It really has been too long since my last post. Unfortunately SUP has not been ossicle for me for the past month or so. I am absolutely gutted by that. Firstly, we got battered by several storm fronts. High. Winds and a lot of rain made for some gnarly conditions for the moderately novice boarder. I did not want to go out and get washed away. There was a case of an experienced kayaker who misread the flow of storm run off and he was not found. Really brings in sharp relief the fragile nature of life and how being on the water is a privilege that nature affords us, not a right of us to go messing about and my thoughts are with his family. But, having said that the weather is improving, the seas and rivers are calming and Spring is retreating in the overwhelming force that will soon be summer and SUP will be back on the agenda! And I have a lot of time to make up.
I have not been idle in the lay off. Indeed, my fitness programme has gone from strength to strength. To the extent I really should rename this blog from ‘Fat man on a SUP’ to ‘not so fat man on a sup’. Through the power of diet and exercise I have lost a whopping 4st 7lbs and for those that prefer metric that’s 28kg! I still have another 2 st 7lbs ( 10.5 kg) to lose before I reach my target. I have lost 8″ around my waist and the same from my chest. I swim and gym 6 times a week and consume less than 1800kcal daily. I am to be beach ready by July, because that is when I am ding a 1.4 mile sea swim for charity. The British Heart Foundation have, for a few years, organised the swim from Bournemouth pier to Boscombe Pier in Dorset Uk, it is a worthy charity that raise funds for heart disease research and support to families affected by cardiac issues (I will put a link up to my Just Giving page at the end if anyone wishes to donate).
I have been thinking recently, pondering who I am and the person I want to be. I guess being on such a radical and total weight loss and attitude readjust has given me pause fir thought. I am essentially trying to change who I am, or should I say who I was, not just mentally and in my attitude, but physically, through the weight loss I am trying to become someone I have never been, someone toned, trimmed, and generally pleasing to the eye. It sounds strange to some of you that someone is that intent on changing essentially who they are, but I was not happy with how I looked, I was not happy with how it affected my relationship with an amazing women and how my children must perceive me. So, I had to change. I had to do something to make everyone around me happier.
This radical change in attitude though comes with its own side issues. These have only raised their heads in the past week. I had to go through my wardrobe and empty all the clothes that did not fit, not an issue had to be done, and it does give me a chance to get some new threads. This itself has been eye opening, I know can go into shops like Fat Face, Crew or Animal and choose essentially what I want because I now fit in fashionable/designer clothing. I must be honest, I am not much fir fashion, I have a look I like and am happy to be out with. My issue is, and this is mad, I now think that I am getting clothes I like that I really should not be wearing. I am 37 years old and I think I have entered into mid life crisis early. Dressing to recapture my youth, or at least what I would have liked my youth to be if I had not listened to my parents and my friends (I use the term loosely as looking back they really were’nt). But, I wonder if I now am doing things because I didn’t back when I had hair. Yes, I am balding which makes the look a bit ridiculous. I have 2 children, twin boys and they are 2 and a half now, I wonder if I should be suited and booted and not wondering around in Hawaiian shirts and board shorts. But that it makes me comfortable and happy.
I feel that as a man I now have the power and authority that I lacked in my youth to voice opinions and to act on the complaints. This is how my brain works at the moment and it is driving me nuts, my thought process is: I was young and idealistic and no one listened to me because I was young. I am in my twenties I am going to gain the knowledge and experience so that my voice can be heard. I am in my 30’s and now those that need to listen won’t because they see me as old and passed it. So, what is one to do? Well, for a start, let’s start with the sea that I love so much…….stop putting plastic in it! Microbe ads in cosmetics and scrubs drive me up the fucking wall! Use sand it’s abrasive and natural and when it gets to the sea it just settles back to whence it came. Stop the use of helium balloons, two reasons for this, helium is finite, we can’t make any more and when it’s gone it’s but also an inevitable side effect of helium balloons is that they float up, when they pop or go down they land wherever they land often in the sea and get stuck in the stomachs of all manner of Marine creatures. And my final gripe today is a simple one, take your rubbish home or put it in the bin. Doesn’t matter where you are, the park, the beach or in the middle of nowhere.
Well that’s that rant over so I shall now update on SUP. I bought a new paddle. I had been using the bog standard alloy paddle that came with my board and now have upgraded to a glass fibre paddle, it is a Red Paddle Co Vario glass fibre 3 piece and it’s as light as a feather. Unfortunately I have not tested it out yet as not had a chance to get on the water since purchasing it. But will review it when I do. What I can say is this, many of the literature say not to bother with an alloy paddle, to change it as soon as possible. I disagree, for this reason, learning to paddle and I am mostly self taught, having the extra weight in the paddle develops technique and power. So, don’t be so quick to ditch the alloy, use it to ones advantage. When you’re confident with it change it up.
I think that may be enough of a post for now, you are all caught up. Once I get on. The water again I will update further, but fir now here is the link to my Just giving page, any and all donations are most welcome and even if you can give a little it will go a long way. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Peter-Lewis78