|Me when I got my bike at almost 21st|
At the age of 31 years old, my weight had crept up to 133.9kg (21st 1lb 3oz), I was super morbidly obese and I needed to finally do something about it. This blog is a record of my journey to do something about it by cycling and changing my eating habits.
I work in IT and sit at a desk all day. I used to drive everywhere since I got a car at the age of 17. Before then I had bikes all my life and had to ride or walk instead.
|Me at the age of 17 on|
Valentine's Day 1996
My Dad died at the age of 55 from a obesity related heart attack and I don't want to die that young. My kids are at an age where they are quite active and want me to join in. I don't want my weight or fitness to be a barrier to that.
Cycling is a good calorie burner as well as a good form of cardiovascular exercise. Thanks to my employer I was able to get a bike at low cost through their cycle to work scheme. After a number of my colleagues pointing out (just because I was fat) that it's a cycle to work scheme and they expected me to do just that, I took the opportunity to give it a serious go and try and get fit and fight the fat.
I started off by putting my bike in the car and driving most of commute. I then rode the final part of the journey from one of my colleague's home (3 miles a day). This wasn't good enough for some of my critics so I slowly increased the distance. It was so tough in the early days but I persevered. Within 8 weeks I rode the full distance to work and back in a day (19 miles). Two weeks later I rode the full commute for a whole week!
Just over 3 months after getting my bike I was given the opportunity to take part in the 2010 London to Brighton Bike Ride. When my colleagues were signing up for this in March, I said I would be ready and take part the following year. I never expected to be able to ride 54 miles in such a short period of time. By then my weight was down to 113.5kg (17st 12lb 4oz).
My weight dropped steadily as my cycling increased and I received a lot of support online from my blog followers. I continued to surprise myself and others what I was capable of.
|Me exactly one year after getting my bike|
2011 saw me give up alcohol as another way to help with my weight loss. March 2011 was the 1st anniversary of my journey having ridden a total of 4,191 miles and weighing 86.6kg (13st 9lb). I entered and completed 4 charity bike rides and also took part in my first triathlon.
2012 saw me enter the maintenance phase of weight loss. I got to my lowest weight of 78kg and now I have to stay around that figure. It does creep up from time to time but cycling and a good diet brings me back.
I still cycle at least 100 miles a week and regularly do other sports.
Last updated 17/04/2016