New look for su­per slim Rob

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ @emil­i­abona

ASOUTHPORT su­per- slim­mer shed nearly eight stone by ditch­ing the binge drink­ing and fatty foods in an in­cred­i­ble trans­for­ma­tion that saw him drop from a size XXL to a medium.

Rob Mo­ran, 50, from Prescot, went from 21st to 13st af­ter he started at­tend­ing a Slim­ming World group in South­port.

The trav­el­ling sales­man chose a group in South­port be­cause he was afraid of run­ning into any­one he knew. Rob said: “It’s a big step - I’m a con­fi­dent guy but walk­ing in on your own is a big step.

“I thought, if it’s far away, then no one knows me.”

The fa­ther-of-three chugged his way through six pints a day be­fore de­cid­ing to com­pletely change his diet and bin off the booze for a health­ier life­style.

He said: “I was ‘ pub man’. I’m a CAMRA mem­ber, I used to brew my own beer. I love craft beer. That so­cial side is quite im­por­tant to me.”

Rob has gone from drink­ing ev­ery day to only vis­it­ing the pub once a week­end, and tak­ing up walk­ing with his new dog to help him shed the pounds.

Rob said the turn­ing point came when he was on a fam­ily hol­i­day. He said: “We go on hol­i­day ev­ery year to France, like an ac­tiv­ity hol­i­day.

“Even be­ing as fat as I was, my nick­name on hol­i­day was ‘moun­tain goat’ be­cause I would throw my­self into ev­ery­thing, even at that size.

“Me and my wife did a kayak race against the kids and I sank the boat - it was like in Shal­low Hal.

“We man­aged to get to the bank and just looked at each other and said, ‘I know’. It was al­most mor­ti­fy­ing. An­other 30 sec­onds and I would have been sleep­ing with the fishes.”

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing his 7½ stone slim­ming award, Rob thinks he could be set to hit a new eight-stone tar­get over the next week or so. But he’s not plan­ning on los­ing any more weight, say­ing: “If I carry on, I’ll fall down a grate.

“I’m a very de­ter­mined in­di­vid­ual any­way. I will not put the weight back on.

“I’m happy I have cheated the death-ome­ter by a good few years.”

Rob said he couldn’t have achieved his as­tound­ing trans­for­ma­tion with­out the sup­port of his wife Lynn, who he says is a fab­u­lous cook.

Chris Chubbs, Rob’s con­sul­tant at Slim­ming World, in South­port, said: “He first showed up about 72 weeks ago with one of my other mem­bers.

He’s a trav­el­ling sales- man up and down the coun­try and he was al­ways strug­gling with his weight.

“He had a sense of com­pe­ti­tion with his friend.

“The ma­jor thing was booze - it was about mak­ing that life­style change. He had to have that re­al­i­sa­tion that if he started to cut down with the booze it would make a dras­tic dif­fer­ence.

“He has grown in con­fi­dence from not think­ing he could do it to where he is now.”

Be­fore and af­ter: su­per­slim­mer Rob Mo­ran be­fore his di­et­ing ef­forts, left – and now the proud re­cip­i­ent of a slim­ming award, right

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