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Postby springtide9 » Wed Nov 10, 2010 09:15 am

Great thread. Lost around 4 stone this year and will hopefully shed another 0.5 stone in the next two months, which I'll be very happy with.

A recommendation that a friend gave me was to get one of the more modern scales, that gives you body fat as a percentage, hydration, calculating your BMI etc
Take the body fat % values with a pinch of salt , but these are good for giving you a trend for body fat loss.

Now that I have a decent scales (one that I can weigh myself a number of times one after each other, and get the same value every time!), I find it useful to weigh myself every single day - first thing in the morning before I jump in the shower.

I have become very aware of the impact of eating poorly for a day, for a couple of days, a night out drinking etc - and all the bad things I know I shouldn't do, but I do.

It's not that I don't allow myself to go off the rails on occasion, it's just that I'm not very aware of the impact and adjustments to my diet and exercise, sometimes before and after such events.
e.g. last week, I knew I had a drinking night coming up.. so I went overboard in the gym for the week
I think the worst part about drinking is not the alcohol calories, but the impact it had to your exercise regime - I can really tell my lack of performance even after a few days have passed since drinking, and the benefits of being alcohol free for a month or so.

Good luck everyone... :)

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Postby Gibzy » Wed Dec 15, 2010 16:31 pm

Hi All, i have been keeping my eye on this thread for a little while and taken the decision to join up.
I am tackling the logging of all my progression through my blog. There i can monitor all rides, weight, bike upgrade etc etc.
All this is set to kick start in the new year but i have uploaded some information im preperation of it.
If you fancy taking a look please go to

Hope i dont screw it up this time. Like so many years before

Thanks all

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Postby Neil Fat man on a bike » Wed Dec 22, 2010 18:54 pm

I'm currently breaking the scales at 16.5 stone.
But I was at 19.5 stone last January.
Whats changed, eating habits mainly but I've also knackered my granny ring so the middle ring has to work harder up the hills.
I've also started to go running. I did 7.5miles on Sunday half on road and half on a farm track in the snow. Did 5 road miles tonight at under 10min per mile! (very good for a fat lad I reckon).
Aiming NOT to put weight on over New Year !
Hopefully I'll be closer to 15 stone by May, and I'd like to be around 14stone by this time next year.
I've now got to the point that I really am starting to enjoy running (never ever thought I'd say that ! ) and I'm planning to enter a half Marathon in May.

A lad in the village has lost 8 stone this year and another mate has lost 4 !

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Postby Gibzy » Thu Dec 30, 2010 23:05 pm

Anyone else new joining for the new year !!!!

i cant wait to get fit while using the bike. ive put it of for so long, but the aim is to get to 15 stone buy my 30th birthday next November. A loss of 3 stone, do you thisnk that is achievable ?

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Postby Neil Fat man on a bike » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:17 am

It sure is Shaun.
Just keep at it.
I'm aiming to lose 2 stone by May (i'm gonna run a half marathon :shock: ).
Have you got a trainning plan drawn out yet?
I need to draw one up, there will be a lot of running involved to get ready for the half marathon but a good sprinkle of mountain biking thrown in too.

The festive season has taken it's toll on me again this year, but I shed 3 stone last year and relativly speaking, I didn't slip that much maybe a half stone (not been near the scales yet!!!!).

Booze, crisps and biscuits will become a controlled substance in this house !
I'd like to try a month withj no alcahol :shock:

Good luck Shaun

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Postby MountainMonster » Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:18 pm

Hey everyone!

I "joined" the weight loss thread back in the summer, lost a few kg and started getting fit, but once wintertime hit I got lazy and ate a bunch of carp I shouldn't, and gave up on exercise.

I've started back into the swing of fitness now, as I watched my weight around xmas rise about 4kg, which I was not happy about. Started on Monday once I got back home from holiday, and since getting back have lost just over a KG.

