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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Well now you have written it down so your committed to success. Good luck and get riding. Don't forget to have fun while riding as well. That's part of what makes mountain biking so great.

    Regarding the diet canned drinks. Have you thought about cutting those out? I know they are diet, but those things are horrible for the body. Just take a look at the ingredients.

    As for the beer. I love it too. Big hoppy beers are my favorite which adds up to a ton of calories. For me I have to keep that in moderation. Like just on the weekends or a post ride beer.
    thanks for chiming in!!!!! i think the public accountability part is gonna be a big push in this whole thing.....
    re: diet coke... i know it and you know i know it (<-- guilty declaration)!!!!! it's just soooooo damn good.... i have NEVER met a person that has cut out the soda (of any type) and regretted it.. to the contrary, they have said it was the best decision they ever made....... oddly one of my biggest vices is drinking bereaves, any beverage.... I have to LIMIT myself to 2 gallons of skim milk per week, if i don't watch myself, I can easily drink 4 gallons..... Back to the topic, it is on the "to-do" list but i haven't gotten to that point of accepting that into my life yet.....

    as for the beer, being in colorado.... fat tire ahoy!!!!! kinda the same boat as the diet soda... all part of the long=term plan, but not this portion of the short-term... alas, in due time......

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    @trailbrain, forgot to mention.... now that I think about it I have taken step 1 in the whole soda thing..... I have started taking a gatorade bottle full of water with me to work every morning, I sip on that all day and it does keep me from wanting a soda......

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    Nice work! You even look happier. Care to share what you did to shave off the 30lbs?
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    so in hindsight, it seems I may have gotten a little carried away last Saturday and pretty much committed myself to posting every ride.... which I'm not going to do.... So, I deleted that post... In thinking about how to keep up to date/document, but not fall in to “overkill” mode, I decided 1x per week would be plenty sufficient..... So, taking that strategy (and having chosen Tuesday to be update day) here is what is going on...

    3-4-14 to 3-11-14: 2 trail rides (11 miles each), 1 trail ride (7 miles), 1 hour on the treadmill doing walk/run (4.2 miles).

    I find my endurance is improving in a couple of ways. 1) cardio – not so winded as I am riding nor when I am done 2) leg strength – I am forcing myself to stand up and “power” up climbs and have found it getting easier and easier each time I do it… Not that climbing is easy yet but I don’t feel like I need a break after each climb…

    As of right now, I am repetitively riding the same trail because I just switched to clipless pedals and want to gain confidence on them before switching to actual mountain biking. Also, I know the trail pretty well which really allows me to gauge how I am doing. Within that, I cut 2-minutes off the ride time and if I recall correctly, improved my average speed by .5-1mph…. The reason the 3rd ride was cut short was I lost a screw out of one of my cleats (the metal thing that attaches to the bottom of the shoe) and after spending time trying to get my shoe off the pedal (without my foot in it…) I had to get home to go work my part-time job…. I was quite surprised at how easy the 7 mile ride was as that is the portion of the 11 mile ride that has all of the climbing (the other 4 miles are pretty flat with the exception of one hard climb)….

    All-in-all it was a pretty good week, especially considering I got 4 workouts in. The weather is getting warmer and with the time change the sun is up even longer so I think I will be extending the rides a couple of miles over the course of the next week. I was doing 25 mile rides a few years ago and would like to not only get back to that, but increase to 30 within the next couple of months…

    P.S., anyone know how to get a shoe off a pedal that is attached with only one loose screw, thus, loose cleat?????
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    3-11-14 to 3-18-14: 1 “short” trail ride (10.86 miles), 1 “long” trail ride (12.91 miles), 1 incline treadmill ( 1 hour, 3 miles at 6-10% grade), 1 walk/run treadmill (1 hour, 4.23 miles)

