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Mikey
01-02-2015, 10:26 AM
Good morning FSers, and welcome to the "second" of our many FS side bet challenges. For those of you who are shaking their heads, FSSB #1 - Feeding Saddles, (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?7840-Feeding-Saddles-FSSB-1-Spoiler/page2) was released early to get people signed up. If you are interested in competing in FSSB #1 you can still sign up.

T'is the season to make resolutions to lose weight, and what better way than riding your bike in the cold, bitter, windy weather. FSSB #2 is a take on last year's Biggest Loser competition but with a slight twist, we will use the Body Mass Index metric to normalize our various . . er, Frame sizes. To compete in this challenge, weigh your self and measure your height (or look at your driver's license). Then go to the CDC link to calculate your BMI (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html). Post your BMI on this page, then ride throughout the winter, then reweigh yourself on or after March 15th and recalculate your BMI. Those with the greatest drop will win the side bet.

I'll go first. Mikey - Weight 1/2/2015 - 210 lbs, height 6'2" - BMI - 27.0 - cue sad trombone sound.

ramblingrider
01-02-2015, 11:20 AM
Every year, I've gained weight by the end of March because of work travel and bad eating habits. I'll play, in hopes that this year will buck that trend. :p

Lisa 115 lbs, 5'2", BMI 21

bobco85
01-02-2015, 01:05 PM
Bleck. I don't like even looking at how much weight I gained in the 2nd half of 2014 especially the month of December (got sick, didn't exercise as much, bad sleep habits, holiday sweets), but I definitely noticed my pants feeling tight over the past few weeks. The brutally honest (I knew they were bad) current stats are:

1/1/2015 - 233.5 lbs, 6'0", BMI 31.7

It's in the obese category, and although for the 1st half of 2014 I had it in a more comfortable overweight value of 29 and some change, I obviously do not like the number. I expect to be at 30 before the end of February (interesting tidbit: I will also turn 30 at the end of February!), given a renewed vigor for the new year (I'm adding jogging/running to my current exercise habits of cycling and hiking along with getting back into hitting the gym and doing yoga) and total embarrassment at the tightness of my clothing. At the very least, I am doing much better than the rock bottom that I hit about 4 years ago of being 255 lbs (BMI of 34.6).

P.S. - Lisa, I cannot remember the last time I was 115 lbs! When I entered high school, I was 200 lbs, and I have never dropped below that since.

cvcalhoun
01-02-2015, 01:37 PM
199 lbs, 5'9", BMI 29.4

Finally made it out of the obese category within the past year, but still have a long way to go to be in the normal category.

Harry Meatmotor
01-02-2015, 01:38 PM
1/1/2015 - 5'10" 155lbs 22.2BMI

hoping to get below 150 by the time race season starts.

ramblingrider
01-02-2015, 02:45 PM
P.S. - Lisa, I cannot remember the last time I was 115 lbs! When I entered high school, I was 200 lbs, and I have never dropped below that since.

Heh-- in high school, I weighed a little more than 100 lbs. I was tiny. My current weight actually isn't the most I've ever weighed, but I don't want to get too far above that.

ronwalf
01-02-2015, 03:01 PM
1/1/2015 - 5'10" 155lbs 22.2BMI

hoping to get below 150 by the time race season starts.

Woot, almost the same as me. 5'11" 155lbs, 21.5BMI. Aiming for ~145lbs (max college weight), or 20.2BMI.

TriGirlSara
01-02-2015, 11:43 PM
Great idea for a challenge.
1/1/2015 - 5'4" 154lbs 26.4BMI

After achieving slow and steady weight loss for the past few years, I managed to go up about 9 pounds from the goal weight I finally reached this summer. So I have some work to do this winter!


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Powerful Pete
01-03-2015, 03:14 PM
Ugh.

