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Progress Report For The First Week(14 posts)

Progress Report For The First Weekcyclingforhealth
Aug 30, 2003 8:55 PM
It has been one weeks since I purchased my new bike. Some good things have happened this week. Today I broke the 20 mile ride mark. It took me almost three hours, but I did it. I also stepped on the scales this morning. I have lost four pounds. I am now at 302. I was very excited about that. I am not longer riding with the Ipod. Whoever said there were no moving parts in it was wrong. I got a Creative Nomad 128 MB MP3 player that stores enough music for a ride. It is small with no moving parts. Also I read where I can lose more weight with a diet high in fiber. I bought some Fiber One cereal today. I am going to eat cereal in the morning and at lunch. Then I am going to eat Subway at night in order to try to acheive my weight loss goal a little fast. Apparently the cereal rushes water to the intestines to help digest it, which helps everything else go through you faster as well. That was week one. I had fun on my new bike too. It was worth every dime.
Save that dime JaredSpoiler
Aug 30, 2003 9:55 PM
Once the bran kicks in, you'll be going through tissue rolls like you go through sweet rolls.
Great! Here is some help...10speedfiend
Aug 31, 2003 5:49 AM
Although not quite as heavy as you, I have found a way to lose weight. I read a post a few months ago and it pointed me to an article in Bicycle magazine. If you have the time try this. In the morning wake up and eat nothing but a cup or two of coffee or a diet mtn. dew. Go out for your ride and drink lots of water. After the ride try to get as much low fat protien as possible. I use skim milk, protien powder, almonds and ice blended together. Sometimes I will use a teaspoon of Peanut butter to "treat" myself. I lost 40lbs on my bicycle but only reduced my body fat percentage by .75-1%. My body seems to prefer to burn muscle and fat. Using the above technique as well as weight lifting, I have leaned up and lost the fat. Good luck and I will be right behind you pushing you, you just wont be able to see me.
Wade
Can you say Bonk!!spookyload
Aug 31, 2003 6:12 AM
You wake up in the morning in a state of starvation if you sleep for any decent time, and don't eat right before bed. One cup of coffee isn't going to cut it for a 1-2 hour ride. You will blow up like a hot air ballon after about 40 minutes. If you are riding or running you need fuel for the machine, not just a cup-o-joe. The fibre thing he is doing is good as long as the cereal doesn't catch up before the rides over. As for subway, it keeps him out of the grocery store where temptation lies. That is about the biggest bonus of the subway diet. The only other thing I would mention is to drink LOTS OF WATER!!
moderationFrith
Aug 31, 2003 9:46 AM
There is something to be said for the "coffee and go" method to losing weight. Studies show the caffine increases the rate at which your body uses fat stores for energy. Add to this the lack of available gycogen stores in the morning.It's still debated of course.
I say if you drink lots of water and know your body it can be very effective. I would eat a banana before the ride and take one fig newton with you just in case. and like the poster before said LOTS OF WATER!!
I have no problems!10speedfiend
Aug 31, 2003 11:05 AM
I do carry a couple marshmallows with me just in case, but you would be suprised. With this technique I actually try to deplete my sugars ("BOnk"). Believe it or not your body continues to "Bonk" (deplete foods energy and start burning either fat or muscle) even after you get back and are sitting around. If you do eat something as soon as you get back your body will "burn" it during this bonus period. I personally dont believe your body is in a state of starvation when you wake up, you can live days without food. I do agree you need fuel for running and cycling, but this technique trys to use your stored energy(fat)instead of nutrients you take in prior to your event. I am not a doctor or sports expert of any kind, I just wanted to pass along a system that works for me.
Wade
Can you say "Bonk training" ?fasteddie
Aug 31, 2003 11:29 AM
this very type of weight loss training method was in a recent issue of "Bicycling". Drink a couple of cups of coffee and then ride for 30-90 minutes at a moderate level and then eat upon your return. Supposedly this encourages fat burning and you won't bonk as long as you don't exceed the time or effort prescribed.
Great! Here is some help...10speedfiend
Aug 31, 2003 10:52 AM
Although not quite as heavy as you, I have found a way to lose weight. I read a post a few months ago and it pointed me to an article in Bicycle magazine. If you have the time try this. In the morning wake up and eat nothing but a cup or two of coffee or a diet mtn. dew. Go out for your ride and drink lots of water. After the ride try to get as much low fat protien as possible. I use skim milk, protien powder, almonds and ice blended together. Sometimes I will use a teaspoon of Peanut butter to "treat" myself. I lost 40lbs on my bicycle but only reduced my body fat percentage by .75-1%. My body seems to prefer to burn muscle and fat. Using the above technique as well as weight lifting, I have leaned up and lost the fat. Good luck and I will be right behind you pushing you, you just wont be able to see me.
Wade
Keep up the good workSprint-Nick
Aug 31, 2003 3:22 PM
Its good to hear your doing well. Congratulations and keep up the good work! I'm looking forward to seeing your updates in the future. :)

Cheers,
Nick
re: Progress Report For The First WeekTNRyder
Aug 31, 2003 3:54 PM
Glad to hear that you are enjoying your new ride and already seeing some results! The Giant is a pretty cool looking ride and I can only assume its comfy with the suspension and everything.

You'll have to post a review on it after you get a few more miles in.

Congrats on breaking the 20 mile barrier too! You'll be riding centuries in no time!
Bravo.zonaspeed
Aug 31, 2003 4:20 PM
Very inspirational indeed. Please remember that you have decided to make a lifestyle change and riding and eating well is not a temporary journey on your pathway through this life. You must make a personal decision about your goals and how you intend to make them come to fruition. Do not be discouraged in the future because although you lost 4lbs it may be mostly water or bodily wastes. You are just starting out and you must not give up. Maybe post a picture of your twins on your bike or office desk or in your wallet or something so you can look at them when you feel discouraged. You can do it!
please post a picturePoseur
Aug 31, 2003 4:50 PM
you said you were going to show pictures of your rides. Please share your journey with us.
please post a pictureDERICK
Aug 31, 2003 5:19 PM
Yeah, post some before pictures of your self so we can watch your progress. Keep it up!
Good job on the 20 mile ride, but the fiber thing is BS53T
Aug 31, 2003 5:44 PM
Weight loss comes from calorie deficit, and anyone who say "yes but..." is talking out their arse. You do need fiber in your diet and most Americans don't get enough. Fiber one is OK (highest on fiber, lowest in taste), I like Kellog's Rasin Bran better. Also, don't eat cereal two times a day you will be bored with your diet, and will have trouble getting enough calories, which of course leads to unhealthy snacking.

Don't rush your weight loss goal!!! 4 pounds a week at your weight is plenty. That's 100 lbs in 6 months, which is very fast, almost too fast. I'd reccomend half that rate.