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    Post your BEFORE & AFTER success story photo's

    I don't have an "after" photo yet of my self, becuase I'm still "during."

    However, I thought it would be good to get a single thread together with all the before/after success pictures. Lets keep it simple and concise:

    1) Before & After Weight (or dimensions/etc)
    2) Before & After Photos
    3) How long it took to transform yourself
    4) Brief Statement of how you did it

    Hypothetical Example:

    Hi, I'm bob, I went from 280 to 220 in 10 months by cutting fried food and soda's and riding 3x wk, here's my photo's:

    <img src="www.brokenlink.com.jpeg">

    and

    <img src="www.brokenlink.com.jpeg">
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    Come on ya'll....this board was littered with success stories when it first popped up...lets get them gathered up!!
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    I was 230 lbs. on Jan. 1st. I'm now 195 lbs. and still working at a lower target. I just got on that f%$&ing trainer every day and stopped the snacking. Losing is a lot harder that gaining at 51.Weather is getting better, so, I'll be able to do real rides almost daily. There is a trail a quarter mile from the house. I guess the real trick is sticking with it and keeping the weight off. I tend to get lazy in the fall when the snow starts.

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    ok here it goes

    Feb 1 2002 found me at UCLA in a surgeons office talking about preperations for bariactric surgery the following may. My weight...458lbs. at 6'1" 41yrs. old I wore a size 60" waist and was obviously a mess. I started a diet/exercise routine to try and lose as much as possible before the surgery. I had so much sucess that I cancelled the surgery. Later that year I took up mtb. By thanksgiving 02 I was down to 320lbs., but had a bad mtb accident that kept me off the bike for a extended time. Fast forward to thanksgiving 04, I weigh in at 380lbs. and decide I have to get serious about my health. I take up roadbiking and got hooked, this morn I stepped on the scales at 275lbs, my goal is to get down to 220lbs., and now I'm confident I'll be able to. I wear a size 42"-44" waist now. So far this year I've logged over 1400 miles on the road and have done 3 organized centurys. The trick now is to balance my road riding with mtbing. I'll post 3 pics ,1 at 458, 1 at 380 , and 1 at 280.
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    OMG!! It's been so long since I saw you at that prior weight... I'd forgotten how ya looked then... have I mentioned today how proud I am of you???

    I am bigkahunas lil sis and a roadie as well... gave my mtn bike to my nephew, kahunas boy, since he needed a bigger size as he is growing...

    anyway, if THIS post doesn't inspire you, nothing will! we have ridden the 3 centuries together... our first 3 for both of us... kahuna is just getting stronger and stronger and really challenges me to keep up now! (insert I have to draft him to keep up these days! LOL) It's so fun to have such a great hobby in common with my big brother, and gives us an endless source of conversation and a great way to spend time together away from TV, phones and pagers!

    bigkahunadad... you really are an inspiration...

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Sure

    In 2004 I lost close to 60 pounds and over the winter gained some back.
    More on that later.

    I'm still trying to lose that but the new job and the wifes' health problems aren't
    making it easier.

    Last summer it was easy to lose the weight since my job had been outsourced
    and after looking for jobs in the AM all I had to do was ride. Almost 2500 miles
    later....

    Here's some before and after pics:

    Before Just Big - Sheesh:
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    After I'd lost about 60 pounds:
    <img src="http://pod.ath.cx/w8/todddown60.jpg">

    My rides:
    http://pod.ath.cx/bikedecide/bikedecide.html

    My Specialized Epic Dual Boinger on the left, my Giant TCR2 roadie on the right.
    If you click on the bike icons you can go to a series of ride reports I've done around
    those rides.

    My wife has lost over 150 pounds since those days and she's a lot faster on the
    bike - she initially rode a recumbent but now has a mountain bike and is looking
    at getting a road bike. I'll see if she's agreeable to having her own pics
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    Listen! Okay I'm In...

    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    I don't have an "after" photo yet of my self, becuase I'm still "during."

    However, I thought it would be good to get a single thread together with all the before/after success pictures. Lets keep it simple and concise:

    1) Before & After Weight (or dimensions/etc)
    2) Before & After Photos
    3) How long it took to transform yourself
    4) Brief Statement of how you did it

    Hypothetical Example:

    Hi, I'm bob, I went from 280 to 220 in 10 months by cutting fried food and soda's and riding 3x wk, here's my photo's:

    <img src="www.brokenlink.com.jpeg">

    and

    <img src="www.brokenlink.com.jpeg">
    Started riding in January 2003. 245 buck naked.
    I'm down to 194 and in better shape than ever, ride 3X or more a week, RHR is 49, and I want to lose at least 10 more, ideaaly 15, 180 seems reasonable. Oh, I'm 41 and 5'9".
    Pix to follow as soon as I get some recent ones to do b4 and after. I enjoy these kind o' threads, they inspire me. I sometimes feel like noone knows the "thrill of fitness"( hey- book title? ).

