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James Middleton
Slimmer of the Year 2010 - Special Achievement Award
James says....

My name is James, I am 38 years old and I am married with 2 children and a grand daughter. For me my story began the day I went shopping for a new pair of jeans. I had always been a 34” waist, but on this day a 38” did not go anywhere near! I could not even get them on, and the XXL T shirt was far too tight. I sat in the dressing room and cried, I was so depressed. My wife came in after 15 minutes to find out where I was. She could see that I was very upset and said just one thing – you’ve got to change your lifestyle.

I sat there looking back over the past couple of years, my life had changed so much…lager, food and Rugby. I would drink most nights and eat for England all day. There were other things that I’d noticed; most mornings when I got out of bed I would have to walk on tip-toe, it was just so painful to walk on flat feet. At work my day to day routine was becoming such an effort, it would normally take me 15 minutes to get to work on my bike, but now I was getting called into work about my time-keeping. I had to get up earlier and leave earlier just so that I could puff and pant my way to work and get there on time with my feet and legs killing me. The doctor said that in the last 4 years I had put on 5 stones, so what did I expect? He said I needed to lose weight.

On my way back from work I saw a sign for Weightcare, should I go and have a look? What if someone saw me go in? Thank God I did walk through that door.

I weighed 17 and a half stones and set myself a target of losing 4 stones. I started to lose the weight but it took me 2 months to tell any of my friends where I was going. I got to my Target the week before Christmas and my life has totally changed. My first challenge was not to gain weight over the festive period. After 3 weeks I returned weighing the same – what a feat!

I no longer drink, which for me, is a huge lifestyle change. I get to work in 10 minutes and go to the gym twice a week. I stick to a healthy diet. I was going to buy myself a new wardrobe when I got to my Target, but the weight came off so quickly I had to buy new clothes as I went along. When I did reach my Target my wife came up with the ultimate idea to see my old self out. We collected all my big clothes and I mean ALL of them - most of the tops for some reason were striped! – WE SET FIRE TO THEM! I do not intend to buy another stripey top, there’s no going back now.

4 stones for me is a life-changing amount of weight to lose. If only more people knew what support and motivation is waiting for you when you step into a Weightcare class!
Total Weight Loss: 4 stones 2lbs
Total Inch Loss: 14
Height: 5'8
Slimming Plan: Low Fat
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