208 pounds for 5'7", equals a BMI of 32.6, which apparently qualifies me as obese. :eek:

It would appear that I have quite a bit of work to do this winter.

dkel
01-03-2015, 03:27 PM
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Weight: 183.5 pounds
Your BMI is 25.6, indicating your weight is in the Overweight category for adults of your height.
For your height, a normal weight range would be from 133 to 179 pounds.


Really?! I can't believe it says someone at my height could be considered healthy at 133 pounds. Whatever. I won't win this bet because I lost all my weight in last year's challenge. I'll see if I can get four lousy pounds off. Ok, CDC? ...Jerks.

kwarkentien
01-03-2015, 03:31 PM
OK, I'm in. Weight 163.3. Height 5'5" (on a good day). BMI 27.2. Body Fat 29.4%. The good news is that this is down 13.3 pounds from the start of last year's Freezing Saddles.

lordofthemark
01-03-2015, 03:46 PM
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Really?! I can't believe it says someone at my height could be considered healthy at 133 pounds. Whatever. I won't win this bet because I lost all my weight in last year's challenge. I'll see if I can get four lousy pounds off. Ok, CDC? ...Jerks.

Similar here. 5 feet 5.5 inches, 137 lbs (up a pound or two over the holidays) BMI 22.5. Don't know my fat percentage, which could probably stand some improvement. I'd like to convert remaining fat to muscle at this point, not lose more weight. And yeah, making hill climbing easier was a good motivation to lose.

wheels&wings
01-03-2015, 09:22 PM
Post your BMI on this page, then ride throughout the winter, then reweigh yourself on or after March 15th and recalculate your BMI. Those with the greatest drop will win the side bet.

You donít wanna know. Letís just say, some of us had better recuse ourselves from this challenge.

KLizotte
01-04-2015, 01:08 AM
You don’t wanna know. Let’s just say, some of us had better recuse ourselves from this challenge.

Oh heavens, I've seen you. Your bike weighs more than you!!!

Greenbelt
01-04-2015, 04:37 PM
Gained 5 pounds since last year at this time, sadly... Would love to get those five back off before spring.
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Weight: 204 pounds
Your BMI is 29.3, indicating your weight is in the Overweight category for adults of your height.

kdugan
01-04-2015, 08:58 PM
Nice addition to FS2015. My stats were sadly not much of a surprise: 5 foot 2, 180 lbs, BMI 32.9 obese. Bonus though - I will have a slight advantage, at least initially, riding during the contest as well as extra insulation for the cold:) Onward and upward from here though.

Vicegrip
01-04-2015, 09:38 PM
You don’t wanna know. Let’s just say, some of us had better recuse ourselves from this challenge.

Don't change a thing. We like you as you not a singularity.

Me. 6'1 185. Bmi 24.4. Top end of normal. Looking to cut to 175 while still lifting weights for upper torso and arms. Legs is bike only for now.
This index needs refinement at the edges. I found that I lost 5 pounds when I hurt my back and stopped lifting weights for a month. I became less fit but my bmi "improved" I guess mass is mass be it insulation or muscle

KelOnWheels
01-05-2015, 07:29 AM
Oh good, I need to do this! Got really lazy at the end of 2014 and started eating junk. Lost muscle & gained fat. :P

5'8"ish and currently 157 lbs - 23.9 BMI. Wanna get back down to 145 or so.

Amalitza
01-05-2015, 09:16 AM
Just to keep myself honest and accountable, after winning last year's version of this prize, meeting my goal of 115, and maintaining for most of the year:), too much work including some travel in December equaled not enough cooking for myself and too much takeout and meals of cheese and crackers (easy, delicious and filling, but damn cheese is calorie -dense) and putting 5 pounds back on in the last 5 weeks:(. It comes fast when I'm not diligent.

current 5'1" 119lb 22.5 BMI, aiming to get back to 115.

