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    Quote Originally Posted by TACORICAN View Post
    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.
    Makes sense, thanks. Successful health management requires being an amateur dietician as well.
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    Guys, I have been struggling with my weight for my whole life. September of 2010 I decided to get serious. I rode my bike every day and eventually raced in the Iceman Cometh (Iceman Cometh Challenge Bicycle Race) in Traverse City Michigan. The problem is that I only lost 42 pounds in a year. I gained some back last December. I tried so many different types of diets and counting calories. Finally I saw the movie Forks Over Knives and read two books. Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. I am finally starting to see weight loss results. Just some food for thought if any one if frustrated like I was. My site is My Road To Iceman Cometh

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    this is so inspiring

    Everyone on here has really inspired me to get my bike working again and hit the trails. I am at 360 lb (the heaviest I have ever been) and I know it will be a long road but I love riding and want to eventually compete in races and events. I know this is a place I can come to get motivation and awesome advice. Thanks toall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adim_X View Post
    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.
    Well done! Keep it up!

    Nothing impressive here, but I was pushing 240 coming out of college and through biking and running, I got myself down to 195. I'm creeping back up into the 220 range so I'm trying to get back out and running more.

    Some friends and I hit Brown County last summer. There is some great riding out there!

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    Great job. I quit drinking when I was about 27 and it's been 23 years now almost drink-free.

    Now I need to work against stuffing..I used to be a trim 165 to 175 range all the time and any more I'm 220 and up.

    Quote Originally Posted by anttismo View Post
    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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    6'4", this is about a 30 pound difference down to 200 lbs. Hoping to drop even a bit more this year.




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    Congratulations to everyone of you. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you.

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    Alby's story

    This is Alby going in to get weighed for the first time, he was 248 kg, 12 months after this photo he got down to 200 kg on a Soup and Shake diet, but couldn't loose anymore weight. Today Alby is not yet riding a bike but I am trying to convince him its the way to go to get back on track with his weight lose. Please pray for Alby to give bike riding a chance to save his life.
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    Riding a bike can change your life but every person has to find their own way. I wish the best for Alby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbo View Post
    This is Alby going in to get weighed for the first time, he was 248 kg, 12 months after this photo he got down to 200 kg on a Soup and Shake diet, but couldn't loose anymore weight. Today Alby is not yet riding a bike but I am trying to convince him its the way to go to get back on track with his weight lose. Please pray for Alby to give bike riding a chance to save his life.
    Ask him to read this thread for some inspiration.

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    Well done everyone!

    Lots of inspiration in here for me!

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    Great job everyone.

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    I was over 300 when I got on a bike last summer. I hit 260 over the winter and am finally flirting with sub 250. Now if I could just keep from crashing so I stop losing weight in my wallet also

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    I'm a bit less impressive haha, but 2 years ago I weighed 185. I'm 5'9", so this is a bit high. But now I tip the scales at 155.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aveenvp View Post
    I'm a bit less impressive haha, but 2 years ago I weighed 185. I'm 5'9", so this is a bit high. But now I tip the scales at 155.
    Congrats, impressive none the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe View Post
    By the way, y'all, I have an update on my weight loss! As of yesterday, I have lost 136 pounds! Hoooah! Just thought I would brag a bit!
    Brag away, my friend!!! You have every right in the world to be proud!!! I am proud for you...I myself am dealing with diabetes, although it seems my numbers are doing very well as I am not really taking my meds and my sugar is staying in the normal range. I did a local race two years ago and I am training to do it again this year with the goal of beating my time!!! Keep up the great work...I am going to go and check out your blog now!!!

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    Me in 2003 at 6'1~230Lbs. During this time i got hooked on World Of Warcraft and was pretty much a couch potato. Went up to 267lbs before i was diagnosed with Cancer. Things had to change.



    Fast forward to current. I started mountain biking a year ago, quit WoW and am now at a comfy 6'3 ~200lbs & age 25. Cancer free!





    No mascots were harmed in the shooting of said first photo.

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    Way to go Huskywolf! That's great!
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    Hmm. Racing seems to play a big part in a lot of these success stories.

