A school bus driver has shed an impressive 7st in 10 months after he caught sight of his reflection in a shop window and did not like what he saw.
Michael Coupland, 62, from Navenby, weighed a hefty 22st 1lbs when he began his journey in January last year.
He cut out sugar in his tea and coffee, swapped milk for almond milk and ate no bread, cakes or cheese and joined Slimming World and exercised by walking and playing golf.
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Mr Coupland, who says he piled on the pounds from eating big meals in hotels as a holiday coach driver, managed to lose 10lb in his first week of slimming.
He started out at 22st 1lbs on January 15 last year, hit his target loss on November 17 last year, and now weighs 15st 1lb.
Mr Coupland, who is married to Christine, 61, said: “Losing 7st now means walking and playing golf is so much easier.
“I play at Sudbrook Moor Golf Club near Grantham and at one time I could only play one round a day.
“Now, when the course has been allowed to open, I can go around twice if I wish – but I haven’t got any better at golf.”
Explaining what prompted him to get in shape, 5ft 9ins tall Mr Coupland said: “Every time I looked in to a shop window I did not like what I was seeing – we have all done that.
“Also, bending down was so hard and I had a lot of aches and pains and a bad back.”
He lost most of his weight during the first lockdown last year and had shed 4st by the time he was treated in hospital for appendicitis in May.
“My asthma has got better and when I was in hospital I was able to get in and out of bed easier because of my weight loss, which I think also helped my recovery,” he said.
Slimming World is more of a lifestyle change than an actual diet.
People can eat as many “free” foods – lean meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, beans, pasta, potatoes and rice – as they like.
These foods fill you up but are low in calories. And people are allowed a certain daily limit of “Syns” such as chocolate or a glass of wine.
Mr Coupland said he took an all or nothing approach to losing weight and kept in touch with fellow slimmers from his local group even in lockdown thanks to the virtual Zoom meetings and What’s App.
He said: “My favourite meal before Slimming World was probably a big full English breakfast and I liked most food in big portions.
“My favourite meals now are any Slimming World pasta dishes – I also love cooking all of the Slimming World recipes.
“When I first started I cut out all sugar, cakes, bread and cheese. I stopped having sugar in tea and coffee and you just get used to it.
“There are a lot of alternatives so you don’t miss out. I cut out ordinary milk and replaced it with oat or almond milk.
“There’s always a replacement with Slimming World by cooking from scratch…