Whaddaya Mean I’m Not Fat?

08.24.2005 | 2:38 pm

When I started this blog, I was 40 pounds overweight. The point of this blog wasn’t for me to be fat. It was for me to lose the fat. Look at my first picture in the "Before…During…" photo album: 181lbs. For a guy who used to be a competitive bike racer, that’s fat.
Now I’m down to 165, because the blog is doing what it’s supposed to — ie, publicly shaming me into keeping my weight loss goals. And the fact that I offer a weekly bounty if I miss my week’s goal just keeps my feet that much closer to the fire.


And now, on with today’s real  story: Lance Armstrong is coming out of retirement….


  1. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 2:43 pm

    fake fatty

  2. Comment by martha | 08.24.2005 | 2:59 pm

    oh! i just went to make sure msn didn’t blow my comment away, and here you answered me! thanks!Congratulations, btw! you’ve done excellent work to get this far, and all your hard hours of riding have certainly paid off. can you feel my hand patting your back?

  3. Comment by Heather | 08.24.2005 | 3:19 pm

    I came to your space because it was listed as having a recent entry. I’ve found that most of the spaces I look up are from people who write in another language altogether. I was happy to see I’d actually be able to read what someone wrote in their blog. I was pleasently surprised to enjoy your writing, and even got a really good laugh out of it. (under confessions: "I am a prancing chubby peacock" lol) Are you by any chance in journalism? You are an excellent writer!! -Heather

  4. Comment by K.C. | 08.24.2005 | 3:44 pm

    Wow! Talk about parallel universes… I raced from 1985 until 1996 as a Cat III roadie. After that, I moved to Olympia, WA, worked at The Bike Stand, rode with S.I.R. (enough to discover that I was not cut out to sit on a bike for 14+ hours), did RAMROD twice… then the wheels fell off.I spent time working for Cannondale and later QBP. All I did was ride a short commute to work. I got fat… real fat. I went from 155 to 205 in four years. I was living in Fruita, CO when my soon to be Ex dumped me. (Is the ‘Horsethief’ photo from Fat Tire Fest?)I moved back East to Battle Creek, MI and decided that since I was now 50, it was time to get in shape and ride a century. I haven’t ridden a century in 5 years, but I will, by god, be finishing the Cereal City Century on September 18.I now weigh 175 and plan on seeing 165 in the next few weeks. Care to join me for the CCC?

  5. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 5:03 pm

    I was sitting here thinking how I needed to lose weight. While I ate my twinkie, I tried to come up ways to motivate myself. I may still your idea…if you do not mind. :-)

  6. Comment by Jo | 08.24.2005 | 5:18 pm

    Fake fatty not! In my opinion, being "fat" is all about one’s comfort level with one’s weight. If you’re used to being 95 lbs all your life (and yes, that could be healthy depending on the person) then if you suddenly go up to 125 lbs you’re going to feel fat. And depending how fast you put that weight on and why that can be very dangerously unhealthy. I think it ’s great that "Fat Cyclist" is simply just trying to get back to a weight he’s comfortable with for his activity level; he’s doing something about it, at least, rather than just whining about being fat like a lot of us do. Good job and good luck!

  7. Comment by Shelley | 08.24.2005 | 5:20 pm

    What a great idea you have!! And it seems to be working! You are looking fit! I am in desperat need to lose wait as well. I use to be 125/54 now I weigh around… as much if not more than you. Reading your blog and comments has really motivated me. I wish you continued success with your weight loss.Congrats!

  8. Comment by katie | 08.24.2005 | 5:21 pm

    Very nice blog… I can see it’s working. Congrats!

  9. Comment by Angel | 08.24.2005 | 5:41 pm

    Hey Fat CyclistCongratulationsI’m trying to lose weight too for my good health, good looks & self esteem.I’m at a standstill it seems…been trying to lose weight since April/05…I’ve lost 15 lbs so far…not coming off fast enough for me…need to kick it up a notch, somehow.probably make more of an effort to make it a daily event & new lifestyle. Keep up the good work F.C.