    Congrats to you all!

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    Before 360lbs After 279lbs 5'10"



    2.5 yrs ago I had to have some stomach surgery, at that time I was told about how I was at risk for a lot of health problems, already having high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and borderline hi cholesterol....so I'm down about 70lbs, and have been for a little while. I need to keep going and would love to find some riders in the se Michigan area Romeo, Washington, Shelby. Or neighboring cities....I also started a thread about looking for riding friend(s)..
    I would also love to ride a fat bike, but holy moly those are expensive bikes...

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    Congrats, 70lbs is not joke. Keep it up.

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    I am still trying to lose, but here is a photo set at 363, 280, and 240. The biking photos are about a year apart, same location. Last photo was yesterday.




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    Good job guys and gals! This has got me in the right spot, to finish what I started 5 years ago.... I started around 400 or so, I couldn't even walk up stairs without stopping half way up! I cut pop out, and watching what I was eating... I started out fast losing weight, and right around 320 I couldn't get to my 1st goal of 300 pounds! ( I've had some set backs also) broken knee, hurt knee, and a bike wreck. I've kept the weight off. I've started riding my bike about a year ago! Started racing this year with my son.

    Now I'm down to 296 working on 220 or 200...Doctor wants me a 183... With riding trails and bmx cardio. My son also pushes me when I don't want to do it.... Thanks guys

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    I came across a picture of me from 2010, the year I started riding, and I thought it would be neat to try to re-create the photo to see the difference. I have no idea what I weighed back then. I do know that in the middle of February of this year, I weight almost 400 pounds. I was also diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic with thyroid problems in early March. To date, I am down almost 45 pounds...I feel much better and my blood glucose numbers are much, much better!!! Getting involved in mountain biking is the best thing that has happened to me...it also helped me quit smoking over two years ago!!! I would like to say this is my "after" picture, but I am not done yet!!!
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    Nice work Motoman! Keep on turning those cranks.

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    Inspired.
    I started riding my bike to work to loose weight and was embarrassed being the big guy pulling over to catch his breath on the slow (relatively easy) climb home. Not only have I shed a bunch of weight in the last 4 months but I feel much better and even crave things like (gasp) vegetables! Possibly just as important, after a stress filled shi*ty day at work, the stress just lifts away and doesn't seem important when there is longer detour up a bigger climb to a short trail through a city park I can hit on the way home. The wife tells me I'm much better to be around on weekdays now. I'm really inspired by all your stories.

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    There is a whole lot of awesome in this thread.

    Congrats to all & keep it up...very inspiring
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    1st pic 1 and 14 months ago at 445lbs, last pic 227.5, (lost 217.5lbs) done by eating better and of course riding my mtb and fixed gear bikes. On just my mtb since last August, i have logged 1830miles



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    FANTASTIC WORK! ! ! ! Sir Clay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clay7160 View Post
    1st pic 1 and 14 months ago at 445lbs, last pic 227.5, (lost 217.5lbs) done by eating better and of course riding my mtb and fixed gear bikes. On just my mtb since last august, i have logged 1830miles
    awesome!

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    I started @ 300 and am now 210, Size 44 to 32, Changed what I eat and how much, Kayak & Biking took about 2 years..
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    Dropped from 270 to 210 in the past couple years. Eating better and riding more. Getting under 200 is my goal, although that's gonna be tough, there's not much left on me! haha Most guys my height (6'3") don't get below 200, especially with my build.

    +rep for ya'll, too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corbinworks
    I started @ 300 and am now 210, Size 44 to 32, Changed what I eat and how much, Kayak & Biking took about 2 years..


    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Dropped from 270 to 210 in the past couple years. Eating better and riding more. Getting under 200 is my goal, although that's gonna be tough, there's not much left on me! haha Most guys my height (6'3") don't get below 200, especially with my build.

    +rep for ya'll, too
    If you ride a SS like your usernames suggests that makes it all the more impressive.

    I am in the same boat as you, grew a half inch this year to 6'3, 1/2...Am right at 201 at the moment.

