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    Cool-blue Rhythm No problem Gus!

    Please do add them Gus, preferably brown rice as it's higher in Lysine than white, but white will do. Beans are also an excellent source of Lysine as well as THE best source of vegetable protien there is, especially soybeans or pinto! Kidney are good as well. Stay away from canned baked beans because of the sugar and fats. Here's a good meal to try out! Navy Beans(dry), cooked in chicken broth with a chicken breast, shredded. You can make the broth by boiling the chicken breast in it(It's easier if you use a boneless breast BTW). After boiling, remove and discard the skin, shred the breast finely! Add brown rise, add a bit of wild rice if you like as well, gives it a great flavor. add 1/4 cup FINELY chopped red peppers(Mild) as well as a bit of Paprika. Emerils BAM(tm) seasoning is a good substitute for the paprika BTW! It gives the dish a nice Creole flavor! add minced onions(Great source of vitamin C) and simmer til done. Tastes better the second day by the way! Enjoy!
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    Thanks for the tips, I am pretty much following that to the letter, minus the beans and rice. Maybe I will incorporate that into the diet!
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    Hey Stormcrowe. The thread got bumped so i naturally remembered your progress. Looking good there man. Since you started talking about healthy eating habits, ill tell you about mine. I take this packed multi vitamine daily. It's a really good deal and should last pretty long

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ast/multi-pro.html

    That's the best one i have found so far.
    Another thing, even 65 grams is too little honestly. You guys should be getting much much more. I take 80 grams worth just from dairy products and a whey protein powder ( optimum whey). Then theres also meat and other foods that give me protein. I take a lot of protein, but im not a believer in the atkins. I think that thing is stupid because everyone needs carbs. But i do limit carbs to only complex fibers and grains. What reallly helpled me giving up soda, juice, candy, and other sweets is religion, haha. i gave them up for lent and it kinda just stayed. Although now i do eat sweets on the weekends, which doesn't seem to be doing much. Although im only at 10% body fat, that's how i live my life, and to me it's not suffering at all. When ever you get frustrated about eating that stuff, just think about Steak. Steak's so damn good, i don't even care about sweets anymore.

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    This might be posted somewhere but for the protein check out Optimum Nutrition protein shakes. The only one I really like is the vanilla milkshake one, the cookies and cream is terrible. It has 23 grams of protein but only 110 calories per serving. Sorry if this is already on here somewhere.

    I have one good protein smoothie a day. To make it I have 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 a small container of dannon light and fit yogurt, 4 or 5 strawberries, 1 tablespoon Smuckers natural peanut butter and one scoop of protein powder. Mix that up then add ice to the blender. It actually tastes really good.

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    thanks for the motivation..

    I just replied to your PM before reading this. This is a great thread. I'm up to about 205 right now..and would like to get down to 185. As I sit here drinking a tall coffee laced with sugar...about to head on vacation for a week of drunken debauchery and gluttony..is it ok if I start next week ?

    I do hope to at least be below 200 by the time of the shuffle. Sadly..I've still not been riding much and I'm still pushing one gear, which means I'll probably be pushing a lot in general in WV. Oh well....I"m still looking foward to it and can't wait.

    I would like to catch you in chat sometime..to talk about what you've accomplished, get some advice, ideas, source of more motiviation, etc. from you. Congrats Bruce !!! Congrats to everone in this thread !!!
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    ... and if we just ... I was talking BARE MINIMUM protein

