About Gaz


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First off, People always want to know, HOW CAN I LOSE WEIGHT. It’s it pretty simple, not easy, but simple, before I start my tale, I want you to consider this:

The best way to lose weight is, more cals out than in. So run/cycle/swim whatever you enjoy most !

Yep it’s that simple (in theory!). See HERE for some weight loss tips:

Welcome. On this page you will find details of my journey so far, taking me from 39 stone 13 pounds to where I am today, Summer 2012  at around 13 stone. You will find a heart-warming, tear-jerking, inspiring account of how I have gone from a no-hoper, dead man walking, to someone who cycles up to 40 miles a day, does 100k charity rides and has even started RUNNING !

My name is Gary Brennan. You may know me as The Amazing Shrinking Gaz, The 39-Stone Cyclist, or just “the fat lad on a bike”.

When I was 18 years old. I used to play football every other day and cycled every day – I wasn’t skinny, but I was fit.

Then, somehow and to this day I really don’t know how, or what happened but I “Woke up” around 8 years later,

I was 39 stone 13 pounds,

Wearing an 8XL (XXXXXXXXL) Top,

With A 68” Waist,

My RESTING heart rate was around 130BPM, I had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and was “Living” ….NO….. I was existing on Borrowed time

Fat ? ME ?

Time To Wake Up

In January 2008 I weighed in at a mind- and waist- busting 39 stone and 13 pounds. A few months before my GP had suggested to me that I consider a gastric by-pass. I was shocked – I thought to myself “but they are for really fat people, why on earth would he suggest that to me”.

I was at his surgery for many health-related issues and realizing my dire situation, My GP thought he would make the suggestion to help me. I left and thought nothing of his words. It was around three days later that, while struggling to walk from my living room to my kitchen that It hit me, like a brick in the face….. “Actually I am REALLY fat” and with that, my ‘light-bulb’ flicked on, my life would never be the same again, EVERYTHING was about to get turned on it head.

URGH….Was that REALLY me ?

Pre-Cycling

I was approved for the Gastric By-Pass surgery that my GP had suggested in April, The surgeon said “There is little point in offering you a Gastric Band, or anything else, your situation is far too dire for that”

I had a Holiday booked at the end of September that year,  the hospital and surgeon told me that it would not be done until at least October 2008 and to enjoy my last holiday as someone who is obese because my future is about to get better…..

I decided that I needed to change before the operation  and attempted  to get a little stronger for the operation.

I purchased a Giant Yukon 08 MTB, I decided that I wanted to cycle to work, it was 6.5 miles away from where I live, and there is also a nasty hill that I had to ride on both journeys, there was no way I would be able to do that, it was something I was going to have to build up to

From January to April I had lost around four-and-a-half stone and while I was impressed with my efforts it did mean that I was going to attempt to cycle weighing-in at over 34 stone. It was June 2008, 6pm; I had finished work, the sun was shining.

My time was now.

I got my bike and headed outside. I looked and felt like a total idiot, but nothing was going to stop me.

I had been watching NBC’s The Biggest Loser, seeing people weighing up to 29 stone doing punishing exercise. I was inspired by Mark Kruger and Roger Schultz who were both finalists, and who’d shown me in each episode how you not only need to change physically but also mentally. The reality, however, was that both Mark and Roger were 200 pounds lighter than me at their heaviest ! – shouldn’t it have been me that was on the show? The Biggest Loser is something I will always credit for helping save my life. If I hadn’t seen with my own eyes what could be done, then I’m not sure I would have even attempted it.

I cycled the half-mile to my local train station. I was wheezing, my arms hurt holding up my weight, my legs hurt pushing my weight along. I was soaking in sweat, like someone who had just run over 30 miles – but I had done it! I had made it to the half-way point. I took in an energy gel, about 500ml of water and had a ten-minute sit-down. I was then ready to set off again and get home. Boy was it hard. By the time I was home I thought to myself “I can’t do this” – I couldn’t breath, I was coughing and wheezing, tired and sore but I had cycled one mile. This was a REAL wake-up call for me; I had done well in losing over four stone but the reality that it was just a fraction of what I needed to do to survive this. With that I had a much needed half-hour sleep on the sofa….

Yukon 08 – First Bike, This Started It All

Let’s Go

Over the coming days I forced myself to up my mileage and I was at the stage after a week that I could cycle to the train station, and then cycle from the train station near work.

I was doing two-and-a-half miles a day and starting to gain confidence. Within six weeks I was getting on and off the train two stops before I needed to, and then on August Bank Holiday 2008 I decided I was going to cycle to work, the whole way. It was a Bank Holiday, I didn’t need to, but I was ready…

If you owned a bike shop, how would YOU react if THIS walked in ?

I made it the 6.5 miles in 43 minutes, I felt fresh, strong and ready to do more, I decided to take the train home and save myself for the “Real” Commute the next day.

Over the next 3 weeks I cycled to work every day, but took the train home, the homeward leg was harder as it’s a gradual uphill with a kicker of a hill at the very end.

No Operation !

After my holiday I received the news I was expecting and yet dreading at the same time. I no longer qualified for the by-pass, due to losing so much weight. I was thrilled, yet at the same time scared. I had lost eight stone from April to October – I had shown that I COULD do it. The next day was a freezing cold and wet morning, one I am never going to forget. I thought to myself “I am on my own now, it’s all me”. Then from nowhere a good friend drove past. It was Christy, the one was pushed me to cycle in the first place. He waved and encouraged me on, and with that, the rain, the wind and the freezing temperature no longer mattered, it was time I finished what I had started….

Be Proud Awards 2009

                                       Sporting Achievement

In November 2009 I was notified that I had been nominated in the Manchester City Council “Be Proud” Awards, I had been nominated for Sporting Achievement.

A few days before Christmas there was a gala ceremony for all the nominees, it was hosted by (amongst others) Gordon Burns.

I found out that I was nominated along side a under 11 football club and someone who was getting kids into angling and off the streets.

I really wasn’t sure what would happen, but  I really didn’t think I could beat a kids football team.

It was with great shock then that Gordon Burns read out my name as the winner of the category, months of hard work had been rewarded with the winning of the 2009 Sporting Achievement Award, I was in shock, my table erupted, but I sat there for a couple of seconds……stunned….This had been my most memorable moment of 2009, how could I top this.

Paul, Gordon Burns, Gaz

End of 09

I was cycling longer, harder and faster than ever before. It got to the winter and it was time to put my road-bike away and get on my hybrid. The snow and ice were a challenge but I had cycled in them last winter, only last time I was on an MTB. Nothing could go wrong – I was too focused and on the ball. Until…

Accident and Weight Gain
It was the first week in January 2010. I had gained a few pounds due to being off over Xmas and relaxing a little, nothing major, it was Xmas after all; I had it under control. It was on the last day of the week, the snow and ice were hard going but hadn’t caused me many issues. I had navigated all the side streets, untreated roads and was on the final stretch, a two-lane main road. I was slowing to 18 mph for the traffic lights when “bang”. It all went dark.

The next I knew I was waking up, laying on the road, freezing cold and in a fair old bit of pain. It seems I hit a patch of ice (on a treated road) and went over the handlebars and knocked myself out. My injuries, while not serious, were enough to keep me off the bike for four weeks. I struggled mentally to get back into the game, and gained two stone. My confidence was shot, my fitness was shot, my diet was shot, I was slipping back into my old ways – I had no idea what to do, I was spiraling out of control and I didn’t know what to do or how to stop it…..Once Again My Future Looked Bleak

LIVESTRONG ! We Can All Overcome Obesity !

Over the next four weeks I didn’t do extra miles – my body and mind were not ready. But then, almost overnight, the fire that I had been plugging away to reignite had been rekindled and it happened almost without me knowing – a throwaway comment and I was back. I said “Eddie Izzard has run a marathon a day; maybe I should commute a marathon a day.” With that I went from 250 miles in February to a little under 500 miles in March, then April, then the same again in May. I WAS BACK!

By June June 2010  I was a few pounds away from being 19 stone and 50% lighter than I was. It’s taken time, hard work, mental strength but I could see, in the very far-away distance, my “Never-ending” finish line. I say never-ending as many people who have been morbidly obese lose the weight, get to their goal and then think “Right I’m here, now I can relax” and end up putting all the weight (and more) back on.

I know I can’t do that. If I regain my weight, plus more, then I will end up at over 45 stone (630 pounds) and let’s be realistic, that would KILL ME!

So there is never going to be a  finish line, no patting myself on the back. I have made my changes, I have saved my life but if I ever slip back into my old habits it will all be for nothing. I must keep the focus I have, and channel every emotion I go though directly into my pedals.

Current Health Issues

If you recall, back at the start I mentioned high blood-pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and so on. Here are some numbers for you all. My blood sugars used to be 35mmol on an average day (7 or 8mmol being classed as ‘normal). I’d say within 12 months of cycling I was down to around 10mmol on average (now running off to get tester) and as of this morning I am 5mmol (normal for early mornings).

My GP said it was all weight-related, and around nine months ago told me he was happy to no longer call me ‘diabetic’ – he suggested I get tested every now and again (hence the home test kit). High blood-pressure: I don’t have the numbers to hand but that is also back to normal, and no medication.

To give you an idea of why my health was not only so bad but also how it’s turned around, my BMI (Body Mass Index, which we all know is flawed but it’s the best we have for now) is 24 (2012)  – It was 69.7 when I was at my highest weight (these numbers blow me away!) I have weighed in at 184lbs today, down from a “High” of 560lbs or I am now 32% of the man I used to be, thus meaning I have lost ALOMOST 70% of my body weight.

Those numbers blow MY mind and I was living it – to say I am lucky to be alive is an understatement.

Anyone Can Do What I Did

I am a normal everyday person;

I am no better than anyone else.

I am not special,

so if you are reading this and thinking “I can’t do that” then you’re wrong.

I used to look at others and think the same.

We are all equal – if I can do it, anyone can.

