After shedding more than the weight of the average British man and reversing diabetes, Andy Horn, from West Denton, is ready to be fighting fit.
The taxi firm clerk once tipped the scales at an eye-watering 37 stone 11lbs but after two years of hard work, he’s shed almost 14 stone – stopping his type-two diabetes and putting him on the road to a “normal” life.
The 46-year-old, who was unable to walk without feeling excruciating pain, said: “At breakfast, I was eating four slices of bread with bacon and black pudding. I would put away takeaways like there’s no tomorrow. Everything bad for you, I was eating.
“I was in such a dark place, I was so depressed. I could not walk 10 or 15 years without being in excruciating pain.
“I was the fat kid at school and it really piled on after I left. I was a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen.”
After several failed diets, and with his weight proving a heavy burden on his marriage to wife Michelle, the determined dieter gave it one more try and joined Slimming World in May 2015 – and began to transform his life.
Andy said: “It suddenly just clicked for me, I can’t remember what it was.
“As the weight started coming off, my diabetes gradually came under control.
“I started taking gentle walks to the end of my street and just kept pushing myself a little bit further every day. I can walk four or five miles now pretty comfortably – I’m out seven days a week no matter the weather.”
Meeting once a week with fellow slimmers at St Mark’s Church Hall, in Westerhope, Andy changed his diet and sys it’s all about “eating the right stuff”.
The dramatic turnaround has ever seen him give a talk to student diabetologists at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
But the resolute slimmer revealed he still has some way to go before he reaches his goal, and has urged everyone hoping to shed the pounds to simply believe in themselves.
He added: “I want to lose a total of 20 stone. It’s…