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CommuterKat 10-23-04 06:41 PM

Went for a long ride today (50 miles) and when I got back, I hopped on the scale just for fun, and two more pounds gone!! For a grand total of 35 pounds lost since February! I totally understand about the baggy clothes dillema. Most of my jeans have gotten so loose that I call them my "pajama jeans" as they are as comfortable as wearing pajamas to work.
"Shopping" for new/old clothes in your own closet has become a fun thing lately too. Digging out all of the old clothes that I begrudgingly packed away for when I lost weight (which I thought would be never at one point) is one of my favorite things to do.

Snakesvudo 10-23-04 07:07 PM

I call all my old jeans my clown pants...thats how they look...

PWRDbyTRD 10-24-04 04:05 PM

Well I think it's time I'm 20 years old...been heavy my whole life, I'm gonna get motivated and take action finally and start doing something. I've started eating at home more, which is 24324524x healthier than fast food...I'm sure some of you can understand the whole eating on the go thing. I am in college, and work full-time so the idea of going home to make food just falls in the back of my mind. I had my car hit back in august, her insurance denied the claim so I've had alot of free time on my hands. I've started walking as much as I can just around the office even when I get a chance. My friend bought a bike and it just perked me up to the days when i was younger and loved riding. Hopefully I can lose some weight. I plan on getting a 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux. Right now I weigh in at 451lbs...down 14lbs from about a month ago so I'm quite happy so far...hopefully some more exercise will help me lose weight Any recommendations on bike parts? everyone screamed this was a good bike for heavy riders, but Just thought I'd ask

natelutkjohn 10-24-04 05:51 PM

No tips on bike for big riders, but definitly your idea to cook at home is a great idea! I was tired of being heavy myself and recently did the same thing back in August (strted the day after my 27th b-day) and have since lost almost 20 pounds by riding and eating proper. You'll love it! Clothes I used to love but stopped fitting now fit again. Bicylcing of course had played a humungous part in it. Just learn to cook with lots of good spices, it makes the otherwise boring taste much more exciting.

ultra-g 10-25-04 12:20 AM

Just wanted to share my joy.

I started bicycling a lot this past February (2004) and was 230 lbs. when I first started. Last summer (2003) I got up to 240 lbs.

I first dropped 10 lbs. by running.

Anyway, after some serious bicycling throughout the spring and summer I'm down to 205 lbs. now, the lowest I've been since I was 23 years old (I'm 28 now).

My goal is 180 lbs. which is what I weighed when I was 21-22 years old and very athletic.

PWRDbyTRD 10-25-04 04:16 AM

Since I'm still waiting on my bike it's time to go walking! Cya!

WonkerJaw 10-25-04 10:32 AM


Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
EDIT:Hey, W.J.! What the heck is that in your avatar?


Originally Posted by PainTrain
My guess: the front end of a good-sized catfish.

PainTrain... you are correct! A buddy and I were on a ride that went through Oatmeal, TX. On a road to nowhere there was a fence line with all these Catfish heads... like 30 to 40 of them. They were all big. Some of the heads had been there a while. The avatar is a picture of the biggest one. He was huge and he stunk! No pictured were 10,000,000 flies!

WonkerJaw 10-25-04 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by Ritz
Hey Wonker Jaw, where's your Catfish?

Your right, the catfish is better! It's in my nature to constantly mess with stuff.

Ritz 10-25-04 08:19 PM

Ahhhhh! Now there's a face only a mother could love! Nice avatar. :D

WonkerJaw 10-26-04 01:15 PM


Originally Posted by Ritz
Ahhhhh! Now there's a face only a mother could love! Nice avatar. :D

:roflmao:Good one! :p

BostonKate 10-26-04 03:31 PM

Well, it's been a while since I've dropped by the forums - doing a little riding, a little hiking, and a LOT of watching baseball! I picked up a fluid trainer today (Kurt Kinetic, which the bike shop guy assured me was rugged enough for me and super-Clyde husband) and can't wait to hop on. My goal is to ride 500 miles by New Year, and to ask for Spinervals tapes for the holidays (the 500 is for a decent base) :rolleyes:

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Zin 10-28-04 10:35 AM

Today was my routine visit to my Doctor for my diabetes work-up.

I am pleased to announce that it was ALL GOOD NEWS!

