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Carrying a Bag of Coal Up The Wall

A month or so ago we had half a tonne of coal delivered. It came in the form of twenty-five 20kg bags. The delivery guy lowered the palette onto the path outside our garage and I lugged the bags one by one into a big pile.

I saved one of the bags and put it into my climbing bag, and I take it to the wall with me every time I go. I always carry a bag of coal with me whenever I climb... it's helping me to get really strong, but it also comes with consequences; notably I get really worried about falling off because the extra weight will put a lot of strain on my ankles and knees when I land, and also I find slab climbing really difficult - the extra balance required is hard work carrying a bag of coal.

Of course, I don't really carry a bag of coal onto the wall with me. But I do weigh over 20kg more than my ideal healthy weight - so it's just the same really.

If this isn't a good incentive to lose weight, I don't know what is.

Imagine how much more I would achieve (without even having to be a better climber) if I wasn't carrying 20kg extra up the wall each time I got on it. I daresay I'd be a lot more comfortable with the idea of falling off too.

I had an idea about a target time - I think one kilogram per week is a very reasonable target... that puts my weight at 85kg (or better) by about April 30th, 2023.

It's nice to have a solid goal to work towards. But as I said in my previous post, the important part is to focus on the process and the results should take care of themselves.

#health #life #goals #bouldering

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