    Actually, my personal protein intake is based on 1 gram protein/kilo of body mass on a descending scale as I lose weight. 65 grams is the minimum you would need to avoid protein malnutrition syndrome. I'm using a protein supplement of 6TBSP soy protein powder(called Carb Solutions[tm]), 8oz 1% milk, 2 tbsp dry milk, Soy powder is choc or strawberry or vanilla flavored BTW. Gives 32 grams protein and tastes ok. I'm pushing around 150-175 grams protein / day currently and drinking plenty of fluids including cranberry juice to protect my kidneys(64 oz/day). You have to remember though, I'm currently only capable of eating 3 oz(Volume,not weight) of food per meal due to stomach surgery. As I get closer to my goal weight, I will start increasing my food volume and will eventually be able to eat 8 oz volume per meal. I'll have to take supplements like calcium and multivitamins the rest of my life as well because of the modifacations to my body. I really had no choice though as I would have shortly died if I didn't take drastic action! NOT KIDDING ABOUT THAT EITHER! I basically made a lifelong commitment here. As to my information source for my protein intake and the minimums? I have a dietician! I am also under the care of a dietician to avoid various malabsorption issues because of the surgical changes.
    Quote Originally Posted by b12yan88
    Hey Stormcrowe. The thread got bumped so i naturally remembered your progress. Looking good there man. Since you started talking about healthy eating habits, ill tell you about mine. I take this packed multi vitamine daily. It's a really good deal and should last pretty long

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/ast/multi-pro.html

    That's the best one i have found so far.
    Another thing, even 65 grams is too little honestly. You guys should be getting much much more. I take 80 grams worth just from dairy products and a whey protein powder ( optimum whey). Then theres also meat and other foods that give me protein. I take a lot of protein, but im not a believer in the atkins. I think that thing is stupid because everyone needs carbs. But i do limit carbs to only complex fibers and grains. What reallly helpled me giving up soda, juice, candy, and other sweets is religion, haha. i gave them up for lent and it kinda just stayed. Although now i do eat sweets on the weekends, which doesn't seem to be doing much. Although im only at 10% body fat, that's how i live my life, and to me it's not suffering at all. When ever you get frustrated about eating that stuff, just think about Steak. Steak's so damn good, i don't even care about sweets anymore.
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    Good job! Wow! Not Bad!

    By the way, an update on MY progress! I have now lost 186 pounds! Not bad for a hair over 4 months! I have another 14 pounds til I hit the loss of a "Clyde" in weight! That's right, 200 off then! I'd say a couple more weeks til that benchmark! Here's my current pic in the progress!
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    I had to laugh... his name's Dwayne, so is mine... he lived in rural central PA, where I'm living now... he had a reputation for being able to eat anything, which is the same reputation I enjoy amongst friends and family... we both weigh ~210 lbs, do a lot of weight lifting, and ride.. hell, I wonder if we both went to Penn State.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vegancx
    I graduated from high school at 240 lbs. Completely inactive. On my way to on even higher weight. 44 inch waist

    Went to college, went vegan, discoved cycling

    Currently, I'm around 165, 34 inch waist.
    Ultra cool. How tall are you??
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    Good job! How tall am I???

    6'3" is height, and 186 pounds off now as of yesterday!
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    Good job! I know it's off topic, but.........

    I just enrolled in school for a degree in nursing! It's a 2 year program for an RN license! Think how handy I'll be around MTB trails! This is off topic, but kinda on as well as it's part of my recovery process!

    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    6'3" is height, and 186 pounds off now as of yesterday!
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    Too Funny - Spelled the same way .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne
    I had to laugh... his name's Dwayne, so is mine... he lived in rural central PA, where I'm living now... he had a reputation for being able to eat anything, which is the same reputation I enjoy amongst friends and family... we both weigh ~210 lbs, do a lot of weight lifting, and ride.. hell, I wonder if we both went to Penn State.
    Ha Ha, that's Williamsport to be exact, and no, didn't go to Penn State =;-( But I am a huge fan, used to have season tickets as a youngster. I am a little over 210 these days as I had a little rebound after my last contest back in October. Two straight years of extreme dieting took it's toll on me! This is the first summer I have had to enjoy myself in 2 years. Cookouts and beer, and since you're in Central PA, that's Yeungling to be exact !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    I just enrolled in school for a degree in nursing! It's a 2 year program for an RN license! Think how handy I'll be around MTB trails! This is off topic, but kinda on as well as it's part of my recovery process!
    what was your profession before ?

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    My former profession!

    I used to be a long haul truck driver! I worked 48 states, Canada and Alaska. I also worked overseas in the Middle East with Haliburton and in Siberia working for BP developing pipelines as an equipment hauler. Before that I was a soldier.
    Quote Originally Posted by b12yan88
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    Ultra cool. How tall are you??
    5'9" and now 160... still a little big for my height, but I can't lose any more weight without starting to lose power.