    Has anyone else hit this wall, that is, have you guys experienced a huge slowdown in the pounds lost after a certain point/ It took me three months to lose twenty, another six to lose another twnty, and now over a year to lose the last 10-15. The doc says I'm very heathy across the board i.e. very low cholesteral, good overall health, etc. She says it's the muscle from riding that I gained which accounts for the difficulty in losing the rest...
    Well?
    High up above, aliens hover, making home movies for the folks back home...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr magu
    The doc says I'm very heathy across the board i.e. very low cholesteral, good overall health, etc. She says it's the muscle from riding that I gained which accounts for the difficulty in losing the rest...
    Well?
    Yup. Same thing happened to me when I started in the gym. Lost about 25lbs in a about 4 months, then I could lose nothing. Thing was all my clothing got looser on me, but the weight stayed the same.

    Basically it was the muscle gain off setting the weight loss.

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    I used to weigh 215 w/ 12% body fat then I got a really cool girlfriend. Four months later I got a dog. Two years later I weigh 240lbs and have an unknown amount of body fat. Good news is can still buy bike parts just as fast as I was I could two years ago.

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    i have only been riding about 2 years now and not all that much until just recently.i own a 2003 redline monocog. i started out at about 325 or so.. im 6'0 .. my bike is a singlespeed. i am not at 295. i just changed cogs on my bike to a 16t cog so its a little more challenging to ride for me wich is good. i havent lost a ton fo weight but its a start and i know im getting stronger cause i can do things that i used to not be able to do on bike such as riding distances and hills.this pic is of me last year at 320 at south padre island sept 2004.im on the far left with the greyt shirt on and shorts

    today i feel great and have a ton of energy i started commuting to work everyday now on my singlespeed and riding about 2 hours after i get off of work almost everyday.the ride is only about 30 moinutes but it has a couple good hills that i dread riding almost everday.i consider riding my SS training till i can afford a mountain bike.i am thinking about getting a bigger chainwheel pretty soon too within the next 6 months or so. hopefully in a year i'll have a mountain bike and be kicking some ass here in austin on the trails. best of luck to each of you.i have a long ways to go myself and seeing the weight some of you guys lost inspires me to keep on riding thanks!

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    Good job! Call me "The Amazing Shrinking Man"!!

    On March 11 this year, I weighed in at 581 pounds. I went through Bariatric Surgery on the date of March 11, 2005. The posted weight here is my presurgical weighin to calculate anesthesia needed for the Surgery. My current weighin is at 462 as of this morning! Hooah! I have recently taken up MTB again as I am again capable of doing it ! March I was in a wheelchair because of my weight. I am still on supplemental oxygen therapy, but am now riding easy trails(Easy for most people, that is!). I carry my O2 in a backpack sleeve my provider found for me, so I can ride with my O2 on. I am also walking 1-2 miles daily now either outside or on a treadmill when the weather is bad. I bought a used Royce Union for $50.00. I know, a Huffy, but it's what I can afford for now and it's holding up well with my big carcass riding it offroad! Needless to say, I'm not doing any freestyle riding(No drops or jumps) but WTH! I'm back in the saddle and riding again! This is a HUGE triumph for me as I wasn't sure I'd even make it this far. Even better, my Diabetes has apparently gone away as I am no longer using my insulin and my blood sugars are holding dead on normal! All in all, I think I will definately reach my goal weight of 250 pounds by next Summer! Here's a link to my blog, The Amazing Shrinking Man if you want to follow my progress: http://theamazingshrinkingman.blogspot.com . I'll post some pics as soon as I can get them shrunk down to an acceptable size for the servers here.
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    I am not a clydesdale and i don't post in this forum, but people like you just inspire me. It's great to hear stories like these.
    Great to hear the progress, but HUFFY...WAHH. I'm betting if you get a real bike, you'll loose weight twice as fast. Actually I guaruntee it.

    Goodluck
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    ... and if we just ... Thanks Bry!

    Quote Originally Posted by b12yan88
    I am not a clydesdale and i don't post in this forum, but people like you just inspire me. It's great to hear stories like these.
    Great to hear the progress, but HUFFY...WAHH. I'm betting if you get a real bike, you'll loose weight twice as fast. Actually I guaruntee it.

    Goodluck
    Bryan
    Thanks Bryan! I appreciate the support! Actually, it's nice the response I am generally getting from the cycling community. I've found cyclists to generally a GREAT bunch of people! Very few bad apples, so what can I say! As to a better bike, I'm saving up for a 29er to eventually replace the ol' Royce Union! By then I'll probably have it completely worn out anyway!
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    Good job! I just thought I would brag a bit!

