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Ok, here is my story, not really as inspirational as others.
A few years ago I was over the 100kgs and with a kid on the way I wasnâ€™t going to have a heart attack before I was 30. I ate badly, I worked long hours with very little breaks, no breakfast at work a 5, coke and a mars bar at 10, another coke and take away for a working lunch, hoe at about 5-6 for dinner time, which would be 500g+ of meat with veg on the side, and when the only exercise I got was getting out of bed in the morning that was a very bad diet. I told my boss to shove the long hours and cut back from salaried to 38 hours a week (that hurt the bank balance), started eating breakfast, taking sandwiches for lunch and eating a smaller dinner. But I still wasnâ€™t exercising, living 20km out of town on the side of the New England highway was my excuse. But I managed to loose over 25kg.
After my daughter was about 6 months old we got offered a place to live down the Gold Coast. After getting a transfer in my job I found it was going to cost me about $40 a week in fuel and parking. And I only lived 10km from work. After a few get dropped off in the morning and ride my old mountain bike home rides I went looked at a better bike, being very reluctant to spend a lot of money as I honestly didnâ€™t know if I would keep with the riding, and having every sales person tell me I would have my bike stolen with in the week parking it at Southport, I got a Fuji Absolute 4.0, nice little flat bar, I still feel itâ€™s a bit small, but the one they have in stock is the perfect size isnâ€™t it? It was good as being a nervous rider I was sticking a lot to footpaths where I could as I was slow and really didnâ€™t like being near traffic, so the flat bar suited me well. I then proceeded to ride all the time, doing about 100km a week to and from work. After a while I decided on a day off to get up early and just ride, I made it 43km before I felt I couldnâ€™t go on any further and turned around to find somewhere to call my wife for a pick up. Each time I found somewhere I said no the next spot is a bit easier for her to get to, and so on and so on, until I was only about 10 km from home and I went stuff it Iâ€™ll just ride it, so I did 86km on my first actual or the fun of it ride. After that I did a couple of 50km rides. Then an old friend from school who was into riding spent a week at the coast and he had his drop bar, a very nice titanium job, and we went for a 50 km ride. At that point I decided I really wanted a new bike.
By this point the Fuji had been in constant use for about 18 months and done a good few thousand kmâ€™s, It was still a nice bike, although I was having no end of trouble with the rear wheel going out of true (is that the right term?) I took it to a bike shop just around the corner from work and they said to replace the spokes as It would be cheaper than a new rim, but still it kept buckling, after taking it back the 3rd time to get straightened I was chatting to the service guy there and he mentioned that they had a 2010 Giant Defy 2 just traded in the day before and it was in near perfect nick, well to make a long story short I ended up with a bit of a grumpy wife when I returned home with 2 bikes, my Fuji and the Giant, but itâ€™s better to ask forgiveness than permission.
I donâ€™t ride as much as I would like as I now stay home to take care of my kids (still work 2 days a week) and my wife works shift work and spends a lot of time with her horse, but I normally get out at least once a week for a 50km ride. Iâ€™m hoping to up this a bit and set myself a target of joining the 6666km club next year.
Riding has gotten me fitter and more active than I have ever been.
Just after my first daughter was born I was diagnosed with severe depression (anyone who does my job would be), but since I have started riding it has become so much easier to deal with, every time I feel it all getting to much I just get on the bike and ride as far and fast as I can and it helps clear my head and I return home a lot happier.
Iâ€™m not really losing much weight anymore but I feel healthier and I am slowly toning up which can only be a good thing.
I love the fact that my girls are growing up in an active house, my eldest (2.5 years) wants to go riding with me on her trike.
The car hardly gets used anymore the Fuji now has the kids trailer hooked up to it and thatâ€™s my main mode of transport unless I really need the car.
If only I could convince the other half to start riding to work.
Iâ€™m even planning on taking the non suspensioned MTB out to Nerang forestry to give it a go and see how I like that side of it.
I guess I have really been bitten by the riding bug and I am very thankful for it.
Fantasic effort Steve(osrg) and PB12In and anybody else who has been bitten by the black dog. Been there, done that and I know how hard it is to crawl out of that hole. Mine goes back many years and I'm free of those feelings today. I credit in part taking up cycling again after a very long lay off.
Just tried on a pair of trousers that I haven't been able to squeeze into since 2003 and they were loose!