  10. Comment by A. E. | 08.24.2005 | 6:23 pm

    I was impressed by your weight loss after all that biking. Did you also change your diet? Congratulations on your achievement. Keep it up! How many miles do you bike a day?

  11. Comment by Kimberly | 08.24.2005 | 6:25 pm

    I wanted to comment that I think what you are doing is great. I just picked up cycling a few months ago to lose weight and I absolutely love it; it really is addicting. I’m not in any clubs, or into it professionally, but it really does make me feel good about myself, and in a sense, powerful that I can do something so invigorating and intense. Cycling really makes you feel alive, and I know that you know what I am talking about; when I am out on the trail, I feel like every biker I come across has an unspoken sense of respect for one another. It’s the greatest feeling ever! Anyway, keep up the good progress! I feel honored to meet a new fellow biker :-)

  12. Comment by Teresa | 08.24.2005 | 7:22 pm

    I’m pink…therefore I’m Spam

  13. Comment by Fat Cyclist | 08.24.2005 | 7:42 pm

    kim – i can tell you’re hooked. i promise you: it only gets worse (better).AI PR – mainly the way i’ve changed my diet is by trying to minimize my bad eating habits — eating chips and / or cereal late at night, eating burritos every day (faithful readers will note that i have a serious burrito addiction), etc. if i exercise daily, eat reasonably during the day and then don’t graze at night, i lose weight. i know it’s not that easy for a lot of people, and it’s not as easy for me as i just made it sound.chunky cutie – if you’re at a standstill, make a bet with someone that you can lose 3 pounds next week. an incentive that someone will hold you to sure works for me.catgirl – would you do me a favor and beat dug up, please?srheller – thanks, but i’m uncomfortable with honest praise. in the future, please couch your compliments in veiled threats and sarcasm.weslyn – hey, if you’re not going to eat that other twinkie, can i have it?kc – i went to high school in fruita (really!) but that was before i took up biking. wasted youth. horsethief is on the white rim trail near moab. highly recommended.italianbyetc. – you found an english speaking blog using the updated spaces list? wow, i don’t believe that’s ever happened to me. except for bored teenagers. i have no trouble finding them. note to bored teenagers: you do not need to update your blogs if you remain bored. we shall from this point forward assume that you are bored until otherwise notified. thank you.txgirl – i can feel you patting my back, but my belly jiggles a little bit when you do that. it’s not attractive, i promise.dug – you are a churl.

  14. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 7:53 pm

    I’m starting to agree with Dug. You are a prancing peacock, showing off your shaved legs to any who take the time to admire them. That’s just sick. See us real, REAL fat cyclists don’t shave our legs. We’re all named Fred, and get made fun of by you elitest fast guys who sandbag until you get to the hill, and then leave us in a pile of gasping pflem. Poser.Read my blog today poser, it’s fun! Yeah Levi!

  15. Comment by Fat Cyclist | 08.24.2005 | 7:59 pm

    wade, don’t agree with dug. that only makes him angry.

  16. Comment by kris | 08.24.2005 | 8:18 pm

    You really need to remove that picture of the leg hair in the dustpan. Some of us are trying to eat while reading this. You realize that you could make a quality hairpiece out of that, don’t you? Good Lord that’s a lot of leg hair!

  17. Comment by Richard | 08.24.2005 | 8:32 pm

    a big congratulations to you for your feature on What’s Your Story, MSN Home page

  18. Comment by Eric | 08.24.2005 | 8:44 pm

    Hey man, if it makes you feel any better, I think you’re fat. These people don’t know what they’re talking about. I too am a fat cyclist (185 lbs), so I know what it feels like.By the way, I work for the same company you do (ericdahl) and also ride my bike to work. If we are ever waiting for the light at the base of 520 at the same time, you and I are going to have a go of it up the hill.

