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    Quote Originally Posted by bemory1
    A heart rate monitor has helped me a lot along with reading everything I could find about proper training.
    I recently started using a heart rate monitor in my workouts and I think it has helped me a lot in knowing the intensity of my workout. I use one that keeps track of how many calories burned. I recently went on a 18 mile mountain bike ride and I burned over 5100 calories (I am 5'11 and weigh 250 lb).

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    My turn to join in the fun, though I'm still "in progress":

    I was an athlete in high school and into college, competing in basketball, volleyball and rowing - I usually had a bit of a gut, but was in decent shape (6'4", 210-220). After I got my BA I started working full-time as a computer technician and started working on my masters - needless to say, I didn't have much time for organized sports much less regular workouts and the less I worked out the less I felt like working out. It was a vicious cycle paired with eating habits I kept from when I was burning 1,000+ calories a day. I ended up at around 270 lbs before I got my act together and started working out again.

    My initial drop, 2 years ago, was down to about 245. Since then I've managed to more or less maintain the weight with sporadic workouts and eating better. I started riding about 2 years ago, too, and have really enjoyed the cardio benefits and the sheer fun of riding my bike again. Last month I was about 255 and starting to get upset at myself for backsliding a bit, so I got a heart rate monitor and went to work. 2 spin classes, a short/long run, some weights and a good long ride on the weekends every week for the past month or so and I'm down to 240.

    I'm eating better, feeling better, and looking forward to getting back down to my "fighting weight". The HRM has made a huge difference not just in giving me feedback on how hard I'm working, but also just helping me set goals, track my progress and see my results on the Polar website - having that feedback is key for maintaining motivation.

    I'll try to post some pictures later.

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    Wow, brilliant guys...Losing weight has been the greatest accomplishment of my life heres my testimonial....

    I've always been festively plump but through out high school i gradually gained weight to the point where I was obese.

    September 2003 I was 215lbs, 34%bf and ridden with knee problems. I also had a resting heart rate of 82bpm.

    This is exceptionally bad because I was 17 and a short 5'8. I had been mtb'ing since i was 12, but whatever riding i did was counteracted by the post ride feast i enjoyed.

    Well anyways there comes a point where youre sick of finishing in the bottom quarter of beginner races when you have 5 years of riding under your belt. There also comes a point where you're sick of being in the 'friendzone' with girls in your high school class (see the movie 'just friends' ) So i coughed up a ton of money to buy a gym pass.. I knew a gym pass would force me to go to the gym cause i payed so bloody much. I started with jogging 10mins on a treadmill which i hated with a passion, and cutting down the crap food.

    6 months later I was 190lbs and 27% bf.

    Now in 2nd year university Im 168lbs, 17% bf and considering entry to the 20-29 expert category. I can jog for 2hrs at 6.5 miles per hour now and have no problem with my knees. My resting heart rate is 53bpm and i feel better than ever.

    I still have my gr 12 grad picture to serve me some humble pie every morning, but i also have some race medals to show what a little hardwork and commitment can do.

    Congratulations to all of you. I admire your will power, dedication and perseverence. It's something no naturally gifted 140lb hill climber will ever understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    Here I am on a 106 mile road ride, Solo and unsupported! This is great, considering last March I was in that wheelchair and post surgical! Mar 11, 106 mile ride, exactly 1 year after my surgery and weight loss, is that a great way to celebrate it, or what? As of right now, my weight loss is going quite well still, at a cumulative 332 pounds lost. I'm now a 249, vs. the 581 I was at last march 11!

    Great job!!!!! You should be very proud...

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    Down to 241 from 581 now!

    That's right, you read that right! 241 pounds and my new goal is 185! I am going to get out of the Clyde class! Nothing wrong with being a Clyde, but I want to get down to 15% body fat or a bit lower. It's doable too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    That's right, you read that right! 241 pounds and my new goal is 185! I am going to get out of the Clyde class! Nothing wrong with being a Clyde, but I want to get down to 15% body fat or a bit lower. It's doable too!

    I humbly bow to your commitment and tenacity. Oh Master of weight loss, honor me by accepting my most sincere and heartfelt congratulations on your most outstanding achievement.

    One can only wonder when your handle might change to “Results not typical”...
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    Nice Job!

    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    That's right, you read that right! 241 pounds and my new goal is 185! I am going to get out of the Clyde class! Nothing wrong with being a Clyde, but I want to get down to 15% body fat or a bit lower. It's doable too!
    Stormcrowe,
    I have been following this thread for quite some time. Congrats and all the weight loss so far and rediscovering cycling. Be sure and post up when you drop below Clyde.