At my last visit, we agreed to cut my oral meds in half. This was the first tests after that change. My "A1C" glucose number was 5.4! That was the same as before we reduced my meds! My doc even said, "I don't see how we can even call you diabetic anymore." That was so cool!

My bad colesteral was 68 and good was 46 (he wants this number to increase). My blood pressure was 108/88 which is above my normal but not alarming.

My weight, fully clothed with heavy boots and sweater was 220. That is 5lbs more than I weighed this morning for my regular weigh-in. So, not much change in the weight which is not surprising as the miles are beginning to suffer the onset of colder unpredictable weather. This also means that I have began my winter resistance training.

I discussed the asthma thing and he offered Advair to help with it. I told him no thanks, for now. I wanted to see if training and conditioning would help first.

So, thats it, for anyone who cares.

Remember brothers and sisters; "Cycling is an elixir of phenomenal potency!" Weight loss, improved health, and improved mental health.

Now, get out there and ride!

Ritz 10-28-04 11:37 AM

Congrat's! NC7ZinMT! That's awesome!

CommuterKat 10-28-04 05:56 PM

Great job Bob!! What a great feeling it is to have an activity you love do such wonderful things for your body! I know that mine is definitely responding to the cycling so much more than I ever expected.

Keep up the good work!


GradStudent 10-29-04 12:18 PM

Bob, that is fantastic news!! Wow, cutting your meds in *half*, with fantastic results!! You should be very proud of all the hard work you put in. So many people would rather pop a pill than put in all the effort that you are.

I hope the asthma improves as you continue training. I had exercise induced asthma that all but disappeared once I got enough base miles in me.

Whenever I feel guilty about how much money I spend on bikes, I remind myself that bikes more than pay for themselves in terms of improved health and quality of life!!

Zin 10-29-04 12:51 PM

Thanks ya'll!

Yep. I can now justify the cost of my new bike. :D At the rate of gasoline savings by bike commuting and now the savings from meds to doctor visits I will have my new '05 Jamis Quest paid for inside of a year!

I am so excited about these latest results! I hope that they can help me to get my wife motivated! She has been diagnosed longer. She refuses to exercise. :( I fear for her future. (our future) I'll keep trying to set the good example and hope one day she will love herself enough to get healthy.

Zin 10-30-04 04:26 PM

Steep hill repeats were on the agenda today. Only did 2.07 miles of steep intervals! The 30MPH cross winds didn't help either! I left everything I had on the road. My legs were exploding. My lungs burning. My heart pounding in my ears.

I feel alive.

Ritz 10-30-04 04:50 PM

Here's my day...

Zin 10-30-04 09:21 PM

Hey Ritz! Nice to see you over here too!

CdCf 10-31-04 10:40 PM

I'm aiming to lose some weight through cycling as well.

I'm not really fat at all, but I have too much extra fat, in quite the wrong places.
Most of it around my torso, some on my arms and below my chin.

I'm 1.775 m (5'9.5") and I currently weigh 75 kg (165 lbs).
I have a body fat meter in my electronic scale, and it says I'm at 18-20%, but the manual says the accuracy is +/- 5%. A caliper test I did (very amateurishly done by myself) following an online guide indicated around 23-24%. I would tend to think the caliper test is closer to the truth.

My story goes back to the late 1990s.
In high school, I was really thin. I stopped growing vertically before I turned 16, so I was relatively tall back then. I weighed 53-55 kg (115-120 lbs) at that time.
I so wanted to put on weight, but since I'd always eaten mostly healthy food, the weight just didn't come easy to me.

In the spring of 1999 (I was 19 then), I dug out my dad's old weights. A barbell from the early 70s, with a decent set of cast-iron plates. That and a couple of light fixed-weight dumbbells. I soon upgraded with more and heavier plates, and after 5-6 months, I had put on a good amount of muscle, at least compared to my starting condition. I only worked out my upper body at that time. (Early on, I'd found an old bench my dad built to hold bass amps, which turned out to be an excellent benchpress bench.) I'd gained both fat and muscle, and was up to maybe 60-63 kg (130-140 lbs) by late summer.

In September 1999, I joined the local gym. It's a real builder's gym, with none of the aerobics and body pump you get in the trendy city gyms.
(Long before, I'd researched the subject extensively, so I knew more than most gym-goers about nutrition and the proper way to perform most exercises. I like to do my homework...)
In just 6 months of thrice-weekly working out, I'd gained another 17-18 kg, and was up to around 80 kg (175 lbs). Much of it fat and water, of course, but judging by the increase in muscle strength (more than doubled overall, and quadrupled in some areas) and muscle volume, I think at least 6-8 kg was lean muscle.
In February 2000, I got a severe cold and fell out of the habit of going to the gym, and didn't do much at all for the next 5 months. Got back into it in July, but the heat in the gym made it hard to keep the pace up. By late August, I'd given up on it altogether.

