Riding to Lose: Paul Prosser is Making it Happen

The end result is not just physical fitness, but peace of mind.

Yes I’ve lost 35 pounds, all of the belly and excess fat to get to a healthy 22.1 BMI.  My abs are visible for the first time in …um…ever.  At 165 lbs, I can safely say I’ve never been this light since long before I reached my final 6’-1” height.  But, those are only physical effects of examining and correcting years of ruinous behavior.  A sustainable physical edifice now houses a more peaceful mind.

The compliments and surprise on the faces of people who have known me for years are great mental rewards. (I’m still learning its okay to accept compliments.) After the wake up call conversation with my wife Susan and the inner struggle with my body image, my self-esteem is on the rise.  The fact that I look pretty good naked helps, but that is not what brings the most inner peace.

What brings inner peace is knowing, I did this myself.  Yes, Susan asked me some tough questions, but she didn’t hold my hand, design a program and monitor me.  Controlling all the moving parts and motivating myself was my responsibility.  My peace now flows from my accomplishment.  My joy comes from riding up and down hills, faster than ever before, on the Cervelo R3 I bought in celebration.

More Information: If you’d like to read more about how to use cycling and good nutrition to lose fat and trim up, download the min-e-book that Kelli and I put out a little while back.

Download Cycling for Optimal Weight.

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  • IWearSpandex

    Paul, awesome job! That is a great, inspirational story. I appreciate you sharing it, but I’m sure it wasn’t difficult to get you to share. I bet you wanted to shout it from the rooftops, as they say. One of my favorite aspects of your story is your age. Not to make you feel old or anything, but you are proof that cycling is great at any age. I continue to believe that age brings smarter and more efficient cyclists, which means that you can kick my butt on hills, flats, and everywhere in between. Great job!

    • Paul Prosser

      Thanks. I take great pleasure when I put the hurt on guys 10 or 20 years younger than me. That’s the rooftop shout that means the most to me. You can call me old but you can’t say I’m weak or slow:)

  • http://www.texasmountainbiketrails.com/ Shawn McAfee

    Wow Paul! That is very awesome, congrats on the weight loss. Road cycling is great aerobic activity, working in the intervals for some anaerobic bursts is a great way to increase the fat loss.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Paul Prosser

    Thaks to everyone for the positive feedback and comments. Unbeknownst to me I was using the exact same methods mentioned in the ebook linked to this article. I’m independent proof that those training methods work

  • http://profiles.google.com/emilys7 Emily Smith

    Very inspirational! I had to share this one on Facebook. Congratulations Paul — you look great!

  • Adam

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing this story. What a nice accomplishment, Paul.

  • Jen

    You look great Paul. You have motivated me to keep on working at reaching my weight goals. I’ve been cycling and watching what I eat for the past year and I’m getting closer but still a long way from where I want to be. I am going to keep on rolling along (forgive my pun).

  • http://www.lifes2wheelbalance.com Anthony Lussier

    There’s nothing better that I like to hear than someone bettering their life with cycling and proper food choices. And I love that you’re doing yoga. So many people under appreciate the value of yoga and what it can do for you. Nice job Paul!

  • Andrew

    Great job Paul! You’re ahead of me on this, but I’ve found I loose most weight when riding 30 miles fasted and at 60-70% of my maximum heart rate – apparently this is the range where the body can be conditioned to burn fat directly. Once you go above that, you are onto burning carbs.

  • Brent

    Good job Paul. What a great achievement.

  • Nancy

    Wow those pictures really tell the story don’t they? Congratulations Paul your achievements are wonderful. You have helped motivate me to get my own weight loss story in progress. Thank you for providing this e-book as well.