    Still improving in the endurance portion as I feel myself ready to accept an increase in difficulty. On one front, I had never done the treadmill at 6-10% incline for a full hour so that is new… It was tough to do but I made it through, can’t say it was a favorite activity... On the other front, I finally broke through my glass ceiling and added a little distance to my trail ride (thus the distinction between “short” and “long” trail rides). It felt good to add on the extra 2 miles and thought about going further as I felt pretty strong as I was doing it. However, it was a good thing I didn’t because once I got home I felt how tired my legs really were… It really did light my fire to get back to the 25 mile rides I was doing a few years ago.. Overall, my average speed was 12.6 and 12.7 on the rides. Interestingly, this is an increase over last week even though it was REALLY windy this week (have I mentioned how much I hate wind?) so I am stating to wonder if/when I can break the 13mph average for an entire ride sometime sooner or later…

    In other news, ate a couple of salads instead of lesser alternatives this week and drank a couple less sodas… Also went to Red Lobster and got one less little platter of shrimp (2 instead of 3). Amazingly, I didn’t starve to death nor did I die from caffeine withdrawals ( little sarcasm towards myself there…) Also, opted to only drink water (no beer whatsoever) on 2/3 opportunities this week. Not anything to get too excited about but as I mentioned earlier, this isn’t the focus right now but hopefully these little moments slowly change habits overall.

    I do have to admit that this whole accountability thing has something to it… There were two days this week where I had some pretty good excuses to not exercise at all and I found I was guilt-tripping myself into making sure I got something done. For example, yesterday the wind was gusting to 30mph and I still forced myself to go ride because I didn’t want to have to admit that I flaked out (coincidentally, this is the same day I did the “long” ride so I really accomplished two things there…)

    And finally, I seem to detect the pants are just a little tiny bit looser and I dare say I detect a little less chin… Not anything that anyone else would notice but one small step….

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    3-18-14 to 3-25-14: 1 short trail ride (10.86 miles), 1 run on treadmill (1 hour, 4.07 miles), 1 incline on treadmill (1 hour, 8-10% incline, 3 miles)

    Weather kinda ruined outside stuff this week so we moved the party indoors.... The 8-10 incline (not 6-10 as previously reported) was a little easier this time around, but still not a favorite activity.... The trail ride went well in that for whatever reason, i was rolling at a pretty good clip and found myself really working to hit that 13mph barrier... Alas, ended the ride at a 12.9 average... Almost!!!!!!

    As for the decreased mileage on the treadmill, i was ready to increase the run time past the 30 seconds the walk/run program allows so i went manual... In order to make this feasible i slowed the walk to 3mph and did the run at 6mph for 1-minute intervals... This is down from 3.5 and 7 respectively... This was more of a logistics thing as it would take a lot of button pushing to get to 3.5 mph.... At any rate (ha!!!) about 1/2 way through, I figured out I wasn't going to get anywhere near the time i was doing with the program so i bumped the run intervals up to 75 seconds... Almost caught up...... Even though i didn't do the same distance, i think the longer running intervals were worth the trade-off as my legs were pretty tired afterwards, almost a little sore....

    A little family vacation caused the cancellation of the 4th day and is really gonna screw up next week.... Guess i'll have to report that when the time comes....

    Food: kinda the same situation as before, nothing really to report here

    Overall, i find myself getting curious as to,what the scale says... 1/2 of me wants nothing to do with it as i have been working hard and don't want anything to break my mojo.... 1/2 wants to know where i am officially.... I do know that right after this vacation might not be a great time to get nosy..ps, typing this out on an ipad kinda sucks.... LOTS of editing...
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    Don't really know where to start with this. A year ago I set out on a journey. Not only to get back in shape but get my life back. Today *day365* I can firmly say that has been completed. The hardships and giving up or going another route when things didn't work took its toll.

    Though I never gave up. Lost 165.8 pounds, obtained four jobs at one point; now to having two great jobs which gives me time to do what I love, riding and spending time with loved ones. It's not much but it's the little things in life that sometimes mean the most. I say this, pursue your goals, don't feed the trolls and haters. Keep at it and never stray from the path.

