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    wow, stormcrowe, the before and after pictures are amazing. I wish more people would see that such weight loss is very possible.

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    350 down to 230 w/ Lap Band....and HARD work...

    Took a bit more than a year to get to this point. trying to break 200 by summer but motivation has slowed a bit the past few months. Just need to get my butt in gear!
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    Awesome Stories everyone!

    I'm still a work in progress but I am getting ever so close to my goal. I tipped the scales at around 260lbs at a height of 5'9" last spring/summer and for most of my previous life up to that point. Early this past summer around the beginning of June I realized the only way to progress with biking any further was to stop eating like utter $h!t since I was already riding a few days a week and the exercise routine was already there. Well I cut out junk foods, and unhealthy beverages. Cut my calorie consumption from an estimated 3500 calories a day of total junk, down to about 1800 calories on days when I wasn't active and about 2000-2200 calories on days where I was active also the calories I am now consuming are much healthier calories. When I weighed my self last friday I was down to 189.6lbs my ultimate goal is going to be 160-165lbs so 25-30 more lbs from the 70 I have already lost and I will be there. Even now down to 189.6 I feel amazing and have so much more energy and stamina than I ever have in my entire life. It truly is a great feeling. Now On to the pictures:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Hoefer
    Awesome Stories everyone!

    I'm still a work in progress but I am getting ever so close to my goal. I tipped the scales at around 260lbs at a height of 5'9" last spring/summer and for most of my previous life up to that point. Early this past summer around the beginning of June I realized the only way to progress with biking any further was to stop eating like utter $h!t since I was already riding a few days a week and the exercise routine was already there. Well I cut out junk foods, and unhealthy beverages. Cut my calorie consumption from an estimated 3500 calories a day of total junk, down to about 1800 calories on days when I wasn't active and about 2000-2200 calories on days where I was active also the calories I am now consuming are much healthier calories. When I weighed my self last friday I was down to 189.6lbs my ultimate goal is going to be 160-165lbs so 25-30 more lbs from the 70 I have already lost and I will be there. Even now down to 189.6 I feel amazing and have so much more energy and stamina than I ever have in my entire life. It truly is a great feeling. Now On to the pictures:
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    Great effort fella! You hav egot to be feeling better for the change!!

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    Phenominal guys and gals! I lost 50 pounds when I got out of college and have somehow managed to keep it down with a few ups in there, but it's all possible because of the bikes. Keep it up.

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    I decided to get fit last year.

    This picture was taken 27th Feb. last year, 225lb`s



    I now weigh in at 155Lb`s and race elite xc.



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    HOLY SMOKES! Good job! Truly inspiring....

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    I`m stoked to say the least.

    I basicly started riding to work and gradualy upped the training load, as well as watching what I eat.

    I put on all this weight when I gave up mtb`ing about 14 years ago and grumbled about loosing it for the last 5 years. I set a masssive goal of earning national championship points before I turn 40 and at the end of the season last year I started winning local races.

    It`s been hard work, but well worth it. The hardest part of a diet is is trying not to eat as much.....
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    This thread is pretty amazing. I am glad to see people are doing so well. I am 6' and only maxed out at just over 200# though so I barely made it into clyde territory (I moved from a year round bike locale to a part year and got lazy). I am still at 190 and hope to get down to 175 at some point, though it seems I might have to do more than just ride my bike, like perhaps change my diet a bit.

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    at the tail end of a 5 month period of no sports / anything. Slipped a disk in a car crash and took for ****ing ever to heal.

    So thanks to mountain biking and climbing I got back into shape fast and am now in the best shape of my life.

    5 11' at 152.


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    Here is my progress so far. I used to be ashamed to get in front of a camera. I'm 5' 11" and at my highest point I weight 332 lbs. I had horrible eating and sleeping habits with zero exercise. Since then I've totally changed my lifestyle and diet. I do strength training 3 days per week and get between 4-6 hours of cardio using my mountain bike or elliptical machine. I count calories, measure portions, use a food scale, etc. Unfortunately I haven't found any answers for my receeding hairline.

    Here I am on December 16th 2007 @ 332 lbs :



    And then a picture on March 27th 2008 @ 327 lbs :




    These 2 pictures were both taken on May 12th 2009. On that date I weighed 226 lbs.


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    Awesome work! You look like a totally different person!

    On a side note (not to toot my own horn or anythng) I had a wedding to go to last night where I saw a bunch of old friends that I hadnt seen since I lost my 90 something lbs. I kid you not some people that I used to see on an almost daily basis I had to go out of the way to talk to because they didn't recognize me it felt pretty good. Also I had ladies actually showing interest in me for once which was a nice confidence booster lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Hoefer
    Awesome work! You look like a totally different person!

    On a side note (not to toot my own horn or anythng) I had a wedding to go to last night where I saw a bunch of old friends that I hadnt seen since I lost my 90 something lbs. I kid you not some people that I used to see on an almost daily basis I had to go out of the way to talk to because they didn't recognize me it felt pretty good. Also I had ladies actually showing interest in me for once which was a nice confidence booster lol.
    Thanks. I actually feel like a different person in more ways than one. I'm sure you can relate in your own ways. Losing the weight has had a domino effect on my life. I'm much more comfortable/confident with myself now. I take better care of myself overall. And I am much more open about my weight and my journey.

    Sounds like you had a good time at that wedding. I've had some similar situations myself where I have run into an old friend or co-worker and they do a double take when they see me. lol I also find myself in more conversations with the ladies. It doesn't sit too well with my wife.

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    Wow. All those diet forums and websites out there and right here under our nose is as much or more success than any of them.

    I have a great deal of respect for anyone that has the ability to achieve what you all have. Losing weight is not easy. I don't talk about it much but I am proud to say I am one of you. I went back to what I used to love and what kept me healthy. Just upgraded from 20" to 26". My entire lifestyle has improved and I am happier than I have been in 10 years. I eat right, watch the carbs after 5pm, drink a gallon of water a day, and ride hard at least once a week.

    I've lost about 60lbs over the past 7 months. I started at almost 260lbs, and this morning weighed 198. My goal is to, basically, not be fat.

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    Went from 295 at my peak, to 195. Size 42 to 30 waist.
    Mostly biking to work, mountain biking, elliptical at the gym, and cutting down on empty calories.
    Fortunately I did it slowly over period of about 4 years, and my weight was evenly distributed so no sagging skin issues.

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    Really inspiring guys, keep it up!
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    ^^^You moved to NZ
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    Me at about 250 pounds.


    Due to technical difficulties involving photobucket I will have to post my current pic later.

    Edit: Me at about 228 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    ^^^You moved to NZ
    I was this weight in the UK too It was just my time downunder that i got fat and lazy.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueboost
    Wow. All those diet forums and websites out there and right here under our nose is as much or more success than any of them.

    I have a great deal of respect for anyone that has the ability to achieve what you all have. Losing weight is not easy. I don't talk about it much but I am proud to say I am one of you. I went back to what I used to love and what kept me healthy. Just upgraded from 20" to 26". My entire lifestyle has improved and I am happier than I have been in 10 years. I eat right, watch the carbs after 5pm, drink a gallon of water a day, and ride hard at least once a week.

    I've lost about 60lbs over the past 7 months. I started at almost 260lbs, and this morning weighed 198. My goal is to, basically, not be fat.
    Do you happen to be an Arfcommer?

    I am

    Hopefully I can get down to around your weight soon, I'm 223(haha) right now down from the 236 I was earlier this year. Not a huge difference but I can really feel it.

