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    I lose more pounds by my commute to work. The last few years its been about 5.60 miles each way. But l just got a new job and its a smidge over 7 miles each way. Its not the distance but the routes. Nogood safe way. Omaha, Nebraska isnt know for being bike friendly but this is crazy. Im getting concerned about it. Im going to do it as long as i can before a car kills me.You all know mtbing isnt all that much fun or safe if a rider doesnt have some form of fitness.
    Eating is right on just like you guys say. Eating the wrong thing can kill your energy. I no longer smoke weed and that should d totally help as well.
    Last summer i lost about 20 pounds. I gaind about 17 back, lol. The bastards just made a Duncun Doughnuts about 1/4th of mile from my apartments! Oh they're so good. Its a problem.

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    You stand a good chance of succeeding

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    Hey everyone...

    I was also wanting your feedback along the way. Not sure if anyone here even does blogging but thought I would throw it out here.

    Thanks,

    Cody
    Hi Cody,

    I believe you stand a pretty good chance of success if you realize you are on a journey. It took you eight years to put on the weight and it will take some time to take it off.

    I had a similar experience. I experienced ups and downs, successes and failures. It all started working when I stopped trying so hard to lose weight and stopped obsessing about it.

    I rode a lot and practiced pretty strict portion control. I focused more on the fun of riding and less on the exercise value of it. I took days off and enjoyed the odd pint of Ben & Jerry's every now and then. I tried not to ride the same old route all the time. I made the masochistic choice not to avoid climbs.

    About 18 months later I was a lot lighter and the doctors were shocked at the improvement of my health without meds.

    You can do it, too. I will be pulling for your and checking into your blog every now and then. With respect to that, just remember that a couple of good photos add so much to a blog.

    Best wishes, good luck, and go have some fun!

    --Jim

    P.S. Some people may disagree, but man does not live by biking alone. In other words, switch it up and do some other activities in addition to biking and you won't get burned out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevordchi View Post
    The only way to really do it right and sustainably is to change your diet AND lifestyle. I was about 60 pounds over weight a little over 2 years ago. Then I watched the Ted Talks video from Dr. Terry Wahls because my mother has M.S. I decided to give a "paleo" lifestyle a try and I will never go back. The first time I got on a bike in the last 15 years was to commute to work and there is no way in hell I would have ever even attempted it had I not already lost over half of that weight because I cut out ALL processed foods and gluten. My body and my brain thank me every day. The paleo diet gets a bad wrap because many people believe it's just the next fad. I don't know how you could call eating lots of vegetables, fruit and quality meat and fats a "fad diet".

    And the best part is I eat as much as I want as long as it's quality food and not processed crap. Now that I commute on the bike I have to eat about 3000-4000 calories every day just to maintain my current weight. So yes, I will take a second steak and some more cauliflower and please pass the Kerrygold!

    Sorry for the rant but any time someone speaks about weight loss I feel the need to give my $.02. I've never been this healthy in my life. I played 3 sports at a big Texas school in high school but that 18 year old has nothing on this 30 year old.
    Im on my 4th week of paleo now.. I have about 20 pounds of excess to lose and im hoping sticking to it will be the key for me!
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    After going on various diets in the past 20 or so years, what worked for me is the Warrior Diet - or eating once a day or 22-24 hour fast.

    If you can't do that, skipping a meal also helps.

    I find the other diets too limiting. I'd rather not eat at all than have to eat raw or eat something that tastes terrible (which I've done lol)

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    Read your 2 blog posts as well as this thread and just wanted to see how things are progressing for you. How has it been getting back out on the trails?

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    As others have said, it's a complete lifestyle change. It's the fad diets and workouts that people participate in which lead to constant weight gain and loss. If you can change your lifestyle you will keep the weight off. Good luck and +rep
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevordchi View Post
    The only way to really do it right and sustainably is to change your diet AND lifestyle. I was about 60 pounds over weight a little over 2 years ago. Then I watched the Ted Talks video from Dr. Terry Wahls because my mother has M.S. I decided to give a "paleo" lifestyle a try and I will never go back. The first time I got on a bike in the last 15 years was to commute to work and there is no way in hell I would have ever even attempted it had I not already lost over half of that weight because I cut out ALL processed foods and gluten. My body and my brain thank me every day. The paleo diet gets a bad wrap because many people believe it's just the next fad. I don't know how you could call eating lots of vegetables, fruit and quality meat and fats a "fad diet".

    And the best part is I eat as much as I want as long as it's quality food and not processed crap. Now that I commute on the bike I have to eat about 3000-4000 calories every day just to maintain my current weight. So yes, I will take a second steak and some more cauliflower and please pass the Kerrygold!