    Keep it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clay7160 View Post
    1st pic 1 and 14 months ago at 445lbs, last pic 227.5, (lost 217.5lbs) done by eating better and of course riding my mtb and fixed gear bikes. On just my mtb since last August, i have logged 1830miles


    Outstanding!!!!

    You sir, are an inspiration to everyone

    Hell, I've already done my daily bike ride but I'm going o go ride some more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huskywolf View Post
    If you ride a SS like your usernames suggests that makes it all the more impressive....Keep it up.
    All SS for me, at least as of right now Thanks!

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    all of this is a huge inspiration to me, I hope to be a success also!

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    A work in progress

    Down from 370 to 270ish in this pic.


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    Thanks for all the kind words...I just weighed for my 17month and 2 week anniversary (normally weigh just once a month), i was 221.5, which is 1lb under being half my original starting weight; then went shopping for more clothes, i went from 62 inch waist and 5x shirts, to 38inch waist and xl shirts......it can be done, just keep plugging away !!
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    There is some outstanding efforts from you guys in this thread, its not often i drop into this sub forum but im so glad i did, you guys are an inspiration to anybody that has ANYTHING they want to change in their lives, you guys are a credit to yourselves, cheers from Oz.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's L'axeman View Post
    There is some outstanding efforts from you guys in this thread, its not often i drop into this sub forum but im so glad i did, you guys are an inspiration to anybody that has ANYTHING they want to change in their lives, you guys are a credit to yourselves, cheers from Oz.....
    Good find ! Just spent 1.5h reading through these unbelievable stories, rep all spent but will be back for the next few days till i get you all. Keep up the awesome work.
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    Great Motivation for me Here... thanks for sharing your stories...

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    amazing Clay! Your after picture looks like your much younger son!

    AC, I'm sure no body even recognizes you as the same guy they knew in 2011!

    Very inspiring gentlemen.

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    Hey guys,

    First post here but have read every thread

    Use to be a very active child, always playing outdoors especially riding my bike. Did a staggered ride from the Grampians to Canberra along the great dividing range in Australia doing a week at a time. Then the years ticked by and become less active and slowly accumulated the weight. But it all went downhill like one of the other members when i became addicted to World of Warcraft. I ballooned to 374lb in May of 2009 at 6ft1. It was at that time that i left Australia and traveled around europe for 2 years before moving to Whistler, BC. It was while i was in Whistler that i decided that i need to change my lifestyle and actively reduce my weight. I was originally jogging and had a whole new diet (no soda, no sweets, no takeout), but as you can imagine with that weight and jogging (did manage to get 15min off my PB for 5km) the knees began to feel the pain and decided that it was time to jump back on the bike!

    A friend of mine was kind enough to loan me her 3rd bike and have been using that for 2 months now. I am now down to 286lb and have lost 14in off my waist. Still got a long way to go but as a reward will be buying my self a bike for the start of next summer so that i can access more aggressive terrain
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    ^ Nicely done

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    It is extreamly amazing to go through this forum as a new comer, and see all the success most of you have had. It only brings positive thoughts for me and my future.

    I hope to one day post here of my sucess.

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    Cycling passion, An epic vacation, 18 months and a strong commitment

    I am not a writer but I would like to tell my story of my waking up to some realities of my life.

    I have suffered from justifying and rationalizing many things in my life in order to not truly deal with them. One of these things is my weight. I started to get chubby in my early teens and was 200 lbs by the time I was 17. I have always thought I looked fat in the mirror but I was told by many people that I wasn't fat and didn't look fat. I spent roughly the next 35 years weighing between 215 and 238 lbs on a 6ft frame knowing I was overweight and being less healthy than I should have been. I had truly accepted the extra weight as okay and just a part of who I was.

    For many years my wife and I have dreamed, imagined and talked about taking a vacation that would involve seeing many great national treasures like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, etc. and of course go ride some of the great mtb locations along the way. Well, the planets finally aligned for us around spring 2011 so that we both were able to get the time off from work necessary and have the extra funds available to put the epic vacation plans into place. So, in late May 2011 we began to seriously put everything together like combining some awesome mtb riding spots with visiting National parks, logistics, reservations and the like. Once most of the major trip plans were made, I found myself a few weeks later thinking about how this 51 y/o, 233 lb, mostly FL riding, weekend warrior was going to receive an ugly beatdown once I actually have to ride real western mountains for the first time (I've read the accounts of many others who've done the same...not pretty).

