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juf2m 09-30-05 02:58 PM

Well, I just got back from my usual hourish spin. I was totally exhausted and my lungs were burning! Oh dear, I am out of shape. :(

One of the reasons I think I had a hard time...I ate a GIANT bowl of pasta and sausage about an hour before (not realising that we were riding soon afterwards) and felt AWFUL.

Oh well...I'm back in the saddle!

Ritz 09-30-05 10:08 PM

Welcome to the USA, and Welcome back to the forum! :D


Zin 10-01-05 09:15 AM

Today is the start of the 4th Quarter Weightloss Challenge over on

Today is also the last day to sign up for this challenge. The challenge is to loose 15lbs by the end of the year. journaling is one of the requirements.

I'd like to invite anyone here who is interested to check it out. :)

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Sharpknife 10-01-05 09:43 PM

I purchased the Road Bike roughly three months ago with a goal of losing 40lbs. I have lost 22lbs so far and I feel pretty confident about surpassing my original goal. I weighed in at 260 and was originally shooting for 220. At 6'3" I believe that 200lbs is about optimum weight for me. I had been trying just dieting for a couple of years with little to no exercise and I only gained weight. Bicycling has become quite the exercise of choice. In fact I am afraid that I have become hopelesly addicted and have been making the LBS pretty happy here of late.

WonkerJaw 10-01-05 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by Sharpknife
In fact I am afraid that I have become hopelesly addicted and have been making the LBS pretty happy here of late.

It’s OK, we all understand. We all suffer from the same addiction. You are among friends now. Nice job on the weight loss! Keep at it and let us know how you are doing.

KingTermite 10-02-05 03:52 PM

Hi guys....long time, no see. ;)

Did a new best (longest) ride today! 38.3 miles :) :)

Mahoolihan 10-02-05 06:05 PM

WOOHOO! Great job king!!

WonkerJaw 10-03-05 10:27 AM

Way-to-go King Termite! Keep at it.

OK, It's Monday and I'm feeling a bit guilty because I was a bad boy last night. (not that way!) I live in Austin, TX and last night was Lance Armstrong's Retirement/Thank you party. BTW: Totally free! Lance and the city picked up the tab. A guy by the name of Bob Schneider opened and Sheryl Crow headlined the concert.

I drank way more beer than I should have and dinner was a cheeseburger and chocolate malt from the best greasy spoon in town… ouch.

My goal this week is 80 miles and no splurging!

Does anyone else have a goal for this week?

Dwayne 10-03-05 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by Zin
Dwayne! Dude, you look GREAT! I'd like to know how many miles a week you normally ride. Also a little more detail on the weights. Not so much on the exercises themselves, but more so the schedule. How many days a week you lift/ride and the duration of the lifting session. I've been VERY lax on my lifting over the summer. I'm afraid it shows in my photo of the year. I'm working on getting back into the swing of things for winter. Thanks.

EDIT: Do you know what your estimated BF% was when each photo was taken? I've found the scale can lie like crazy, but the BF% is a much better mechanism to measure progress.

Sorry for the long delay in replying.

My schedule varies quite a bit depending on how busy my weeks are, so this isn't set in stone.

As far as weights go: I try to get to the gym three times a week (more in the winter). Chest and triceps one day, biceps and shoulders the next day, repeat. I usually try to do different exercises each time, too, just to keep things fresh (or at least different combinations of exercises). I also do abs every time, too. In the winter I'll go more often and split things up, so chest one day, biceps the next, shoulders after, and so forth. Lets me hit each body part harder I think. I usually spend about 1-1.5 hours at the gym (depending on the weather and mood).

As far as mileage goes: I try to get out at least 3 times on weekdays, otherwise I get cranky. Sometimes I'll commute to work (26 miles round trip), sometimes I'll go on mtb group rides, sometimes I'll go for a road ride. I mix it up. On the weekends I usually like to do longer trips. For example, this past weekend I went on a harder road ride on Sat (46.5 miles, 2.5 hours), and on Sunday I drove 1.5 hours to do a 32mile mtb ride). I use the weekends to get to places I usually don't get to do under the week. I did invest in an HID light though, and it's been terrific for extending my ride times during the week.

The two big things that helped me lose weight are really watching what I eat (thanks to fitday) and throwing slicks on my hardtail and doing lots of road rides.

I'm going to order a set of calipers the next time I order whey protein again (should be soon), then I'll be able to give you a BF % idea.

juf2m 10-03-05 09:20 PM


Originally Posted by KingTermite
Hi guys....long time, no see. ;)

Did a new best (longest) ride today! 38.3 miles :) :)

Good for you! :beer: I tried doing 45 miles today after 6 weeks I miscalculated my food consumption on the ride...the last few miles were not pretty....I think I hit a high of 6 mph! LOL!

Ritz 10-04-05 08:13 AM

I gotta' ride more! (And eat less) It's just not coming off like I want it too! Darn it!


WonkerJaw 10-05-05 07:24 AM


Originally Posted by Ritz
I gotta' ride more! (And eat less) It's just not coming off like I want it too! Darn it!