    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    Thanks Bryan! I appreciate the support! Actually, it's nice the response I am generally getting from the cycling community. I've found cyclists to generally a GREAT bunch of people! Very few bad apples, so what can I say! As to a better bike, I'm saving up for a 29er to eventually replace the ol' Royce Union! By then I'll probably have it completely worn out anyway!
    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!
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    Okay I'm in...

    Okay . Last season I got myself a brand new mtn bike with great intentions to ride. I had quit smoking in Jan 2004 cold turkey...gained the weight. Then last spring I had to undergo 2 major surgeries and spent months recovering. The weight piled on!
    Stress from work didn't help any.

    This spring I finally got fed up at work and packed up and moved out west. I weighed 276 when i left and am now down around 247lb. I picked up a KONA Dawg Primo at the end of april and have been riding it ever since. I ride at least 4 times a week and race every thursday night. Tonights race included 1400 feet of elevation.

    Ultimately my goal will be too get my weight under 200lb.

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    ... and if we just ... Way To Go, Ski!

    Quote Originally Posted by skihillguy
    Okay . Last season I got myself a brand new mtn bike with great intentions to ride. I had quit smoking in Jan 2004 cold turkey...gained the weight. Then last spring I had to undergo 2 major surgeries and spent months recovering. The weight piled on!
    Stress from work didn't help any.

    This spring I finally got fed up at work and packed up and moved out west. I weighed 276 when i left and am now down around 247lb. I picked up a KONA Dawg Primo at the end of april and have been riding it ever since. I ride at least 4 times a week and race every thursday night. Tonights race included 1400 feet of elevation.

    Ultimately my goal will be too get my weight under 200lb.
    WAY TO GO! Keep up the great work! Win , lose or draw, you're still riding! Keep up this level and you WILL make your goal! I know taking riding back up has done wonders for me!
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    [COLOR=Red][FONT=Trebuchet MS] I'm also doing Tour de Cure in July, my page:
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    I guess I hardly qualify as a clyde anymore, so I feel a bit funny posting. That said, here goes...

    I graduated from high school at 240 lbs. Completely inactive. On my way to on even higher weight. 44 inch waist
    Went to college, went vegan, discoved cycling, lost 60 lbs.
    Hurt my knees, then broke my foot, gained 30 lbs.
    Graduated from college at 212 lbs.
    Moved to NJ, started grad school, joined the cycling team, started working with a coach, lost about 50 lbs.

    Currently, I'm around 165, 34 inch waist.
    It's been about a 6 year process, but I think I've finally changed my lifestyle enough to stay within a healthy weight range. Funny thing is, none of my teammates have any notion of how big I once was.
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    Good job! This is a work in progress post!

    I know, a road pic, but this is me down by 161 pounds at this point! This is a 7 mile ride I was on! I'm feeling pretty good here! Progress! Wait til I hit my goal weight!
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    Way to go fellas! About 2 months ago I has a serious look at my diet and fitness. I have cut out most sugar, carbs and other "problem" foods. No more fast food, no more soda. I also started riding seriously again (3-4 x/week) and I feel like a new man! I have dropped about 15lbs and feel really strong on the bike again. I am at 221lbs (down from 237) as of this morning and feel confident I will reach my goal of 200lbs by the end of the summer. I will get up a couple pics as soon as I can dig 'em out.

    Stormcrowe: Your BLOG has been a real inspiration for me brother! Keep it up and know that I am routing for you!

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    Thanks GusTopher!

    Actually, my blog helps me as well. It allows me to vent frustration and gives me tangible proof of how well I am doing! You might keep some kind of journal yourself to track your progress on weight loss and miles as well! It helps keep frustration at bay. By the way, don't forget the vitamins and keep your protien to a MINIMUM of 65 grams per day! DO NOT GO BELOW that figure! Don't forget to eat Beans and rice at least once a week, you need some carbs and beans and rice is an EXCELLENT source of complex amino acids your body needs and CANNOT make even if you are taking vitamin supplements. DOn't forget vitamin B12 either, you can get liquid B12 at Walmart for less than $10.00! Put a dropper of it under your tongue at least once a week. It'll jack up your metabolism and give you scads more energy! Not to mention it's good for you!
    Quote Originally Posted by GusTopher
    Way to go fellas! About 2 months ago I has a serious look at my diet and fitness. I have cut out most sugar, carbs and other "problem" foods. No more fast food, no more soda. I also started riding seriously again (3-4 x/week) and I feel like a new man! I have dropped about 15lbs and feel really strong on the bike again. I am at 221lbs (down from 237) as of this morning and feel confident I will reach my goal of 200lbs by the end of the summer. I will get up a couple pics as soon as I can dig 'em out.

    Stormcrowe: Your BLOG has been a real inspiration for me brother! Keep it up and know that I am routing for you!
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    [COLOR=Red][FONT=Trebuchet MS] I'm also doing Tour de Cure in July, my page:
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    Thanks for the tips, I am pretty much following that to the letter, minus the beans and rice. Maybe I will incorporate that into the diet!

