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By hulver (Tue Aug 22, 2017 at 11:27:19 AM EST) (all tags)
So I'm attempting to get fit again.

I need your help.

I am very fat, and pretty unfit. I've been struggling to do anything this year due to some boring health things.

Volunteering to help at LEL this year has inspired me to get fit and get back out on the bike again. So I'm going to do it.

I could do with some support though. I'll be posting stuff on Strava, so if you see me post something on there a thumbs up would be a big boost.

You can also do a "Go fund me" type thing but with sweat instead. If you want to pledge me some sweat to spur me on to do more, then please do. You can do that at Sweat Pledge. Maybe I can inspire you to get out and sweat more as well.

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Good luck! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Aug 22, 2017 at 01:49:07 PM EST
I'm down to 190 pounds, which is still 25 more than I weighed in the Army. Hoping to get into the 180-185 range before winter sets in.

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You've gotta do it for you by marvin (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 01:01:47 AM EST
Best of luck. I'll heckle harass torment encourage you on Strava. That is a very dejected looking photo on Sweat Pledge, btw.

I think everyone has to find their own way to change their lifestyle and do what works for them. I hope that you will figure out what works for you, and keep us updated on how it's going as you tweak things and adapt your approach. It was great to see you set off on the LEL training last year, and I became concerned about how you were doing when I noticed your Strava updates trail off to nothing. LEL is a massive goal, and I don't think it would work for me - something like that is too daunting a challenge for me to face as a starting point.

That said, and ymmw, but what worked for me to lose >50lb was a number of small changes over time, including changes to my eating habits, taking up bike commuting again, and using both food and non-food rewards for behaviours. It would appear that I train myself just like a dog.

Before I started, one of my hopes was to suck less at riding up hills, which used to (figuratively) kill me when I was fat. I'm at the point now where I have somehow learned to enjoy hills, and I ride for the views. There's nothing like being able to ride uphill for 12km from my house with 700m of climbing to enjoy places like this:

Can't wait to see some pics of where your bike takes you in the next few years.

I do do it for me by hulver (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 04:49:22 AM EST
My default state is however to lay on the couch and eat pizza.

Getting those little notifications when I've done something tickles my pleasure centres and encourages me to do more.

Nice view, certainly worth the work.
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And only you can break your default state by marvin (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Aug 26, 2017 at 12:03:41 PM EST
Any reliance on others just allows you an excuse. I'm happy to give a thumbs up, but I think it is dangerous to rely upon the actions of others. I've long stopped believing that anything other than intrinsic motivation works.

I recall that you are pretty active on Instagram. Do you have a pannier to take your camera with you on rides to integrate riding into your photography hobby? Checking Strava daily, and nothing yet...

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Working on getting fit too! by me0w (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 08:07:23 AM EST
I gained over 40lbs in the year that I was separated from my ex. Finally I decided that was enough and started back at the gym and eating better. I've lost 57lbs so far and I'm still going. I found that the key is to find something you like to do and stick with that. I love doing cardio ... so I go and do that - listen to music, do my thing and find myself getting healthier.

You can do this!

I don't need to lose weight... by miserere (4.00 / 0) #5 Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 09:29:49 AM EST
But I seriously need to get stronger/fitter. And quit smoking. And probably drink less.

It's hard, though, when sitting on the deck with a book and a beer is so much more enticing than exercise. You might very well help me to get off my lazy ass and start working to get stronger - at the least I will probably have less achy joints when I get up in the mornings if I do.

And good luck! Let us know how it goes!

I'll trade you by mmangino (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 10:47:18 AM EST
Thumbs up for thumbs up! 

I can't be doing with all the... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 03:02:16 PM EST
fancy electronic tracking stuff.

But, I have hauled out my old bicycle, fitted a flat bar and I am officially bicycling in London again.

My aim is simply to do some exercise (usually cycling, but sometimes swimming, b/c logistics) every day. So far I'm at 10 days in a row.

So I'm with you, even if Strava is beyond my phone.

Good luck! by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Aug 24, 2017 at 01:15:16 AM EST
Someone must have told me if you work too hard, you can sweat.
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I'll see what I can do about Strave by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Aug 24, 2017 at 07:22:37 AM EST
I've got some serious bike spending to do, because I've moved up to the top of a hill that's too far to easily walk, and that I suspect I would simply take the bus every day if I had the choice.

So, the long and short is that I'll be putting a bottom bracket motor on my bike, and making sure I stay riding. Will go down and buy it on the weekend.

That was Strava, obviously by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Aug 24, 2017 at 07:23:46 AM EST
Anyway, there will be electronics on my cockpit, so I may well be synching with Strava like things more. And I may well get out on my mountain bike occasionally. We'll see.

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I'm not seeing any action on Strava since last Dec by lm (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat Aug 26, 2017 at 12:32:09 PM EST
If you want kudos on Strava, we need something to click.

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Haven't seen you on strava but by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #13 Sun Aug 27, 2017 at 09:26:25 AM EST
you can follow me @ Michael Heinz and I'll follow you back. 

You our were the person who inspired me to get on a bike in the first place, so, hey, you can do it again!

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