Saturday, December 31, 2011


Christmas has come and gone BUT where is the shape you had before the festivities ?

Those reading my “ Facebook ” post in recent days will see one of my “ New Year Resolutions ” which I have asked ALL to pass on to their “ Friends ” .

For some seasons I have passed through the winter holding on to the 80+ kilo weight with a slight variance of + or - 2 kilos . Generally speaking I do little to control the situation other than to avoid beer or more than one each day . Wine mostly red , mixed with soda water is generally my daily preference but I get through a main course , cheese , yogurt and desert and a few chocs or biscuits and coffee after . Not missing out am I ?

Well last year I did miss out ! Because I was able to be consistent , when Fat Cyclist ran his “ Lose 10lbs Contest ” I was unable to participate without messing up my training and dietary intake . I guess I could have over indulged for a few days and without exercise achieved an extra 5 kilos so as to lose them again but even though there was a “ Nice new bike “ on offer it really did not appeal . About the same time I had a reoccurrence of the “ Embolisms ” so who knows what else would have eventuated as a result ?

Others are not so lucky and when you see the photos you will see that the following rules borrowed from the Man who achieved , WORK !

Gary Brennan is to be congratulated on his “ Life Saving ” achievement and although he doesn’t answer my emails , I hope if you contact him , he will offer the help you request !

Gaz still awaiting the answer about the Manchester Airport Cycle Track Tunnels , hope no one else has crashed in the interim !

Gaz’s rules follow :

1: The most simple tip to lose weight EVER is "Eat less and move more" – Common sense I know but it's what every single weight loss plan is based on, TRUST ME !
2: Control the AMOUNT you eat at each meal time - make sure your meals are low in fat. This is not set in stone for instance you might want to also think about calories or portion control.
3: Get weighed - Measure your body, hips, thighes, chest, arms, neck......what can be measured can be managed. Always weigh-in on the same day in the same clothes on the same scales at the same time of day.
There is no point starting on a weight loss plan unless you get weighed first. This is very important. You need to be able to monitor your progress to know how well you are doing and that any changes in your lifestyle and eating are reaping the rewards or where you are making mistakes.
4 Keep a food diary - write down what you eat and what exercise you have done. Make sure you look at Calories n vs Calories out and try to ensure that Calories out is MORE than Calories in - If it helps you write down your feelings.
5, Make a Goal list - write down achievable goals.
If my first ever goal, at 39 stone, was to ride to Blackpool in 3 hours and 10 mins, I would have failed on my journey VERY early on, so my goals were simple ones like tie my shoes, shop in regular stores, as the express train that is the 39 stone cyclist picked up speed and rumbled on, the goals got bigger, harder and more focused, to the point where I can now average 20mph on the bike, I can do "Joel Lane" and not only do I shop at regular stores, I even tie my shoes in them while shopping in the bargain basement section and stuff FITS
Good luck with your own journeyin 2012, may it be a happy, healthy and successful one
Gaz ( Google 39 stone cyclist ) !

Normally I weigh when I get up in the morning but have weighed in again after a long ride to see what weight change there has been , particularly on a hot day , since I am more conscious about dehydration effects .

With no apparent allergies I can indulge myself and enjoy any food invitations that come my way at the various cycle tours that I visit . Weekends on the Giro and Daily on the TDF I get an invite to sit down and indulge and have discovered many interesting dishes prepared in various ways I those “ Hosting ” these events . To any that have been my hosts that may be reading , once again “ sincere thanks ” , feel free to stop me and invite me to indulge when next we meet !


For those that follow Gaz's rules , it won't come EASY ! Hard work and few results at first means you are on the right path , SO PERSEVERE !

Added 6th Jan 2012

In other posts i have mentioned

Here is a guy who has taken up cycling once again and become a World Champion Cyclist ! Starting off with the intention to lose weight he became so motivated that he was able to join the Irish National Team !

Not all of you will have the success he has managed to become but then you are not " Physically Disabled " ? Watch this guy's progress through 2012 and be there to congratulate him when he competes at London 2012 Paralympics !

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