    I did have a decent level of fitness as my wife and I started riding bikes 3 to 4 days a week for over a decade earlier. The problem was I had also adjusted my calories upward to compensate for the extra exercise. As of the second week of June 2011, I started on a year long effort to get in really good shape for the big vacation. I knew I would lose some weight but the real focus was on going to be on fitness. I began to ride my bike(s) almost every day and for longer rides than ever before. By years end, I had pedaled almost 5500 miles and had lost appx. 20 lbs and was seeing big gains in strength and endurance. On January 1 2012, I weighed 212 lbs and was riding every day, feeling great and on my way to reaching the goal. Fast forward to May 26 2012, the day we left on vacation, I weighed 184 lbs and I had ridden over 4000 miles up to that point in the year and went on to have the awesome vacation (I linked the vlog my wife made of the trip at the bottom of this post) I hoped for and the fitness to match. Ironically, I rode less in those 22 days than I had at any point of the year and came back home only to realize that I still had the same interest in riding everyday as I had before the trip. I kept up with the riding all through the summer and fall and continued to get fitter and lighter.

    Well, the year is now over and I have really found out some things about myself. I found that for the first time in my life, I believed in what I wanted and I made the commitment to do what was necessary to see it through. I have pedaled 3 bikes a total of 10,600 miles in appx. 690 hrs. averaging 29.04 miles/1.91 hrs per day. I rode 350 days this year. Weight loss for 2012 was 48 lbs and total weight loss for the 18 months was 70 lbs. I also found out that I have much more mental toughness/ability to suffer than I thought previously. This fall I signed up for, completed and enjoyed my first two century road rides.

    I never set out to lose weight and I think that is why I succeeded. It was only after I committed to my fitness goals that I started to see and appreciate the weight loss. At some point I felt invested in all the work and began to make significant changes in what, when and how much I was eating. I have maintained my weight under 170 lbs for 2 months now and I am hopeful but not unrealistic about my odds of keeping the pounds off in the future. People who have known me for a long time think I look bad now, like I have an illness (one friend actually said I look like I have aids). Kind of funny how people think you look healthier when you are fat. The other funny thing is that I was always hot when I was fat and now I go around cold all the time.

    I share my story in hopes that it will help someone realize that they can be successful even if you have failed many times before. Staying committed to the goal was the key. I also have to say a huge THANK YOU to my wife, family and everyone else who put up with me and all the crazy hours I spent doing this very selfish thing. Also, Thank you to the MTBR members who have helped me with questions and concerns that I have had through out the year.

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    ^ well done sir!!!

    Feels rather vanilla to post my story after that.

    6'2" 252 this time last year, down to around 215-220 now. 205 is abs showing with my build, so 215 is a comfortable weight for me.

    Just got promoted to a desk job. Have a sneaking suspicion maintaining this weight may be harder than loosing the weight last year was.

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    this is great inspiration !!! Im 6'4" 300lbs and I'd love to lose 50+ lbs but i never stick to my routine. I get bored very easily and usually go back down the wrong path. As much as i love to go out and ride i always find an excuse not to do it ??? Im very curious as to what you Clydes eat before or after a good ride. Im usually to exhausted when i come back to cook anything so therefore i eat garbage. So what do you guys eat ??????

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    Thanks for the post and sharing it gives me hope.

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    Awesome stories folks. Great motivation.
    I am restoring/updating my 1996 GF Paragon. Should be done soon and training starts.
    I'm 6'1" 267. My goal is to get down to at least 210 or lower by December 2013.
    When training starts I'll have the wifey take a before pic (wide lens of course haha) and after.

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    I guess I'm a "small" clyde. I'm 5'9" @ 215lbs down from 228lbs a few months ago; I decided to lose weight for racing. I've raced before, but never got really serious about shedding the weight to be more competitive.