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    You guys rock. Stormcrowe, man, I don't know what to say. That's focking awesome.

    I have had the pleasure of watching my mom drop from 220 lbs to 150 ... she can borrow clothes from my wife, and I have never seen her so delighted and confident. She's in her early fifties. My stepdad is down from 310 to 230 ... also pretty cool.

    And both thanks to biking ... they both do road exclusively, but I still love them. My mom racked up 5000 miles last season, placed second in a triathlon, and my stepdad wasn't too far behind (in terms of road miles).

    Just keep riding.

    Of course, I should mention that eating at my mom's haus is no longer the absolute experience in rich, creamy hedonism it once was, but I'll take the trade.
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    Hmmm, not sure how to start this but on 12/1/04 I weighed in at my all time high of 220 pounds. I decided it was time to start losing some weight. I started going to the gym 5 - 6 times a week for 2 - 3 hours a day. I mostly did cardio but I did some weights as well. I also really paid attention to what I ate. For breakfast I would have brown rice and oatmeal. I would have a protein shake around 10:00 then for lunch I would have either rice or soup. About 2:00 I would have another protein shake then I would have a light dinner, usually a 6" sub from Subway. I would have another protein shake around 8:00 at night. During this time I was only getting on my bike about once a week. By 3/28/05 I was down to 183 pounds. Since then I have been spending much more time on the bike and I am only getting to the gym about once a week to work on my upper body. Right now I weigh 174 pounds. I have lost a total of 46 pounds so far. I am hoping by the beginning of next years race season I will be down to 165 pounds. A couple of other important numbers my body fat has gone down from 24.7% to 15.9%. I am really paying more attention to those numbers now than I am my weight. I want to be down to the 12% - 13% by December.

    Here is the closest thing I could find to a before picture. Unfortunately my computer crashed so I lost most of my pictures. In the picture I was only about 205 pounds.
    The second picture was this past weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    Hmmm, not sure how to start this but on 12/1/04 I weighed in at my all time high of 220 pounds. I decided it was time to start losing some weight. I started going to the gym 5 - 6 times a week for 2 - 3 hours a day. I mostly did cardio but I did some weights as well. I also really paid attention to what I ate. For breakfast I would have brown rice and oatmeal. I would have a protein shake around 10:00 then for lunch I would have either rice or soup. About 2:00 I would have another protein shake then I would have a light dinner, usually a 6" sub from Subway. I would have another protein shake around 8:00 at night. During this time I was only getting on my bike about once a week. By 3/28/05 I was down to 183 pounds. Since then I have been spending much more time on the bike and I am only getting to the gym about once a week to work on my upper body. Right now I weigh 174 pounds. I have lost a total of 46 pounds so far. I am hoping by the beginning of next years race season I will be down to 165 pounds. A couple of other important numbers my body fat has gone down from 24.7% to 15.9%. I am really paying more attention to those numbers now than I am my weight. I want to be down to the 12% - 13% by December.

    Here is the closest thing I could find to a before picture. Unfortunately my computer crashed so I lost most of my pictures. In the picture I was only about 205 pounds.
    The second picture was this past weekend.
    Awesome, you lost weight and gained Ellsworth! I need to start working on that part of things...

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    LOL, yeah funny how things work out. The bike in the first picture wasn't even mine, it was the shop owners. At the time I rode a Superlight but I had shipped it out to Moab. I ended up riding there for about a week. I can't wait to go back there and ride now that there is less to have to carry up the climbs.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm No problem Gus!

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

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

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

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

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

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    thanks for the motivation..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Went to college, went vegan, discoved cycling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    My former profession!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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    Bravo to all!

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

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

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

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

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    Thanks Hank!

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for inspiration.

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    There are lots of amazing stories here. I was fastest at 170lbs, strongest at 180lbs... now I'm around 205 at 5'10". Once I turned 30, I couldn't lose the weight as easily as I used to... it just keeps piling on. I haven't seen much mention of beer. I'm afraid my down fall is beer and pizza. Other than pizza, I don't really eat fatty or junk food. Beer and pizza is right up ther with sex and mountain biking. Pizza I can do without, but beer... do I really have to give it up?
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    I am 6 ft tall Was 17st 9 lbs (247 lbs) now 15st 6 lbs. (216 lbs) And feel alot fittter riding as ive development some pretty big leg muscles from all the rode riding ive been doing riding in my big ring.

    After getting the first picture taken I started to ride alot, I could still do with getting leaner as i want to race in the dh nps next year.
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    You guys are all studs.
    I'm blessed with a pretty fast metabolism. After 25 though it started to pile on. Not mor than 20lb over my perfect weight, but enough to feel out of shape.
    What seems to have made the biggest impact has been juicing (OJ and GrapefruitJ), and communting daily.
    After a winter of this above diet (lots of pizza, I'll never give that up), I lost the job, and by sleeping late thus skipping breakfast, I seem to have shrunk my stomach. I can't eat the same portions I used to.

