A super slimmer from Louth is feeling like half the man he used to be, after he shed an amazing five stone in just eight months with a weekly group.
Anthony ‘AJ’ Paterson led a life of fast food and frozen meals before he joined the Wednesday morning Slimming World group at Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre.
But, spurred on by wanting a new look for a trip to Florida, he sprang into action and has surpassed all expectations seven months before his trip which he is due to go on in October.
Now AJ, a mental health support worker in Grimsby, gets regular exercise and healthy, fresh food as part of the group’s ‘extra easy plan’.
“I feel so much better and I have much more confidence than before, I’ve tried other diets but they’ve never really worked for me,” said AJ.
“I gave myself over a year to get down to below 18 stone but I’ve already passed that.
“I feel more awake and have more energy now, I can walk faster and further. Because I work shifts it was difficult to eat right but I’ve got myself into good habits and it’s worked.
“I just want to keep going and lose more weight, my outlook on myself has completely changed.”
The group’s consultant, Shona Drew, described AJ as an ‘inspiration’.
“I would definitely encourage others to join a group, since I’ve started more people at work have joined, I’m extremely proud of that,” he added.