    I'd like to peak out at 200lbs so I can be as light as I can for the Clydesdale class. 200lbs is "six pack abs" showing time, so at 38, I wouldn't mind that extra boost of confidence.

    I think I carry most of my weight in my legs (and bubble butt). Laying off the weights was also part of my race training regimen - I tend to pack on weight when I lift. I was a body builder in my 20's, so I would get up to 230lbs in the off-season, to diet down to 185lbs @ 3% body fat. Not fun!

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    Thanks everyone for all of these posts. I can't wait until I start this adventure.

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    When I was in my early 20s 25 years ago I was 6'3" (still about that height) and race weight was about 175, racing Expert at that time. 10 years later with 2 very young kids I was spending very little time on the bike, and weighed 225, -in poor fitness. About 3 years ago I started eating slightly better (cutting down on sodapop, fries and the pizza lunch buffet mostly) and dropped about 15-25 pounds. Then 1.5 years ago I started riding twice a week for an hour each time, and dropped another 15 pounds in a year. Now I'm down to 175 again riding 4-5 times per week, and got a 'podium'/3rd in a Cat 2 mtb race a few weeks ago. It feels very-very good to be fit again. My goal is to be a good 40-50 masters Expert in a year, and to get moved up in points in cx in the fall.

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    2010 – 317 lbs. Felt like a slug. Had to catch my breath after walking up a flight of stairs.
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    Today – 223 lbs. Happiest I’ve ever been.
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    I've spent the past 3 years mountain biking and running (every single day the weather allows) losing and keeping off 94 lbs. I've gone from xxxl to xl shirts and from a 46 to a 38 waist. I'm 3 weeks away from my 100 lb weight loss milestone and intend to reach 190 lbs for a total weight loss of 127 lbs. My entire life has been transformed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtorlando25 View Post
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    I've spent the past 3 years mountain biking and running (every single day the weather allows) losing and keeping off 94 lbs. I've gone from xxxl to xl shirts and from a 46 to a 38 waist. I'm 3 weeks away from my 100 lb weight loss milestone and intend to reach 190 lbs for a total weight loss of 127 lbs. My entire life has been transformed.
    Great stuff jtorlando25

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    Here's "before". Never done cardio in my life so I bought a bike to hopefully find a fun way to do it that I'll stick to. I'll post "after" if I trim down

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    I'm just now starting my journey, I started at 368 lbs in March. For the past month I've been watching what I eat, drinking a ton of water and running about 6.5 miles a week. My knees have had enough of that so I'm going to transition to riding my bike until I lose a lot of weight. I rode one day last week, and really enjoyed it. It brought back fond memories of the days when i rode a lot. I was 250 in high school and rode a rigid Fuji Cro-Mo. I got down to 225 in 2001 and rode my current bike a HT Jamis with a RS Tora Fork, in the Cascades of Washington State. Right now I don't have any ride oriented goals per say, my goal for the summer is to run in 3 Spartan Races( look it up if you don't know what they are, it's pretty cool). My goal is to lose 30 lbs by the Middle of July, and 60 lbs by the end of summer. If I can get down to 300, I'm going to reward myself with a road bike. Here's a picture of me at 368 with my normal sized wife. As if today I'm at 355.


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    These are basically my first Hesitation Point self shots from Brown County for each of the last few years. It kinda shows my weight loss.

    These pictures probably range about the last 75lbs in weight loss. I am around 225 today, started at 363.








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    In the past 3 years, I went through 3 frames, more parts than I care to tally, and have more scars and stories than I can keep track of and best of all, as of this evening, I've lost 100 lbs.

    2009: 317 lbs. Today: 217 lbs

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    Post your BEFORE & AFTER success story photo's-fat.jpg

    In order:

    350, 320, 299, 275, 250, 225.

    Running, biking and good diet. The trifecta.

    I need to get some more bike pics...

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    Some of you guys are just amazing on your weight loss.. Right on!!

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    Awesome set of pics!