    Some obvious tips from unexpereinced me :
    *As an advise for people trying to lose weight, I'd say : try to make longer rides. 3-hour and longer rides just add up so nicely!
    *Juice rather than soda or beer, obviously. Juice ain't that bad at all! when I feel like a snack, I grab the OJ or GJ carton and enjoy that. Dry cornflakes (no additives) are a decent patato chips replacements. I also like cream crackers whcih seem sortof healthy.
    *I've switched to smaller pizza's. Same satisfaction, less effort to get the last slices in. Cheaper too. 350g pizza's are great. Only sometimes I add a bit of ham, cheese and pizza herbs for flavour, depending on my appetite.
    *Do some intervals. The muscles seems to eat up fat like mad after good anaerobic sprints/climbs. Metabolism skyrockets.
    *I always tell people that if they manage to get in 10+ hours in rides per week, they'll have a hard time eating enough to gain weight, and I'm pretty sure this unfounded theory is true. Don't eat more than you really need though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guvnor
    I am 6 ft tall Was 17st 9 lbs (247 lbs) now 15st 6 lbs. (216 lbs) And feel alot fittter riding as ive development some pretty big leg muscles from all the rode riding ive been doing riding in my big ring.

    After getting the first picture taken I started to ride alot, I could still do with getting leaner as i want to race in the dh nps next year.
    It looked like you were having more fun when you were bigger!
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    You guys rock!

    Congrats to all who've dared expose themselves on this forum.

    Lemme tell you the other side of the picture. No better, just different.

    I weigh 185. That's a 5 year goal for myself. I'm 6'1.

    When I started taking a serious look at my health I was 37 years old. I weighed anywhere between 146 and 151. I raced bikes 14 years. I could sit on the bike for 6+hrs in stage races, but couldn't walk up the stairs at home. Healthy was not me. I ate, and rode. That's about it. Up at 3 am to eat, so I could go back to bed.

    I got off the bike for 5 years. Took up weight training and did it slow and right. Actually got up to 200lbs for a month or so without freaking too badly.

    It's all mental. Everyone has the ability physically to do what they need, but the head games are another matter. I never wanted to 'gain weight', I just wanted to be all around a lot healthier than I was. 5000 kcals a day and still losing weight is not a viable way to live.

    Bikes aren't evil to me anymore. They were for a long time. I enjoy the hell out of it again, and can be passed on the trail without the need chase someone down. Ususally.

    So kudos to you folks. Clydesdale implies strong. Body and mind.

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    Good job! Just an update on my weight! -280

    Well, just to pass along the news here on my "work in progress", I am now down by 280 pounds! I'm weighing in at a svelte 301 now! My doctors are absolutely in shock and I'm currently in the planning stages of a road ride this coming summer from Indiana to Key West, FL! I'll of course be passing through KY, TN, GA, and FL along the way, and will be looking for folks to ride with along the way! I'm trying to line up some sponsorship for this ride and intend to document the trip via my blog. I'm not soliciting donations here on the forum before anyone misinterprets my intent here, I'm looking for suggestions on how to round up corporate sponsorship from oh, for example a bike manufacturer or that type of thing! Well, keep spinning all of ya! See you on the trail or road sometime! Remember though, you can't recognize me by the oxygen tank on my back anymore! I definately don't have to use it to ride anymore! The BP is down to 126/64 and my at rest heart rate is down to 68 with an ejection fraction UP to 88% from 62% (This means my heart blood output is WAY up!). I am off ALL my cardiac meds as well as still off insulin and maintaining normal blood sugar! I truly believe I've gotten my life back here! If I think about going back to my old ways, I just take a look at my picture of my self while I was still in a wheelchair because I couldn't stand more than 5 minutes or walk more than 50 feet! Well, see y'all later and stop by my blog and visit! http://theamazingshrinkingman.blogspot.com is the URL!
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    all that comes to mind is: Incredible!! keep up the good work

