MARK Armishaw had one very important reason to lose weight and get fit - his four-year-old-son, Harry.
“I was getting fat and lazy,” says the 35-year-old Stafford man, who was selected as winner of our Weight Loss Challenge this week.
“I was eating the wrong sort of food, taking little or no exercise and feeling slow and sluggish most of the time,” he says.
“Then I saw those ‘fit for life’ adverts on the television and it dawned on me that the most important thing was to be a proper dad, to be able to play football with him - not just get fatter and more unfit.” Mark’s partner, Natasha, supported him when he decided to join the Newsletter’s Weight Loss Challenge, in conjunction with Gym and Tonic, the Stafford-based gym, earlier this year.
“At the time I was tipping the scales at 15 stone, seven pounds,” says Mark.
“Through a lot of hard work, and great encouragement from Natasha and the people at Gym and Tonic, I managed to get my weight down by more than ten per cent.” Mark currently weighs just a shade over 13 stone, and feels much healthier.
“I just feel so much fitter, and have more energy than before,” he says.
“I think you tend to just drift into unfitness, and you don’t realise you’re eating all the wrong things and generally slowing down.
“I really would urge everyone to have a go and improve their fitness.
“The first couple of sessions were tough, then I just got into in, and now I really enjoy it. I’m even trying to persuade my workmates at Bostik to get involved.” Mark was one of dozens of local folk who took part in the challenge, which was launched in September in conjunction with Gym and Tonic in the premises at The Hollies in Newport Road, Stafford.
He has won free membership to the gym, thanks to losing the biggest percentage of his body weight.
“Now I’ve lost the weight, I’m planning to go the other way, and bulk up the muscle. It’s amazing how well I feel. I’m so glad I got involved. It will make a great difference, and I’ll definitely be sticking to my new, healthier regime.”
For more information about the help and advice available to those from Gym and Tonic, visit their website or telephone 01785 246741.