SB2: Another story

So. My story.

I consider myself an active bloke (mid-fifties) and have pretty much always done some form of reasonably vigorous physical exercise – for instance I played indoor netball for about 12 years, socially at first and then more competitively, including several stints at the nationals.

Then I gave up exercise for a few years – in 2004 I had a heart attack (age 44) and ended up in hospital recovering from a triple bypass. The three arteries on the front of my heart were blocked 100%, 90% and 100% respectively. Apparently my indoor netball had put off the inevitable by forcing my body to build additional blood supply around my heart. However my thanks go to my cardiac team at Auckland Hospital – I wouldn’t be here without them!

The scary thing was I had none of the usual markers: I’m a non-smoker, cholesterol was OK, no family history of heart disease and only slightly (I thought) overweight. However, they kept me in hospital until I was down to 95kg…

When I came out of hospital I joined the local YMCA – but quickly got bored with that.

So I started cycling, first on a mountain bike (on the road) and then more seriously on a road bike. For about 5 years I was riding an average of around 8000-9000km per year – including organised rides like Taupo (160km) and Around the Bay in a Day (Melbourne, 210km. Did this in two different years!). This latter ride was an amazing experience, especially the first time – when I got to the 160km point, I realised that this was the furthest I had ever ridden on one ride – the last 50km passed in a blur! My bum was pretty sore for a while though, after 7 hours in the saddle!!

The cycling enabled me to meet some great people (mostly on bikes!) and also enabled a lack of real oversight of what I was eating and drinking (because on Sunday I would burn it all off on a 100km ride…) :)

I had a serious ‘accident’ on my bike a few years ago which knocked my confidence pretty severely, so much so that I haven’t really ridden at all in the last 2-3 years. (It was a hit and run – he did a u-turn in front of me. Although the police caught him, he got the wet bus ticket treatment from the courts)

However, I did take up golf (again) which is my main form of exercise now.

I enjoy good food, wine and beer (of the craft kind), but it appears that the golf isn’t quite as conducive to weight maintenance as cycling, since it’s not so aerobic, despite the mountains I walk up and down on course.

I’m looking forward to this challenge and chance for mutual encouragement and hope to lose 15kg so I can fit some of the shirts and pants in my wardrobe again. My dad, now in his 80’s, has type 2 diabetes (brought on by too much good-living), so this is an added incentive for me to lose some weight….

Best of luck to all Blubbergeddon2 participants.

John (johcar)

Welcome to BG2 John.  Once again, an account of another otherwise intelligent person that somehow struggles to find balance, but mostly, because we’re all in need of making decisions that are going to add years to our lives.

We can no longer abuse our bodies and expect them to put up with it.  At some point, they’ll say ‘enough’.  Good news is that it’s never too late, and even if you’re in your fifties now, you can add quality and length to your life.

People who wish to join the BG2 Crew, drop me an email, and I’ll add you to the document.

qwe

Personally I had a plateau day.   Against advice, I weigh myself daily.  I’m big enough to take the hit if there is a stagnant or backwards day.

dassd

There are many, many web sites, apps and other means of tracking your own weight.  I’m using the one at https://thefastdiet.co.uk/fast-diet-tracker/

Somewhat confusingly named, the Fast Diet is a diet where you throw in an occasional fasting day while you keep your other days just normal.  It isn’t a diet that makes you lose weight fast, as the name seems to imply to most.

Known as the 5:2 diet, it has been accidentally discovered while looking for ways to make people healthier by researching why occasional fasting was having health benefits.

The weight loss was just a good side effect.   I’ll go into this in more detail in future, but what attracts me to it is that out of a week, you can have 5 normal eating days.  Seriously.  Eat anything you like.  On two days you still eat, but very little – your “fasting” days.    It has huge benefits, as I said, and weight loss is only a side-effect.


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