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    Stormcrowe you are a example of what dedication and hard work can do. I am so happy for you that you got your life back on track. I have kept tabs of your weight loss through this post and your website. Currently I am trying to help my father to get his health back in order and have shown him your posts and pictures when he comes over for visits. He is simply amazed at you determination and perseverance. Keep it up!!!!!!!
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    Smile That actually made my day! Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mb3designs
    Stormcrowe you are a example of what dedication and hard work can do. I am so happy for you that you got your life back on track. I have kept tabs of your weight loss through this post and your website. Currently I am trying to help my father to get his health back in order and have shown him your posts and pictures when he comes over for visits. He is simply amazed at you determination and perseverance. Keep it up!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much, you have absolutely no idea how much that statement just lifted my day! If you want, you can have your Dad PM me through MTB review or I'm setting up a group through google at http://groups.google.com/group/The-A...ing-Man?Ink=li if he ever wants to just have a dialog. I would be willing to help any way I can. If he does, tell him I want to keep things anonymous and to set up a nickname(for his protection!) as the groip will hopefully evolve into a public forum. I only have a couple of posts there now but will develope it further. I'm arranging to have a Dr of Psychology run a thread for me and a nutritionist as well on another. I don't know what health issue your Dad has, but if I can help in any way, no problem!
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    Thanks Stormcrowe, I'll relay the information to my dad. Keep up the hard work and perseverance, you will reach your goal soon. Good luck on the deer hunting, gun season starts here in NC soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb3designs
    Thanks Stormcrowe, I'll relay the information to my dad. Keep up the hard work and perseverance, you will reach your goal soon. Good luck on the deer hunting, gun season starts here in NC soon.
    Just a little update for those of you following my weight loss! I've dropped 321 pounds now! I gotta say, I'm feeling better! I think you'll be able to tell the one I was at 581 and now at 260! The 581 pound pic was taken actually in Feb this year just before I went through bariatric surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    Just a little update for those of you following my weight loss! I've dropped 321 pounds now! I gotta say, I'm feeling better! I think you'll be able to tell the one I was at 581 and now at 260! The 581 pound pic was taken actually in Feb this year just before I went through bariatric surgery.
    That is phenominal, man. That is one of the best stories I've seen. I hadn't seen this thread before today, and seeing the progress you've made is a real inspiration. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Dang it, now I'm running a coolness deficit for sure.

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    I might as well jump on the bandwagon, so here goes

    First off I'm 5'10 and now @ 267 as of this morning.

    In April 2004, I had been completely exercise free, job free and school free(I dropped out early junior year) and ate whatever I wanted for a good 2-3 years at that point and was at my high of 380lbs and only 18 years old. I finally decided to get a job... at the local wal-mart as a temp for store remodel. They liked me and kept me on permanent as an overnight stocker. That all involved very physical work and my feet were literally numb at the end of my 8 hour shifts. Even while continuing to eat the same old way I did, without extra exercise at all... I got down to about 320 by the end of 2004 and realized it wasn't impossible to lose weight afterall. So I went low carb in January 2005 and stayed that way until late august when I went to visit friends and family back in NY and ended up going off of it in favor of beer and pizza(I stayed in a friends dorm suite for a whole week at SUNY oswego... but thats another story) and I've been kinda rocky ever since then. In late August before my vacation I was at my all time low of 227 and am now at 267, down from 276 a week ago.

    Thankfully I've decided to recommit to my health and will be buying my first *real* mountain bike within the next 2 weeks... a Kona Hoss. I plan on riding everywhere I go and trail riding as much as possible once I get it, as well as going to the gym 2-3 times a week. With luck I'll be under 200lbs by the end of this summer.

    On a side note... I got my GED in march 2003 since dropping out of High School in november 2001. That allowed me to start going to college when I decided thats what I wanted to do earlier this year in April... Currently entering my 4th quarter of full time college with a college level GPA of 3.59. I plan on transfering to the University of Washington - Seattle for fall quarter 07 as a political science/international relations major.

    So I guess I've made quite a transformation in many aspects... hopefully inspires others to make the changes that they feel are necessary in their own lives.

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    Me @ 380lbs in April 2004(Only picture I have of me at that size, I hated my picture getting taken and still kinda do)



    Me @ ~260lbs early december



    Me @ ~230lbs this summer(yeah I know... cell phone pic)



    All face pics... but eh,whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knutsen
    I might as well jump on the bandwagon, so here goes

    First off I'm 5'10 and now @ 267 as of this morning.

    In April 2004, I had been completely exercise free, job free and school free(I dropped out early junior year) and ate whatever I wanted for a good 2-3 years at that point and was at my high of 380lbs and only 18 years old. I finally decided to get a job... at the local wal-mart as a temp for store remodel. They liked me and kept me on permanent as an overnight stocker. That all involved very physical work and my feet were literally numb at the end of my 8 hour shifts. Even while continuing to eat the same old way I did, without extra exercise at all... I got down to about 320 by the end of 2004 and realized it wasn't impossible to lose weight afterall. So I went low carb in January 2005 and stayed that way until late august when I went to visit friends and family back in NY and ended up going off of it in favor of beer and pizza(I stayed in a friends dorm suite for a whole week at SUNY oswego... but thats another story) and I've been kinda rocky ever since then. In late August before my vacation I was at my all time low of 227 and am now at 267, down from 276 a week ago.

    Thankfully I've decided to recommit to my health and will be buying my first *real* mountain bike within the next 2 weeks... a Kona Hoss. I plan on riding everywhere I go and trail riding as much as possible once I get it, as well as going to the gym 2-3 times a week. With luck I'll be under 200lbs by the end of this summer.

