The 39 stone cyclist does #nomakeupselfie ish

19 03 2014

my #nomakeupselfie but I’m #madeup text BEAT to 70099 to donate.

I’ll always do my bit to help those less fortunate than myself, even if  look like a bit (lot) of a fool



I fell in love with cycling – This is what it repaid me with.

26 02 2014

Being off the bike currently is difficult , so its good to look back.


former 39 stone cyclist gary brennan


So while my cycling future hangs by a thread due to my ill health , my history will always be there as a legacy to those who need help/inspiration or just to be told “Your not alone”





The Broken , Fixed, Former 39 Stone Cyclist Cyclist.

8 12 2013

It’s been over 12 months since since I declared i had been fixed from a debilitating eating disorder (Selective Eating Disorder)

Things have been relatively easy considering I was literally debilitated by it from being a toddler.

There isnt anything I am no longer willing to try , even foods I said i’d NEVER eat , it just takes having the will and the right motivator to be able to do it.

^Graphic Content^

It’s not all been totally plain sailing though , one of the things that caused my SED was choking on food to the point of passing out as a youngster (there were a few other evens in close succession but that was always the major factor in my mind)

It is with difficulty then that I recall something that happened this summer, I was home alone , eating a vindaloo when off of a sudden , my wind pipe became TOTALLY blocked with food.

I hadn’t put too much food in, it turns out that there might be a medial reason behind it, but I’ll come back to you on that later on.

I was choking out, turning blue, I couldn’t shout , there was no point in calling 999, there was no one home but me , my thoughts turned to “shit I might not make it” , I literally took matters into my own hands and attempted to make myself sick….i failed, I was panic struck, so I did the only thing I could think of and stuck my hand down my throat to get the offending piece of meat , I , it worked and my airways rushed with oxygen again I was emotional, I had come SO close to not making it.

Within seconds I recalled what happened to me as a toddler and worried that this incident was going to set me back on the eating disorder road again

but the thing with adversity is, its not what happens to you, its how you deal with it.

So the next day I had exacity the same meal and you know what , it was fine, I was a little worried, but it was fine and to this day, I have since had no problems in trying new things and now have a very healthy diet , properly balanced like never before.


I have admittedly gained a couple of stone in the last 12 months , it’s under control and I am not worried, mainly because it can be fully  explained and I am now losing weight back to where I was 12 months ago, so lets look at the reasons:

1:  Trying a MILLION different types of new foods -Some healthy, some not, it’s a whole new world and it’s taken time to re adjust , speaking of unhealthy foods, I give you !!!!

Gaz VS Food not Man VS Food

Gaz VS Food not Man VS Food

2: I have been diagnosed with Spinal stenosis, slipped disks and arthritis meaning my time on the bike has been very much limited , I have still managed to get a few KOMS though fearless riding though :0) , all other activity has lead to debilitating  pain , I have no intention of giving up staying fit, but things have changed for me now, there also maybe further medical diagnosis headed my way.

3: Starting a new Job , with FARRRRRR too many biscuits and a load of take aways far too close.

So , how do you deal with it , you remember that you and you alone are in charge of your future .

I now spend the time cooking pasta each evening for work the next day to avoid to Take Away Temptation , I drink 2 liters of water (admittedly sometimes with a shot of Vimto) to stave off the biscuit temptations , and where my lifestyle and heath allows , I try and get in a few miles on the bike, albeit slower than before.

bMC amazing shrinking gaz the former 39 stone cyclist

I have taken control of my eating disorder  for good, I have discovered foods from around the world and I have taken back control over my food intake once again , it’s not easy , but as long as you keep an eye on the “NEVER ENDING FINISHING LINE ” you , like me, can achieve ANYTHING , no matter what your physical state.


I have also got a review of something called a “Firefly device” coming up in the next few weeks, anyone want me to run a competition to win one ?

firefly device





PS, My fav photo of 2013

39 stone cyclist

Are you or were you, a heavy bicycle rider ?

18 11 2013

If so, I have a been involved in a bit of a OU project in order to take it further we’d like to ask for less than 5 minutes of your time

Click HERE 

We thank you for your time.

I’m aware that I have not posted anything here for a while , well that’s all about to change, Lance Armstrong has taught me a thing or 2……..For now , i’ll keep quiet, just know, its about to get stormy.




