Sunday 13 January 2013

Lost the weight of a Brompton!

Regular readers will perhaps know that I have lost a little weight since the Brompton World Championships in August 2012. This morning I weighed myself for my now weekly routine and saw that I was 12 and a half stone dead - slightly under 80kg.

I don't know for sure but when at the BWC I suspect my weight was a little over 14 stone - roughly 90kg.  I have noticed some subtle changes. The trousers I wear to work have more room in them to the extent that I have had to tighten my belt a couple of notches. I have lost a few inches across my chest. As I say, these changes are subtle and as I have lost this weight slowly over a long period of time, it isn't that noticeable. However the scales do not lie.

Since going on more and more rides and for longer distances I have felt fitter but this is also due to the weight I have lost. I have maintained 12 and a half stone for several seeks now and feel that yes I could lose a little more, but that I have probably plateaued. 

To lose this weight I have't gone on any crash diets or joined WeightWatchers. In fact if you saw a before and after shot, I suspect you might say I perhaps look a little slimmer - but nothing dramatic. I am not even on a diet. I have merely cut back on some of the bad stuff, tried to eat a little better and cycled more frequently. 

When I looked at the scales this morning it did get me thinking. I have lost 10kg which is not that much more than my Raw Lacquer S2L! I find this thought quite sobering to say the least. In fact I have just stopped typing this to go and pick it up. To think that I was more or less carrying this extra weight is nothing short of amazing to me.

When I have been ascending the hills at Richmond Park or wherever they have occurred on my adventures, I find them a great deal easier than I did previously. This is of course for the simple reason that I am not carrying the weight of another Brompton as well as the one I am riding!

There does seem to be quite a few people out there who have bought or are thinking buying a Brompton for the purpose of getting fitter/losing some weight. If this applies to, all I can say is that so far, it has worked for me! I would love to know how you are getting on.

1 comment:

  1. Works for me too. 4 months regularly riding my Brompton and I'm a lot fitter, no weight loss but I'm a skinny sod in the first place at 11 stone so don't want to lose any. My 8 mile pedal to Selby station takes about 34 mins in traffic most times and is a lot easier now than it was 4 months ago. Roll on BWC 2013!!!


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