All you need to succeed is the will and desire I found when cycling!

But then, over my shoulder is this

Only 5% of people who are morbidly obese will stay slim after non-surgical weight loss.

Shit !!!!!!! is that going to be me ?

ONLY 5% , that leaves a pretty tiny window for error here considering its such a huge journey, but you know what ? the percentage odds on anyone LOSING 27 stone must have been HUGE , bigger, I’m sure than 95%, so I dont care if

Only 5% of people who are morbidly obese will stay slim after non-surgical weight loss.

Because that doesn’t affect me , why ? because I AM NOT GOING BACK THERE, NEVER EVER NEVER !!!!!!!!!

 

Gaz, The Pride of Tameside 2011:

Physical Achiever of the year, Gary Brennan (Thats ME !)

I want my own medals now !

 Gary Brennan , Me and My Fat Friend

 

Gary Brennan , Me and My Fat Friend

 

The Hear & Now

 

So I sit here, after a long and difficult journey, that had many ups and downs along the way, 70% lighter than I used to be, being just 30% of the man  I was and I ponder where I can go from here, I have been at my goal weight for almost 12 months, with little to no fluctuation in my weight.

In 2012 I rode the Manchester to Blackpool alone, Time Trial style, for the first year ever I didn’t have a team with me, helping me out, making it less effort so that a quicker time was achievable, and I managed to get an average of almost 20mph over the 100km course, despite riding alone for 99% of it, fighting into the wind, having no one to pace me uphill or push me when I got tired   , it was actually very enjoyable, while I do wish I had gotten under 3 hours, I am more than happy with the time (3 Hours 10).

I do have some big projects on the cards for late 2012/early 2013 but after them ? well I hope they lead to bigger and better things but ultimately, with the figure of only 5% of people who were morbidly obese   will keep the weight off after non-surgical weight loss looming large behind me, being a constant “whip” that keeps me pushing on, I have to evaluate what comes next.

From a personal point of view, I have achieved much more than I EVER could have dreamed of 3 and a half years ago.

But obesity isn’t something that affects only me, so I have decided that, god willing, I will try and help out all those out there who are morbidly obese and want help in losing weight WITHOUT the Magic Bullet of weight loss surgery. I intend to take my message to the UK, Europe, USA and the U.A.E. in a series of Conferences and Road Shows , if you are interested in booking me to speak at an event, then please leave your details here (they wont be published , don’t worry) and I’ll be in touch.

This page is just a SMALL amount about how my life has changed, I dont even cover the AMAZING mental benifits of going from a 40 stone slob to a 13 stone cyclist, Rollercoasters, Track cycling, New Jobs , Contact Lense, Strava, Bike Building, Turbo Training……etc etc but i’ll save all that for the book :0)

Sitting Back, Stalking My Prey

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226 responses

11 03 2010
Tom B.

Hope to get ya back on regularly, miss your blog

4 04 2010
39stonecyclist

Thanks Tom

11 04 2014
david

What has happened to your “goals” section! I used to reference people to it lol.

11 04 2014
39stonecyclist

Good question, I’ll update it

25 06 2010
Bracketed

Gaz,
I’ve been following your exploits and progress for some time now, on your blog and your posts on various forums. You are a true inspiration – yours is a story of self-discovery, enlightenment, and a realization of the power that is in you. The humble bicycle may be the enabler (and it is a wonderful machine), but it is you that takes this inanimate object and turns it into a force for health, for pleasure and for life. Marvellous stuff.

Chris

26 06 2010
39stonecyclist

Chris

Thanks Very much for your kind comments mate, I hope I can live upto those comments you have made 😀

Gaz

26 06 2010
Steve

Been away from the bikeradar forum so lost track on your progress. Glad to see you’re still at it and making gains – soon you’ll be lighter than me!

Keep it up and best wishes.

Steve (sc999cs)

26 06 2010
39stonecyclist

Not on there much myself TBH

Thanks Very Much, Appreciate It

Gaz

28 06 2010
hraustur

Been following you for a while after first seeing your vids on Bikeradar/YT. You are one hell of a hard worker. You have a “fan” in Iceland.

Keep up the good work.

28 06 2010
39stonecyclist

Hey Hraustur

Thanks for your comments, I try my best to work hard, sometimes I fail, but i’l always give it another crack of the whip 😀

Gaz

29 07 2010
Dave

Absolutely wonderful story and blog. Well done and happy cycling!

29 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Thank you very much Dave

Gaz

31 07 2010
paul

well fella , i dunno what to say , many many congratulations , reading your story has inspired me , i had been led to believe they didnt make bikes for folk my size , would you offer any advice on which bike to start up on etc please , im 32st and desperate to lose the weight

hope to hear from you

regards

paul

31 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Hi Paul

I started on a Giant Yukon 2008 at 30+ stone, take it easy, keep to smooth roads, dont hit kerbs, or roll off them etc and you will be fine.

May I take the chance to wish you the best of luck on the journey you are about it start, its not easy mate, but trust me when I say its worth every single day of pain and every emoton that will bubble to the surface, during this, wanting to change is the single hardest part, after that,each day gets a little more easy.

PLEASE keep in touch and keep us update on how it goes

Thanks for getting in touch

Gaz

31 07 2010
paul

Thank you for your reply mate ,it is very much appreciated, would you mind pointing me in the right direction of finding a suitable bike in the uk , all the ones i can find are super expensive and in the usa

regards

paul

31 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Well, It depends on your budget and height of course, The bike I got was £280 from a place in Manchester, There is one on ebay at the moment

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Giant-yukon-mountain-bike-discs-brakes-Norwich-area-/330454867943?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item4cf0a51fe7

Would “guess” it should be ok if you are 5ft 8″ ish,

Most MTB’s will be ok for you, the weak link in any bike for guys (or Gals) our size is always the wheels, This looks a bargain (Again depends on budget)

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/hardrock-disc-2010-mountain-bike-ec019400

***BUT*** Im not sure how strong the wheels are, I have used Alex rims on a MTB before but cant recall what model the rims were, your best best, is to phone you local bike shop, tell em that you want a MTB with SUPER STRONG wheels (No offence, its what I did) give them your budget and then see what they suggest and feel free to come back here for advice, I have had LOADS of bikes, not because any of them have caused me any problems, but because I have become so addicted to cycling, Again if you are local to me, let me know and I can point out a few decent bike shops, I would say right off the bat though AVOID Harry Hall Cycles in Manchester, regardless of where you are, but thats a story for another day LOL.

Feel free to come back if you need any further advice mate.

*********EDIT************** Dont get a bike with suspension (forks are ok with lockout) and DONT get a bike thats on the smaller side where you have the raise the saddle a huge amount, it will cause too much stress……

Gaz

3 11 2010
Ian Murphy

Outstanding stuff – you should be extremely proud of yourself. All the best for the future!

Cheers,

Ian

3 11 2010
39stonecyclist

Thank You Ian, Appreciate That.

Gaz

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6 12 2010
yvonne

I had been umming and aahing about going out on bike today in the arctic conditions cos I dont trust the drivers…and then your blog email came thru. Cheers for the kick i needed to get me out, headed off at 6.30pm for a blast on me hybrid. Loving the new cycling jersey that you’ve treated yourself too; those kind of rewards make it all worth it!!!

6 12 2010
39stonecyclist

All I needed today was that Jersey too, the weather doesnt bother me now, just the amout of ice about does, that said, I have studded tyres on order, once I get them, there is NO Excuse !

22 12 2010
Rob

Gaz,

Truly outstanding effort mate and an inspiration to all.

Cheers from Australia

Rob

22 12 2010
39stonecyclist

Its Minus 5 here right now, was double digit minus figures all week, then you tell me your from Australia and all I can think about it hot weather LOL

Appreciate your comment

Gaz

28 12 2010
E

Well done to you!! I found this page while trying to find a cycle for me–I’m 18 stone, and am trying to find a woman’s bike that will hold my weight. Can you recommend one? I’d love to get fit and take the kids for a bike ride.

5 01 2011
Larry

Gaz, you are a credit to yourself and the mind-set you have adopted and put to such fantastic use. I know that you primarily need to do this for yourself, but you have really inspired others along the way.

6 01 2011
39stonecyclist

Thanks Larry, I appreciate that

Gaz

7 01 2011
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12 01 2011
Izzi

I am getting my bike out …NOW
THANK YOU
Izzi

13 01 2011
39stonecyclist

Excellent, Do Enjoy , I know I do 🙂

14 02 2011
Ian Sawyer

Gary, Thank youfor your kind words of support . I wish you all the happiness in the world. Reading your progress its like you have become a different person, like watching a caterpillar shed its skin and turn into a butterfly. Again, thank you. I have started recalling my life thinking that is a good exercise also. Keeping my memories alive but losing the hurt. A healthy mind is a healthy body

14 08 2011
Ian Sawyer

Hi ya Gary its been a while since I wrote to you. Been up to my own challenges. Since december I have lost over 3 stone with a further 10 stone to lose as my target by this time next year. I joined Helen Varey’s group beyondbigbones on June 23rd. What an inspired move that was challenging, motivating and inspiring. I joined a gym as part of that and lost 2 stone since June 23rd. I am prepping a static 50km bike ride in the gym which I am aiming to do on 30th September. I did 20km without stopping on Friday. Next year I aim to complete the Great Salford swim I can’t even bloody swim yet but am going to do it. Good luck in what you dream for Gaz!

Ian

16 08 2011
39stonecyclist

Way to go Ian

Really glad things are working out for you mate

20 02 2011
John Mailinator
21 02 2011
39stonecyclist

Yeah I heard about the sugar

SO I drink ’em via a straw so that helps a bit and tend to only have 1 glass a day anyways

but thanks for the heads up, appreciate it.

23 02 2011
will

hi
i have become inspired after reading your blog so i bought a bike but i am having huge problems as i am in agony when i try to sit on the cycle even for a second
i am about 24st can you recommend anything you did
say recommend a seat or something

24 02 2011
39stonecyclist

Awesome

Congratulations on making the change, I did try to “Comfort” saddles, but I hated them, for me, the pain went away in about 2 weeks

Keep at it

25 02 2011
George

Hope you like my tribute blog!

