My healthy lifestyle makes touring easier

My healthy lifestyle makes touring easier

Life on the road is easier now that 37-year-old Craig Fleming from Glasgow is 5st 5½lbs* lighter! He works as a production manager for a young people’s theatre company.

"Being overweight gave me a pain in the neck. And back. And wrists. At times I felt so uncomfortable, I couldn’t sleep. I’ve been a theatre production manager for 16 years and it’s an intensely physical job: lots of loading and unloading equipment, putting up stage sets, and lifting and driving. I love my work, but at my heaviest (and constantly at the chiropractor and in agony every day) I began to wonder if I could cope.

"I’d put on most of my excess weight in my 30s. Our theatre company was constantly touring the UK and abroad, which meant a lot of eating on the road. I took full advantage of service-station meal deals – a triple-pack of sandwiches, big bag of crisps, bar of chocolate and full-sugar fizzy drink – whether I was hungry or not.

"In summer 2014, I got a call from an old friend, Fiona, who’d lost lots of weight with Slimming World and who was starting her own group. ‘Why don’t you come along with me?’ she asked. I said I’d go… but I was deeply sceptical. How could someone with my kind of lifestyle develop healthier eating habits?

"With the help of my group, I realised the answer was obvious – packed lunches! After a month of swapping full-sugar cola for diet drinks, service station sandwiches for huge home-made and delicious salads, and crisps for fruit, I’d lost over a stone and was completely hooked. By September 2015, I’d lost 4½st and in February this year, I reached my target of 10st 11lbs. By then my wrists, back and neck were feeling much better.

My regular chiropractor appointments dwindled to an occasional maintenance session and I felt much more energetic.

"A day at work couldn’t be more different! Little things like climbing a flight or two of stairs used to leave me breathless. Now I can spend a long, physically demanding day in the theatre, lugging around pieces of set, and still have the energy to walk my puppy, Foss, when I get home... It’s an amazing feeling!" 

How I make it work…

  • I walk and cycle to stay fit. I make use of the bike-hire scheme in Glasgow to get around the city.
  • I’ll make healthier choices. If service-station sandwiches are the only option, I’ll go for something like plain ham salad on wholemeal bread to keep down the Syns.
  • I love my stash of Free on-the-road snacks – cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and lots of fresh fruit.

*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose

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