    Just need to get down to 190 by this time next year and then I can get into USMC recruit training.

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    Keep it up man you can already see a big difference in your face! I should probably give a little update on myself as well. I last posted at 189lbs. This morning I was down to 170lbs even. That brings my total loss to around 105lbs! I also was able to race and complete my first 6 hour race solo this summer which was a huge accomplishment for myself. I will try to post pics up later but I am so close to my target weight I can practically taste it!
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    My name is Frank and I'm an alcoholic... oops, wrong thread!

    Here's my super-long story of weight loss and vastly improved health:

    I bought a brand new bike in November 2006 with the intention of shaving some weight and having fun riding again. It had been a good 10+ years since I'd stopped riding. The bike was a 2006 Kona Hoss.

    It was a bit hard to get started, I would run out of breath just riding to the mailbox and back. Eventually the bike got relegated to the shed, where things started stacking up in front of it, thereby making it too "inconvenient" to pull out again (excuses, excuses).

    Early in 2008, I reached a mighty 325 pounds. I'm 6'1" in height, so I didn't carry it too badly, but 325 pounds is WAY TOO HIGH! Then in March 2008, my girlfriend was diagnosed with a dairy allergy, so we had to cut all dairy products out of her diet. To make things easier, I also cut dairy from my diet, so we both ate exactly the same things. This meant cutting out the vast majority of foods from our local supermarket, and mostly eating organic and natural foods. Within a couple weeks, I lost 5 pounds and felt healthier than I had in years. That's when I decided to pull out the bike again.

    Over the next month, I lost another 10 pounds by riding to the mailbox and back (about 1 mile total), and sometimes trying longer distances. Then in May, my back started hurting real bad. I was suffering from a calcium deficiency due to the lack of dairy. I started taking calcium supplements to rectify the problem, but it took a while for my back to get better. This meant no more riding for a month or so. In the meantime, Wii Fit came to the rescue, and I worked on improving my cardio and got used to weighing myself regularly. I started using Wii Fit at 312 pounds.

    In mid-June, I started riding again. I tried to use my bike to get to places rather than my truck, both in an effort to get in shape and to save money on the exorbitant gas prices at the time. I also discovered some bike paths in Williston, VT that were pleasant to ride on and weren't too long. Eventually, I worked up to riding 10+ miles without collapsing from exhaustion. By the end of July, I was at around 290 pounds and still dropping, but dropping at a very steady and constant rate. By weighing myself every day, I was able to see the difference that certain foods had on me, and I learned to eat certain things before and after a ride to maximize my energy exertion while still losing a steady amount of weight.

    By the end of August, I was at 280 pounds, and everyone kept pointing out how much weight I'd lost. Best of all, I felt absolutely great. Unfortunately, due to a lower back injury, I had to stop riding for a while and had to make do with Wii Fit. This lasted throughout Winter. My weight continued to drop, but very very slowly. It never went back up. By mid-May of this year, I was at about 275 pounds and ready to start riding again.

    Luckily, my cardio work over Winter helped me be more resilient on my rides. On my first ride, I was able to do 10 miles without too much problem, and even added some more after I took a 1-hour break. The next week, I discovered a new trail in Burlington that's 12.5 miles each way. It's half pavement and half gravel, and ends right in the very middle of lake Champlain, on a super-long causeway that used to carry trains. The first time I rode that trail (all 25 miles of it), my legs were on fire for 2 days. But it was an awesome, exhilarating ride with a gorgeous view. So I did it again the next week, and my legs didn't hurt at all afterwards. I've been doing it almost every week since, and it continues to get easier each time. I've also started adding a lot of rougher off-road trails, because I find those way more fun than paved bike paths.

    One of the things that's helped me a lot this year was the purchase of a Cat Eye V3 cyclo-computer, which records speed, cadence and heart rate. Being able to keep my heart rate and cadence steady at all times has really improved my cardio, and now I can maintain 150 bpm for over an hour straight without problems. Using this as a guide has probably made the most difference in my riding.

    Another thing that helped a lot was changing the super-aggressive original 2.3" off-road tires for super-smooth Continental Town & Country 2.1" tires. So instead of wasting energy trying to keep forward momentum going, I ended up with much more enjoyable rides that I could take farther and longer.

    When my cadence started peaking (at about 75 rpm), I decided to upgrade to clipless pedals and cleated shoes to improve my efficiency. My first ride with clipless pedals managed to set my legs on fire again... I wasn't used to using those new muscles on the up-stroke. But by the second ride (a week later), I found my pedaling efficiency was vastly improved. I could maintain higher speeds at the same cadence, and I could maintain a higher cadence without my feet flying off the pedals. I went from typical 70-75 rpm to 85-90 rpm, and my riding is as smooth as ever.

    Last month I bought a new 2008 Kona Hoss frame and built it from scratch using all the components I've been drooling over since last year. It's built mostly as an all-mountain bike, but geared for both pavement and off-road. I've also changed the tires for ones that are useful both on pavement and off-road, so I can enjoy the rough trails more efficiently. I typically ride about 100 miles a week, and those distances keep getting longer.

    I'm now around 255 pounds, still dropping steadily, and feeling healthier than I ever remember. I have energy for all kinds of new activities, and I show no signs of going back up in weight. I have no terrible cravings for foods I used to "need". And now I'm considering riding my bike year-round, even in the Winter snow. I've been saving so much money by driving my truck less, I end up having more for fun things (and to upgrade my bike).

    Oh, and my girlfriend has been losing weight too, and is also finally riding her bike (which we bought in 2006). She hasn't lost it at the same rate as me, but she's steadily lost over 25 pounds in less than a year.

    Here are some before-and-after pictures of myself:



    And here's a picture of my bike:

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    great job man, that's great. My "story" isint as big, but in 7th grade I weighed 180 pounds, and obviously not that tall. I'm an out door kid, and has always been one. I've never owned a video game, and I never liked the computer because I couldn't type worth ****. I played baseball, but that obviously wasant cardio intensive. Well, a good freind and I were on a bike ride, and he kindly brought up the fact that I wasant really involved in anything too athletic and that I try bike racing. I had just bought a giant rainier se off eBay and really liked it, but just rode on local trails. Anyway, my freshman year of high school I finially tried a race and I'm hooked. I started riding daily and wherever I had to go to and it started making me healthyer. I never really had the sweet tooth and don't like chocolate, but I ate alot. Isdarted drinking multiple nalgenes a day and eating less. I did good racing and had a blast dooing it. I got into it serious, and upgraded my bike, all custom built by me, now I need a new frame. A few freinds really pushed me to try running cross country, and I did, because I ran with them once, then the following weekend won my first race. I kept running, and won the race season overall in the state series that year. My freinds then pushed me to try cross country, and I did, with no competitive running experience. I made the varsity team and scored consirstiantly, and that really felt good. I ended up tearing my miniscus and had to have sugery over winter, and during that they found "a seveure case if orthapedic arthritius" in my knee. I'm not supposed to run, but I'm going to do one more season of cross country, and then just train lightly on the running part so I can fufull my goal of completing a full ironman. I'm now a senior in highschool, 148 pounds and feeling better than I ever have been.

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    And I'm taller now too at 5"11

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    And down to a 6.3% body comp fat percentage

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    Damn this section has inspired me. 38 and 220lbs. Built my Foes rig three years ago, then my arthritis got really bad and I stopped riding. Lot better now thanks to a more positive outlook and some great meds / treatment. Just bought myself a Cannondale Bad Boy for riding to work and a Trek tag a long for my daughter. Girl friend rides a great Kona King Kikkapu, so when I get fitter (lost lots of muscle strength in my arms from braces) planning on lots of family days out. We have even started to look at a family cycling holiday bex year! Great target.

