Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Only 2 meetings left!

Last day here in a frost bathed Smethwick, the roads were treacherous coming in. Really glad I was in 4 wheels and not on 2 and I only have 2 meetings left!

I took a bit of plunge yesterday and emailed the link to this to my best mate. For some reason I've been keeping this quiet to people who know me. I suppose I'm a bit uncomfortable sharing my thoughts about this with people who are close to me. I've always been accused of playing my cards a bit too close to my chest and the Missus has always said that she never knows what I'm thinking. But, I'm "Out" as it were now. Fair play to my mate Ski, he emailed just one word back..."INSPIRATIONAL", now that's very nice of him to say, as been an ex squaddie like me it would have been the easiest thing in the world to launch into some Olympic Class banter. But he didn't. He actually phoned me later and said I'd shamed him into going to the Gym, even though that wasn't my intent! But that's the first positive result for The massive MTBer Blog! Here's to many more...


  1. I too was keeping it a secret from people close to me for the reasons I mentioned in my blog, which I suspect are similar to yours. You're set up for failure and you don't need someone taking the piss. You first need to get to the point where you are serious/committed in your own mind and have a success, however little, under your belt (as it were ;)

    Stupid thing is that if you are serious then the people close to you should be supportive - otherwise it's time to get rid of them ;)

    I'm just glad you've got to that stage as recently have and it's good. My in-laws (who we share a house with), my wife and a friend at work all know now that I'm making an effort. Though I don't think any of them realise I blog about it :)

    If us saddos that read your blog have helped get you there then I'm even more pleased. I have to say (again) that seeing the likes of Joby do it has helped me, as have the people that read my ramblings.

  2. Oh, and keep up the good work because I am going to make it up to your part of the world one day for an off-road cycle :)

  3. Congrats mate!

    You shouldn't give a shit about all the negative crap people say!

    I know of two people that have read my blog and subsequently got on a bike and are getting fit. I know of one other person who, because he saw how fit I was after cycling, bought one of my bikes off me and now does the same!

    And as long as you inspire yourself - your doing well...

    And good on you for shaming your mate into the Gym. Tell him not to waste his money, get a bike and get out riding with you :)

  4. Joby, he already is. He's doing the big rides with me and will be training with me. The only thing is, he's not great at offroading yet so I'll be teaching him some bits'n'pieces over the Christmas break.

    Rafe, looking forward to it!

  5. Note to self... never say Joby is fit or he'll flog you a second-hand bicycle ;)

    I don't think Clive is saying he necessarily cares about the negative crap - I don't. More the embarrassment of admitting to close ones that you're fat, but doing something about it.

  6. Well done! "coming out" is chuffin difficult. I have had quite a struggle with it, mostly from some of the knobs at work but hey, stuff them!