So on Christmas day I weighed 15st12lbs (I'm only 5'7"), had been ill for 3 months, felt terrible. Anyone who had been on the Peaks ride last autumn will agree with me that my fitness is shocking.
Over the last 3 or so years I've tried to get fitter and lose weight but have always been sidetracked by illness or injury. Well this time something clicked.
I started a strict calorie controlled diet (using Myfitnesspal app on my phone) and started running to help lose the pounds and improve my bike fitness.
First time I ran I couldnt manage the first running stint my iPhone app Couchto5k asked me to do - it only asked for 45 seconds.
I used to be a sprinter when I was younger so I knew it would be hard but that was really bad.
Well yesterday, after 10 weeks of all this I now weigh 14st2lbs, a loss of 24lbs so far and I entered my first ParkRun which is a timed run on 5km in my local park - I did it in 35mins but most importantly I didn't stop once. I've got a bit of knee pain from an old injury but otherwise felt great. Also last weekends Lakes ride I did and wasn't at the back all the time, which felt amazing. When we got the the lunch break i felt like I'd hardly ridden.
So if you want to lose weight and get fitter, make a plan and go for it. I've aimed to lose 2lb a week which is a recommended safe limit. It's been really really really hard work but it's been worth every second. My wife has been very supportive but I've done it for myself most of all.
I'm aiming for 12st so I'm nearly half way there - another 15 weeks and I'll be fitter and leaner and AWESOME.
I've learnt if you want to do this sort of thing there are no short cuts, no quick fixes, just hard graft if you want to make it stick!