New body and new mind­set for Barry

The Western Star - - Best of the West - Meg Gan­non Meg.Gan­[email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MEG GAN­NON

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.

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