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Fat burning year 2-Mar-2018 At 3:09:20 AM mikllaw
After Eugene posted a photo of me belaying in January (can we upload pix to Chockstone still? This seems to have dissappeared), I decided that I was too fat to belay, and probably to fat to climb. I'd hovered at 97kg for a few years and nothing seemed to affect my weight.

One interesting thing about climbing fat isn't that things seem a bit more strenuous (that could just be age) but that how much of a difference it makes on slabs, which I'd always thought of as the last refuge of the pear-shaped:- some problems are impossible if your centre of gravity is an extra 20cm away from the rock.

I already do a fair amount of exercise which doesn't seem to affect my mass at all (though I'd probably balloon if I stopped), so I decided to start by the simple method of not sitting around with Vanessa watching TV and drinking wine. I go for a ride some evenings rather than start another bottle of wine and don't finish any of the food that Lexi spurns.

I've dropped 5 kg this month and climbing feels a bit more fun, like the difference between climbing on the sweatiest day of the year and one where there is a breeze thrown in.

I'll keep you posted.

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