Cab­bie sheds 6½st af­ter climb­ing shock

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

NIKI TEN­NANT

A Cam­bus­lang cab­bie may have shed more than six and a half stones, but he is jus­ti­fi­ably proud to now call him­self Man Moun­tain.

Just a year ago, Pat Dono­hoe weighed in at a hefty 18 stone 11½lbs and was on med­i­ca­tion for high blood pres­sure and acid re­flux.

But when he strug­gled to climb a moun­tain on hol­i­day in Lan­zarote last Jan­uary – and had to be helped by an el­derly man – Pat de­cided he had to dra­mat­i­cally change his life­style.

“That was the fi­nal straw,” the 51-year-old Half­way man told the Re­former.

“It took me six hours to reach the top, when most peo­ple can do it in three.”

Pat joined the lo­cal Slim­ming World group last Fe­bru­ary and swapped eat­ing take­aways and down­ing pints for homemade meals and sip­ping Bac­ardi, soda and sugar-free lime.

Within seven months, taxi driver Pat had shed 6st 5lbs to reach his tar­get weight of 12st 7lbs.

His waist mea­sure­ment has shrunk by 14 inches to 32 inches and he has swapped his size 4XL clothes for medium.

He is now med­i­ca­tion-free and fit enough to be able to help look af­ter his 75-year-old mum.

“I wasn’t ac­tive be­fore, ex­cept for walk­ing on hol­i­day,” ex­plained Pat.

“Now I have loads of en­ergy, ex­er­cise ev­ery day and go for 90-minute walks or 25-mile bike rides. It is a com­plete life­style change.”

Pat, who was voted the Slim­ming World group’s Mr Sleek in Novem­ber, con­tin­ues to at­tend the class ev­ery week and is a source of sup­port and in­spi­ra­tion for other mem­bers.

Pat and wife Lynne are head­ing back to Lan­zarote for three weeks later this month – and he has pledged to sprint up that moun­tain in less than three hours.

He’s even been in train­ing specif­i­cally for that hike, run­ning the braes from Cam­bus­lang to East Kil­bride.

“I have tried di­ets be­fore, with­out suc­cess,” ex­plained Pat.

“With Slim­ming World, it’s not about count­ing calo­ries. It is about watch­ing what you eat – and that makes a big dif­fer­ence.”

Pat at­tends Kirsty Gib­son’s group, which takes place at the Sun Inn in Half­way ev­ery Tues­day at 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm and on Wed­nes­day at 9.30am and 11.30am. Po­lice Scot­land’s re­cruit­ment team is host­ing a drop-in ses­sion for any­one in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing a ca­reer as a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The event on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2 is de­signed to pro­vide ad­vice and guid­ance through the three stages of the re­cruit­ment process.

Peo­ple are asked to regis­ter for the event at the Scot­tish Po­lice Col­lege, Ea­gle­sham Road, East Kil­bride at 9.45am. Sup­port with ap­pli­ca­tion forms will take place at 10am, in­ter­view sup­port at 11am and as­sess­ment cen­tre sup­port will be avail­able from mid­day.

From 10am to 2pm re­cruit­ment staff will also be avail­able within a break­out area to cover any ques­tions peo­ple may have about the stan­dard en­trance test, fit­ness test and any other gen­eral en­quiries.

On the day all at­ten­dees must bring pho­to­graphic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion such as a pass­port or driv­ing li­cense. A note­book and pen to take notes would be ben­e­fi­cial.

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