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    Hey Michael,

    Good work on losing some weight! Just a thought...have you ever considered weight lifting? It can make a big difference in the way you look and feel, and it can also be an effective way to burn calories. This happens not only while you lift weights, but while you are at rest.

    There are two books I recommend for you about losing weight. They are both by Tom Venuto. One is an ebook, and the other is a hard copy you can pick up in a bookstore.

    Ebook: Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle - Burnthefat.com

    Hardcopy: They Body Fat Solution

    Both can help you, as the author takes a slightly different approach to fat loss than most books I've read on the subject.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.

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    Wow dude! You have made some huge changes in such a small amount of time. I am seriously impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Hey Michael,

    Good work on losing some weight! Just a thought...have you ever considered weight lifting? It can make a big difference in the way you look and feel, and it can also be an effective way to burn calories. This happens not only while you lift weights, but while you are at rest.

    There are two books I recommend for you about losing weight. They are both by Tom Venuto. One is an ebook, and the other is a hard copy you can pick up in a bookstore.

    Ebook: Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle - Burnthefat.com

    Hardcopy: They Body Fat Solution

    Both can help you, as the author takes a slightly different approach to fat loss than most books I've read on the subject.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.



    Second the weight lifting suggestion, it can really fire up the metabolism.

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    Another vote for weight training. It is counter intuitive to think that it could be more effective than something that has you constantly moving but it is THE most effective tool for body composition improvement (fat loss) second to diet of course.

    I'm a lifter first and I ride as a hobby and for fun. I don't even NEED to ride to keep my bodyfat low as long as my diet is good and I'm lifting. Getting to that thought paradigm is the best shift in perspective people can make to stay healthy and manage bodyfat for a lifetime.

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    Great job! Keep it up!
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    Awesome.

    I wanted to write more but I didn't really know what to say. Awesome just seemed to sum things up for me. Keep at it and keep us updated.

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    Way To Go!!!! You continue to be an inspiration! Keep up the good work.

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    Hey Mike,

    Congrats on losing the weight, I know where you are at, I'm 6' tall and in July I was 331 lbs as of today I'm 286. I started out just walking in the evenings with my wife, then I started riding my exercise bike in the mornings and walking in the evenings. Now that the weather has turned cold I'm logging about 35 miles a day on the exercise bike. I am now shopping for a real bike so I can be ready to ride for real this spring. Just keep the faith and keep moving and you will reach your goal.

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    Hey guys

    Thanks for the comments.. As for the weight lifting i did start two weeks ago.. Working with a local trainer who was a competitive weight lifter for 20 years and now trains lifters he is a good friend of mine from our RC Racing hobby.. and working with another local pro named Larry Scott who now runs a supplements store locally to me who was also a competitive lifter.

    basiclly they did not want me to work on anything other than cardio until i lost some weight, and started to feel better over all. Which i have. So now that we have gotten to that point they started working with me basicly telling me that working the larger muscles in my body will burn fat faster than the cardio, while the cardio is great when you stop cardio you stop burning and the muscle working your burning during and then again after during recovery.

    So ideally we do a 5 min warm up on the Elliptical i prefer over the treadmill then we go into a 15 mins sprints so basicly we increase the resistance and elevation and we bring my heart rate up to 130 and then i go hard for a min bringing my rate up to 150.. then ease up and bring the rate back down to 130 then back up again we do that for about 15 mins and i really get a good burn on doing that. Then we go into a 1 hour weight train.. right now they have me doing lighter weights and aiming for 20 reps they want me to by the time i hit 20 its sucking everything i have left out of me to do it.. and we do 3 sets .. we do a bunch of different machines and free weights changing it up regularly. Then outside of that i do the trainer daily usually around 10km just easy going..

    I picked up a polar RS300x heart rate monitor which works well as the cardio machines at the gym pick up the transmitter and then i bought the download station for it too so i can download our workouts and see where im either not hitting a target or pushing too hard.

    Over all im feeling awesome just worried about the legs.. lol seems with the riding and the gym i have formed some decent looking legs but the yupper body is still sucking and don'e want to end up with tree trunks for legs and nothing up top but they say they wont let that happen.