😉

25 02 2011
39stonecyclist

Hehe. Thats awesome mate, good luck

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11 04 2011
scottfero

Wow you are such an inspiration. I’ve had a great time following you and your journey.

11 04 2011
39stonecyclist

Thank you very much

Gaz

13 04 2011
Andrew Walker

Hi gaz just wanted to say a big well done!!! Im currently losing weight lost 9stone so far only another 2 to go (15stone Goal weight) Just looking at your pics and spotted a lance armstrong tshirt with pain is temporary and quitting is forever were did you get it from? Got to get myself one lol.

13 04 2011
39stonecyclist

Awesome work on the weight loss, well done.

I got it from ebay, I just had a look and the seller doesnt seem to have any more for sale

Sorry 😦

19 04 2011
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19 04 2011
Ricky Sisco

Do you have any articles about your eating habits and how they changed? Excellent Blog!

20 04 2011
39stonecyclist

My eating habbits are not something that anyone else should follow im sorry to have to say.

Gaz

19 04 2011
Drew

Great blog Gaz! Cheers from Colorado Springs, I bought a mountain bike last week and Paisley Dr is my Joel Lane.

20 04 2011
39stonecyclist

That looks AWESOME dude

any videos ? 🙂

Gaz

21 04 2011
Paul

Gaz: Please, please get yourself a high quality helmet. You can never plan where and when you will go down, but (as you’ve experienced) you should expect it could still happen again. Modern helmets have sufficient venting to be cool, very lightweight, and increase visibility. Just part of the cyclist’s essential safety equipment, OK?

Congrats on your accomplishments and dedication to the “journey.” It’s really inspirational!

22 04 2011
39stonecyclist

Hey Paul

The helmet debate is always a fun one, the argument that it does nothing over 14 MPH is relevant to me now that my AVERAGE speed is never anywhere close to being under that.

That said, it is something that I am currently considering, I have a Team Issue HTC Columbia helmet , so Its just a case of deciding if I should in light of the evidence, or not.

🙂

Gaz

22 04 2011
Paul

Gaz:

Thanks for the reply! Congrats on the high avg speeds (and sprints–Wow!). The 14 MPH upper limit on effectiveness is not one I’ve heard. As a head-on impact, that seems logical. Many impacts are oblique, or glancing blows. Here in bike-unfriendly So. California (yet with a huge biker population), I get a lot of anecdotal info. The adage is, “It’s not IF, but WHEN you’ll get hit.” OK, so I haven’t been hit in 20K miles, but I sure have gone down from 1 to 35 MPH due sloppy/fast/aggressive riding. In one case, I got a nice big dent in the helmet, and I only had a headache as a result. It’s rare to NOT see a rider w/o a helmet here, either on road or MTB bikes.

I see pictures of European cycling commuters, & I rarely see helmets. You have progressed beyond the typical commuter and have become a serious rider. I think in the long run, you’ll be really glad you wore your helmet.

Best of luck. I look forward to reading more of your exploits! “Be safe out there!” as the old saying goes.

22 04 2011
39stonecyclist

The speed thing may or may not be true

but its what I used as justification 🙂

I have now done 150 miles in the last 5 days, I do feel that I should SERIOUSLY look at it now, I averaged 17Mph over that 150 miles and that was with almost 9000ft of climbing, so you get an idea that im Not slow anymore. I proved that riding quick gives you little time to react when I crashed my Carbon bike. Food for thought

Gaz

10 10 2011
Ian

Hi Gaz,

I just wanted to add my 2c to the helmet question. I’m normally a fast cyclist but the only time I’ve ever really needed my helmet I was doing under 10mph; I was just cruising home from work, went round a corner, stood up on the pedals to accelerate and my chain snapped. I went down hard and fast- road rash etc up one side and my helmet cracked down the middle but my head was fine.

I’ve heard about the studies that say helmets don’t help above 14mph (and I think wearing them should be personal choice and not mandatory as they are in NZ and Australia), but some accidents don’t involve cars and are at low speeds, and I was grateful for my helmet then.

Congratulations on your inspirational achievement and all the best for the future.

Ian

10 10 2011
39stonecyclist

Argh more helmet debates noooooooooooooo 😉 🙂

23 04 2011
39stonecyclist

What is your webite ?

29 04 2011
39stonecyclist

Great to hear your story, Thanks for sharing , Glad you enjoyed the CA Article too.

Gaz

1 05 2011
Narom

Bloody hell, you are an inspiration. I started a blog a couple of days back after reading the 22stonecyclist and frank kinlans blogs but only just stumbled across this from the lance support site.

I’m hovering around the 16/17 stone mark and not happy with myself and trying to get myself to around the 12 stone mark (or less if it’s possible) i’m only 5ft 10 so 16 stones doesnt look good on my frame!

I’m going to “steal” your marathon a day mantra though, its a fantastic idea and can only serve as motivation.

Bloody shame about the van incident last year but good to see you pushed through the pain barrier.

I hope one day when i feel comfortable with competing in events i’ll get to meet you and shake your hand, your blog and videos are going to be one of the motivational tools at my disposal.

You’ve done it, 22stone cyclist has, also Frank Kinlan, it’s about time i joined this club!

Well done.

3 05 2011
39stonecyclist

Thanks for the comment

Good luck on your journey and of course, steal away 🙂
Gaz

7 05 2011
Rpr

Amazing story, you have shown fantastic will power to achieve what you have. Very inspiring & glad that you are sharing your journey

7 05 2011
39stonecyclist

You are too kind, thank you.

Gaz

16 05 2011
Anonymous

wow, you’re amazing… wish you all the best for the future…

18 05 2011
39stonecyclist

Thank You

30 05 2011
nickc78

Total agreement with all comments – truly amazing achievement – just watched your motavational speech and it was inspiring.

I am about 6′ 5″ and have always hovered around the 18 stone mark. I love cycling both watching and riding but for some reason never applied the cycling to the point where it affected my weight loss – I had a revelation earlier this year, in part due to your blog and in part due to me realising I can hardly be taken seriously as a fan of cycling weighing 18+ stone! I was commuting which was marginally beneficial but my journey was too short to result in weight loss and because of commuting I was not doing much recreational cycling. In April I got rid of my Stumpjumper FSR and bought a Boardman CX (swapped out the knobblies for slicks) and I now ride a minimum of 10 miles a day (time trial style) and double that at the weekends (as you say in your video, cycling is now my addiction!) – the effect has been amazing and I have dropped about 20lbs in 7 weeks (I cannot remember the last time I was 17 stone – it was probably in my late teens/early twenties) – my target is 15 stone (maybe a bit less). I am looking forward to reaching 16 stone as I have promised myself a full carbon bike to inspire me for the final push and ongoing maintenance of new weight!

4 06 2011
39stonecyclist

Glad the speech seems to have had the desired effect.

You will love the Carbon bikes, Am about to write an update and that will include my thoughts on my own Carbon bike.

Im in the 13 stone “Zone” and I have only ever weighed this little, when I was a kid and my weight was going up, past where I am now, its an amazing feeling isnt it ?

5 06 2011
nickc78

It is an amazing feeling, I had a revelation on my ride this morning whilst hitting a particularly nasty hill with a short kick at the end that almost feels like it’s 1:1, all of a sudden I realised I can get up it without it being as difficult as the first time I tackled it, in part I put it down to improved aerobic capacity and leg strength but it only just dawned on me that the biggest reason would be that I weigh 2 stone less now than I did on that first ride! It made me realise that the reason most diets fail is because if you have nothing to challenge yourself other than the drop in weight loss or your appearance in a mirror then that is not a lot to keep you going. Having something like cycling (or any other measurable activity) gives you the inspiration to keep going. My first 10 took about 37 minutes, my best now is 28 and average around 30 depending on route and weather conditions. It’s crazy that a couple of months ago I did not really give a toss and now I am pushing myself as hard as I can on every ride.

One thing I would like to know is if you did any other toning exercises to get your body back into shape or was it all purely through cycling?

7 06 2011
39stonecyclist

Thats a really good point re diets and pushing yourself for sure !

I ran at the gym, about 4 times, but thats it, the rest was nothing but cycling cycling cycling 🙂

9 06 2011
nickc78

That’s great news as I hate running!

11 06 2011
39stonecyclist

I quite enjoyed it , the 3 times I did it over the winter 🙂

14 06 2011
Anonymous

Gary.

I owe you an apology.

When I spotted you a while back on the CC forums (of which I have been a little absent of late) I kind of “disregarded” you as something of an attention seeker or perhaps worse as a guy who had just “started” cycling and would soon be bored of it , as such I don’t recall giving you any credit or encouragement….for that I apologise.

Your achievement is immense, far greater than just that of a rider, you have had to come to terms with many more challenges and demons that, (without sounding too patronising) you can be proud to have found a way to control and beat.

I hope your journey continues and wish you every success. I am finding real inspiration in reading your blog.

Thank you

John

(AKA Jonny Jeez)

15 06 2011
39stonecyclist

Not to worry mate, I do try to get the word out as much as I can these days BUT its not for personal gratification, its to inspire the man on the couch to say “Shit, I CAN do that too” I guess it doesn’t always come across like that ?

Glad you’re enjoying the blog, hope you stick around and thanks for apology but it really wasn’t needed mate 😀

12 08 2011
Steve

It has been great to read this blog. I used to do a lot of cycling and weighed about 10 1/2 stone but over the last 15 years my weight has risen to 18 stone 6lbgving me a BMI of around 40. I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes about 3 weeks agos and I am now losing weight. I am down to 17 stone 8lb. I would like to start cycling but finding cycling gear for someone with a 52″ waste is not easy. Also lycra does look rather silly when so heavy but is in my experience the most comfortable clothing to wear. Reading your blog though has encouraged me no end. What did you do about your diet whilst losing weight?