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    I'm 5'11 & right now I weigh 270 I was at 290 for a long time. I was in a really bad car wreck a while back & I knocked 4 teeth out broke my wrist & 3 ribs. So all I did for 6 months was eat & watch TV It hurt to do anything else. Now I've always been in good shape I've always weighed about 185-190 so having this extra weight is killing me.
    After the car wreck I went up to 240 & the holidays hit & I gained about 40 pounds!!!!
    I used to ride alot out west & I started missing it. I'm ride 7 times a week weather premitting. I'm doing this the hard way with a SS bike. I'm not sure I can get back down to
    180ish 200 would be great I've gained more muscle mass right now. I'm a steady at 270 because of the muscle I've lost weight around my waist. So I'm getting there so a bit slowly

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    lost 100lbs in one year

    my wife was over 220lbs when she got the bike 3 years ago, the after shot was taken 3 weeks ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by mateoway
    over 200lbs when she got the bike 3 years ago, the after shot was taken 3 weeks ago

    Wow, great turn around, congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smw
    Wow, great turn around, congrats.

    Sean
    Yeah no kidding!

    So you guys/ladies losing all this weight. What kinds of differences have you made in your diet and what kind of riding are you doing? I've been riding for five weeks now, eating much better (turkey sandwiches for lunch, light dinners, etc) and though my fitness has improved considerably my weight doesn't seem to be coming down much. Maybe a few pounds down, though I do feel a bit thinner. What else did you all do - how much were you riding per week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonicsuby
    Yeah no kidding!

    So you guys/ladies losing all this weight. What kinds of differences have you made in your diet and what kind of riding are you doing? I've been riding for five weeks now, eating much better (turkey sandwiches for lunch, light dinners, etc) and though my fitness has improved considerably my weight doesn't seem to be coming down much. Maybe a few pounds down, though I do feel a bit thinner. What else did you all do - how much were you riding per week?
    Take into consideration that while you are burning the fat off, you are also gaining muscle so the poundage won't just fall off. A good measure would be to measure your waistline, leg, and arm diameter. Another would be to measure your body fat. The electric body fat scales aren't the most accurate but will be a decent gauge if you measure with the same one all the time.

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    Thanks. I'll start doing some measurements. I'm going to be putting some weight equipment in to the extra room in my home, hopefully in the next month or so, so I'll pick up a nice scale (one that does body fat % hopefully) and keep watching it. I know that just by looking at my legs (especially my calves) they're getting MUCH stronger, so they're probably helping to keep the weight up.

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    Jeebus!

    Hotties on bikes! You go girl. Nice tan too.

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    Stormcrowe... AMAZING story.

    Wow. I just discovered this thread and it simply is inspiring... I dunno how else to put it. I'm not a clydesdale, and I can't even comprehend the amount of dedication and devotion you must have up in that head up there to turn your life around like that. Its... incredible!

    Great job and keep up the updates

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    That's right, you read that right! 241 pounds and my new goal is 185! I am going to get out of the Clyde class! Nothing wrong with being a Clyde, but I want to get down to 15% body fat or a bit lower. It's doable too!
    You're looking great, Tom! First of all, a big hearty congratulations on reaching your original goal of 250. I like the fact that you have adjusted that goal to sub-clyde status and are now targeting 185. 56 pounds to go and I know you'll make it in the next year with your discipline and new lifestyle change.

    I like the clean shaven face.

    Tell us about how you feel on the bike now at your lower weight. Are you using different gears? Knees feeling better? Stamina/Endurance increased? Have you been able to change your position on the bike from upright to a little more angle with the last 100 pounds of weight loss?

    BB

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    You're looking great, Tom! First of all, a big hearty congratulations on reaching your original goal of 250. I like the fact that you have adjusted that goal to sub-clyde status and are now targeting 185. 56 pounds to go and I know you'll make it in the next year with your discipline and new lifestyle change.

    I like the clean shaven face.

    Tell us about how you feel on the bike now at your lower weight. Are you using different gears? Knees feeling better? Stamina/Endurance increased? Have you been able to change your position on the bike from upright to a little more angle with the last 100 pounds of weight loss?

    BB
    Lessee, Stamina: I rode my first century ride three weeks ago (107.7 miles 7hrs 15 mins)
    Knees: Far better!

    Gears: Spending a lot of time on the big ring now, I'm a LOT stronger, rarely have to drop to the small ring on the crank even on hills. I'm currently training on a 15% grade for hill climbing doing "wind sprints"

    Bike Stance: New primary bike is a Raleigh Road Bike from the 80's, and I ride competitively now, with that Eddy Merxx stance (HB lower than saddle). I'm really more of a roadie anymore than a mountainbiker I've also been doing a little velodrome riding.