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    ... and if we just ... Just a quick update on my loss in progress

    I am pleased to announce I have officially lost a "Clydesdale" in weight. I've lost 210 pounds so far and only 121 to go! I now weigh in at 371, feeling strong and still riding 5-10 miles a day, going to 10+ next week!
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    Stormcrowe, keep rockin' it brotha. You're doing an amazing job. Wouldn't you say it's almost time to treat yourself to a new bike for reaching one of your goals?

    I hope in a few months to be able to post a decent success story. In the last 35 days I've been eating and drinking like a health freak and have successfully dropped about 12 pounds. I'm putting in about 120-150 miles a week on the bike, running around 15 miles a week for the upcoming cross season, and working out for toning the midsection/upper-body. I'm currently standing at 6'4 with a weight of 257, and hope to be near 235 in two months. I'm trying to get rid of my lineman physique, and turn into the sprinter I have the potential to be.

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    Here's my before pic, The after is in my prior post

    This pic was taken at St Vincent Hospital right before my surgery! I'm currently just over 360 pounds and started at 581!. Seeing is believing! Note my wheelchair, I could barely stand up, much less walk more than 50'! Much less ride a bike!
    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    I am pleased to announce I have officially lost a "Clydesdale" in weight. I've lost 210 pounds so far and only 121 to go! I now weigh in at 371, feeling strong and still riding 5-10 miles a day, going to 10+ next week!
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    game on.. !

    Ok.. Im just getting started back on the bike.. Below is a pic when I was at 313.. a few months ago.. I am currently at 292..



    Back in 1996 I went from 272 down to 220 by hitting the gym and mtb'ing almost evey day in conjunction with eating 6 small healthy meals a day..

    Hopefully I can repeat and maintain.. It is amazing what a career, wife, and kid can do to a body if you let your guard down..

    Anyways.. I pick up my bike with the new frame tomorrow.. (i broke the old one).. Gonna get to break it in this weekend.. :-)..
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    You can do it! No Problem!

    Hey there OnePhatMoPho!@ I guarantee if you commit yourself to the effort, you can achieve miracles! Believe me, I know from experience! To understand what I'm talking about, go to http://theamazingshrinkingman.blogspot.com and read it from the beginning
    Quote Originally Posted by OnePhatMoPho
    Ok.. Im just getting started back on the bike.. Below is a pic when I was at 313.. a few months ago.. I am currently at 292..



    Back in 1996 I went from 272 down to 220 by hitting the gym and mtb'ing almost evey day in conjunction with eating 6 small healthy meals a day..

    Hopefully I can repeat and maintain.. It is amazing what a career, wife, and kid can do to a body if you let your guard down..

    Anyways.. I pick up my bike with the new frame tomorrow.. (i broke the old one).. Gonna get to break it in this weekend.. :-)..
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    Stormcrow- wow, what an inspiration. More people need to read your story and get motivated to get off their rears.

    In November of 2003 I was weighing in around 265lbs. I decided I had to drop some pounds. I started in a gym trying to run and lift weights. Slowly some weight strated coming off. In Feb 2004 I bought my current mountain bike. I had started mountain biking in the mid-90s but lacked motivation to ride much. The new bike kicked in my motivation. I started riding 2-3 times a week and felt my health improve and weight drop. In December of 2004 I picked up a road bike. Now in August of 2005 I weigh in at 192lbs. My weight has somewhat leveled off but my body fat percentage is droping. My original goal was 190, pretty darned close to where I'm at. I don't plan on stopping here, I will continue to cycle and maintain a healty diet. If my weight drops to the 180s that is great, if it stays around 190 that is fine too. My last doctors visit he asked how my asthma was doing. I told him I quit taking my medication since I felt fine without it. On his breathing meter I scored higher without the medication than I had 6 months before using meds. I ran my first 5k this summer, I beat my personal goal by almost 2 minutes but also won my class. I've never felt better in my life.

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    Bravo to all!