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    Before / after pics from last time I went through the grind 10 years ago:

    Before 390ish:


    1 year later 235ish:

    Mainly WeightWatchers (online, no group stuff), and very little exercise.

    This time taking it slower, eating more "normal" vs diet, more exercise. From 366 down to 319, I'll post some new pics when I progress a little further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAP_Pete View Post
    Before / after pics from last time I went through the grind 10 years ago:

    Before 390ish:


    1 year later 235ish:

    Mainly WeightWatchers (online, no group stuff), and very little exercise.

    This time taking it slower, eating more "normal" vs diet, more exercise. From 366 down to 319, I'll post some new pics when I progress a little further.
    Awesomeness, keep it up man.

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    What happened that caused you to gain it all back? I'm eating pretty normal, or I should say in a sustainable way (Paleo) but I still fear I'll hit my goal and eventually gain it back. I'm at 60+ pounds lost since Christmas and I can't imagine going back to 300+ pounds.

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    I documented my journey from 325 to 220 here:
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    325ish


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    I'm now biking, but my MTB is cooked so I'm rebuilding a road bike

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    Re: Post your BEFORE & AFTER success story photo's

    Me at 215. I had quit weightlifting and lost all of my muscle. Probably around 2006.

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    325lbs around 08. Held that until 2011 o decided I needed to do something about it. Being in my 30s I knew it was only going to get harder.

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    Started weightlifting again, martial arts, riding bikes. Started doing a lot of stuff and just watching what I ate in general. No diets, just eating more food in its natural state. I sit around 265 now and maybe will try and drop another 20. I am trying to keep as much size as possible though and not be fat. Not interested in killing myself to be muscular, I just want to be strong, flexible, powerful and have good endurance, that's not too much to ask is it?

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    it's a slow roll for me but it's paying off, I'm really into my new lifestyle now, there's about 60# difference in the photo

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    Aug 2013 - 230lbs


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    Nice work! You even look happier. Care to share what you did to shave off the 30lbs?

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    Well, having read through the entire “before and after” thread and having seen the amazing stories everyone had, I guess it’s my turn to throw my hat in the ring on this but I am going to use a bit of a different approach to this (similar to what stormcrowe did back in 2005, but not quite at his level). As I am just getting started, my intent is to document things from the beginning and update as I go along and take whatever helpful tidbits come my was as I go…. I have noticed this thread has kind of died lately so maybe I can help get it restarted…..

    About me: I am 40 years old, 5’10” and weigh in at 253 pounds. I was a decent athlete in high school (not great, but not too bad either) and was always stocky. I humbly state that I was fairly muscular/strong (not any kind of massive person, more of a body type kind of thing) which always led to me weighing about 15-20 pounds more than people would think…. (I state this because it is ludicrous for me to think about weighing 170 again as that is what I weighed at my absolute peak of physical fitness in high school. For me, 200 is a very appropriate target and then I will see where to go from there…) Throughout my 20’s and 30’s, I would occasionally do some sort of physical activity but overall I would rate myself as pretty sedentary… About 10 years ago, I started getting in to playing poker (both online and live) as a hobby (I currently either deal or play poker 3 nights per week)…. Well, that’s not the best thing for someone in my situation as 1) it’s even more sitting around and 2) you gotta have some beers while playing, right????? I have a rather sedentary job (do walk around some but pretty stationary overall.) I think you get the gist of my overall lifestyle…..

    Two years ago, I bought a bike with the intent of really getting into riding to get my weight down and to become healthier. Obviously that hasn’t gone according to plan…. Like so many, I have the whole gamut of excuses (married, 2 young daughters, busy with work, too tired, too cold out, etc, etc…) not to mention I am a MASTER procrastinator….. so over the course of these last two years, there have been attempts to really get this thing going but have ultimately failed. Period.

    A few months ago, I noticed my XL t-shirts were getting even more snug (to the point I was digging through my shirts to find all of the XXL and not wearing the XL) and my size 40 pants were turning into size 42….. Getting frustrated, the thoughts of “I really gotta get committed to this” started creeping into my head. These thoughts started to become more and more pervasive until I finally had that “aha moment”. I was watching my 2 daughters (age 1 and 4) play and it hit me that if I don’t get off my ass, there is a real possibility their father won’t be around for them someday sooner rather than later.