In April 2001, I moved to Ireland, started working for Apple Computers in Cork and went to the office gym a few times, but no more than 5-6.

Then in early May 2002, I weighed in at 195 lbs. The almost complete lack of exercise had reduced my muscles a good deal too, so I was fatter than ever.
My diet was basically healthy. I ate beans, lentils, good pasta, apples, skim milk, veggies (tomatoes mainly) and so on, but I also drank lots of sugary soft drinks, ate chocolate and cookies and candy.
I made my mind up to change all that and to lose weight.

First, I stopped drinking soft drinks and eating the candy and cookies completely.
At the same time, I started walking to work instead of taking the bus.
4.3 km (2.7 miles) each way, with pretty steep hills (uphill to work), in under 40 minutes. Twice a day (of course), five days a week.
By mid July, after 9 weeks, I was down to 75 kg (165 lbs).
Over the year that followed, I lost another 4-5 kg, and was briefly down to just 70 kg (155 lbs). Since then, I've gained a bit back, and I'm now up to 75 kg (165 lbs) again.

But I'd really like to get down to a fat percentage around 12-15%, preferably with more lean muscle mass. That would put me at around 68 kg (150 lbs).
That's my goal then, to lose around 7-8 kg of fat, and hopefully not lose much muscle at all in the process. I'd also like a nice cut look, but that's secondary.
If it all works out well, I'll probably keep going a bit below the primary target, just to see how my body will react.

My bike will be vital to reaching that goal, of course.
I love walking, but it hurts my neck (the up and down motion at high walking speeds) and I overheat easily, at least during the summer.
Therefore, I plan to make riding my bike an almost daily habit.
I commute to school, but that's not even twice a week on average, so I'll have to ride without any other purpose than to get fit and lose weight. Not a bad goal in itself!

At the same time, I plan to go back to lifting weights. I actually started yesterday.
My body seems to respond very well to weight lifting, and it feels good to have completely exhausted my legs at the end of a workout.
Oh, and I will ride my bike to and from the gym as well.
The ride there will be great as a warm-up, and the ride home (at a slower pace) will serve to keep blood and nutrients flowing through the body after the workout.

I just hope I won't have to deal with too many colds or too much wintery weather.

Ritz 11-01-04 07:36 AM


Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
Hey Ritz! Nice to see you over here too!

Ditto Dude! I wish I could get my mother to do what you did. She was diagnosed with the big"D" about three months ago, and treats it like a joke. She takes four pills a day, and still eats pretty much what ever she wants. Oh well, She is grown... even if she doesn't act like it!

Ritz 11-01-04 07:41 AM

CdCf, You CAN do it! We're all standing behind you! This is a really good thread to stay in touch with. You might also like "Do you need to lose weight?" on

Zin 11-01-04 01:49 PM


Originally Posted by Ritz
Ditto Dude! I wish I could get my mother to do what you did. She was diagnosed with the big"D" about three months ago, and treats it like a joke. She takes four pills a day, and still eats pretty much what ever she wants. Oh well, She is grown... even if she doesn't act like it!

Ritz! Your mother sounds like my wife! She was diagnosed a year or 2 before me. She controls with meds. Does not exercise. Eats whatever, when ever she pleases. I fear for her. For us. I just hope its not to late when she finally wakes up and realizes she needs to get moving.

I love the BLOG, Ritz. I'm watching ya man!

CdCf, good luck. Make sure you check in on this thread often. We normally are quite an active group. Although, here lately the thread has slowed WAY down. Must be all the holiday candy and goodies. Folks don't want to step on the scale this time of year..LOL

Ritz 11-01-04 01:57 PM

N7CZinMT, The main reason I put all this "Out There" Is accountability. I also hope to inspire others, but I'd be lieing if I told you that this is doing nothing for me. Thanks, and you keep it up too!

Zin 11-01-04 10:03 PM

Hey Ritz. I do the same thing here. Only not as in depth. You should put a link to your blog in your signature.

I was just informed today by my doctor that I no longer need to take the diabetic meds! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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