    The real story of day in day out can be found here on another forum. MODS don't delete: This could help others here and give them hope. HK ? View topic - Operation dumbo drop *weight loss thread*

    Hopefully this doesn't come across as homophobic but here's the results of giving it your all for a whole year. Last year this day I weighed 320 pounds. Right now 154.2 pounds.



    Best of luck everyone. Never give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    Don't really know where to start with this. A year ago I set out on a journey. Not only to get back in shape but get my life back. Today *day365* I can firmly say that has been completed. The hardships and giving up or going another route when things didn't work took its toll.

    Though I never gave up. Lost 165.8 pounds, obtained four jobs at one point; now to having two great jobs which gives me time to do what I love, riding and spending time with loved ones. It's not much but it's the little things in life that sometimes mean the most. I say this, pursue your goals, don't feed the trolls and haters. Keep at it and never stray from the path.

    The real story of day in day out can be found here on another forum. MODS don't delete: This could help others here and give them hope. HK ? View topic - Operation dumbo drop *weight loss thread*

    Hopefully this doesn't come across as homophobic but here's the results of giving it your all for a whole year. Last year this day I weighed 320 pounds. Right now 154.2 pounds.



    Best of luck everyone. Never give up.

    If you have any questions PM me. Thanks - Hutch
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    Congrats Hutch!!! Very Inspirational!
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    Grats Hutch! Pretty damn cool to see success like that.

    I bet you are a BEAST on your bike now! My riding friends are all pissed off at me after losing a *mere* 35 lbs. But 165!!?? Sheesh what are ye climbing 11% grades in, big ring?
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    Wow!!! Well done!

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    Thank you for all the kind words. Yes, its a huge difference riding now. Also was really expensive buying new clothes/cycling garments every month.
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    I don't have before and after pictures. Like most, I have struggled with weight and have gone on diets and gained it back until I figured I would just accept it. A year ago I had no intention of losing a pound... ever. I would just adapt to my weight.

    I'm 5'8" and last July I weighed 240lbs. Even at that weight I could get on my road bike and ride on the pavement without much distress. A neighbor asked me if I knew anyone that wanted an old mountain bike and I said sure... me. My son has wanted me to get out in the dirt. It was a '93 GT with an old Mag21 fork and V-brakes with the wrong levers so it didn't stop very well.

    But I figured, I've ridden road bikes forever how tough could this be. Well I thought I was going to die and realized that I had to lose weight to even be able to ride uphill for more than a mile at a time.

    Didn't go on a diet. Been there done that didn't work. I decided that for the first time in my life I was going to minimize the importance of food in my life. I started out not snacking after dinner (No chips, Skinny Cows, etc.). Then I started to eat a little better and less. So this change can't be a once I get down I'll start eating again. Nor is it a if I can only ride 50 miles a day diet. I used to surf for hours and lose weight and the problem happens when you stop or slow down.

    But I did one thing early on when I got hungry... I'd go on ebay and look at bike parts. While not the cheapest diet, it does get you focused on something other than food. So I picked up some different brakes, wheels, shifters for the GT and then I decided I was going to build a vintage steel bike from scratch. All the while I am riding more, riding better, and losing weight.

    Right now I am 183 lbs and will probably lose another 5 or 10 or wherever this new lifestyle takes me. I did build up a 1995 Trek 970 and I am in the process of building up a 1992 Serotta T-Max. I must say that it has been the easiest weight loss ever because I am not looking at it as a diet. I still go to In-n-Out when I want but I don't just eat to eat. On the weekends I will have 2 meals with an early dinner. I feel really blessed because somehow I have been able to minimize the desire for food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I don't have before and after pictures. Like most, I have struggled with weight and have gone on diets and gained it back until I figured I would just accept it. A year ago I had no intention of losing a pound... ever. I would just adapt to my weight.

    I'm 5'8" and last July I weighed 240lbs. Even at that weight I could get on my road bike and ride on the pavement without much distress. A neighbor asked me if I knew anyone that wanted an old mountain bike and I said sure... me. My son has wanted me to get out in the dirt. It was a '93 GT with an old Mag21 fork and V-brakes with the wrong levers so it didn't stop very well.