14 08 2011
39stonecyclist

Wow you seem to be dropping numbers fast there mate

Well done

I love Lycra – unles your at a weight where you feel ok in it – why not put baggies on over it ?

Gaz

29 08 2011
chub2stud

Smashing story and blog chap, you inspired me to get into cycling as a way to get shot of my excess 7 stone! And to strat my own blog! Thanks mate!

29 08 2011
39stonecyclist

Good on ya dude, keep us updated

29 08 2011
stuguy67

truley inspirational story.I bought a couple of cheap rigid mountain bikes about 8yrs ago and have hardly used them, but about 8mnts ago made the decision to start cycling,well i’ve been out about 6 times since then (pathetic I know) but getting motovated is my problem.For the past few months i,ve been buying MTB mags and spend hours on tinternet regularly drooling over cycling websites,you see my job holds me back cause i work 6 days weekly and 7 days every fortnight and i’m up at 4am but i know i’ts no excuse but reading stories like yours is the kick up the ARSE someone like me needs.Also in the last few months i started buying some gear (shorts,tops and bits and bobs even some lycra) i’ve not bought top end range stuff but i’m determined to get out there and use it.Also my BMI is not the healthiest (5″7 and touching 16st) so needs must.Anayway thanks again reading your blogs have been an inspiration……Stuguy67.

8 09 2011
end

Just found your blog and read your story. Amazing! Congratulations on your weight loss and your positive attitude. More people need to know they can do this too.

14 09 2011
Gary Brennan – aka The Amazing Shrinking Gaz – nominated to carry Olympic torch

[…] efforts to lose weight over the past three years on his blog, describes the reaction to his transformation from friends and family […]

21 09 2011
uhavemoofacee

I can’t believe the dramatic music on the 100km that is too funny. I am so sorry about what happen to you. But you know you got this far and can’t ever give up just because of that. It didn’t kill you and your still alive and well, then you can keep going. No excuses can cause you to fail unless you let them. I have been on my workout routine for almost three months now. I was not as big as you but I am obese at 250 pounds in July 13th I was feeling depressed and didn’t want to feel like crap anymore so I did something about it. It was on a trip with my fiance to her mothers and we started there and kept at it. And at 20 or so pounds later I feel much better I am riding our mountain bikes that we bought last month and we are having a lot more energy then before. I know when you put your mind to something you can do anything. Its all about dedication and hard work and letting nothing stop you no matter what. The more you tell yourself that you can do it the more you will do it. You have your whole life to keep at it and you will when you step out the door to head to work. That bike is your life now along with you children. You do it for yourself first then your children and family next. I know your on your way to a better life and you will live longer because of this change. Those set backs were just setbacks not a punishment or an excuse to stop. i know that you didn’t get this far to give up on your goals. You will always have supporters who support you and those are the people that you rely on for encouragement. But it all comes down to you and your ability to get things done. We can always stop and quit. Quitting is easy. Not giving up is hard not to do. When we put in our heads that we can do something then we will never give up no matter what our brains are telling us. I have those days where I don’t want to get up anymore and want to sleep in. I know that I cant’ I have to get up and work out and keep on going to live a life full of determination and confidence. Thanks for reading and hope you are keeping at it. Don’t ever give up. Or throw away the towel.

21 09 2011
39stonecyclist

Thanks but that was 12 months ago, since then I have dropped to 190 pounds, won another award and just this weekend did a hellishly hard 90km race, you just need to check out the home page 🙂

https://theamazing39stonecyclist.wordpress.com/

25 09 2011
peter rowley

Hi Gaz. I was thinking of selling my bike because i don’t use it much. i’m 18.5 stone classed as obese. I use the car too often for short trips and i have a dodgey knee problem but after reading your story my weight problem is nothing compared to what yours was, WOW it makes me think that i could do things like you did and i should cycle more often. Forget the weather just cycle.
It was a great read…

26 09 2011
39stonecyclist

Hi Peter

It’s amazing to hear things like this , I wish you the very best on your weight loss, do keep us updated

Gaz

26 09 2011
russ.

Hi, randomly came across your blog whilst looking for info on Ribble Audax bikes. Had to read your story and was so impressed. Truly inspirational. I wish more people had your attitude to health and weight loss.

27 09 2011
39stonecyclist

Thanks Russ

Gaz

5 10 2011
Den

WOW. You are truly an inspiration to people. I was so impressed by your story. Well done and keep it up. You deserve it.

5 10 2011
jack

ooh you ride singlespeed. I hope you’ll consider doing the world singlespeed champs when they come to England or UK (they were in Eire this year, I was there, but next year it’s southafrica, and the year after who knows ? it’s always random.
very cool blog, I am happy to read you’ve done so much.
Please tell me what food you ate selectively, and if food is becoming your friend I hope I hope.
, the ruthless recycler from Calif

7 10 2011
Weight/Fat Loss - Page 40 - London Fixed-gear and Single-speed

[…] Sorry if it's a repost but just came across this blog, the amazing 39 stone cyclist. Wow! https://theamazing39stonecyclist.wordpress.com/about/ […]

7 10 2011
j

congratulations, fantastic and inspirational.. brillient.

8 10 2011
39stonecyclist

Thank you very much Mr J

Gaz

8 10 2011
Frank

As a medic, I’ve seen quite a few serious and/or long-term problems due to weight-loss surgery. You definitely made the right choice. I wish the big money spent on such surgery could be spent motivating people to do what you did and providing the infrastructure to prevent people feeling scared to cycle on the roads. I didn’t cycle from age 17 until I was about 40. I started cycling to work (13 miles each way) two or three times a week years eleven years ago, when I thought I was getting a bit overweight. I haven’t looked back and have never stopped eating whatever I feel like.

9 10 2011
39stonecyclist

Frank I wish for the same too mate & while they are at it, I also wish I got a job inspiring those people who simply need to be shown what CAN be done, thats all I needed,

Sure that wont work for ALL but it would at least chip away (pun intened) at this CRISIS

23 10 2011
tasos matsalas

hello i read your story and i say congratulations for the result
I have weight 185 kilos , i buy a bicycle to help me lose my weight.
I have one problem with the pain of the saddle and i don’t find a cyclist colan with pad in my size (7xl-8xl)
if you know a internet shop who sell cyclist colan in that dimensions please told to me.
thanks.

23 10 2011
39stonecyclist

I got some good WIDE saddles on eBay for when I first started

I had something like this

Item number: 280625425806

Does that help ?

16 12 2011
sam

great post I’m a big biking fan from Washington

20 12 2011
39stonecyclist

Thanks Sam

23 01 2012
Bovine Biker

You sir, are an inspiration. At around the 21 stone mark myself, and at the beginnng of my bikeling blogging career, I cannot wait to read your stories.

23 01 2012
39stonecyclist

Good luck man

11 02 2012
Andrew Humphris

Mate a truly inspiring story. I am an avid cyclist and a personal trainer in Australia and I want to spread the word to people how great cycling is for weight loss as it is a great cardio workout, low impact snd sbove all fun! Your story is a great advertisement for cycling and gives hope for those struggling with weight loss. I read that Alp d’Huez is on the horizon so good luck. I did it last year and it was bloody hard but you will smash it given what you have already achieved.

13 02 2012
Tom

Hi Gary.

I spotted your vid on youtube and followed it to your page.

Your a true inspiration for me to follow as i too am obese, wow that’s the first time i have admitted that out side my own skull as i’m normally just “a bit over weight” at 19.5st 5ft11.

It’s funny finding your story tonight as yesterday i went to my local bike store and ordered myself a brand new Jamis Dragon 29 sport for + Garmin Edge 800 Enduro Pack With Discoverer 1:50k Maps + lights + lock + helmet & clothing.

I thought if i spend a fair bit of money at this stage it would put pressure on myself to actually get out and use the bike every day rather than a small investment that i might not mind leaving it in the shed as in a few years when i sell it as nearly new i might have gotten something back for it lol.

Everyone needs a light bulb moment and i had mine on Friday!

Sat in my van at MacDonald’s eating a big mac meal and looking through some pictures on my phone of my nearly 5 month old baby Benjamin when it suddenly dawned on me that if i carry on down this path i may not get to see him grow into a man.

So when my bike gets delivered i’m going to make a major effort to get out every day weather it be for a quick ride around the estate or a day through the woods and parks i’ll keep you in mind and know that it’s 100% achievable in time.

Tom.

15 02 2012
39stonecyclist

Good luck
Keep at it
And keep us updated
🙂

27 02 2012
Wild Slobs Cycling Club - Biking For Fun And Fitness

[…] One of the guest posters on the blog is a poster that goes by the name “gaz”. He’s someone who’s lost over 300 pounds, using biking as his main exercise for weight loss. You can read about his journey here. […]

5 03 2012
Fashion101

I saw your blog via Cycle Scheme and wow!

6 03 2012
Neil

Hi Gaz,

I came across you in Cycling Plus (March 2012). What an amazing story, and well done you!I was going swimming today and dithering about taking the train or the bike – not any more.

14 03 2012
Cris C. O. Pardee

So I am a bit older than you Gaz and have been struggling with obesity since Uni. SO much of what i just read on your Blog echos with me. In High School (that’s right, stereotypical fat Yank) I play Proper football, Ran cross-country and athletics and was in the school cycling club. Fit but not thin.

I have been on 3 VLCD’s and now I am staring down the barrel of Surgery. Would have liked to avoid it but just wasn’t strong enough yet. I am firmly in that 95%. I also feel like the biggest div sometimes because I have a degree in Human Physiology.

New Year’s this Year and My Uber-fit Father-in-Law gives me one of the salvage bikes he uses to teach cycling courses in Newham. I get on the Thing to go to work and I hate it …and then at the end of the ride love it and wonder why I ever gave it up in the first place.

