about 6 pounds. Now I have to lose that again. Not many people lose weight and stay at their goal weight year after year. I really, really do not want to be fat again. I have every incentive in the world not to over eat. I now look good, feel good, and can ride a bike all day long. I changed my lifestyle for sedentary to active. I eat healthy food (I always ate healthy food). I am strong. But the pounds crept up a bit anyway. I believe I can control this because I am catching it early.

Good luck Genaro. Sometimes someone on the C/A forums starts a biggest loser thread. Lately they have pooped out and not gone anywhere. But fall and winter might be a good time to try it out.

Signed, a visitor from C/A.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
Condorita is a GRAMMAR cop... she's out of her jurisdiction correcting spelling.

Regarding Lambert - what part? I ride on that thing a lot between First (in Whittier) and say, State College. I've taken it all the way till it turns into Carbon Canyon, and except for the bit right by the 57, where I actually rode on the sidewalk, it seems OK to me. West of first it gets a little narrow and high speed for my taste so I typically divert north into friendly hills.
TrojanHorse,

I live by 1st Ave and Silvergrove, right by the school and soccer fields during weekends. You are practically my neighbor? Do you just ride solo a lot or go on club rides?

Is Lambert fairly safe? I think up to In and Out the streets are pretty wide.
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This particular incentive seems to wear off in time as you adapt to the new you. And then you start to eat a bit more. You might not even notice. And a bit more. And then you are overweight again. Weight loss is simple--eat less. Weight loss and maintenance is hard--continuing to eat less than your body demands into the indefinite future.

I lost a third of my body weight. Over the past few months I put on about 6 pounds. Now I have to lose that again. Not many people lose weight and stay at their goal weight year after year. I really, really do not want to be fat again. I have every incentive in the world not to over eat. I now look good, feel good, and can ride a bike all day long. I changed my lifestyle for sedentary to active. I eat healthy food (I always ate healthy food). I am strong. But the pounds crept up a bit anyway. I believe I can control this because I am catching it early.

Good luck Genaro. Sometimes someone on the C/A forums starts a biggest loser thread. Lately they have pooped out and not gone anywhere. But fall and winter might be a good time to try it out.

Signed, a visitor from C/A.
I don't think for me that its much of an issue maintaining other than it is losing. I started at 212 lbs and when I hit 185 early this year, I haven't gone below 185, but I haven't gone above 190. Just need to push past the 185 mark and keep losing. I think that I take adavantage of the fact that I burn a crap load of calorie cycling that I just eat the crap I shouldn't.
But back to incentive. I told myself, no more cycling clothing until I get down to 170.
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TrojanHorse,

I live by 1st Ave and Silvergrove, right by the school and soccer fields during weekends. You are practically my neighbor? Do you just ride solo a lot or go on club rides?

Is Lambert fairly safe? I think up to In and Out the streets are pretty wide.
Yeah, we are practically neighbors - my kids practice at those fields 2-3 times a week. I live just off Colima... nice and hilly. I usually ride solo because time is tight and will try to connect with folks on the weekends where possible - no clubs for me though. Holler if you want to hit the road some weekend.

Lambert is fine to me (again, east of First) and you can also slide up to Central/La Habra/State College right about where the bike lanes end on Lambert (which i think is over near Harbor). If I want to head west towards the San Gabriel River Trail, I'll go up first, cross over Whittier and get on Janine. If it's early enough, i'll ride Whittier Blvd from Mar Vista west, otherwise I'll get on the greenway trail at about Mar Vista and use that.

If you like hilly rides, there are tons of good routes through the hills between Whittier & La Habra etc. If you see Rick@OCRR posting, he's probably ridden all of them, and probably no-handed too.
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I was thinking of taking Colima to Hacienda but those cars are travelling fast on downhill portion and Hacienda is a tight street.

I will try the hills off Colima and come back up again.

Thanks again for info.
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Here you go, try this one - it's practically from your front door.

https://app.strava.com/activities/22347576

You can shorten it by heading up Fullerton Rd and turning on East and closing the loop that way. Pathfinder has a nice bike path the whole way and Colima does for most of the way. It gets a little thin between Nogales and Fairway but not terrible. Or you can do avocado crest as one leg, lots of options.
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