DismalScientist
01-05-2015, 10:48 AM
I've always wondered why BMIs are based on the square of the height rather than its cube. It would seem to me that taller people tend to have wider shoulders and are wider between their backs and fronts of their rib cages. Volumes are inherently cubic things, not square things. This probably is the reason that tall, fit, muscular people are almost always classified as overweight.

dasgeh
01-05-2015, 11:18 AM
You donít wanna know. Letís just say, some of us had better recuse ourselves from this challenge.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to win the opposite of this challenge.

creadinger
01-05-2015, 12:19 PM
I've always wondered why BMIs are based on the square of the height rather than its cube. It would seem to me that taller people tend to have wider shoulders and are wider between their backs and fronts of their rib cages. Volumes are inherently cubic things, not square things. This probably is the reason that tall, fit, muscular people are almost always classified as overweight.

As a completely side discussion to the sidebet, and no offense to Mikey for picking this stat.... but THANK YOU! The BMI is complete bullshit for people who are outside the normal height ranges (who knows what the ranges are). There is absolutely NO way that a person 6'5" would be healthy if they weighed 156 lbs. If I dropped 100 pounds (eating disorder thin) and then had both arms amputated I still wouldn't get down to 156 lbs. In high school I was 6'5", a stick and I weighed 195.

Of course I am overweight, but it bothers me to be in the obese category, but anyway....

6'5", 268 lbs which is a BMI of 31.8

Steve O
01-05-2015, 12:34 PM
If I dropped 100 pounds (eating disorder thin) and then had both arms amputated I still wouldn't get down to 156 lbs.

6'5", 268 lbs

So each of your arms weighs less than 6 pounds?
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7332&stc=1

Subby
01-05-2015, 12:44 PM
Man the holidays were not kind to me.

30.3 (5'10, 211)

Looking to shave about 5 points off of that by the end of March.

vern
01-05-2015, 12:51 PM
5' 7", 176 pounds, for a BMI of 27.6. Up 7 pounds since June (beer and desserts!), I'd like to be at 165 by my birthday (June), but the truth is, if I gain control over the fork and spoon, I'll be at 165 by March 1.

creadinger
01-05-2015, 01:16 PM
So each of your arms weighs less than 6 pounds?
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7332&stc=1

Sadly, they probably do.

pdubs
01-10-2015, 07:49 AM
BMI-28.8. 6'4" 237lbs Overweight. I guess my goal is to be in the normal category, but that doesn't seem realistic. 205?!

Phatboing
01-10-2015, 12:38 PM
29.1. I have heavy bones, k?

175 at 5'5". My five week vacation fueled me up nicely.

cvcalhoun
03-19-2015, 12:35 AM
199 lbs, 5'9", BMI 29.4

Finally made it out of the obese category within the past year, but still have a long way to go to be in the normal category.

And now 193 lbs., still 5'9", BMI 28.5.

(Also in searching for this post, I noticed that I was at 210 at the beginning of last year's Freezing Saddles. So I may not have lost much during Freezing Saddles itself, but the trendline is definitely in the right direction.)

dkel
03-19-2015, 08:06 AM
My original diagnosis from CDC:


Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Weight: 183.5 pounds
Your BMI is 25.6, indicating your weight is in the Overweight category for adults of your height.

My current diagnosis from CDC:


Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Weight: 179.5 pounds
Your BMI is 25, indicating your weight is in the Overweight category for adults of your height.

Their cutoff for overweight at my height is 179, so I don't feel too bad (nor do I feel overweight, thank you very much, CDC jerks!). I'm surprised I lost four pounds during the challenge.

Phatboing
03-19-2015, 09:23 AM
29.1. I have heavy bones, k?

175 at 5'5". My five week vacation fueled me up nicely.

174 today, making it 28.95. This is actually pretty awesome, because with my increased mileage for BAFS this year, there was also increased consumption of breakfast burritos. And I don't care what the BMI wrongniks think, dragging fat studded tires on a singlespeed for a lot of the winter built me some muscle, and maybe even a little character.