Fitness regime is 1 hour of ergometer training every day. Normally riding in the highest gear on it as I need to get used to low spins and high power to simulate climbing as that is my (extremely) weak point.

Eating has changed quite drastically as compared to last month. No more huge portions, I have to stop myself from going to buffets, as that is a huge problem for me. No more fried foods, and i've also stopped drinking.

My weight loss goal is both a short and long term one. Short term goal is to be 83kg by March 10th, when I fly to Paris for a business meeting, and want to look my best for that as it's with the EU, and could help alot with the company. Long term is to hit 78 by the 1st June.

Best of luck to everyone!

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Postby aaronmroach » Sun Jan 09, 2011 14:43 pm

Okay im in!!

Im not unfit im 29 6ft 3 and weigh 17 stone can run to level 10.9 on the 20m bleep test!! I know this I did it for my fitness test at work after xmas!!!! Swim 2000m every lunch run 10k a week and circuits on thursday mornings and pedal when i can fit it in!!!

However come friday nights beer and snacks take hold till monday morning!!!!!!

I purchased a god forsaken road bike in the sumer and intend to put some miles in and kep my 2010 remedy 8 for purely off road now!!!!

Im going to try and get to the 15 stone mark by summer wth a stone off for my 30th in march!!!

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Postby Neil Fat man on a bike » Sun Jan 23, 2011 14:07 pm

Just ran 7 miles ! (at a pace of 9:55 per mile)
Weight back down to 16st 6lb (after crimbo and new year binges).
Heart rate and recovery rates improving.
Exactly 3stone less than this point last year.
Would love to get to 14 stone this year!!!!!
Signing up for a half marathon this May so need to lose as much as possible by then.
The proper trainning reigeme starts in a couple of weeks.
Will be aiming for as close to 2 hours as possible.

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Postby Neil Fat man on a bike » Tue Jan 25, 2011 18:39 pm

Just ran 8 miles this evening, with 10x 100m intervals in the middle.
Delighted with myself.

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Postby gearsbentandbroken » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:47 am

I'm in guys.

Name is James 29, 30 in March! OUCH!

I'm about 5'9 and got up to about 13.5 stone. and have always struggled to maintain a decent weight. I'm working my nuts off to get down to about 11.5.

I've lost around half a stone over the last couple of weeks due to the fact I have bought an excercise bike for home and a new Carrera Vengeance Ultimate for the tracks.

I have cut the booze completely this month (JAN) and it seams be helping.

I ride every day on my exercise bike (usually for around an hour) and once or twice a week on the Carrera.

Last night I did the Monkey Trail at Cannock Chase for the first time. TOOK ME 3 1/2 Hours!!!

I was knackered.

Anyway, keep it up guys, nice to know it's not just me on a health kick! it's tough, I could murder a kebab and a beer!
Got my new Carrera Vengeance Ultimate 11. Mint.

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Postby andyd2506 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 19:51 pm

hi sorry i know you don't want to hear about the medical stuff and i ain't going to really, i'm a weight control suffer myself for years. but now i am a sport's therapist and also a nutritionist and would like to say one thing diets are for pussy's :) get on your bikes and as long as you watch your SATURATED FAT other fats are ok and most are good for you, cut down on bread, suger make your meals smaller but have more as in you should be eating 5 times a day to burn off more fat mind....
if anyone want's more info or help i would be happy to explain it all or just give you a brief way to loose weight but gain energy drop me a pm good luck and all the best guys.

oh and my story i was just under 17 stone down to 13 stone in 6 months

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Postby mattblue » Sun Mar 13, 2011 23:27 pm


Id be interested to see how you could help me, I am 5'11 - 18st 8 and suffer with acid reflux /gord.