    Ideally want to loose 30lbs, will post my before picture later.
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    Here's Me.....

    ...........Three years ago at age 42 and 325 pounds on my way to an early grave:

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    No surgery here, just good old fashioned will power and hard work. Discovered mountain biking at 285 pounds and haven't looked back since. Here I am today age 45 at 205 pounds:

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    Mountain biking has changed my life in more ways than I could ever have imagined. Life is good!

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    Geez , I hope this thread is still alive ….

    Hello all you Clydes’s ( and former ) , my story is similar to some of you :

    I have been MTB’ing since 1994 and did it almost daily for nearly a decade …. It was a religious ceremony every single time I went out for a ride :
    The rush of the trees whipping by ….

    Twisty , spaghetti strewn singletrack threading through the woods ….

    Rock gardens ….

    I became so dependent on the adrenaline and endorphin high , that when I couldn’t go riding ( road or trails ) , I was not a pleasant person to be around ( withdrawals ) .

    Then in 2001 ( at the tender age of 31 ) , I decided to go back to college full time and get my degree . This coupled with starting a family and working full time ( needless to explain ) was a shock to the neuro - chemical balance ( or imbalance ) .

    First came the weight gain ( gained 80 lbs in two years ) , and then the mood swings , irritableness , lost libido – sexual drive , increased blood pressure , etc …. I lived this way from 2001 to 2009 until I took control of my life ( once again ) .

    In that span of 8 years , I got my degree ( 2003 ) , had five beautiful children ( 11 , 8 , 5 , 3 , and 1 ) , and packed on an extra 115 pounds .

    On New Year’s Day 2009 , I decided enough was enough and came up with a diet and exercise regime that I stuck to all year ….. I set a lofty goal to lose 110 pounds in 2009 .
    I fell short of that goal ( lost 75 ) , but still feel like a winner if you know what I mean .

    I plan on losing the 35 additional pounds in 2010 and NEVER , NEVER , returning back to the way I was ….


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    Me a couple of weeks ago ( 35 more to go ) :


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    That's awesome. I've lost quite a bit of weight in the last 15 months and can tell you that the last few pounds was the most challenging for me. The bicycling was my motivator, mtb and road bikes. Best of luck.

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    This is me at 280lbs











    After about 5 months I lost 70lbs.














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    Drinking in Germany ( EPCOT ? ) ..

    Still drinking the IPA's I see ….... beer is one of my downfalls besides bagels ( the darker , the better – regarding both beer and bagels ) ..

    Good for you ….

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    Well the thing is I didn't change my diet whatsoever. I just ate less of the garbage, and rode harder and longer. Instead of 1 lap I would do 2 at harder runs. I rode longer instead of 45mins I would do 3 hours.

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    I agree...it's time to revive this thread!

    First off...StormCrowe, you're my hero man!


    My Story:

    I always have been, and always will be a larger than average person. I, like many other people in this Clyde's group have the type of body that puts on muscle very easily, but is a packrat of fat. I believe we're called Endomorphs. In 1994 I was at my peak. 5' 7", 200lbs wearing a size 32 pant at about 10-12% body fat. I was 26, ate whatever and whenever I wanted, framed houses for a living, and partied 4 nights a week. BUT my lifestyle was VERY self destructive. I was taking up to 12 Mini Thin (25mg ephedrine hcl) tablets twice a day. Basically I had a crank habit. In 1996 I got out of framing and into construction management. Got married and quit Mini Thins. The weight started creeping on. Next thing I know, I'm wearing size 40 weighing about 240. Then I discovered Metabolife. It was like the Mini Thins, but lower doses. Then they took ephedra off the market. At that point the weight started piling on!

    Fast forward to 11/2009. I'm wearing size 50, weight 330 lbs. That's when I started the Kaiser Permanente Bariatric Options program. It consists of 20 weeks of weekly meetings that include meal, exercise, and psychology education. After satisfactorily completing the course, a Kaiser doctor will sign a recommendation for a contracted Bariatric surgeon to perform whichever procedure is best suited for me. Paid for by Kaiser. The education is just what I've needed all these years, but was too deluded to realize it. I've been advised to a 2k/day meal plan that includes 115g of carbs, 50g fat, 70g lean protein, 3 servings of milk/yogurt, 3 servings of fruit, and 6 servings of vegetables. I admit, I thought I could take the "easy road", and have some of my intestines cut out and the fat would just fall off. Come to find out, I have to maintain this type of diet (much smaller portions post-op of course) for the rest of my life if I want to keep the fat off after surgery. PLUS deal with the probabilities of dumping syndrome, lactose intolerance, protein deficiency, malnutrition, etc. So, I'm thinking after I've finished the education portion, I'll just keep my surgery approval (good for 1 year) like an ace in the hole if my current diet and exercise regimen doesn't get me to my goal of 200-220 lbs.

    Starting the program at 330lbs, in this pic (taken 12/24/09) I am 324lbs. Today I'm 311. I've made a short term goal of breaking 300 by 2/1/10. I'm wondering who I should invite to my BREAKING 300 PARTY...Lil Debbie or Ben & Jerry!? Just kidding. It'll probably just be me and ol' Charlie Tuna per usual. BTW...I am, and will remain 5'7"....sigh. My inseam will always be shorter than my waist. It's hell being a hobbit.

    It's too bad Body Fat Percentage monitors aren't as plentiful and accurate as scales. I know it sounds cliché' coming from a Clyde, but scales do lie! I can say I lost 13lbs these last two weeks, but how much fat loss weight was offset by the muscle gain of miles and miles of walking, elliptical, golf, and biking? All we can do is drop a gear and up the cadence for that aerobic effect, right? I'llpost another pic at 300lbs.



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    hey MGH (and all you guys trying to loose some weight like me)...on the Bicycling January/February edition there is a nice article about a guy losing 331lbs!!!

    there is also a short version here:
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    we can do it!

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    Yeah, I saw that. Good story.

    Yes, we can do it, and we've picked the perfect tool for the job! We can push ourselves as hard or as little as we want to with the only impact coming from the occcasional tree, stump, rock, or sign post. The best part being, unlike in a gym, we can choose whatever scenery we feel like!

    So keep the pepals a pumpin', and the pounds a droppin!

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    My first post in Clyde, so be nice. Just wanted to tell my story.

    October 2009, we had free health checks done at work, before the test I thought I was fine, discovered that my blood pressure was super high, like 184/90 high! Doc said take medication that'll fix it, but I decided that I wasn't going to opt out like that, I would try natural remedies like exercise, change diet, lose some weight and watch my sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake. So at 6"2' and 108kg (238lbs) I started.

    Commuting, running, x-country riding and eating well, today I weighed in at under 90.5kg (199lbs) which I am totally stoked at. Had my BP taken and I was 136/74 which is almost deemed normal for 30yrs old. Now I ride 200km a week, run 30km a week and am (almost) at a 'healthy' blood pressure.

    So now I'm under 200lbs, I'm not a clyde anymore, which is funny as this is my first post in this thread. I look forward riding more and more, and can hopefully reach my goal weight of 84kg (185lbs) with more hard work.

    Thanks for your ear (eyes). Keep riding!!

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    My dad bought my brother, my sister and myself our first bicycles back in 1959 when I was just 13 years old. We all got bikes for Christmas that year and boy were we ever proud of those bikes!