I am gonna keep returning to this blog whether you post anything new or not, so I am reminded of my own never ending finish line. I also will need it for support in the face of the random abuse hurled at me every flipping day. Maybe I DON’T get irony but why does someone yell insults at a fat guy WHO IS ACTUALLY EXERCISING??? I am a citizen now but this is something in the British persona (and Maybe it is ONLY these 2 miles in SW London) I just haven’t figured out and it is really soul destroying.

I just find your story wonderful and really what I need member and start living by. I want to be a five day a week commuter by Easter and well with this weather that shouldn’t be too difficult. Because of hacking my FB name is Cris, but please call me Jason.

and Thank You

2 04 2012
D

Hi Gaz – I’m pretty sure, on my commute from NE manchester to Wilmslow I used to see you, in about 2008/2009 and you were a big guy – I thought good on you, and then over the weeks and months saw your frame shrinking but then I stopped driving that way and always wondered about whether you’d kept it up! Rather a surprise today to have found your website accidentally – what a fantastic, inspirational story.

I was searching for cycle recycle websites and remembered Oscar Brogden’s name but the recylcing centre seems to have shut down. You mention on your blog knowing him, and I wondered if you’d be able to provide me with a number or a location where I can get hold of him. Having had the same lilac Raleigh bike since I was 9 years old (I’m now 27) I’ve decided to get rid, and stop it from rusting in the shed. I’m going to replace and get back on my bike having stopped when I was knocked down a few years ago. It would be good if my old bike could be repaired for another 9 or 10 year old.

30 04 2012
39stonecyclist

What a superb story thanks

If you ring 234 5000 and Ask for Oscar Brogden, they will put you through (sorry for the delay)

15 04 2012
Craig

Hi Gaz

I live just off Joel Lane and I have never managed to walk up it never mind cycle up it! My daughter is only 10 weeks old so after a number of years piling on the pounds please let me know if you can help a local dad! I am looking for my first bike as are many who find this blog I weigh 26 stone and counting at 37 years old . I have lost and gained over past few years since balloning from my usual 14 stone, Family friends do the manchester blackpool run and try to help but its way to big a goal for me at this point. Can you help ? Personal training seems the way to go if you can fit in with your schedule!

Thanks

30 04 2012
39stonecyclist

Hi Craig

Am more than happy to help you out mate

What do you have in mind?

All the best

23 04 2012
17stone

Just…. Wow.
I’ve gone from 297lb to 249lb in 6 months and start personal training weds and googled fat training is possible and found your blog. Amazing!!! I felt until I read your blog I should cancel it, no way could I do the exercise to help shift the lbs. reafibg this orooves if you can do it at 30+ stone I can do an hour training induction weds. I’m so embarassed to go running / jogging but you’ve done it which prooves ignore others as you are doing it for yourself.

30 04 2012
39stonecyclist

How did Wednesday go then ?

:0)

Gaz

20 05 2012
Keith

hi im about 22-24stone and im thinking of getting an bite to try and help me lost some i have to ride less than 3miles to work and was wondering on what type of bike would be good for my large fraim

21 05 2012
39stonecyclist

You can’t really go wrong with a hard tail mtb dude

24 05 2012
mark

hi gaz been reading your story and think what you have done is truely magnificent, i am intending to try and follow in your footsteps, i am at present 26/27 stone and my goal is to get to 10/11stone but am quite embarassed at my size so would like to start cycling indoors until i have lost a few stones before going out onto the road. Can you reccomend an indoor cycle that will take my weight?

25 05 2012
39stonecyclist

It’s not really something I know anything about mate bit would suspect they will have weight limits are are published in the sales blurb

Sorry I can’t say much more

13 06 2012
A

It’s funny to see you in “Celebrity” status. Congratulations, you’ve come amazingly far. planning on the Tour De France? : )

15 06 2012
Jeff Shone

You are brilliant!
I live in Sheffield and have started a journey of my own. See my blog for more information. You have given me hope. Thank you.

17 06 2012
39stonecyclist

Thanks Jeff and good luck !!!!

26 06 2012
RichardD

Awesome story.

I’ve gone from 14.6 stone down to 11.9 in 9 months (obese down to *almost* a healthy weight, according to my BMI; from pushing my bike home from the shop to 100k audaxes and a frequent 25-mile round-trip commute), all thanks to discovering the bike (well, that and not shovelling junk food into my gob anymore). I thought that I was doing pretty well, but your story is truly fantastic.

Note that I’m not going to call it “incredible” or unbelievable, because I feel that *most* of us can adddress our weight issues with the right encouragement, some willpower, and most importantly, a bike.

You should serve as an inspiration to us all. It’s not easy, or quick, and there will be setbacks and lows along with the milestones attained and the highs experienced, but if we keep working at it we can all achieve the goal of maintaining a healthy weight.

29 06 2012
39stonecyclist

Thanks for your message, it’s much appreciated and well-done to you too, keep it up

1 07 2012
Ai

Really inspirational keep going Gary

4 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Thanks Very Much

12 07 2012
Daniel Polanco

Dear Gaz,

How are you? We are currently producing a great documentary about a bunch of amazing cyclists and I thought of sending you some info in case you think you could talk about it on your site/newsletter. It is very inspirational and I think you will be interested.

We are following a group of cyclists as they prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic games. Juanjo lost his left arm and left leg in an accident 20 years ago and then he found cycling and has since become the Spanish cycling champion. Eli just took to cycling a few months ago after Juanjo raced by her car and now she is one tenth of a second away from qualifying to represent Spain at the Olympics. Them and a bunch of other cyclists formed the “Pirates Team”, a group of inspirational, socially committed cyclists that break all barriers and stereotypes and show how much good cycling can do for so many people.

You can watch two of our trailers here:

I am 100% certain that you will find them inspiring.

They only take a few minutes s to watch and the more people that watch them will help our page hits increase and that may help us find sponsors/patrons.

Can I ask a big favour? If you like them, can you cut and paste these links and send them on to friends and colleagues please or publish them on your facebook page or site? And if you are on facebook you could add as a friend – http://www.facebook.com/imparablesdocumental

Or you can download the press pack here:

http://www.imparablesdocumental.com/prensa/Imparables_Pack_Prensa.zip (Spanish)

http://www.imparablesdocumental.com/eng/press/Unstoppables_Press_Pack.zip (English)

And finally, if you want to give me any feedback, then I really look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks and best wishes.

DanielPolanco on behalf of
Richard Galvani
info@blacktrainfilms.com
http://www.blacktrainfilms.com

25 07 2012
Cycling to lose weight, does it work? - Old Dog New Tricks

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31 07 2012
Gary Pheasey

Gary.
ive just read your life changing story and i was so impressed by your resolve and clear determination, to get fit and enjoy all life has to offer.

You are a total inspiration to people who take the time to read your story. I was thinking about doing a 32 mile tomorrow and had reservations about it due to poor weather reports. However, following your story, i will throw on the lycra tomorrow and think of you with every pedal stroke.

Thank you for sharing your story.

Best wishes Gary Pheasey

1 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Thanks Gary, enjoy your ride, 🙂

15 08 2012
JD

Hi Gary

hoping for some advice from the man whos done it all !!

ur blog has been a huge inspiration to me, made me realise i could loose weight on a bike, and has given me the push i need to buy a bike and get peddling !!

at 22 stone i dont no what bike to go for,

not really interested in MTB, but think im too heavy for a cheap road bike, which is all i can afford lol

im concidering a fixe because there cheaper and made of steel, is this wise ??

thanks
JD

16 08 2012
39stonecyclist

The weakest part will be the wheels, I Rode a Ribble at almost 25stone, avoid carbon at your weight but aluminium will be fine, just make sure you get 36 spoke wheels

17 08 2012
JD

Thanks for the advice 🙂 will do lol

17 08 2012
Daniel Dedrick

Vey inspirational. I was just talking to my friend who is a fitness instructor and saying I’d love to start rising a bike, he said get one then but I was worried cos I’m almost 30st and don’t want a bike that’s likely to break under my weight!! I’m not a rich man so would not have a lot of money to buy an expensive bike. What would you suggest??

18 08 2012
39stonecyclist

My first bike, a Giant Yukon was just £275 BRAND new, on ebay they sell for under £200

Less thenim sure most petrol bills for a month are

or Public Transport costs

or Gym Memberships

etc etc

:0)

22 08 2012
.

Hi all need some tips, Last year got on my bike for the first time in 30 years and with a lot of effort managed to lose 4 stone in 6 months through a careful balanced diet, f45 miles a week of cycling and interval training. 4 months ago my mum suddenly died of cancer and since then I have struggled to do any sort of excercise at all, I have now put on 2 stone and am feeling like there is no hope 😦

23 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Its fair to say if you’ve done it before then you’ve got the tools and drive to do it again, it’s all about focus now tho

25 08 2012
Sim

Hi Gaz,

Just found your website and was blown away by what you have achieved. A true role model if anyone is. I know I am a bit late to this party now you’ve done it, but I believe that your story is never too late to read.
Personally I am battling different daemons. I usually cruise around 16 stone, am 6 foot 1 or thereabouts, which is heavy for me. I used to be quite fit and I used to wear size 32″ waist trousers, but now I am in my 40’s and my trouser size almost matches my age !! I have been battling smoking and heavy drinking for years, but I also love my cycling. I have a MTB and a road bike, but usually I feel so tired and lethargic that I don’t make it out as often as I would like. I’d say I only ride twice a month, and each ride is between 30-45km’s. A decent ride for me, but I’d love to feel able to do that every week or twice a week, and progress to a lot more. But my terrible lifestyle is dragging me down and making me feel very fatigued and I know it. But I cant seem to stop. I guess that there comes a point when you have to “wake the hell up” out of your mental state and something has to scream at you to STOP. I feel I am close to that even now, and I hope it is enough of a kick to shake me up and finally realize what I am doing to myself. I think addictions are all the same, whether it was you and food or me with booze and fags. One day you need to sit up and take notice before its too late.
Anyway, I wont take up more of your time. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for proving me with one more thing that is making me think.

All the best.

