Forget Joe Wicks, Slimming World and Keto Diet, walking 1 hr day has lost me 26lbs…
I’ve never been fat. At school, I was a tall, thin lad with long, gangly arms and legs. Putting on even an inch of extra weight was a struggle for me.
Between the ages of 17 and 20, I hit the gym every day and then worked out at home - lifting 15kg dumbbells for the biceps and benching 60kg for the chest. By the end of 3 years, I was shredded as f**k. I had a toned torso with gloopy pectorals, washboard abs and bulging biceps. It certainly was an ego boost for myself and helped me on the women front.
Last summer, I really was the f-word. It all started in October 2019 when I first started hitting the cinema every day. As a result, I was eating out every day - at McDonald’s, at KFC and at the Trent Spice Kebab Shop. Then came the Eat-out-to-help-out scheme where again I was eating out every day and, by the time the first lockdown ended, I was fat as f**k. Sorry I was the f-word as the f-word.
I suppose it helps that I’m 6ft2 and so even an inch of extra flab on me makes me look just like a tall, big guy. But the health problems were rampant. I was scared I was going to get artery blockage, fatty liver disease and heart failure. Not to mention that being overweight puts you more at risk from death from Covid.
When I weighed myself at Christmas, I was 213lbs (that’s 15 stone and 97kg). This put me as overweight on the BMI Calculator - not obese or morbidly obese, but overweight was bad enough. I knew I had to change this and, for me, it was time to lose weight.
First of all, I cut down on full-fat coke which I had been drinking gallons of last year. I still ate out at Ohannes Burger - the tastiest burger bar in Notts, but had just the burger and no fatty onion rings on the side.
But it was walking which really helped me. I took up walking every day. I had a set route - my house at the top of West Bridgford to Gamston and back. That’s an 1 hr long walk - exactly the length you need if you want to cut the pounds.
First, I walked up Boundary Road. It’s a very busy road with lots of cars and occasionally idiotic motorcyclists and boy riders who stick their middle finger up at you or splash you with water from a nearby puddle. Boundary was a bit of a nightmare recently when it snowed and iced - you were worried you might slip and my parents told me to be extra cautious.
By the time I got to Edwalton, I’d take out a cigarette. I had a structure to my smoking which I know I shouldn’t be doing. Each landmark I reached I would have a smoke.
The West Bridgford-Edwalton-Gamston scenery looked beautiful. I love that I can call this home despite the wishy-washy liberal politics which I don’t agree with and annoys me sometimes. The people are very friendly and there’s always a nice old lady walking her dog nearby.
The scenery looked especially stunning in the snow which it was covered in recently. It was a bit of a winter wonderland.
Up Buckfast Lane and past Gamston Morrisons was a much darker, quieter area. I can imagine this would be the kind of place the druggies and the dealers get their share. It reminded me of my late night drunken escapades when I was an alcoholic. Sometimes I would just grab a bottle of Vodka and sit alone in a deserted park and glug the thing. Then I’d stumble home in a pissed state and pass out on my bed or on the side of the road as became a very common sight sometimes and police had to come and pick me up and bring me home. I was an angry young man back then - very angry that I felt God had deserted me and wasn’t listening to my concerns. I’m glad that period is over and I’m now a changed man.
Walking back through West Bridgford at 12pm, it seems so much more quaint than it does in the day. Not so loud and bustling and slightly smug - just more accepting and surprisingly tolerant. It’s a good neighborhood and I was wrong to dismiss it back in the day when I was a heavy-drinking autistic addict.
After coming up Musters Road, I would get back to my house and snuggle up into bed. I love my new house and my new room with that huge, super-massive LED TV. It’s where I watch all my films and TV Shows at the moment considering cinemas are closed and that’s what I do for a living - watch movies and review them.
I just checked my weight the other day. I was 213 lbs (15 stone, 97kg) (overweight). Now I’m 187 lbs (13 stone, 85 kg) (a healthy weight). I’ve lost 26 lbs and 2 stone in the space of 4 months between Christmas and Easter. I can’t put this down to dieting - I’ve still been eating Creme Eggs and Ohannes Burger. Neither can I put it down to Joe Wicks or Slimming World.
I can put it down to walking. Walking 1 hour a day has lost me 12kg. I hope this is proof that weight loss is possible even while enjoying all the things you love to enjoy. Food included…
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