    I rode that bike everywhere and must have put 10K miles on that bike. I continued to ride that bike until I turned 16 and got my driver’s license. The following year when I turned 17 I joined the Army and was never on another bicycle again until last May 2009.

    I was talking to a friend one day and he was telling me how he had bought a new Kona Smoke 29er and that he had lost over a hundred pounds and had credited that bicycle with saving his life. At that time I was weighing in at 280 lbs. and was also starting to have health problems due to my weight. So I figured if he could do it so could I! First I went on Craigslist and bought a little Raleigh 26” 18 Speed road bike. I did my best to learn to ride that bike but I had no idea how to use the gears and at my weight I was just destroying that little bike. So I put that bike back on Craigslist and sold it for the same price I had paid for it. Then I went to my LBS to look for a bicycle that would hold my big body and be comfortable for me to ride.

    So I looked at several bikes like the Kona Smoke 29er that my friend had bought. I also looked at a Haro Mary 29er, a Cannondale, and a Specialized and finely settled for a 21” Redline Monocog 29er that really fit me very well. I took the bike home and started to ride that bike every day just enough to get my body into enough shape to start a regular routine. After several weeks of practice I set up a routine of riding that bike for 1 mile a day for the first week, then two miles a day for the next week, then three miles a day and so on until I could ride 10 miles a day.

    I cut out all cokes and soft drinks, beer and alcohol and all foods using sugars, starches etc. All I drank was water! By the time Christmas came around I was riding my bike 10 miles a day and I had lost 60lbs. I haven’t better in years as a result of buying that bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGoodHammer
    I know it sounds cliché' coming from a Clyde, but scales do lie! I can say I lost 13lbs these last two weeks, but how much fat loss weight was offset by the muscle gain of miles and miles of walking, elliptical, golf, and biking?
    I agree 100%. Weight scales are the worst tool to use in gauging ones weight loss. A mirror, the way clothes fit, and other peoples comments are the way to go. It is not uncommon to loose fat but gain muscle when riding and that gives the false impression of slow and no weight loss which can be demotivating and lead to stoppage of riding and other healthier activities. In fact, this past summer after taking up the road bike, I GAINED weight but lost fat. I could tell cause of the way my clothes fit. Looser around the weight but tighter in the legs. I was really blowing up my legs riding on the road. It was great.

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    Last summer I was 230 at 6.1 then I bought a bike and got down to 185-190, the funny thing is I always lifted weights and used my bowflex but with my unhealthy eating habits and partying... I changed all that and im down to a good weight but this summer i hope to get down to 180 and be cut

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    hey all @ the beginning of last year I weighed in @ approx 130kg
    over the last 15 months I've had a steady weight loss
    as of this morning I currently weigh in @ 78kg

    sorry no old pix
    however these are the most recent ones of me(@ 85kg)


    so:
    130 kg
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    = 52 kg divided by 15 months
    = a weight loss of 3.46 kg per month
    Dr says my recommended weight should be 70kg
    so I've only got another 8kg to lose

    age; 27
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    diagnosed with arthritis @ age 2 1/2(struggled with it with having so much weight on board)
    haven't touched alcohol, smokes or drugs in 8yrs
    & I'm feeling gr8

    weight has gone down I take one 5ml dose of olive leaf extract every
    4 months & I don't have any sign of arthritis

    & all due to having a healthy eating scheme & exercise(i.e. building trails & riding my MTB)
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    hey guys, just wanted to say, thanks for the inspiration (again). from a high of 227 i was down to 204 but sorta lost my way again. so im up to 215. too much food and alchohol. i think i need to take a picture of myself nekkid and post it somewhere to remind me where i need to hav e a better after picture.

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    In January 2006 i was 298. over the past 4 years with a reduction in calories, and lots of exercise i am now 224, with more to come. i am not riding as much as i would like to, about to buy a new bike. its been fun. I have lost 10 inches in my waist, 2 chest sizes, i am getting sick of clothes becoming too big on me and i feel so much better. The best part, women look at me differently, still have a lot to learn there though.
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    What an inspirational thread!

    Just out of curiosity - has any of you guys managed to get "toned abs" after their weight loss? I read on another forum or two, that many people can lose the weight, but still have that last stubborn fat they can't seem to get rid of.

    Has anyone who lost weight, managed to get rid of that last stubborn fat, too (by having good nutrition + biking a lot)?

    thanks!

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    i can see an ab at the top near my rib cage, however i have a big flap of extra skin from the weight loos. have to give it a year or so see if it firms itself out, if not might be looking into surgery.

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    No pictures, but in March of last year I was at about 6' 2" 200 pounds. As a college freshman I was eating a lot of pizza and soda and junk food. I cut all that out and started running 3 times a week. Over the summer I was also running 3 times a week and biking (road) about 100 miles a week. Over winter break I went down to 139 lbs. I decided to start working out, but got bored and gained only 4 pounds before I stopped lifting weights and now I'm back down.

    I've stopped running a lot because I have a job where I stand/walk around for 4 hours a day and bike up hills a lot (singlespeed!). Over the summer I'm going to end up biking about 100 miles a week again so I'll be back at it.
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    My name is Tony Shulthise.
    Started at 248 lbs. Best weight 199
    My before picture is at around 225. My after picture is at around 205.
    I used walking, eating a healthy breakfast and cutting out junk food to get down to 225.
    I used the P90X workout program by Beachbody to drop from 225 to 200.

    I'm at around 210 now and have been at this weight for about 18 months now. I use mountain biking and hiking to keep it off without any formal workouts.
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    I started right before thanksgiving 2009 at 388# i removed all processed sugar from my diet and limited my calorie intake to 800 -1200 a day, keeping my calories at 50% protien 30% fat 20% carbs (fresh fruit and vegies only), after the first week i was off of all my insulin and in 2 weeks all my diabetes meds altogether.

    By March i was down 65lbs and started ridding my bike again ( single speed cruiser ) by the end of may i was down over 100lbs.

    I bought a new bike ( Rock hopper ) and have been riding 10 -20 miles a night as of today i'm down 125lbs, i'm hoping to loose another 75-80 lbs.

    One trick i found that works for me, i stick with the above plan for 6 days a week, but one day a week i eat a normal meal whatever i'm hungry for except i still eat no processed sugars.

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    After the holiday season 2006 I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 248 I'm 6 foot tall in 2006 I was 45 years old. I decided I was not gonna hit 250 my new years resolution was to buy a mountain bike and do something about it.
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    My current weight is 208. I ride 3 to 5 times a week. I Raced tho 2010 Prairie City Series, and finished 2nd in clydes. I'm 49 and the people I ride with are 10 to 20 years younger they call me the Old Man a lot of those youngsters have found out how hard it is to keep up with the old guy. Here is my current pic.I'm on the right.
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    I gave up sodas and deserts well I still eat sweets but maybe ounce a week. Cut down the amount I eat. I can put away some food, and cut back on eating meat. My goal is to race 50+ next year I will have to get down to 195 to be able to compete at 195 I will still probably get beat up buy the old guys. Keep on riding clydes!

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    Hey all, mtb has helped me to lose 110+ lbs so far. About 2yrs ago, my wife went to a nutritionist for help getting rid of her migraines, thinking that maybe they were brought on by foods. At the same time, the nutritionist set up a diet for her that would help her lose weight as well. After she started losing weight, she suggested I go to see her as well. The first appointment, I was 398lbs at 6'5''. The first month of regular gym workouts I dropped 26lbs, and it's been off to the races from there.
    Sure, I've had months where I'll put a few pounds back on, but I weighed in at 284 this morning, about 22 months later. Down from a 50" waist to 40", 4xlt t-shirt to 2xlt.

