How Cycling Changed Me – Andrew Crockett’s Weight Loss Transformation

Surname: Andrew Crockett
Old: 38
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Profession: CPA, Government Finance Consultant, Certified Cycle Instructor at Life Time
Cycling time: 4 years
Takeoff weight: 350 pounds
Final weight: 165 pounds
Reason for cycling: Joining a community that moves forward with strength and a smile.

I was hoarse in junior high, chubby in high school, and the “big” funny boyfriend in college. At work, I was the big shirt guy with the big personality. However, as I got older, I noticed that my humor had changed from lighthearted jokes to more self-deprecating ones. And let’s be honest – nobody likes fat jokes.

I’ve always used part of my vacation time to travel the world and volunteer as a non-profit financial advisor for international organizations, including in Africa, Europe, Australia and Central America. I always combine a fun trip with a service trip – the Arabian beaches in the Middle East, a safari in Kenya, a week in London.

On a trip I climbed Mount Sinai in Egypt. I snorted and pulled my 350 pound body up about a quarter of the way, but collapsed and decided to rent a camel for the rest of the trip. However, the Bedouin looked at me and said: “No, that” [is a] little camel. ”Right there I realized that I was the literal straw that would break the camel’s back. I didn’t notice my weight holding me back until I saw the world just seeing, not experiencing it.

When I got home, I made an appointment with a surgeon to have my stomach stapled. However, my friend Elizabeth instead stole my phone and signed up for a Life Time Fitness membership in October 2017 as a birthday present. Everyone needs an Elizabeth in their life.

I started taking cycling courses at Life Time. I liked them because it was an individual training but in a group. The structure of the lessons helped me because I could learn and ride at the same time. Since I was new to the gym, I didn’t know a lot. When I started, I could only do half a class once a week. Then I stayed the whole class. Then I added another class. After a few months, I was riding three times a week. And at some point I’d like to switch to outdoor cycling as a competitor.

The same day I joined Life Time, I also joined WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) to help manage my eating habits. I haven’t given up eating; Instead, I’ve made other choices and added foods that are better for my body. I never saw my weight loss journey as something I would say no to; I think about what I said “yes” to. Yes to the grilled chicken. Yes to the watermelon. Yes, to walk another block. Yes to five more minutes in the gym. Yes to the alarm clock at 4 a.m.

In 2019 I returned for a trip to Tanzania and Uganda. For the first time, I was able to put the tray table down and didn’t have to request a belt extension. I was able to walk through the downtown market and turned down taxi rides. And for the first time on my travels, I was able to fully experience the world.

I have lost 185 pounds in total and hope to meet my 200 pound goal by October 2021, my four year anniversary of my weight loss journey. I’m the same person, just 185 pounds lighter thanks to cycling. I’m not a better person because of the weight I’ve lost. My value has not increased because my weight has decreased. I’m not a better person because I lost weight. To say I feel better now, I would have to say that I was a worse person to gain weight – and that’s just not true. Weight and value are not related.

I want other cyclists to know that Life Time’s hardest part is pushing open the bike room door for the first time. Everyone has had a ‘day one’. Some of us had several “days”. It’s not about the race to be run, but about the journey that has just started. When I first got on the bike, I didn’t think about the 200 pounds I had to lose. I thought about 10 minutes. All I had to do on that cold day in November 2017 was pedal for 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes became 15, then 30, and then 45.

Don’t drive away from anything. Ride towards something. How often do you look in the rearview mirror while driving? How can you go forward using the rearview mirror as a navigator? We drive by looking ahead. Do the same. Don’t get on your bike to drive away from the old you. Ride towards joy.

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Emily Shiffer is a former men’s health and prevention digital web producer and currently works as a freelance writer specializing in health, weight loss, and fitness.

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