I've just been reading some of the comments on the article I did on Bike Radar for What Mountain Bike. It seems that it has touched a bit of a nerve with some people and there appears to be quite few more folk in my (our) situation. I'll ignore the bit of an argument over diet on there as there are as many diets that work or don't work as there are people who are overweight. It seems to me that you can over complicate things. Eat sensibly using all food groups, get regular exercise and you'll do ok. Maybe a bit simplistic for some who study this kind of thing but it's a sensible starting point for the average bloke in the street like me.
I always knew that I was harming myself by being lethargic and over eating. That much was obvious. In fact it was a no brainer.The thing was, I was a very active person before, MTBing, Rugby, hill walking, swimming were all regular activities, plus regular gym visits for weight training to aid the rugby. To go from all of that to nothing and upping my beer and take outs is tantmount to self abuse and harming yourself. People get sectioned for stuff like self harm, so why is obesity seemingly ignored before it gets out of hand? Why do people like me let themselves get in that state? I haven't any answers unfortunately and I think it's worthy of study if NHS figures on obesity is anything to go by.
I've always been a master of understatement and re-reading my blog it doesn't really reflect just what hard work and amount of sheer bloody minded will power it takes to do something like this. 3 stones in 6 months, over a 1000 miles pedalled is for me and how I was, totally astounding. Every day is a battle of wills, with me still looking for excuses not to pedal or not to have a take out or the odd beer or 3. The irony is, once I'm out pedalling I love it. So why is it such a battle to get out there? I'm waiting for the time when it becomes automatic and I just get on my bike without a second thought. Or that I don't crave a take out curry or a ruck of ale.
I currently still have 1 take out a week and go to the pub 1 night a week, only for 3 pints. I'm considering reducing that. Dunno if that's wise yet though.
More questions, no answers, still bloody hard work. But your support as always is a key motivating factor. I'll be here for you folks too. Mad this innit?