    I basically follow a high protein, 'power-foods' diet, which means eating a small meal with at least a little bit of unsaturated fat (nuts, yogurt, peanut butter) every few hours, to keep the metabolism up. I eat about six small meals a day and drink 3-4 quarts of water. I try to ride my bike at least 10 trail miles every weekend, and I ride motocross once or twice a week after work on my dirtbike, as well. (believe me, it's a workout throwing a 230lb motorcycle around the track, motor or not!) My wife and I also do a lot of hiking up in the White Mountains in NH. (So far we've hiked 10 of the 48 4000-footers) and it's going very well, all in all.

    If I were strictly concerned with weight loss, I'd have lost more by now, but I've always been a very strong guy, and the first couple months when the weight was pouring off and I was doing almost all cardio, I noticed myself getting weaker, so I decided to slow down the weight loss and focus more on fat loss. I now do much more lifting and other resistance training than I do cardio (probably about 75%/25%) to try to keep the strength from diminishing. So now I'm not only smaller and fitter, but also stronger than I was when I started this whole thing. I'm thinking I still have about another fifty or so to go, slow and steady...

    Aug 2008, probably about 385 or so... and the wife, looking much better than her man...


    A few weeks ago, at the summit of Mt Field, Crawford Notch, NH, minus about 100 lbs.
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    I'm 6'1, and was 260lb six years ago. Couldn't walk up ten stairs without breathing hard. Since then, mountain biking, reasonable eating, strength training and generally being active whenever possible, has brought me to 200lb at 10% bodyfat. Words can't describe how much better life is now. And it was mountain biking that helped me the most - I could never consider exercise fun before I took it up.

    Haven't got any before pics, so no point in posting a current one.

    Anyway - best of luck, to everyone here working to rid themselves of obesity !

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    Hello. Long time listener, first time caller.

    I'm 5'6", close to 40, and like long walks on the beach.

    A few years ago, 2006 I reckon, I was pushing 250lbs and had very high cholesterol. I did pretty OK between then and 2010 going down to 200lbs and bouncing around from 200-225.

    This January I decided it was time to stop reading about weight loss and getting faster on a bike and actually do it. I was 207lbs and still had high cholesterol. I'm not terribly hung up on weight but I want to be faster on a bike, lose my gut, and get my cholesterol under control. I picked an arbitrary number of 170lbs as my goal for the year. Still overweight, but a huge improvement.

    April rolled around and I was 200lbs and still doing a lot of reading and not a lot of doing. I decided to use my man-crush to my advantage and signed up on Livestrong.com to start tracking my food and fitness. I guess the two startling things that came from that is first, 20 wings and 2 beers is not in fact the perfectly healthy lunch one would expect it to be, and second, riding or walking once every week to two weeks is not the peak training plan I had assumed.

    I began eating at a calorie deficit, without really changing much in the way of the what I ate. I also began increasing my exercise. Weekly, twice a week, until I finally and doing something worthwhile 5-6 times a week now. I really focused on "simply but healthy". Where before I had tried hard to follow couch to 5k and failed miserably, I started a strict program of "walk when you're tired, and run when you're bored" and could run a 10k 6 weeks later.

    Last week I celebrated my birthday at 167 pounds. 40 pounds lighter than I was just in April. Even better 2 weeks ago I had a cholesterol check and got a clean bill of health. Ironically though improved riding was a big motivator in all of this I'm not getting to the trail any more frequently than I did before. I am certainly faster and can ride more distance but this is what all the work was for and still what needs the most work. My goal now is to ride to work 2-3 days a week (20 mile round trip).

    At this point I am thrilled. The only thing missing is a hallmark card that says "Congratulations on seeing your genitals again. Them fellers ain't seen daylight in a looooong time."

    Holding off on pics until I hit ideal body weight which at this point is completely possible.

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    I'm going about things a little differently as I lost weight so I could start participating in outdoors stuff again. I was 248 at 5.11 ten months ago and now weight 208 with an end goal in the 180's. I'm rehabilitating my steel Marin this winter for urban assault purposes and plan to buy some sort of 29er next summer.

    Good to see all these posts !

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    Hey everyone, I was a clyde and now i'm not .. but keeping in shape is tough as i'm sure all of you guys know.. so a few of us decided to start a FB support group to help get/stay in shape over the coming colder months. Feel free to join up and help everyone out.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...2471264&ref=nf

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    I'm still on the journey downward, but I was looking at pictures last night and figured that I'd do a comparison. It ended up being pretty striking, so I'm going to throw it out there. I've still got a ways to go though, I'd still like to lose another 20-30 pounds to reach my original goal weight of 180-190.

    The heavier picture was actually after I'd already lost about 20 pounds, but I don't really have any pictures from my heaviest. The second is me wearing some new clothes. The jeans are 36" waist, and the shirt is a Large. I used to wear 42" pants and XXL (and once in a while XXXL) shirts.

    So here's my still-in-progress success story:



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    This is a truly inspirational thread. 6'1" and 210, so I am about 25-30 lbs heavier than I want to be. My gf started talking about getting a bike a few weeks ago and there was nothing unappealing about the thought for me, so we should be picking them up in the next week or so. I knew it would help with getting in shape, but this thread has really inspired me to get a move on.

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    Here are mine. I dont have any fully body shots. Mostly
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    my God, what an inspiration!

    I found some pics so I'll share. 1st my hat is off to all the people who have shown their progress and the amazing transformations. After looking through the whole thread my inspiration comes from all, but one person stands out for me and that is Sean L. its truly awesome what you accomplished.

    A little back ground is needed I think so here it goes (reader's digest version)

    I grew up fat and made fun of. But it made me strong!
    Joined the army at 19yr 6'1" 233lbs
    at 20 in Germany I weighed 208 and the army put me on an overweight program 2 months later I was 175 lbs
    fast forward to 34yr 220 lbs in great shape been in construction as an electrician I get hurt in an accident
    Fast forward 5yrs I'm 39 I'm 367 lbs maybe heavier.
    so on I go
    This first pic is sept '03 367+
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    this is Sept '10 277lbs taken on the Glenwood Springs, CO. Bike path, BTW I'm 49yrs old
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    Well done...great transformation RenegadeZX!!!

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    Before and Durning...not done yet.

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    Goal 250.
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    Pig needs better power-to-weight ratio to achieve liftoff...

    Some great inspiration in this thread. I've always loved food and soda. I was very active in college, which kept my 5'10" self under 180#, but when I graduated and got a desk job, I was up to 215# within a couple of years. Where I work now, I can bike commute most days (only a 4 mile trip from home to work), and there are racquetball courts nearby where I usually manage one or two games a week with buddies. Still, last winter I was up to 235#, and some of my cholesterol numbers are not the greatest.

    At that point, my wife, who was concerned about her weight too, started working on portion control for both of us at meals. That got me down to #215 last Summer, though I've crept back up to 220# this Winter. I need to get the snacking and soda consumption under control, is the main thing. I have also started going to the weight room - I've always been "solid,", but I'm hoping more muscle mass will help me burn off more calories.

    Mainly, I'm not getting any younger (I'll be 40 this year), and I need to get on top of my shape and endurance before my toddler can outrun me!