  19. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 8:55 pm

    I just saw your site today for the first time and I have really enjoyed reading it for the past hour. I think we got into mountain bikes at about the same time. My first mtn bike was a Bridgestone MB-6, it was black with pink lettering. I remember the MB-5 because my best friend one-upped me and bought an MB-5. It was green and white and looked really good. Then a couple years later I upgraded to a new bike, a Specialized Stumpjumper. I thought that Stumpjumper was the best bike in the world. Great blog.

  20. Comment by Christine | 08.24.2005 | 9:29 pm

    Wow!! What a great site! I am relatively new to mtbiking… and I plan on racing next year. Good luck on the weight loss… I’m right there with you…. well sort of :)

  21. Comment by BB | 08.24.2005 | 10:13 pm

    I read your blog for the first time and I’m definitely inspired to do what I’ve been "meaning" to do forever… lose weight!Thanks and congrats!

  22. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 10:20 pm

    Excellent blog – - thoroughly entertaining. Hard to tell when and if you’re riding a road bike or a mountain bike. If you’re riding those mega hills in Colorado, 17 mph ain’t bad. Stronger still if on a mountain bike. Keep up the good work.

  23. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 10:43 pm

    Love your Blog…once again I find the cycling community is funny and fresh. Keep it up!Megan

  24. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 10:52 pm

    hi. i don’t know how to say this without sounding sarcastic or tongue in cheek, but first of all, 185 is not fat. i weighed that in high school and was in fine shape. a jock. and now you’re at 165?? that’s too skinny man! anyway, one might say that it’s all relative and yadda yadda but c’mon. unless you’re 5 foot 2, stop saying you’re fat…it makes real fat people like me feel bad. now i’m hungry.

  25. Comment by ken | 08.24.2005 | 11:13 pm

    Keep up the good work and the great blog!Ken

  26. Comment by Ana | 08.24.2005 | 11:47 pm

    Please, you are not fat!! Besides, while doing exercises you may gain strenght and muscles, fat will turn into more muscular mass… And that would explain why you might feel a little oversized. Just like I am right now! (Well, I might as well get rid of some pounds myself, but I like some round shape and a soft place to sit on (giggles;o)))) But anyways, keep the good work, don’t forget the "carbo-hydrating" and stay away from the monoxide carbo…and you will safely make it on whatever target you decide to take.All the best 4 U,Ana

  27. Comment by Unknown | 08.24.2005 | 11:57 pm

    hey nice blog. I actually just started my blog a few dys ago. feel free to check it out sometime. thanks for your time.

  28. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 12:27 am


  29. Comment by Colin | 08.25.2005 | 1:30 am

    Cool blog – this is a great idea, I’m jealous that I didn’t think of it first.I too am a fat cyclist. At 5′11, I was once 260lbs. Liberal use of the bike got me down to 170lbs — but then I stopped riding as much, and started commuting by car and put on some lbs. In June I was 200lbs – and I decided to move within commuting distance of work and give up the car. I’ve dropped 20lbs since June and have a target weight of 170lbs again. I’m not giving away prizes though.Good luck, keep the rubber side down,Colin

  30. Comment by Becca | 08.25.2005 | 2:04 am

    Is your wife interested in making and selling additional bracelets? I’d be very interested in purchasing one. Congrats on your progress thus far. I haven’t put in nearly as many miles on my bike as I should have this summer, and now the summer is just about gone. You’ve succeeded in making me feel very guilty!

  31. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 2:24 am

    Hey, FC – I’m doing the same thing except I am walking. Cycling requires some coordination! Good luck.

  32. Comment by Shawn | 08.25.2005 | 2:46 am

    Good stuff. Let’s ride up Zoo Hill a few times one of these days.

  33. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 3:03 am

    Go Fat Cyclist Go.You are an inspiration!!I too am FAT at 157. I start riding this week. No pics to shame myself into moving — just the wild desire to get back to where I belong: 120.

  34. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 4:14 am

    Love your site. The news stories are great. You’re even better at making up news than the French Press is. Don’t let them get a hold of you though, or the story. They could say its withdrawl… ;)

  35. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 4:17 am

    side note: grats on another MSN homepage feature.