    Sorry for the rant but any time someone speaks about weight loss I feel the need to give my $.02. I've never been this healthy in my life. I played 3 sports at a big Texas school in high school but that 18 year old has nothing on this 30 year old.
    That was inspirational. Here I am, 30 years old, fat, sick, and nearly dead. This is what I needed to see. Thank you.

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    I was 464 at 25 years old, hated every damn day waking up. I turn 30 tomorrow, and I'm 298-299 depending on the day and water intake etc. I'm looking forward to not every seeing the 300's again in my 30's and getting down to the mid to low 200's.

    To me, 100% of my battle is being won in the kitchen. You can bust your ass all day doing things, but if you eat like garbage, you'll still end up putting out garbage results. You may lose weight, but there's a difference between mobilizing fat, and losing muscle mass.

    I don't stick to any one plan, I get too dang bored with my ADD I crave change. I've narrowed things down to 4 different plans I rotate from depending on what I'm trying to do. I've done the whole keto diet to drop weight for powerlifting meets, and doing keto/low carb diets for 16-20 weeks take a toll on you. Learn what foods work for you and be consistent in everything you do. Realize that it's a journey and there isn't a quick fix. You didn't get this way overnight, so you won't lose the weight overnight.
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    my devil food is carne asada fries! Can't go a couple of weeks with out getting some. SOO DELICIOUS but right after you feel like a fat whale. I am looking to lose 20 pounds or so. It should be easily done with food and running and mountain biking.

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    I never realized how quick you can lose weight through biking when you start eating right. I dropped from 215 to 185 last summer by just riding 4-5 days a week and sticking to a lean protein and veggie diet. Very few carbs, less beer, no processed food and no sweets. It was easy to get used and I would allow myself one "cheat" meal per week, which was usually a huge burger, fries and beer on a Friday night.

    I also recommend a weight loss/diet app. I used "Lose it" on my iPhone and it helps so much to see what calories you're taking in and how many calories various exercises burn. I never realized how much I was eating until I started tracking everything I ate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorsban View Post
    After going on various diets in the past 20 or so years, what worked for me is the Warrior Diet - or eating once a day or 22-24 hour fast.

    If you can't do that, skipping a meal also helps.

    I find the other diets too limiting. I'd rather not eat at all than have to eat raw or eat something that tastes terrible (which I've done lol)

    This is terrible advice.

    There is no reward for being a tough guy and eating one meal a day. In fact, if you skip meals or regularly fast for 24 hours you are depriving your body of things it needs to function normally; much less to pursue a more active lifestyle.

    Not only that, but you are setting yourself up to fail in the long run. Temptation gets a lot more fierce when it has been 10-15 hours since your last meal. You are actively decreasing your metabolism and you can expect to feel like dick most of the time, with low energy.

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    You have a good attitude and sense of humor.Congratulations on giving up the yerba buena!

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    I used (And still use ) A site called caloriecount.com. It is a forum and lots of good advice. The first thing you will learn is that cardio excercises like biking are less effective than weight training for weight loss. You need to combine a 'clean' diet with resistance and weight lifting--in particular heavy lifting, and your cardio bicycling. This doesnt make sense until you spend some time reading about it. But, anyway, caloriecount is one I used and there are thousands of members and a lot of good support and ideas.
    Keep on biking tho. I lost a lot of weight, and got in way better shape with my 20 mile daily commute.

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    Its actually more important to eat a well balanced diet than any other part of it. There is no reason whatsoever to eat less, what is necessary is to alter your diet and 'clean-up' what you eat, and you will never be hungry during the process of losing weight. That has been proven many times. A site i use called caloriecount will give an endless forum with thousands of dedicated people. Its kinda a hoot, and works. When I first discovered it I was working my way through a pack of processed cookies--800 calories! I know better now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimgrin View Post
    This is terrible advice.

    There is no reward for being a tough guy and eating one meal a day. In fact, if you skip meals or regularly fast for 24 hours you are depriving your body of things it needs to function normally; much less to pursue a more active lifestyle.

    Not only that, but you are setting yourself up to fail in the long run. Temptation gets a lot more fierce when it has been 10-15 hours since your last meal. You are actively decreasing your metabolism and you can expect to feel like dick most of the time, with low energy.
    I Agree. If you look at the caloriecount forum I suggested, you will not see anyone starving themselves. It is more a process of 'cleaning-up' your diet. This is actually pretty simple. It just means changing what you eat, and you will VERY quickly start to prefer a salad, some fruit, and a nice lean steak to whatever it was that made you fat in the first place. You need minimum 3000 cals. a day and that depends on many factors-size age work etc. caloriecount forum will explain all of it to you

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    weight loss through mountain biking

    I use the MyFitnessPal app. I went from 307 in January to 210 currently. Eating right is a huge part of losing weight; but equally important is exercise. Riding my bike 3-4 times a week has helped me get to where I am.

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