28 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Always great to hear that my story has helped someone else.really hope you get it done. keep us updated.gaz

3 09 2012
Paul Higson

Hi Gaz,

Just read your blog…amazing stuff, well done on all you have achieved.

I was particulary interested in the Type 2 Diabetes bit as I too was diagnosed with that in September 2008.

My blood sugar level was 25 at the time!

I have changed my diet and lifestyle and now hover around 7 with the help of 2 metformin a day, but have never really been interested in any kind of regular exercise until now…

I have just taken up cycling I am determined to get down to 5 if I can without the assistance of any medication and lose about 2 stone of weight.

All the very best for the future.

Paul

3 09 2012
39stonecyclist

My blood sugar was at one point 32 MMOL, so it can all be fixed, if its weight related, when I crashed a couple of week ago the paramedic checked it and it was 4.6 MMOL, good luck and im here for advice if needed.

3 09 2012
Harj

Wheels again, what tyre size have you run on your road bike? I have just purchased a Cube Peloton 2012 which has 25mm tyres, would moving up to 28mm make my ride a more comfortable one?

I am 6ft 7in tall and weight 20st.

I took up running 2 years ago and saw my weight go from 23st to 18.5st, a knee injury has meant that I have had to look for another outlet and cycling was mentioned.My weight has crept up though.

Once I had come across your website and your amazing story, my mind was pretty made up.

3 09 2012
39stonecyclist

Keep 25mm’s TBH, you butt will get used to it :0)

Awesome to hear I have inspired you

4 09 2012
Robx

HI Gaz,

A really inspiring story there I stated on my journey over a year ago, I too needed to reverse some dangrous medical condidtions due to weight 24-25 Stone and liver function warnings,im now i’m down to high 20 stone with a perfectly normally functioning liver and running into problems with longevity of my bike, I’m on my third set of wheels and they are not lasting. What wheel did you use at 20 stone I have a Shimano R500 on the front and Hope Hoop Rear wheel.

5 09 2012
39stonecyclist

I used hand built ridgda from spa cycles, from memory they wasn’t even expensive and bomb proof

7 09 2012
Robx

Thanks

10 09 2012
George

What an inspirational story.
I was a 23st cyclist, but am now weighing in at 16st10lbs and on my way down. I am beginning to struggle with the weight loss now and although the way I am looking and the comments I get are great, my motivation slips from time to time.
I am going to keep following your blog and hope that your story can keep me on the straight and narrow.
Many, many thanks Gaz,
George

10 09 2012
39stonecyclist

Great story man, keep up with the good work :0)

15 09 2012
Benj I am

Hi found this after recommended it by a friend. Have decided that time to sort myself out 41 and 23st … got to get going and to know that other people have managed it will help me drive myself forward … thanks…

17 09 2012
39stonecyclist

Glad you like it, enjoy your stay with hotel team gaz :0)

1 10 2012
paul brown

Fantastic it just shows you what can be done if you want it. If all the over weight took a leaf out of your book they would look and feel better for it.

2 10 2012
39stonecyclist

Cheers Paul

5 10 2012
Mike

Hi Gaz
Brilliant story and trying to follow in your footsteps. At my biggest i was 23 stone but have been hovering around 21 for last year or so. At present im 18 stone 6lb but begining to worry about skin issues. Did you have to have surgery once you had lost all the weight to remove excess skin or did it heal itself?

Thanks
Mike

5 10 2012
39stonecyclist

Excess skin never heals, but it’s that, that you can disguise with compression clothing, or a life of illness abd obesity, it’s a no brainer :0)

25 10 2012
Dave Buckney

Hi Gaz,
I’m enjoying a similar, but shorter journey. Start of the year I weighed 134kg, now down to 119kg, mostly thanks to cycling. I’ve always had a dream of 99kg, but reading your blog makes we want to go lower.
I’ve also just started a blog
http://cyclingfromfattofit.blogspot.co.uk,
any comments or tips always welcome.
Keep up the good work
Dave

25 10 2012
39stonecyclist

cheers dave, good luck man

Gaz

17 12 2012
Paul

Stumbled upon this site today after trawling the web for inspiration to get me started. Today I got a shot across the bows from my GP to sort myself out. I am 17.5 stone with some similar (but not as serious) health issues that you had. However the worst thing I have, that I have discovered this evening on here, is a book full of excuses and reasons why I can’t.

Tomorrow I’m going out on my bike. And I WILL lose the 3 stones I need to. If you can do it then I can too.

Thanks for the site and your story – a real credit to you!! It’s already helped me.

17 12 2012
39stonecyclist

Great to hear Paul

Good luck dude

Keep us updated

7 01 2013
Guy Rands

Hi Gary,

This morning, I stumbled across an article about you in a British Cycling magazine from November 2011 and decided that I needed to write to you to ask for your support.

As a Deputy Headteacher working in secondary education since the late 1990s, I have become increasingly concerned by the growing levels of both obesity and inactivity in UK school-age children. Although there is a plethora of events designed for adults, there is a distinct lack of organised outdoor sporting events for young people. To do something about this, I decided to create a Community Interest Company (CIC) called ConceptX CIC in 2012.

Akin to a charity, a CIC is a limited company with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct activities for community benefit, and not for private advantage. The aim of ConceptX CIC is simple:

Organise ‘not-for-profit’ events that inspire and challenge people of all ages and abilities to get outside and exercise in the natural spaces around them.

The reason that I am contacting you is straightforward – I would really value the opportunity to meet with you and hear your inspirational story firsthand. If I can understand what motivated you to make this change, I believe I will be in an even stronger position to influence others who are also overweight to take part in these challenges.

I should also be clear that I am the sole, non-salaried Director of Concept X CIC and am taking no pecuniary or material benefit from the company – I am doing this simply to try and transform the lives of as many people through outdoor exercise, particularly youth.

If you are happy to meet up, I would be more than prepared to make the journey to Hyde and the coffee is obviously on me! If you want to know a little bit more about me, have a look at http://www.linkedin.com/in/guyrands. If you want to contact me directly, I have obviously included my email information below.

Gary, please feel under no obligation to respond and thank you in advance for your consideration.

Take care,
Guy Rands

7 01 2013
guyrands

Hi Gary,

This morning, I stumbled across an article about you in a British Cycling magazine from November 2011 and decided that I needed to write to you to ask for your support.

As a Deputy Headteacher working in secondary education since the late 1990s, I have become increasingly concerned by the growing levels of both obesity and inactivity in UK school-age children. Although there is a plethora of events designed for adults, there is a distinct lack of organised outdoor sporting events for young people. To do something about this, I decided to create a Community Interest Company (CIC) called ConceptX CIC in 2012.

Akin to a charity, a CIC is a limited company with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct activities for community benefit, and not for private advantage. The aim of ConceptX CIC is simple:

Organise ‘not-for-profit’ events that inspire and challenge people of all ages and abilities to get outside and exercise in the natural spaces around them.

The reason that I am contacting you is straightforward – I would really value the opportunity to meet with you and hear your story firsthand. If I can understand what motivated you to make this change, I believe I will be in an even stronger position to influence others who are also overweight to take part in these challenges.

I should also be clear that I am the sole, non-salaried Director of Concept X CIC and am taking no pecuniary or material benefit from the company – I am doing this simply to try and transform the lives of as many people through outdoor exercise, particularly youth.

If you are happy to meet up, I would be more than prepared to make the journey to Hyde and the coffee is obviously on me! If you want to know a little bit more about me, have a look at http://www.linkedin.com/in/guyrands. If you want to contact me directly, feel free to drop me an email directly.

Gary, please feel under no obligation to respond and thank you in advance for your consideration. I realise you probably get a great deal of demands on your time.

Take care,
Guy Rands

8 01 2013
Melanie

You are so amazingly inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m sure you have given so many people hope and encouragement just by living your life. Wow! 😉

8 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Too kind, thanks very much

#teamgaz

8 01 2013
Guy Rands

Hi Gary,

This morning, I stumbled across an article about you in a British Cycling magazine from November 2011 and decided that I needed to write to you to ask for your support.

As a Deputy Headteacher working in secondary education since the late 1990s, I have become increasingly concerned by the growing levels of both obesity and inactivity in UK school-age children. Although there is a plethora of events designed for adults, there is a distinct lack of organised outdoor sporting events for young people.

To do something about this, I decided to create a Community Interest Company (CIC) called ConceptX CIC in 2012. Akin to a charity, a CIC is a limited company with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct activities for community benefit, and not for private advantage. The aim of ConceptX CIC is simple:

Organise ‘not-for-profit’ events that inspire and challenge people of all ages and abilities to get outside and exercise in the natural spaces around them.

The reason that I am contacting you is straightforward – I would really value the opportunity to meet with you and hear your inspirational story firsthand. If I can understand what motivated you to make this change, I believe I will be in an even stronger position to influence others who are also overweight to take part in these challenges.

I should also be clear that I am the sole, non-salaried Director of Concept X CIC and am taking no pecuniary or material benefit from the company – I am doing this simply to try and transform the lives of as many people through outdoor exercise, particularly youth.

If you are happy to meet up, I would be more than prepared to make the journey to Hyde and the coffee is obviously on me! If you want to know a little bit more about me, have a look at http://www.linkedin.com/in/guyrands and if you want to contact me directly, feel free to email me.

Please feel under absolutely no obligation to respond and thanks in advance for your consideration of my request.

Cheers for now,
Guy Rands

8 01 2013
39stonecyclist

I’m a sucker for a latte tbh :0)

I’ll be in touch once it settles down a bit :0)

8 01 2013
Tracey Pythian

Wow, I only came across your blog as I was researching ladies bikes for 19stone 😦 & my by god you have inspired me thank you!!

9 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Glad I could be of help

18 01 2013
The Bike Expert

Hi,

Great blog and fantastic story!

Would you be interested i writing a piece for The Bike Expert about your story?

