From Fat to Fit

It’s not an uncommon story these days that someone a little on the heavy side sees the light and makes a transformation to the healthier end of the scales. Unfortunately, it’s far more common to hear all the excuses why the weight won’t come off.

Being placed squarely in the middle of the bracket of human beings that loves food (preferably in large quantities), likes a tipple and can put weight on simply at the mention of chocolate éclair, it is no wonder that adding a hefty dose of inactivity to the equation saw my weight balloon up to almost 17 stone. This would be acceptable if I was 6’ 10” but sadly I’m a foot and some change less than that. So basically, I’d crash landed in the land of obesity.

The extent of the problem was highlighted on a trip to the USA (a dreamland of feasting opportunities) when on a walk in Bryce Canyon. It involved a fairly steep path back out, a lot of stops and some near heart attack moments. It was obvious something needed to change and change quickly. Well, after another giant steak!

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Fast forward to now and having lost almost a third of my bodyweight life is somewhat different. I would love to say that there’s some magic pill or quick win way of losing weight but sadly, short of lopping off a limb, there isn’t. I’ve never followed any of the numerous fad diets because as the statistics show, they simply don’t work. 80% of people who lose weight on those diets rarely reach their targets and will put all and more weight back on. It comes down to eating better and moving more. Simple really!

Since making that decision to sort it permanently and the painful first steps of trying to run and joining the gym, it’s fair to say life is much more fun not to mention healthier.

Since losing those first wobbly pounds, I’ve taken part in a whole range of events that I never would have dreamed possible. From 5km Park Runs, to a 24 hour team relay race, Ironman triathlon, obstacle course races and even a trek to Mt Everest base camp. And outside of organised races, just general everyday life is better.

For anyone who is a bit unfit or lugging round some extra timber but feels nothing works to sort it, trust me, there is a way. I still love my food and beer and don’t religiously live on salads. Hopefully through this blog, I can help encourage more people towards a healthier way of life and maybe take on a challenge they never thought they could achieve.

 

Mike Bryce Written by:

Ironman, triathlete, runner, mountain biker, adventure racer, OCR racer and anything else that requires a bit of effort.

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