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How everyone doing?

I've been rollercoastering a bit the last couple weeks, bouncing on both sides of 182. This happened to me last time I lost a bunch of weight (from 232 to 162). Breaking into the 170s was the hardest part.

Right now I've had a problem with getting stronger I think! I got pretty soft when I gained my baby weight, so the more I work out the more muscle I seem to be building....and the less weighting I'm losing. I don't let it bother me too much. If I get in three good rides and don't lose (and stay within my points and not eat like an asshole), I know I'm in better shape than I was last week.

I finally got in a bit longer riding, doing a nice hard 35 miles last week. Then the weather turned again. Can't wait for summer to come so I can head out early and get in 2-3 hour rides.

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Chef, cycling is fantastic exercise. In my younger years I rode as a sponsered road cyclist, racing around California. 35 miles is a nice medium point for you. My question is this, are you just doing flats or are you also throwing in some hills. My advice is that you mix it up. I am not sure what Oregon has to offer you where you live. But the different terrain really makes it more interesting and it works different muslces too. Also if you don't mind me asking, what are you using with your pedals? Toe clips are ok, but cleats make it SOOOOO much easier to pedal. If you have any questions regarding riding please ask.....I still ride today, but not like the days in HS where I rode 500 miles a week.
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Didn't know you were a cyclist, Clash! That's awesome.

I'm big nerd for cycling but I'm pretty old and slow. I've got that big plate in my knee, so my average cadence doesn't usually end up very high. I tend to get some tendonitis if I over-spin it! But behind baseball, Cycling is my favorite spot.

I do mix it up. The riding around Corvallis is pretty nice. Some nice country rollers on one of my 30 mile routes. There's also some decent saddle rides for a good "get it in" climb without having to head to the big hills which are a 25-30 mile ride to the bases.

Last summer I would ride about 150-200 miles a week. I ride a Felt F55 with SPD-SL pedals and Specialized carbon-soled shoes.

At the end of last summer I was in--what I thought--was pretty good shape. I was always with the fast guys on the local group rides on Sunday. So one evening I headed out to the Portland International Raceway where they do amateur races. I signed up for my pre-Cat 5 license and warmed up a couple laps.

Then the race started! Oh boy.

3 laps in (2 1/2 mile laps), I was destroyed. There was a 35 mph head wind on the back side and all the other people were part of local clubs (include four guys from the OSU team where were probably NOT Cat-5 riders) and they worked together. I got stuck in the wind and subsequently faked a flat 8 miles in, after I dropped by the two 16 years at the back of the peloton.

And that is my experience with bike racing!

I love riding, but I realize now it will always just be a fitness/recreation thing for me. But I ride hard. I strap on that heartrate monitor and pound it out. I have a hard time "going easy" like some of the lolligaggers out on the roads.

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Cool! I am not speaking to the newly converted (which is ok too). I hear ya on the not taking it easy thing. My normal cruising spead is 20mph and up hills I am out of the saddle and go kind of rider. Definately not the rider that I was when I was younger but still love riding. I ride a Giant bicycle and I love my toy! Just watched Amgen (tour of California) come into Santa Cruz the other day. Still makes me jones for it. And yes Chef, racing is very, very hard, the speed alone is tough. But mix that in with a headwind and no one to ride behind and it even tougher. My racing days are way over. GO Giants!
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Hey Chef - I am right there with you man. My breakthrough weight that always seems to be a real pain in the a** is 190. It has been no different this time around as I was bouncing around there for about a month and have finally dropped down to 188.

I decided to change up my diet, and instead of buying the usual at the grocery store, I expanded my options and it really seemed to have an impact on the scale.

It doesn't hurt that I am also running 2.5 miles a day for at least 5-6 days a week.

22 pounds down.. 13 to go!

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The getting stronger part also used to p*** me off because I wasn't get the results I wanted on the scale. Usually I can really tell the difference in the mirror though when my muscles are gaining definition, so it doesn't bother me as much anymore.

The trick is not looking at yourself in the mirror each day to look for differences or you may never notice 'em.

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I also wanted to throw in one more little tid bit.. Each week that I drank a little bit (usually only once a week), I noticed it would stagger my weight loss. I wouldn't go up or down, despite going to the gym 5+ times a week.

Maybe this is a little obvious, but when I didn't drink in a week, the weight continued to decline. So right now, I am trying my best to avoid any liquor. I had reason to celebrate because of my graduation, but now, I don't have any so I'm confident that it will stop. Clearly if I want to hit my goal, even the tiniest bit of liquor seems to throw me off.

Another thing I wanted to talk about was Raisin Bran. I had been eating this stuff for the past couple of weeks, but read online how devastating the sugar content can be for weight loss. Apparently the sugar in this product is not natural and only from the raisins. Instead, the producer places a lot of processed sugar in it to enhance the flavor. This processed sugar is apparently very bad for those people with dietary goals. As soon as I dropped it from my diet, again I saw a decline on the scale. Any thoughts on cereal products?

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In general, cereal is just not that good for you. It's good for a quick carb boost in the morning, but not much else (except fiber maybe). That extra sugar is there for flavor (obviously) but also to help control the moisture. It's a food processing trick. The sugar absorbs the moisture and keeps the rest of the cereal crunchy.

There have been studies that showing eating a higher protein breakfast helps to stop over-eating and over-snacking later in the day. If you have, say, an egg and ham for breakfast at 8 am, you're more likely to make it to 11:30 or 12:00 without needing a mid morning snack.

Sugar is mostly bad from a weight-loss standpoint if you're not doing anything to use it immediately. A bowl of sugar cereal before a run isn't terrible. Chances are you'll actually use most of the glucose right away and it's not so much sugar that you'll be storing it. But if you eat a big bowl of cereal and sit in a the car and then in class for the day, you're probably not "using it up."

One thing to pay attention to on cereal is the portion size. It's usually 3/4 to 1 cup, but that's hard to measure. If you weight it out to what's listed on the panel (about 28 grams or 1 oz. usually), you'll see that one serving is actually pretty small. People really tend to over-eat cereal, and that why the sugar content becomes and issue. If you just eat that recommended serving, you're not getting too much sugar, but you'll also probably be hungry in two hours (or less).

All of that being said, I eat Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast like three times a week! lol







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Even though 3 bowls a week isn't a big deal, you should try going a week without it and test it there is any difference on the scale.

I just bought some Grape Nuts at the local store because I read online that they are healthier for you than normal cereal and you are right about the portion thing. There is hardly any fat or sugar in it, but the portion size is 1/2 a cup and that equals 200 calories... sheesh...

I like to get bang for my buck. I want to eat a lot of something, but not have consumed a mountain load of calories.

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i love booze and in n out burger too much. willing to keep an extra 10lbs on to keep enjoying the garbage intake. six packs are overrated.

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