NewsMail - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Jones shane.jones@news-mail.com.au BE­FORE AND AF­TER: Ja­son Tem­ple­man af­ter los­ing 113kg.

JA­SON Tem­ple­man knows if he didn’t change his life over the past 12 months he might not have been here to tell his in­cred­i­ble story.

Tem­ple­man is cur­rently weigh­ing 97kg af­ter los­ing 113kg over the past year through gas­tric sleeve surgery, fit­ness and a healthy diet.

But it was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story just un­der two years ago.

The former rugby league coach and or­gan­iser of this week­end’s Cy­cling Spec­tac­u­lar, weigh­ing in at 210kg, was on the brink of death. It wasn’t a mat­ter of if but when he was go­ing to die as Tem­ple­man had to weigh him­self on truck scales at a lo­cal fruit and veg­etable shop.

“I was sick, I’d been di­ag­nosed with clin­i­cal de­pres­sion and di­a­betes,” he re­vealed.

“The doc­tor said ‘you need to go away and con­sider what you want to do and whether you want to live any more.’”

Tem­ple­man ig­nored the doc­tor as first un­til a light bulb mo­ment came when he was in hos­pi­tal one night in May 2016.

“I was lay­ing in hos­pi­tal and I thought I was hav­ing a heart at­tack,” he said.

“I had chest pains and ev­ery­thing like that and that was the mo­ment it clicked into my head ‘what have I done to my­self, I’ve got to do some­thing to help my­self.’” The only is­sue was Tem­ple­man needed to start los­ing weight him­self to start the process to­wards gas­tric surgery.

The surgery, which re­moves 85 per­cent of the pa­tients stom­ach, helps to re­duce food in­take for those that want to lose weight quickly.

“The doc­tor told me I had to be un­der 200 ki­los to safely have the op­er­a­tion per­formed,” he said. “That was my first goal, Jan­uary to May (2017) was to get un­der 200 ki­los.” “Lit­tle did I know the doc­tor ac­tu­ally wanted me re­al­is­ti­cally at 180kg.” Tem­ple­man went on a pre-surgery diet and im­pres­sively got to where he needed to be. “The day I walked into surgery I was 174.3,” he said.

“I had to rid my liver of all the fats so they could get to my stom­ach.” Since the surgery, Tem­ple­man has lost a fur­ther 77kg.

But he ad­mits there have been bru­tal times along the way.

“Men­tally it’s been the big­gest bat­tle and big­gest chal­lenge of my life,” he said.

“It’s not just about the surgery, it is about find­ing my­self as a hu­man be­ing.

“It’s re­dis­cov­er­ing a self be­lief, you can do it.” Tem­ple­man said walk­ing helped him get over the chal­lenge.

When­ever he had an is­sue, he put the head­phones on and cleared his mind with a walk.

“Be­fore the weight loss I couldn’t even walk three-400m with­out stop­ping and rest­ing,” he said.

“To­day as I stand right at this mo­ment I do 10km min­i­mum a day,” he said.

Tem­ple­man’s said this year was about main­tain­ing his weight.

“I’m not do­ing this for five sec­onds of fame,” he said. “I’m hop­ing this story can in­spire oth­ers to do the same. It’s never too late and never say you can’t, you’ve just got to do it.”

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