Happy Halloween – 2011

31 10 2011

I Love this video, Please note it isn’t mine.





Uses for ” cycling plus” Buff !

27 10 2011

First up- of course – is as a cyclist

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Next we need to make sure the bike is ok in all this so we have a seat warmer

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Next up, cycling in Manchester is tough, you gotta be ‘ard as nails , so you gotta look intimidating

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And finally ( for now)

You gotta look ” cool-as-a-cat” and thanks to cycling plus and their free buff now you can be cool like me ūüôā

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Bus vs Cyclist – Youtube Flame War – Helmet Camera Footage

24 10 2011

This is my single most viewed video on YouTube, It has almost 20k hits.

The reason is that a fair few bus drivers and anti-cycling motorists have been sharing this around the web.

The result is some pretty nasty (and uneducated) comments against cyclists.

While I admit Tommo might have done well to ease off the “Gas”¬† it doesn’t excuse a “professional¬† driver”

So, the Bus drivers and anti cycling lot have shared it around the web, now its OUR Turn (this is not them vs us, as I might become a “Them” soon)

Please repost this EVERYWHERE, encourage comments and lets offer a reasoned debate on this.





Injury Forces Me Out Of A Charity Ride & A Week In Review.

16 10 2011

I’m Out:

I have been REAL lucky with injures in the last 3 years, having not missed an organised ride in that time due to illness or injury.

Upto Friday just 2 days ago, things were fine, times were good, I was feeling strong etc and was ready to go.

The event was the “Return of the winter-sprinter”

However, on the commute on Friday I had a wee-accident.

I was FLYING, I¬† had drafted a Moped doing 30 Mph, dropped 2 cyclists on a hill and¬† hitting my 3rd red light I was still averaging over¬† 20Mph, setting off from the lights, my leg wasnt clipped into my SPD’s and I slipped…HARD, I managed to not fall off but it left my left looking like I’d been jumped by a tiger.

My leg now being swollen and bloody sore, I took the HARD decision to not ride the 100km event today, I’ll come back stronger, but for now, I¬† am going to listen to my body and rest it.

Media:

This week had me do a couple more interviews, On Monday morning a photo shoot had been arranged with the Manchester Evening News, it was cold, wet and I had cycled into work in my  waterproofs, however, I still had my real kit on for the shoot, but I needed warmth while I waited.

However, the photographer must have had the wrong number as he didn’t call and it turns out he said my phone was off (it couldn’t have been as that’s what I used to take the about pic) so never mind, the article can be seen here:

The article mentions awards, Clive told me to get a cabinet, well, a shelf will do for now, though it will need to be bigger if I am to put an Olympic Torch on it :0)

Kinect Season

So as the summer cycling induced longer commutes comes to end due to the NASTY weather, Kinect-Season kicks off again, for anyone who wants to lose weight without “Real-workouts” this REALLY is the best way, I was buggered when I’d finished a couple of hours on it.

Let’s not forget in all of this that NOT QUITTING had made me who I am today !

For now,that’s me, stay strong, there should be an updated headed your way about the “Gary Brennan Foundation” this week too.

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I’m Getting Old – Time To Look Back @ This Date Last Year

15 10 2011

Yup, it’s my Birthday and I wanted to look back at what I posted last year, the results of what I have done are pretty shocking.

Starting Stats:

Waist 68-72″

Weight 39Stone 13Lbs .

Shirts 26″ Collar or 8XL

BMI over 70

Resting Hear Rate OVER 130Bmp

Miles Cycled over 12,000

I checked my weight loss by wrapping

Updated stats at 30:

Waist 38-40″

16 Stone And A Few Pounds !!!

17″ Collar or XL or even Large

BMI Under 29

Resting Heart Rate 41BPM

Cycled over 12.000 Miles

I now check my weight with scales

Where Am I now, at age 31:

Waist 30-32″

A little under 13 stone (182 pounds) !!!

