Views are my new addiction

The motivation to get fit for his young son and the desire for a good view led to Peter Gordon's weight loss and addiction to walking.

My life changing experience has been a journey over three years with a drastic attempt to lose weight.  My motivation was to get more mobile for my seven year old son Rodrick who has autism.  I was nearly 18 stone, eating unhealthily and living a lifestyle that could lead to a heart attack and deep down I really wanted to change. 

One summer at a theme park I wanted to go on the teacup ride with my son but when we got on the ride I was squashing him and felt embarrassed.

The easiest thing I could do was walk. I was too fat to run so attempted walking up Ben Bouie in Helensburgh. What should have been a 40 minute walk took me an hour and a half with lots of stops and gasping for breath. I came to one of the ridges near the top and the view was mind blowing.  I could see Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps in the distance.  This is how I got the bug for walking and dreamed of climbing these mountains for the view as well as losing weight.

My wife was attending Slimming World and I went along to give her support but I enjoyed the challenge of losing weight every week. I started the diet but got into the walking. Every morning I walked up towards Ben Bouie and got fitter and fitter. In two months I lost nearly three stone.

I bought an OS map and planned my route up Ben Bouie. One day I reached the summit and could see the Arrochar Alps and I thought to myself the Cobbler is my next one.  I faced the Cobbler on a wet, blustery day and I stopped at every corner of the zigsag path but with determination I did it. I saw Narnain beside me and the other Munros and with a map and proper gear I tackled them losing weight till I was down to 12 stone.  Eventually I was doing two or three Munros and the views were my new addiction.

I have since joined the Ramblers and have enjoyed being able to lead walks and encourage people to get out walking. I have become a footpath officer - it's a dream to be able to fight for better access for walkers and get people out enjoying the views that got me addicted to walking.

 

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