    On a side note... I got my GED in march 2003 since dropping out of High School in november 2001. That allowed me to start going to college when I decided thats what I wanted to do earlier this year in April... Currently entering my 4th quarter of full time college with a college level GPA of 3.59. I plan on transfering to the University of Washington - Seattle for fall quarter 07 as a political science/international relations major.

    So I guess I've made quite a transformation in many aspects... hopefully inspires others to make the changes that they feel are necessary in their own lives.

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    Me @ ~260lbs early december



    Me @ ~230lbs this summer(yeah I know... cell phone pic)



    All face pics... but eh,whatever.
    Congrats on getting the weight loss, getting the GED and starting college! That will pay you back 10 fold. Enjoy the riding the new Kona.

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    ... and if we just ... Great choices!

    Howdy, Knutsen! Yeah, ya made some great choices there! Keep it up! I know how difficult the "battle of the bulge" can be! Come on by my blog, I'm running a few things there luke "Spinner Saturday" and PHAT-K! Spinner is a database where I track ang graph various riders miles and PHAT-K is a 1000 meter sprint against the clock, again in competition with riders. So far, we're havin a ball! Come on by and join the fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knutsen
    I might as well jump on the bandwagon, so here goes

    First off I'm 5'10 and now @ 267 as of this morning.

    In April 2004, I had been completely exercise free, job free and school free(I dropped out early junior year) and ate whatever I wanted for a good 2-3 years at that point and was at my high of 380lbs and only 18 years old. I finally decided to get a job... at the local wal-mart as a temp for store remodel. They liked me and kept me on permanent as an overnight stocker. That all involved very physical work and my feet were literally numb at the end of my 8 hour shifts. Even while continuing to eat the same old way I did, without extra exercise at all... I got down to about 320 by the end of 2004 and realized it wasn't impossible to lose weight afterall. So I went low carb in January 2005 and stayed that way until late august when I went to visit friends and family back in NY and ended up going off of it in favor of beer and pizza(I stayed in a friends dorm suite for a whole week at SUNY oswego... but thats another story) and I've been kinda rocky ever since then. In late August before my vacation I was at my all time low of 227 and am now at 267, down from 276 a week ago.

    Thankfully I've decided to recommit to my health and will be buying my first *real* mountain bike within the next 2 weeks... a Kona Hoss. I plan on riding everywhere I go and trail riding as much as possible once I get it, as well as going to the gym 2-3 times a week. With luck I'll be under 200lbs by the end of this summer.

    On a side note... I got my GED in march 2003 since dropping out of High School in november 2001. That allowed me to start going to college when I decided thats what I wanted to do earlier this year in April... Currently entering my 4th quarter of full time college with a college level GPA of 3.59. I plan on transfering to the University of Washington - Seattle for fall quarter 07 as a political science/international relations major.

    So I guess I've made quite a transformation in many aspects... hopefully inspires others to make the changes that they feel are necessary in their own lives.

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    Me @ ~260lbs early december



    Me @ ~230lbs this summer(yeah I know... cell phone pic)



    All face pics... but eh,whatever.
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    Good luck with the Hoss. I made the same decision about 7 months ago. I bought a Kona Hoss and I've ridden it all over, averaging about 35 miles most weeks. Between bicycling, walking, hiking, and basic no-nonsense diet changes, I've dropped from around 290 to 190.

    Keep up the good work, and you'll get below 200. The keys for me have been staying consistent with the exercise and eating habits.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knutsen
    I might as well jump on the bandwagon, so here goes

    First off I'm 5'10 and now @ 267 as of this morning.

    In April 2004, I had been completely exercise free, job free and school free(I dropped out early junior year) and ate whatever I wanted for a good 2-3 years at that point and was at my high of 380lbs and only 18 years old. I finally decided to get a job... at the local wal-mart as a temp for store remodel. They liked me and kept me on permanent as an overnight stocker. That all involved very physical work and my feet were literally numb at the end of my 8 hour shifts. Even while continuing to eat the same old way I did, without extra exercise at all... I got down to about 320 by the end of 2004 and realized it wasn't impossible to lose weight afterall. So I went low carb in January 2005 and stayed that way until late august when I went to visit friends and family back in NY and ended up going off of it in favor of beer and pizza(I stayed in a friends dorm suite for a whole week at SUNY oswego... but thats another story) and I've been kinda rocky ever since then. In late August before my vacation I was at my all time low of 227 and am now at 267, down from 276 a week ago.

    Thankfully I've decided to recommit to my health and will be buying my first *real* mountain bike within the next 2 weeks... a Kona Hoss. I plan on riding everywhere I go and trail riding as much as possible once I get it, as well as going to the gym 2-3 times a week. With luck I'll be under 200lbs by the end of this summer.

