Stuart's scored weight loss success!
Stuart Eggleshaw from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire regularly experienced embarrassment when he couldn't fit through turnstiles as he followed his beloved Mansfield Town FC around the country, but it was a minor car crash that finally forced him to join Slimming World. It motivated him to lose 22st 9lbs* and now he's been crowned Slimming World Greatest Loser 2014.
“Luckily the car crash incident wasn't serious but the paramedics had to be called. It was then I realised that if the accident had been more serious and I'd been injured they probably would have found me very difficult to treat. I started asking myself, ‘would they have been able to get me out of the car?’, ‘would they have been able to lift me into the ambulance?’, ‘would they have needed specialist equipment?’. I realised that any or all of those things could have prevented them from getting me to hospital in time and, ultimately, from saving my life. That was my wake-up call and I joined Slimming World soon afterwards.
“I've struggled with my weight from a young age but I remember my size increasing rapidly around eight years ago. I was always described as ‘big-boned’, but when I hit 35 it seems like I was always having to buy bigger and bigger clothes. I tried going to the gym to lose weight but it never seemed to shift because I wasn't changing my eating habits, and in the end I stopped going.
Taking that first step
“I was apprehensive about walking into the group on that first night as I knew there'd probably be lots of women and not many men, but everyone was friendly and I got a warm welcome.
“I was amazed at the variety of foods that I could eat without having to restrict my portions and was delighted that I could still enjoy all my favourite meals just by making changes to the way I prepared and cooked them. For breakfast I enjoy cereal topped with berries and lunch is usually jacket potato and baked beans with mounds of salad. I snack on lots of fruit like bananas, mango, melon and pineapple. Currently my favourite meal is a Malaysian chicken curry from one of Slimming World's recipe books.
I can't speak highly enough of the whole experience and I've had so much support from my Consultant Annette and the rest of the group. I'm always encouraging other men to join now and one of my male colleagues has even lost 3st.
Next step - a half marathon!
“Before I joined Slimming World I would park the car as close to wherever I was going as humanly possible because I found walking just short distances very difficult. Now I cycle 40 miles a week, run 15 miles a week and play five-a-side football twice a week – and I love it. I'm hoping to do a half marathon next year and would like to enter a triathlon too. I've got two nephews who I'm much closer to now because I can run around with them and do more adventurous things like visit theme parks and take them on holiday.
“I work on the scoreboard at Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium and I used to struggle to fit through the turnstiles but now I go through them with ease – and with a big smile on my face. In fact there are so many things I can do that I couldn't have even attempted when I was bigger – playing football with my nephews, buying clothes on the high street, flying on a plane without having to ask for a seatbelt extension and much more. Life is immeasurably better and I enjoy every moment. Now I'm ready for the next chapter of my life which will hopefully involve meeting someone to share all this with and starting a family.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.