Best regards,
Shane

19 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Hey Shane, why not

:0)

#teamgaz

22 03 2013
Shane

Hi Gaz, sorry, I only noticed this now!
Can you send me an email and we can talk about it?
I follow you on a twitter, so I’ll send you over a tweet now!

Best regards,
Shane

14 02 2013
Jul

Hi Gary,
Amazing story. My wife and I were watching a documentary that was done in Japanese, and they talked about your childhood. Is it true that you ate ONLY chocolate from the age of 3-24 years old? I’m interested in this part of your story, and can’t find any details anywhere else. There seems to be some really unbelieveable information in that Japanese documentary. I would love to hear more about your story in English Thanks!! You are an inspiration!
Jul

15 02 2013
39stonecyclist

Hi Jul

Check page 2/3 for losts of posts, giving full detail of my eating disorder and how I beat it.

Glad you like the Japanese documentary I did , hopfully it will help get the word out there about just how good cycling is.

Gaz

2 03 2013
Nick D

Absolutely fantastic blog and story. I’m in a very similar situation to how you found yourself at the start of your journey.

I weight almost dead on 30 stone and am sick to death of it now. Never used to really bother me because it never really got in the way of anything – I have plenty of mates, had no problems getting girl friends when I was younger, I haven’t had any health issues up to now and had no worries with self confidence. I’m 40 this year now, have a wife and two kids who I adore, but who I am terrified I’m going to leave behind when I die early, which is surely the path I am following. I am starting to see the health problems associated with being this weight; breathlessness, poor sleep, swelling joints, etc etc.

So, I’ve made the decision to do something about it. I started WeightWatchers two weeks ago, have lost a stone so far, and am feeling really positive which is great.

I have been looking into the possibility of getting a bike for a while, so I was wondering if you could recommend something that would be suitable for someone of my weight and limited budget? I would be looking at around a 6 mile ride per day on roads when I start, which I don’t see being a huge problem.

Basically, any advice you can offer would be great. Your story is truly inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing it 🙂

2 03 2013
39stonecyclist

Mate, first off, well done, superb to hear someone who sounds like they genuinely want to change.

Biggest question here for now, is what’s your budget

I’ll come back to you once I know

Gaz

15 03 2013
Brian

Hi there,
My name is Brian and I live in the US. I’m 29 and am struggling against kidney and heart failure, on top of my weight of 455lbs (Was 475 a month ago when I started dieting). I found this website through a friend on MyFitnessPal, the website I’ve been using to track my diet.

When I was a kid, I loved riding my bike more than anything, and as my health and weight have gotten worse, there is not much more that I miss than cycling. My question is the same as the above poster. Could you recommend a bike that would carry my weight? I don’t even know if I could still do it because of my heart, but I would love to try. My budget is negotiable, but the cheaper, the better obviously.

Reading a story like this definitely inspires me to believe that I can accomplish something. If not perfect health, at least something better than what I have now.

30 03 2013
nathan

Honestly, I got weighed this morning, 26.6 3/4 26 and a half STONE.

horrid. I don’t think I can do it. I’m scared if I get into excercise i’ll drop down of a heart attack.. but on the other hand… i’m happy that im fat, but I’d be happier being thinner!

31 03 2013
39stonecyclist

You might die if you work out

But you will definitely die if you carry on

Choices choices eh

27 04 2013
Ebo

Hi Gary,

I came across this site just now, and am extremely pleased I did, what an incredible achievement you have had, and what a journey!

I am in the early stages of cycling, I am 21 stone and have just turned 31.

I am trying to commute 12 miles each way, and have started at 6 miles.

I am struggling with achy knees and thighs during my ride, and feel very self conscious with fitter, lighter people just whizzing past me!!

I guess what I want to know is how much pain were you in at the beginning? And did you concern yourself with other riders and how fast they were going?

Thanks
Ian M

8 05 2013
Nigel Sykes

Hi Gary I am not a big one yet but hit over 105Kgs and coming up to 47 and just started cycling Salford to Collyhurst (work..and back)only 4.8 Miles but its a start.
In 5 weeks I’ve gone to 102Kgs I never cycled in bad weather but after reading your blog its inspired me and I am now in training to do Manchester to Blackpool in July 2013. Training runs are lengthening doing 10 mile and 20 miles circuits up and down the east lancs on a Saturday.
I’m determined to get down to 13.5 stone and keep that way. I know my weight was never clinically obese but your blog has made me determined never to fall in that category. Good luck with your continual struggle and thanks for the Inspiration

Nige

12 05 2013
39stonecyclist

Keep on fighting buddy, you can do it

23 05 2013
Sian

Hi Gary,

Amazing story!

I am a programme leader on a BSc Nutrition Science course as part of the course we explore what drives health behaviour. Your story is a very inspiring success story and I wondered if you would be prepared to join a webcast to speak to our students?

24 05 2013
39stonecyclist

Thank you very much

In principle I’d love to

Pls email the details to

Gazza155
At
googlemail
.com

Cheers

25 05 2013
Ronnie

Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?

There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

25 05 2013
39stonecyclist

Sure

13 06 2013
mchenrycards

As a guy who weighs in at 471 (was 527 at one point) You are an inspiration. Because of you I am looking for a bike to get riding as I loved this activity when I was younger and lighter. I will look to you when times get tough but I will know that if you can do it I certainly can as well. Thanks for this blog!!

Andrew

17 06 2013
39stonecyclist

Great to hear, keep in touch and good luck

15 06 2013
Ricardo

Hey gaz, what a Awsome story, your the man. Your so so right about losing wait, eat less do more. Forget all the diets, red days, green days, cabbage for weeks and so on.
I read somewhere you love joel lane lol,
I love mottram old rd and the Tarmac hill at dove stone not lol.
I also love biking got the coolest bike ever ibis mojo.

You will of inspired 100s to lose the wait well done Dude

Ricardo

16 06 2013
39stonecyclist

Thank you very much dude!

22 06 2013
Kevin

Thanks so much for your sharing your amazing and inspiring story.
I’ve just started getting back into cycling. Have been doing many 20 k and 30 k rides and have now done two 42 k rides. I’m 300 pounds and I need to lose close to half my weight. (I think 300 pounds is equal to 21 stone). I’m in my 40’s now which is causing me to lose some confidence that I can do this. Thanks again for sharing your story.

Kevin

23 06 2013
39stonecyclist

Kevin dude

Good luck on your journey, I’m aways here to help if you ever need anything

Please keep us all updated

Gaz

29 06 2013
Joe Darkness

Great blog .. I have always had some problems with my weight and since I lost my job about 6 months ago it has been tough, I gained 2 stone taking me to 17 stone ..

About 1 month ago I started on my bike 6km first but now it’s 22km to 25km per trip with an average of 3-4 trips per week (it’s rainy season here at the moment)

Not losing much at the moment but I do feel better and my times and speed have improved 18.4km avg speed at the moment

Thanks again

30 06 2013
Raj K

Gaz, I came across your blog/site on friday and am approx 21stone (about 8 stone overweight for my height and build). Got my old mountain bike repaired this afternoon and have been on a short bike ride and a long walk today. I have a long way to go but you have inspired me to believe I can do it. Cheers pal.

2 07 2013
Sean

Gaz, I came across your blog last week and I have found it very inspirational. I’m in my late 30’s and weigh about 18 1/2 stone. 5 years ago I lost 6 stone through running to get to 14 stone. Unfortunately a major injury means I am no longer able to run and have put on over 4 stones in the past two years. I am hoping to get back to where I was through cycling – this blog has made me believe it can be done.

13 07 2013
Danny

Got a bit emotional reading that.

I’m 20stone 6ft 4. and do a bit of cycling like 20mile every now and again but I have set myself the challenge of the mcr – Blackpool ride tomorrow.

I probably won’t get much sleep tonight worrying about it but reading this has defo give me that extra boost I need. and after tomorrow hopefully the confidence to cycle more and shift the 6stone I have always wanted to lose by next summer. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. A true inspiration.

13 07 2013
39stonecyclist

I really really hope you nail it tomorrow buddy #teamgaz

13 07 2013
Danny

Cheers mate I have just followed you on twitter.

Seen someone comment on here about Joel lane. I live in bredbury and work in Denton. I might start using Hyde then werneth low as my route home from work….. Maybe one day I could ride to the top?

13 07 2013
39stonecyclist

I’m sure you could do you sooner than you think, get some sleep for tomorrow

19 08 2013
Dave

Two years ago i had a life changing car crash after which I lost part of my proprioception and my lumbar and thoracic spine pretty much lost the normal range of movement; I started suffering from unbearable joint pain, insomnia and could not receive normal painkillers as they all caused nausea. I spent most of my savings on private medical care to be able to access top class osteopath, physio, sports masseuse, chiropractor, acupuncturist, neurologists (not just one) and a psychoanalyst treating my depression and anxieties; over a period of six to nine months I suffered unbearable pain and intermittent musculoskeletal problems which affected my life in many ways; during the period of insomnia i lost 14 kg during two months and most of muscle mass and fitness I had been working on all my life. mu triathlon dreams faded away together with my will to live. my neurological problems triggered some immunity deficiency and as a result I collapsed; without energy to get out of bed in the morning I still had to go to work and do a dead end administrative part time job to be able to secure some income, my career of a marketing manager fell apart over night, my health was deteriorating; I was seeing a psychologist for a period of one year before i managed to find inner strngth to get up and start training and go on a super healthy muscle building diet. I would spend two hours a day doing stretches and preventative and core exercises to build up a new body, i ahev seen all specialist imaginable to advise me on my back ache problems and i also had to learn to swim as to start with my joint pain was unbearable and i could not do any weight bearing exercises, i could not use my own bodyweight at all, push ups or squats seemed like a mission impossible then. it took me two years of hard work and systematic strengthening training to go back to ‘normal’ i went back to my average weight and got back on the bike, i had to learn to ride a bike again and re-learn balance for walking fast and running, my co-ordination of limbs and core also had to be re-learnt… to live strong means to honour every second you have been given, embrace it and be grateful, you never know how many you have left…

19 08 2013
39stonecyclist

Bloody hell Dave, that’s one hell of a story, thanks for sharing, it’s people like you, not me, that are the real inspiration people

Livestrong!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 10 2013
dave

JUST WONDERED WHERE U GOT HOLD OF THE FAB TREK AND LIVESTRONG STICKERS… ?