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    Okay wow never put it on the net but here go's. The fatboy pic is of me in the pool on the fourth of July in 2009 weighing approximately 275 lbs at 5' 8" tall. The second photo is of me about a month ago 2-15-2011 weighing 220 lbs. My overall goal is to be 190 lbs. but we'll see what my % of body fat is at 200 and go from there. It seems the closer I get to my goal I keep wanting to lose a little bit more.

    All of my weight loss has been done by healthy eating habits and rigorous weight training and of course a lot of MTB time.
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    Hope wt loss

    I am 60 y/o and today at the hosp I am an RN at I weighed 256.5..ughhh. I did a couch potato BMR and I need to consume 1855kCal to lose 1 lb per week. Just bought a bike and started riding. Its been kinda hard to ride because of the rain since I got the bike but it looks like this week is gonna be nice. Will try to get miles in 3 x a week. I want to get to an ideal weight for my height of 175# I know it will take at least 2 years but my 14 y/o son want to start riding too.

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    Well. I'm not quite a success yet. My before was awesome, the after not that great.
    Now I'm working on the "ever after." Reading through this thread has given me fresh
    hope and inspiration to keep riding and to keep making positive changes. Small
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    Before:

    1998 ~160lbs


    2003 ~180lbs (did not think I would ever get that big..

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    Christmas 2010 ~250lbs


    Feb 2011 ~240lbs - obtained only through dietary changes.

    Currently at 233lbs, started indoor training at 235lbs. I'll post up another picture
    when i can break and stay under 230 for a week.

    Main changes this year have been trying to keep my self around 2100 calories
    (what I found to suit my energy levels best when not working out), cut out soda's
    and energy drinks at the start of the new year, and now training for races this year.

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    great success stories---congrats everyone

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    Wow, there are some HUGE changes in some of you guys. That is truly remarkable. I will be emailing my father some of these before and after pictures (with owners permission, of course), to see if I can't get him off his recliner and into a saddle.

    I don't have anything nearly as extreme as some of you, but I have been working off some extra beers and burritos over the last month.I'll preface the pictures with my story.

    I've been in the Army for the last 3 years, constantly increasing in weight since I joined. Before I joined, I weighed 145 pounds at 6'2. In other words, I was a stick that would bleed it you poked it with something sharp, and occasionally made some strange sounds. I've lost all the pictures I had of those days, unfortunately. But a little over a month ago, I stepped on a scale, took a look at my belly, and decided I wasn't happy. I wanted to be as skinny as I remembered being 3 years ago. Two weeks before, I had bought a bike to goof around with on the weekends. I decided to use that bike as my main mode of transportation on base. Here is what has happened so far:

    22 years old, 6'2, 220 pounds. Fitting a 36" waist. May 23, 2011:
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    Same age and height, at 195 pounds, fitting a 34" waist or smaller. June 27, 2011:
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    I have been eating a pseudo-vegetarian diet, with only a single serving of chicken or seafood a day. Being in the army, I was already fairly active, working out 1.5 hours for 5 days a week. But I began riding my bike to and from work, riding for an hour or so during lunch, and riding between 1 and 3 hours after work. Then the bi-weekly trail rides, of course.

    I aim to lose another 20 pounds, at least. I know I have put on some muscle mass since I joined the army, and will never be able to get back down to 145 again without sacrificing all of that, so I think 175 is a reasonable goal. If I happen to lose any more, I will chalk that up as icing on the cake.

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    Big ups to everyone out there currently losing weight and finding inspiration to others who have posted here.

    Broke two milestones this week. Finally hit under 225, and now I'm in spitting distance of 220.

    Start: 235 (5/10/11)
    Current: 221.4 (6/29/2011)
    Heaviest: 250

    So since I've begun biking again I've lost 13.6lbs and have lost 28.6lbs total (about the weight of my 2 year old daughter). The last time I was 220 was 2/13/2008

    199 is still a long ways to go, but instead of rewarding myself with carbs or beer, it's more water and a smile in the mirror. 7/3 will mark half a year of no soda or energy drinks, something I used to have way too much of..

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    April 3rd of this year, at 6'4" 285lbs. My heart decided to go crazy, racing at upwards of 225bpm sustained for 12 HOURS. Decided it was time to get healthy. I'm currently down to 269, goal of 225 by fall of this year. 200 by next spring.
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    Good luck and work hard Hawk. I've been there and I am working it off still.. Keep us updated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myroadtoiceman View Post
    Good luck and work hard Hawk. I've been there and I am working it off still.. Keep us updated.
    Thank you! Had another consult with a new doctor about my heart on Monday... I'll be scheduling a minor heart surgery sometime in August to fix the probelm (ventricular tachycardia). After I'm all healed up and released from doc's care... it's ON.

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    If it's ok...I just want to say THANK YOU to this thread and everyone who's posted in it.

    I'm 6'4" tall and right at 300. most I've ever been. No one would call me fat, but I'm way too heavy. Hiding behind my bulk from heavy lifting for 2 decades...time to slim down.

    THIS THREAD came up on a google search I was doing. I joined here because of it.
    Last nite I rode my Single Speed P-1 in 100 degree heat because of the motivation I got from this thread!

    I can't wait to go back thru the thread now that I'm a member and can see all the blocked attachments!

    congrats to you all - where ever you are on your journey!

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    Hi everyone Just signed up as I'm REALLY keen on getting a bike this month!

    I'm 6'2" and 250lbs at the moment. Started at 330lbs 9-10 months ago
    I'm getting a bit bored of running every day, so I'm going to get an MB for some fun afternoons/weekends.
    My goal is 220lbs, and I'd love to get there having some fun!

    It's great seeing/reading all the success stories in this thread.

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    This thread is really inspiring. I started thinking about picking up a bike in the beggining of the summer. This thread has made me decide to get a bike for sure, seeing all the success stories and what not. I am 6'3 and around 290-300lbs and want to get down to about 215 within a year. Thanks and good luck to everyone.

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    you guys have truly inspired me to keep pedaling and eating right....keep up the awesome work!

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    Awesome job guys. The first pic is me in fall of 2009 somewhere around 365-380. I got serious in spring of 2010 and the next pic is me this summer at the top of Hesitation Point at Brown County State Park. I am bounce around the 260s now. The first 80 were easy, the last 20 have been hard. Haven't smoked since March 2010.




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    Well...I dont have a before and after pic because I am still in the middle of losing weight...but I am here to tell you it can be done...last year I was diagnosed being diabetic and I thought my world was coming to an end...and it kinda was...so I had to change everything about myself..my eating habits were the worst..I was a soda hound..so I started drinking water (with some flavor stuff to make it taste better)..and at first the weigh came off very quickly...but then I piled it back on again...so I had to figure out that I cant have 2 bagels that are 250 calories each...I cut out alot of bread things (sandwiches etc) I like to eat yet still kinda eat what I want (within reason)..At my heaviest I was 262..but now Im down to 247..Ive lost about 15 pounds in 2 months..I also have been riding more..at least 3 times a week..sometimes more..I hope that I can not be diabetic anymore that is my ultimate goal...but Im feeling the best I ever have in my life....losing weight hasnt been easy..but I think with the right diet and exercise anyone can do it...without surgery..if you want to know what Ive done to lose weight you can email me and I'll tell ya what has worked for me.

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    All of you guys inspire me so much! I always had trouble in the weight department ever since i was a kid. I am very muscular 5'11" 305lb clyde that has a gut and needs to loose it!

    My ideal weight is to be around 230lbs. I just picked up a 2011 Cannondale SL 4 29'er and have been riding non stop since i picked her up! I did about 25 miles today on light dirt trails with my cousin who is 17 years old and he almost couldnt keep up.