    At that point, it was cold outside (there’s using cold as an excuse than there’s the reality that it’s too damn cold outside!!! Colorado weather is funny like that.. One winter day can be sunny and 55 degrees and literally the next day can be snowy/overcast with a low of 5 degrees….) So I started using the treadmill with the intent of getting some legs under myself so when bike season returned I would be ready!!! At this point, the “I know I gotta do this” motivation was there but the actual practice of religiously doing this wasn’t quite in place… I would say I managed an hour on the treadmill 2-3 times per week. I alternated between the walk/run workouts and the incline workouts… Funny thing is, I found that even doing that little bit made a difference in my conditioning and I was able to increase the workload every week…. To further increase my motivation, I decided to get some clipless pedals and shoes (more on this later)….

    About three weeks ago, I was finally able to get on my bike!!!! I have an 11 mile ride close to home that I like to ride (part of a much longer trail, like 100+ mile trail, that goes down to New Mexico and I think up to Wyoming) that has a good mix of flat and hills… The first time I rode really took a lot of effort but the crowning glory was that I made it out to do the ride and it was only 55 degrees outside (part of the aforementioned “too cold” category) I have already worked in two other days doing the ride and find myself improving with each ride. As an even bigger perk, it is something like 62 outside today so guess where I am going????

    My current mindset: I find that I am really motivated to get out and ride my bike. As I was reading through this thread today I found myself literally wanting to just get out of my chair and go!!!!! I am conscientiously making choices that allow me to workout (e.g., even though I was tired yesterday, I skipped a nap and squeezed in 45 minutes of treadmill before going to dinner)

    However, knowing myself as I do, (I am not one of those jump in with both feet types) the eating better thing that a lot of people mentioned as being REALLY helpful isn’t totally on the table as of yet. I love my diet cherry pepsi/dr. pepper and neither my wife nor myself really enjoy cooking so you can only imagine how crappy my diet is as we eat out….. A LOT!!!! Not to mention that poker/beer thing I mentioned…. I have begun using portion control as a first step in this arena. Examples; ordering the regular size combo instead of the large, ordering 3 tacos instead of 4, not drinking on a given poker night, etc. For me, this is a necessary STEP that will help me get to eating better overall as it is not totally taking the things I love to eat/drink out of the picture but the simple act of decreasing my intake of such things has not only maintained my motivation but also improved it as I have ordered two salads in situations in which I have normally ordered cheeseburgers within the past two weeks. Admittedly with ranch………..

    So there it is, in a not so small nutshell. As I mentioned above, I hope this turns out to be the motivator/accountability mechanism I envision it to be. Like I said in the beginning, I will be posting updates as I go along so feel free to chime in with anything that relates!!!
    Well now you have written it down so your committed to success. Good luck and get riding. Don't forget to have fun while riding as well. That's part of what makes mountain biking so great.

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

    As for the beer. I love it too. Big hoppy beers are my favorite which adds up to a ton of calories. For me I have to keep that in moderation. Like just on the weekends or a post ride beer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



    Best of luck everyone. Never give up.

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

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

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

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



    Best of luck everyone. Never give up.

    If you have any questions PM me. Thanks - Hutch
    Great job, hutch. Now, just keep on pedaling! Those are some impressive numbers!

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    Congrats Hutch!!! Very Inspirational!
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    Grats Hutch! Pretty damn cool to see success like that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    la10slgr,

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

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

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

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

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    circa 2003 around the time i was diagnosed with cancer. Peaked around 280 lbs at 6'1
    Post your BEFORE &amp; AFTER success story photo's-a02529d6bde211e3877b123e278baa12_7.jpg

    Fast forward to today. Cancer free and going strong. 189 lbs 6'4

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    More inspiration.

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


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    Huskeywolf,

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

    Great story.

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    Husky,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I pretty much sum it up like this

    - Quit Video gaming 10 hours a day

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

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

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

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

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

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