22 09 2013
mark ashdown

hello gaz im just getting ready to pick up my new mtb from the cycle surgery here in london. at 50 years old and 30 stone i think im going to struggle a wee bit buts its your story thats spuring me on

22 09 2013
39stonecyclist

Mark, brother, at your age and weight and the fact your trying, your the inspirational one here

24 09 2013
Jim Tary

I’ve lost about seven stone so I appreciate how well you’ve done. A bit of a personal question I’m afraid ( you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to) but do you get depressed about what your body looks like now? I’ve had some loose skin ( a bit of surgery) but it doesn’t look the same. How do you cope (assuming of course it an issue…maybe I’m a bit shallow)?
Thanks

Good luck

25 09 2013
39stonecyclist

Hey Jim

I had surgery but still have a lot of skin left tbh

It does annoy me from time to time, never get depressed tho, I just think it’s a badge of honour, it shows just how far I’ve come and how much I achieved

If it’s still annoying after that u find a good workout cures all

25 09 2013
Jim

That’s a nice way to think about it. Thanks for your reply.

2 10 2013
Dee

Hi Gaz
What a great story you have to tell. The first word that sprung to mind after reading your story is courageous. Cycling that first half mile…bravery at its best. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago and stupidly let some of it back into my life. However, the inspiration of your real-life story-telling has helped me in my decision making. My new red bike (don’t know make and model, I’m a girl! lol) is on order and I am due to pick it up tomorrow. Now I can’t wait to get out on the roads and see what I can do. Fingers crossed the pesky weight will sneak away without me worrying about trying to lose it. I would just like to say thank you for your honesty. 🙂

2 10 2013
39stonecyclist

Cheers see

Good luck in your own journey

16 10 2013
Alex Tunstall

Hi Gaz – What a fantastic story – you are an inspiration. Myself and some colleagues found your blog whilst researching for an Masters in Engineering project, focussing on bicycle design. Would you consider answering some questiosns for us about bicycle design and experience to help us with our development? If so please can you let me know where to send questions to!

Best Regards
Alex

16 10 2013
39stonecyclist

Hiya Alex

I’d love to help

My email is

Gazza
155
At
Gmail
. Com

Cheers

22 01 2014
Harry

Gaz

Truly well done on the weight loss! This blog is part of the reason I’ve decided to slim down, and for my own health. At my heaviest, I was around 138kg. Having made numerous half hearted attempts to loose weight before, now it’s crunch time.

I’ve found your story very inspiring, and although I’m not out on a bike (northerner working in London, I’ll probably be road kill in minutes), I’ve started using the bike in my hotels gym, and keeping track of my food intake through an app (MyFitnessPal for anyone interested).

Already after only a few weeks I can feel a massive difference, and it’s been giving me the motivation to keep it up.

To anyone thinking of loosing weight, set small goals that are achievable. The buzz of meeting them will carry you on.

My biggest concern is the potential for excess skin post weight loss. Did you find that an issue, or did it naturally shrink during the time you were loosing it?

22 01 2014
39stonecyclist

Great to hear you’ve made the chance Harry

I had and still have issues with skin, I was featured on channel 4 embarrassing bodies last January, I still have a lot of skin even after my operation, but it’s a trophy of all I’ve achieved, I’d rather have the skin, than the fat

Gaz

31 01 2014
Steve

Bloody well done Gaz What was your diet

1 02 2014
Loraine

Hi there,

My daughter advised me to have a look at your blog and maybe put it on my new website, with your permission of course, as I am a keen cyclist and just returned from Vietnam and wrote something on my Facebook page today, about the determination I had when cycling in the highlands with extreme weather conditions, my page is called Living with a Positive Attitude.

I’m full of admiration for what you have done, it’s a remarkable story. Thank you for sharing it.

Love from Loraine x

Loraine Denison

2 02 2014
39stonecyclist

thanks Lorraine

I’d have no problems in you adding my link to yours at all

Yours sounds a great inspiration

Gaz

5 05 2014
Guillermo Ybarra

Hello, My name is Guillermo. I am from San Diego, California. I just started cycling a few months ago and I love it, I am 35 years old and i weigh 365 pounds. In two weeks I will be riding my first metric century. but I had mentioned to a friend that I do see my endurance is getting a lot better but i have not lost one pound. they directed me to your youtube video for inspiration. it helps to see that it is possible. and I do know its gonna be a process to get where i wanna be, i just signed up for your blog, but do you have any advice that will keep me from getting frustrated or at what point do you start seeing a difference… You are awesome, thank your for the video and this website. Go Chargers!!!

1 07 2014
Moral Fibres (@MoralFibres)

Hi Gary,

I write a blog about sustainable living. I’ve started a cycling feature to try and encourage people to take up cycling, and it involves speaking to inspiring cyclists. You can see my first post here: http://moralfibres.co.uk/awesome-folk-on-two-wheels-jo-holtan/

Your story is really inspiring and I’ll love it if I could interview you for the blog, or if you wanted to write a guest post about your cycling/weightloss journey. Drop me an email at hello@moralfibres.co.uk or tweet me @moralfibres if you’re interested in taking part – I’d love to have you on board!

9 07 2014
Marie

Gaz, I just read through this, this was my honest reaction. I looked at the photos of your bigger self and honestly saw nothing wrong.. I saw ‘cute fat bloke’, I only say this as I know you are gently mocking your former self. I look at pictures of myself when I was 10 stone heavier, and don’t have a problem with it. But when I read your resting heart rate was 130bpm, I was gobsmacked!!!! I am so pleased you took steps to make it better, and what you have done is very impressive. Even at my biggest my resting heart was anything between 45 and 60 bpm, and to be honest, nothing much has changed. I occasionally go into lower 40’s, but then I have always been pretty healthy and active regardless of my size.

I’m afraid when it comes to cycling, I take the wimpy way out and use one of those mini cycles. I know a hardcore cyclist may roll theirr eyes, lol, I kinda do, but it is my main form of exercise and a major factor in me losing 10 stone.

Anyway Gaz, you and your blog is/are awesome!

11 07 2014
39stonecyclist

apprecite your kind comments but dont share the “cute fat bloke” view :0)

13 07 2014
Jonathan

Wow. You’re an inspiration. I’m just getting back into cycling but am now much bigger (22st), i really need a jacket for cycling to work, preferably bright yellow. Did you find a source of large size cycling jackets and shorts?

Thanks

6 08 2014
andrew

Gary- I must confess that your story is one of amazement. You are truly an inspiration to me and my weight loss goals. At my heaviest, I weighed 412lbs, just under 2 years ago. Now I am hovering around 315-320lbs. I have recently taken a hardcore interest in road cycling and it has become an obsession. I cannot wait to get out on the road and get into shape-to finally lose all this weight. You see, my wife and I just had a set of identical twin boys, but sadly one of them passed away. I have to lose this weight so I can live to see my grandchildren-and God willing, maybe done great grandchildren. You sir, are an inspiration. Congratulations on your weight loss!

10 08 2014
39stonecyclist

I am sorry to learn of your loss, it is something that my wife and I have gone through and it makes you change as a person for sure.

Good luck with everything tho, im sure you wont need luck from reading your post.

Gaz

8 09 2014
Mark

A very inspirational story. May have just given me the kick up the backside I need to get going and lose some weight from my current 30 stone. Always assumed I was too big to get on a bike.

Have read about your most recent health issues. Really sorry to hear of these. Don’t give up. Whatever happens, what you have already done is still inspirational.

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14 01 2015
Kat

Hi there 🙂

I’m finding your story incredibly inspirational. I’m 22 and I weigh 20 odd stone. I really want to lose my weight. I’ve stopped snacking between meals and cut out the majority of fizzy drinks. After reading this I’ve decided to invest in an exercise bike – I want to lose this weight before my wedding in July 2016. I was just wondering what diet you stuck to? When I get my confidence up I’m hoping to get a real bike and enjoy the outdoors a bit more. But until then it will be exercise bike and healthy eating – problem is I don’t like vegetables I find them bland. Any advice? 🙂

Thanks!

Kat

6 02 2015
Rich

Hi Gaz!

Really enjoy reading your blog, i read it every other day, its and inspiration to me as i want to get my fat arse on a bike. Im 5ft7 and 16.3 stone and going no where in life i feel i’ve no energy to do anything that includes activities with my children.. my main thing is i do not know what to wear on a bike? i feel paranoid with shorts on and tight fitting clothes.. what did you wear? thank you Rich

26 06 2015
kev, rimmington

hi so where can i get a bike ? i’m i dont think that big 6ft 8 inch tall and 20 stone but most shops cannot or will not help why i dont know, i have had quotes up to and beyond £3000 a bit steep for me i’m afraid

2 08 2015
aga

I bought a second hand bike from gumtree, went to my local bike shop (bike chain in Glasgow), and they were more than happy to fit a bit more sturdy tyres and check the bike.

2 08 2015
aga

You have inspired me to do something about the weight. It is possible without the surgery. I wish I found your blog earlier

8 08 2015
Losethelot

Brilliant and inspirational!!
At 27 stone I lost 9 stone (126 lbs) or 57.25kg in 4 month during 2010. I used the Cambridge weight plan as a diet a the stationery bike in the gym. I then took up running (5k leading to 10k, 2 10 miles a half marathon) daily ran 6-7k during lunch time. I then contracted arthritis that has lead to total hip replacements in both hip 😠. Anyway I am now sitting at 28 stone and ready to use cycling to do it all over again.

Please tell what dietary changes did you make or gave you made during your journey? I’m a stickler for a good bottle of red wine (I know this is my main vice) but I’m curious to know what you did.

Thanks!

24 08 2015
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