Leeds (Moor Allerton)
Years of alcoholism had left me broken and I ended up in hospital after vomiting blood. I was around 120 kg, slim by comparison to the 130 kg I had been previously. My resting heart rate was rarely below 100 and my cholesterol was 21! In fear of death I decided to stop drinking forever and I also decided to start a fitness regime. Whilst still in hospital I began entering my meals into a fitness app and it all went from there. Those early days I had Dr orders to only walk but soon I was in the gym at Anytime Fitness and making strides. I'd been fat all my life, the day I first saw my abs was one of the most surreal days of my life and it filled me with pride.
I've gone from 130 kg at my heaviest to 79.8 kg at my lightest. I've not drunk a drop of alcohol in 2 years, 10 months and I've not exactly had a free ride since I got sober. I lost both parents last year. My father to the addiction I overcame and my mother to Cancer. I cared for my mother the last months of her life and that remains the greatest honour of mine. I now work in addiction helping others overcome the problems I once faced and that fills me with an enormous sense of pride. I've done various things for charity, walked 21 miles for Meningitis, skydived for an addiction charity. My life is an achievement, the very fact I have one!