Daugh­ter’s baby news spurs man to six-stone weight loss

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - JES­SICA WALFORD jes­[email protected]­line.co.uk

A MAN from Brid­gend shed a whopping six stone – af­ter his daugh­ter told him he was go­ing to be a grandad.

David Rice, now 57, was ly­ing in his hospi­tal bed with a stran­gu­lated her­nia when his daugh­ter vis­ited him and gave him the news that she was ex­pect­ing his first grand­child.

His blood pres­sure was up and his sugar lev­els were sky high, and with a fam­ily his­tory of di­a­betes, David knew if he wanted to see his grand­child grow up he needed to take ac­tion.

Three of his sib­lings were type two di­a­betic and on med­i­ca­tion, and his mum sadly passed away af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke and due to the long-term com­pli­ca­tions from di­a­betes.

Hav­ing lost weight with WW (pre­vi­ously Weight Watch­ers), David de­cided to re-join with his sis­ter Anita in 2014.

“I worked in garages most my life and would de­scribe my food choices be­fore WW as typ­i­cal ‘garage life’,” he said.

“My food quite of­ten would be full English for break­fast, dou­ble pie and chips for lunch and a mas­sive home-cooked meal in the evening.

“I’d get home from work and the car would be lit­tered with choco­late wrap­pers that I had no rec­ol­lec­tion of eat­ing.

“Now as a sales rep for a tyre whole­saler, I have to plan my days out on the road so its ce­real or omelettes for break­fast and my wife cooks a healthy meal in the evening, keep­ing the por­tion sizes in check.

“Eat­ing healthily gave me a dif­fer­ent mind­set about fit­ness too. I’ve never been one for ex­er­cise but de­cided that I could walk ev­ery evening. When I started it was such a chal­lenge but as time went on I loved how I was get­ting faster and fit­ter. I love the feel­ing of free­dom and well-be­ing that it gives me. It’s such a buzz.

“It’s taken some time for me to lose weight but the ben­e­fits are worth it. I’m now an ac­tive grand­fa­ther with two grand­sons and can spend qual­ity time run­ning around af­ter them.

“I now love life. I plan hol­i­days, feel fit­ter and health­ier and am grate­ful for the time I’ve got to spend with my fam­ily and friends.”

Now, four years later, he’s lost an im­pres­sive six stone – drop­ping from 23 stone to just over 17.

“You have a re­al­i­sa­tion, when you’ve be­come ill from some­thing that is self-in­flicted, that you’ve only got one shot at life,” he said.

“You can’t un­der­es­ti­mate the ben­e­fits of healthy eat­ing and mov­ing more in help­ing to keep di­a­betes at bay.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble ill­ness that can have such a catastrophic ef­fect on your health and even cause you to lose your life.

“I still have more weight to lose but now my blood pres­sure is nor­mal and my sugar lev­els aren’t high. My sis­ter Anita has also been told that she is no longer pre-di­a­betic. With my fam­ily his­tory, this makes me re­ally proud of what I have achieved.

“I know that with the sup­port of my wife and fam­ily, I will carry on and reach my well­ness goals. I’ll still be check­ing in with her when I’m 90. I in­tend to do ev­ery­thing I can to stay around a lit­tle longer.

“It’s all about the healthy life­style for me and be­ing there to see my grand­chil­dren grow up.

“By los­ing six stone, I’m giv­ing my­self a chance.”

Slim­mer David Rice who lost six stone af­ter he learned he was go­ing to be a grand­fa­ther

David Rice be­fore he lost weight

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