    My legs, again if it offends anyone sorry for that.


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    Your legs belong on someone lean and fit.

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    The one thing that carrying around almost 250 pounds of fat is that the leg muscles are strong.. That was always my thing with MTB i could ride up the hill that needed the most power with ease.. but then i could not ride more than 10 mins because of the lack of cardio

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    good work man, if you wanna work every muscle in your body some of the basic things in trials riding is all about balance. now i'm not going to stay doing all the spins tricks and what not but look into doing simple balancing items i.e. trackstanding

    Thinkbikes tutorial vids...must watch!! - Observed Trials Bike Forum

    do simple balance stuff when you can't ride outside that day. back the car outta the garage and give yourself some space to balance inside.

    if you do this,
    lower your seat!!!
    adjust your brakes for 1 finger braking if you haven't done so
    stiffen the stock(s) if not already done.

    plus balancing will help you when your out on the trails.

    if you have any questions on this stuff let me know i'll get some more links for you to look at for basic stuff.

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    Keep up the good work! Diet and excersize are a lifestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbag View Post
    The higher the heart rate, the more the body burns carbs instead of fat.
    I would suggest longer, slower rides for fat burning, and an occasional sprint for strength and fitness.

    Back when I was losing weight, it seemed that diet made the biggest difference, and exercise not so much.
    I haven't read the whole thread but as a personal trainer, this post jumped right out at me and it's on page one.

    Misinformation. yes at higher heartrates you burn a lower PERCENTAGE of fat calories, however, your overall caloric burn is so much higher that you burn more total fat which is the ultimate goal. There is so much science that good trainers know about and could really helpe people like yourself with but the key is to find the really good ones that know what they are talking about and aren't just working in a gym so they can get a free membership for themselves. keep up the good work. It never gets easier, you just get better, faster, leaner, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Hey Michael,

    Good work on losing some weight! Just a thought...have you ever considered weight lifting? It can make a big difference in the way you look and feel, and it can also be an effective way to burn calories. This happens not only while you lift weights, but while you are at rest.

    There are two books I recommend for you about losing weight. They are both by Tom Venuto. One is an ebook, and the other is a hard copy you can pick up in a bookstore.

    Ebook: Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle - Burnthefat.com

    Hardcopy: They Body Fat Solution

    Both can help you, as the author takes a slightly different approach to fat loss than most books I've read on the subject.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.
    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Hey guys

    Thanks for the comments.. As for the weight lifting i did start two weeks ago.. Working with a local trainer who was a competitive weight lifter for 20 years and now trains lifters he is a good friend of mine from our RC Racing hobby.. and working with another local pro named Larry Scott who now runs a supplements store locally to me who was also a competitive lifter.

    basiclly they did not want me to work on anything other than cardio until i lost some weight, and started to feel better over all. Which i have. So now that we have gotten to that point they started working with me basicly telling me that working the larger muscles in my body will burn fat faster than the cardio, while the cardio is great when you stop cardio you stop burning and the muscle working your burning during and then again after during recovery.

    So ideally we do a 5 min warm up on the Elliptical i prefer over the treadmill then we go into a 15 mins sprints so basicly we increase the resistance and elevation and we bring my heart rate up to 130 and then i go hard for a min bringing my rate up to 150.. then ease up and bring the rate back down to 130 then back up again we do that for about 15 mins and i really get a good burn on doing that. Then we go into a 1 hour weight train.. right now they have me doing lighter weights and aiming for 20 reps they want me to by the time i hit 20 its sucking everything i have left out of me to do it.. and we do 3 sets .. we do a bunch of different machines and free weights changing it up regularly. Then outside of that i do the trainer daily usually around 10km just easy going..

    I picked up a polar RS300x heart rate monitor which works well as the cardio machines at the gym pick up the transmitter and then i bought the download station for it too so i can download our workouts and see where im either not hitting a target or pushing too hard.

    Over all im feeling awesome just worried about the legs.. lol seems with the riding and the gym i have formed some decent looking legs but the yupper body is still sucking and don'e want to end up with tree trunks for legs and nothing up top but they say they wont let that happen.