    Did a 106 mile tour on the anniversary date of my surgery as well. (2 days) This was a fully loaded, self supported ride, no sag wagon.
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    Hi all, just read this thread for the first time today and it blows me away, especially stormcrowe, you should write a book, it would make quite a read.
    I myself am not that big, 6ft 190'ish, most of my fat is round my middle (36" waist) but i would like to drop a little and get back close to the size i was when i raced.
    Anyway keep up the good work and i hope you all reach your goals, whatever they may be.



    This is what i look like now, can you guess which picture was taken in Scotland and which in Colorado? LOL. (from the uk btw).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravedoja
    Hi all, just read this thread for the first time today and it blows me away, especially stormcrowe, you should write a book, it would make quite a read.
    I myself am not that big, 6ft 190'ish, most of my fat is round my middle (36" waist) but i would like to drop a little and get back close to the size i was when i raced.
    Anyway keep up the good work and i hope you all reach your goals, whatever they may be.



    This is what i look like now, can you guess which picture was taken in Scotland and which in Colorado? LOL. (from the uk btw).
    Thanks, and I am working on one. Manuscript is called "The Amazing Shrinking Man"

    Lessee, guess which one is Scotland? That's a hard one! It's the foggy one.
    The Colorado pic also has entirely too many trees and the wrong type! (My family hails from Motherwell! [Alba go bragh!] )
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    Awesome forum

    I just had to let you know that this is an inspiring forum. In 2000 I was told by my Dr. that if I didn't change my lifestyle th I wouldn't live to see forty. You see, I was a 5'10" 396lb slob and I was a diabetic. I also smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day and couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without breathing extremely hard and seeing those little blinky things when I did. I went and got myself a cheap Trek 6000 hardtail. I remember getting on it, riding about a block, being out of breath, tossing my cigarette that was dangling from my lips and saying, "Damn, I don't remember this being so hard". My wife wisely mentioned the fact that I couldn't quit because I had just spent money on this new bike and she urged me to keep going. Flash forward to present. I am now down to 265lbs, no longer have to take the diabetes pills, can ride the local singletrack until I decide to quit and have went from that Trek to a 2000 Cannondale Super V to a 2004 Specialized Enduro to a 2006 Titus Moto-lite. I recently gave the Super V to another Clyde that I met on the trails. This Super V had been upgraded to XTR throughout, had a Marzocchi MX pro front fork installed and had the wheels upgrade to Rhyno-lite XL's for someone of my weight. I just wanted to make sure that this Clyde (my friend) would continue to ride and keep dropping weight. I think that by the end of 2006 I will be approaching 200lbs in weight and will have extended my life by years. Keep up all the good work and keep shedding those pounds. I know that I will.

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    LOL, yep, you're right of course, the other pic was taken last year on the peaks trail near Breckenridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    That's right, you read that right! 241 pounds and my new goal is 185! I am going to get out of the Clyde class! Nothing wrong with being a Clyde, but I want to get down to 15% body fat or a bit lower. It's doable too!
    holy moly...
    I have hope to get down to 220 from 290...
    I used to be a boxer and I want to get back down to a classifiable fighting weight.