15″ Collar or Medium/Large

BMI 22 (and thus NORMAL )

“Best” Resting Heart Rate 34 BPM

By the end of this year, I will hit 20, 000 miles cycled

I now check my weight with scales

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I think we can all agree that what I achieved by 30 was incredible but what I have done in the last 12 months, IMO, is even better, I could have sat back , congratulated myself on a job well done and enjoyed the plaudits….but I DIDN’T, I finished this job a few months ago and now my efforts are going into keeping the weight off, I feel AMAZING, I feel that life is not the same as it was , its much better and its ALL thanks to cycling !

If I can do it………….Anyone Can……now lets rise a (healthy) drink to cycling and livingstrong !!!!

Gaz (Suddenly I don’t feel so old after writing that)

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An Alternative 2011 – By Getting Here Via A Gastric Bypass

12 10 2011

** Disclaimer **

*** I¬†DIDN’T¬†Have a Weight Loss Operation,

This article reflects on what MIGHT have been if I had

My Weight Loss has come from CYCLING and cutting calories ***

What If ? ? ? ? ! ! ! !

Why ?

I was desperate to save my life, I was 40 stone, I had type 2 diabetes , sleep apnoea, High blood pressure and the strain on my heart and lungs were killing me, with 2 young kids and a family at home to look out for, I was under pressure to fix this FAST.

Post Op

It’s been 3 years since I had my Gastric Bypass operation, it cost me ¬£11500, its going to take me around 12 years to pay it off, the idea being, by the time I’d be almost 45 years old and I’d have a great “Mid-Life” to look forward to, with my weight being solved and the operation being paid off.

When I woke up in the hospital, the operation had been a ”¬†Success” , however there were complications , caused by my size, of the¬†operation¬†from the off.

Because in my younger days I was a smoker, I was in the 16% of people that suffered from a¬†Ulceration of the anastomosis, resulting in many episodes of “Temporary restriction of the consumption of solid foods”

Because of the lack of¬†Vitamins my body now takes in¬†I’m¬†on a CRAZY amount of¬†supplements just to make me function each morning.

I went out within a month of having the operation for a drink with friends, oh my lord, one drink ¬†and I was “leg-less” 2 and I was passed out in the back of a taxi going home “I thought this was the start of a new, better life” ?

My social life went from poor to NONE after this operation.

There were many other “minor” issues that caused me to be ill/spend time in the care of doctors in the last 3 years too.

Weight Loss:

Well, I have¬†achieved¬†a 65% loss of my excess weight, putting me at a loss of 17 stone and at best ¬†I weighed in @ ¬†“just” 23 stone, I had originally said if I could get to 20 stone then I would be over the moon.

I JUST missed that BUT thats where things started to go REALLY WRONG !

See, I was still 23 stone, a size 5xl and had more “mobility” issues than I used to because of the lack of goodness my body was getting, truth be told, because of my SED, I was MORE healthy before.

Weight Gain:

So the depression set in, I couldnt work-out like I had always wanted to because of the lack of nutrition and energy, I had planned to buy a bicycle and cycle to work, that was out of the window, because of the amount of time I’d had off work, I no longer had a job, so I¬†couldn’t¬†cycle to work , nor could I afford a bike & even if I could, there would have been no way, my pale,¬†malnourished body would ever have been able to cope.

One day I read¬†on-line¬†that there are way to “Cheat” the operation, you can “Stretch” your new stomach , you can eat as much ice-cream as you like without “Dumping” , since I was depressed ¬†and it had caused me more issues than I had before, I thought “Bugger it” and I went for it.

Sinking into tub after tub of ice-cream, it made me feel alive again, the scales¬†quickly¬†went back to how they were before “ERROR” meaning I was now over 30 stone again – so what, I was miserable before, it¬†doesn’t¬†matter, I can eat to forget about that ¬£11k im paying off.