    My legs, again if it offends anyone sorry for that.

    I'm 6'3" 250lbs personal trainer and my legs look similar to that but I think you've got me beat! you are right in that people who are heavy build a lot of leg mass from carrying around their bodyweight all those years but damn man, there are plenty of skinny gym rats that would kill for you legs. keep on battling and doing what you are doing. Very impressed. As a trainer i get frustrated because the people that need my help the most are the least willing to put the work in for it, its nice to see someone embrace the challenge and make a change.

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    Thanks everyone for all the kind words, it has been hard and i am doing my best to try and not get discouraged.

    Ignore the first date thats when i had downloaded this app for my phone but the numbers where from august, compared to December.

    Currently i do 5-10km daily on my MTB on the trainer, i gotta say doing 5k on the trainer is soo much harder than 5k on the trails.. lol i guess we tend to do a couple of the kms downhill.. and i have been hitting the gym now 5 times a week.. 1 day upper body, 1 day lower body, 1 day break.. doing cardio sprints for warm up and then a simple cool down on the elipical for a cool down before leaving.


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    Keep fighting, dude! I am glad to see you making steady progress. Nice guns.

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    Inspiring for sure... Your story has made me think about making healthier decisions in my own life.

    Awesome to see someone in your position grab life by the balls and decide to make a positive change. Its a long road... Don't get discouraged... And keep having FUN on the bike.

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    Nice.

    Most people find it harder to ride the trainer. I think the biggest thing is that a lot of the things that are compelling about cycling are absent from riding the trainer. But, you'll get to start next season stronger, so that's a big plus.

    One of my teammates does most of his training right in his garage. Strikes me as very depressing, although with the weather lately, I'm wishing I brought my trainer to my fiancee's for this trip.
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    Good job!

    Keep going like this and you'll reach your goal faster than you think. The hardest part is starting to exercise, but now that you see these great results, it must be very motivating to continue. You are doing very well!!
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    Way to go dude! Keep it up, and hit the trails as much as you can to keep the love of the trails. I know riding/walking/running on a machine can be irritatingly boring...

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    Hey Guys,

    Been a little white.. Life got crazy over the holidays with three little ones under 4 but i stayed on track.

    I am glad to say that as of this weeks follow up with my doctor i am down to 309 down from almost 330 before Christmas.

    I am still using my trainer daily, and have taken my rides from 2-5KM a day to now 12-15km per day.. still not a ton as i know guys doing 100km ride on there trainers but its much more than i ever through i would ever be able to do!

    Its just nice to be able to walk into my closet now and know that every thing in there fits me.. actually if anything im still holding out to loss alittle more before i buy new cloths as i have gone form a 6XL to fitting into a 4XL tight in a 3XL so things are coming along!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Been a little white.. Life got crazy over the holidays with three little ones under 4 but i stayed on track.

    I am glad to say that as of this weeks follow up with my doctor i am down to 309 down from almost 330 before Christmas.

    I am still using my trainer daily, and have taken my rides from 2-5KM a day to now 12-15km per day.. still not a ton as i know guys doing 100km ride on there trainers but its much more than i ever through i would ever be able to do!

    Its just nice to be able to walk into my closet now and know that every thing in there fits me.. actually if anything im still holding out to loss alittle more before i buy new cloths as i have gone form a 6XL to fitting into a 4XL tight in a 3XL so things are coming along!



    Great news, keep up the excellent work!

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    Keep it up brother, you're an inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_spec View Post
    Keep it up brother, you're an inspiration!
    agreed!

    keep up the good work.

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    Awesome job! What an inspiration Keep up the good work!!

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    Keep it up!. I'm getting into mountain biking as well for the same reason as you are.

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    I just wanted to pay my respects. I read this entire thread last night, and it is quite the inspiration. Just this past weekend I started riding again after a 17 year break, it feels so good to be riding again, although being completely out of shape. Keep up the great work, I'm rootin' for ya!

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    Keep it up. nice legs too.