Be patient, young grasshopper … Only through practice and hard work will the proficiency become a lifestyle change. This reward will only go to the ones who continue to run… or bike. :D

Ritz 10-05-05 08:18 AM

Ahhh, thank you Sinsei. :D

mikesobel 10-08-05 05:27 PM

I lost 61 LBS (now 5'10" 161) between Dec, 2002-June, 2003, and it's been off since. I owe my success to Weight Watchers, as well as cycling. I ride 6 days a week, averaging 180 miles per week. I also do some strength training about twice per week.

WonkerJaw 10-08-05 10:16 PM

You ROCK! That is awesome… I have to admit I’m bit jealous. But I know nothing is for free and you have certainly paid in full for your success. 180 per week! …that is amazing. I’m at 60 miles per week and about to kick it up to 80.

Are you at your goal? What is your best advice?

Great Job!

Mahoolihan 10-09-05 07:05 AM

Hey all:
I am wondering if any of you have gone through -- or ARE going through -- what I am wrestling with, which is a sort of ambivalence about my weight.

I know I am doing the right things -- work out three times a week, riding at least 45 miles a week (not as good as Mike or W.J., but getting there) and eating right -- and I am seeing progress in the way my clothes fit, etc.

The problem is, I can't seem to get myself to step on the scale, or to use the measuring tape around my waist. I used to get antsy waiting for the next Monday (my measuring day), but now it jujst doesn't seem to be a big deal. I should say that, in order to weigh myself, I need to go to my doc's office. At 6'7", 360 lbs, Wal-Mart doesn't carry scales that work for me. :D

I am wondering if I should push myself to do it. I sure could use the reinforcement, but I also wonder if maybe I am past the need for the scale to provide that.

Any thoughts?

Ritz 10-09-05 07:27 AM

I would say that if your clothes are fitting looser, you're cool. I wouldn't worry about it. Peace, Ritz.


Zin 10-09-05 09:40 AM


I think you should have some feedback mechanism. If that is the tape, then do it. Better to see the changes early on (better or worse)to you can make adjustments in a timely manner.

I'm off the bike at least until Wednesday when I go back to see the doctor. I dislocated my patella last Thursday. I'll know if I have to have an MRI when I see the doctor on Wednesday to rule out an ACL tear.

Mahoolihan 10-09-05 02:54 PM

Sorry to hear that Zin. Hope the knee repairs quickly. Thanks for the advice. Thanks also to Ritz for the feedback. I think, truthfully, that I am scared to do it. I am worried I will not get the results I wanted and get discouraged. *sigh*

SandySwimmer 10-09-05 09:29 PM

Mahoolihan - if you have been watching your diet and scale for awhile now, you might just be hitting an acceptance phase . . . that you know you are doing the right things and have accepted that it takes time. It could be that the conscious changes you have been working so hard to make are now part of your daily lifestyle.

You might have fun monitoring your energy levels for awhile just to change things up . . . paying attention to how different foods make you feel (rather than numbers on a scale or tape measure). That's how I discovered sweet potatoes and oatmeal . . . both give me great energy for endurance workouts. And fruits give great sugar boosts without the crash that comes with cookies. 1/2 pineapple is my favorite so far.

Or have your cholesterol checked (and eat oatmeal every day and check it again in three months). Or check your resting heart rate. . .and bike every day then check it again in three months. Lots of different ways to monitor health improvements as we go. You might just need to shake things up a bit and consider other ways of checking your progress.


WonkerJaw 10-09-05 10:31 PM

It is always good to get a doctor’s supervision when trying to lose weight. But there are a lot of people who have lost a lot of weight without ever stepping on a scale. I agree with Zin… weight loss is too much of a mental battle without some sort of positive feedback. Maybe the fact that you are doing and eating what is right is enough to keep you motivated. If that is the case, then you could wait 6, 9, 12 months and then go to the doctor to see your progress.

Good luck,

I feel for you and hope everything heals pronto!

Mahoolihan 10-10-05 05:52 AM

Thanks Wonker and Sandy. I appreciate the suggestions. You may be right Sandy ... your suggestions prompted me to begin thinking of alternative ways of monitoring success. Interestingly, my weight and cycling workouts have seemingly hit a wall. My body isn't recovering as quickly, and the aches are getting a bit old. The nutrition angle is ache-free, which automatically makes it more appealing. :D Thanks again.

Ritz 10-10-05 06:48 AM

Well wishes Zin! Knee injuries are NO FUN! (Motorcycle crashes cause them too!) Peace, Ritz.


zachisageek 10-10-05 10:27 PM

Alright guys, I'm back....

I've gone all summer without logging my food, and its no coincidence that I haven't lost any weight since June, I've actually gained a few pounds.

I've lost all of the good eating habits I had, and my portions are out of control. I'm eating just to entertain myself. I logged my food today for the first time, and I broke 5000 calories and I think I forgot some things.

So this is me, crawling back to the Weight Loss Club, I need help and motivation. I am going to start logging all of my food again at

Ritz 10-11-05 07:09 AM

True champions aren't the people who never fall... They're the people who keep getting up! Welcome back Zach.

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