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Kiri is Now a Bik-a-holic

Kiri is our latest success story. She's biking her way to a happier healthier life!

How are you defining your success?

In weight loss terms, success in many ways is both never giving up and also realising that just because you have failed so many times in the past doesn't mean anything. To paraphrase Craig Harper, it just means you haven't done it yet. Success is developing your fitness and learning how much your body can do. I recently completed my first 80 kilometre bike ride at an average speed of 26.6 km per hour and I've decided to train for a 210 kilometre ride in October this year. In August 2006 I couldn't even cope with flat, easy 15 minute walk.

Which of your personal goals have you achieved?

I didn't really set conscious goals for myself when I first started. Partly because I'd failed so many times before that I didn't think that this time would be any different. Over time though, as I kept losing and came to believe that I could do this if I kept at it and had faith in myself, I had the goals of 115 kgs (253 pounds) in mind because that was slightly less than I weighed when I first met my ex (and my weight was something he always criticised me for). Next goal was to weigh under 100 kgs (220 pounds) as I hadn't weighed less than that since university in the early 1990s. Once I got to that point, my next goal was to buy a road bike. Initially I thought I would wait until I weighed 80 kgs (176 pounds) before buying a road bike because I didn't want the world to have to cope with the sight of my arse on a skinny little road bike, but I didn't end up waiting. I bought the road bike at 92 kgs (202 pounds) and I'm so glad I did because the enjoyment I get from riding that bike just pushes me further.

How long did it take you?

I've been losing weight and getting fit since September 2006, but the biggest progress has been made since September 2007.

What new goals have you set for yourself?

My weight loss goal now is to have less than 25% body fat. I'm currently 33.5% and 90.5 kgs. More generally, the 210 km ride in October this year is my next big thing.

What has changed the most about you?

My notion of what I am capable of and what is possible has changed enormously. I have learned that I am strong both mentally and physically and that generally my only limits are those that I put on myself. I'm gradually coming to accept my body and believe that I am attractive. It's a slow process, overturning life long negative beliefs about yourself but I think learning that you are capable of so much more than you once thought really helps with that, and coming to understand also that the negative ways that you have always seen yourself previously have shaped your life in many ways because you have allowed them to become self-fulfilling and powerful in that sense. For example, if you have a strong underlying belief that you are unattractive because you have a weight problem then you will consciously or otherwise interact with others in a way that reflects the belief you have about yourself. Life is good and I'm a much happier person in every way.

What did you find hardest about reaching your goal? How did you overcome it?

Having to adjust food intake downwards as you get lighter, despite that I was doing more exercise at a greater intensity than ever. Also getting bored with recording food constantly. I took breaks away from losing weight where I would stop recording, continue exercising but maintain my weight within 2-3 kgs over a period of time. I found this was good to give me a break from the obsessive focus that losing weight required of me much of the time, but it also allowed me to learn to maintain and continue to live a balanced lifestyle. After a break I've found my enthusiasm renewed and I fall back into the routine of weight loss fairly readily.

How has blogging helped you reach your goals?

I blog (http://bridgingthegulf.blogspot.com/) and I also participate on a couple of forums. Blogging and posting allows me to get my thoughts out, share experiences and examine issues that have arisen throughout the process. It has also given me a network of wonderful people. The experience of obesity is shared to a surprising degree. Sometimes when I read other's blogs or posts, it's as if they are my own words. And knowing that you are not alone both in what you have been through in life or how you have felt about things but also in the process of losing weight and getting fit is an incredible source of comfort, solidarity and strength.

Any tips for those that share you goal?

Never give up. Whether it's 30 pounds or 300 pounds. And don't be haunted by your past failed attempts. They mean nothing. Your actions now and in the future are what matter. Find a physical activity that gives you real joy and a sense of achievement and stick with that, make it part of your social life, part of your hobbies. For me it has been cycling. There is the most incredible sense of freedom and pleasure at getting out on country roads on a Sunday morning under nothing but your own pedal power. Whatever it is for you, follow it, pursue it, nurture it.

Kiri, congrats on your loss and I'm so glad you joined us here on BlogToLose!

Comment by Rebecca Curran on April 19, 2009 at 12:31am
Wow! You are awesome. :c)
Comment by Challenger09 on April 19, 2009 at 7:59pm
You look amazing!
Comment by Jessica on April 19, 2009 at 10:02pm
WOW! You look terrific! Congratulations on an amazing achievement!
Comment by Maren on April 20, 2009 at 9:14am
Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story!
Comment by Galatea on April 21, 2009 at 8:21pm
Thanks all. Feels a bit strange writing a "success" thing when you haven't finished, but I know at least that I have changed my life drastical and permanently from how it used to be which is for me an incredible achievement. I'm sitting on 87 kgs, still have 10-15 kgs (22-33 lbs) to go and then probably some plastic surgery to remove excess skin (eek!). I've paid my not-insignificant registration fee for the 210 km ride in Melbourne in October so I've committed to that goal. And that will be more my focus over winter than weight. I am experimenting with trusting that eating well and exercising a lot will get the remaining weight off eventually. Thanks again. xx
Comment by eleanora mitchell on April 24, 2009 at 12:19pm

Comment by eleanora mitchell on April 24, 2009 at 12:23pm
well that was me at 250 now im pretty fit i have to stay on top things cause i love to eat but hell its worth just to walk into a store and cry because nothing fits. i havent cried for close to 2 yrs now,.
Comment by Tonya on April 25, 2009 at 10:40pm
Kiri,

I absolutely love stories like yours. I wish every woman who tells herself that she's not worthy or she can't do it could read about your weight loss journey. You are such an example. Best to you and lots of health and happiness!
Comment by Jeannie on April 30, 2009 at 11:43am
Kiri, wonderful story. Great journey - what a ride! :-) Congrats.
Comment by Erica on May 4, 2009 at 11:48am
Kiri, You look fabulous! What an amazing inspiration you are to all of us!!!
Comment by Kimberly on May 13, 2009 at 12:23am
Wow you look incredible!!
Comment by kristin on May 13, 2009 at 8:48am
thanks for sharing with us all!!!
Comment by Katie J on May 25, 2009 at 10:56pm
You look great! I feel the same way about not looking back. Facing Future Now!
Comment by Denise G. on May 31, 2009 at 11:27pm
You look great and are such an inspiration!
Comment by Ana on June 2, 2009 at 9:09pm
Loved your story, hope you continue on in your success!
Comment by Sonya on June 8, 2009 at 4:35pm
You're inspiring. I particularly like your theory that past failure means nothing to the current situation. I'm going to hold onto that while I start afresh.
Comment by Brenda L Mathys on June 23, 2009 at 6:16pm
Congrats! You look great!
Comment by Tanie on June 24, 2009 at 3:16pm
Kiri- Thanks for sharing your story. It is always so reassuring when other people share the same thoughts as me! Congrats on losing body fat and then maintaining!
Comment by Tanya on July 11, 2009 at 9:57am
SO inspirational! Thank you for sharing. You really have increased my desire to keep pushing forward.
Comment by Jac on July 12, 2009 at 2:26pm
Great story! You look great!

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