  36. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 5:03 am

    Yikes. I’m actually 164. How did this happen? I am enormous. 164 – 120 = 44 lbs = 154,000 caloriesThat’s a lot of miles to ride.Better get started.

  37. Comment by Beth | 08.25.2005 | 5:53 am

    I wish I was as fat as everybody else commenting on this site. I’m trying to lose twice the amount of weight as the fat cyclist :-)So far it’s going reall well, I’m not cycling though.I love the idea of the jack pot. that’s awesome.keep up the great work.~hopeful loser – down nearly 40 pounds with 40 more to go (50 if i’m lucky)

  38. Comment by Nina | 08.25.2005 | 1:23 pm

    Hey, I’ve been reading your blog for several months now. I kinda happened upon it and have been reading ever since. Good job with the weight loss. I’ve been riding for several years now (mountain bike) but not too seriously. You have inspired me to try the commute to work thing though. I’m gonna have to wait till it gets cooler. I live in Atlanta and it’s about 110 degrees everyday with 200% humidity (or at least it feels like it). Traffic is pretty bad too (it’s not a very bike friendly city). I mapped out some back roads and I hoping that they’ll work out. Thanks for the inspiration…Oh, and I love your sisters blog too!

  39. Comment by Fat Cyclist | 08.25.2005 | 3:36 pm

    nina – way to go, and good luck with riding in atlanta. be sure to let me/us know how your riding plan works out. bike commuting is tough to get started, but once you get the routine in place, it’s a great way to get your workout, and leaves you a lot less stressed-out when you get to work.hopefullloser – i looked at your site and have no advice to offer you. you know more about weight loss strategy than i do, and it looks like you’re doing great. michelle — the best way to lose 44 pounds is to give a pint of blood every day for two months. that’s what i’m doing.g and/or g-off: are you two related, or are you perhaps the same person, kind of like batman’s arch-enemy, two-face? it’d be cool to have an archenemy for my blog. although i guess dug already sort of plays that role.shawn – the zoo a FEW times ONE of these days? um, ok. seriously, i’m in.goldie – you totally made my wife’s day. of course she’d like to make more bracelets. she’ll email you.judy – if cycling required coordination, i’d be walking too.colin – the idea isn’t copyrighted. by all means, feel free to start your own blog of shame to help you lose weight, too. let me know where it is, and i’ll visit it. if you have a weekly jackpot against your making your goals, i promise to visit every week.nicuchic – thanks for taking the time to post a comment. just kidding.ana – stay away from carbon monoxide. good advice. i will take it to heart.chuck – we have a rule here on this blog: if you can’t say something sarcastically, don’t say it at all.megan – actually, the cycling community is a bunch of mean-spirited type-a freaks. they shun me, and never let me join in their reindeer games.roadkill – i ride both, but have been on the roadbike a lot more this last year because i can get my ride started a lot more immediately. ie, right out the front door.phatgirl – seriously? i inspired you? thanks! hey everybody, i’m inspiring! (head inflates to size of beach ball)mtngirly – really? a great site? hey everybody, i have a great site! (head inflates to size of a vw beetle)drewvol – maybe your friend was the one who stole my mb-5. i hope he liked it better than i did.ok, i’m all commented out.

  40. Comment by Unknown | 08.25.2005 | 4:11 pm

    Great blog… I think, I am new to looking at blogs. yours caught my attention because it said fat. I happen to be fat currently and am looking for the miracle. Maybe the two wheeled thing collecting dust in the garage is the way… it’s working for you; although I wouldn’t consider you fat.fat and uncomfortableKay

  41. Comment by Unknown | 08.26.2005 | 2:11 am

    So far so good, Fat Cyclist.How’s that blood donation thing working for you?Me, I’m sticking with the exercise and not eating "stupid quantities" of food.Not doing the "Hotter Than Hell" becuase I haven’t been exercising enough lately (thus the fat) and it would be a waste. But, I will ride Saturday, from home, alone: "The Hotter Than Hell Michelle" !Whoo hoo. How many miles can I get in? I’m checking tomorrow for your weigh-in !!!

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