Cabbie sheds 6½st after climbing shock
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.