I'm resurrecting a great thread as this isn't weight loss but is thanks to cycling. In Dec 2002 I was at my lightest and fittest. I was hoping to beat my best ever Alpine Classic 200km time that i had set in 1995 and felt I was in with a good chance. Then I got given a trip to the US for a conference as an incentive reward and it meant the Alpine was out. (Those with long memories will realize I wouldn't have got to ride anyway as 2003 was the year it was cancelled due to the bush fires)
When I got to Philly I kept training and I must have kept losing weight as I bought 2 pairs of Brooks Brothers pants and have never been able to get into them since. I think I was around 89kg.
Since then I have been as high as 117kg and am currently around 96kg. The difference, though, is that this time I am riding almost double the kms. My body shape has changed and wooohooo, they fit!
Nice one Gabrielle. I think it is great to feel the thrill of looking good in clothes that never fitted. I have been riding constantly for 2 years now & never felt better. I am fit and healthy & everyone comments on how good I look. I have struggled to get to my goal over the last couple of months due to a few setbacks, but am back on track now. Only 2 kg away from breaking the 100 kg mark. This is now only 7 kg from my goal of 95. My wife has never known me at this level as I was already very over weight when we met 32 years ago. So she now has a new husband ( so she says). Can't wait to bust into the 99 kilo mark. It's been a long & very hard journey but worth every moment. I also look forward to being able to back off a little once I am happy with the level that I settle at. I should be able to perhaps enjoy my riding a little more, not having to push myself to go every day at 5.15am in cold Winter weather. Maintaining the weght loss will be the key to all the effort.
Excuses are like arseholes! Everybody has one and they all stink! - Lance Armstrong .
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An amazingly inspirational thread, this one.
Much of it strikes a chord with me.
To add even more to the inspiration, there was a similar editorial in the American Magazine "Bicycling" a year or two ago.
Happy riding everyone
I'm quite interested in knowing how cycling has changed your life and how much of a part it does play with regards to other interests in life.
For me I need a fundamental interest that I can be involved in substantially, at the same time it have substantial ongoing costs and with a relatively low chance of injury (considering all of my injuries have been from falling at <1km an hour haha)
I've tried all sorts of interests in the past (and gone back to the same ones) without much success for a long term interest. Cycling is cheap, can be enjoyed in any weather conditions (Depending on how keen you are), and its easy to get really involved with events and racing.
I do find myself taking great pride in maintaining my rides and keeping them in as good nick as possible. The most enjoyment is from maintaining and building the bike from scratch.
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after turning 40 earlier this year and talking about buying a bike for a while i bought a specialized hardtail mountain bike , fitted some smooth tyres , bought a cheap bike computer to track my progress and have lost about 15kgs down to 76kgs which for me being 184cm is awesome .
i bought the misses a merida road bike as she could see how much i was enjoying myself and a trainer for the days when the weather isn't great and are looking at getting a road bike .
i think i maybe addicted.
for me cycling has changed my life in a un-expected way. Trading sleep for long rides. The down side though for me is that for the majority of long rides that I do I am by myself which is okay but gets very boring very quickly. I am fitter than I have ever been (I have also been swimming and running), and last weekend I completed my longest ride to date 95km. Never ever thought I would end up being able to ride that distance.
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That's an awesome list, well done!
I've done a few of those things. Wearing skin-tight clothing in public no longer an issue for me. Love riding, get cranky when I miss a bike ride. Went down from nearly 90kg to about 63kg. Had one crash early on, had other injuries - learned from them. The LBS has $$$$ signs in their eyes when I pay a visit. And I've had a lot of people notice how much weight I've lost. Biking changed my whole entire mindset as well. And lastly, I see a bike going by in the street and I think hmmmm, Scott Foil, or Specialized Venge, nice... Others roll their eyes that I know what those bikes are.
I'm still working on becoming a stronger and better rider - but biking for me has already paid off dividends that cannot be measured. It's one of my favourite things to do when I get spare time. And I actually love working on bikes too.
Mate, you don't even look like the same person! Great achievement.
It's allowed me to continue eating the way I do (I love food)
On a serious note its helped me with weight loss, increased fitness and general well being, increased savings from lower PT and car usage though probably offset from constant upgradeitis. Overall I believe cycling has made me a much happier person in general. I get moody and annoyed when I don't ride for more than a week.
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