    How frequent do you guys ride? How many miles?

    And off topic (WHAT FRONT SHOCK DO YOU GUYS RECOMMEND)? I hate this RST Deuce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkXcore View Post
    April 3rd of this year, at 6'4" 285lbs. My heart decided to go crazy, racing at upwards of 225bpm sustained for 12 HOURS. Decided it was time to get healthy. I'm currently down to 269, goal of 225 by fall of this year. 200 by next spring.
    Yeah that's not good. My wife had a similar heart rate when she was pregnant with our daughter. They gave her a shot of something with the caveat "now, it will feel very uncomfortable and it will feel like you heart is going to stop completely".

    But well done so far, dude

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    Last spring I stood on my girlfriend's Nintendo Wii Fit and discovered that I was overweight. It honestly had never occurred to me how out of shape I was so I changed my eating 100% and started mountain biking. I went from Krispy Kreems and energy drinks for breakfast to oatmeal and black coffee. For lunch I'd have a 6" Subway turkey sub and for dinner I would bake some chicken with veggies and snack on fruit all day. I ate pretty much the same thing every day as I'm a creature of habit but it did the trick. I went from 190 to 160 in about 3 months and have kept if off ever since. I hit the gym all winter to bulk up a bit but have pretty much burned off the muscle I gained. I'm currently 149 and actually getting a bit too thin but winter's around the corner so it's back to the gym for a few months. I'm thinking of focusing on body-weight type exercises and indoor cycling to stay in shape for next season. I quit eating meat about a week ago but I haven't decided if it's permanent or not. Definitely not as drastic as most of these transformations but I'm never going back to being overweight and out of shape. The after pic was a few weeks ago on a 50 mile ride. My longest to date!
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    I forgot some details. I'm 5' 10". During riding season I probably average 25 miles per week mountain biking plus 30-80ish on the local bike paths. I ride 6 days a week, weather allowing and have recently started running around 25-30 miles per week as riding season is winding down and I need some sort of fix!

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    Howdy all,

    A little over a year ago I started a thread here about my attempts at dropping a few pounds. Thanks to that good advice, some significant changes in my diet (goodbye, carbs), and a lot more time on the road bike, I've gone from about 205 to 172 lbs. (And a size 36 waist to a size 34.) Thanks for all the encouragement, and keep up the good work everyone!

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    After (same jersey even!):
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    Wow, an inspiring thread

    I too have been on such a journey. Unfortunately I don't have a good before pic so that is something I'll need to hunt up from family or somewhere.

    The pics below are before - Approx Nov '07, ~200kg (440lb). I'm the big white guy in the back
    After - Dec '11 ~100kg (220 lb)

    I'm 192 cm (6'4") and peaked about 225 kg (500lb) in Jan '10

    I gave up drinking, which used to be an average 100 cans of beer a week, and everything followed from there. Drinking was always my problem, not just in amount, but also because it led to binge eating and no exercise. At 500 lbs I couldn't walk more than about 100 meters at a time and was basically an invalid. I'm 40 yrs old, BTW.

    Anyway, gave up drinking, started losing about 10lbs a month. After 3 or 4 months I started tightening up my eating, back to about 2000 Cal a day, and started walking a few miles a day. The next 6 months or so I lost about 10kg (~20 lb) a month.

    Once I was down to about 160 kg (350lb) I started cycling. A lot. First it was 100~200kms a week, but that increased to a steady 400kms a week for 2011.

    Anyway, the weight loss tapered off as I approached my final weight of 100kg (220 lbs). So I lost about 125 kg (280 lb) over 18 months, and have been about 100kg for the last 6 months.

    Main reason I wanted to lose weight was to get back into motorcycling - I dreamed of racing. So I started riding dirt bikes, and then started race track riding again. I bought a GSXR1000 race bike and started road racing, having completed a few race meetings in late 2011. 2012 is shaping up to be a decent season of racing :up:

    The cycling was an added bonus. I loved it when I was younger, thought I'd never do it again. But I love it. And now MTB riding. Been getting into it and I love it. Just bought an Anthem X29 and have been hitting the trails. Plan is to try a few XC races later this year. Trailing hard, riding hard, got a good 18months of solid base training behind me now

    Still yet to have a drink too. I realized already when I was 30 that drinking was the problem and had to stop. Took me 10 years to stop, but now it is done. Good willing I'll never drink again. Luckily my liver still functions OK
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    anttismo! wow thanks for sharing so much inspiration right there!
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    Hi Guys and Gals, I have a friend Alby who was 248 kg two years ago, the doc told him if he didn't loose weight he wouldn't see his 55th BD, they also said that he was Too Big for the Lapband surgery and put him on a packet Soup and Shake diet with No bread, rice, pasta, sugar etc. He lost nearly 50 kgs in the first year ! That was without exercise !, but he Hit a Brick Wall and found that he couldn't loose any more weight ? The doc told him that he Had to Exercise Everyday to loose more but as he has been carrying around all this weight for so long he's knees wont take too much walking or standing. The Question is has anyone had knee troubles like this and still been able to ride a bike with out too much pain ? I have a bike to give him and ride with him but he says he's knees will get too sore ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbo View Post
    Hi Guys and Gals, I have a friend Alby who was 248 kg two years ago, the doc told him if he didn't loose weight he wouldn't see his 55th BD, they also said that he was Too Big for the Lapband surgery and put him on a packet Soup and Shake diet with No bread, rice, pasta, sugar etc. He lost nearly 50 kgs in the first year ! That was without exercise !, but he Hit a Brick Wall and found that he couldn't loose any more weight ? The doc told him that he Had to Exercise Everyday to loose more but as he has been carrying around all this weight for so long he's knees wont take too much walking or standing. The Question is has anyone had knee troubles like this and still been able to ride a bike with out too much pain ? I have a bike to give him and ride with him but he says he's knees will get too sore ?
    Your buddy has done a great job getting started on weight loss. I am not real sure how the cycling would impact his knees as that was never a problem for me. I would say, to look into a anti inflammatory regimen of otc meds and get on the bike. It will get easier as his fitness gets a little better. It is time to harden up and deal with it, or continue down a path that might lead to a shortened lifespan or future medical issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbo View Post
    Hi Guys and Gals, I have a friend Alby who was 248 kg two years ago, the doc told him if he didn't loose weight he wouldn't see his 55th BD, they also said that he was Too Big for the Lapband surgery and put him on a packet Soup and Shake diet with No bread, rice, pasta, sugar etc. He lost nearly 50 kgs in the first year ! That was without exercise !, but he Hit a Brick Wall and found that he couldn't loose any more weight ? The doc told him that he Had to Exercise Everyday to loose more but as he has been carrying around all this weight for so long he's knees wont take too much walking or standing. The Question is has anyone had knee troubles like this and still been able to ride a bike with out too much pain ? I have a bike to give him and ride with him but he says he's knees will get too sore ?
    Yeah, I have had some level of knee problems - mainly just wear and tear, no reconstructions or anything.

    My knees were quite sore when I was over 200kg. I could walk OK, but they did get sore. I tried to start cycling at about 180kg when I was losing weight, but it hurt too much. I waited a while longer than at 160 kg I started regular cycling. I was amazed to find it was OK. I have continued with lots of cycling since then.

    My knees are still not very good - can't walk up 2 stairs at time, can't pedal much standing up - basically due to pain. But sitting and cycling they are fine, and even mountain bike riding and modest MX is OK. I just have to take it easy on how much load I put on the knees when bent. But they fair really quite well all things considered.