    But I figured, I've ridden road bikes forever how tough could this be. Well I thought I was going to die and realized that I had to lose weight to even be able to ride uphill for more than a mile at a time.

    Didn't go on a diet. Been there done that didn't work. I decided that for the first time in my life I was going to minimize the importance of food in my life. I started out not snacking after dinner (No chips, Skinny Cows, etc.). Then I started to eat a little better and less. So this change can't be a once I get down I'll start eating again. Nor is it a if I can only ride 50 miles a day diet. I used to surf for hours and lose weight and the problem happens when you stop or slow down.

    This is exactly how I am looking at it and am so glad you chimed in! It's nice to see that it works doing it this way...

    But I did one thing early on when I got hungry... I'd go on ebay and look at bike parts. While not the cheapest diet, it does get you focused on something other than food. So I picked up some different brakes, wheels, shifters for the GT and then I decided I was going to build a vintage steel bike from scratch. All the while I am riding more, riding better, and losing weight.

    I have been doing this as well, problem for me is that I am pretty happy with my bike with the exception of my wheelset and even then it almost seems to be a want vs. need thing and my wife needs a little more justification for $500-$700 than simply "I want new wheels"... I still comb CL and MTBR classifieds pretty much everyday... If anything, it is getting me more familiar with what is out there and you are ABSOLUTELY right, the more you immerse yourself into it, the more you want to do it/the more it becomes a part of you..

    Right now I am 183 lbs and will probably lose another 5 or 10 or wherever this new lifestyle takes me. I did build up a 1995 Trek 970 and I am in the process of building up a 1992 Serotta T-Max. I must say that it has been the easiest weight loss ever because I am not looking at it as a diet. I still go to In-n-Out when I want but I don't just eat to eat. On the weekends I will have 2 meals with an early dinner. I feel really blessed because somehow I have been able to minimize the desire for food.

    John
    You hit on some good points that really make sense to me. It seems that you and I are similiar in having realized it takes a lifetime commitment vs. just doing it for awhile and then quitting. (Maybe realized isn't the right word as I'm pretty sure everyone knows it takes that kind of commitment to really make this change... Maybe accepted that it takes a lifetime commitment???) However, you are obviously way further along than me... I was also happy to see where you said you still go and eat what you want, just be smart about it.... I dropped about 20 pounds a few years ago but hated what it took (diet alone) because the food options were just terrible.... Compared to previous standards, I am much more of the mindset to eat what I want in moderation and realize that there is a price to pay for whatever bad stuff I eat. For example: In situations where I would normally get a double burger with cheese, I am now ordering grilled chicken sandwiches on most occasions, not all occasions, but most (not that I eat hamburgers every day... you get the idea...) As for the times I do still get a burger, I'm trying to develop exactly what you said (or at least my interpretation of what you said...), once in a while is okay, just not on a reguar basis..

    At any rate, thanks so much for chiming in John, it is awesome to see that for the most part, my plan seems similar to yours and since it is working for you.......

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    3-25-14 to 4-1-14: 1 short trail ride (10.86 miles), 1 run on treadmill (1 hour, 4.07 miles)

    As previously mentioned, vacation was gonna hurt the numbers this week as there was only two official workouts. However, there are some bright spots:
    1) While on vacation, we discovered the cabin we rented had a perfectly sized hill for sledding right out the back door! Soooo, I did spend about 4-5 hours walking up, and sledding down, a hill with about 4 feet of snow on it… Don’t know how well that translates to working out but it wasn’t easy getting up that hill… (on a side note, I was VERY proud of my 4 year-old daughter, she was right there with me every step and carrying her own sled! Of course, she was walking on the sled path while I trudged through the snow..)
    2) As for breaking that 13mph barrier… I don’t know what happened, but I not only hit the 13, but I averaged 13.5 for the entire ride!!! I will say that the wind I have been complaining about wasn’t blowing that day so there’s that… But I will also say I was pretty irked that I worked so hard on the previous ride and fell short by .1 and from the get-go, I was making sure I maintained my speed whenever I noticed I was slowing down….. Maybe an average of 14mph as a goal???