Boomer2U
03-19-2015, 11:54 AM
I've been tracking my weight and BMI/body fat with my trainer at the gym and here are my stats from 1-09-2015 until 3-17-2015:

BMI: 24.8 - 23.9 = (0.9)
Body Fat: 23 - 20.6% = (2.4%)
Weight: 168 - 158.5 = (9.5 lbs)

I actually went down to 19.2% body fat on 3-08, but felt weak and dropped too much, too fast, so my trainer upped my food intake by 500 calories (more protien) a day. I feel stronger, eating everything in sight, but still not gaining any weight, so I will work on adding more lean muscle and cutting back on cycling once BAFS2015 ends tonight!

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/19/d7a0bd86b79cf5678364c9483a5f33f0.jpg
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/19/980995197308c059377d16601dded8c1.jpg

pdubs
03-20-2015, 12:13 AM
6'4" 237 28.8 BMI at start. Now 219 with a BMI of 26.7. I have really enjoyed the positive outcomes of this competition and this just adds to it.

kwarkentien
03-20-2015, 11:57 AM
OK, I'm in. Weight 163.3. Height 5'5" (on a good day). BMI 27.2. Body Fat 29.4%. The good news is that this is down 13.3 pounds from the start of last year's Freezing Saddles.

Weight 164.8. Height 5'5"-ish (more like 5'4 1/2"). BMI 27.4. Hmmmm... Must've been those brownies from last night that put me over my starting weight. :D

KayakCyndi
03-20-2015, 12:07 PM
..... so I will work on adding more lean muscle and cutting back on cycling once BAFS2015 ends tonight!

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Wait, what? Cutting back on cycling? Why would you do that?

DismalScientist
03-20-2015, 12:09 PM
Um, it's snowing?

Boomer2U
03-20-2015, 01:08 PM
Wait, what? Cutting back on cycling? Why would you do that?
So that I can gain some weight back, since I keep on shedding pounds despite eating everything in sight and beerneuring :-)

ramblingrider
03-20-2015, 01:09 PM
Every year, I've gained weight by the end of March because of work travel and bad eating habits. I'll play, in hopes that this year will buck that trend. :p

Lisa 115 lbs, 5'2", BMI 21

Unfortunately, I predicted correctly. This morning's weigh-in was 118.2 pounds, BMI 21.6.

cvcalhoun
03-20-2015, 01:18 PM
So that I can gain some weight back, since I keep on shedding pounds despite eating everything in sight and beerneuring :-)

You do realize that all the rest of us hate you for having this "problem"?

creadinger
03-22-2015, 09:18 AM
As a completely side discussion to the sidebet, and no offense to Mikey for picking this stat.... but THANK YOU! The BMI is complete bullshit for people who are outside the normal height ranges (who knows what the ranges are). There is absolutely NO way that a person 6'5" would be healthy if they weighed 156 lbs. If I dropped 100 pounds (eating disorder thin) and then had both arms amputated I still wouldn't get down to 156 lbs. In high school I was 6'5", a stick and I weighed 195.

Of course I am overweight, but it bothers me to be in the obese category, but anyway....

6'5", 268 lbs which is a BMI of 31.8

So after 2.5 months of solid riding and eating better, I ended up dropping 10 pounds. Yay! That's a BMI loss of 1.2

January was exciting. I was dropping 2.5 pounds/week and rode over 500 miles, which is a mileage total I was more likely to put out in the spring or fall in the past. The 2nd half of February and early March sucked, and I couldn't get out much so things stagnated and I have since gained a little back. I am so far right on track for my 2015 mileage goal though, despite a 25% increase over last year's. One thing that helped counter that loss of mileage due to snow/ice is I stopped drinking temporarily. I have some randonneuring goals in mind and it seemed like a sacrifice I could make - unlike cutting cheese from my diet.

Overall though it was very nice to see results from hard work and smarter eating. I hope to continue this trend through the spring!

Steve O
03-22-2015, 01:05 PM
I didn't start out by participating in this side bet, because I'm happy with my weight where it is. However, there are still some awesome benefits, like fitness, etc. So here are my stats anyway:

January
5' 9" 153 pounds BMI=22.6

March
6' 1" 171 pounds BMI=22.6

So my BMI stayed the same, it seems.

