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10 months!

Cardamom77

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I'm 10 months out and I've lost a total of 120 lbs. The weight loss is slowing, I think, but that's totally fine. I'm at 159 now, which I never thought would happen, so I'm doing well! I'm sticking with around 1500 calories a day or so and more carbs than I was having before - largely because I need fiber. 

The ride I signed up for today was canceled because we had some intense rain overnight that flooded some of the tunnels and they can't really hold the ride and risk the liability if someone hurts themselves. However, I'm still going to ride the 30 miles this afternoon, rain or shine. I've ridden in flooded tunnels before and it's fine, just wet. They low key rescheduled for next Sunday - minus all the pit stops, etc. - and I'm going to ride that too. 

I'm still in about a size 12, though some size 10 things fit me (and some 14s, too). I'm about to have to shop for fall clothes, which will have to be from thrift stores. I'm actually thinking of doing a capsule wardrobe for fall now that I'm slowing down so much on weight loss. Things will fit me a bit longer and I'm wanting to simplify. Still mulling it over. I'll let you all know if I end up doing that. 



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Sounds like we are about the same size weight and clothing wise.  I am definitely getting more use out of my new clothes now too.  In fact yesterday i had a pair of pants on and went to pull it down and they didn’t come down and I thought “oh no, did I get bigger?” Then I looked at the tag and they were my 10s, whew! Any 14s slide down, the 12s can usually but the 10s, I still to button and zip...haha!  The 14s are about to be retired (given to Salvation Army). I keep seeing clothes on clearance for next summer but I have no idea what to buy, so I will just wait til i get there!  

You have done so awesome and lost so much weight, I am just so proud of you (bc you know my connection with my special November Knockouts group...being the oldest and first to go, I feel you’re all “mine” and like you’re my “kid”!!!) 

And riding when you have the PERFECT excuse not to???? You blow me away!  Surely wouldn’t have done that last year, would you have?!?  Amazing you!

You’ve had an awesome 10 months....and I can’t believe we are all closing in on our surgeversaries this Fall!  Wow!

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It sounds like you're in a "slow and steady" mode right now, and why not. You've already had so much success, to the point where any additional pound is great but not strictly necessary for health reasons, so upping your calories to a slow burn is pretty reasonable sounding to me, if that's what works for you. 

I got a lot of mileage out of this woman's blog when I was re-thinking my whole entire sense of style last year, and especially in terms of thinking about capsules or more minimalist sets of clothing: https://anuschkarees.com/blog/ Her book, "A Curated Closet" is a pretty good workbook for helping you figure out what you need and don't need (not that I don't break those rules constantly - I'm more of a maximalist, I find...). You might enjoy a spin through her website. It certainly helped me ask myself the right questions, like "Do I really need 9 different white blouses?" (spoiler alert: no, I don't).

If you're looking for fiber, psyllium is a pretty easy way to get it. I put some in my shake every day and it significantly improves things that fiber improves, ahem. 

Have fun curating your closet. You have such a fun sense of style that I think you'll end up with some fabulous looks.

And, as always, keep biking.

 

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3 hours ago, BurgundyBoy said:

Strong work @Cardamom77!

I remember you were not happy with your fenders/ mud guards. [Fall winter spring weather ahead of us, now...] Now with more miles under your belt what else would you choose or eschew on your bike?

Oh, I'm still not going to put those metal fenders on the damn thing. I tried and the wheels rubbed and it was horrible. I may buy some mudguards, though. It's that or bring a change of clothes when I go to work. It's not a big deal when I'm just riding to ride - I don't care how wet/gross I get when that's the case. On this ride I actually didn't get real wet. The ground was wet but there wasn't any flooding, so it wasn't a big deal. If I'm riding in straight up rain, then fenders won't help anyway. Haha! I'll probably go with the taking a change of clothes plan. And I'm in Arkansas, so our "winters" are about two months long and it's more ice than snow, so it's too treacherous to ride in anyway. 

I don't worry a lot about speed, so I don't get hung up on trying to reduce weight on the bike. I have a rack on it and I usually carry one pannier to hold my locks, spare tube, tools, etc. I like to carry all of that because when I'm riding to work, my husband is either at work or in class and can't come rescue me, so I need to be able to change a tire or tighten a bolt or whatever is needed. Also I'm stubborn and like to take care of stuff myself. Ha! I may add another pannier soon to carry my clothes. I have decent bike "luggage" because we had planned to ride the Katy Trail several years ago and bought some really nice stuff. I'm glad because we're broke now and wouldn't be able to afford it. Haha! 

I should probably put a bell on it. I've had some issues on the trail going around corners and the people coming from the other direction were in my lane and we almost hit each other. No fun! I have this cool antique bell I could use, so I might put that on the handlebars soon. 

But I'm pretty happy with my setup, all told. I have some minor annoyances, but they're not pressing concerns. 

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13 hours ago, Cardamom77 said:

Oh, I'm still not going to put those metal fenders on the damn thing. I tried and the wheels rubbed and it was horrible. I may buy some mudguards, though. It's that or bring a change of clothes when I go to work. It's not a big deal when I'm just riding to ride - I don't care how wet/gross I get when that's the case. On this ride I actually didn't get real wet. The ground was wet but there wasn't any flooding, so it wasn't a big deal. If I'm riding in straight up rain, then fenders won't help anyway. Haha! I'll probably go with the taking a change of clothes plan. And I'm in Arkansas, so our "winters" are about two months long and it's more ice than snow, so it's too treacherous to ride in anyway. 

I don't worry a lot about speed, so I don't get hung up on trying to reduce weight on the bike. I have a rack on it and I usually carry one pannier to hold my locks, spare tube, tools, etc. I like to carry all of that because when I'm riding to work, my husband is either at work or in class and can't come rescue me, so I need to be able to change a tire or tighten a bolt or whatever is needed. Also I'm stubborn and like to take care of stuff myself. Ha! I may add another pannier soon to carry my clothes. I have decent bike "luggage" because we had planned to ride the Katy Trail several years ago and bought some really nice stuff. I'm glad because we're broke now and wouldn't be able to afford it. Haha! 

I should probably put a bell on it. I've had some issues on the trail going around corners and the people coming from the other direction were in my lane and we almost hit each other. No fun! I have this cool antique bell I could use, so I might put that on the handlebars soon. 

But I'm pretty happy with my setup, all told. I have some minor annoyances, but they're not pressing concerns. 

Hmm. Fenders should not rub if they are properly fitted, could not agree more. I used to commute by bike and in this MetroBoston weather they were helpful. 

Your point about reducing weight on the bike is well taken. People spend hundreds of $$ to reduce their bike weight by a few ounces or an half pound. For those of us who have undergone WLS, and lost a lot of weight, our personal weight loss far outweighs the almost trivial changes in bike weight that one sees with upgrades. Let's see let's estimate your bike weights 20 lbs, and you are -120 lbs, so ...  your weight loss is = to 6 bikes. 

I'm riding a lightweight gravel bike (carbon frame, blah blah) with very heavy wheels - they have disc brakes (great for safety and stopping in bad weather), fairly heavy rims (more resistant to being knocked out of true), and heavy Schwabe Marathon Plus tires. The latter are nearly bullet-proof against flats caused by sharp objects. Like you I carry enough tools so when I am riding, I can repair my bike or help someone else who needs a hand. Since I have been using the Marathon Plus tires I have not had a single flat (about 2 years). 

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