Unflattering holiday snaps inspire lorry driver to shed a truck load of weight

A lorry driver inspired to shed a truck-load of weight after seeing unflattering holiday pictures of himself feels better than ever. Paul Horton, 47, had “always been big” and tried diets, but none of them stuck. But after seeing holiday snaps of himself that made him unhappy, he decided to make a change.

And now he looks great after losing five stones. He said: “I’ve always been big, but in September 2018 we went away on holiday and when we got back I was looking at pictures of myself and I knew something I had to change. “I thought to myself then ‘I need to do something about my weight’.

“Although I’ve always liked cycling, I wasn’t exercising enough and was snacking on anything nice.” Paul, from Donisthorpe, joined a Slimming World class at Sharpe’s pottery museum, in Swadlincote, in November that year. He said: “I’d lost weight before, but always piled it back on. This time I was determined.

“Walking in there as a man, you expect it to be full of women and, to be fair, it is.

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“But everyone was really supportive and after going a couple of times I felt fine. “My step-daughter also came along for moral support. “I was doing a charity cycle ride in the July that year, so gave myself seven months to lose five stone.

“And I did it – I achieved my goal a week before my target date.

Paul Horton is pictured with his friends after completing a charity cycle ride

“With Slimming World, it isn’t about cutting out carbs or doing things you can’t maintain – it’s a lifestyle change and you can still have your treats as long as it’s in moderation.” The dad-of-three was a size XXXL before his weight loss, but is now only a large. He said: “My waist size was 40/42 and now it has gone down to 34/36.

“I don’t just look different. I feel different too. “I can really feel the benefits.

I never used to do much walking but now I can take the dog for a walk and go five or six miles. The dog loves it.

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“I’ve cycled for the past 10 years, but I do so much more now. I feel healthier in myself.”

Paul’s aim now is to maintain his weight loss. He said: “Even if I put on a bit of weight at Christmas or I over-indulge, I know I can do it now if I set my mind to it.

Unflattering holiday snaps inspire lorry driver to shed a truck load of weightPaul Horton with his wife Tracy.

“I’d say I have a strong willpower, but my wife Tracy would probably say I’m stubborn. “She’s been so supportive and I’m really happy with where I’m at now.

“I definitely got what I wanted out of it and it shows anyone can do it if you want it enough.”

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