New look for super slim Rob
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