    I have to admit I've been a lurker for quite a while, but you all have inspired me to chime in... I have to begin by saying bravo to everyone here... Each and every one of you has had to work hard, and it's really paying off.

    As for myself, I started out riding seriously in 1988. The first two years were strictly road, riding up to 5000+ miles a year. Then I bought my first Mountain style bike... An early Bianchi steel frame (back when suspension didn't exist). I've been hooked on the trails ever since. I finished High School in 1992 weighing in at 143 lbs.

    I stopped riding for the most part though college, due to money and studies, and then working crazy hours for a job that had me jumping over the place. At my ten year High School reunion, I was at my heaviest weight yet... 238 lbs.

    Since then, I've been working on walking at lunch, riding as often as I can (two year old at home, and the wife can't cook), and watching what I'm eating. I'm down to 210lbs now, and I was having trouble getting motivated to make the next step. I've now found my motivation, and I promise to keep going, if only to keep up with all of you!!!!!

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    Thanks Hank!

    By the way, Hank, Cumulative loss is now 220 pounds! I've slowed down, but I'm picking up muscle mass as well as bone mass from the strength training and cycling! Load bearing exercise dontcha know! Last weekend I did log 99 miles on the mountainbike and am training up for the OCT 1 DINO endurance ride in Warsaw, IN. Woohoo! Look out world! By the way, I still weigh in at about 360, but to my eyes, I'm the skinniest 360 I've ever seen! I'm also a week into Nursing school, thas' right, an overaged college student at 45 years old!
    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly_hank
    Stormcrow- wow, what an inspiration. More people need to read your story and get motivated to get off their rears.

    In November of 2003 I was weighing in around 265lbs. I decided I had to drop some pounds. I started in a gym trying to run and lift weights. Slowly some weight strated coming off. In Feb 2004 I bought my current mountain bike. I had started mountain biking in the mid-90s but lacked motivation to ride much. The new bike kicked in my motivation. I started riding 2-3 times a week and felt my health improve and weight drop. In December of 2004 I picked up a road bike. Now in August of 2005 I weigh in at 192lbs. My weight has somewhat leveled off but my body fat percentage is droping. My original goal was 190, pretty darned close to where I'm at. I don't plan on stopping here, I will continue to cycle and maintain a healty diet. If my weight drops to the 180s that is great, if it stays around 190 that is fine too. My last doctors visit he asked how my asthma was doing. I told him I quit taking my medication since I felt fine without it. On his breathing meter I scored higher without the medication than I had 6 months before using meds. I ran my first 5k this summer, I beat my personal goal by almost 2 minutes but also won my class. I've never felt better in my life.
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    I was in the worst shape of my life in the summer of '03 when I started MTB'ing. I weighed 270lbs, and at 5'10", it wasn't pretty. I got down to 240lbs without even really changing my eatng habits--just riding 4-5 times a week. A month ago I decided to start eating right--no more junk food or soda .....Now I've lost 10 more pounds and am feeling much better. Only 30 more to go.
    I hope you have a big trunk... 'cuz I'm puttin' my bike in it.

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    I've been reading this thread for a long time and I find it incredibly inspiring. When I turned 30 it seemed that my metabolism hit a brick wall, it was now hard to lose weight. I found my 6'2" body was slowly creeping up to 240lbs. I bought a bike and I loved it. It gave me a feeling of tranquility and freedom, like the entire world just shuts down for a few hours.

    In June, I had my lungs almost give out on me after a long ass ride.. smoking for 13 years will do that. I quit immediately after that, it scared the **** out of me. I have tried to quit cold turkey before, but this time it had a permanence. I could either ride or smoke, but not both.

    So now its September, and I'm down to around 229. When the weather is decent I take my bike out for a few hours around Calgary and I go to the gym pretty much everyday. I think my muscle gains are offsetting fat loss weight-wise. I haven't touched a cigarette since and my blood pressure is dropping (was 144/95 before biking).

    It is not easy. When I start my rides, my legs feel like they are being mauled by pitbulls. I still eat too much though. I need portion control. Its damn hard, but I want to own 200lbs.

    Thanks for inspiration.

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