Am really struggling with healthy meals that doesnt trigger my reflux off and at the same time helps me lose a lot of weight with my riding


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Postby oilit » Sun Mar 20, 2011 08:47 am

Just stumbled across this link - all I can say is thank goodness I am not the only one :-)

At 43, 5'10 and 20st i bit the bullet to get back on my muddy fox mountain bike back in mid Feb after about 20 years of abstinence! Struggled to get to 3.5miles in 20.49 minutes and av heart at 161 and peak at 182 but persevered.

Bought a new Trek road bike, now up to 21 mile trips in 88 minutes - and interestingly average heart rate has dropped to 149 and peak at 167.

All very good, but weight loss has only been 3kg!! - although some of the flabby bits have definitely reduced - so I am guessing (hoping) its turning some of it into muscle LOL!

I am generally cycling alone, hence the need to have 'something to beat' thus this is why I bought a heart monitor so i could see progress....

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Postby Neil Fat man on a bike » Sun Mar 20, 2011 18:46 pm

Ran Inverness half marathon last weekend.
2hr 5min 05seconds, Stoping for a pee cost me about 1min 30sec !!!!
Weight pretty static at the moment but start interval training (at the running still, ready for another half marathon in May, aiming for sub 2hr this time).
Lookingforward to getting back to the bike after all this running.
Gonna do the trail cycle leadership this year.

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Postby mattblue » Wed Apr 06, 2011 15:56 pm

2nd time out on the bike - did 12km in 40mins (give or take a few stops for traffic).

Fairly happy with that given my size and lack of fitness !!

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Postby specializedsteve » Fri Jun 03, 2011 21:58 pm

no posts since 6 april!! tut tut!

Hi im steve, 26 and 20stone and 6'4"
ideally my target goal is about 15 stone 8 pounds but will see how it goes. i remember being that weight when i was younger and liked it but my wife says i looked skinny ( she fancies a few love handles i think!). I used to have physical work and could eat what i wanted but over the past few years in different less strenuous jobs its caught up with me. I like this thread and reading what your all accomplishing is helping with motivation.

I now have a 2010 hardrock disk and aim to build up my fitness and lose weight. My work is 4 and half miles away down a country lane so with htis good weather ive tried cycling it and it takes 25mins. is that good? its more or less flat. anyway im hoping to try and cycle it every shift, ust gotta find some good lights now.

If in doubt - flat out!

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Postby jizzleb » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:00 pm

I'm 25 and have been out of riding for 6 months after surgery from a crash on the MTB with several complications. Finally been given the all clear but have put on around 2 stone since doing so now come in at 14 stone, only 5"10.

I can start training again next week and hope to shed the weight, I have literally done nothing for 6 months!

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Postby middleagedmaninlycra » Wed Jul 13, 2011 20:22 pm

I started the year at about 17 stone and am now down to just under 15 and desperately trying to lose as much as possible in the next six weeks.

From August 21-27 I'm doing a mountain bike ride over the Alps to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation. I'll be covering about 288 miles, which is not going to be a problem. The 35,000ft of hill climbing will be!

I'll either be slim and fit or at death's door by the end of the six days. Let's hope for the former :lol:

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Postby Qaudangle racer » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:06 am

HI im bazzle

Im 6ft and weigh 17.5 stone

Ive been putting on weight slowly for a few years after losing a few stone back in 05 mainly seemed to start after giving up the fags and booze! I also work in a bakery of all places!

My main current goal is to be under 16.5 stone for the octoberfest race my ideal weight would be around 13 stone

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Postby D4V1D » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:44 am

Hi I'm 6'3 and I was 105 Kilos which is over 16 stone. I've managed to get down to 95 kilos which is about 15 stone in about 7 months. I've noticed that it's much easier to climb up the hills carrying more speed rather than carrying the weight. I've changed my eating and drinking too as the weight loss has come to a stop. I'd like to keep it real and only get down to 85 kilos which is 13 st 7lb.

If I can achieve this it would be ace, to put it in to context that would be like putting 20 one kilo bags of sugar off my bike and then cycling off away from it much faster.

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