Slim Rice & Slim Pasta – 7kcals vs 350kcals

17 03 2013

A few weeks ago I heard about this product and went out on a crazy race to try and find some

and failed

I lambasted my efforts on twitter (@39stonecyclist) only for “Eatwater pasta” to offer to send me some, as long as I gave my thoughts on here, something I had intended to anyway.

So, is it worth paying almost £3 for something that is 80% water ???



The rice doesnt look like rice, it looks like chipped down noodles TBH, I always wash rice, but with this they say you have to wash it and I would implore you to ensure you do as it STINKS of fish however after a few washes and being cooked, the nasty smell has gone.

It’s tasteless, so that perfect for adding it to a curry ….mmmmmm Curry …

It’s filling as an add on and its only 7kcals

So, yes I;d recommend it , HIGHLY , however it’s high price and lack of availability does put me off somewhat, the danger is that this becomes priced as a “Treat” while Rice at 350kcals is priced for normal useage.

It’s a superb invention that, if the kinks can be ironed out, will become a firm favorite

Exercise: Can it Also Prevent Cancer?

2 03 2013

Exercise: Can it Also Prevent Cancer?
Exercise has proven to be a tremendously valuable tool. It can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and exercise has been shown to lead to higher levels of mental health. Over the past two decades, however, research has shown that exercise provides yet another benefit: reduction in the likelihood of developing cancer. Here is how exercise can be beneficial through all phases of cancer treatment and recovery.

Can Exercise Prevent Cancer?

High levels of fitness have been linked to a reduction in the likelihood of developing liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and other cancers. Part of this is through reducing obesity, as obesity correlates highly with many types of cancer. However, the effect appears to go beyond obesity prevention. The exact magnitude of this effect is unknown; unfortunately even the fittest people can develop cancer. Those looking to reduce their odds of developing cancer, however, should view exercise is an essential tool.
Exercise and Cancer Treatments

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of cancer is chemotherapy treatments. Chemotherapy is draining, and people often find their energy levels dropping during the course of treatment. By exercising before treatment begins, patients can give themselves a bit more energy to make it through difficult phases. In addition, exercise has been shown to improve mental health significantly
. Exercise increases the release of mood boosting endorphins, which can be especially beneficial for patients experiencing depression. High levels of mental health have been linked with better treatment outcomes for those fighting mesothelioma all the way to
Exercise After Defeating Cancer

Lance Armstrong Livestrong

Lance Armstrong Livestrong

After defeating cancer, survivors want to take all steps possible to prevent their cancer from coming back. Again, exercise is a valuable tool and means to achieve this goal. A number of educational institutes are now offering specially tailored exercise programs for survivors, and research is showing that those who exercise regularly are at a lower risk of developing cancer again. Exercise is also a valuable tool in recovering from damage incurred by chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
Cancer strikes people in all age groups and of all fitness levels. However, studies into the genesis of cancer consistently show that fitness plays a role in prevention and treatment. While eating right and avoiding cigarettes are important, exercise appears to have an equally strong impact; whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or have never had it, exercise can help.

An open letter to the NHS & Jeremy Hunt (Please Pass This On)

20 01 2013

An open letter to the NHS & Jeremy Hunt

Readers of my blog  know that I am someone who REALLY wants to make a difference to people in the world who are suffering from obesity or eating disorders.

 39 stone cyclist, Gary Brennan, Before, During & After , Weight Loss

For new readers, I’ll be quick, I was 39 stones (546 Ibs), I cycled to work I DIDN’T have a weight loss operation, I am now 13 stones (182 Ibs), I was on TV for the removal of excess skin as the NHS wouldn’t fund it, I am now an Anti Obesity Crusader.



I am always happy to tell people that over and over again in the hope that the next time I do it will save someone’s life, in the fashion that I saved my own.

It’s been 4 and a half years since I started my own journey, I have been through a lot in that time.

Two and a half years were spent losing the weight, there were accidents, weight gain, broken bikes, broken dreams (albeit only temporarily ), battles, tears, joy, being at rock bottom, building myself back up.

For the last 2 years, I have kept a stable weight of between 13 and 14 stones, there have been eating disorders and not just my Selective Eating Disorder, accidents (a theme maybe). After the rebuilding came the adding of polish, becoming a more than accomplished cyclist, public speaker and multi award winner.

