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At the start of 2015 I turned 46. I had always been overweight bordering on obese and, according to a chart in my Doctor’s I was over 7 stone overweight at around 16.5 stone. I was having to buy 2XL tops and size 38 jeans. This from a man only 5 foot 5 in height. Having lost both my parents in their fifties my health was beginning to play on my mind. I was already having to take two types of blood pressure tablet so needed to make a change.

 

That change finally came when a friend who was walking next to me asked me if I was feeling all right because I sounded out of breath. From that day I altered my diet cutting out Crisps and Bread. The next day I dug my mountain bike out of the shed and started riding along the canal towpaths. This was around the end of September 2015 and it wasn’t until the 8th of October that I was finally brave enough to weigh myself. That day I weighed 15 stone 6.

 

I carried on riding my bike every day, getting further and further, until the start of November. I had already noticed some weight loss and didn’t want to stall over Winter. With this in mind, I went and signed up to Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre. During my induction I was shown the machines and, with the help of the Gym Instructor, worked out a fitness programme that would keep me fit for the winter and help me to keep shedding pounds.

 

As my fitness levels raised I began using the treadmill. I had never really ran before but as I started to get stronger I started running for longer and eventually hit 3 miles. At this point a friend suggested I try the local Park Run. I had never run outdoors so he offered to run with me. When I finally did it It was June and I had hit around 165 lbs. My first ever 5K run was completed in 28:46 and I ran with over 500 other people of all levels of age and fitness. I was hooked. Throughout the Summer and Autumn I competed in the Decathlon Running Series, A 50k Bike ride to raise money for Myton Hospice, A Wolf Run, Stratford’s Big 10K A 19 mile off-road cycle race and as many Park runs as I could fit in. I also raised £101 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK in their Running Down Dementia campaign, running 300 Kilometres over the time of the challenge.

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None of this would have been possible before I decided to take responsibility for my own health and fitness. I am now 11 stone 4 and feeling fitter and healthier than I ever have. I still have a way to go to rid myself of the last of the weight and am working on a new programme at the gym. I have found great pleasure in helping other people who want to make a similar journey and am hoping to begin training as a gym instructor myself in the new year. Change has to come from within and it takes dedication and focus but I have proved it is possible.

Darren Lissaman 1/12/16

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