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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:
    http://www.bicycling.com/bke/slide/h...1-81-0,00.html

    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
    - 78 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
    height: 170cm
    vegetarian
    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)
    ILIKENORTHSHOREANDICANNOTLIE
    glory, glory hallelujah...


    any1 guess what bike I ride?

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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.

    keep the faith everyone.
    Let it flow, let yourself go, slow and low, that is the tempo.

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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.
    before
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheese302/4499274737/" title="high kick by Cheese302, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2738/4499274737_2c3f0364cd.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="high kick" /></a>
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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.

    Rick
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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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