    On a side note... I got my GED in march 2003 since dropping out of High School in november 2001. That allowed me to start going to college when I decided thats what I wanted to do earlier this year in April... Currently entering my 4th quarter of full time college with a college level GPA of 3.59. I plan on transfering to the University of Washington - Seattle for fall quarter 07 as a political science/international relations major.

    So I guess I've made quite a transformation in many aspects... hopefully inspires others to make the changes that they feel are necessary in their own lives.

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    Me @ 380lbs in April 2004(Only picture I have of me at that size, I hated my picture getting taken and still kinda do)



    Me @ ~260lbs early december



    Me @ ~230lbs this summer(yeah I know... cell phone pic)



    All face pics... but eh,whatever.

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    Damn, you guys are amazing. It makes my accomplishment pale in comparison. I'm 6'3" and while not as big as most on here, a few years ago I was close to the 260 mark (stopped weighing myself after I broke 255). My wife and I both started eating better and exercising a little. We lost around 40 lbs each in about a year. I'm currently at 218.5 (as of this morning), and although she has put back on a few of her original pounds (not nearly all 40), we just got her a bike too and we'll now be working it off together.

    BTW, my original goal was just to reach 225. Now I'm wondering how I'd look in the 199 range. My frame probably would allow that anyway. Besides, I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far without any major life changing steps.

    It may sound terrible, but I no longer feel bad for overweight people, as I was one, and now know that it doesn't take much work to change your health for the better. Everyone's body is different and we gain/lose at different rates, and I understand that. But there is no excuse to be as large as we all once were.

    CONGRATS TO ALL!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    Just a little update for those of you following my weight loss! I've dropped 321 pounds now! I gotta say, I'm feeling better! I think you'll be able to tell the one I was at 581 and now at 260! The 581 pound pic was taken actually in Feb this year just before I went through bariatric surgery.


    Wow Stormcrowe, what a great story. Keep up the good work, and how is school going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    Just a little update for those of you following my weight loss! I've dropped 321 pounds now! I gotta say, I'm feeling better! I think you'll be able to tell the one I was at 581 and now at 260! The 581 pound pic was taken actually in Feb this year just before I went through bariatric surgery.
    Oh goodness..... haven't checked this in a while. Great job storm....have fun buying new clothes ?

    I guess for you, you probably have to buy sizes too small just incase you grow down into them =P

    What bike do you ride now ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrowe
    Just a little update for those of you following my weight loss! I've dropped 321 pounds now! I gotta say, I'm feeling better! I think you'll be able to tell the one I was at 581 and now at 260! The 581 pound pic was taken actually in Feb this year just before I went through bariatric surgery.
    Great job to this point, Tom! Your story is an inspiration.

    I didn't catch 60 Minutes last night, but they featured a female opera singer last night who I believe had the same surgery you had back when you were 581 pounds.

    I buzzed over to your blog this AM to read up on your story. Sorry to read about your hernia and subsequent operation followed by ER visit 'scare'. Here's to a speedy and healthy recovery. Hey, you could always shave the beard off while you are waiting to heal to get that new and fresh look to meet your 2006 goals.

    Your new target goal weight of 200 pounds will be exciting to see and follow as you continue on your journey. What are the plans for your blog name once you hit 200? The Amazing Shrunken Man?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Great job to this point, Tom! Your story is an inspiration.

    I didn't catch 60 Minutes last night, but they featured a female opera singer last night who I believe had the same surgery you had back when you were 581 pounds.

    I buzzed over to your blog this AM to read up on your story. Sorry to read about your hernia and subsequent operation followed by ER visit 'scare'. Here's to a speedy and healthy recovery. Hey, you could always shave the beard off while you are waiting to heal to get that new and fresh look to meet your 2006 goals.

    Your new target goal weight of 200 pounds will be exciting to see and follow as you continue on your journey. What are the plans for your blog name once you hit 200? The Amazing Shrunken Man?

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    Before 230, current 180, goal 170 (depending on % body fat, I'm 6'1").
    It has taken me about 8 months of riding/ running/ swimming/ lifting and counting everything I eat (no fried food, soda, candy). I workout 6 days a week now. Most of my riding lately has been road though during the summer I did about even. A heart rate monitor has helped me a lot along with reading everything I could find about proper training. I use a free website to track what I weight, eat, do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bemory1
    Before 230, current 180, goal 170 (depending on % body fat, I'm 6'1").
    It has taken me about 8 months of riding/ running/ swimming/ lifting and counting everything I eat (no fried food, soda, candy). I workout 6 days a week now. Most of my riding lately has been road though during the summer I did about even. A heart rate monitor has helped me a lot along with reading everything I could find about proper training. I use a free website to track what I weight, eat, do.
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    Good job! Most Recent!

    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!
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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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    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?

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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,
    Tim
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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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    WOW...
    Here is to all of you!!

    Mateoway, The wife went to
    Stormcrowe You lost a couple of me!!!
    To everyone, you guys are no doubt an inspiration!

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