This link comes to us once again from Bike Bits, the e-newsletter of the Adventure Cycling Association. We try to highlight local people for stories like this, but I thought this one was so relevant that I had to share it.
On his web site at http://www.howilost100pounds.com/, Wade Wingler of Indiana writes "I'm 36 years old. A few years ago, I weighed 317 pounds and was pretty sure I would die before I reached 50." The site tells the details of the changes he made in his life to turn his health around.
He continues, "Fair warning: In the end, what I'm about to share with you will basically boil down to: The best way to lose weight is to eat right and exercise. If you're looking for a pill, product, program or ploy, you'll not find it here."
Needless to say, his exercise program includes cycling. He started with a bike he bought for under $100 from one of the super-stores. First he rode one mile at a time. Soon he would ride two miles. When he started riding 15 miles, he realized is department store bike was not going to cut it any more, so he visited his local bike shop, who set him up with a Giant Cypress. Eventually, he got into organized events of 50+ miles, and got himself a Giant OCR-2 for those rides, although he still uses the Cypress for short jaunts around the neighborhood.
I especially like his "Rules to Live By." Common sense advice from a person whose expert knowledge is their own personal experience.