Boomer2U
03-23-2015, 06:52 AM
I didn't start out by participating in this side bet, because I'm happy with my weight where it is. However, there are still some awesome benefits, like fitness, etc. So here are my stats anyway:

January
5' 9" 153 pounds BMI=22.6

March
6' 1" 171 pounds BMI=22.6

So my BMI stayed the same, it seems.
Wow. You grew by 4 inches and gained 18 lbs in 3 months and retained the same BMI? All by just riding your bike?? Impressive!!!

creadinger
03-23-2015, 10:30 AM
Wow. You grew by 4 inches and gained 18 lbs in 3 months and retained the same BMI? All by just riding your bike?? Impressive!!!

And being 17 years old maybe? That is a hell of a growth spurt though.

UnknownCyclist
03-23-2015, 02:07 PM
Gaining inches while gaining weight during Freezing Saddles? This Steve O guy sound like a real ....:rolleyes:

Powerful Pete
03-23-2015, 02:19 PM
I have seen absolutely no change. I have never ridden this much in the first three months of the year in my entire life, and am immensely stronger and fitter. Thank you BAFS.

Unfortunately, as opposed to Steve O my Southern European genes have kept me short. I have not grown a millimeter. And despite the incredible (for me) number of kilometers, I have eaten approximately three times as much as normal and significantly upped my consumption of red wine. For the cardiovascular benefits, of course. :o

So no weight change.

But then again, I have developed massive leg muscles that must account for approximately a 10 pound fat loss and muscle gain. No, really. ;)

Having said all of this, I would do it all again (except maybe add a few HP laps to sleep easier while away on business during the last week of the competition). Now to actually begin to watch what I eat and train, as opposed to grinding miles...

Jokes aside, and I did not measure my waist size at the beginning of January, all of my pants were... ehm... very tight around the waist. Now I have had to purchase new belts to keep them from falling off. Also I can now wear my "skinny boy" shirts without risking bodily harm to others from button launches. There is... loose fabric around my midriff. So something positive has happened...

wheels&wings
03-23-2015, 02:54 PM
I have not grown a millimeter.

Me neither... I did not get any taller....am still a shrimp. And I donít bother with scales, so who the hell knows.

But if you could quantify happiness, I know Iíd be a winner.

scorchedearth
03-24-2015, 07:34 AM
Jokes aside, and I did not measure my waist size at the beginning of January, all of my pants were... ehm... very tight around the waist. Now I have had to purchase new belts to keep them from falling off. Also I can now wear my "skinny boy" shirts without risking bodily harm to others from button launches. There is... loose fabric around my midriff. So something positive has happened...

I was about the same. My pants are looser now than they have been in years. Not having measured them, I don't have any numbers to back up my conclusions however my parents and coworkers have remarked that I've lost some weight around the midriff so I'll take it.

bobco85
03-24-2015, 08:45 AM
Welp, here are my results:

Start of BAFS15: 233.5 lbs, 6'0", BMI 31.7

End of BAFS15: 238.5 lbs, 6'0", BMI 32.3

While I obviously did not want to gain weight over the course of the competition, I am happy about a few things that I did including:

rode hundreds of more miles in the BAFS15 time period than I ever have in any previous January-March time period in my life
gained a much better understanding of the right clothing for wintry weather conditions
developed a better attitude about biking in less-than-ideal weather (asking the question "What do I need to wear?" instead of "Should I even ride today?")
increased my Resistance to Cold stat by +5
further proved to my coworkers that I am a crazy cyclist


I'm getting back on track with regaining a better sleep schedule (key to keeping me motivated), maintaining a better diet (aargh, the snacks, they kill me!), and going back to a good exercise routine (biking short/long distances, running, hiking, Wii Fit Plus, and yoga). Hopefully in April I will be back to or even lower than my starting weight.