    I do take a few arthritis type supplements (glucosamine, fish oil), but I'm not sure if they help because the impact of weight loss was so huge. Seriously, I thought I may never ride again, but as I lost weight it has just improved greatly. I also take the occasional course of NSAID - like voltaren - and find if helps quite a lot. But I would check with a doc on long term use because it can be nasty to your internals.

    I do walk as well, and in many respects cycling is easier for me than walking. I can cycle for hours without getting too stiff and sore, but long distance walking takes it's toll. That may be just conditioning.

    Anyway, I recommend he try and get into cycling. Just find a nice comfy bike, take it easy and use low gears. Hopefully he will find it goes well

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    Quote Originally Posted by teggy84 View Post
    This thread is really inspiring. I started thinking about picking up a bike in the beggining of the summer. This thread has made me decide to get a bike for sure, seeing all the success stories and what not. I am 6'3 and around 290-300lbs and want to get down to about 215 within a year. Thanks and good luck to everyone.
    You will not regret riding a bike. First month getting use to the riding in the saddle will be tough but its worth all the effort you can give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anttismo View Post
    Yeah, I have had some level of knee problems - mainly just wear and tear, no reconstructions or anything.

    My knees were quite sore when I was over 200kg. I could walk OK, but they did get sore. I tried to start cycling at about 180kg when I was losing weight, but it hurt too much. I waited a while longer than at 160 kg I started regular cycling. I was amazed to find it was OK. I have continued with lots of cycling since then.

    My knees are still not very good - can't walk up 2 stairs at time, can't pedal much standing up - basically due to pain. But sitting and cycling they are fine, and even mountain bike riding and modest MX is OK. I just have to take it easy on how much load I put on the knees when bent. But they fair really quite well all things considered.

    I do take a few arthritis type supplements (glucosamine, fish oil), but I'm not sure if they help because the impact of weight loss was so huge. Seriously, I thought I may never ride again, but as I lost weight it has just improved greatly. I also take the occasional course of NSAID - like voltaren - and find if helps quite a lot. But I would check with a doc on long term use because it can be nasty to your internals.

    I do walk as well, and in many respects cycling is easier for me than walking. I can cycle for hours without getting too stiff and sore, but long distance walking takes it's toll. That may be just conditioning.

    Anyway, I recommend he try and get into cycling. Just find a nice comfy bike, take it easy and use low gears. Hopefully he will find it goes well
    Thanks for posting your Amazing weight loss stories everyone, This is really inspirational to those who are trying to rid their weight and regain their health and life. I believe this section on the forum is brilliant, and will give many hope.

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    X2 Hobbo!

    I'm in the middle of my transformation and honestly didn't think a thread such as this existed. Then tonight surfing around MTBR, something I don't do frequent enough stumbled across this thread. Truly amazing!

    Thank you everyone who has opened their door to something many consider a very personal subject. My story will come soon, but first I have to achieve my weigh. Once that happens I'll share my story of battling weight and back surgeries. I'll be watching this tread! Thanks again everyone!


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    Thanks for posting your Amazing weight loss stories everyone, This is really inspirational to those who are trying to rid their weight and regain their health and life. I believe this section on the forum is brilliant, and will give many hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbo View Post
    Hi Guys and Gals, I have a friend Alby who was 248 kg two years ago, the doc told him if he didn't loose weight he wouldn't see his 55th BD, they also said that he was Too Big for the Lapband surgery and put him on a packet Soup and Shake diet with No bread, rice, pasta, sugar etc. He lost nearly 50 kgs in the first year ! That was without exercise !, but he Hit a Brick Wall and found that he couldn't loose any more weight ? The doc told him that he Had to Exercise Everyday to loose more but as he has been carrying around all this weight for so long he's knees wont take too much walking or standing. The Question is has anyone had knee troubles like this and still been able to ride a bike with out too much pain ? I have a bike to give him and ride with him but he says he's knees will get too sore ?
    I have very bad knees from my moto-cross and basketball youth. Bone on bone. Riding a bike and swimmng are the main 2 excercises that I can do comfortably, In fact, my kness feel better after riding my bike. Not excercising them hurts more. While riding, I mostly sit since standing is not easy on my knees (but I still have 30-50 pounds to lose, which will help!). But YES, riding a bikes is good for the knees. But spin, not mash. The movement help create lubrication/cartilage. I also wear simple knee sleeves to keep them tight and warm.

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    Wow! All you guys are amazing and very encouraging. Very nice work.

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    220 Pounds now 153 racing sport and winning

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    All I can say is "keep at it!" Nice work to all

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    First pic is from Dec 2010 at 259lbs. 2nd pic is from July 2011 at 216.

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    Nicely done. Care to share how you accomplished this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Nicely done. Care to share how you accomplished this?
    I second this post!

    And kudos to all of your accomplishments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbfyrefyter View Post
    I second this post!

    And kudos to all of your accomplishments!

    Thanks guys.
    Back in October of 2010 my Doctor rang my bell and said I was border line High cholesterol and would put me on meds if I didn't do anything about it now.
    I spoke with a personal trainer who told me I was eating 3X+ too much. He made recommendations and here is what I modified it to
    You can adjust it to whatever time you normally have breakfast and make your meals after that every 2.5 to 3 hours.

    7:30AM - Oatmeal (Put whatever you want on it to make it taste right, just eat it)
    10AM - Granola Bar & Fruit (Anything but Bananas)
    Lunch - Brown Rice & Chicken Breast 6Oz
    3PM Granola Bar & Fruit (no Bananas)
    6PM or one hours before a work out - Baked potato (Loaded if you want, its probably healthier than a lot of stuff we eat these days)& fruit
    7PM Gym / workout (I didnt really do this)
    8:30 - Banana (After a work out, my only workout really was biking)
    Anything after 9PM - Protein ONLY!!!! or sleep early. The longer you stay up the more hungry you get.

    DO NOT EAT OUT AVOID FAST FOOD. IF YOU DO EAT OUT, STICK TO MEAT AND VEGGIES

    The baked potato I began having it loaded and started cutting back on the cheese slowly and then the Bacon. Wendy's was my Quick and Cheap Baked Potato source specially if I was working late. With this diet I got down to 216. I've now gained a few and I'm at 222.

    My shopping list
    Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon flavor
    Fruits Mostly Grapes, Tangerines and Pineapples
    Invest in a good rice cooker for Brown Rice. Its hard to make it taste good. Add Chicken Bouillon to make it taste right.
    Chicken Breasts Lots Of them
    Costco Granola Bars. Pick the best ones. What ever you like. The less Sugar the better
    Veggies - As many as you can handle. I hate them but I just ate them Fast and not think about the taste.

    Once you plateau, let me know. When I did the following
    Remove → Replace
    Brown Rice Veggies
    Loaded potato → Baked potato & lil Salt
    Granola Bar → A fruit

    Yesterday I began Crossfit training along with their Diet. Know many people with great success stories from this diet. Its called the Paleo diet.
    My new goal is to lose another 32lbs by the end of May and I'll be done.

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    Why no bananas in snacks between breakfast and dinner?

    I lost a bunch of weight years back, and I had heart surgery (stents, plugged arteries, bad genes). The potassium is good, since I am on a low sodium plan and potassium suffers as well. I eat 2-3 bananas a day.
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    Bananas are good but its a lot of carbs as well. you can replace the Granola with a Banana. You want to stay away from Simple Carbs and replace them with Complex Carbs such as Potato and Bananas which gives you energy. I know this sounds contradicting but not a lot of bananas is what worked for me.

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