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    Re: Too Big (Fat) but Determined!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by michael lambert View Post
    Hey Guys,

    Been a little white.. Life got crazy over the holidays with three little ones under 4 but i stayed on track.

    I am glad to say that as of this weeks follow up with my doctor i am down to 309 down from almost 330 before Christmas.

    I am still using my trainer daily, and have taken my rides from 2-5KM a day to now 12-15km per day.. still not a ton as i know guys doing 100km ride on there trainers but its much more than i ever through i would ever be able to do!

    Its just nice to be able to walk into my closet now and know that every thing in there fits me.. actually if anything im still holding out to loss alittle more before i buy new cloths as i have gone form a 6XL to fitting into a 4XL tight in a 3XL so things are coming along!
    You started this thread saying in march 2012 you were 410 so you've now dropped 100! Congrats. Spring will be Here soon and you can get back outside and off the trainer

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    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the kind words..

    Got out this week for my first ride back on the trails and was shocked.. i know when i fished last season i would do about 4-6KM in about an hour and really struggle at the end.. Got on this week and was pleasantly surprised to actually be able to use my front suspension.. able to unlock and sit on the bike with out totally compressing it.

    Anyways got riding and my riding partner same as last year who tends to talk my ear off through out our ride while i lead he would just follow at my pace.. started to become tight lipped.. lol Turns out my riding ability was starting to push him to a point where he was actually required to work Ended our ride 35 mins later i had worked up sweat but was not struggling infact if i did not have to go get the kids i would have gone for another quick ride.. lol

    Once i finished i looked and was shocked to see my bike computer showed 7.1Km.. i checked my buddies computer to make sure i did not forget to reset my computer and his was 7.14 SO i was VERY VERY pleased..

    Medically all is good, and getting better this week they have started me on Testosterone injections as my Bio-Availble has dropped yet again so they are becoming more aggressive.

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    Good work! Your story inspired me to be a lot healthier this year. Been riding a ton and eating better. Down 10 pounds already! Keep it up my friend..

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    Keep it up! As you get stronger, the pain of a hard ride will become a lot more tolerable and your recovery time will diminish dramatically (perhaps, you're already seeing this). The more you push, the stronger you get ... and the more you can push!

    Thanks for the update. It's a great story.
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    Big props to you ML! Amazingly inspiring story. It was refreshing to read this thread! I've always been slim, but I have a baby sister that's jumbo sized and it's always tormented me the crap she's had to go through with douche bags and D-heads the things people say. So I know the other side too- Guess that's why I love that show biggest looser- I keep praying that some day my little sis can know how those people feel.
    You are an inspiration!..... Now, who can I get to email this thread to my sis? LOL! ... cause I can't even hint at ...well...ya know....LOL! ... Keep it up brother!

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    Way to go Michael!

    You are one persistent cuss. I'd be out riding now, but the remains of Andrea are raining down on my dark city streets. I don't have the fortitude to go out riding in the wet and dark. Maybe tomorrow.

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    Mike, you are an inspiration. You have gotten a lot of great advice, I will try not to repeat. My own story-when I married my wife in 2009, I was 232 lbs. on a 5'11" frame. I am broad shouldered and large chested, and I carried it fairly well, but the truth is I was fat and out of shape. I was suffering from gout, and had developed diverticulitis as well. My doc told me that if I didn't change my ways, I was on my way to a sedentary lifestyle, full of medical procedures, and a possible heart attack. My wife, lord bless her, is into healthy eating and exercise, and like you, I started little by little. Initially, I started walking, just doing a mile took forever, and I really did not want to continue. My wife pushed me, and I just kept going. That led me to mountain biking, trail riding, and street riding, and made an investment in a decent bike. I now ride a minimum of 50 miles a week, and do my best to make it 60-70 miles a week and more if I can. I now weigh 182 pounds, and my doctor says that my fitness level has really improved, passed my last stress test with flying colors. It can be done! A few words about diet, as I see you suffer from gout.

