July 29, 2010 by welshcyclist
“First of all let me wish you well in your recovery. I hope alot of people get to read what you write, I back your fight, albeit somewhat selfishly. My story is quite similar to massivemtbiker. I started cycling 5 years ago, at the age of 54. I was 17stone 5lbs, and at 5feet 7inches, obese, no getting away from it. I’ve no idea how I got there, when I played rugby etc., I was 13 stone 7 lbs, come to think of it obese, even then, but boy was I fit. In the last 5 years I’ve cycled 1000′s of miles, but have only lost one stone in weight, 3 inches off my waist, gained 4 inches on my chest, and my legs don’t have an ounce of fat on them. Most importantly I feel great, but how I’d really love to slim down another couple of stone. I know what the problem is, food! It’s a fact that I’m too greedy, and cycling makes me very hungry, plus I don’t eat sensibly, I work shifts and perhaps am too damned lazy to go the extra mile that you and Clive have succeeded in doing. Help! I know I’m still too fat, and still obese, by all the current clinical measurements. This isn’t the humourous bit, I swear, but I reconised this fact today, when I caught a glimpse of myself, side-on, in a BURGERKING? Reading your blog today has made me realise I have to go that extra mile, I’ve got to stop being a fittish but obese cyclist,IS THAT POSSIBLE?, and become a fit cyclist, who is happy with his shape. I’m 60 next February, so I’m setting a goal for myself, of getting down to 14 stone by then, wish me luck.”
As I said in my reply above, I feel great, but not so inside, I still have issues about the way I look, basically I still look fat, and I don’t like it. Publishing my reply on another man’s blog is one thing, but posting a goal on my personal blog is, for me, showing even more committment to the promise I’ve made to myself, and anyone else who drops into my part of the blogosphere.
This prevarication about actually “publishing” this, is very strong at the moment, because I’ve few ideas about how I’m going to achieve my goal. In the past I’ve made empty threats about going to the gym, but this time I’ll have to “do it”. That’s my problem, “always a thinker, but never a doer,” except when it came to getting on a bike, which as all you cycling bloggers know, is the easy part, because it’s such a joy. It’s the hard parts I’ve got to conquer, more exercise off the bike, eating sensibly and most difficult of all, staying focused on this target I’ve set myself.
Thanyou 39 stone cyclist, for opening my eyes.