    I’m still experimenting with how I want to do the treadmill but for this particular run, I decided on 1m15s intervals of jogging at 6mph and 1m45s intervals of walking at 3mph. Seems to work pretty well as I had a pretty good sweat going but on the other hand, I still didn’t get as far as the preprogrammed routine (.13 miles short) but I do know I am running 2.5x as much (1m15s vs. 30s) and I am feeling that to be beneficial… Thinking of doing 1m30 jog and 1m30s walk intervals next time…

    Feeling like a slacker for not getting a longer ride in this week as that is one of my larger goals (that and actually mountain biking) but I really wanted to hit that 13mph average + time constraints came in to play again…. I guess I need to keep telling myself that it is better to have ridden a short ride than to have not ridden at all….

    As for actual mountain biking… (if you recall, finally went clipless on the pedals and have been nervous about being locked in and needing to bail out…); I’m definitely more comfortable in the shoes and can pretty much get out of the clips at will… Still a little apprehensive about it as I definitely don’t want to be that fat old guy that couldn’t get out of his clips and fell over….. I guess I’m pretty much at the point where the preparation is just about done and it’s time to just go do it…..

    In the food arena, still just focusing on eating less crappy food and less overall…. While on vacation I ordered the 3 rib dinner instead of the half slab. However, it was one of those places where you can eat all the peanuts you want…. I dunno, maybe a draw on that one…. Conversely, grilled a ribeye and ate the whole thing, let’s call that a big minus….. The more I think about it, the more I’m inclined to have to admit maybe not such a good week here…. I’m gonna wuss out and blame it on the vacation as there were many situations that happened while on vacation that aren’t part of a typical week….

    And finally… scale curiosity got the best of me so I dug it out of the closet and did all of the mental drama of “What’s it going to say???!!!!” only to learn…… it’s broken….. Or, if I choose to believe the scale, I weigh 40 pounds…..

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    la10slgr,

    Thank you for your kind words. I have the propensity to be able to eat the same stuff over and over without getting tired of it. This can be a good thing or bad. If someone made me eat donuts every day I would be able to. Like wise I tend to eat the same weekday lunch over and over again... carrot sticks, turkey bologna, and an apple. But one thing that I have consciously done is cut out the sweets.

    It is really a mindset that sees little to no value in food. The truth is, after the first couple of bites of whatever favorite bad food, the taste starts to diminish. Kind of a ...why bother with it, I'll only regret it tomorrow attitude; I'll get onto doing something else.

    As for ebay, I am more of a low dollar buyer. Also since my bikes, both road and mountain, are old, I also look for some specific parts that are no longer available, such as rapid rise derailleurs. Or maybe some little gem that I stumble upon. The other half of the equation is the time spent working on my bikes. Time spent turning wrenches is time not spent eating or just sitting around. And it is not just bikes, it can be any number of activities that keep me busy.

    Like I said, I don't know where this will end up, but my mindset is that I'm not going to eat a lot of bad foods, not just for a few months to get to a goal, but ever.

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    circa 2003 around the time i was diagnosed with cancer. Peaked around 280 lbs at 6'1
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    Fast forward to today. Cancer free and going strong. 189 lbs 6'4

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    More inspiration.

    More GREAT motivation here with a friends short video on his weight loss.


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    Huskeywolf,

    Being down nearly 100 lbs and cancer free. It doesn't get much better than that.

    Great story.

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    Husky,

    looks like you got it pretty well figured out!!! What are some specifics of what you did?

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    4-2-14 to 4-8-14: 2 runs on treadmill (1 hour, 4.34 miles each), 1 incline on treadmill (1 hour, 8-10% incline, 3 miles)

    Weather was really a pain this past week as it snowed a couple of times just enough to get the trails muddy… I don’t know about other parts of the county but around here it’s kind of bad juju to ride when the trails are muddy because you end up making deep tracks that never go away…. Alas, treadmill time….. Did the same levels as previous as they continue to be a pretty good challenge for me and at this point increasing in some way would be too much… Missed one workout this week due to family being in town all last week and it basically came down to being exhausted by being on the go so much….

