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A 232Lbs to 185Lbs Journey with Cico, Triathlon, and Strength Training

Follow one man's journey to a healthy weight using CICO, triathlon, and strength training over 15 months.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'11" male showing a weight reduction from 232 pounds to 185 pounds. A respectable loss of 47 pounds.
M/41/5'11" [232lbs>185lbs=47lbs] 15 months (42-41-36) Same weight as my wedding day 19 years ago. CICO, Triathlon, and Strength Training. Healthy BMI around the corner.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


One man's journey to weight loss has gained attention on Reddit. Heavy-Abbreviations8, a 41-year-old man who stands at 5'11" and weighed 232lbs, has used CICO (calories in, calories out), triathlon, and strength training to reach a healthy BMI around the corner. Over 15 months, Heavy-Abbreviations8 reached his goal weight of 185lbs, losing 47lbs in total.

The Journey

Heavy-Abbreviations8's journey was not easy, and he notes it was a long road. However, the combination of CICO, triathlon, and strength training helped him get there. CICO involves tracking the calories you consume and burn on a daily basis. Heavy-Abbreviations8 did not follow any specific diet, and instead, he ate what he wanted as long as it fit into his daily caloric intake. In addition, he participated in triathlons, which combine swimming, cycling, and running. Lastly, he integrated strength training into his routine to build muscle mass.

Encouraging User to Try Things Out for Themselves

Heavy-Abbreviations8's journey shows that everyone's weight loss journey is unique. While CICO, triathlon, and strength training worked for him, it may not work for everyone. It is essential to find what works for you, whether it's a specific diet, exercise routine, or combination of both.

The Importance of a Support System

Heavy-Abbreviations8 had support from the Reddit community throughout his journey. Many users commented on his post with encouraging messages and noting the incredible progress he made. Having a support system, whether it's friends or an online community, can make a significant difference in one's weight loss journey.


Heavy-Abbreviations8's weight loss journey shows that with dedication, hard work, and finding what works for you, it is possible to achieve a healthy weight. While it may not happen overnight, the journey is worth it in the end. Remember to find your support system, stay motivated, and try different methods until you find what works for you.

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.