    One, talk to your doctor, and see if he agrees with you going to a nutritionist. Given your health issues, a professional consult and advice may be the way to go.
    Two, ditch all processed foods-cakes, cookies, breads, chips, frozen foods (except frozen veggies), soda, syrups, etc.
    Three, if you drink booze, stop for one month-alcohol is a major contributor to gout.
    Four, eat "clean", meaning home cooked foods with an emphasis on vegetables. Whole grains only.
    Five, drink water, as much as you can, and cut down or eliminate caffeine, which also contributes to gout attacks.
    Six, anyone who puts you down for trying to make yourself fit and healthy is an "a-----e", plain and simple. I started riding with a group twice a week, and some of the guys are really great, friendly and encouraging. Some are snooty. The snooty guys aren't so snooty now as now I am starting to pass them on our 25 mile rides. You should be proud of yourself and your efforts. Keep up the good work!

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    Amazing, congratulations and thank you.

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    Thanks guys,

    Things are going well.. I am down to 300 pounds.. i have put on about 10 pounds of muscle which im really happy about.

    Finally after 7 months of hell a new specialist is not messing around.. They had me on Androgel then patches then oral meds and my Bio Available testosterone has been way too low off the charts.. the new doc knows im determined and have proven it so two weeks ago he started me on testosterone injections.. 200mg injections every two weeks so while its not enough to really do much we are hoping it will atleast show some sort of a reading as nothing else has helped.

    As for the riding.. Man im really feeling good!!! When we finished last year i was pretty excited to get in 5-6KM trail rides.. This week I rode Tuesday 7.8km Wed 10.2Km and then today my buddy i always ride with we did 8km however if you know coulsons hill there is a larger climb in the middle long gradual incline.. something i could not do last year with out the need to stop and catch my breath.. today we did it three times.. the third time i jumped into my big ring and we just hammered it.. it was the last push of the day and i wanted to give it all i had.. needless to say half way up my riding partner dropped back into his seat and down in the gears and that just pushed me harder.. got up and over the hill feeling it now but man i gotta say i never ever thought i would get a ride like that done!!

    Previously one loop would take me an hour and i would be stopping often.. today we did a few loops and zigzags all non stop!!

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    Very Cool! Keep it up!
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    Well Michael, it seems you're getting in shape quite well!! Keep it going dude!!!!
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    Too Big (Fat) but Determined!!!

    That awesome to see your progress!!!! I'm a big guy too, I started at 368 pounds on March, and I'm down to 349, riding about 40 miles a week, all on the road though. I'm also going to a crossfit gym 3 days a week, and today I finished my fundamentals class, so I get to work out with the big dogs now. . My eating of late has been crap, and after reading this I am going to redouble my efforts to eat better again. Thanks for including us in your journey!


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    Awesome progress Michael. You are an inspiration. I am hoping to have similar results as you did but I am looking to get back under 200 lbs I'm currently 285. I want to drop the weight before my cousins wedding next year. Keep it up.

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    Re: Too Big (Fat) but Determined!!!

    I started reading at page 1 and I couldn't put it down. Props!!! I wish you could talk to my in-laws. One has type 2 from weight gain and her husband is not any better. They could lose 100 each and still have some to spare sadly. My wife and I have tried all kinds of stuff but I think it boils down to determination and self will. I just want them around for our kids (one on the way) and so they can enjoy life.

    Enough about my trials though. You are on a very exciting challenge. Keep it up and I'm going to suggest the biking idea to the in laws....maybe they will listen this time.

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    Thanks guys!!

    Today was a nice suprise!!!

    Went into pick up my bike as it went in for some service new pad ect and left with a deal I could not turn away.. Always joked with my wife that when I lost 100 pounds riding it was proof enough I was commited to riding and was going to buy a new trail bike.. Something that would last, good components, adjustable and upgradable.

    So today I show up and the wife and I left with a 2013 Scott genius 730.. My wife put in the leg work, and everyone agreed it was the ultimate bike for me so we spent the morning with the shop down at our trails trying the different frame sizes and 27.5 and 29 size tires and I gotta say I likes the 27.5 felt to me soo much more stable going trough out trees and stuff and really did not miss the 29er in the climbing.

    I'm very happy and really think it will work very well for me... A nice comfy ride.. Tried the 29er spark but it seemed really edgy for me.

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