    Have to be honest and admit that the novelty is wearing off. Motivation dropped a little bit this week (possibly due to having to go treadmill and not ride at all) but commitment was still strong. I had to push back/show up a little late to family stuff this week just to get 2/3 workouts in… Pretty happy that even though motivation was not high I found myself committed enough to continue making the workouts happen because I definitely would have just skipped them in years past…..

    Again, I’m going to make it a point to go do actual mountain biking this week. the forecast looks to be favorable so weather shouldn't be a problem this go around... Hopefully that will be a shot in the arm and get the motivation back up. Oddly, I am a little apprehensive about it because I’m nervous that I won’t do as well as I am anticipating.. Not that I expect to look like some all- star, but I am very hopeful (I dare say expecting) that I can do better than before.. In previous years, I expected to suck because I wasn’t in any kind of shape to have any climbing endurance whatsoever but now that I have been working on this, I have some level of expectation….. Guess there’s only one way to find out

    If you read the previous posts, you will notice I have only been lightly addressing the food issue and pretty much have been focusing on just eating less and reducing intake of things that are obviously really bad.. This has been by design in preparation for when I really get in to the grind (aforementioned novelty wearing off…) so that I remain committed to this whole thing. I have to admit that all this working out AND a strict diet would probably do me in…. Although not there yet, I can feel the need to address the food part naturally brewing in a similar fashion to what 70sSan0 mentioned in that the question of “is it worth it?” is in my mind more and more… It actually has made an impact come meal time because while working out, particularly on the treadmill, I find myself thinking “man, it takes a LOT of work to burn off 100 (insert whatever random number…) calories and I am finding the ends do not justify the means… (*I realize the calorie counter on the treadmill is not an exact science, just taking it for what it is and using it as a reference point…) Having said all of that, I know that it is the food component that is really holding me back at this point so this going going to have to become more of a priority….

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    [QUOTE=Huskywolf;11116512]More GREAT motivation here with a friends short video on his weight loss.

    yet another success story that has stated you don't have to totally deprive yourself of things you like in order to drop the pounds...Another good point he made is that riding has become a way of life for him. Yet another person stating this is an important element of success..

    Overall, my main take away from this: you can still have ____ but now you've earned it... I think I am going to try this as a mantra: "Did I earn this?"

    I already recognize the pitfall of it becoming a reward (e.g., "I worked out today so now I can have whatever I want..") and that's not how I see it Conversely, I see it more of a preventative tool (e.g., I'm not working out today so I need to really make smart food choices..") At this point, I'm resoning this out as I type but I think the general idea is there, maybe implement this over the next week and see how it works out...

    Regardless, thanks for the post Huskywolf!!! Definitely got me thinking and as you can see from my earlier post today, the food part of the equation is definitely on my mind...

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    Well... i never put much thought into it actually. Switch just went off and i bought a cheap Mongoose from wal-mart. Thought to myself " Hey that has full suspension". Broke that bike in a week so i did some research and got a nice hardtail. Rode the wheels off and wore out the cogs in about 4 months... I really started racking up miles and losing weight when i got a road bicycle.

    As for food i pretty much cut out whole milk and junk food snacks that are high in fat and sugar.( And No BACON lol)

    I pretty much sum it up like this

    - Quit Video gaming 10 hours a day

    - Stopped substituting water with soda and other sugary drinks. Although i still drink a coke for long rides as a boost.

    - No more whole milk. Almond milk, Coconut milk and soy milk now.

    - 30 mile work commute 4 days a week on top of my weekend epic rides. This is what really made me shed weight. Never underestimate the commute!

    -Always kept it fun! Never looked at a ride as i have to do it to lose weight. It is always about plain and simple fun.

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    thanks for the reply huskywolf... interesting you threw milk in there because I looooove me some milk, had to go to skim years ago but even that has about 90 calories per glass.... I reeeeally have to watch myself with that...

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