But through it all, I kept grounded and humble, people tell me all the time how much of an inspiration I am, but I don’t get carried away. I’m more than aware I’m just a former fat bloke from up north with all of the usual failings, faults and issues that everyone else faces in a day to day battle with modern life. It’s just that one day I fell in love with the humble bicycle, I set up a blog to keep myself going, that then turned into a blog to keep myself on the straight and narrow by helping others. But it’s nothing no-one else couldn’t do with a bit of planning, thought, application and a bit of good old fashioned will power.

Last year I contacted the Government, The Shadow Health Secretary, The actual Health Secretary and the Department of Health, I pointed out my story, not for personal gain, but to simply say that the NHS needs to look at prevention, needs to look at other ways of beating obesity, throwing Weight Loss Surgery at someone as soon as they walk through the door DOESN’T WORK, Sadly my offer to help was met with a DEADLY SILENCE, so I guess I now have nothing to lose with an open letter.


obesity stats 39 stone cyclist

I was approved for the surgery and the first thing I did was research EVERYTHING about it, the risk, the reward, the success rate etc etc.

That lead me to one place,, an American portal for everything obese, be it Gastric Bands, Bypass, Duodenal Switch or my method, the only thing we ALL had in common was a desire to get better, a desire to no longer be morbidly obese.

I signed up, I was in the minority, being English, I had to learn to talk in Pounds not Stones, I had to learn a WHOLE new culture but to be honest, it was so immersive that it worked, I found out REALLY quickly that being successful wasn’t down to what operation you had.

For it was easy to “Cheat” any of the Weight Loss Surgeries.

The ONE thing every successful person on that site had in common was that they used the tools they were given and worked hard.

The tools could have been Surgery, or like me, a bike and a bit of inspiration.

The other tool everyone needed was their head, for obesity is a MENTAL HEALTH problem and until you fix what makes you over eat, an operation or a bike or whatever, won’t help you in the long run.



THAT I BELIEVE IS THE REASON for the 5% stat. Only 5% of morbidly obese people lose weight naturally and keep the weight off.

So why are the NHS still trying to fix mental health issues with physical operations?

I believe I have the key to that; it’s simply a lack of understanding.

I offered the Government et al the keys to fixing the pandemic that is sweeping the nation, I as one man can’t fix it, but put me in the right place, with the right access, responsibilities and funding and obesity rates WILL stabilise , stagnate then REDUCE.

Sure it’s a bold claim, but I have lived it, I know the mind of someone who has been SUPER SUPER MORBIDLY OBESE.

The way we fix this is by getting SMARTER, by starting with prevention and then by motivating people to put right the CAUSE of the obesity they are suffering from before we even attempt to think about looking at what that obesity has caused.

If you fix the cause, you fix all the co-morbidity issues and there is also a reduced need for things such as excess skin removal etc, honestly, all we need to do here is be much smarter.


So, NHS, Government, Mr Hunt, Or any Private Healthcare Provider, if you REALLY want to stop this ticking time bomb, I’m available on , I cant change the problem on my own as one lone voice, but I want to make a REAL difference in this world, I know its achievable, all I need is your backing. If you want this problem fixing, I’ll await your contact.

End of letter.



But Dear Reader, you can help too.

The link below is an online form to the Department of Health. Copy and paste the above letter onto the online form and click Submit.

Do the same with the Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health at

And Andy Burnham the Shadow Secretary of State for Health at

Also you can find your own MP’s email address here: whack in your Post Code and that will bring up your own MP and contact details. Email them this letter too.

This is not a Party Political Issue even though it is a Political Issue, hence the cross party emails.

For my readers across the world, please bombard your political representatives with my letter above. Every little helps.

As we all know, the only thing Politicians are interested in is weight of numbers in an issue and votes, so please take the trouble to do this!

Let me know via the comments section of my Blog if you do take the trouble to let our leaders know that we want change and we can help!

You’re all brilliant supporters and I know that you are all fighting your own fight pretty much with your own will power or a small circle of supporters or through blogging. Just think what WE could achieve if we had a Global change in attitude!

As Margaret Mead famously said

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Thanks for reading,




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