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    My story, The beginning

    Hlo, first off I would like to congratulate you all on reaching you're goals. Stormecrow, you're picture should be next to the word "inspiration" in the dictionary. Truly amazing. Ok so anyhow, I am 28 yrs old, married and have a 3-1/2 yr old son. I stand 5' 6" tall and weigh 246. 5 years ago when my wife and I first started dating I weighed right around 200lbs until when my son was about 8 months old I got laid off for about 3 months and put on about 50 lbs. My wife and I both smoke and eat horribly, difference is she has a super high metabolism and is 5' 4" tall and weighs like 115. She also models. So here I am carrying around this weight and a tinge of guilt for the past few years. I feel sometimes like I do not deserve to be with someone as attractive as my wife is. SO its time for a change!!!
    Last year after getting married we went to Vegas for a week. Talk about feeling uncomfortable! Couldnt hardly walk through the casino's and had to deal with other "less round" men hitting on my wife for a week straight... Not good. So after vacation I decided it was time. We both bought Dept store bikes and started to ride a little bit. I could hardly make it a block. So winter came and that was that.
    This year in about the first week of may I pulled out the old $70 dick's special and went for a ride. I felt like I would die but stayed on it. Averaged about 3 miles per ride dying the whole way. So first week of June I cut out all pop from my diet went from 4 20 oz bottles a day to now only water!!! Thats all I drink, Literally water and gatorade on ride days. I picked up a trek 3900 three weeks ago and have been riding every three days on average. I suddenly find myself feeling MUCH better. Im going farther now then ever. This week alone I did my first single track course at 9.2 miles on monday. Also last night I set a new personal best on pavement of 10.5 miles in 45 minutes. I am still not eating much better but am working on that slowly but surely. I cant believe how much better I feel already it's wonderful. I feel that If I can drop the weight and be healthier I'll be here longer for both my wife and my child.
    I havent noticed anysignificasnt weight loss yet but like I said Im not eating right yet either. I hope to be down to 180 by this time next year. I also want to be able to ride 20 miles a day by the end of summer. I hope to reach it. I have the next 4 days off for the holiday and hope to do 40 miles. (we'll see about that one lol). I already feel more deserving of my wife even for the effort Im putting forward. Just exersizing is helping restore my confidence. Its great!!!!
    Anyhow I'm sorry this is so long winded and thank you for reading. Wish me luck on my journey and good luck to all of you. I'll post some pictures when I have more time.
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tahopp
    Hlo, first off I would like to congratulate you all on reaching you're goals. Stormecrow, you're picture should be next to the word "inspiration" in the dictionary. Truly amazing. Ok so anyhow, I am 28 yrs old, married and have a 3-1/2 yr old son. I stand 5' 6" tall and weigh 246. 5 years ago when my wife and I first started dating I weighed right around 200lbs until when my son was about 8 months old I got laid off for about 3 months and put on about 50 lbs. My wife and I both smoke and eat horribly, difference is she has a super high metabolism and is 5' 4" tall and weighs like 115. She also models. So here I am carrying around this weight and a tinge of guilt for the past few years. I feel sometimes like I do not deserve to be with someone as attractive as my wife is. SO its time for a change!!!
    Last year after getting married we went to Vegas for a week. Talk about feeling uncomfortable! Couldnt hardly walk through the casino's and had to deal with other "less round" men hitting on my wife for a week straight... Not good. So after vacation I decided it was time. We both bought Dept store bikes and started to ride a little bit. I could hardly make it a block. So winter came and that was that.
    This year in about the first week of may I pulled out the old $70 dick's special and went for a ride. I felt like I would die but stayed on it. Averaged about 3 miles per ride dying the whole way. So first week of June I cut out all pop from my diet went from 4 20 oz bottles a day to now only water!!! Thats all I drink, Literally water and gatorade on ride days. I picked up a trek 3900 three weeks ago and have been riding every three days on average. I suddenly find myself feeling MUCH better. Im going farther now then ever. This week alone I did my first single track course at 9.2 miles on monday. Also last night I set a new personal best on pavement of 10.5 miles in 45 minutes. I am still not eating much better but am working on that slowly but surely. I cant believe how much better I feel already it's wonderful. I feel that If I can drop the weight and be healthier I'll be here longer for both my wife and my child.
    I havent noticed anysignificasnt weight loss yet but like I said Im not eating right yet either. I hope to be down to 180 by this time next year. I also want to be able to ride 20 miles a day by the end of summer. I hope to reach it. I have the next 4 days off for the holiday and hope to do 40 miles. (we'll see about that one lol). I already feel more deserving of my wife even for the effort Im putting forward. Just exersizing is helping restore my confidence. Its great!!!!
    Anyhow I'm sorry this is so long winded and thank you for reading. Wish me luck on my journey and good luck to all of you. I'll post some pictures when I have more time.
    Thanks,
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    This magnificent obsession has completely changed my life for the better! Admittedly, I've turned into a roadie, but cycling is cycling! Again, welcome back!

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    I'll try not to make this too wordy. On April 17th, 2006 I decided to get rid of the extra weight I've been carrying around. I am 6'3" and at that time was weighing in at about 250. I changed my eating habits to include a 2000 calorie diet that had only 30% or less calories from fat. I also have one day a week that is a cheat day which I can eat whatever I want. Those are the days we have friends over to bbq and drink, etc. I also purchased a bike after about 2 weeks on the diet. I used to ride a lot back in high school 15 years ago and loved every minute of it. For some reason or another I got out of it. So far I've lost 35 lbs. and have about 30 more to go. I want to be at about 285. I think that is a good weight for someone my height. So here are some pics.

    Right before I started


    This one is around xmas 05 but is the same size I was when I started.



    Here are two from last weekend and the fourth.




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