New body and new mindset for Barry
BARRY Lyell was told by his doctor seven years ago that he was lucky to be alive.
A stint in the ICU at the age of 55 and a near miss for a heart attack was enough to jolt him into action.
“I had a warning that I was pushing my body,” Mr Lyell said.
“I wasn’t healthy, I wasn’t eating properly, I wasn’t exercising, I was overweight.”
Embarking on a weightloss journey and losing 18kg, Mr Lyell is at peak physical fitness showing no signs of stopping.
“I feel a lot better now because I’m not overweight,” he said.
“I’ve got suits that don’t fit me in my wardrobe that don’t fit me anymore – they’re massive on me now.
“I feel better, and hopefully I look better.”
When his doctor told him he had to lose 20kg, Mr Lyell put his foot down at first, and sought a compromise.
“The oddball thing was
we sort of met halfway... it took me about two and a half years but not only did I get to the halfway point, I actually lost the 20kg,” he said.
It wasn’t for another 18 months that Mr Lyell started to take action with his lifestyle, but when he did it opened doors he didn’t know existed.
HAPPY AS BARRY: A health scare that put Barry Lyell in the ICU also gave him motivation to become fitter and stronger. INSET: Barry Lyell before he began his weight-loss journey.