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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekarens View Post
    Welcome and congrats! There is something about cycling that makes you feel like a kid and yes, we are most definitely enablers when it comes to bikes and bike related things :-)
    Congrats and welcome. I too started slow on an old mountain bike and thought I was going to die or at least my legs fall off. Just keep it up, I am now working toward a 100 ride next year (if I can get there) so just keep it up. An yes, thekarens is right there are definately enablers on this site, but that is a great thing too since you can ask about anything you want to know.

  2. #17
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    Just wanted to update the thread. I am well on my way to goal, having lost 110 pounds since last May. I have upgraded my bike again, just a few weeks ago, to a 2014 Cannondale Quick 4. I am averaging close to 100 miles per week now. I try to get on the bike 5 days per week for an hour and a half to 2 hours, with the longer rides on the weekends. Having a blast and I feel terrific! Even better, I look a little better in my lycra after going down 7 sizes in clothing.

  3. #18
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    WOW, impressive!!! A big congrats to you.

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  4. #19
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    Yayyyy and congratulations on your impressive progress :-)

  5. #20
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    Terrific job on losing weight and all the miles your riding on your bike. I'm really impressed with your progress in spite of mn. cold winter.

    Would you share a pic of your bike with us? Your state has very nice bike trails I hope you can enjoy this summer.

  6. #21
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    Woo hoo!! Congrats and enjoy the new bike!!

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles

  7. #22
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    Wonderful job! Congrats! You are truly inspirational.
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    2013 Electra Verse

  8. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by jilliebeanmn View Post
    Just wanted to update the thread. I am well on my way to goal, having lost 110 pounds since last May. I have upgraded my bike again, just a few weeks ago, to a 2014 Cannondale Quick 4. I am averaging close to 100 miles per week now. I try to get on the bike 5 days per week for an hour and a half to 2 hours, with the longer rides on the weekends. Having a blast and I feel terrific! Even better, I look a little better in my lycra after going down 7 sizes in clothing.
    Congratulations! And hello from your neighborhood to the South (Wisconsin!)

  9. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by jilliebeanmn View Post
    Just wanted to update the thread. I am well on my way to goal, having lost 110 pounds since last May. I have upgraded my bike again, just a few weeks ago, to a 2014 Cannondale Quick 4. I am averaging close to 100 miles per week now. I try to get on the bike 5 days per week for an hour and a half to 2 hours, with the longer rides on the weekends. Having a blast and I feel terrific! Even better, I look a little better in my lycra after going down 7 sizes in clothing.
    Good for you! Thanks for the update.

  10. #25
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    Here is a pic of the new bike. I named her LOU, after my Grandmother.
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  11. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by jilliebeanmn View Post
    Here is a pic of the new bike. I named her LOU, after my Grandmother.
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    Very nice!
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    2012 Jamis Dakar XC Comp SI Ldy Gel
    2013 Electra Verse

  12. #27
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    I'm just starting off myself and have lots of weight to lose / fitness to gain. Any tips on best way to ramp up biking efforts?

  13. #28
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    I can tell you what I did...

    I started making one change at a time...because I know trying to do too many things at one time in the past have led me to just giving up. I gave up soda, then moved to mostly low carb (nothing crazy, just eliminated the bagels, breads, etc) and mostly focused on protein, fruits and vegetables. I subbed sweet potato for regular potatoes and started making other healthy food choices. I was sticking to about 1800 calories per day. Greek yogurt or fruit for snacks.

    I track every single bite I put in my mouth and I don't drink ANY calories. No milk, juice, etc. I eat 3 meals per day and 1 snack, but it's a healthy snack and usually a string cheese, greek yogurt or some fruit.

    For exercise, I started biking. One mile to start. I stuck to that mile for the first week without increasing distance and simply tried to shave one minute off my time each time I went.

    Believe me, this was a slow process!

    I then started adding a half a mile, and tried to keep my time the same. Rinse and repeat until I built up some muscle and lost a few pounds and could go further and faster, although my focus was not on speed, but on distance. This was all last summer. By the end of the summer, I completed a 25 mile ride.

    Over the winter I continued to ride on the exercise bike at the gym and signed up for a spin class. I STILL can't keep up 100% at the spin class, but I am getting better.

  14. #29
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    Lou looks like a very fine all-around bike. I like her color combo that would be easy to add accents if wanted.

  15. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by jilliebeanmn View Post
    Just wanted to update the thread. I am well on my way to goal, having lost 110 pounds since last May. I have upgraded my bike again, just a few weeks ago, to a 2014 Cannondale Quick 4. I am averaging close to 100 miles per week now. I try to get on the bike 5 days per week for an hour and a half to 2 hours, with the longer rides on the weekends. Having a blast and I feel terrific! Even better, I look a little better in my lycra after going down 7 sizes in clothing.
    OMG that is so awesome!! I am so excited for you! Keep up the amazing work!
    ~Petra~
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