Death:

5 years after the operation I was 47 stone, having gained back all the weight plus just under 20%, I was¬†malnourished, depressed and in severe debt, then one night my sleep¬†apnea struck BADLY, my body¬†fought¬†by my heart was too weak and I died of “Obesity related complications” all before I was 40.

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The above, while¬†functional, COULD well have been my reality ¬†, sure people are free to chose what route there weight loss path takes BUT there needs to be more information out there for people who think that it CANT be done without an operation, for those of you who landed her from google, in 3 years, I LOST 27 stone (350 pounds) from cycling and calorie cutting, I found my demons and I beat them up – I realised my eating disorder would be next to¬†attack¬†me so I struck first and I am working though that now, MENTALLY and physically I am a much stronger person, im also more confident and¬†fulfilled, a gastric bypass might have made me lose weight, but It¬†wouldn’t¬†have made me fix what was REALLY wrong…….MY HEAD…..

If after reading this you still want a bypass/band, then good luck BUT PLEASE Make sure you fix¬†what’s¬†broken MENTALLY first as obesity¬†ISN’T¬†a physical condition, its a mental one.

& If you want to follow me and chose the “hard work” way, then check out the following video ¬†(you need sound)¬†

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Gaz makes the Sport pages – More Media lined up, Details of last weeks CRAZY rides.

9 10 2011

Good Morning All, its been a CRAZY week here in 39 Stone Towers:

First up, British Cycling are lending all their amazing support to me in a bid to get me my “Olympic Dream

Then the CTC followed on and did the same, the result was that I¬† have had around 7k hits in the 3 days !…..CRAZY….!

Driving:

Could this site become the “39 stone motorist” ? after debating about the cost of fuel vs the cost of public transport you might well think so, however, I dont have a driving License, in years gone by I didn’t have the confidence nor the ability to physically fit into a car to pass my test….While neither of them hold me back anymore, I think I enjoy my cycling and new life way too much :0)


Handing Over The Baton:

In an olympic themed update I want to wish Andy Hartley the VERY best of luck on his weight loss Journey , He is about to get on a bike in a bid to reduce his weight and follow in my foot-steps, I’ll let you know how he gets on.

The “Gary Brennan Foundation”

Like all slighly crazy people, I had an AMAZING Idea at about 2am today, keep an eye out on the tabs up top for more info.

BUT One of the reasons for my idea is that THIS photo has been clicked over 500 times in the last 3 days, that shows me that attitudes do need to be changed, from the top down.

I Was Too Fat For Even The Government To Compute !!!!

New Site Design:

Wadda think ? I love it :0)

Media

This week I was told there was a printed story about myself, this shocked me as I didn’t recall doing an interview, despite that, it turned out pretty well I’d say.

Keep an eye out on this weeks Manchester Evening News, I did a pretty EPIC interview with them on Friday and I suspect that will turn out to be one of the best and most inspirational pieces to date, I also have a few more lined up for this week and a photo shoot on Monday

Told you it was getting CRAZY round here.

New Personal Best:

Friday night, despite this stinking cold, I was WELL in the mood for cycling, by the time I’d reached devils hill, i was averaging 18¬† mph¬† (the way home is ALL uphill) , on the way down I passed a geared roadie on my SS and KILLED it on the way up, the result was a 48 second climb, taking 11 seconds out of my PB, on a Friday, with a cold, on a Single Speed :0) Chuffed ….much ????

New Shirts:

Last year I got a new “Soccer-Ball” kit as a reward for being able to fit, however that QUICKLY become WAY too big.

So I’ve waited & waited and now I am wearing a medium & it was time to buy another.

Dont worry, I have shaved since then LOL

I’ve also found a new jumper too, just in time for winter, its something I didn’t even know I had TBH

ahh the works kitchen

Sky Ride Local:

For anyone wanting to take up cycling, there is still time to Join a Sky Ride Local

Click the Image for more info.

Check out my thoughts on them HERE:

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